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Sniper Rifles is a combat skill in Wasteland 2.


Sniper Rifles have an extremely high damage output per shot. A good sniper can start off combat by taking out an enemy with a single shot, and remain deadly throughout the fight. Skilled snipers can end a fight before it begins, and can spend several turns hammering the enemy while they struggle to reach the sniper.

But despite their damage, and long range, their high Action Point cost per shot means you generally can take only one shot per turn and do little else. Also, sniper bullets are very expensive and hard to find, and the weapon loses all effectiveness if enemies come within close range. It is recommended to invest in a close combat skill such as Brawling or Handguns, so your snipers have a weapon to fall back on if an enemy gets too close.

Sniper rifles output a huge amount of damage but are unweildy at close range. Take this training if you are an antisocial loner with a steady hand.

  • Very long range
  • High Armor Penetration
  • High damage
  • Can use Precision Strikes
  • High AP cost to fire
  • Uses expensive ammo
  • Chance to Hit reduction at short range
Skill modifiers
Skill level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Base Accuracy 35% 40% 45% 51% 57% 63% 70% 77% 85% 95%
Critical Chance 4% 8% 12% 16% 20% 24% 28% 32% 36% 40%
Perks Watchman Focused Shooter Confident Shooter Zen Shooter Deadeye