Constant reticule modifiers affect the base or current size of the spread area by a constant percentage as long as the state or action causing the modifier is in effect.
The centre of the icon represents the aiming point of your selected weapon. While this is what you use to aim your weapon by placing it over the target, it does not actually show you where the bullets will hit. As you move your operative, notice how the four little lines, called your Accuracy Indicators, move away from the centre, then back towards it. The Accuracy Indicators represent the spread area. When you fire weapons, the bullets hit somewhere within the spread area. A number of factors determine the size of the spread area. Let's take a look at them.
The operative's skill and the base accuracy of the weapon determine the fundamental size of the spread area. This is the baseline for all further modifications. The higher the operative's firearms skill level, the smaller the spread area of the reticule. The reticule cannot become smaller than the baseline size, but it can become much larger based on a number of factors. These factors can be broken down into two types: constant and pulsed.
Movement - The faster an operative moves, the larger the reticule modifier. As long as the operative moves forward in a straight line, the spread area does not grow very much. However, as soon as the operative begins to rotate or side step, the spread area increases dramatically. Once the movement stops, the spread area returns to its normal size. The higher the operative's skill level, the quicker the return to normal.
Stance Change - Changing from standing to crouching or vice versa momentarily increases the size of the spread area.
Fatigue Level - High fatigue levels globally increase the normal size of the spread area for the remainder of the mission. This also affects how quickly it returns to its normal size when the operative stops to take careful aim.
Health Level - Wounds affect the normal size of the spread area. The more wounded the operative, the larger the spread area. This effect lasts for the remainder of the mission.
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