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The Respirator Implant is a new item in XCOM: Enemy Within.

In-Game Description[]

We can fabricate a module that will automatically detect chemical and physical threats to a soldier's oxygen supply, and deploy uncomfortable but potentially life-saving oxygen tube shunts in a matter of seconds. This module will fit all of XCOM's armor designs.

– Engineering description, XCOM: Enemy Within

Production Specifications[]

Prerequisites: Seeker Autopsy (Research)

Production Time: Immediate

Production Cost:

Tactical Info[]

  • Confers 2 armor HP
  • Provides immunity to poison and strangulation


  • Item comparison:
    • The Respirator Implant is generally preferred over the Nano-fiber Vest, due to the immunities it provides in addition to an equal HP bonus. However, Nano-fiber Vests cost §20 less to manufacture.
    • Chitin Plating also protects against strangulation, provides a superior 4 HP bonus, and reduces melee damage by 50%. However, it does not protect against poison and requires 15 Alloys, 4 Chryssalid corpses, and more than double the credits to manufacture.
  • A fully-immune squad can be dangerous:
    • If all members are immune to strangulation, Seekers will use their plasma weapon instead. This can deal up to 6 damage, compared to the strangulation's guaranteed 2 damage.
    • If all squad members are immune to poison, Thin Men are certain to use their Light Plasma Rifle instead of Poison Spit. This risks a critical hit for up to 10 damage, compared to Poison Spit's guaranteed 3.