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Alien Materials is a research project in XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

In-Game Description[]


The aliens appear to be using materials that are lighter and stronger than anything we've ever seen. A cursory examination has already given us ways to improve the soldiers' current body armor, but more research is required.

Project Report[]

Codename: Looking Glass

Our understanding of the alien materials is limited at best, and we could spend years deciphering the complex manufacturing process required to produce and manipulate these substances. However, we have managed to crudely adapt some of the observed techniques into our own research. Our first development, a multi-walled carbon nanotube weave, was modeled after an unusual pattern mirrored in several of the alien materials. This new configuration has proven to possess a greater tensile strength than any material previously recorded in known science. Adapting this fiber into an armor reinforcing vest will surely afford our soldiers increased protection on the battlefield.

Project Requirements[]

Prerequisites: None
Research Point Cost: 40 Points
Project Cost: 5 Weapon Fragments

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