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Unarmed/Pacifist aliens

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#1 mooses_an



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Posted 14 August 2009 - 12:30 PM

I don't know what's going on, but some aliens appear completely unarmed... some carry melee weapons and grenades, but just don't fight back. I don't remember this kind of behaviour last time I played. It is the dos version and has been patched to 2.1.. but I think it happend before I had patched it, so that didn't break it... It happens in about every mission with at least one alien being unarmed/pacifist.

I'm playing it in dosbox 0.73 and windows 7 rc.

#2 fudgedragon



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Posted 14 August 2009 - 01:14 PM

These tend to be engineers or squad leaders (I cant remember which). Basically they are designated as grenadiers, and as the AI doesn't know how to use melee weapons, if the don't feel like throwing a grenade for whatever reason (no targets, not enough targets, ceiling, didn't have human for breakfast or a whole host of other factors) they seem unarmed.
Hope this helps.

#3 NKF



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Posted 14 August 2009 - 03:37 PM

AI grenadiers also don't like to throw a grenade at an X-COM aquanaut standing next to them. A little self preservation at work. Makes these guys sitting ducks when you encounter them in the indoor maps like the lower decks of the first part of the shipping lane maps.

What difficulty are you playing on?

I doubt it would be the case, but one possibility (at least when using XComutil to up the difficulty even more by adding more aliens) is that the aliens could have used up their item table allowance and don't have room for more equipment.

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#4 mooses_an



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Posted 15 August 2009 - 08:15 AM

I'm playing on Superhuman. Yea, maybe it is that.. there were like 21 aliens on one terror mission. I think 6 of them were deep ones, the rest gillmen. I guess there's nothing I can do about it then.

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