XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a turn based strategy game developed by Firaxis for PC, XBOX 360, Playstation 3, OS X, and iOS.

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Difference between Exalt weapons and regular ones?

I obtained some Exalt weapons. According to the stats (at least those visible on the loadout screen), they seem to be identical to the conventional weapons which are available in unlimited quantity. ...
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In what ways does Enemy Within alter the base skills from XCOM:Enemy Unknown?

Some of the skills from XCOM:Enemy Unknown keep the same names but have modified effects in the Enemy Within expansion. This question is not asking about new features or abilities from Enemy Within. ...
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What ways are there to increase MECs' ammo efficiency?

I am early in my first playthrough of XCOM: Enemy Within, and it seems that one of the limiting / balancing factors in MEC performance is ammunition: The minigun seems to only carry ammo for two ...
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How does the Electro Pulse work?

The MEC-mountable Electro Pulse is supposed to stun organic enemies and damage robotic enemies in an area around the MEC trooper. What exactly does it do? How much damage does it do to robots? How ...
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What does Restorative Mist do?

Restorative Mist is, apparently, the MEC version of a medkit. How does it compare to medkits, though? How many uses do you get? What's the radius? How many hitpoints are healed per use?
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What does the Kinetic Strike Module do?

According to the description, the Kinetic Strike Module lets Mecs punch stuff and increases mobility. What exactly are the effects? Is the number of uses limited in some way? How much damage does it ...
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Which actions will cancel One For All? Which won't?

The Mec skill One For All allows a MEC Trooper to act as high cover for their meatsack comrades for the duration of the turn, provided the MEC Trooper doesn't use an arm-based weapon. This is ...
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How do I earn medals to award my squaddies?

Enemy Within introduces the concept of medals -- minor, customizable bonuses that you can bestow upon worthy soldiers from the barracks. However, such medals are limited quantity - how do you earn ...
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When does the EXALT faction appear in XCOM: Enemy Within?

When does the EXALT faction appear in XCOM: Enemy Within? Is it random or after a specific "story point," research milestone, or council mission?
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How can I launch Enemy Within from a shortcut?

Ever since downloading Enemy Within, launching the game via steam shortcut instead takes me to a launcher where I must specify Enemy Within or Enemy Unknown. Is there a way to skip this middle step ...
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Stuck in extraction mission after killing all aliens and bringing VIP to SkyRanger

I seem to be stuck in an extraction mission (rescuing some general) after (seemingly) killing all aliens and bringing the VIP to the SkyRanger (to the marked area). I think I killed all the aliens, ...
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Do ethereals explode when they die?

When an ethereal dies, there is an animation where it is consumed by purple light. Does this do any damage to surrounding units? I had always assumed that it was purely a visual effect. However, an ...
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Does a heavy's Suppression + Mayhem AoE damage affect friendlies?

A Heavy soldier with both the Suppression and Mayhem skills does AoE damage around the target when using Suppression. Does this damage apply to all units in the area, or only to enemies?
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In XCOM: Enemy Unknown, which types of scenery are destructible? [duplicate]

Inspired by this question, I thought it would be helpful to have a list of the scenery types that can and cannot be destroyed by weapons fire, grenades, etc.
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Is there a way to recognize destructible environment in XCOM:Enemy Unknown?

Just so I know where not to hide my Heavy soldier behind.
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Why is the average shot damage global statistic so high?

I just beat normal, again with variable damage and variable upgrades and some of the other settings. At the end of the game it compares your stats to the worlds. One that jumped out is I did about ...
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When can enemies not see a soldier on a roof?

I'm playing I/I and this is something that I can't completely figure out. When a unit is on the roof of a building units one story below it sometimes can't see it, but when the unit is simply on ...
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How fast is the SkyRanger?

It's the end of the month near the start of a ironman classic game and I have 2 satellites to launch. A terror mission has just come up & one of the sites is currently at max terror; if I have ...
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Is Zhang always psychic?

Slingshot's Shaojie Zhang turned out to be psychic on my first playthrough. Is that always the case or was I just lucky?
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Opening UFO doors

Somehow, I can't figure out how to open the exterior door of a UFO. I'm pretty sure this thing opens; I've seen enemies open it, and I've seen Youtubers open it. Nevertheless, the usual door-opening ...
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Can local nations leave the council due to panic?

I'm playing Classic Ironman difficulty on my iPhone. My XCOM base is in Germany. Russia's panic reached 5 and I was unable to deploy a satellite before the Council Report came in. I was then shocked ...
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Cap on permanent Will penalties?

A critically wounded soldier who recovers gets a permanent Will penalty due to the psychological trauma. Does this stack for each time the soldier has to recover? If so, what's the limit on how low a ...
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Does the difficulty setting have any impact on the results of Interceptor dogfight? [duplicate]

My question is pretty much asked within the title. Basically, I just want to know what, if anything, the Difficulty Setting affects in terms of Aerial Combat. Will my Interceptors struggle more in ...
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Are you charged maintenance fees for facilities that are currently being built?

I'm nearing my council report and planning for facility expansion in the coming month. I'm about to build an access lift to the second floor and suddenly wonder, "Will I be charged the $10 ...
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Which facilities unlock when and how does difficulty affect this?

I recently completed the game on Normal difficulty and now just began a new game at Classic difficulty on Ironman. I'm slowly working on getting up my satellites and have only just now unlocked the ...
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How to clean up my messed up savegames list?

After a few crashes I ended up with multiple and duplicate savegames for my ironman run. Clicking the delete game button removes the savefile for all identical save, but not the list entry, and I ...
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What do the blinking menu entries in X-COM: EU mean?

In some menus in X-COM there are sometimes certain entries blinking. I have seen this in the mission selection and in the equipment factory screen. What does it mean? Are these recommended choices?
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Is being flanked worse than not being behind cover at all?

I understand that being flanked has a negative impact on defense. But is having the cover on the wrong site (opposite of the enemy) worse than standing completely uncovered, or the same?
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What can happen while you fly from your XCOM base to an event?

This other question got me wondering: Is it better to spread out my satellites or concentrate them in one area? It simply asks: Should I try to strengthen one area on the map to make travel ...
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Why pick Flush over Rapid Fire?

Assault soldiers reaching the rank of Lieutenant can choose between Flush or Rapid Fire. I chose Flush for my first Assault soldier and used it probably twice; my second Assault class took Rapid Fire ...
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Is the Blaster Launcher worth the time required to obtain it?

My team is all geared out with full plasma weapons, psi armor, and ghost armor. My Gallop Chamber is built and I'm ready to go... but I haven't seen any battleships and therefore haven't had a chance ...
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Should my Aggressive Assault use a Plasma Rifle or an Alloy Cannon?

I use an aggressive Assault soldier (full right: Aggression, Close and Personal, Rapid Fire, Bring 'Em On, and Killer Instinct) equipped with an Alloy Cannon. She hits hard. Having now read a lot of ...
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Is the XCOM Project supposed to be constantly broke or am I just bad at finance?

Here's the situation, right now. At this very minute, my researchers are interrogating the Outsider I just captured. My troops are walking around in a mismash of Carapace and entry level body ...
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What's the point of the archangel armor's “flight” capability in Xcom?

I have a bunch of soldiers who are lucky enough to have gotten Archangel armor for christmas this year. But I can't for the life of me figure out how to use flight to my advantage. The game's quite ...
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How can I see what alien types I've already captured alive in XCOM?

I stopped using the arc thrower for a while because I was getting my butt kicked and started equipping everyone with medikits to up survival rates. But I'm in better shape now, and want to round up ...
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Why would I want my satellites to be 'stealthy'?

I'm part way through my first playthrough of XCom on Normal difficulty and have unlocked the Foundry project for 'Stealth Satellites'. The description text says something about it making satellites ...
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Are there certain items that you should always sell? [duplicate]

I see that some items "have on research benefit and can be sold freely" If i sell these will I regret it later or can I sell them without worrying?
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XCOM for Mac OS X crashes on startup

Since Feral Interactive's OS X port of XCOM: Enemy Unknown is now available on Steam, I decided to give it a whirl. After installing it however, I ran into a problem: When I click "Play" in the ...
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How much ammo does an Xcom soldier have in a full magazine/clip?

How much ammo does a basic Xcom soldier have in a full magazine/clip? Abilities like Flush and Rapid Fire use 3 and 2 respectively but what is the full size and can it be upgraded? Does shooting ...
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What are the differences between the iOS and PC/Console versions of XCOM, if any?

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is available for the iPad/iPhone now, but the only information I've been able to find on the differences between this port and the PC/console version is: Some maps were removed. ...
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What is a units sight range in tiles?

What is an xcom soldiers sight range in straight line tiles as well as diagonal tiles? also is there an in game graphic or other graphical picture that depicts this? Are there Units that can see ...
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Permanent “alien” alert issue

One of my squad members seems to be permanently stuck with an alien-in-view alert. As far as I can tell, he always has one more alert than is relevant (he always sees one more alien than there ...
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How do I get GameRanger to recognize my xCom installation?

I've installed XCOM: Enemy Unknown on a mac, and I'm trying to configure GameRanger so I can try starting a game, see if anyone else wants to play multiplayer. Unfortunately, GameRanger doesn't seem ...
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How can I disable zoom reset on activating next char in XCOM?

In X-COM Unknown Enemy I love to zoom out to maximum for getting a good overview while moving soldiers, attacking enemies and thinking about my next moves. As we all know the game automatically ...
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Squaddie stops taking cover!

I've started having this issue on one squaddie - and only this one squaddie so far - where randomly, in the middle of a mission, he will refuse to use any adjacent cover. I move him from one piece of ...
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What levels-up Psi-abilities?

It is apparent that kills gives you experience that gain you promotion for your normal abilities. How does it work for Psi-abilities? What grants experience/promotion points for Psi-ability ...
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Should I see a difference with the upgraded SCOPE?

I always bring 2 snipers in my squad, that are equipped with a SCOPE. I upgraded the SCOPE in the foundry, and the description of the upgrade said something along the lines of "highlights sensitive ...
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What is the range of a medikit?

What is the range of a medikit? Does the medic have to be right next to the wounded soldier? Or can I heal them from one tile away? The circle graphic around the wounded soldier is ambiguous. I'm ...
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How does “Flush” work in XCOM?

I'm having trouble understanding when the Assault ability "Flush" works and when it doesn't. From the XCOM wikia page: Fire a shot that causes enemies to run out of cover. The shot is easy to hit ...
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When do you lose the game? [duplicate]

I've played Xcom: Enemy unknown for 21 hours (according to steam) and suddenly, at October 1st (internal game date) I see a "defeat" movie of alien taking mind control of the council president. Why ...