I encountered the dark event where Faceless appear on missions besides retaliation missions. I've found the most effective way to find faceless is to throw grenades at civilians. If they die, they were a civilian; if they survive, they're a faceless.

Is there a downside to killing civilians in this way?

  • Possible duplicate of How can I tell if a civilian is a Faceless?
    – Neon1024
    Feb 9, 2016 at 15:29
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    @DavidYell These are two different questions, although the practical answer to this is probably contained in that other question, being that targeting civilians with grenades brings up a warning while targeting Faceless doesn't. Feb 9, 2016 at 15:34
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    @DavidYell The Faceless thing was an example. I also kill civilians when they're in the way or are annoying me. The other question doesn't discuss that. Feb 9, 2016 at 15:35
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    What a waste of perfectly good grenades! Feb 9, 2016 at 15:41
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    @BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft It's not. It's about the civilians who aren't in retaliation missions and cannot be saved. Feb 9, 2016 at 16:08

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No, there is no downside to killing civilians. I've killed hundreds of civs in hijack, defense, and guerilla op missions with no impact on either the mission rating, the well being of my troops, or the well being of my own mind.

That's right, you can still get Flawless ratings from missions even if you kill civilians.

The way I see it, if they don't get out of your way, they become cannon fodder.

  • In my opinion this answer would have been even better without the last sentence. We should stick to facts around the stack exchange. Jan 5, 2019 at 9:41

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