Characteristics are distinctive traits held by all troopers, mainly related to their training, combat style, background and personality.
All Characteristics are Obligatory, meaning players cannot choose not to use them. There are seven possible Characteristics, identified by their correspondent icons in the Troop Profile. Six are grouped under three categories (Back-up, Training and Fury), while the seventh, Hackable is independent.
- Back-up This Characteristic indicates whether the trooper has some kind of external memory and personality storage that can be recovered after its demise.
- Training This Characteristic represents the type of training the trooper received.
- Fury The different levels of Fury denote the ferocity of a trooper when it enters combat, and whether he can be expected to disregard his own safety for a chance to destroy the enemy. The four levels of Fury are Extremely Impetuous, Impetuous, Frenzy, and Non Impetuous.
- Hackable This Characteristic identifies those troopers technologically advanced enough to suffer attacks from or be aided by infowar and hacking systems.