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Xenonauts is the 2014 spiritual successor to X-COM: UFO Defense which was published and developed by Goldhawk Interactive.

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What are mechanics to getting a reaction shot in Xenonauts?

Sometimes, Aliens run through my sights, but I don't get a reaction shot. Sometimes that even happens when the Alien ends up stopping in my field of vision. What's going on?
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How to throw a grenade in a ground fight?

How can I throw a grenade instead of shooting? I can't seem to toggle them into being the active weapon. What are the steps for throwing a grenade with an infantryman?
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Dividing Troops between multiple bases

How should I organize my troops between multiple bases? The game gives a broad overall strategic choice of whether place all of your best troops and equipment in a single A Team, or to split your ...
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Are there any drawbacks to using explosions instead of guns?

In the early stage of the game, frag rockets are free and unlimited. I found that a squad with rockets, clear aliens more quickly and risk-free (almost 1 kill per shot and it rarely misses), whereas a ...
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What is a good squad composition?

I have trouble finding a great squad composition. Shotguns are great for reaction shots early game. Heavy weapons are able to take out or suppress almost anything, assuming they can shoot at all. ...
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Does timely first aid speed up a wounded soldier's recovery?

A soldier will have to spend some time recuperating if they receive a serious wound during a mission. That time seems to depend on their remaining hitpoints, as they essentially recover those over the ...
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Is it possible to have more than 76 strength?

It seems that soldiers do not advance the strength attribute past 76 points. The other attributes seemed to be capped at 100, though I could not get Reflexes or Bravery past 70 just yet. When using ...
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What is called "maximum carry weight" in the formula for strength advancement

In an answer to "How do soldiers increase their attributes?" there is the following sentence: Strength (20): Points are given when soldier moves one tile while carrying more than 80% of its maximum ...
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Do incapacitated soldiers with bleeding wounds need any extra care?

In my ground squad's latest outing, I lost a trooper to a shot that left her with 1 hitpoint - and a bleeding wound, which incapacitated her at the beginning of my next turn. I know that the more HP ...
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What happens to stunned civilians?

Early in the game, stun weapons become available. Their intended use is, of course, capturing aliens alive. But what if I use them to keep civilians from endangering themselves? Will aliens attempt ...
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Does an airstrike bring more money than shooting down over water?

Sometimes, when a lot of UFOs appear at the same time and I don't have the resources (or nerve) to go on all missions, I simply destroy one of the UFOs for a quick buck. If you destroy an UFO over ...
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Does stunning enemy types you already captured yield any benefit?

Is there any point in stunning enemies that you already captured in an earlier mission, or are you better off just killing them? Does it give you any benefits like money or research progress?
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When to build that second base?

I am looking for advice on expanding your reach from your starting base. When is a good time to start building further bases? Should you try to go for it early in the game to stop the loss of funds ...
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Should you go on every crash recovery mission?

The game can become quite grindy as it goes on, for crash recovery missions. There's the risk that you'll start taking risks, when bored of the mission, and lose men. Should you go on every crash ...
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Do missions change if you wait?

If you shoot down a UFO, does it matter at all how long you take to send your strike team there? Will the Aliens kill more Civilians or spread around on the map more if you take your time? I get the ...
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How do I avoid night missions?

I had some trouble getting good results in night missions, because my team has a severe disadvantage due to the lowered field of view. I guess I could simply avoid this by waiting for a specific time ...
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Is Xenonauts deterministic?

Is Xenonauts deterministic with a predetermined seed for a savegame or is the dice rolled each time completely new when a random event occurs. That means: If you load an earlier save and repeat all ...
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How can I find Alien Bases?

I know that that I need to do an alien base assault in order to unlock the full tech tree, and that the earlier I do it the easier it will be. However, I'm not sure on the best way to actually track ...
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What is the optimal start base location?

At the beginning of a game, Xenonauts lets you choose the location of your first base. I started on the most Northern point of North Africa with the consideration that I can cover all of Europe and ...
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How can I open secret doors in alien bases?

The mission briefing for the alien base tells me that there are hidden doors that I can use . I took over the Command Room, revealing the entire map of the alien base. It's pretty clear where all ...
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What happens to aliens and items outside of captured UFOs?

You can capture landed and crashed UFOs by clearing them of aliens and keeping at least one soldier inside for five turns. What happens to any aliens and/or items left outside when the mission ends ...
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How does stunning work?

How do I stun aliens? I've been whacking away on one for a few turns, and I've done a couple hundred of what appears to be stun damage, but 30 normal damage was enough to kill the alien. Why can't I ...
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Does soldier rank matter?

Occasionally my soldiers get promoted to the next higher rank. Does this have any in-game effect such as stat bonuses?
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Successful Tactics In Air Combat

I have a 0% success rate when engaging in air combat because I can't figure out the right approach to take. What are some successful tactics to use when fighting in air combat?
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How do I go up staircases?

A lot of maps seem to have stairways on them. As far as I can tell, I can't walk up them, but sometimes I see NPCs running around up there. Is there a way I can have my troops go up staircases?
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How is enemy progression determined in Xenonauts?

How is enemy progression handled in Xenonauts? Do enemies get harder with time, or is enemy progression locked until you research certain technologies or meet some other criteria? If technologies ...
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How do soldiers increase their attributes?

In an effort to ensure I get the most bang for my buck when hiring my soldiers I'm trying to figure out which attributes are the most important to look for in a new hire. Part of this is just knowing ...
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Can stunned aliens recover?

When stunning an alien is it necessary to keep an eye on them, to make sure they don't get up again? Or does an alien remain unconscious once they have passed out?
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Can I use captured alien weapons?

I just finished my first crash site mission and recovered 3 plasma rifles. However, I don't see them as available to equip on the soldiers in my base. Is there a way I can use captured enemy weapons?
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What is the full research tree?

In a similiar vein to What does the full research tree look like? for XCOM: Enemy Unkown, I'd like to have an image of the full research tree for Xenonauts. Ideally I'd want it to outline both ...
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How can I switch between automatic and manual air combat?

I just started playing Xenonauts and intercepted my first UFO scout with a Condor. A tutorial popup window notified me that the game supports automatic or manual air combat, and I believe it indicated ...
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