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Jagged Alliance 3: Best Starting Mercs

Not sure which are the best-starting mercs in Jagged Alliance 3? Here are the 4 characters you should make your team with.

Knowing the best starting mercs in Jagged Alliance 3 can be a lot of help. This is a new turn-based strategy game made HaemimontGames and THQ Nordic. So if you plan on saving Grand Chien from “the Legion”, having the right squad is a must.

There are multiple mercenaries that you can hire in this game. And these are categorized as Recruit, Veteran, Elite, and Legendary. But even if your team is made up of all Legendaries, doesn’t mean you will win easily if you don’t know the right comp for them. So here are the best-starting mercs to start with and make the perfect team for you in Jagged Alliance 3.

Best Starting Mercs to Use in Jagged Alliance 3

Jagged Alliance 3 Best Starting Mercs

The 4 best starting mercenaries are:

  • Fox (Recruit)
  • Wolf (Veteran)
  • Livewire (Recruit)
  • Barry (Recruit)

These mercs are selected mainly because they are the cheapest in the game, especially considering what they have to offer you. In case you do not use the above team then you should at least make sure that the mercs are good with each other. This is because some characters can’t work with the others making it difficult for you to manage your squad.

In case the above characters appear offline, then simply start a new game and they should become available to buy.


Cynthia Fox Guzzman

Starting this list with a doctor, Cynthia “Fox” Guzzman should be an easy pick for your squad’s medic. She has the highest dexterity in the game which is 100. Her Medical is 69, nice. Not as high as what MD offers, but she more than makes up for it with 5 perks. These include:

  • Striking Looks
  • Scoundrel
  • Teaching
  • Ambidextrous
  • Opportunistic Killer

Striking Looks is the best perk because it puts the enemies in a Surprised state. You can recruit her for $6,320 for 14 days.

Wolf – Best Starting Merc in Jagged Alliance 3

Wolf Best Merc in Jagged Alliance 3

For an All-Rounder character, you should use Peter “Wolf” Sanderson. Firstly, he works well with Fox. Next, he gets the Double-barrel shotgun as his default equipment. Then he also has the Jack of all Trades perk. This allows him to complete operations roughly 33% faster. Now, combining these thing,s with his generally high stats, you have a good All-Rounder merc in your team.


Leili Livewire Idrisi

Leili “Livewire” Idrisi is a good option for your Mechanic. Her Mechanical stat is 85. This is important when it comes to repairing broken equipment. It also other has other advantages like lockpicking, disabling non-explosive traps, and more. Some of her other notable stats include:

  • Wisdom – 94
  • Marksmanship – 62
  • Agility – 74


Barry Unger

The cheapest merc in the game Barry Unger’s contract only costs $2,990 for 7 days. He fills in the role of the Explosive Expert. His Explosives stat is 92, Wisdom is 91, Health is 81, and Dexterity is 87. These were just the notable stats. He also gets 4 perks, the most important of them being Boutique Explosives. It lets him make 2 Shaped Charges every 168 hours. These special Explosives have directional blasts.

That’s it for the best starting mercenaries in Jagged Alliance 3. I suggest you check out our Jagged Alliance 3 section once for more topics on this game.