Forward Observer

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Forward Observers are specialist units with the ability to tag a target so that other allies may rain down indirect or guided fire upon them even without a clear Line of Fire.

BS Attack, Optional.

The user must be able to draw LoF to the target.

  • The use of Forward Observer is a form of Attack with a BS Weapon that uses the WIP attribute, and instead of forcing the target to make an ARM Roll, forces him to enter the Targeted state.
  • Place a Targeted Marker (TARGETED) near the target of a successful Forward Observer attack.
  • The Forward Observer Special Skill also grants its user a BS Weapon called Flash Pulse, to be used in accordance with its description and weapon profile.
  • In certain missions and scenarios, Forward Observers are considered Specialist Troopers, that is, they meet the requirements to fulfill certain mission objectives.
Name Range (inches) DAM B Ammo Traits
Short Medium Long Maximum
Forward Observer 0-8" 0 8-24" 0 24-48" -3 48-96" -6 -- 2 * Non-Lethal, Non-Lootable, Technical Weapon
  • NOTE: The target enters the Targeted state.

Critical hits with Forward Observer

Critical hits with Forward Observer have no additional special benefits. Specifically, rolling a Critical with this Special Skill does not turn subsequent Guided Special Ammunition attacks into automatic Criticals.

Forward Observers are specialists armed with the tools to provide allies with telemetry and data on the exact location of hostile forces on the battlefield in order to maximize the effectiveness of indirect fire. These units are responsible for the targeting and correction of artillery and support fire coming from airspace and naval platforms and from the field itself. To do this, they carry state-of-the-art communications equipment whose signal-emitting capabilities can be repurposed as defensive Flash Pulse projectors.


N3 Frequently Asked Question FAQ Version: 1.4, Sep 2018
Q: Do MediKits, Forward Observer, Discover, Deactivators and Minesweepers get the Burst Support Bonus granted by a Fireteam? Can they be used with Triangulated Fire? Removed in FAQ 1.7.
A: No, because they are Skills or items of Equipment. Removed in FAQ 1.7.
Related Pages: Burst Support Bonus, Deactivator, Discover, Forward Observer, MediKit, Minesweeper, Triangulated Fire

Editor's note - remember that Deactivators, Minesweepers and Discover are not BS Weapons so still won't benefit from the Burst Support Bonus and cannot be used with Triangulated Fire.