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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Why I didn't get the Army of Four achievement in XCOM: Enemy Unknown? Did I miss something?

Today I finished my 3-day long, Classic+Ironman run and aimed to get these 4 achievements: "Earth First", "Ain't No Cavalry Comin'", "No Looking Back" and "An Army Of Four". All my soldiers lived ...
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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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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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Is there a way to remove all items from squad members, or exchange items between squad members?

Is there a way to remove all items from squad members, or easily exchange items between squad members? It can be obnoxious to try and remember which items you've placed on which squad member, ...
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The Chryssalids! They're everywhere! How do I survive the Site Recon mission?

During my last game, my troops were whisked off to Newfoundland and forced to kiss a cod. Oh yeah - they also had to deal with a whale infested with Chryssalids. During the mission, you have a ...
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Problem in XCom Enemy Unknown when first item is Attack european alien base

I encountered the following problem in XCom Enemy Unknown on PS3. In the Mission control screen, I have two options during gameplay: the first one is attack European alien base, the second is "scan ...
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In the EXALT Covert Data Recovery missions, what's the effect of disrupting comm relays?

In the EXALT Covert Data Recovery missions, the covert operative can optionally disable the various comm relays? What does this actually do? Does it delay or reduce the size of subsequent waves?
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Why won't it let me augment my soldiers into MEC Troopers in XCOM?

So, I just got a few of my soldiers in Enemy Within up to Colonel Rank, and another soldier up to Captain so I decided I was going to make them into MEC Troopers to balance out with my Psionics. ...
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Is there any way to tell what continents I've already finished the game from?

Title pretty much says it all - for the "A Continental Fellow" achievement, you need to finish the game from each of the starting locations, but I don't recall which ones I've missed!
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Why can't I stabilize a critically wounded solider in XCOM: Enemy Unknown when standing right on top of him?

In XCOM: Enemy Unknown, I have a critically wounded solider that is bleeding out, with the red cross and turns-until-death counter showing 1 turn left, and the message saying the solider can be ...
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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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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 worthwhile to equip Rookies with upgraded gear?

I've reached July and have a capable squad of about 8 senior soldiers. As the missions get harder, however, I realize I need to have other trained personnel ready, and so I'm bringing Rookies along on ...
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How do I earn medals to award my squaddies?

Enemy Within introduces the concept of medals -- minor, customizable bonuses that you can bestow upon worthy soldiers from the barracks. However, such medals are limited quantity - how do you earn ...
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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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Is there any way to guide what class a rookie will become?

As far as I can tell, the game decides what class my guys will be promoted to upon receiving their first promotion. Are there any ways to influence this decision? Right now I'm stuck with more ...
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How often should I sprint in terror missions?

In terror missions, where I'm expected to save as many civilians as possible, I'm having a difficult time actually getting to the civilians in time. By the time my guys have cautiously moved up, I've ...
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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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Will I get corpses if enemies were stunned? [duplicate]

I'm playing XCOM: Enemy Within. I've already researched all the corpses type and had lots of plasma weapons for my entire troops. It seems no need to stun enemies and capture them alive. Will I get ...
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How does the Electro Pulse work?

The MEC-mountable Electro Pulse is supposed to stun organic enemies and damage robotic enemies in an area around the MEC trooper. What exactly does it do? How much damage does it do to robots? How ...
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Best strategy for a “rush-victory”

What I mean by rush victory? Win the game as fast as possible, without wasting any time on side-quests/other objectives. Based on this chart of tech tree we can say that the "order" would be: ...
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What does Enemy Within research tree looks like?

I have problems getting Edison achievement so is there any shiny diagrams like in What does the full research tree look like? for an expansion?
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Why do I now have 1 autosave in a mission instead of 3?

I am playing on Classic difficulty, and where I used to have three Autosaves for a mission, I now only have one (i.e. the same file is rewritten each turn, so I can't go back a turn). Did this setting ...
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How do you edit a unit's nickname?

In the Customize screen the "nickname" editing button is disabled for me. How do I make it become active?
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What are the AIM values for aliens and EXALT agents?

I can see all of my units AIM values, both before the mission and during the mission with any modifiers for height advantage etc. What are the corresponding values for the aliens? Is it different for ...
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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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Are the hit percentages predetermined?

I was playing a Terror mission last night where after my unit would enter an area, a Cyber Disc and two Drones would come around the corner of a building. All four of my other units were in a position ...
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Should my Aggressive Assault use a Plasma Rifle or an Alloy Cannon?

I use an aggressive Assault soldier (full right: Aggression, Close and Personal, Rapid Fire, Bring 'Em On, and Killer Instinct) equipped with an Alloy Cannon. She hits hard. Having now read a lot of ...
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How To Disable Action Animations When Firing? [duplicate]

It feels like the firing animations take a ridiculously long time, and although I don't have hard data, I think they take the majority of my missions. The sniper animation is especially egregious, 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 the various enemy types show up?

Through some research (such as How does enemy progression work?) I have gotten the vague idea that harder enemy types show up based on how much time has elapsed in your game. Are exact, or even ...
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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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Full Satellite Coverage vs Exposed Home Continent

A recent play-though has led me to think it may be worth leaving the remaining countries in your home continent without satellites (excluding South America). If you have 2 or more countries without ...
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Is the satellite rush tactic sustainable on classic?

I picked up Enemy Within during Steam's winter sale, and I just finished a normal playthrough. Enemy Within seems to have added the tactical & strategic depth I felt the base game lacked, so I'm ...
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What has changed with Sectopods?

Yesterday I encountered my first Sectopod in my Enemy Within Normal/Ironman playthrough. I was overconfident due to pre-expansion experience with them, and did not focus my entire squad on it. It ...
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Why should I build SHIVs?

They were hardly useful in original game, but with introducing mech soldiers which plays the same role (can't use cover, more hp, first-line warriors) does anybody ever bother to build/research them? ...
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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 does this button on the geoscape in Mission Control do?

When viewing the geoscape in Mission Control, there's a button in the bottom left that seems to toggle the map between the normal view, and a digital-looking blue view. Does this have any effect ...
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Do I lose the perks from Officer Training School when I destroy it?

When I have every upgrade from the Officer Training School, can I tear it down or do I need to keep it, in order to keep the Upgrades/Perks?
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What is the difference between Neural Damping and Neural Feedback?

XCOM: Enemy Within introduced several new toys for the player to use, including the ability to genetically modify your soldiers. Most of the new gene mods are straightforward but there are still a few ...
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How does cover work?

From what I can tell, your units either have no cover, partial cover, or full cover relative to an enemy unit. However, even "full cover" doesn't mean "can't be shot", as I've definitely lost soldiers ...
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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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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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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 role is a “Heavy” supposed to fill?

Based on the name and my understanding of the TF2 class, a Heavy is a front-lines tanky soldier guy. But that doesn't really seem to be his role in XCOM. Assault soldiers are better at being in the ...
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How can I disable zoom reset on activating next char in XCOM?

In X-COM Unknown Enemy I love to zoom out to maximum for getting a good overview while moving soldiers, attacking enemies and thinking about my next moves. As we all know the game automatically ...
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Rising Dragon Achievement With Mechanized Chilong

Is it possible to get the Rising Dragon achievement when you have turned Shaojie Zhang 'Chilong' into a MEC trooper? I normally turn my heavies into MECs late game as the heavy bonus is great and ...
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How do I avoid or reduce the time my soldiers are out due to “wounded” status?

Sometimes when I return from a mission, my soldiers return, but can't be used for a few days afterwards - my squad roster lists them as "Wounded." I assume this has something to do with them taking ...
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How does one get around a destroyed Cyberdisc in XCOM: Enemy Unknown?

I just destroyed a Cyberdisk in the "Gangplank" mission, and the corpse has completely blocked the way forward. Is there something I can do to get past it, or do I have to find some way around?
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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 ...