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Sometimes, you are able to collect a weapon from an alien "without a scratch" on it, afterwards being able to use it in your unites without cost (when you have the technology to build it already, of course). The ways I know to collect alien weapons are the following:

  • Kill an Alien while he is in your mind control.
  • Stun an Alien and bring him with you.

But, what's the best way to collect (farm) those weapons? There are other ways, besides the two from above, to get weapons without cost?

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  • I'd like to mention that obtaining at most 6 items that you will ever need can hardly be called "farming". You can't sell weapons, so unless you have that Second Wave option enabled, you don't "farm", you "get some".
    – Orc JMR
    Dec 17, 2012 at 18:46
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    @OrcJMR switching just the 6 plasma rifles across your 30+ operatives can be a major pain though.
    – kotekzot
    Dec 18, 2012 at 16:23
  • @kotekzot exactly the "why" in my question
    – Michel
    Dec 18, 2012 at 16:26
  • Is the effort of agonising over the best way to get a couple of extra weapons in stores really worth it to avoid sometimes swapping gear. Do you really want to fundamentally change your battle tactics (perhaps wasting a gear slot) to get the extra 'worthless' items so you can avoid the "major pain"? Jan 1, 2013 at 18:36
  • @CraigYoung maybe... depend on the situation. Perhaps, at determinate situation, is the best approach.
    – Michel
    Jan 5, 2013 at 20:30

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Getting a mind-controlled alien killed or stunning one are the only ways to get their weapons. Mind-controlled aliens dying impacts your squad's morale as if one of your operatives had died, which makes them more prone to panic and less successful at further psi attacks; while stunning aliens is risky, can only be done a limited number of times and requires the use of an equipment slot, but can be done much earlier than mind control. I tend to favor mind control, especially at the end of a mission, where the will penalty will be felt less.

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  • Hmm, so, the MC have more pros than con? (this is what I understood) ?
    – Michel
    Dec 17, 2012 at 16:50
  • I would say so, yes. Of course, you can only get the last alien's weapons by stunning it.
    – kotekzot
    Dec 17, 2012 at 16:51
  • What do you mean by "you can only get the last alien's weapons by stunning it"?
    – Michel
    Dec 17, 2012 at 16:52
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    @Shaderach that doesn't happen. All aliens need to be dead or stunned for a mission to end.
    – kotekzot
    Dec 17, 2012 at 17:24
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    Nop, for last alien standing there is only stun option. Dec 18, 2012 at 16:15
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You could always combine the two approaches. Mind control, bring them close to a stunner, and stun them. This should mitigate any impact of moral loss, and overall be effective.

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    Really good point O.O!!
    – Michel
    Dec 27, 2012 at 21:13

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