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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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 ...
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Where are my saves from the last mission?

I was playing the last mission on XCOM: Enemy Unknown. During the play the game started acting weird, so I saved and closed the game. Then I restarted it and went to load the file just to find out ...
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Is reaction of panicked alien always shooting your psi?

Every time I've successfully used panic psi attack on an alien, the alien shot back at my psi-soldier, and landed a successful hit every time. I'm not sure if I'm just unlucky, or if it's the way ...
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What's a benefit of timing Satellite Uplink facilities so that they finish by the end of the month?

Next guide has quite a few of nice advises (spoilers beware): http://www.manapool.co.uk/xcom-enemy-unknown-classic-ironman-strategy-guide/ Although I don't get one of them: Always time Satellite ...
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Does the aim penalty from the Suppression ability stack?

Among its other effects, the Suppression ability inflicts an aim debuff (-30 to aim) on the target. If multiple units use Suppression on a single target, do the aim debuffs stack?
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Can I move plot-specific buildings ?

Is it possible to destroy, then rebuild plot-specific single buildings, such as the alien containment or officer school? Will I lose anything?
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What happens if I catch an additional outsider?

In my latest playthrough, I've caught the very first outsider I came across, and was very surprised to encounter an additional outsider a while later on a different crashed UFO (as I was under the ...
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Can an Arc Thrower be used without Alien Containment in place?

I haven't yet built an Alien Containment, but I already have an Arc Thrower. Can I use it already, just to get free weapons?
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Will the Battleship reappear if you miss it once?

I want to farm the Blaster Launcher before I finish the game. The Battleship appeared once when I was in the process of rearming the Firestorm I had over that area and my 2 regular interceptors were ...
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How is the number of engineers required to build facilities calculated?

I've noticed that the number of engineers required to build subsequent facilities (e.g. a second satellite uplink) is larger than the number required for the first facility. What factors determine the ...
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What do distance units mean?

In XCOM configuration files, distances are expressed in some obscure units, that do not translate to grid cells easily. Example values: unit vision radius: 27 most weapons range: 27 sniper rifle ...
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How often do the soldiers have psionic abilities [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What determines if a soldier is gifted with psionic powers? After just building the psionic training facility, I immediately test all my soldiers for having the gift. ...
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What happens if 2 of the 3 abduction missions take place on the same continent?

So I have 2 abduction missions in Europe, both in zero-panic France and England, and a 3rd in Africa with panic level of 1. However, in Europe I also have 3 panic in Russia, and 2 panic in Germany ...
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What does each Country Bonus mean?

If you launch a satellite for every country in an area you get a "Bonus" ... I can't find it in the XCOM Database. Mousing over doesn't show it. Is it listed somewhere? North America: Air & ...
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Is there a reward for completing XCOM without any casualties?

Is there a reward for completing XCOM without any casualties (KIA)?
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How much willpower do gravely wounded soliders lose?

How much willpower do gravely wounded soldiers lose? The text says they suffer a permanent reduction?
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Is it possible to promote a soldier twice in one mission?

If I take a rookie/squaddie solider on a long mission and he gets lots of kills - will he receive XP to take him up 2 levels - or am I always 'capped' to one promotion per mission? edit: same for Psi ...
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Are sectopods immune to rockets?

I keep trying to hit a sectopod with either a conventional rocket or the blaster launcher, and every time it looks like I decimate everything around it (unless it's another sectopod), but the alien ...
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How close can I place two squad members together before I'm guaranteed to eat a grenade?

If I'm fighting Mutons, Heavy Floaters, or Cyberdiscs, they will tend to eschew their primary attack in favor of hucking a grenade in my general direction if my squad is spaced together too tight. ...
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Is it beneficial to Hunker Down when I'm at full cover already?

Usually when I hunker down behind a bit of half-cover, the cover indicator goes 100% solid, as if I'd been behind a better bit of cover. It also gets a little outline and an "up" arrow above it. ...
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Skipping laser weapon research in favor of plasma weapons

Plasma weapons are simply better than laser weapons. Does it make sense to spend time and resources on researching and building laser weapons in the mid-game, when you are going to replace them with ...
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Mind control over Telekinetic field

How bad is it to try controlling an enemy with mind control? Does the chances increases depending on enemy type and/or distance and/or remaining health? The telekinetic field can't fail, providing me ...
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Are soldiers affected by area effects (smoke grenades, poison clouds) as they run through them?

I know that smoke grenades affect soldiers' defense when they stand in the area while being shot at by the enemy during the enemy's turn, and are affected by thin men poison clouds if they stand in ...
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Do your items ever get destroyed in combat? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do you get equipment back from dead soldiers? Do items carried by squad members (e.g. armour, weapons, medikits) ever get destroyed in combat? I'm wondering if I need ...
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What does “up to X damage” exactly mean?

When shooting, the game informs you the shot will do "up to" some number of damage, and sometimes it does a bit less. Does anyone know formulas and probabilities? Also, I am seeing my Assault with ...
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Can I farm XP/resources on a VIP extraction mission?

I've just been tasked to recover a VIP from a hostile area by the council. After the VIP has been found, I have to get her to the extraction zone. During this time, aliens spawn randomly on the map. ...
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positioning with different heights

This mainly becomes an issue on alien ships. When I have a soldier on higher ground, if I want to move to the edge of the higher ground it moves the box to the lower floor. It's very difficult and ...
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What happens after I use the Gollop Chamber?

Once I have a soldier capable of using it (max level Psi power + Psi armor), clicking on the Gollop Chamber icon shows me a big fat warning: What happens from this point on? Is there anything I ...
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What are all the ways a country will leave the alliance?

From limited observation, I believe that a country will leave the alliance if it is at max panic (5/5) at the time of the monthly report to the council. Are there any other reasons why a country ...
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Does the “Iron Will” perk add will bonuses randomly?

From the wiki: Iron Will - §200 Soldiers receive a larger Will bonus each time they are promoted. (Adds between 2-10 extra Will increases per promotion on top of the default +2) Does this bonus ...
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What is the benefit of launching a satellite “a few days before the monthly report”

I've seen this hint in the game as well as on this site and I've been wondering if there is any specific advantage to launching satellites closer to the monthly report rather than any time during that ...
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How can I get a Blaster Launcher?

From what I understand it requires a Fusion Core, but where can I get one? Is there a certain type of UFO of special mission it comes from? Is any specific research required?
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How many weapon fragments do I receive from killing an alien?

I want to maximize the number of weapon fragments I salvage, but sometimes bad dudes just need to be blown up to save my team. If there are differences in the amount of fragments I can salvage from ...
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How can I complete Bomb Defusal missions on Ironman Classic difficulty?

What is the most efficient way to do it on classic ironman? Lost about 7 of them, never won. Overwatch tactic just don't work since you should advance really fast. I'm most interested for tips for the ...
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Is it possible to lose continent bonuses after acquiring them?

I know it is possible to have a continent bonus get unobtainable if you lose a country from that continent. Is it possible to lose your starting continent bonus, or another, if you first acquire it ...
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How critical is it to have psi soldiers in my squad?

I'm on my first playthrough, so I don't know what's coming up. How critical is it that I have psi-powered soldiers in my squad? Should I start hiring new rookies to psi-test and start replacing all ...