The ADVENT MEC Breakdown is a research project in XCOM 2.

In-Game Description[]


These mechanized units have a familiar humanoid form, but we haven't found any indication of a pilot or biological control system. I'm hoping that once we've pulled it apart, I'll be able to mirror some of their advancements in our own weapons and robotic systems.

Autopsy Commentary[]

These robotic units developed by ADVENT seem to be wholly autonomous, capable of targeting and engaging selected units without reliance on external verification. Although it falls on me to work through the initial disassembly, I fully intend on involving Shen in this process, as her knowledge of robotics far outweighs my own.

Project Report[]

Codename: Cardinal

From our initial breakdown, I have to assume the ADVENT MEC design was at least in-part based on the alien Sectopod, a similar autonomous war machine lacking in biological components. As far as I can tell, the ADVENT variant was supposed to be less intimidating, more suited for urban pacification, or "peacekeeping" operations conducted in proximity to the civilian crowds. That facade only works because of the carefully disguised weapon systems integrated throughout the machine. I don't think people would react so calmly if they knew about the micro-missile launching system linked to ADVENT's network, running facial recognition on the crowd at microsecond intervals. L. Shen.


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