XCOM 2: War of the Chosen screenshot of the Spectre

XCOM 2's War of the Chosen expansion is planning to greatly improve upon the original, while also adding a bunch of new storylines to explore, factions to befriend, and enemies to casually obliterate. Last week the developers introduced the zombie-like hordes of The Lost, while this time around we're getting a sneak peek at three new elite Advent units.

The first of these new units is designed specifically to combat The Lost through the use of a powerful flamethrower that can set a large area ablaze. As you might imagine, the Purifier's flamethrower is equally as deadly to your own squad as it is to The Lost, so you'll need to make sure you maintain a range advantage. The Purifier does also have a couple of incendiary grenades to compensate for this weaknesses, but nullifying those is much easier than avoiding a constant spray of flame directly in your face.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen screenshot of the Purifier

Pro tip: don't stand in the fire

While the Purifiers are always easy to spot, the Spectres are masters of stealth and ambush warfare. And if that wasn't annoying enough, they also have the ability to vanish into thin air, create shadow versions of your own squadmates, and even drain life while in close range. Chances are you won't be able to stop the Spectre from closing in on your troops, but what you can ensure is that it dies the moment it shows its overly sleek face!

The third and final unit revealed today is also by far the most dangerous. The Priests are not only capable of using standard weapons and tactics, but also have a variety of powerful Psionic skills with which they can wreak havoc on the battlefield. They can mind control your squad mates, lock targets in stasis, and even mind merge with their allies in order to drastically increase their combat capabilities. Unlike the more aggressive Spectre its not going to be as easy to focus down the Priest, but its still something you'll need to do in order to avoid half of your squad getting incapacitated. On the positive side, killing the Priest also kills the target they merged with, so their skill set is not as unfair as it sounds.

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen screenshot of the Priest

The Priest doesn't look like much, but I wouldn't advise underestimating it

If you would like a brief in-game glimpse at what all of these three enemies look like in action, you'll find exactly what you seek in the recently posted video. Enjoy!