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 is a good build order for the first month or two on classic difficulty?

I've been having a few issues getting going and I was wondering if anybody had any tips for me. I generally: Try to get a new power generator / satellite uplink up asap Research nano-vests to keep ...
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Does the Mind Shield improve a psionic's ability to attack with their Psi attacks?

Last night I was moving in to the later stages of the game and recently gained access to Psi armour and the Mind Shield. If I recall, the description for the Mind Shield implies it is a defensive ...
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How do I equip my S.H.I.V?

I invested into S.H.I.V tech and I have a hover S.H.I.V and a alloy S.H.I.V ready in my barracks. However, I'm unable to edit the loadout of these units (everthing except "dismantle" is greyed out) ...
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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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In the command center in x-com enemy unknown the view is stuck. How to resolve that?

When I open the command center in enemy unknown, the view is stuck at always the same place. I cannot move the globe and generally don't see anything else than north america. This seems to be the case ...
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Where are the savegames located in x-com enemy unknown?

I have a lot of savegames and I'd like to clean them up. Ingame you can only delete them one by one. There is a folder "Saves" in the steamapps folder (I have the steam game) but there are no files in ...
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What determines whether an UFO lands or gets intercepted?

While early UFOs kept triggering interceptors, I've recently had a string of UFOs simply landing despite much better satellite coverage. Is it random whether I get to try intercepting an UFO, or do I ...
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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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How Can I Force Close Windows

I am having different windows stay open sometimes when I try to close them while in the base. As for instances, I will change out a soldier before a mission, I remove the existing soldier, and open ...
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Is Iron Will applied retroactively?

Iron Will is a perk purchased from the Officer Training skill, which does the following: Soldiers received a larger Will bonus each time they are promoted. This is very useful, but most of my ...
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Rules for succesfully capturing various aliens in XCOM

I've advanced somewhat into the game (I think I'm past the first half, have done the Alien Base and 7-8 missions after it), and I'm still puzzeled about which aliens I can capture and under what ...
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What is the perfect base layout?

Carefully planning your base's layout will lead to significant savings and bonuses. What goal should I have in mind when expanding my base? A perfect layout would be the one that wastes as little as ...
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What buildings are benefited by adjacency to workshops? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the proximity bonuses for adjacent buildings and when do they apply? I know that building anything beside a workshop gives an immediate benefit upon completion 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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If i change projects, can I pick up where I left off?

I'm about halfway through a long research project, and still have 5 days left before it's finished. A new project just came up that only takes two days and is a priority project. If I switch to this ...
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Does weather or time of day affect combat in XCOM:EU?

Does weather affect the combat at all in XCOM: Enemy Unknown? For example, does heavy rain reduce visibility, movement or aiming? Does it make any difference if the mission is at day or at night?
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Where do I find alloys and elerium?

Alloy and Elerium are very common crafting materials, but I'm not sure how I acquire them. How do I acquire more alloy and Elerium?
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Amount of turns passed affect hearing?

Does the amount of time (turns) passed in a mission affect the chance to hear the enemy? For example I think if I am slowly moving my squad around the map I can hear the enemy more often which is a ...
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How often should my troops use Overwatch?

When my troops are deployed on a mission, how often per turn should I use the Overwatch command? Are there particular classes that are better at this, or is each class equally useful in this regard? ...
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How many civilians do I need to save on terror missions?

The terror missions I've been on have had either 16 or 18 civilians to save. What are the thresholds for success and the corresponding differences in rewards in terms of number of civilians saved? ...
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How can I kill an enemy under mind control?

I was in a mission and had only one soldier with moves left and a berserker. Since I couldn't kill it with just one shot I mind controlled it. Then on the next 4 turns I got stuck with it, waiting for ...
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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 do the icons next to a soldier's rank icon mean?

In combat, your selected soldier's rank is displayed as an icon at the bottom left corner of the screen. Sometimes a yellow star or a white cross will appear on top of it. What do these icons signify? ...
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Does the type of kill matter for promotion?

The main factor when it comes to promotions seems to be the number of aliens a soldier has killed. Does it matter what kind of alien is killed? Does a strong alien give more experience than a weak one,...
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Why aren't my soldiers getting promoted?

I have a character with 8 missions and 6 kills, and still she is a rookie. Some seem to get promoted, while others get sent on missions, make kills, and yet stay as rookies. Is this a bug, or is there ...
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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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How much do additional engineers reduce manufacturing costs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What affects manufacturing costs? There's a tooltip that mentions that more engineers will decrease the cost of building items (and facilities?). How much does each ...
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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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How does Line Of Sight work?

I'm a little confused by how the LOS system works. On a few occasions I've had my units be attacked when I thought they should be hidden from the enemy. I do not mean just in Full Cover since I ...
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How to activate the Elite Soldier Pack for XCOM PC Version

I honestly tried all common sense approaches to activating the Elite Soldier Pack for my PC DVD version of XCOM - Enemy Unknown and have not managed to do it. The leaflet that comes in the box says ...
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When do my soldiers gain ranks?

Soldiers gain experience from killing enemies. At what experience levels do the soldiers advance to the next rank?
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Is the story progression time based or event based?

In other words, is it possible to delay the story progression (and therefore tougher enemies) through not researching certain artifacts and not doing certain missions? Is it possible to "fail" story ...
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How to scramble multiple interceptors in XCOM EU

Is it possible to scramble multiple interceptors in XCOM: Enemy Unknown? As soon as I click on 1 it is launched, I would like to scramble all of them together.
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Is it possible to have Ironman enabled by default?

I prefer to play the game in Ironman mode, but I need to enable it every time I start a new game. On the off chance I forget to do this I either need to continue playing with it turned off, or restart ...
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Do aliens killed by car count as kills?

A soldier fires rocket or throws a grenade not directly at aliens, but at car they are using for cover. Will it still count towards this soldier's kills?
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Reorder action keys?

So the order of the actions are different for the different classes. Luckily "fire" is always on 1, but I'd like "overwatch" to always be on key 2. Now it changes between 3 and 4 depending on the ...
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Where is UFOpedia?

I can't find UFOpedia in the new XCOM. Is it there at all? If it is, how do I access it? If not, then where can I see things like for example detailed stats for weapons, armour and aliens?
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How can I overcome color bleeding issues in cutscenes?

I finally managed to sit down and play some XCOM Enemy Unknown, and everything works brilliantly save one strange graphic issue. In the game's various segments that have more of a cutscene look, ...
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What does it mean when the Alien Icon has a yellow reticle on top of it?

At the bottom right of the screen, there is a red or yellow alien icon for each alien that the currently selected soldier can see. Occasionally, when a sniper is selected, some of these icons have a ...
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How do I stabilize soldiers?

So I've got a critically wounded soldier lying around. My medic has moved into range, but the med-pack icon remains greayed out. However, I can still select the med-pack and target the soldier, and ...
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What is the effect of light, medium and heavy armor?

Armor in XCOM is described as being either light, medium, or heavy. What are the effects of wearing a particular type of armor?
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Should I cover or hover?

Archangel armor, available late game, gives a soldier the ability to fly. What are the considerations when deciding whether a soldier should be covering or hovering? Does one provider better offense ...
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Which armor provides the most protection against regular damage?

There are 3 top armors in the game: Titan, Archangel and Psi armors. Titan provides 10 bonus health, Archangel provides 8 bonus health and Psi armor provides 6 bonus health plus 10 defense. Archangel ...
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Do medikits repair armor?

If your soldier takes more damage than he has bonus health from armor, his health will start depleting, resulting in him spending days in the infirmary. Does healing a soldier restore his armor's ...
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Is it possible to keep all sixteen countries in the XCOM coalition?

I'm on my third XCOM campaign (normal difficulty) in an attempt to keep any countries from quitting the coalition and it is very clearly not working. My troops are strong enough to handle the early ...
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Does alien tech scale with time in XCOM: Enemy Unknown?

If I forgo completing the Alien Base Assault mission for a few game months, will the aliens advance as well, making the mission harder? I realize incidental missions get more difficult and scale, but ...
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What is the range and success rate on the Arc Thrower?

I'm ready to capture my first Alien, but I'm not certain what the range and success rate of the Arc Thrower is. I'm playing on Ironman, so I can't really afford to experiment to find out in the middle ...
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What requirements are needed for a soldier to use the Gollop Chamber?

How do you get a psionic soldier who's powerful enough to use the Gollop Chamber that you've built?
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What determines if a soldier is gifted with psionic powers?

The game mentions a soldier's will influencing whether they have a gift or not. Since you can only test a soldier once, does that mean promoting a soldier a couple of times before testing might ...
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Can you tell what enemies your soldiers would be able to see/fire on before moving?

When moving, XCOM provides a helpful blue line indicating what path your soldier will take. This is extremely helpful to see BEFORE you move, in situations like: When you're trying to sneak up on ...