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Rising Tides (LEGACY)
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Rising Tides (LEGACY)

I have released the WOTC version of this mod, and will not be supporting this one any longer (not that I ever released a patch, lmao). It's located here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1127934903

Rising Tides is a small class pack. My initial idea was to create a small cadre of soldiers who were primarily balanced around the strategic layer... however, due to life, I never had the time to actually implement the strategic layer part of this mod. Oops.

You can consider all of these soldiers to be hero classes; each is incredibly overpowered, and at the later ranks, a pair of them can easily defeat almost anything XCOM2 has to offer. All of them are psionic hybrid classes, and do not hold the Psi Amp. As such, they all share a suite of psionic abilities, including familiar perks like Mind Control, but also new and powerful perks such as Meld and Mind Wrack.

Meld: The Meld is a psionic gestalt the Rising Tides soldiers can form with one another. Under the influence of the meld, soldiers pool their Psi Offense and Will stats together. Many perks in the soldiers trees interact with the meld, and losing it can be a serious problem. The Meld can be lost by entering a negative mental state, such as excessive bloodlust, panic, or feedback.

Mind Wrack : Instantly kill an enemy organic unit within range and line of sight. Suffer Feedback for a significant duration, during which the unit cannot take any actions.

The soldiers are as follows:

Queen, a stealthy melee assassin. Her Squaddie perk is Bump in the Night, which grants Stealth after killing a nearby enemy. Additionally, it grants a stack of Bloodlust if it was a melee kill. Notable non-capstone perks on her tree include Reprobate Waltz, which grants her a chance to repeat any melee attack, and Shadow Strike, a true melee teleport attack.

Whisper, a long-ranged damage dealer and technical expert. His squaddie perk is Scoped and Dropped, which negates the distance penalty for squadsight and negates the action point cost of his shots if they kill exposed targets. Notable non-capstone perks on his tree include Every Moment Matters, which gives him a guaranteed Critical Hit on the last bullet in his magazine, and Heat Channel, which allows him to reload his weapon for free when using a psionic ability, as well as reducing the cooldown of the casted ability by one for each bullet reloaded.

Nova, a psionic support unit and caster. Her squaddie perk is Over the Shoulder, an active ability that, when cast, creates a massive aura that surrounds her and grants vision of enemy units that are within it. Notable non-capstone perks on her tree include Sovereign, which allows her to interrupt any psionic attack made by a unit affected by Over the Shoulder, and Triangulation, which allows her to cast Over the Shoulder from melded allies.


With War of the Chosen coming out soon, I realized that Firaxis and I had found similar inspiration for many of our ideas, and so I needed to get my project out the door quickly. With that in mind, following the announcement, I worked hard to bring this mod to a release candidate, and here we are. You will notice that there is an uncanny similarity between each of my classes and the Chosen! I WAS FIRST, DAMNIT!!!

However, this mod fell to the wayside somewhere around the fall of 2016, so I never got around to working on the strategy layer. I will be sure to get around to it soon!


Long War technically isn't required. Several things will go wrong if you run without it. If you run without it or the Long War Perk Pack, Queen and Whisper will be missing perks, and you won't be able to access any of their full perk trees (including the monumental tree capstones!). Alternatively, you could use Musashi's LW2 Promotion Screen port.

Time Stands Still will mostly function, but it will not be able to adjust the timer without LW2.

Finally, and this is a big finally, I override X2MeleePathingPawn. From what I can tell, this messes with Gotcha Again, which is potentially a big deal. You'll be missing out on a few aspects of that mod; Try to load it first, then this. Shadow Strike will probably not work. I didn't experience crashes, but it's still probably safer to not take the perk.

What's going on with Queen's Melee Damage? Not getting adjusted by her equiped weapon, overpowered early...?
It can only be adjusted by config. Originally, Queen had a unique blade, but eventually that got dropped.

Why do so many perks have the sword slash icon?
It's a placeholder. Basically, I'm not an artist and as stated previously, I wanted to get this out there ASAP. If you are interested in helping me out with the art, please send me a mesage on Steam and we can work something out.

WTF, these classes are so OP!
By design. In the future, they will be limited in the following ways:
- Only one of each
- Only can be in a squad with each other
- Significant intel cost to send on a mission

I looked at the source. What is your IQ, 3?

Your references are cringey.

Special Thanks
Pavonis Interactive, for several helpful classes and perks that my classes use.
robojumper and Musashi for technical support.
xylthixlm for technical support and icon pack.
LurkerGG for the mod preview image and class icons.
Davis Productions for a certain sound effect.
GITS: First Assault Online for a perk icon.

"Who could have known that the true threat did not fall to Earth on the backs of falling stars, but instead rose to the surface on the rising tides of our hearts?" -- Nova, December 21, 2017
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MIDAS May 12, 2018 @ 3:08am 
It's cool'n all, but for balance I'd say they should be unlockable only by the psi-lab and that they shouldn't be easy 100 aim. Game kinda feels boring this way.

Cool mod, intriguing ideas and clever execution. 9/10
dustadon Feb 24, 2018 @ 9:28am 
bro what what happen to the info to renable the classes
Coldburg Feb 18, 2018 @ 1:19am 
Do you think you could implement the most important fixes here too? This mod may be of more interest to those of us still running vanilla / LW2 if you'd support this version as well. I think there are quite a lot of us, frankly.
Pixy Feb 5, 2018 @ 1:32pm 
Okay, after about half an hour of frustration and brute-force I got it to work.
There were several problems actually, one of which being load order.
I had no idea the alternative mod launcher even existed before now, but it really helps a lot.

Thanks for the help.
Aleosiss  [author] Feb 5, 2018 @ 6:01am 
@Shayminthedoctor try using the alternate mod launcher
Pixy Feb 4, 2018 @ 5:18pm 
It's completely broken for me.
No icons, no perks, nothing.
The game doesn't crash, but nothing is loading.
This happens with LW2 and WoTC (with the WoTC verson, of course).
Marshmallow Dec 21, 2017 @ 3:53am 
Holy shit these classes are nuts o . o
Aleosiss  [author] Dec 5, 2017 @ 3:40pm 
DirtyJak Dec 5, 2017 @ 9:42am 
are these compatible with vanilla?
snek77 Sep 12, 2017 @ 9:21am 
All right thanks !