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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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 ...
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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. ...