Research Codenames (EU2012)

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Each Research project has a specific codename which is based either on the original game or a scientific or sci-fi subject. A list of codenames and their references may be found below.

Project
Codename
Codename description
Alien Nav Computer
Lighthouse
Building used for ship navigation.
UFO Power Source
Waterfall
Natural formation. Could also refer to the allegations that a UFO was behind the 1965 Niagara Falls blackout that affected New York City.
New Fighter Craft
Skylance
Plasma Cannon
Snapdragon
Possibly related to Marvel Comics's Snapdragon character on the Morituri series who can fire plasma bursts.
EMP Cannon
Ion
Possibly related to Ion cannons from George Lucas' Star Wars universe, which, similar to EMP weapons, disable electronics and computer systems.
Fusion Lance
Godfinger
Alien Materials
Looking Glass
A mirror. Also the name of Lewis Carrol's Through The Looking Glass, the sequel of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Carapace Armor
Thorax
The chest part of an animal.
Skeleton Suit
Rictus
A spasm of the facial muscles that causes them to grin caused by tetanus or poison.
Titan Armor
Golem
Stone figure from Jewish legend that would turn alive to fulfill its creator's wishes. Possibly a reference to the cut Golem Armor.
Ghost Armor
Nightshade
Family of common plants that includes potatoes, tobacco, mandrake, tomatoes and peppers.
Archangel Armor
Icarus
Legendary Greek figure who built a pair of wings for himself but fell down to Earth after getting too close to the Sun.
Psi Armor
Witchwood
Related to witchcraft? Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke
Sectoid Autopsy
Roswell
Alleged 1947 UFO crash site where an alien craft and bodies were recovered by the US government.
Thin Man Autopsy
Viperus
Reference to the original game's Snakeman (viperus = viper, a snake)
Floater Autopsy
Crimson Cape
Reference to the original game where Floaters had red capes.
Muton Autopsy
Nero
Roman emperor with a reputation for tyranny [[1]].
Chryssalid Autopsy
Ridley
Ridley Scott, director of several sci-fi movies, including Alien and Prometheus.
Drone Autopsy
Arachnid
A class of animals such as spiders and scorpions. Also the name of the alien race in Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers.
Cyberdisc Autopsy
Enigma
A mystery or a riddle.
Sectoid Commander Autopsy
Rosetta
Rosetta stone - discovered by Napoleon's troops it Egypt, it later allowed for the first translations of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Berserker Autopsy
Anaconda
A large South American snake who kills its victims by crushing them.
Heavy Floater Autopsy
Montezuma
The last Aztec emperor who was defeated by the Spanish conqueror Herman Cortés.
Muton Elite Autopsy
Imperial
Sectopod Autopsy
Halcyon
A family of birds [[2]].
Ethereal Autopsy
Aether
On Greek mythology, Aether was the personification of the sky. with its name meaning 'light'.
Interrogate Sectoid
Roanoke
Roanoke colony - one of the first colonies in North America, where the colonists mysteriously disappeared years after the colony's founding.
Interrogate Sectoid Commander
Voynich
Voynich manuscript - a 15th century book written in a undecipherable language containing hundreds of hand made drawings.
Interrogate Thin Man
Masquerade
Masquerade = a deception, can also mean dressing up for Carnival.
Interrogate Floater
Goalpost
Interrogate Heavy Floater
Dreadnaught
Dreadnaught = naval battleship of the early 20th century
Interrogate Berserker
Rubicon
"To cross the Rubicon" - Roman saying attributed to Julius Caesar meaning 'no turning back'
Interrogate Muton
Tempest
Interrogate Muton Elite
Gomorrah
Sodom and Gomorrah, the two biblical cities destroyed by God because of their sins
Interrogate Ethereal
Rosetta
Rosetta stone - discovered by Napoleon's troops it Egypt, it later allowed for the first translations ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Arc Thrower
Spark
Can be a reference to the legend of the titan Prometheus, who stole a spark of fire from the Greek gods to give it to mankind.
Weapon Fragments
Sagaris
Ancient Persian axe weapon.
Beam Weapons
Sunray
Precision Lasers
Lightwire
Heavy Lasers
Penumbra
Dark side
Plasma Pistol
Jacamar
Bird
Light Plasma Rifle
Corvid
Bird
Plasma Rifle
Kestral
Bird
Plasma Sniper
Osprey
Bird
Heavy Plasma
Kingfisher
Bird
Alloy Cannon
Avocet
Bird
Guided Fusion Launcher
Tunguska
Located in Siberia, in 1907 there was a massive explosion on the Tunguska area caused by a meteorite, or as some claim, by a UFO exploding upon crashing on Earth.
Xeno-Biology
Mobius
Jean Girard (aka Moebius) - French sci-fi artist and creator, contributed to the Alien, Tron and Fifth Element movies [[3]].
Outsider Shard
Novato
2K Marin, responsible for the development of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified and the introduction of the Outsiders to the XCOM universe has an office at Novato, California, United States.
Hyperwave Communication
Tachyon
Hypothetical physical particles mentioned on the original game.
Ethereal Device
Skylight
Roof window that allows for daylight to enter a room.
Experimental Warfare
Skunk Works
Skunk Works is the department of Lockheed-Martin's aerospace company responsible for designing advanced top secret planes such as the SR-71 and U-2 reconnaissance planes.
Elerium
E-115
Reference to the atomic number of Elerium mentioned on the original game.
Meld Recombination EW DLC
Purity
Reference to the X-Files 'Purity Control' top secret government project that used alien tech to create supersoldiers?
Mechtoid Autopsy EW DLC
Goliath
Biblical reference to the giant warrior defeated by David.
Seeker Autopsy EW DLC
Lovecraft
Reference to H.P. Lovecraft, American horror/sci-fi writer of the 20th century that is a source of inspiration for X-COM: Terror From The Deep.
EU2012 Badge XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012): Research
Initial:Xeno-BiologyAlien MaterialsWeapon FragmentsMeld Recombination (EW DLC)
Advanced:
Lasers:Beam WeaponsPrecision LasersHeavy Lasers
Plasma:Plasma PistolLight Plasma RiflePlasma RiflePlasma SniperHeavy PlasmaAlloy CannonGuided Fusion LauncherPlasma CannonEMP CannonFusion Lance
Armor:Carapace ArmorSkeleton SuitTitan ArmorArchangel ArmorGhost ArmorPsi Armor
Technology:Arc ThrowerExperimental WarfareEleriumUFO Power SourceAlien Nav ComputerNew Fighter Craft
Interrogations:Interrogate SectoidInterrogate FloaterInterrogate Thin ManInterrogate MutonInterrogate Sectoid CommanderInterrogate Heavy FloaterInterrogate BerserkerInterrogate Muton EliteInterrogate Ethereal
Autopsies:Sectoid AutopsyFloater AutopsyThin Man AutopsyMuton AutopsyChryssalid AutopsyDrone AutopsyCyberdisc AutopsySectoid Commander AutopsyHeavy Floater AutopsyBerserker AutopsyMuton Elite AutopsySectopod AutopsyEthereal AutopsySeeker Autopsy (EW DLC)Mechtoid Autopsy (EW DLC)
Other:Research CreditsResearch Codenames