Say that I have a soldier who is dying, and I get the message saying that I have three turns to stabilize them or they die.

If I finish the mission before then, do they live? If I don't have any medpacs handy, is it worth trying to rush to finish the mission in the hopes that they'll fight another day?

  • I haven't played the original in a while, but IIRC the answer is "yes, they live" Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 0:42
  • @BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft Do you want to turn that into an answer? Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 0:47

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Yes, they'll survive.

If you're sure you're on the final group of aliens, finishing the mission early is a valid tactic for saving them. Trying to rush the mission is also a great way to get more soldiers killed of course, so bear that in mind.

  • Is this still the case if XCOM evacs at the end of the mission? Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 13:41
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    @RoijanEskor Yes, it should be. If the mission ends by any means other than all XCOM agents dying then the still-bleeding wounded should live. Note that I'm pretty sure this was done differently in XCOM 2.
    – Steve-O
    Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 13:48
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    @Steve-O Ok. In XCOM 2, if you leave a bleeding -out soldier in the field when you evac, he will be MIA. Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 16:10
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    @RoijanEskor Though this only applies to evac. If you end the mission by killing all enemies, they're fine. Commented Apr 9, 2018 at 17:24
  • Realizing this is a long dead post, but in Enemy Unknown/Within, if you evac, any soldier that isn't in the evac zone is MIA. If your soldier was bleeding out in the evac zone (which would require them to get shot while already there), they would probably live, but if they're out on the battlefield somewhere, they'll be MIA. Commented Nov 23, 2019 at 0:02

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