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Outsider Shard is a research project in XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

In-Game Description[]


This shard is all that is left of the Outsider alien after it was stunned. Based on our interrogation of the alien captive, we know that the Outsiders are the key to finding their base. We should begin research on this item immediately.

Project Report[]

Codename: Novato

Analysis of the alien shard has revealed that it is indeed organic in nature, although not "alive" per se, somehow it continues to resonate within a specific range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Despite several attempts at disabling the alien known as the "Outsider," each was met with the same result - the target "dematerializing" within an instant. With no explanation for this phenomenon, the research team was left with little to study in terms of the Outsider itself. However, having now analyzed this shard, it seems that may not be the case.

In an effort to reduce any interference from known terrestrial signals, we placed the shard within the "harmonic dampening chamber," a device conceived of by Dr. Shen. With outside noise brought to a minimum, it took little effort to detect a very distinct signal... the source our shard's "hum."

While we have a number of theories, both the Research and Engineering teams seem to be in agreement... the shard itself is acting as some form of communications relay. Although purely speculative, we've also considered the possibility that the Outsider itself is merely an extension of the shard and its function. Dr. Shen believes with sufficient time, he may be able to develop a device or "key" that mimics the shard itself, giving us the means to locate the source of the signal.

Project Requirements[]

Prerequisites: Outsider Shard, any Alien Interrogation
Research Project Cost: 60 Points
Project Cost: 1 Outsider Shard

Items Unlocked[]

Story Objective Unlocked[]



  • This project's codename is a reference to the location of 2K Games' headquarters in Novato, California.