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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What do the Muton abilities do?

Mutons are large green troops that tend to carry plasma rifles and grenades. Often I see them use two abilities. Intimidate and Blood Call. What are the effects of Intimidate and Blood Call?
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Is there a way to speed up time just a little bit?

Let's say a large UFO is detected but I only have poorly equipped interceptors in the area. I have a Firestorm with plasma cannons in transfer, but it's going to take another few hours to get to that ...
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What is a research credit?

Interrogating a sectoid resulted in my earning a research credit, the exact message being: Research Credit Earned: Beam Weapons However, the game doesn't explain what a research credit is. What ...
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Can I capture an alien in the XCOM: Enemy Unknown demo?

I can't find any abilities that aren't related to either killing or healing. How can I capture an enemy alien?
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Do satellites over very panicked countries calm them down?

Is it a good strategy to launch a satellite over a country in the red on panic to calm them down? Am I correct that they will withdraw at the end of the month? If so, will the satellites calm them ...
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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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Is multiplayer possible between XCOM Enemy Unknown and XCOM Enemy Within?

Is it possible for a player with XCOM Enemy Unknown to play multiplayer with another player with XCOM Enemy Within?
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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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Can I configure my soldiers perks for Multiplayer

At the squad creation screen for the multiplayer, I get to chose only from a few pre-set configuration, and can't choose what promotions they will get from the entire list like in the Single Player. ...
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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 can I get the aliens to start doing abductions again?

I find it a lot of fun to pause my store progression at the Gollop chamber and just pass the in-game months fighting aliens, minmaxing my soldiers and experimenting with different teams; however I am ...
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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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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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Does destroying a collected MELD canister decrease the amount of MELD received?

One of my snipers managed to destroy a MELD container another operative had already opened. The Dr. Vahlen chided me for destroying MELD in that lovely way of hers, yet the UI still counts that ...
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What is the beam the Sectoids shoot at each other?

Basic Sectoids use their mind power to shoot beams back and forth amongst each other. I haven't been able to figure out what they are trying to do. What is the point of these beams?
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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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How is ammo limited, if at all?

I'm playing on a pretty low difficulty thus far, and I reload whenever a unit has a calm moment. I'm used to games like Call of Duty, where your ammo is just in a big pile until you put a new ...
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How to get 10HP heal with medikit

The XCOM Wikia Temple Ship Assault page mentions that one could take a Field Medic Support to get medikits that heal 10HP. Below is the quote: At least one Field Medic Support with Savior and ...
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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 badly does 'Hunker Down' limit my units sight?

I understand that the Hunker Down command gives a defensive bonus and a sight penalty. Does anyone know exactly what this penalty is?
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Are medkits consumed on use?

When I use a medkit in battle, does it 'consume' the medkit? I know I can't use it again that battle, but will that same medkit stick around and be available to use in future battles?
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Should I play Enemy Unknown before Enemy Within?

I bought on Steam both XCOM Enemy Unknown and its expansion Enemy Within. When I launch the game it lets me choose if I want to play Enemy Unknown or Enemy Within. There is any reason to play ...
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Enemy Within with older DLCs

So I have the Slingshot DLC and Enemy Within expansion. Prior to the Enemy Within expansion there was a council mission that would ask if you would like to play the regular game or the Slingshot ...
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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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Where can I build a Thermal Power generator in XCom

According to the description, Thermal generators must be built "over steam vents". Naturally, I assumed that this meant the space above the one marked "steam", so I cleared out rubble and tried to ...
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What is this glowing red box?

So I'm running my guys around, and I see this glowing red box. It's doing that "closing" animation that the blue boxes do when you hover over one of your soldiers who is selectable. Any idea what's ...
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How can I build more facilities?

I have built quite a lot. Now I want to build even more... There is a way to do it? or it is this all space that I have? If I need to do something, I need to demolish them create what I want?
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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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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 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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Why are three of the five base location choices unavailable?

In XCOM: Enemy Unknown, I have to pick the location for my base after the initial tutorial mission. North America and Europe are available, but Asia, South America, and Africa are not. There's no ...
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How do I proceed past this point in the last mission?

I'm on the last mission of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I just defeated two Sectopods, and now I'm not sure how to go any farther. The area up ahead is dark, and the game won't let me move any further. Here ...
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Do I still get a free satellite if I skip the tutorial?

My first game was Classic Ironman, and things went pretty well for a while. I got a free satellite at some point during the tutorial and even managed to survive for a few missions afterwards! Then all ...
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Do enemies respawn indefinitely in target escort missions?

Enemies spawn seemingly every round on target escort missions. Can I hang back and take care of them completely before proceeding, or will I end up fighting until they eventually overpower my troops?
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As a seasoned XCom player is it worth playing the Enemy Within Tutorial?

I've played XCOM Enemy Unknown up to Ironman Impossible level & know that to do well you need to skip the tutorial to get satellites launched early. Starting XCom Enemy Within it without the ...
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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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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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How is the damage done from the PSI - Rift ability calculated?

The damage done from the Rift ability on the final mission seems hard to calculate, and seems based on will of the attacker and defender. Does anyone have a good calculation for this yet? I've ...
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Are some enemy types missable?

I assaulted the alien base and killed the sectoid commander. Shortly after that I shot down the overseer ship and made the game progress forwards. Now I never see any sectoid commanders and instead ...
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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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In what ways can a game of XCOM:EU end?

I've just seen a 'win' ending, which I suspect may be the ending, but thought I'd check what endings the game has just in case. Obviously you can lose by having eight or more countries leave the ...
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When does the game auto-save in Ironman mode?

Sometimes, if I force quit and reload, I can get lucky and undo an unfortunate misclick. Other times, I'm stuck with the outcome that happened the first time. When exactly does the game save during ...
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What penalties do reaction shots receive?

I was looking through the Sniper skill tree and saw this skill: Opportunist: Eliminates the Aim penalty on reaction shots, and allows reaction shots to cause critical hits. Until reading that, ...
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Mind Fray Debuff Amount

What are the debuff amounts caused by Mind Fray in the Long War mod? (B15d2 specifically) On the wiki it states: Causes the target to lose grip on reality, inflicting penalties to Aim, Will, ...
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How can I see all facilities available to build with no spaces free?

It's easy to see which facilities you can build when you have a space clear in your base - you simply click that space. But if I have no spaces free (or am waiting for spaces to be cleared out), how ...
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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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Just how long does the 'tutorial' actually last?

I've been contemplating restarting and skipping the 'tutorial' so that I can choose my base layout, go through the first mission without losing 3 units, that whole thing, but, now that I've done a few ...
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Does the animation of the alien in cover affect the hit chance?

I've noticed that when engaging enemies from behind cover, if you're patient enough in the 3d camera mode, there are times when certain alien types will pop their head out from cover. If I wait for ...
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Is there any way to make withdrawn country come back? [duplicate]

Including by changing save game? I am playing normal and I am happy. Rather than replay again, I'd rather play around with my save game. First time I play I don't even know what satelite is for.
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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 ...