Achievements (EU2012)

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Achievements are separate goals or personal achievement trophies that you can earn as you play the game. These are obtained automatically through the normal progression of the game or by performing difficult tasks under harsh conditions.

These achievements provide no direct in-game benefits and can be collected at your leisure. They are mainly provided for players that wish to collect everything that can be collected and to perform everything that can be conceivably performed in the game.

The achievement lists are slightly different depending on the platform you're playing on - Bubonic is only available to PC players, whilst Poison Control is only for consolers. The You Win trophy is PS3-only. Steam offers a list of achievements with the percentages of PC players who have obtained them.

Unless otherwise specified, all achievements must be obtained whilst playing single player, but under any difficulty. Use of heroes will disable achievements for your campaign (including for later missions that they don't attend). Achievement titles in dark cells are hidden until unlocked.

Achievement List

Image Name Description Xbox Gamerscore PS3 Trophy Notes
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You Win
Gain all trophies. - Platinum Obtained after all other trophies are earned. PS3 only.
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Meet New People.
Then Kill Them.
Win a multiplayer match. 25 Gamescore.png Bronze Doesn't have to be ranked.
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No Looking Back
Beat the game in Ironman on Classic or Impossible Difficulty. 100 Gamescore.png Gold
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Mind control an Ethereal alien. Single player only. 10 Gamescore.png Silver Psi Armor, Mind Shield, and a Psi Inspiration boost make this feasable.
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Humanity's Savior
Beat the game on any difficulty. 30 Gamescore.png Bronze
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Earth First
Beat the game on Classic difficulty. 60 Gamescore.png Silver
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Our Finest Hour
Complete the game on Impossible difficulty. 90 Gamescore.png Gold Note that it doesn't say "on Ironman."
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Lone Wolf
Clear a UFO Crash Site with one soldier on Classic or Impossible difficulty. 20 Gamescore.png Silver You must only use one soldier, and it is not recommended that you have Ironman mode turned on while going for this achievement. Taking control of additional units via Mind Control is allowed. Heavy or Assault reccomended. A Small Scout UFO crash is ideal. Use the Hyperwave to see enemy composition: you'll want to avoid/be prepared for Berserkers or Cyberdiscs, Sectopods. Most quickly done on Classic softcore with the Not Created Equally second wave option, just reroll the starting mission til you get an Assault squaddie with 80+ Aim after the first mission, you'll soon have a Small Scout to crash. Now add Medkit and Assault Rifle and... Save. Often.
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Bada Boom
Kill 50 aliens with explosive weapons. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze
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Welcoming Committee
Kill 150 aliens. 20 Gamescore.png Bronze
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Pale Horse
Kill 500 aliens. 50 Gamescore.png Silver This can be done over several playthroughs.
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Shooting Stars
Shoot down 40 UFOs. 35 Gamescore.png Silver This can be done over several playthroughs.
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Ain't No Cavalry Comin'
Have a soldier survive every mission in a full game. 50 Gamescore.png Silver One soldier must participate in every mission undertaken in the game, from the tutorial or first mission to the final mission. If they miss one (eg due to being stuck in the infirmary) then the achievement becomes void.
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As A Scalpel
Earn the "Excellent" rating in every performance category on a terror mission. 25 Gamescore.png Bronze At minimum you must save 14 civilians to get an excellent rating in the third category, and lose no XCOM soldiers to get excellent in the second category.
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In a single game, complete every research project. 25 Gamescore.png Bronze
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Angel of Death
Kill an alien while flying. Single Player only. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze Archangel Armor or HoverSHIV, of course.
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All Employees Must Wash Hands
In a single game, complete every autopsy. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze
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Beyond the Veil
Find a soldier with the Gift. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze Obtained through story progression.
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Prisoner of War
Capture a live alien. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze Obtained through story progression.
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The Gatekeeper
Stun an Outsider. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze Obtained through story progression.
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X Marks the Spot
Uncover the alien base's location. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze Obtained through story progression.
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See All, Know All
Build the Hyperwave Relay. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze Obtained through story progression.
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On the Shoulders of Giants
Build the Gollop Chamber. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze Obtained through story progression.
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Ride the Lightning
Build a Firestorm. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze
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Eye in the Sky
Launch a Satellite. 5 Gamescore.png Bronze
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All Together Now
Get satellite coverage over every country in one continent. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze
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In a single game, shoot down one of each alien craft. 15 Gamescore.png Bronze Modules are helpful in taking down Battleships. Also, you can send more than 1 Interceptor after a single UFO, but they have to take turns (previous one has to return to base or be destroyed, before sending the next).
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Man No More
Build a suit of powered armor. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze
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Play a multiplayer match against someone with this achievement. - - Only exists for PC players, replacing Poison Control.
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Poison Control
Cure poison on five soldiers in a single mission. Single player only. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze Only exists for console players, replacing Bubonic. You may cure the same soldier five times to earn this achievement. Note that Thin Men release poison on death, which is much easier to use then relying on them to fire poison spit.
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We Happy Few
Complete a mission without losing a soldier. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze
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The Hardest Road
Advance one soldier to Colonel rank. 10 Gamescore.png Silver
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Worth Every Penny
Acquire 1000 credits in one month. 20 Gamescore.png Bronze Most easily done with global satellite coverage.
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Staff the research labs with 80 scientists. 20 Gamescore.png Bronze
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One Gun at a Time
Staff the engineering department with 80 engineers. 20 Gamescore.png Bronze
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In a single game, complete every Foundry project. 20 Gamescore.png Bronze
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You Have 5 Seconds to Comply
Build a S.H.I.V. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze [1]
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Build a laboratory. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze
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...and Practice
Build a workshop. 10 Gamescore.png Silver
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Wet Work
Complete a Very Difficult abduction mission in five turns or less on Classic or Impossible. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze Once you're familiar with the size of some of the different maps in the game, wait until you recognise that you've been dropped into a small one before attempting this.
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A Continental Fellow
Win a game from each of the 5 starting locations. 50 Gamescore.png Silver Five separate games must be completed, with your starting base situated in each of the different continents. Surprisingly, Steam statistics reports this as having the lowest completion rate, even below Finest Hour and No Looking Back completion.
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What Wonders Await
Complete a research project. 5 Gamescore.png Bronze
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Up and Running
Build a base facility. 5 Gamescore.png Bronze
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Combat Ready
Build an item. 5 Gamescore.png Bronze
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Drums in the Deep
Gain access to the lowest level in your base. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze
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Happy to Oblige
Fulfil a Council request. 15 Gamescore.png Bronze
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And Hell's Coming With Me
Successfully assault an Overseer UFO. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze Obtained through story progression.
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Off My Planet
Recover a Hyperwave Beacon. 25 Gamescore.png Silver Obtained through story progression.
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Tables Turned
Shoot down a UFO. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze
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And So It Begins...
Complete the tutorial mission. 15 Gamescore.png Bronze Tutorial mode must be enabled (not on Impossible Difficulty).
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The Volunteer
Make contact with the Ethereal hive mind. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze Obtained through story progression.
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Flight of the Valkyries
Complete a mission with an all female squad. Single player only. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze


Image Name Description Xbox Gamerscore PS3 Trophy Notes
The following five achievements require the Slingshot DLC.
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New Friend
Complete Friends in Low Places. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze
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Bait the Hook
Complete Confounding Light. 10 Gamescore.png Bronze
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The Bigger They Are
Complete Gangplank. 20 Gamescore.png Silver
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Rising Dragon
Take your new ally into the final challenge. 30 Gamescore.png Gold Shaojie Zhang must attend the final mission of the campaign (as opposed to the final mission of the Slingshot DLC), does not need to be The Volunteer. Make him more suitable for endgame by purchasing OTS's Iron Will before leveling him. Second Wave's "Hidden Potential" might also give him larger stat increases.
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All Aboard!
Complete Confounding Light with three or more turns left. 30 Gamescore.png Silver Not all aliens need to be killed: simply place the 4 transmitters, and get 1 soldier into the train conductor's cabin.

Enemy Within DLC

Image Name Description Xbox Gamerscore PS3 Trophy Notes
The following 30 achievements require the Enemy Within DLC.
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Anger Management

Proc Combat Rush on the entire squad (min. 4) 20 Gamescore.png Have at least 1 soldier (easier with 2) with the Adrenal Neurosympathy genetic mod on a mission. 'Pheromones' have significant range, so no need to risk Grenade Bait formations; just be close enough to have all squad members to be affected.
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Rise of the Machines

Field a squad consisting entirely of augmented soldiers and SHIVs (min. 4) and win the mission 20 Gamescore.png
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Mutatis Mutandis

Field a squad where all members have at least two modifications (min. 4) and win the mission 20 Gamescore.png
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Mental Minefield

Kill an enemy as it is psionically attacking you in single player 40 Gamescore.png Neural Feedback's base damage is 7. Weaken it before the Sectoid Commander's/Ethereal's turn.
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Tingling Sensation

Kill an unseen enemy detected by a specially modified soldier in single player 40 Gamescore.png In battle, soldiers with Bioelectric Skin can detect enemies behind doors and walls and such. Use of high explosives (and hoping it's a low-HP alien) is the easiest way to get this.
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Steel Martyr

Deploy three tactical subsystems on a single soldier in single player 40 Gamescore.png Fully upgrade a MEC unit's Power Armor
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Enemy Within

Get a Soldier to have 5 modifications in single player 20 Gamescore.png
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Who Needs Limbs?

Augment a soldier in single player 20 Gamescore.png
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A Little Bit Alien

Modify a soldier in single player 20 Gamescore.png
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Mind the Step

Jump two stories in one move in single player 20 Gamescore.png Muscle Fiber Density Gen Mod
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Someone Your Own Size

Kill a Muton Berserker in melee combat in single player 20 Gamescore.png MEC unit with Kinetic Punch
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The Meld Squad

Field a fully enhanced squad and win the mission 20 Gamescore.png Gen Modded squad, at least one each. Essentialy the prereq to Mutatis Mutandis
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By Our Powers Combined

Field a squad with 4 augmented soldiers, each with a different base ability and win the mission 40 Gamescore.png Requires 4 MEC soldiers who were originally one of each class. Can be done with Rise Of The Machines.
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Nice Cover

Use Collateral Damage to blow up a car in single player 20 Gamescore.png Requires a MEC soldier
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Taking A Load Off

Stop a squad member from suffocating in single player 20 Gamescore.png
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Eliminate an enemy's shield and kill it on the same turn in single player 20 Gamescore.png
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Guardian of Earth

Designate a highly decorated soldier as the Volunteer 100 Gamescore.png Medals are acquired through missions. There seems to be a limit on how many medals can be acquired. Riskiest medal is the one that requires a soldier to die or be Critically Wounded. After the cap is reached, it seems no more are given.
Best way to obtain this Achievement is to save 1 of each medal until you have your PSI Soldier and then give him the 5 medals before making him the Volunteer.
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Pain in the Neck

Cause an enemy to suicide 40 Gamescore.png This is done by successfully stunning an EXALT enemy using an Arc Thrower
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An Army Of Four

Beat the game without buying a Squad Size upgrade (Classic+ difficulty) 100 Gamescore.png
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Solid Prospect

Complete Deluge 20 Gamescore.png Progeny (Slingshot type Council mission)
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Ours are the Furies

Complete Furies 20 Gamescore.png Progeny (Slingshot type Council mission)
A landed Abductor in a snowy level: there is a unique command console in the middle room, just outside the bridge's door. Destroy or deactivate it.
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Remington… Max Remington

Have your special-duty soldier kill three enemies in the same mission 40 Gamescore.png Flanking and grenades help, especially if, with Training Roulette, they're a pistol-carrying class with Grenadier (normally only Heavies). Tactical Rigging from the Foundry is also a big help. Having your full-kit soldiers soften targets is key.
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Elite Defense

Beat a new special mission without losing any assets 40 Gamescore.png
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Kill an elite enemy Sniper with one of your own snipers in single player 20 Gamescore.png Elite Snipers will be carrying the EXALT version of the Laser Sniper Rifle
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Regenerate This

Kill an elite enemy Medic with explosive damage in single player 20 Gamescore.png Elite Medics will be carrying the EXALT Laser Assault Rifle
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All Hands on Deck

Get at least 4 kills with XCOM Base Security personnel 20 Gamescore.png Base Security are in blue-tint armor. They're essentially Rookies, so beware Panic chains. Their Assault Rifles have a base damage of 4, so they're 1 point less useless than what you're saddled with in the first mission. The easiest way to get this is to get Tactical Rigging so they carry two frag grenades and throw them around liberally at low HP aliens.
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Apotheosis Denied

Deal with the newest global threat 100 Gamescore.png After "Where In The World", clear out the EXALT base
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They Shall Not Pass

Eliminate all alien waves 20 Gamescore.png Base Defense
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Eradicate the infestation 20 Gamescore.png Complete Site Recon, aka "Operation: Run Like A Bitch"
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Where in the World

Make certain of the new threat's location 40 Gamescore.png Either through Intelligence scans or in response to EXALT attacks (at the great risk of lost money, lost research, and Panic gains), sucessfully complete at least 3 covert operations to gain clues to open the chance to accuse a country of harboring the EXALT base. You can do more Covert ops untill all 15 other countries are deduced out (or savescum and go one by one)


Image Name Description Xbox Gamerscore PS3 Trophy Notes
The following five achievements were removed from Steam 8th Jan 2013. Two of them have returned in the Enemy Within DLC with different names (Disaster Averted as Solid Prospect and Great Minds Think Alike as Ours Are The Furies)
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No Sweat
Complete Deluge without activating more than 2 valves. ??? ??? Deluge in EW has a turn limit, due to it being on a damaged Dam: opening valves releases water, thus extending the time before it breaks. While possible to complete without opening any valves at all, it will not unlock the achievement, and thus, has truly been removed
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Saved to Savior
Have your newest ally volunteer for the most difficult duty. ??? ??? The "newest ally" referred to was likely to've been called "Annette". Possibly an early name for Anna Sing? Icon and description suggest somthing like Zhang's Rising Dragon, except for "Annette" to be the Volunteer, specifically.
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Disaster Averted
Complete Deluge. ??? ???
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The Chase Is On
Complete Portent. ??? ??? Replaced with the achievementless mission of finding/escorting the EXALT survivor of a damaged convoy
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Great Minds Think Alike
Complete Furies. ??? ???