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Drone Capture is a Foundry project in XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

In-Game Description[]

We're confident that our Arc Throwers could be upgraded to allow the capture of enemy Drones, giving us control of the flying drones for the remainder of the combat mission.

Project Requirements[]

Prerequisites:  Arc Thrower (Research), Drone Autopsy (Research)
Time to Complete:  7 days
Engineers:  10

Project Cost:

Research Credits and Bonuses:

 Name  Type  Reward  Adjusted Requirement
 All Technology  Research Credit  -50% Time  3.5 days
 Future Combat  Continent Bonus (Asia)  -50% Credits  §87


  • Despite the project's title mentioning the "capture" of Drones, the player will only be able to control them during the current mission and not be able to interrogate them afterwards. Captured Drones will explode at the end of the mission; such Drones, and ones ordered to use Self-Destruct, will leave behind a Drone Wreck even after their unconventional destruction, so if you are in need of collecting Wrecks, you don't need to reconsider.
  • Captured Drones have a overload ability that can damage nearby objects.
  • Captured Drones can use a medium to long range repair beam on the player's MEC Troopers or S.H.I.V.s, which restores 3 HP per use. There's no limit or cooldown to this ability, meaning the player can completely restore these units with a few turns of "downtime" during a long mission such as a Battleship crash site.
    • Captured Drones can also repair one another.
  • They can't overwatch.