XCOM 2: War of the Chosen released earlier last week, and many players are having a hell of a time fighting Advent. Console commands can be quite useful. Maybe you’re testing a mod, or perhaps just goofing around after having completed the game. I would hope at least you’re not looking because XCOM 2: WoTC is too hard.
No matter what you need console commands for, there are some that are more useful than others. And in this XCOM 2 guide, I’ll go over the most useful commands that you have at your disposal, and the variables you can use with them to suit pretty much every need. But I have omitted some commands that will break or severely damage the base functions of the game, just to be on the safe side.
How to Access the Console in XCOM 2
Before you can actually open the command console, you’ll have to enable it in the first place. If you have a non-Steam version of XCOM 2, you’ll have to right click your primary xcom2.exe, go to the Properties tab, and paste “–allowconsole” (Without quotation marks) into the target field box.
For Steam versions, right click on XCOM 2 in your games library, open the general properties tab , and then paste “–allowconsole” (again without quotation marks) in the set launch options box.
Once you’re in game simply hit the tilde key (`) in-game and the console should show up (if you did it right). Make sure you’re loading into a game first or your commands won’t actually do anything.
Another thing to keep in mind is the context. Using commands to build things on the Avenger obviously won’t work if you’re using the command while in a fight. It’s just small common sense stuff that you’ll want to be aware of.
Console Commands List for XCOM 2
Before any of these commands will work, you must enable cheats using the console. To do this, just open the console and enter “enablecheats” (without the quotation marks). After that, you’re all set to “test things out” — cause you’re not actually cheating, right?
But if you do want to veer into cheat command territory, here are the console commands for enabling some god-like modes.
|Godmode Commands||Output Process|
|PowerUp||All units made invincible, with unlimited ammo|
|TakeNoDamage||All units made invincible|
If it’s resources that you want, there’s a command for any resource, any character, and any amount. We won’t list every single variation here, but the gist of these commands is as follows:
|Resource Commands||Output Process|
|giveresource CorpseAdventTrooper #||Gives x number of corpses|
|giveresource CorpseAdventMEC #||Gives x number of corpses|
|giveresource CorpseAdventOfficer #||Gives x number of corpses|
|giveresource Abilitypoint #||Gives x number of ability points|
|giveresource Intel #||Gives x amount of Intel|
|giveresource EleriumCore #||Gives x number of elerium Cores|
There are far more commands for resources, including corpses and actual resources such as Alien Alloys. Supplies are also considered a standard supply and can be granted using this command.
To make these commands suit any of your needs, all you need to do is a little tweaking. For any resource, the command is “give resource X #” where X is the variable resource you want added, and # is the value of how many desired.
|LightPlatedArmor #||x number of Spider suit’s|
|MediumPlatedArmor #||x number of Predator armor|
|HeavyPlatedArmor #||x number of E.X.O. suit’s|
|LightPoweredArmor # #||x number of Wraith suit’s|
|MediumPoweredArmor #||x number of Warden armor|
|HeavyPoweredArmor #||x number of W.A.R. suit’s|
Be aware that some armors will require corresponding research in order to function properly. Luckily, there’s a console command that will instantly grant you the research you need to use any armor. “GiveTech x” is the research command, where X stands for whichever tech you want instantly researched.
Keep in mind that you will not get voice overs or cut scenes involving research if you do this. Furthermore, there are reports of the main campaign becoming bugged if you force research on certain requirements (like forcing the Advent officer’s autopsy).
If it’s items that you need, here are the console commands you can use to grant yourself any number of them:
|AddItem BattleScanner #||x number of BattleScanners|
|AddItem Mind Shield #||x number of Mind Shields|
|AddItem HazmatVest #||x number of Hazmat Vests|
|AddItem Stasis Vest #||x number of Stasis Vests.|
Any item usable by XCOM Soldiers can be used as a variable for this command. Simply type “AddItem X #”, where X is the variable for the item you wish to be given, and # is the amount of that item.
Of course, any console-commanded army will be incomplete without an abundance of high-octane weapons to blast their way through enemies. Here are the console codes for all the weapons mods you could need:
|Weapon Mods||Output Process|
|ReloadUpgrade #||Gives X amount of Auto Loaders|
|AimUpgrade #||Gives X amount of Scopes|
|ClipSizeUpgrade #||Gives X amount of Extended Mags|
|CritUpgrade #||Gives X amount of Laser Sights|
|FreeKillUpgrade #||Gives X amount of Repeaters|
|FreeFireUpgrade #||Gives X amount of Hair Triggers|
|MissDamageUpgrade #||Gives X amount of Stocks|
For weapon mods the quality of the mod can be changed easily. You’ll just need to add an extra parameter to your console command. For example:
- CritUpgrade_bsc # For Basic Laser Sights.
- CritUpgrade_adv # For Advanced Laser Sights
- CritUpgrade_sup # For Superior Laser Sights
Soldier Class/Scientist and Engineer Commands
|Soldier Class||Output Process|
|MakeSoldierAClass “X” Specialist||Makes named soldier named class|
To use this command, you need to replace the X with a soldier’s name, and the ClassName indicator with the name of an actual class. Just keep in mind that the name of the soldier must be in quotations for this console command to work.
It should look something like this:
MakeSoldierAClass “John Smith” Specialist
This will make your soldier, John Smith, a Specialist. You can replace the “Specialist” with any class in the game — Ranger, Sharpshooter, Grenadier, etc. — and your solider will become that class.
Note: Using this console command will demote any soldier to a squadie and strip them of all their ranks. So if you decide that your Colonel needs to change classes, you need to be prepared for that high-ranking soldier to go back to being a squadie.
Scientist and Engineer Commands
|Add Scientist/Engineer||Output Process|
|GiveScientist #||Gives 1 scientist|
|GiveEngineer #||Gives 1 engineer|
Scientists and Engineers can only be granted 1 at a time. The number value actually determines their aptitude and skill value. I am unaware of any ceiling on a skill value — nor any adverse side effects for massive values — so please use at your own risk.
Last but not least, here’s a list of some interesting commands to play around with during your game.
|Input Process||Output Process|
|SkipAI||Skips AI turns|
|ToggleUnlimitedActions||Allows for unlimited actions. (Beware AI can use this too)|
|ForceCritHits||All hits will be criticals (Beware AI can use this too)|
|Togglefow||Makes entire map visible(You will still need to “discover” enemies)|
|ToggleSquadConcealment||Forces squad into concealment(AI will still be alerted)|
|RestartLevel||Restarts the current mission|
|HealAllSoldiers||Heals all soldiers while in the Avenger(does not work during mission)|
|LevelUpBarracks #||Levels up all soldiers in Avenger Barracks by X levels.|
But I’d like to advise everyone who uses even the most simple of console commands to back up your saves and make copies. You could potentially screw up your campaigns — and I wouldn’t want to see anyone lose their “hard”-earned progress on legitimate campaigns.
While this isn’t a full list of all the console commands for the War of the Chosen DLC– because trust us, there are a LOT of them — hopefully these are still useful to anyone looking to enjoy themselves freely.
Need more hacks for the game? Check out the rest of our XCOM 2 guides for more tips and tricks that are almost as good as cheats.