Arqade is a question and answer site for passionate videogamers on all platforms. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Alloy and Elerium are very common crafting materials, but I'm not sure how I acquire them.

How do I acquire more alloy and Elerium?

share|improve this question
up vote 11 down vote accepted

In the early game, shooting down UFOs is going to be your only real source for these materials, so you're extremely limited to the amount of elerium and alloy you're able to acquire.

As you progress into the later game, the more advanced aliens, namely Heavy Floaters, Cyber Disks, and Sectopods, start to "drop" these items (or are built out of them).

In short, the only way to acquire these materials is to go on missions. Shooting down a UFO (or better yet, invading a landed UFO) is the surest way to get these rarities.

share|improve this answer
Does capturing the aliens have an impact on the amount of materials you receive? – Wipqozn Oct 15 '12 at 23:58
@Wipqozn You can't capture Cyberdiscs and Sectopods, and I never caught a heavy floater, so I'm not sure. – Raven Dreamer Oct 16 '12 at 0:10
it helps also if you start using the EMP cannon (assuming you have it) to shoot down ships. This ensures that more materials remain intact – l I Oct 16 '12 at 0:38

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.