There's quite a trend on people that say Shikami is lackluster, being the most common suggestions: Infiltration or Forward Deployment of any kind. I'm not really sure if those people ever fielded one. My playgroup consists of Aridna, PanO, Combined Army, YuJing, Haqqislam and Tohaa (not counting Sectorials, but it amounts to something like 25+ possible armies being fielded in my playgroup). So it's pretty diverse and we play only ITS missions. And still, at least one Shikami ends in my lists 90% of the time. I've played Shikami in very dense tables, jumping from rooftop to rooftop (I even got to cross a bridge, hanging on the opposite side to deny LOF, that was pretty cool). And I've played Shikami in very open tables (forest tables, villages and outpost stations, etc). And I've played Shikami in tables that are anywhere in between. He's still a fantastic unit. Why? He's very mobile and leverages Super-Jump and Climbing Plus really well. When I see people asking for FD or Infiltration, I think if they haven't played enough with these two skills. Because pathing with Shikami is admittedly a mini 4D chess you are playing for an advantage. His deployment and routing to where you want him, is the biggest difficulty you will have with him. Is the payoff good tho? Quite so! Because he's... A Specialist Operative! With this kind of mobility? It's incredible to reach for objectives and not only that, but he's quite fantastic controlling the zone too, since he's a Close Combat monster. Now, we can say that, because he's Heavy Infantry he can be hacked, but there's normally a buddy that makes a ton of JSA lists: the Ninja KHD. Sinergies are important to evaluate some units. For example, the Kempeitai MSV2 is very good on its own, but it makes the Yojimbo pick better (beacause of the Smoke+Visor combo) and the vice-versa is also true. ODD plus Nimbus Grenades give Shikami's enemies very bad dice. Firstly his absurd Physique makes him able to chug grenades at a whopping 17, within 8'', together with cover you are very consistently disputing 1 dice but giving -12 to the opponent (ODD+Nimbus+Cover). Nimbus also offer a good (soft)counter to link teams, negating their burst bonus in ARO, so you can shoot at them with your own units (they also get their burst reduced, but you are shooting with more dice anyway... Therefore, it's safe to assume that the profile I use all the time is the one with the Grenades, since, the Contender is good on mid-range, the Assault Pistol is good on short range and in CC... well you have, potentially a dice on 26 that is AP+DA...yeah... I really don't waste my time with the Combi Rifle profile, I don't know why you'd pay 2 more points to lose both the Grenades and the Assault Pistol just to have a Rifle that just slightly better than the Contender. The main weaknesses of the Shikami are Visors and Hackers, but, his unorthodox pathing is actually very good to deny the opponent the LOF they want, while letting the Shikami go forward. His PH coupled with Kinematika L2, makes him able to cross fire lanes with Dodge without losing any movement, you can make some clever approaches due to this. If you controlling a zone, this makes your Engage threat a bit better and if they don't want to Engage you (understandably so), they have to beat your ODD and either Assault Pistol or Contender. If everything fails, you have another Wound to try again! The fact that Shikami has two Wounds, makes him able to gamble some more direct and risky approaches, if you escape unscathed the two Wounds also help out holding control of a zone, making it harder to displace him. So, the applicability of Shikami is very versatile. It's not uncommon in my missions that he alone scores 3 to 4 points, or is indirectly involved in the scoring of those points. He offers to JSA something that any other unit cannot: a very mobile Heavy Infantry that can score points. The only unit I can sub instead of the Shikami right now is the Karakuri (the MK12), since she trades mobility and evasion for resilience and a better gun, but their roles are, funnily enough, a bit the same in my lists. So, I guess this is my little love letter to Shikami. And if the others don't pick you, you'll still be mashing buttons together with me <3 EDIT: for some reason, due to this forum auto logging out, half my post was eaten when I posted it, or whatever... I hate my life right now.