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?

  • 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 '12 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 '12 at 16:23
  • @kotekzot exactly the "why" in my question – Michel Dec 18 '12 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"? – Disillusioned Jan 1 '13 at 18:36
  • @CraigYoung maybe... depend on the situation. Perhaps, at determinate situation, is the best approach. – Michel Jan 5 '13 at 20:30

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.

  • Hmm, so, the MC have more pros than con? (this is what I understood) ? – Michel Dec 17 '12 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 '12 at 16:51
  • What do you mean by "you can only get the last alien's weapons by stunning it"? – Michel Dec 17 '12 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 '12 at 17:24
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    Nop, for last alien standing there is only stun option. – Sergey Grinev Dec 18 '12 at 16:15

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 '12 at 21:13

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