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 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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I get the “Edison” achievement in X-Com?

I believe I've researched everything. This is what I have researched so far, and I'm at the very end of the game: Xeno-biology Arc Thrower Outsider Shard New Fighter Craft Hyperwave ...
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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 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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XCOM: Enemy unknown - detached nations

When panic level reaches the top in XCOM-adherent nations, they choose to leave the program, as it is notified by the Council. My question is: it is possible to have them re-enter the XCOM program ...
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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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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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What does Will do?

Does this reduce the damage your soldier takes when hit? I can't find Will on the XCOM Wiki. There is a skill called Will to survive and this is what it does: "Reduces normal damage taken by 2 if in ...
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Intercept from different bases possible in X-Com Enemy Unknown?

I tried to intercept some UFO in Asia. It got away. I didn't have any other Interceptor in Asia, but the UFO was flying to Europe where I had two more. Is there any way to send the Interceptors from ...
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What does steam do?

When excavating and building structures, some tiles have 'steam'. This causes the excavation to be more expensive. What other effects does it have?
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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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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 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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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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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 to delete my XCom Saves?

So first a confession: I was playing iron man, but I would cheat in that at the beginning of every month I would make a backup of the game. Then near the end of the month I would restore the game, or ...
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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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How is the damage done from Psi Storm 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Is the ability to change armor color only available to preorders in XCOM: Enemy Unknown?

Can armor color only be changed if you have a preordered version of XCOM? On the customization screen I can change hair, face, name, etc, but I can't change the color of the armor. UPDATE: Seems ...
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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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What's the best way to collect (Farm) equipment (weapons) in X-Com?

Sometimes, you are able to collect a weapon from an alien "without a scratch" on it, afterwards being able to use it in your unites without cost (when you have the technology to build it already, of ...
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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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How do I defeat these 12-15 Thin Men and the commander?

OK, so I screwed up my X-Com game. Playing Classic mode. A UFO landed in the woods and I kneejerk sent 4 ill-equipped team members out to take it down, then saved over my prior save. I've tried to ...
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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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How do I select Mission Control? (Tutorial)

I'm playing through the tutorial for XCOM. I've just told the Research Labs to build the alien zapper, and it tells me to "go to mission control". However, I keep clicking on the button and nothing ...
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Is there any way to tell if an enemy is on overwatch?

I just lost an assault specialist because I didn't realize two enemies were on overwatch. Was there something I should have noticed that would have told me they were on overwatch?
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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 ...