In my latest playthrough, I've caught the very first outsider I came across, and was very surprised to encounter an additional outsider a while later on a different crashed UFO (as I was under the impression they stop showing up once you fulfill the objective of capturing one).

I really wanted to see what would happen if I were to capture it, but I obviously failed (which is why I'm asking this question).

I seem to recall that the outsider shard shows up on the gray market screen and is unsellable. Will capturing an additional outsider give me an extra shard to sell once I research the one I already had? Will I simply end up with an extra shard I can't do anything with? Something else?

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If you capture several Outsiders, you will have all the shards in your inventory. But the most frustrating thing is that you will not be able to sell the shards. So you will have the shards stuck at your inventory for the rest of the game.

Outsiders will stop appearing only after you finish the mission that comes after you research the shard, but you still won't be able to sell the shards.

Since they are harder to capture that other low level aliens, but have the same weapon (light plasma rifle), I would advise capturing floaters or thin men instead of outsiders if you want the weapons, as they will not appear in your inventory and reduce clutter.

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    Incorrect; outsiders don't stop appearing until after you've completed the plot mission that you get after researching the shard. Oct 31, 2012 at 12:36
  • I imagined you'd end up with pointless shards. Thanks!
    – Aubergine
    Oct 31, 2012 at 12:57

Nothing special happens if you catch more of a single live alien. They just sit quietly in your Containment Facility and do not ask for food. I can't confirm if Outsider Shards appear in your inventory like other aliens' corpses, though.

Outsiders continue to appear on the bridge of UFOs, until they are replaced by another "commanding alien" a plot mission or two later - then you wouldn't be able to encounter them anymore.

You should get an intact weapon for a live capture, at least.


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