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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How do aliens use grenades?

Is it true that grenade usage by aliens is not dependant on a situation, and just by chance depending on difficulty level? In other words, do aliens have a chance to throw a grenade instead of shoot?
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What are aliens' movement limitations?

In one of my missions I saw something strange: Chryssalids were unable to enter a small truck's trunk with just one panel broken. They even didn't attack a person standing right in front of this ...
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Do civilians panic?

I received my first civilian mission. I got creamed my best guy was turned into a zombie and most everyone died. (and autosave was not enabled) When I go to replay the mission I wonder do civilians ...
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Is there a maximum level of enemy progression?

If I were to play through a game to the point at which I am ready to start the final mission, but continue to play normal UFO assault missions instead of starting the final mission, what is the ...
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Why do I now have 1 autosave in a mission instead of 3?

I am playing on Classic difficulty, and where I used to have three Autosaves for a mission, I now only have one (i.e. the same file is rewritten each turn, so I can't go back a turn). Did this setting ...
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Do enemies ever open doors?

I've seen mutons of all kinds climb ladders. I've never see any other aliens do that. I have also yet to see an alien open a door of any kind. Do aliens open doors? If they don't, then that changes ...
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Can you reject Slingshot DLC mission first month and choose it next month?

Slingshot DLC first mission is a bit hard for first month on Classic. So on the screen with options Slingshot/Normal mission(random) I said normal expecting this question to appear next month ...
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Can I choose squad members?

It seems that the squad members are chosen by the computer using their rank as criteria. But If I want to change my squad for a specific setup (e.g. My team has 3 snipers and I want only one), what ...
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What happens if you fail the final mission when playing Ironman mode?

I'm playing through on Classic Ironman and it's been seriously tough so far. I've got my third best squad (please don't ask about the other two, it's still a sensitive matter) to the start of the ...
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Can you fire and overwatch while flying with Archangel armor?

I am at the late game stages and have two colonels who are snipers (both with damn good ground ability and double tap). I have just unlocked the Archangel armor and was thinking that I could outfit ...
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How much Will do soldiers need for Psi powers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What determines if a soldier is gifted with psionic powers? In the late game you can see if your soldiers have the gift to use Psi powers. The game says that they need a ...
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only one weapon type per aircraft?

Veterans will recall that old skool Interceptors could be armed with two distinct weapon types, traditionally a stand-off tickler and a close-in sledgehammer. I just upgraded my Interceptor weaponry ...
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Meaning of green up and red down arrows next to unit cover shield?

I've noticed some of my soldiers occasionally have a green ^ or a red ^ (upside down) next to their cover icon. What is the meaning of this?
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Do tasered aliens wake up?

In the original X-Com your little foreign buddy could wake up and run off during the mission. Does this happen in the new one, or are they out cold for the rest of the mission regardless of duration?
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What is the best strategy when using the Ghost Armor?

What is the best strategy when using the Ghost Armor? It is expensive, but is it best to create a "Predator-like" squad that can possibly dominate the game. Due to the fact that the stealth ability ...
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Can all enemies be suppressed?

Can all enemies be suppressed? For example, can you successfully suppress a Cryssalid or will they simply take the hit point and destroy you?
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Is better to use S.H.I.V or rookies in missions?

I have reached a point where I have a S.H.I.V but I am not sure if I should use them or not. Pros SHIV has better stats than a rookie SHIV can suppress SHIV does not panic. SHIV are immune to psi ...
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How does the weapon inventory work for aircraft?

If I currently have, let's say a plasma cannon on my layout for one of my aircraft, and I build another weapon like a fusion lance or something, and I go to put the fusion lance on the aircraft, will ...
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Horrible bug where I can't use a soldier, what is the cause and is there a work around?

So I'll be playing my missions as normal and seemingly at random my sniper will lose all abilities except for grapple and hunker down. When I click on those abilities get the "unh-unh" sound and I ...
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Do troops gained as council rewards have Iron Will advantages?

Just taking a council request mission and the reward is a new soldier, of rank Major. Do these "reward" troops get the Iron Will bonus & so have the higher will-power?
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Can I earn achievements while offline?

I will be traveling for 2 days very soon and will not be online. Can I play the single player campaign and earn achievements during this time? (i.e. - do they sync later?) Or must I always be online ...
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Can I abandon an escort mission after evacuating the vip somehow?

I just played a vip escort mission in my impossible ironman and after the vip escaped I was left with the task of killing all remaining aliens, which I abandoned because I had only one sniper at 1 hp ...
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Are there any advantages to stunning an alien besides being able to interrogate it?

Aside from being able to interrogate an alien in the Alien Containment chamber, are there any particular advantages to risk trying to stun an alien instead of just killing it outright?
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Are there any penalties for ignoring a shot down UFO?

I'm at a point in the game where I really don't need the materials from downed UFOs. I know there are penalties for not shooting down UFOs, but are there any penalties for shooting it down and then ...
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XCOM IronMan game break - how do I get out?

I'm about 2 months into an IronMan game of XCOM on PC, and I hit what appears to be a game-breaking bug. I entered an Alien Abduction mission, and I don't have sight from any of my squad members. I ...
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How are nicknames assigned?

How are unit nicknames assigned? Are there any criteria to earn a specific nickname or is it just random from a large list? Does it have any correlation to performance in battle?
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What is the best mission type to bring a rookie on?

In XCOM: Enemy Unknown, what is the best mission type to use to level up rookies? I prefer to play where I am constantly leveling up my rookies, but it definitely seems like there are certain mission ...
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Will a sniper with squad sight on overwatch fire at targets allies can see?

If I have a sniper on overwatch, and that sniper has the Squad Sight skill, will the sniper take reaction shots at enemies seen by fellow soldiers?
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Can I turn off Ability Tips?

When I use Overwatch, for instance, I have to go through an extra menu to use the ability where the game "explains" what the ability does. You'd think that by the 50th mission, I'd have figured out ...
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How many engineers do I have?

Is there a way to see how many engineers I have? I can see if I have enough available for a given project, but I can't find the total number (or even the total number available). Knowing this would ...
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Is there any research benefit from getting an intact weapon?

If I managed to capture an alien with Arc-Thrower I think I get its weapon intact. If I don't have it researched yet Will I be able to use it? (I assume answer is no but not sure) Will It give me ...
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Which exact weapons do each alien enemy race has?

I've seen that sniper has an ability to disable main weapon and I was wondering which exact weapons do each enemy have. For example Sectoids and Flotaers have a plasma gun but seems they don't have ...
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What determines mission difficulty? [duplicate]

In XCOM: Enemy Unknown missions get more difficult as I advance in the game - at least in absolute terms. I was wondering if the mission difficulty does or does not depends on Elapsed time (ingame) ...
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Can a 'lone wolf' soldier be mind controlled?

I'm about to start a new game, and I plan on getting the Lone Wolf achievement. Question; if you only have one soldier on the field (either by choice, or because the rest die) - can you still be mind ...
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Is there a solution to Xcom - Enemy Unknown save game bug?

I deleted some save games from within the the game and now it seems that I cannot save games anymore, only on rare occasions when a new mission begins. Also a new game that I started does not get ...
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Ridiculously high numbers in final scoreboard [closed]

Just finished classic ironman and final scoreboard is weird (see screenshots). World average numbers shows about 146000 scientists/engineers. Same stuff for credits and few other values. I believe ...
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Do Drones Alert & Report Your Position To Their Sectopod?

There's been several times when I have seen Drones come into view and they have retreated out of sight again. Then a turn or two later I get shelled by the Sectopod. I'm fairly sure I've not seen the ...
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Do alien squads alert each other?

Let's say there are two different groups of aliens in close proximity, and one of the aliens of the first group is alerted ("awakened") to my presence. Will the other group also become alerted? In ...
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No sectoids to capture

I think my game has reached a point where it can't progress any further. I am about 10 months in and I have researched everything. Early in the game though I never caught a sectoid, the troops were ...
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What should I focus on to make money in Classic mode?

So, I've been having a great deal of trouble going from normal mode to Classic mode. My main problem is that I have countries jumping ship too much and I can't get the money and the facilities built ...
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What's the deal with the alien 'scan wave' event in combat?

When in active combat, during 'Alien Activity', I usually see these events where an orange wave eminates from an alien location, targeted on one of my soldiers, and they say something along the lines ...
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Should I reveal new areas early or late in the turn?

Whenever I advance my front-line soldiers into new territory, there's a chance of discovering aliens there. I keep trying different movement order, but can never seem to decide: Should I advance ...
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How does the Ethereal's damage reflection work?

The Ethereal alien species has a rather annoying habit of blocking and reflecting shots fired by my soldiers. I expected to gleam some insight as to how this ability works after performing an autopsy ...
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What determines the rate at which the aliens scale up their invasion? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does enemy progression work? I am planning on starting a new game soon, and thought I'd wait a while longer this time between completing the different plot-advancing ...
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Declined assaulting the Overseer UFO after shooting it down. Any consequences?

I shot down the Overseer UFO with an EMP-fitted Firestorm. However I did not dispatch the Skyranger, and a after a few days the crash site disappeared. Will another Overseer eventually appear? Is my ...
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Should I keep Alien Containment?

Is there a point in keeping Alient Containment after all interrogations are complete? Is there a point in capturing live aliens that were already interrogated besides intact weapon?
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Does anyone know how to influence abduction site locations?

Pretty simple question I can't find an answer for. Basically, I manged to eek out a good start on Impossible, handled the first abduction and UFO interception, but now the second abduction is hitting ...
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XCOM percentage to hit in Classic mode

is it always more advantageous to flank an enemy? I am asking this because even thought sometimes my percentage to hit an enemy hit on like really in the face is 80% and yet i can miss it from like 2 ...
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What are the drawbacks of using explosives?

I remember someone telling me in-game that using explosives (grenades, rockets, etc.) has some drawbacks, in that I get less "loot" after the mission. But it seems that all the aliens' weapons ...
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What happens if the panic level rises past 5?

If an abduction mission pops up for say Europe, Asia, and US, I'm not worried about the US due to low panic, Russia and UK are both at 4, but China and Australia are both at 5! Will taking the ...