Research (LWR)

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In General

The speed to research each technology is defined by:

Research Time (in hours) = [Tech Time * 72 * (6 + Difficulty Modifier) * (1 - Credit Bonus)] / [(50 + Scientists) * (1 + 0.5 * Number of Labs + 0.1 * Number of Lab Adjacencies)]

Difficulty Modifier is 0 for Normal up to 3 for Impossible.

Credit Bonus is 50% for any credit (80% with the Ready for War Starting Bonus).

Tech Times can be found under Research Projects below.

Research Projects

Offensive Tech

These research projects study the potential uses of Alien Alloys, Elerium and Weapon Fragments, unlocking more advanced handheld and vehicle weapons.

Offensive Tech
Research Credit type Prerequisites Cost Unlocks
Research
Alien Alloys
Elerium
Weapon Fragments
Other
Days
Research Foundry Loadout Other
IC AlienWeaponFragments.png
Alien Weaponry
Weapons - - - 5 - 20 Experimental Warfare
Beam Lasers
High-Capacity Pistols
SHIV Advancements I
SCOPE
Marksman Scope
-
IC LaserPistol.png
Beam Lasers
Laser Weapons
Weapons
Alien Weaponry 4 10 40 - 35 Advanced Beam Lasers XCOM Security: Guns
Enhanced Lasers
Laser Carbine
Laser Rifle
Laser Battle Rifle
Laser SMG
Laser Scattershot
Laser Pistol
Laser Autocannon (SHIV)
-
IC PrecisionLasers.png
Advanced Beam Lasers
Laser Weapons
Weapons
Beam Lasers
Drone Autopsy
10 50 60 - 70 Pulse Lasers - Laser Autorifle
Scatter Gatler
Laser Strike Rifle
Laser Sniper Rifle
Laser Lance (MEC)
Laser Cannon
(Aerospace)
Gauss Weapons.png
Gauss Weapons
Gauss Weapons
Weapons
Alien Materials
Experimental Warfare
30 5 100 - 80 Advanced Gauss Weapons Rail Pistols
Phoenix Coilguns
Gauss Carbine
Gauss Rifle
Gauss Battle Rifle
Gauss Alloy Cannon
Gauss SMG
Gauss Autopistol
Gauss Sentry Gun (SHIV)
-
IC PlasmaShotgun.png
Advanced Gauss Weapons
Gauss Weapons Gauss Weapons
Floater Interrogation
80 10 60 - 90 EMP Weapons Quenchguns Gauss Autorifle
Guass Machine Gun
Gauss Strike Rifle
Gauss Long Rifle
Recoilless Rifle
Gauss Railgun (MEC)
Miniature Nuclear Explosive (MiNE)
Launcher (MEC)
-
IC EMPCannon.png
EMP Weapons
Weapons Advanced Gauss Weapons 30 30 350 - 350 Light Plasma Weapons
Fusion Weapons
- Electro Pulse (MEC) EMP Cannon
(Aerospace)
IC LaserCannon.png
Pulse Lasers
Laser Weapons
Weapons
Advanced Beam Lasers
Alien Power Systems
Cyberdisk Autopsy
5 15 50 - 160 Advanced Pulse Lasers - Pulse Carbine
Pulse Rifle
Pulse Battle Rifle
Pulse Scattershot
Pulse Pistol
Pulse SMG
Pulse Autocannon (SHIV)
-
IC ShipLaserCannon.png
Advanced Pulse Lasers
Laser Weapons
Weapons
Pulse Lasers 10 40 30 - 175 Light Plasma Weapons Supercapacitors Pulse Autoblaster
Pulse Gatler
Pulse Strike Rifle
Pulse Sniper Rifle
Pulse Lance (MEC)
-
IC PlasmaPistol.png
Compact Plasma Weapons
Plasma Weapons
Weapons
Light Plasma Weapons 8 16 80 - 80 - Reflex Pistols Plasma Pistol
Plasma Mauler
-
IC PlasmaLightRifle.png
Light Plasma Weapons
Plasma Weapons
Weapons
Muton Elite Interrogation
EMP Weapons
Advanced Pulse Lasers
30 220 450 - 190 Compact Plasma Weapons
Standard Plasma Weapons
Condensed Plasma Plasma SMG
Plasma Carbine
-
IC PlasmaRifle.png
Standard Plasma Weapons
Plasma Weapons
Weapons
Light Plasma Weapons 20 30 80 - 220 Heavy Plasma Weapons
Precision Plasma Weapons
Vehicular Plasma Weapons
- Plasma Rifle
Plasma Battle Rifle
Plasma Reflex Cannon
-
IC PlasmaHeavy.png
Heavy Plasma Weapons
Plasma Weapons
Weapons
Standard Plasma Weapons 20 35 80 - 220 - - Plasma Novagun
Plasma Dragon

Plasma Particle Cannon
(MEC)
-
IC PlasmaSniper.png
Precision Plasma Weapons
Plasma Weapons
Weapons
Standard Plasma Weapons 20 35 80 - 220 - - Plasma Strike Rifle
Plasma Sniper Rifle
-
IC PlasmaCannon.png
Vehicular Plasma Weapons
Plasma Weapons
Weapons
Standard Plasma Weapons 20 35 80 - 220 - - Plasma Autocannon
(SHIV)
Plasma Cannon
(Aerospace)
IC FusionLance.png
Fusion Weapons
Weapons EMP Weapons 40 240 550 1 Fusion Core
(not consumed)
350 - - Blaster Launcher Fusion Lance
(Aerospace)

Defensive Tech

These research projects study the potential uses of Alien Alloys and Elerium, unlocking more advanced Body Armor, MEC Suits and SHIVs.

Defensive Tech
Research Credit type Prerequisites Cost Unlocks
Research
Alien Alloys
Elerium
Weapon Fragments
Meld
Days
Research Foundry Loadout Other
IC AlienMaterials.png
Alien Materials
- - 4 4 10 4 20 Elerium
Advanced Aerospace Concepts
All UFO Analyses
Alien Biocybernetics
Improved Body Armor
Gauss Weapons
Alien Nucleonics
Alien Metallurgy
Improved Salvage
Enhanced Ballistics
Aircraft Boosters
Alloy Plating
Ammo - Shredder
Ammo - Breaching
Ammo Module
Alloy Bipod
Phoenix Cannon
IC ArmorImprovedBody.png
Improved Body Armor
Armor Alien Materials 8 - - - 40 Advanced Body Armor XCOM Security: Armor Phalanx Armor
Aurora Armor
Reinforced Plating
Ammo - Piercing
-
IC ArmorAdvancedBody.png
Advanced Body Armor
Armor Improved Body Armor
Chryssalid Autopsy
6 - - - 50 Mobile Power Armor Mechanized Defenses Kestrel Armor
Carapace Armor
-
IC ArmorMobilePower.png
Mobile Power Armor
Armor Advanced Body Armor
Elerium
60 10 - - 80 MEC Mark 2
Advanced Power Armor
- Banshee Armor
Aegis Armor
-
IC ArmorAdvancedPower.png
Advanced Power Armor
Armor Mobile Power Armor
Berserker Interrogation
Alien Power Systems
20 80 - - 180 MEC Mark 3: Light
MEC Mark 3: Heavy
Antigrav Systems
Stealth Systems
- Corsair Armor
Titan Armor
Core Plating (requires Mechanized Defenses)
-
TI Improved Combat ExoSkeletons.png
MEC Mark 2
Armor Alien Biocybernetics
Mobile Power Armor
60 40 180 12 75 MEC Mark 3: Light
MEC Mark 3: Heavy
- LMEC2 (Valiant)
HMEC2 (Defender)
-
TI Heavy Combat ExoSkeletons.png
MEC Mark 3: Heavy
Armor Advanced Power Armor
Improved Combat Exoskeletons
240 10 460 4 250 - - HMEC3 (Dauntless)
UHMEC3 (Devastator)
-
TI Mobile Combat ExoSkeletons.png
MEC Mark 3: Light
Armor Advanced Power Armor
Improved Combat Exoskeletons
20 80 320 4 250 - - LMEC3 (Vindicator)
ULMEC3 (Vanguard)
-
IC ArmorArchangel.png
Antigrav Systems
Aerospace Advanced Power Armor
Heavy Floater Autopsy
Alien Propulsion
5 20 - - 100 - Advanced Flight Seraph Armor
Archangel Armor
The Thumper (MEC)
Hover SHIV
IC ArmorGhost.png
Stealth Systems
- Advanced Power Armor
Alien Communications
- 20 - - 100 - Stealth Satellites Shadow Armor -
IC ArmorPsi.png
Mind and Machine
Psionics Alien Biocybernetics
Alien Command and Control
10 15 - 2 30 - - Vortex Armor -

Alien Autopsies

Alien Corpses that have been returned from successful missions can be autopsied for further analysis, once the required research projects have been completed. Note that autopsies require and consume multiple corpses, as listed below.

In addition to the listed unlocked items, autopsies also unlock the ability to inspect aliens on the battlefield and see their perks by targeting them and pressing F1.

Alien Autopsies
Research Prerequisites Cost Unlocks
Research
Corpses
Days
Research Foundry Loadout Other
IC AutopsySectoid.png
Sectoid Autopsy
Xenobiology 1 Sectoid Corpse 5 Sectoid Interrogation - - -
IC AutopsyThinman.png
Thin Man Autopsy
Xenobiology 1 Thin Man Corpse 20 Thin Man Interrogation Improved Medikit Restorative Mist
(MEC)
-
IC AutopsyFloater.png
Floater Autopsy
Xenobiology 1 Floater Corpse 15 Floater Interrogation Shaped Armor Kinetic Strike Module
(MEC)
Aim Booster (Aerospace)
Ammo - Flak
IC AutopsyMuton.png
Muton Autopsy
Xenobiology 1 Muton Corpse 25 Muton Interrogation Ammo Conservation
Alien Grenades
- -
IC AutopsyBerserker.png
Berserker Autopsy
Xenobiology 1 Berserker Corpse 30 Berserker Interrogation Combat Stims -
IC AutopsySectoidCommander.png
Sectoid Commander Autopsy
Xenobiology 1 Sectoid Commander Corpse 45 Sectoid Commander Interrogation - Psi Frayer -
IC AutopsyElite.png
Muton Elite Autopsy
Xenobiology 1 Muton Elite Corpse 40 Muton Elite Interrogation - - -
IC AutopsyFloaterHeavy.png
Heavy Floater Autopsy
Xenobiology 1 Heavy Floater Corpse 40 Heavy Floater Interrogation Advanced Repair - -
IC AutopsyElder.png
Ethereal Autopsy
Xenobiology 1 Ethereal Corpse 50 Ethereal Interrogation - - -
IC AutopsyDrone.png
Drone Autopsy
Alien Circuitry 1 Drone Wrecks 5 Advanced Beam Lasers - Holo Charger
(SHIV)
-
IC AutopsySeeker.png
Seeker Autopsy
Alien Circuitry 1 Seeker Wrecks 15 - UFO Countermeasures Respirator Implant
Extrasensory Vest
Elerium Emitter
-
IC AutopsyCryssalid.png
Chryssalid Autopsy
Xenobiology 1 Chryssalid Corpse 30 Advanced Body Armor - Chitin Plating Muscle Fiber Density
Adaptive Bone Marrow
(Gene Mods)
IC AutopsyCyberdisc.png
Cyberdisc Autopsy
Alien Circuitry 1 Cyberdisc Wreck 15 Pulse Lasers SHIV Advancements II Autosentry Turret
(SHIV)
Dodge Booster
(Aerospace)
IC AutopsyMechtoid.png
Mechtoid Autopsy
Alien Circuitry 1 Mechtoid Core 30 - Advanced Servomotors Psi Retaliator
Alloy SHIV
-
IC AutopsySectopod.png
Sectopod Autopsy
Alien Circuitry 1 Sectopod Wreck 45 - - Battle Computer
(MEC/SHIV)

Weapon Supercooler
(SHIV)
-

Alien Interrogations

Alien captives that have been captured with an Stun Rifle and housed in the Alien Containment can be interrogated once the autopsy project for that species has been completed.

All interrogations unlock certain research credits, which increases the research speed of all future research projects and Foundry projects that match the credit type.

Alien Interrogations
Research Prerequisites Cost Unlocks Research Credits
Research
Captives
Days
Research Other Research Foundry
IC InterrogateSectoid.png
Sectoid Interrogation
Sectoid Autopsy 1 Sectoid 30 Xenopsionics
Elerium
Tactical Rigging
(Foundry Project)
Cybernetics:
Xenogenetics
Alien Biocybernetics
Cybernetics:
Advanced Repair
Advanced Servomotors
Advanced Surgery
Improved Medikit
Jellied Elerium
MEC Warfare Systems
IC InterrogateThinman.png
Thin Man Interrogation
Thin Man Autopsy 1 Thin Man 140 Experimental Warfare - Laser Weapons:
Beam Lasers
Advanced Beam Lasers
Pulse Lasers
Advanced Pulse Lasers
Laser Weapons:
Aircraft Boosters
Enhanced Lasers
Supercapacitators
IC InterrogateFloater.png
Floater Interrogation
Floater Autopsy 1 Floater 140 Advanced Gauss Weapons - Aerospace:
UFO Analysis: (all)
Advanced Aerospace Concepts
Alien Propulsion
Antigrav Systems
Aerospace:
Advanced Flight
Aircraft Boosters
Armored Fighters
Elerium Afterburners
Improved Avionics
Penetrator Weapons
UFO Countermeasures
UFO Tracking
IC InterrogateMuton.png
Muton Interrogation
Muton Autopsy 1 Muton 190 - Secondary Heart
Adrenal Neurosympathy
(Gene Mods)

Shielding Pod
(SHIV)
Gauss Weapons:
Gauss Weapons
Advanced Gauss Weapons
Gauss Weapons:
Mag Pistols
Phoenix Coilguns
Quenchguns
Rail Pistols
Wingtip Sparrowhawks
IC InterrogateBerserker.png
Berserker Interrogation
Berserker Autopsy 1 Berserker 240 Advanced Power Armor Neural Damping
Smart Macrophages
(Gene Mods)
Armor:
Improved Body Armor
Advanced Body Armor
Mobile Power Armor
Advanced Power Armor
Improved Combat Exoskeletons
Heavy Combat Exoskeletons
Mobile Combat Exoskeletons
Armor:
Armored Fighters
Shaped Armor
Mechanized Unit Defenses
Tactical Rigging
IC InterrogateSectoidCommander.png
Sectoid Commander Interrogation
Sectoid Commander Autopsy 1 Sectoid Commander 270 Alien Command and Control Inner Fire
Telekinetic Field
Psychokinetic Strike
(Psi Powers)
Psionics:
Xenopsionics
Alien Operations
Alien Communications
Alien Command and Control
Mind and Machine
Psionics:
Psi Warfare Systems
IC InterrogateMutonElite.png
Muton Elite Interrogation
Muton Elite Autopsy 1 Muton Elite 280 Light Plasma Weapons Adrenaline Surge
Iron Skin
(Gene Mods)
Weapons:
All Laser Weapon Research
All Gauss Weapon Research
All Plasma Weapon Research
Alien Weaponry
EMP Weapons
Fusion Weapons
Weapons:
All Laser Weapon Projects
All Gauss Weapon Projects
All Plasma Weapon Projects
Ammo Conservation
Enhanced Ballistics
SCOPE Upgrade
SHIV Suppression
IC InterrogateFloaterHeavy.png
Heavy Floater Interrogation
Heavy Floater Autopsy 1 Heavy Floater 260 Cooling Coils
(Foundry Project)
Plasma Weapons:
Plasma Weapons
Advanced Plasma Weapons
Compact Plasma Weapons
Heavy Plasma Weapons
Precision Plasma Weapons
Vehicular Plasma Weapons
Plasma Weapons:
Enhanced Plasma
Reflex Pistols
IC InterrogateElder.png
Ethereal Interrogation
Ethereal Autopsy 1 Ethereal 340 Alien Command and Control Psi Mastery
(Psi Power)
All Research All Projects

Main Tech

Main Tech
Research Credit type Prerequisites Cost Unlocks
Research
Items
Alien Alloys
Elerium
Weapon Fragments
Meld
Other
Days
Research Facility Loadout Other
IC UFONavigation.png
Alien Circuitry
- - - - - - - 2 UFO
Power
Sources
30 Alien Power Systems
Alien Biocybernetics
All Robotic Autopsies
- Arc Rifle
Arc Pistol
Satellite Nexus
(Facility)
-
IC Xenobiology.png
Xenobiology
- - - - - - - 4 Sectoid Corpses 15 Xenoneurology
Xenogenetics
All Biologic Autopsies
Alien Containment Stun Rifle
Targeting Module
-
IC MeldTech.png
Xenogenetics
Cybernetics Xenobiology - - - - 10 - 35 Alien Biocybernetics Genetics Lab - Predictive Tracking
Advanced Perception
(Gene Mods)
IC ArcThrower.png
Xenoneurology
- Xenobiology - - - 10 - 4 Sectoid Corpses 10 Xenopsionics
Alien Communications
- - -
IC HyperwaveCommunication.png
Alien Communications
- Xenoneurology Alien Base Assault Complete - 10 - - - 30 Stealth Systems Hyperwave Relay Mimic Beacon -
IC MindShield.png
Xenopsionics
Psionics Xenoneurology
Sectoid Interrogation
- - - - 5 8 UFO Power Sources 25 Alien Operations Psionic Labs - Mindfray
Neural Feedback
Psi Panic
Psi Inspire
Mind Merge
(Psi Powers)

Psi Warfare Systems
(Foundry Project)
IC OutsiderShard.png
Alien Operations
Psionics Xenopsionics Outsider Shard - - - - - 20 - - - Skeleton Key
Alien BioCybernetics.png
Alien Biocybernetics
Cybernetics Xenogenetics
Alien Materials
Alien Circuitry
- 5 30 50 20 - 60 Mind and Machine
MEC Mark 2
- MEC-1
Minigun
Incinerator Module
Neural Gunlink
Advanced Surgery
MEC Warfare Systems
(Foundry Projects)
IC ExperimentalWarfare.png
Experimental Warfare
- Alien Weaponry
Thin Man Interrogation
- - - 20 - - 50 Advanced Aerospace Concepts
Gauss Weapons
Beam Strengthening
New Combat Systems
Smartshell Pod
Adaptive Tracking Pod
(SHIV)
-
IC Elerium.png
Elerium
- Alien Materials
Sectoid Interrogation
Hyperwave Beacon
(from Alien base assault)
- 10 - - - 10 Alien Power Systems
Mobile Power Armor
Jellied Elerium Elerium Turbos
(SHIV)
-
IC UFOPower.png
Alien Power Systems
- Alien Circuitry
Elerium
- - 20 - - 8 UFO
Power
Sources
100 Alien Propulsion
Advanced Power Armor
Pulse Lasers
Elerium Batteries
UFO Tracking
Elerium Generator
(Facility)
-
IC SatelliteAssistedTargeting.png
Advanced Aerospace Concepts
Aerospace Alien Materials
Experimental Warfare
- 10 - 50 - - 65 Alien Propulsion Armored Fighters
Improved Avionics
- -
IC Firestorm.png
Alien Propulsion
Aerospace Alien Power Systems
Advanced Aerospace Concepts
- 60 20 20 - 8 UFO
Power
Sources
60 Antigrav Systems Elerium Afterburners Firestorm
(Aerospace)
Interceptor Cost -25%
IC PsiLink.png
Alien Command and Control
Psionics Ethereal Interrogation Ethereal Device 10 15 - - - 30 Mind and Machine Gollop Chamber - -

UFO Analysis

Once a UFO has crashed or landed and then is successfully assaulted, it can be analyzed as a research project. Once the research project has completed, ships gain 30% damage bonus against all UFOs of the same type. Also, once UFO Scanners Foundry project is completed, analyzed UFO's display damage during Air Combat.

All UFO Analysis have the Aerospace credit type. Once a Floater has been interrogated, the speed at which UFOs are analyzed increases by 25%.

UFO Analysis
Research Credit type Prerequisites Cost Unlocks
Research
Other
Alien Alloys
Elerium
Days
Other
UFO-Analysis Scout.png
UFO Analysis: Scout
Aerospace Alien Materials Scout Crash Site or
Scout Landing Site
mission completed
2 2 400 30% Increased Fire Rate vs Scouts
Salvage 30% more alloys and elerium from Scouts
UFO-Analysis Fighter.png
UFO Analysis: Fighter
Aerospace Alien Materials Fighter Crash Site
mission completed
2 2 300 30% Increased Fire Rate vs Fighters
Salvage 30% more alloys and elerium from Fighters
UFO-Analysis Raider.png
UFO Analysis: Raider
Aerospace Alien Materials Raider Crash Site or
Raider Landing Site
mission completed
4 4 600 30% Increased Fire Rate vs Raiders
Salvage 30% more alloys and elerium from Raiders
UFO-Analysis Destroyer.png
UFO Analysis: Destroyer
Aerospace Alien Materials Destroyer Crash Site
mission completed
4 4 600 30% Increased Fire Rate vs Destroyers
Salvage 30% more alloys and elerium from Destroyers
UFO-Analysis Abductor.png
UFO Analysis: Abductor
Aerospace Alien Materials Abductor Crash Site or
Abductor Landing Site
mission completed
16 8 800 30% Increased Fire Rate vs Abductors
Salvage 30% more alloys and elerium from Abductors
UFO-Analysis Harvester.png
UFO Analysis: Harvester
Aerospace Alien Materials Harvester Crash Site or
Harvester Landing Site
mission completed
16 8 800 30% Increased Fire Rate vs Harvesters
Salvage 30% more alloys and elerium from Harvesters
UFO-Analysis Transport.png
UFO Analysis: Transport
Aerospace Alien Materials Transport Crash Site or
Transport Landing Site
mission completed
24 8 900 30% Increased Fire Rate vs Transports
Salvage 30% more alloys and elerium from Transports
UFO-Analysis TerrorShip.png
UFO Analysis: Terror Ship
Aerospace Alien Materials Terror Ship Crash Site or
Terror Ship Landing Site
mission completed
24 8 900 30% Increased Fire Rate vs Terror Ships
Salvage 30% more alloys and elerium from Terror Ships
UFO-Analysis AssaultCarrier.png
UFO Analysis: Assault Carrier
Aerospace Alien Materials Assault Carrier Crash Site or
Assault Carrier Landing Site
mission completed
48 12 1000 30% Increased Fire Rate vs Assault Carriers
Salvage 30% more alloys and elerium from Assault Carriers
UFO-Analysis Battleship.png
UFO Analysis: Battleship
Aerospace Alien Materials Battleship Crash Site
mission completed
48 12 1000 30% Increased Fire Rate vs Battleships
Salvage 30% more alloys and elerium from Battleships
UFO-Analysis Overseer.png
UFO Analysis: Overseer
Aerospace Alien Materials Overseer Crash Site
mission completed
4 12 700 30% Increased Fire Rate vs Overseers
Salvage 30% more alloys and elerium from Overseers

Comprehensive Tech Tree

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Research Archives

Here you can view a list of and summaries of all completed research projects.

Gene Labs

Modify the genes of up to 2 soldiers with Meld to install Gene Mods.

More information on Gene Mods can be found here: Gene Mods

Research Credits

Various technologies will offer research credits that will speed up research and foundry projects in broad categories.

Each research credit reduces the time to complete research and foundry projects in it's category by 50% (80% if the "Ready For War" start bonus is active).