X-Com UFO Defense FAQ By : M-Chan Copyright M-Chan 2002 Any Questions or Corrections e-mail me at RecycledAnimals@Yahoo.com Author's Note: I hope this comes of some use to people who are just starting out in the game, I know it is very difficult to pick up at first. I luckily had a friend who showed me the ropes. I also had to buy this game used on PSX and it had absolutely no instructions with it. If I had absolutely no past experience with it, I would have been lost. So this is for all the people out there that fall into the same category. This is my comprehensive faq on basically everything that there is in the game. I'm surprised that not many people know of the greatness that X-Com personifies. I have personally been playing this game for a little more than 7 years and I haven't lost any interest or urge to pick up the game and just play for hours on end. X-Com is one of the best if not the best Turn-based strategy games ever made it also has factors of maintenance through your base and it's functions. And without further ado..Sit back, take your pants off, and feel the love vibrations. And if this is your first time playing it on PSX : ^_^ Put it on the Point & Click Interface. Moving on. Ver. 1.0 -First Update (07-20-2002 ~ 07-24-2002) *Still need to do What Game Says on Alien Units Table of Contents Section A : Game Basics I. Base Location II. Geoscape Menu -Intercept -Bases -Ufopedia -Options -Funding -Graphs -Time III. Base Menu -Equip Craft -Soldiers -Research/Development -Manufacture -Purchase/Recruit -Sell/Sack -Transfer -Build Facilities -Base Information -Geoscape -Build a New Base IV. Game Over Section B : Fighting I. Interception II. Situations -UFO Recovery -Terror Site -Base Attack -UFO Base Assault III. Getting Started IV. Battle Menu V. Basics -Time Units -Movement -Looking -Snap, Aim, Auto Shot -Explosives VI. Conditions for Victory VII. Points Section C : Units, Ships, and Aliens I. X-COM Units II. Aliens III. X-COM Aircrafts IV. Base Facilities V. Alien Ships VI. Alien Research Section D : Weapons I. Pistols II. Rifles III. Launchers IV. Explosives V. Tanks VI. Aircraft Weapons VII. Armor VIII. Misc Section E : Research Guide Section F : Tactics & Tips SECTION A : GAME BASICS (Base Location) * When you start the game you will be asked to choose where you want to place your first base. Anywhere technically can fit the bill, just don't put it in Anartica or anything. But I would reccomend that you put it somewhere in the US for one simple reason the funding they give you is unmatched. It is so much higher than everyone else, many countries' worth combined. So it is important to protect them and keep them happy, while other countries pay you only a fraction and don't necessarily need to be kept an eye on. You could place it in the Eurasia area and you will have many countries in check that add up to the US funding, but really stick with the US. (Geoscape Menu) * You will see this screen quite a bit so get used to it. -Earth You will see various dots all over the Earth, each of them representing something. The small square represents where your base is. Whenever there is an alien ship it will be seen as a red dot and when it lands a green X. An alien base will be another square that isn't one of your own bases. Terror sites are a pink X that appears. Everytime one of these appears you will get a warning screen, showing you the location of each, except for a base..you will have to comb the earth for it or at the end of the month it will tell you. -Intercept This tells you what ships you have at your disposal. At the beginning you will have 1 Skyranger and 2 Interceptors. The first being your transport ship and the others are your combat aircrafts. The Interceptors are what you will send out when you are alerted of a ship that has been spoted. Choose which of them you like and then click on the UFO from there it will do the rest. -Bases This will bring you to the base menu. -Ufopedia Simply put, this will tell you in detail about the various weapons and things that you have researched and found out from the weapons you use to the aliens that you have killed. It's all here for your reference. -Options Basic stuff. Saving, loading, aborting game, sound options, and controls. -Funding This shows you how much money each of the countries is contributing to the X-COM program. This should give you an idea of who you should keep happy, when they are pleased you will see +'s on the right of the totals and when you do badly -'s will follow. If a country is truly displeased with your work they will sign a pact with the aliens and drop funding all together. Bad. At the end of every month you will get an update on how well you are doing and if there is any sort of change in the funding. -Graphs Will give you basically any information that you want, from UFO activity in specific areas to funding. -Time 5 Seconds : When you want to "pause" the game. Makes it so slow that nothing will really happen. 1 Minute : No real use. 5 Minutes : No real use. 30 Minutes : You can use this for when you are intercepting an aircraft 1 Hour : Can progress through in this mode, though a little slow. 1 Day : Nothing to do, just waiting for something to attack, research to finish, manufacuturing to complete. (Base Screen) *Will appear when you click the bases button on the Geoscape screen. Your actual base is composed of the squares that are on the left, all the little boxes under your base name and funding will help you to move from base to base when you have multiple -Equip Craft Here you will be able to tinker with the aircrafts that you have in your hangers. With Interceptors you click on it and then you can alter it's weaponry though the 1 and 2, along with other assault aircrafts. With transport ships you will be able to assign soldiers to it, load up equipment, and give certain soldiers armor when the time comes. -Soldiers This is for getting lots of information about all of the soldiers you are keeping at your base. You can see which of your soldiers is the best and also change their names to your likings if you are willing to take the time, I assure you they die to fast to name unless you hate the person. ^_^ Then have fun, because they won't last long. -Research/Development A very important part of X-COM, is the researching part of the game. You will need to get many scientists and build a few Labratories so you can quickly learn about and gain the ability to use strong weapons. Just click new project, choose a gun/alien/theory and assign as many scientists as you have. The more scientists the faster..you can allocate then to your desire to have multiple projects at once. Unknown, Poor, Average, Good, Excellent. Those will appear by the side of the project to show progress. At anytime you can add more scientists. -Manufacture Not very important at least to me. You need to buy engineers and have a workshop to use this option. After you are finished researching a weapon or aircraft, you can make it for use. Just choose New Project, click the thing you want manufactured..it will give you the details such as cost of what is needed, then allocate your engineers and then tell how many of the thing you want made. Afterwards it will show you how long it will take to build. At anytime you can add more engineers to a project. -Purchase/Recruit This is what you can buy. From Soldiers to Handguns..this is where you buy it. Just click up to increase the number of how much you want and then go to the bottom and click sale. It will show you the total cost in the upper left of the screen. -Sell/Sack Can sell all of the excess stuff that you have in your inventory to empty up the space used in your General Stores. Click on the up next to the item to increase the amount and then sell. It will show you the total of amount of money gained in the upper left. -Transfer When you have more than one base you can move materials and people through this to the other base. Just choose like you would in the buying screen and then send it. There will be a charge and it varies depending on how big the order is. -Build Facilities A small menu will pop up showing you the various faciltities you can add on to your base. You just click the one you need, it will then show cost the cost and how long it will take to build..then just choose a spot on the base where you can put it. All pieces must be attached to an existing piece of the base. -Base Information Gives you indepth details about how your base is doing, gives you the ratios of your People to Living Quarters, Scientists to Lab Space, and so on. Also it will give you your expenses. Yes, you must pay for everything even after you buy them. It costs money to maintain the base and you have to pay the wages of the people who are still alive. Scientists being the most expensive and they don't die in battle unfortunately. -Geoscape Brings you to the Geoscape screen. -Build a New Base This will put you through the same process that you had to do in the beginning, just repeat..the cost of a base will depend on where you put it and can go up to a million dollars. Remember, you can only build base facilities adjacent to already existing structures. So you can't just build it all in one swoop. (Game Over) *When you go in debt over 2 million dollars for two months or if you lose all of your funding by the countries all signing with the aliens you will lose the game. SECTION B : FIGHTING (Interception) *After an alien ship has been spotted you choose your aircraft that you will use to intercept on the GeoScape menu. After you do that click on the red dot that signifies the UFO. This will cause your aircraft to go intercept it. Once it catches up to it you will get the combat menu. All of have to do is choose which attack style you like and the game will do the rest for you. Slowly the dot will come closer into a range of one of your weapons and it will fire. There are various forms of attack. Standard, Aggressive, and Cautious. Each is pretty much self explainitory. Cautious will keep the UFO at a distance, Standard will gradually bring it closer, and Aggressive will bring it closer faster. Depending upon your weaponry and the size of the ship choose the one that best works. There is also a disengage option which lets you run if it is too big and at the bottom is button of a UFO that will show you what the UFO looks like. (Situations) *There are multiple situations in which you must fight aliens. UFO Recovery -This is your standard issue combat situation, this occurs after you bring down a UFO or when one is already on the ground and you send your soldiers out to the scene. Terror Site -These appear at random at a random city in the world, these are important to do right away as they disappear quickly from the map and if you miss them they will go against your score quite a bit. Just send your soldiers to the scene. Base Attack -If you base is without defense and you let a few UFO's go by without stopping them this happens. You will have to fight in your own base as a battle screen. It is rare though and will most likely only happen in the beginning until your defenses are up. UFO Base Assault -Eventually the aliens will set up their own base somewhere on the map, most of the time you have to search for it or it will tell you at the end of the month. Simply take your aircraft and send soldiers to the base to initiate the battle. (Getting Started) *After you have started the mission you will be given a chance to equip the soldiers you have brought with various weapons you put on the ship. Just click on the weapon and drag it into their hands or either of the other areas where it will fit. The more equipment you put the more it will weigh the person down and the less they will be able to move in battle. In the upper right it will allow you scroll between soldiers and unloading a weapon is under it, drag the loaded weapon to the button and click. Then when finished click ok. (Battle Menu) http://db.gamefaqs.com/console/psx/file/x_com_battlescape.txt Refer to this great FAQ by Ledmeister for a detailed and graphical reference to all of the buttons that are on the Battlescape Menu. (Basics) *Here are the essentials, bare-bone things you need to know. Time Units -These are your blood, your lifeline...Everything costs time units. From looking, walking, shooting, and reloading. When you run out you cannot move that soldier until the next turn so keep an eye on them. Most soldiers start out with about 50-60 TU's and it can increase slightly the higher they go in rank. Movement -For the most part movement one square forward costs 4 TU's, unless you are going up hill or through a door. Then it can alter the cost. Just click a soldier and move the square to a different place, click, and he will move. Looking -Always look around. For PSX hit O to look and right click on the computer. It cost about 2 TU's for each directional change. Snap, Aimed, Auto Shot -Usually these are the three options of firing you get when you are shooting at an alien. Not every weapon will have these shots, some you will be limited to Snap and Aimed. Each of them are different in how effective they can be. Just move over to the weapon in either of your hands and choose which you want. Then move the crosshairs over to the alien, click. Snap Shot costs the least amount of time unit out of all the shots, but it is the most innaccurate and only fires a single bullet. Aimed Shot is the most expensive shot. But it is an extremely accurate single shot. Auto Shot is when you give up accuracy for the amount of shots fired with it you get three rounds each time. It is not as costly as Aimed, but it is more expensive than Snap with less accuracy. (Conditions for Victory) *Kill or incapacitate all aliens. Duh. (Points) *After all is said and done and you finish the battle you will get a scorecard of how you did on the battle. It also tells you of promotions of exceptional soldiers. For every alien that you kill or capture you will get positive points, every artifact you acquire is a plus. Along with every civilian that is saved if you are doing a terror site. But points will be deducted for loss of soldiers, MIA soldiers, death of civilians by X-COM or Aliens. In the end it is added up and that is your total score overall at the bottom. SECTION C : UNITS, SHIPS, AND ALIENS (X-COM Units) Scientists -Research at your base. Engineers -Manufacture artifacts at your base. Soldiers -Fight the UFO's. Can gain rank according to their actions on the battlefield. Going from Rookie, Squaddie, General, Captain, Corporal, and finally Lieutenant. The ranks increase depending upon how many battles they have been in and how many aliens they have killed. (Aliens) *All alien corpses sell for $20,000. You only need 1 for research so sell all of the rest. [Sectoids] Difficulty: ** Appearance: Your classic little grey, big headed stereotypical alien. Abilities: Decent psychic powers Usual Weaponry: Psyconics and Energy weapons Terror Unit: Cyberdisks My Thoughts: Overall I find them to be rather easy and not too much of a threat. Of course they have the psychic ablities, but tend not to use them that much on your soldiers. Even then they aren't that great and usually don't take them over on the first try. Usually die in a single shot. What the Game says: Corpse: [Floaters] Difficulty: * 1/2 Appearance: Purple with capes, have no legs only a silver sphere. Abilities: Flight Usual Weaponry: Energy Weapons Terror Unit: Reapers My Thoughts: Sometimes they can be a little difficult to find simply because they can fly around and be on rooftops. But other than that, they are just usual aliens with a quirky little novelty ability. What the Game says: Corpse: [Snakemen] Difficulty: * Appearance: Bright orange with shoulder pads, snake tail lower body. Ablities: None Usual Weaponry: Energy Weapons Terror Units: Cryssalids My Thoughts: Absolutely nothing special here, unless you want to call their neat orange color something. They can take a shot or two, but usually fall in one. No special powers, ablities, nodda. But their friends in Terror Sites are a different story.....I'll get into that evil later. What the Game says: Corpse: [Etherial] Difficulty: ********** out of 5 Appearance: Huge brown robes, no skin seen. Ablities: Ungodly Psychic ablities Usual Weaponry: Psyonics and Energy Weapons Terror Units: Sectopods My Thoughts: If satan was an alien unit. He'd be an Etherial. I hate these aliens with a passion. They are extremely good at taking over your own men and killing you with them. With just one left Etherial it can take over a man in your ship and drop a grenade. Everyone dead. Trust me it's happened. Fear any large ship with them and any base. Even their traveling terror friends are hard. So be weary of them. Luckily they show up later in the game if it's on easy. What the Game Says: Corpse: [Muton] Difficulty: **** Appearance: Big muscular aliens, tight green suits with purple faces. Ablities: Good Defense Usual Weaponry: Heavy Plasma Terror Units: Celatids and Silacoids My Thoughts: Usually it comes down to Mutons and Etherials towards the end of the game and these guys make up the muscle. Can be quite annoying at times and not want to fall down even after being shot a couple of times. What the Game Says: Corpse: [Cyberdisk] Difficulty: ** Appearance: Big floating disks. Ablities: Flight. Usual Weaponry: Energy Blasts My Thoughts: Will not fall to anything but energy weapons, which can be a problem in earlier on if you don't have them researched so make sure to do it quickly. Killing them can be a pain or a gift. Because when they die, they explode in quite a big radius. So it will sometimes kill Sectoids or other Cyberdisks in the process, but you do have to distance yourself when shooting it and it can kill cilivians when fighting them in terror sites. What the Game Says: Corpse: [Reaper] Difficulty: * Appearance: Big orange, bull-like creatures with two legs. Ablities: Um..take up four squares Usual Weaponry: Biting My Thoughts: Not hard at all seeing as they have to walk all the way up to you so that they can attack. They do have good movement, but most of the time you kill them before they can even get close to you. What the Game Says: Corpse: [Cryssalid] Difficulty: *********** out of 5 Appearance: Grey insect like, bipedal aliens Ablities: Reproduction by Contact Usual Weaponry: Claws My Thoughts: EVIL. I hate these. Everytime I see a Cryssalid I cringe. The instant you see one kill it, immediately. It has excellent range of movement. After it attacks you or a cilivian, the victim will become a host and when shot will be a new Cryssalid. Make sure you have more than one soldier attacking, because zombies will at least take 2 shots or more to fall dead totally. What the Game Says: Corpse: [Sectopod] Difficulty: ***** Appearance: Giant bipedal mechs, red tinted glass window. Ablities: Strong Armor Usual Weaponry: Energy blasts My Thoughts: Paired with Etherials they are the perfect combination of strength and psionics. They will take many, many shots. Unless you use lasers. What the Game Says: Corpse: [Silacoid] Difficulty: * Appearance: A blob of pink and purple goo. Ablities: None Usual Weaponry: Shoots stuff. My Thoughts: Easy, not many time units at all. Has a fair amount of movement. Other than that. No real threat along with their partner the Celatid. What the Game Says: Corpse: [Celatid] Difficulty: * Appearance: Flying pink lima bean that giggles. Ablities: None Usual Weaponry: Acid or Energy whatever, it shoots. My Thoughts: Easy. Very easy. Weak. One shot. Nothing to be afraid of, make up for the emmense strength that the Muton's have. Will always die in one shot. What the Game Says: Corpse: (X-COM Aircrafts) *To recieve the other aircrafts you must research these things. Alien Alloys + UFO Navigation + UFO Power Source + Elerium 115 = UFO Construction = New Fighter Craft FIRESTORM = New Transport/Fighter LIGHTNING = Ultimate Craft AVENGER [Skyranger] Type of Ship: Transport Soldier Capacity: 14 Soldiers total Carrying Capacity: 14 Total Weaponry: None Speed: 760 mph Rating: *** My Thoughts: You start with one already in your base and you will depend on it for a while. It holds enough people and cargo, it will suffice until you acquire something better. What the Game Says: "Troop transporter, the fastest of its kind, with vertical take-off and landing (V.T.O) capablities" [Interceptor] Type of Ship: Combat Soldier Capacity: 0 Soldiers Carrying Capacity: 0 Total Weaponry: 2 Slots Speed: 2100 mph Fuel Capacity: 2000 gallons Armor: 150 Rating: ** My Thoughts: You are given 2 of these to fight with in the beginning and can do the job for Very small ships all the way up to Large, but that's pushing it. Hurry to get the Firestorm when possible because the Interceptor tends to get blown away by larger ships and also cannot keep up. What the Game Says: "Combat Aircraft with dual pulse detonation engines and specially shielded with electronic systems. The best available Earth based technology." [Firestorm] Type of Ship: Combat Soldier Capacity: 0 Soldiers Carrying Capacity: 0 Total Weaponry: 2 Slots Speed: 4200 mph Fuel Capacity: Elerium-115 Armor: 500 Rating: **** My Thoughts: I like this ship. It is your classic UFO shape and is only available after you do the research requirements. It is fast enough to catch up to the larger ships, twice as fast as the Interceptor. Perhaps my only problem with the Firestorm is that its fuel capacity is somewhat lacking and can easily run out of fuel by the time you get near to UFO's that are a good distance away from the ship. What the Game Says: "Combat craft. This one-man fighter replicates the classic alien flying saucer design with central propulsion unit." [Lightning] Type of Ship: Combat / Transport Soldier Capacity: 12 Soldiers Carrying Capacity: 12 Total Weaponry: 1 Slots Speed: 3100 mph Fuel Capacity: Elerium-115 Armor: 800 Rating: * My Thoughts: One word best describes this ship....Worthless. That or pointless. I have really never ever made one of these, don't waste your time. Its one weapon slot is really not enough unless you put a Fusion Ball Launcher. The cargo is lacking. Just make a Firestorm and wait for the Avenger. Trust me. What the Game Says: "Transporter and Combat craft. A crude, but effective replication of alien propulsion systems." [Avenger] Type of Ship: Combat / Transport Soldier Capacity: 26 Soldiers Carrying Capacity: 26 Total Weaponry: 2 Slots Speed: 5400 mph Fuel Capacity: Elerium-115 Armor: 1200 Rating: ***** My Thoughts: "Ultimate Craft" that name fits this ship like a speedo. It is the fastest ship, the most fortified ship, holds the most people, tends to fly the furthest, 2 weapon slots. This is one killer ship. Get it as fast as you can and when you can afford it. What the Game Says: "Transporter and Combat spacecraft. The ultimate replication of alien technology." (Base Facilities) [Access Lift] Cost: $300,000 Maintenance: $4,000 per month Days to Build: 0 Days Purpose: Center of Base. Research: No. My Thoughts: Have to have it. Nuff said. What the Game Says: "The access lift allows equipment and personnel to be transferred into or out of an underground base. It is always the first facility to be constructed on a new site. The lift area is vulnerable to intrusion from any potential hostile force." [Hangar] Cost: $200,000 Maintenance: $25,000 per month Days to Build: 25 Days Purpose: Holds Aircrafts Research: No My Thoughts: An absolute necessity. Depending upon where your base is you want to put at least 2, one can work if you have mulitple bases with other bases around with aircrafts ready to go. What the Game Says: "Each hangar can accommidate one craft. There are facilities for maintenance, refuelling and repairing the X-Com craft. Each craft stationed at a base must have a free hangar assigned to it which cannot be used by other craft, even if the assigned craft is out on a mission." [Laboratory] Cost: $750,000 Maintenance: $30,000 per month Days to Build: 26 Days Purpose: Research Facility / Holds Scientists Research: No My Thoughts: In your first base you will want quite a few of these to increase the room for more scientists. Labs are what make you quite strong and give you the ability to use new weapons. I usually never play without the ability to have 100+ Scientists. What the Game Says: "Up to 50 scientists can work in a laboratory facility. Laboratories are equipped with the latest technology for research into materials, biochemistry, and cosmology. There is privileged access to the best research labs throughout the world, including military establishments." [Workshop] Cost: $800,000 Maintenance: $35,000 per month Days to Build: 32 Days Purpose: Manufacturing Facility / Holds Engineers Research: No My Thoughts: Not the most important thing in the world. You'll mostly need them for creating the new aircrafts and a few weapons here and there. Just make a few and buy a couple of engineers. What the Game Says: "A workshop contains all the equipment necessary to manufacture equipment based on designs from science labs. Up to 50 engineers can occupy a workshop, although items under construction will also consume some space." [General Stores] Cost: $150,000 Maintenance: $5,000 per month Days to Build: 10 Days Purpose: Holds 50 Total Supplies Research: No My Thoughts: Another one of those definates. You will need a couple to hold all of the supplies you will acquire. They are cheap, quick to build, and insignificant Maintenance fee. What the Game Says: "All equipment, weapons systems, munitions, recovered materials, and heavy weapons platforms are placed in stores, with the exception of the equipment assigned to crafts in hangars." [Living Quarters] Cost: $400,000 Maintenance: $10,000 per month Days to Build: 16 Days Purpose: Holds 50 People Research: No My Thoughts: Required to have. Depending upon how large the base is you will need to build a few of these to hold the people. Engineers, Soldiers, and Scientists all go towards the count. Rather quick to build and cheap to maintain. What the Game Says: "Each accommodation block provides up to 50 personnel. The facilty provides basic recreation, food, and sleeping areas." [Small Radar] Cost: $500,000 Maintenance: $10,000 per month Days to Build: 12 Days Purpose: Radar, Short Range Research: No My Thoughts: Your first base has one. That's the last one you will ever see or need. From then on, build Large Radars..unless you are that straped for cash. What the Game Says: "A small detection system has an effective radar range of 300 nautical miles and is linked to satellite systems for ground search. Each system has a 5% chance of detecting an average sized object every 10 minutes." [Large Radar] Cost: $800,000 Maintenance: $15,000 per month Days to Build: 25 Days Purpose: Radar, Larger Range Research: No My Thoughts: Replaces the small radar, making it totally worthless and obsolete. Just build these until you get a Hyperwave Decoder. What the Game Says: "A large detection system has an effective range of 450 nautical miles and is linked to satellite systems for ground search. Each system has a 5% chance of detecting an average sized object every 10 minutes." [Missle Defense] Cost: $200,000 Maintenance: $5,000 per month Days to Build: 16 Days Purpose: Defends Base - 50% Accuracy / 500 Def. Value Research: No My Thoughts: Not worthwhile in my opinion. I think you can hold out until you get Fusion Missle defense, but if you are paranoid of aliens attacking your base then by all means build one until you get stronger defenses. What the Game Says: "Missle defences provide protection against intrusion by hostile craft." [Alien Containment] Cost: $500,000 Maintenance: $15,000 per month Days to Build: 18 Days Purpose: Hold up to 10 Live Aliens Research: No My Thoughts: Not too important early on in the game since your ability to stun aliens is limited to the prod. Hehehe. Don't use that. Just wait till you have Small Launchers Researched and then make one. To keep the number of them down..research them as soon as you can. What the Game Says: "Living aliens are likey to require a special habitat to maintain their life systems. The containment facility can keep up to 10 alien life forms in self contained units." [Laser Defense] Cost: $900,000 Maintenance: $10,000 per month Days to Build: 24 Days Purpose: Defends Base - Accuracy 60% / Def Value 600 Research: Laser Weapons > Laser Pistol > Laser Cannon > Laser Defense My Thoughts: Well, it's better than the Missle Defense..But I'd still wait until you research Fusion Missle because it is the best offensive defensive array. What the Game Says: "Laser defenses provide protection against intrusion by hostile craft." [Plasma Defense] Cost: $600,000 Maintenance: $12,000 Days to Build: 34 Days Purpose: Defends Base - Accuracy 70% / Def Value 900 Research: Heavy Plasma > Plasma Cannon > Plasma Defense My Thoughts: Same as Laser, if you can't wait for Fusion then get this instead of Laser Defense. What the Game Says: "Plasma beam defenses provide powerful and efficient protection against intrustion by hostile craft." [Fusion Missle Defense] Cost: $1,800,000 Maintenance: 14,000 per month Days to Build: 36 Purpose: Defends Base - Accuracy 80% / Def Value 1200 Research: Blaster Launcher > Fusion Missle > Fussion Defense My Thoughts: Your base should at least have one of these when it is available. This is the best defense. It is a little pricey, but it is worth it. Being twice the value of the Laser Defense and it's high accuracy this will keep the aliens away. What the Game Says: "Fusion missiles provide the most effective defense against alien attacks. These missles create an anti-matter implosion which destroys everything within a specific radius." [Grav Shield] Cost: $2,300,000 Maintenance: $15,000 per month Days to Build: 38 Days Purpose: Prevents aliens from landing in base Research: UFO Construction...Ultimate Craft > Grav Shield My Thoughts: Expensive. But combine it with the Fussion Missle Defense and you have yourself the perfect combination. With those two that's all you really need in my opinion to defend your base. What the Game Says: "The Gravity Sheild repels alien craft attempting to land near the base long enough for all defense systems to fire again. In practice this will double the effectiveness of any defense system at your base." [Hyperwave Decoder] Cost: $2,000,000 Maintenance: $30,000 per month Days to Build: 26 Days Purpose: Ultra Radar (Tells aliens race, purpose, and type of ship) Research: Live Alien Navigator My Thoughts: Possibly the greatest base facility there is. Once you have this you can get rid of all your Large Radars, this is so much better. It also gives you indepth details about what to expect and when it says Etherial and Battleship. Cry. What the Game Says: "Alien communications rely on a super-dimensional wave which travels almost instantaneously. The decoder facility intercepts UFO transmissions and decodes the information. This will show the type of UFO, the alien race, and the type of activity." [Mind Shield] Cost: $1,300,000 Maintenance: $5,000 per month Days to Build: 33 Days Purpose: Aliens cannot find base Research: Live Etherial/Sectoid Leader > Psi-Lab > Mind Shield My Thoughts: Not really necessary, just another 1.3 million to throw into defense if you are paranoid and really need it. Fusion and Grav defenses should do the job, but if you are complusively defensive or just like to have it in your base for the sake of it being there. Then by all means. What the Game Says: "Since alien craft rely on brain waves to detect human presence then the most effective counter measure is to shield brain waves from the base. This facility will drastically reduce the chances of detection by alien craft." [Psy Lab] Cost: $750,000 Maintenance: $16,000 per month Days to Build: 24 Days Purpose: Trains soldiers in Psyonics Research: Live Etherial/Sectoid Leader My Thoughts: Pretty useful, can be a bother to put soldiers in and be unable to use them while in training. Most use it for defensive purposes, but it can be amusing to take over an alien and return the favor for all the times that you have been controled. What the Game Says: "The psionics lab can assess the psionic potential of all soldiers at the base and give them the necessary training to utilize their psionic skills. Each lab can train up to 10 soldiers. Training is allocated at the end of each month. Psionic skills used in connection with a Psi-Amp can be used for psionic attacks during combat." (Alien Ships) *There are various sizes of UFO's that can appear, but not all of them are the same despite the size..it can be a scout or a harvestor. A hyperwave decoder will tell you also you can look at the UFO while in interception battle and you can see what craft it is. Be weary of Fusion Ball Launchers they tend to blow up ships or the good stuff inside of them. If you want to see some excellent diagrams of the ships go to http://db.gamefaqs.com/computer/doswin/file/x_com_ufo_defense.txt [Very Small] Purpose: Scout Passengers: 1 Alien Usual Outcome: UFO Destruction Reccomended Ship: Interceptor and higher Reccomended Weapons: Usually everything destroys it Damage Capacity: 50 dmg Weapon Power: 0 Weapon Range: 0 Max Speed: 2200 knots My Thoughts: Simple. Blow it up. If you ever amazingly make it crash land, there will be one alien..the ship is 1x1 square big with no power source. What the Game Says: "This tiny craft is primarily used for reconnaissance or research. It normally precedes larger vessels at the start of an alien mission." [Small] Purpose: Scout Passengers: 6-8 Alien Passengers Usual Outcome: Crash with High Damage Reccomended Ship: Interceptor and up Reccomended Weapons: Anything will usually drop it Damage Capacity: 200 dmg Weapon Power: 20 dmg Weapon Range: 120 km Max Speed: 2400 knots My Thoughts: A small mission ship, not too many people in it. If the power source does blow up it will usually kill at least one or two aliens. One room only with navigation and power source. What the Game Says: "A medium sized scout vessel thus poses liable threat to earth forces. Normally appears before larger vessels during missions." [Medium] Purpose: Scout / Abductor Passengers: 12-15 Alien Passengers Usual Outcome: Crash with Minimal Damage Reccomended Ship: Interceptor and up Reccomended Weapons: Missles and Energy Weapons Damage Capacity: 250 dmg Weapon Power: 20 Weapon Range: 272 km Max Speed: 2700 knots My Thoughts: The Scout is a decent mission ship, with a good amount of aliens to kill in total there are 4 rooms in the ship and is in the shape of a cross. In the middle there is a room with a power source where the engineer of the ship usually is. Going to the right will lead straight to the main chamber, the left you will go into another room and then to the main chamber. The Abductor is shaped like a Red Hot Chili Peppers symbol or a * if you will, it actually has 2 levels with an elevator on the far left. In total there are 5 rooms. With two power sources on the left and right of the ship in the 3rd room. What the Game Says: "The largest alien scout craft is a general purpose vessel that is used in all types of alien missions." [Large] Purpose: Terror Ship / Harvester / Supply Ship Passengers: 20-26 Alien Passengers with Terrorist Units Usual Outcome: Crash Landing with No Damage Reccomended Ship: Firestorm and Up Reccomended Weapons: Plasma Cannon and Fusion Ball Launcher Damage Capacity: 500 dmg Damage Capacity: 2200 dmg Weapon Power: 40 Weapon Power: 60 Weapon Range: 176 km Weapon Range: 288 km Max Speed: 4000 knots Max Speed: 3200 knots My Thoughts: Harvesters have three levels with 2 Power Sources. They don't hold any terror units. Like all large ships they carry a lot of aliens inside of them, but this one holds no terrorist units. At times can hold a leader and/or commander? (I'm not quite sure.), and it can take a while to finish off. Terror Ships, you can just imagine a Terror site that is contained inside of a UFO and you have this one. It is two levels in all with two entrances on the left and right, with an elevator in the center of the ship. In total there are 7 rooms and 4 Power Sources. There are many, many aliens held within this one and yes, there are terror units like the dreaded Cryssalids. Supply Ships are very big. 3 Levels tall, 3 Power Sources, and 13 rooms. Luckily it isn't well armed and is simple to take down. When you find one there is either a base already up or one that will be up soon so keep your eye out. You can make a base stay up and take out all of the Supply Ships that come to it since it is quite profitable to recovery them. No Terrorist Units. What the Game Says: "The Harvester has a trap door in its base and is equipped with liftin gear to haul up cattle or other beasts. Laser Cutters are used to extract the desired material and the carcass is dumped on the ground. There are also storage containers for body parts." "The supply vessel is used during the construction of alien bases or for supplying existing bases. It carries alien food containers and reproduction chambers." [Very Large] Purpose: Battleship Passengers: 30+ Alien Passengers and Terrorist Units Usual Outcome: Your Ship Destruction or Crash Landing Reccomended Ship: Avenger, maybe Firestorm Reccomended Weapons: Plasma Cannon and Fusion Ball Launcher Damage Capacity: 3000 dmg Weapon Power: 140 Weapon Range: 520 km Max Speed: 5000 knots My Thoughts: Be afraid, be very afraid. These things are monsters. Packing a good 30+ Aliens and Terrorist Units inside of them. There are 3 floors in total with multiple entrances in the ship, 4 Power Sources, and a countless number of rooms. It would be good to have the Avenger to take this thing down and also to do the actual mission because you will need every soldier you can get. On the plus side there is an Alien Commander in every one of these ships. What the Game Says: "The battleship is the largest and most powerful alien craft. It is normally the primary alien mission craft, equipped with powerful and numerous crew members." (Alien Research) *Just little nice extra things you find out through researching live aliens for the most part. [Alien Origins] "It is clear that we are fighting a losing battle on earth. The alien hordes are overwhelming in number. The best we can do is to slow down their progress. The only hope for humanity is to tackle the aliens at their source. Our research seems to indicate a nearby base of operations within our solar system. Aliens indicate this place to be their center of an ancient civilization that pre dates human history. We must locate this place as soon as possible. However we need to capture and interrogate an alien leader to cgain more detailled information. The larger UFO's probaby contain at least one alien leader." [The Martian Solution] "Our research now points to Mars as the base of alien operations. The base is well hidden and contains all the manufacturing and cloning facilities to fuel the infilitration of earth. It also seems to contain a controlling computer of some kind that controls the whole operation. It seems that the hive-like alien society has some kind of 'queen bee' This is their fundamental weakness. If we can eliminate the brain then the body will die. We must step up our research efforts before it is too late. In order to progress we must capture the highest ranking aliens - the commanders - which only reside in alien bases." [Cydonia or Bust] "It is now clear that the alien hordes are being controlled from an underground base in Cydonia - which is an unused area of Mars featuring five sided pyramids and a large formation resembling a human face. Cydonian civilization once flourished on Mars many million years ago, but we do not know why it died out, or what the connection is with the latest alien activity here. Whatever the explaination we must send an expedition to Cydonia. This is the only way that we can defeat the aliens. We must destroy the controlling master brain. We need an Avenger craft equipped with the most awesome destructive power at our disposal. There is nothing more we can learn here - we must await the outcome of the Cydonian assault." [Alien Research] "The alien research mission is used for collection basic data on earth and its inhabitants. Small vehicles are prodominatly used, with occasional landings in deserted areas. This type of alien activity poses the least threat to X-Com with little concern from government or the public." [Alien Abduction] "This is the most insidious form of alien activity. The abduction by aliens is widely reported, dispite the alien's attempts to erase the experience from their victims' memories. Abductees report being subject to humiliating physical examinations, including impregnation of alien faetuses and bizarre genetic experiments. The purpose behind this activity appears to be linked to genetic mutations and manipulation of the aliens own genetic material. This activity causes great alarm and occurs in populated areas or cities." [Alien Retaliation] "If X-Com interceptors are bein particuarly successful in shooting down UFO's then the aliens may take some retaliatory action. This could result in a direct attack against an X-Com base. However, the aliens have to find an X-Com base in order to attack it, and provided UFO's are kept away then there should be little danger of an assault." [Alien Supply] "Once an alien base is constructed then it is resupplied on a regular basis by a special supply vessel. If one of these vessels is detected then it is certain that an alien base is nearby or soon coming." SECTION D : WEAPONS (Pistols) *You trade in accuracy and power for less TU's when fired. [Pistol / Pistol Clip] Shot Types: Snap Shot and Aimed Shot Acc / TU's: 60% & 18% - 78% & 30% Power: 26 dmg Ammo Type: Armor Piercing # in Clip: 12 Bullets Price: $800 / $70 My Thoughts: Weak, Innacurate, Not enough Bullets, Weak. Do not use or create. Period. What the Game Says: "The standard issue X-Com pistol is a high powered semi-automatic with a 12 round capacity." [Laser Pistol] Shot Types: Auto Shot, Snap Shot, Aimed Shot Acc / TU's: 28% & 25% - 40% & 20% - 68% & 55% Power: 46 dmg Ammo Type: Laser Beam # in Clip: None. Sell Value: $20,000 My Thoughts: Great for the beginning of the game, get these as soon as possible. After the start of the game they are totally worthless, so enjoy them while you can and then get rid of them fast. What the Game Says: "The laser pistol is an effective implementation of new technology. It has the convenience of a pistol with faster and more accurate firing." [Plasma Pistol / Plasma Pistol Clip] Shot Types: Auto Shot, Snap Shot, Aimed Shot Acc / TU's: 50% & 30% - 65% & 30% - 85% & 60% Power: 52 dmg Ammo Type: Plasma Beam # in Clip: 12 shots Sell Value: $84,000 / $44,400 My Thoughts: Stick with the rifle, but isn't that bad overall for a pistol. So if you are bent on using a pistol I would reccomend that this be the one that you equip your men. What the Game Says: "Plasma pistols are a lethal alien weapon based on accelerating particles from within a minute anti-gravity field" "Power source for the small alien plasma pistol contains Elerium-115 the source of all alien power." (Rifles) [Rifle / Rifle Clip] Shot Types: Auto Shot, Snap Shot, Aimed Shot Acc / TU's: 35% & 35% - 60% & 25% - 110% & 80% Power: 30 dmg Ammo Type: Armor Piercing # in Clip: 20 rounds Price: $3000 / $200 My Thoughts: Well, it's better than the pistol. That's about all I can say, use this until you get laser weapons. What the Game Says: "This highly accurate sniper rife has laser guided sights and takes 8.7mm ammunition in 20 round clips." [Laser Rifle] Shot Types: Auto Shot, Snap Shot, Aimed Shot Acc / TU's: 46% & 34% - 65% & 25% - 100% & 50% Power: 60 Ammo Type: Laser Beam # in Clip: No Clip Sell Value: $36,900 My Thoughts: This is a great weapon until you get Heavy Plamsa Rifles. But you can just skip it. The power is high enough and is such a significant jump from regular bullets. If you can research Heavy Plasma first, then do so. What the Game Says: "The laser rifle is a more powerful and accurate version of the earlier pistol design." [Heavy Laser Rifle / Heavy Laser Clip] Shot Types: Snap Shot and Aimed Shot Acc / TU's: 50% & 33% - 84% & 75% Power: 85 dmg Ammo Type: Laser Beam # in Clip: No Clip Sell Value: $60,000 My Thoughts: No Auto Shot, No Good. That's how I sum up this rifle. The only good thing it is for is the selling value which is double the price of how much it is to manufacture it. What the Game Says: "The heavy laser is cumbersome, but extremely effective." [Plasma Rifle / Plasma Rifle Clip] Shot Types: Auto Shot, Snap Shot, Aimed Shot Acc / TU's: 55% & 36% - 86% & 30% - 100% & 60% Power: 80 dmg Ammo Type: Plasma Beam # in Clip: 32 shots Sell Value: $126,500 / $6290 My Thoughts: I've never used this gun. Why use this when you can use Heavy Plasma? That's my logic. It's just a step down and aliens use it less. What the Game Says: "This is a devestatingly powerful weapon based on accelerating particles from within a minute anti-gravity field." "This small object is used as a power source for a plasma rifle - a medium powered alien weapon. Contains a small quantity of Elerium." [Heavy Plasma / Heavy Plasma Clip] Shot Types: Auto Shot, Snap Shot, Aimed Shot Acc / TU's: 50% & 35% - 75% & 30% - 110% & 60% Power: 115 dmg Ammo Type: Plasma Beam # in Clip: 35 shots Sell Value: $171,600 / $9,590 My Thoughts: The single greatest overall weapon in the game. It is extremely powerful and used by all of the aliens. Therefore you really never have to manufacture any because of the artifact collection, you can even sell the rest. Yes, you get that many. So use this. Aliens do, why not you? What the Game Says: "This is a devastatingly powerful weapon based on accelerating particles from within a minute anti-gravity field." "This compact device is used as ammunition for a Heavy Plasma Gun. It contains a small quantity of Elerium." (Launchers) [Rocket Launcher / Small, Large, Incindary Missles] Shot Types: Snap Shot and Aimed Shot Acc / TU's: 55% & 45% - 115% & 75% Power: 75 dmg - 100 dmg - 80 dmg Ammo Type: Small, Large, Incindary # in Clip: 1 Price: $4,000 / $600 / $900 / $1,200 My Thoughts: Great Weapon in the early going, just fire it and watch the explosions go. Tends to be very accurate even if using just a Snap Shot. I've used this even after getting Heavy Plasma, but once Blaster Launcher comes..forget about this one. What the Game Says: "The rocket launcher is a laser guided system which can fire three different sizes of missle." [Small Launcher / Stun Bomb] Shot Types: Snap Shot and Aimed Shot Acc / TU's: 65% & 40% - 110% & 75% Power: 90 dmg Ammo Type: Stun Bomb # in Clip: 1 Sell Value: $120,000 / $15,200 My Thoughts: Invaluable. The best stun weapon in the game. Looks like a water gun to me. But anyways, you will definately need this for capturing live aliens and most importantly the Alien Commander for finishing off the game. What the Game Says: "A small launcher which fires stun bombs. Very useful for capturing live aliens." "The stun bomb is used for capturing live human specimens, but it can also be used against most alien races. It is fired from a small launcher." [Blaster Launcher / Blaster Bomb] Shot Types: Aimed Shot Acc / TU's: 120% & 80% Power: 200 dmg Ammo Type: High Explosives # in Clip: 1 Price: $144,000 / $17,028 My Thoughts: Awesome weapon. When you just feel like blowing absolutely everything up without a care for getting artifacts, corpses, or power sources. The strongest explosive weapon in the game and always hits as you guide it's path. I usually have a guy at the ship and just fires the Blaster Bomb to anywhere. You have a max of 10 directions to give it. What the Game Says: "This is an alien guided missle launcher which fires powerful 'blaster bombs'. When you click to fire the weapon it will generate way points for the blaster bomb to follow. When you have positioned enough way points click on the special launch icon." "This device is a highly explosive missle that has an intelligent guidance system. It is fired from a blaster launcher." (Explosives) [Grenade] Damage: 50 dmg Price: $300 My Thoughts: I find these pretty useful in the early goings in the game, when you are restricted to just weak Pistols and Rifles. What the Game Says: "This standard issue grenade has an accurate and sophisticated timer for precision control" [Smoke Grenade] Damage: 60 dmg Price: $150 My Thoughts: I never use them at all. Period. Don't waste your time. What the Game Says: "Smoke grenades are useful for providing cover in exposed combat situations. Use with care because they can benefit the enemy as well." [Proximity Grenade] Damage: 70 dmg Price: $500 My Thoughts: Pretty good, you just need to be careful not to step in the blast radius yourself because it doesn't distinguish between alien and X-Com units. What the Game Says: "A proxmity grenade can be thrown like an ordinary grenade but is triggered by nearby movement after it lands, great skill and care is required to use these devices properly." [High Explosives] Damage: 110 dmg Price: $1,500 My Thoughts: The best explosive device besides the Alien Grenade. The blast radius is a little larger than the regular grenade so be careful when first using it. What the Game Says: "This explosive should only be used for demolition purposes. Keep personnel clear of demolition sites." [Alien Grenades] Damage: 90 dmg Sell Value: $14,850 My Thoughts: Great. I always make sure every one of my soldiers has one of these in their hands or in their belt. Good blast radius, Aliens constantly drop them so your supply will never drop. What the Game Says: "This device works in the same way as a terrestrial grenade, except that it is more powerful." (Tanks) *Also known as HWP's or Heavy Weapons Platforms. [Tank/Cannon] Time Units: 70 Health: 90 Front Armor: 90 Left Armor: 75 Right Armor: 75 Rear Armor: 60 Under Armor: 60 Weapon: Armor Piercing Weapon Power: 60 dmg Ammunition: HWP Cannon Shells Rounds: 30 Price: $420,000 / $200 My Thoughts: Fairly decent. But I much perfer the explosive power of the Rocket Launcher Tank over this one. It is stronger and makes a better scout than one soldier, but other than that you should really just use the other ones. What the Game Says: "Automated heavy weapons platforms are designed to complement on X-Com squads. The combination of high power and strong armor make these units valuable for open terrain fire fights. Make sure that there are sufficient cannon shells in your stores. They are armed automatically when you assign them to a squad." [Tank/Rocket Launcher] Time Units: 70 Health: 90 Front Armor: 90 Left Armor: 75 Right Armor: 75 Rear Armor: 60 Under Armor: 60 Weapon: Rocket Launcher Weapon Power: 85 Ammunition: HWP Rockets Rounds: 8 Price: $480,000 / $3,000 My Thoughts: Better of the first 2 tanks that are available to you at first, like a walking rocket launcher that takes a couple of shots before it dies. Use these if you have the space and feel it is necessary such as big UFO ship situations. What the Game Says: "This automated weapons platform is armed with powerful rockets. This will be devastating for any alien foe. Make sure your stores are kept supplied with HWP Rockets" [Tank/Laser Cannon] Time Units: 70 Health: 90 Front Armor: 90 Left Armor: 75 Right Armor: 75 Rear Armor: 60 Under Armor: 60 Weapon: Laser Beam Weapon Power: 110 Ammunition: Lasers Rounds: Unlimited Sell Value: $650,000 My Thoughts: This is the best regular tank out of all of them. It has the strongest armor and a laser weapon equiped so it can take out the stronger aliens without having to use an explosive round. What the Game Says: "Laser weapons are a useful addition for HPW's. It combines heavy firepower with no ammunition restrictions." [Hovertank/Plasma] Time Units: 130 Health: 90 Front Armor: 130 Left Armor: 130 Right Armor: 130 Rear Armor: 130 Under Armor: 100 Weapon: Plamsa Beam Weapon Power: 110 Ammunition: Plasma Rounds: Unlimited Sell Value: $980,000 My Thoughts: Once you get hovertanks they become quite useful and are a vast improvement over the regular ones. Plasma is the best regular weapon there is and this makes for a good killer being able to take shots and not flench while having the strength to take out basically any alien in a shot. What the Game Says: "Alien technology has given the HWP a new lease of life. The added maneuverablility of air travel and the power of plasma beams is a lethal combination." [Hovertank/Launcher] Time Units: 130 Health: 90 Front Armor: 130 Left Armor: 130 Right Armor: 130 Rear Armor: 130 Under Armor: 100 Weapon: Fusion Ball Launcher Weapon Power: 140 Ammunition: HWP Fusion Bomb Rounds: 8 Sell Value: $1,043,000 / $31,500 My Thoughts: A mobile, flying, blaster launcher that can take good damage. This thing is great for just annihilating everything in sight and keep on going and going. Having one of these is a good asset in any battle. What the Game Says: "This hovertank has a fusion ball launcher that is capable of immense devastation. Use it with great care. You will have to manufacture the Fusion Balls to keep these HWP's fully armed. A fusion ball is an intelligent guided weapon. In order to fire you must select a number of 'way points' with the cursor and then click on the launch icon to fire the fusion ball." (Aircraft Weapons) [Stingray Launcher / Missles] Damage: 70 dmg Range: 30 km Accuracy: 70% Reload Time: 15 seconds Price: $16,000 / $3,000 My thoughts: I personally do not like this missle all that much, when the Avalanche is all around better in all aspects. [Avalanche Launcher / Missles] Damage: 100 dmg Range: 60 km Accuracy: 100% Reload Time: 20 seconds Price: $17,000 / $9,000 My Thoughts: Of the two missles at your disposal, the Avalanche is the better choice. It has better stats in everything and will suffice until you get to larger ships and when energy wewapons are at your disposal. [Cannon / Rounds] Damage: 10 dmg Range: 10 km Accuracy: 10% Reload Time: 2 seconds Price: $30,000 / $1250 My Thoughts: Worthless. Your Interceptors start out with one of these attached, get rid of it. You have to get right up to the UFO to fire and with the accuracy and power it isn't worth it. There is also a better chance of your ship getting damaged. [Fusion Ball Launcher / Balls] Damage: 230 dmg Range: 65 km Accuracy: 230% Reload Time: 25 seconds Sell Price: $280,000 / $53,000 My Thoughts: UFO Destroyers. These things annihilate all ships that get in its path. Do not use unless you are going against a Large or Very Large UFO or it will either destroy it or blow up the Power Sources and you need that Elerium-115. [Laser Cannon] Damage: 70 dmg Range: 21 km Accuracy: 70% Reload Time: 4 seconds Selling Price: $211,000 My Thoughts: Pretty good. It is really better to wait for it's counterpart the Plasma Cannon because it is better in all stats. But if you can't wait I reccomend this over any sort of missle. [Plasma Beam] Damage: 140 Range: 52 km Accuracy: 140% Reload Time: 6 seconds Selling Price: $267,500 My Thoughts: A pair of these are my weapons of choice on all of my crafts, besides a Fusion Ball Launcher. These give you ample distance and are of enough strength to really take down anything without real significant damage. Also you don't have to create any ammunition for it. (Armor) *Well, it's better than the standard issue uniform. [Personal Armor] Front Armor: 50 Left Armor: 40 Right Armor: 40 Rear Armor: 30 Under Armor: 30 Sell Value: $140,000 My Thoughts: Not the most useful, thought it is a slight increase in defense. In spite of this, for the most part whenever I equip someone with the armor they die in one shot like all the rest who aren't. So unless you want to see a pretty new sprite on the BattleScape, just stay away from this armor. [Power Suit] Front Armor: 100 Left Armor: 80 Right Armor: 80 Rear Armor: 70 Under Armor: 60 Sell Value: $310,000 My Thoughts: Better. A good armor. Noticable increase of punishment it can endure from personal experience. But once again, wait for the next one it is the same thing with a useful twist. [Flying Suit] Front Armor: 110 Left Armor: 90 Right Armor: 90 Rear Armor: 80 Under Armor: 70 Sell Value: $420,000 My Thoughts: Better than a Power Suit though the only noticable difference is the little box on the front of the suit. As the name says you can fly and can get to hard to reach places rather quickly with no effort. There is no limit on how long you can fly. Just try to be careful with the people wearing them as they do require Elerium-115 to make. (Miscellaneous) [Heavy Cannon / Piercing, Explosive, Incindary Ammo] Shot Types: Snap Shot and Aimed Shot Acc / TU's: 60% & 33% - 90% & 80% Power: 56 dmg - 52 dmg - 60 dmg Ammo Type: Piercing, Explosive, Incindary # in Clip: 24 shots Price: $6,400 / $300 / $500 / $400 My Thoughts: Too heavy and hinders the movement of your soldier. Not much of use, rather use Rocket Launcher. What the Game Says: "The heavy cannon is devastating, but cumbersome, weapon. Its versatility comes from the fast shots it can take three types of ammunition - armor piercing, incendiary, and high explosive." [Auto Cannon / Piercing, Explosive, Incindary Ammo] Shot Types: Auto Shot, Snap Shot, Aimed Shot Acc / TU's: 32% & 40% - 56% & 33% - 82% & 80% Power: 42 dmg - 44 dmg - 48 dmg Ammo Type: Piercing, Explosive, Incendiary # in Clip: 24 shots Price: $13,500 / $500 / $700 / $650 My Thoughts: Horridly inaccurate. You will shoot everything, but the aliens a lot of times. Luckily while blowing up everything an alien might die if it is within the range. Still you should just skip over it. What the Game Says: "The auto-cannon conbines the versatility and power of a heavy cannon with a faster fire rate." [Motion Scanner] Use: Shows alien movement on BattleScape Sell Value: $45,600 My Thoughts: Somewhat useful. Gives the general direction of where an alien is, so if you are down to the very last one it can help to finish off a battle. What the Game Says: "This sophisticated device uses a variety of detectors and advanced computer algorithms to identify moving enemy units. However, it requires some practice to use effectively. Click on the motion scanner icon on the tactical display. Select 'use scanner' from the menu. The scanner display shows an arrow in the center which is the direction the soldier is facing. The flashing dots show units that have moved recently. Large units, or fast moving units, will provide a larger dot. Static units will not be detected." [Medikit] Use: Heals injuries / Wakes up unconcious soldiers Sell Value: $46,500 My Thoughts: Only moderately useful. Most of the time soldiers die upon being shot or just a few turns afterwards so you might not have the time to get to the soldier in time. There are times where it is good to have one, but I never use it. What the Game Says: "The medi-kit combines a healing facility with pain killers and stimulants. In order to use the medi-kit you must face towards the soldier requiring treatment. If the soldier is stunned you must stand over the body. Click on the medi-kit icon and select the 'use medi-kit' from the menu. HEALING > Red body parts show fatal wounds. Click on a body part that is wounded. Click on the heal button. One fatal wound will be cured and some health will be restored. STIMULANT > This will restore energy and revive unconcious soldiers. In order to revive an unconscious soldier you must stand directly over the body. PAIN KILLER > This will restore the morale of wounded soldiers up to an amount equivalent to the soldier's lost health." [Electro-Flare] Use: Lights up dark spots on BattleScape Price: $60 My Thoughts: I've personally never used one. In theory it sounds like a good thing to just keep on the belt of a soldier during a night mission in a Terror Site. What the Game Says: "This compact device produces a bright flare light when it is thrown. This will highlight enemy units in the vicinity of the electro-flare during night time missions." [Stun Rod] Use: Stuns Aliens / Hand to Hand Combat Price: $1,260 My Thoughts: Don't use. Period. Wait for Small Launcher. What the Game Says: "This device can only be used in close combat, but will stun a living organism without killing it by using electric shocks." [Psi-Amp] Use: Increases psychic powers Sell Value: $194,700 My Thoughts: Very good for when you use psychic powers. If you are having soldiers trained in psionics, then definately give them one of these when they go out into battle. That will give you an edge psychically. What the Game Says: "The Psi-Amp can only be used by soldiers with psionic skill. During combat, click on the Psi-Amp, select the type of attack and select a target unit with the cursor. There are two types of psionic attack. PANIC UNIT > If the attack is successful it will reduce the target's morale and may cause it to panic. MIND CONTROL > If this is successful then you will gain immediate control of the enemy unit as if it were one of your own. [except that you cannot access the object screen.] It is more difficult to be successful with this type of attack." [Mind Probe] Use: Shows Alien information during battle. Sell Value: $334,000 My Thoughts: Not the most useful thing. If you are really curious to know what you are fighting on the battlefield then by all means use it, but I'm more of the shoot the alien and find out what he had when I have it in stores at my base. Though, it can be really useful in finding a commander in a Battleship or Alien Base. What the Game Says: "The mind probe is an alien communication device which is used to take information directly from brain waves. X-Com units can use this device in combat to display an alien's characteristics. Click on the mind probe and the use option. Then click on an alien with the cursor." [Elerium-115] Use: Powers all things Alien Sell Value: $5,000 My Thoughts: The bloodflow that keeps you alive in the latter parts of the game. Everything good runs off of it or requires it in manufacturing. NEVER SELL IT. NEVER. NEEEEEVER. Make sure you don't blow up alien power sources as they are what gives you the Elerium when you finish the mission. What the Game Says: "This element has the unusual property of generating anti-matter power when bombarded with certain particles. This creates gravity waves and other forms of energy. It is not naturally found in our solar system and cannot be reproduced." SECTION E : RESEARCH GUIDE *Medi-Kit *Motion Sensor *Laser Weapons > Laser Pistol > Laser Rifle > Heavy Laser > Laser Cannon > Laser Defense *Alien Alloys > Personal Armor + Elerium-115 > Power Suit + UFO Navigation > Flying Suit *Heavy Plasma + Heavy Plasma Clip > Plasma Cannon > Plasma Defense > HoverTank Plasma (either or) *Plasma Rifle + Plasma Rifle Clip > (Also) Plasma Cannon > Plasma Defense > HoverTank Plasma *Blaster Launcher + Blaster Bomb > Fusion Ball / HoverTank Launcher > Fusion Defense Alien Alloys + Elerium-115 + UFO Navigation + UFO Power Source > UFO Construction > New Fighter Craft FIRESTORM > New Fighter Transport LIGHTNING (HoverTank Plasma) > Ultimate Craft AVENGER (Grav Shield) *Etherial or Sectoid Leader > Psy-Lab / Psy-Amp > Mind Shield *Alien Navigator > Hyper Wave Decoder *Alien Soldier > Alien Mission Information *Alien Medic > Species Information *Alien Engineer > UFO Blueprints *Alien Leader > "The Martian Solution" *Alien Commander > "Cydonia or Bust" *Alien Corpse > Dissection of Species SECTION F - TACTICS & TIPS (Team Work) *Most of the time I tend to just use teams of 3 or four and keep the rest inside of the ship. They work the best, you don't have to keep track of a lot of soldiers at once. The only problem with this is that Etherials and Sectoids can take over someone in the ship, who can then proceed to drop a grenade and polish off your entire group. This has happened to me. So when you start to see some psychic attacks on your soldiers in the ship, either have them run out like crazy. Or you can have the one drop his/her weapons on a turn that it hasn't fallen under control. (Hiding) *I would have to say that hiding behind anything and everything is a very safe way to go. Even when just leaving the ship the wheels can be a lifesaver and provide excellent coverage on both sides. When in a forest it is very easy to just go from tree to tree, because if they do see you you have the tree to block the shot. So HIDE! (The Door Trick) *This applies to UFO's and the rooms..you can place soldiers on either side of the door so when the aliens pop out you can shoot them during the "Hidden Movement". Also it allows for extra time units the next turn so you can run in shoot and go back to where you were. (Blaster Launchers) *Yes. Blow stuff up with them. You can just stay in your ship and launch these in every direction until your entire field is a burnt mark on the ground. You can also get a group of soldiers with flying suits and blow the roof off of a UFO, then send them in through the top with regular soldiers entering from the regular entrance. Pincer Attack. (Suicide Man) *It happens lots of times you enter a room and a UFO shoots you. You send another soldier in and it shoots you again. If you don't feel like losing another soldier pointlesly, prime the grenade to 0 and just hold it then have the soldier run in. If he doesn't die, shoot the alien to hell. If he does die, he'll drop the grenade and it will explode killing the alien. (Make a Door) *Tired of walking around house structures or going to where there are holes in a fence, simply take aim at a wall and fire away. Instant door. Simple trick, but useful. (Triad of Ultimateness) *That's what I call it anyways. Three bases. One in Washington, Moscow, Toyko. Then you have the entire world covered pretty well. You can make them specialize in each field. I personally like the first one to be all around while the others are mostly just soldier deployment and radar posts. (Aliens Supply your Base) *You see an alien base? Fogettaboutit. Just allow the Supply ships to come and you can ransack them every time getting all of the supplies from them and taking them down fairly easy because they are a supply ship. (Heavy Plasma) *When it comes to weapons, just use the Heavy Plamsa Rifle. It is exceptionally strong, the clip holds a good ammount of bullets, has Auto Shot, and you really never have to manufacture any because the aliens use them constantly as their weapon of choice. So if you need to reload or need a gun fast you can also just pick up their Heavy Plasma. (Selling = Money) *Seriously. SELL SELL SELL! Get rid of that extra stock. You will within a couple months of doing missions get a huge pile of Heavy Plamsa that if you sell will get you millions of dollars on the spot, add that to all the other stuff that piles up and you will never have to worry about debt ever. (Research Intelligently) *Don't waste time with worthless guns or weapons you will never use. Get straight to the point and research what you need, then go back and do the other less important things. Heavy Plasma as fast as you can and then Alien Grenade. That makes up the required weapons. Then go all the way to Avenger, Small Launcher...then go back and get all the other stuff that is less important. (Auto Shot ALWAYS) *Sure it looks tempting to waste all of your time units on a dependable high accuracy shot, but that's not always the case. It most of time just misses as bad as all the other shots. I never use any gun unless it's a Launcher that doesn't have Auto Shot, the three combined shots give you a better chance to hit. Even if it does have the lowest accuracy out of all the shots, trust me you have a better chance. (Amount of Units) Beginning Later Soldiers : 20 Soldiers : 45 Scientists : 100 Scientists : 30 Engineers : 30 Engineers : 20 Favourite Unit : Scientist Favourite Soldier : Virgil Galligher Favourite Ship : Avenger Favourite Craft Weapons : Plasma Cannons x2 Favourite Weapon : Blaster Launcher Favourite Base Facility : Hyper Wave Decoder Least Favourite Alien : Etherials Special Thanks to: Alexa - ^o^ I love you itooshi! -flails- For being the wonderful and loving darling that she is. Vikkah - My Tag Team partner. >o -hardy, mazoku thrash- For talking to me during the creation of this. Aki - ^^ For keeping me company during the lonely days I was doing this and itooshi was away. MICROPROSE - For making this great game.