Question from dzmi13
I was wondering how exactly you capture aliens. Do you just shoot them with the arc thrower, or do you have shoot them first?
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The arc thrower will stun aliens if they have 3 or less health. Might be possible to stun them with more health but I always wait until 3 just to be safe. You can upgrade it later on to stun aliens more easily. Take shots first (if necessary) then get in close when their health is low.
You can just try to stun them with full health, but you have a higher chance of stunning if they have 3 health or lower! It's recommended to use a pistol to lower their health unless they have extremely high health, then go nuts!
The arc thrower is a short distance weapon needing you to get within about 2 units of an enemy. Select a unit with the arc thrower, then hover over an enemy and a circle will appear showing the distance you need to get within to stun.
It works best when the alien is on 3HP or less, but I have had it work at 4HP (49%). Use weak rifles or pistols to injure the alien without killing it, while getting your arc thrower unit close enough to stun.
Each arc thrower only has 2 charges per mission, so either save it for a target you really want, or bring more than one to the mission.
If you knock them down to 1 health, your arc thrower stun goes to 90%, which is much nicer than 70%...
There will come a time when the main story directs you to start capturing aliens. This is after you research Xeno Biology. As a reward Arc Throwers will become purchasable from Engineering. Using these things in combat it dangerous as it requires the user to get very close (as close as using a medkit close) and the base chance is 70%. They can miss. Basic Pistols can wound creatures more without doing a great deal of damage. If your squad has extra turns, wounding an alien to increase your chance is a good idea.
Later on the Arc Thrower can be upgraded by using the foundry.
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