Friends in Low Places (EU2012)

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Friends in Low Places is a Council escort mission. Like all Council Missions, the mission is initiated by the player being contacted by The Council. You will be given a screen choosing to accept the Slingshot missions or a random Council Mission. Every time a council mission is offered if you do not accept the mission will also include this choice. However if you choose this mission, the next two council missions on EU (there is no such choice screen in EW, you have to enable Slingshot DLC while starting a new game) will be replaced with Confounding Light and Gangplank respectively.

Mission Objectives:

  • Escort the target to the extraction point.
    • Protect the target at all costs.
  • Eliminate any remaining hostiles.


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Enemy force is only partially present on the map at the start of the mission. As Zhang advances across the map additional enemies (the alien forces in encountered in this mission consist primarily of Sectoids and Thin Men plus a solitary Chryssalid* will drop into the map, typically on elevated positions in sight of Zhang. The newly spawned enemies typically use Overwatch as their first action. Their entrance counts as movement, and XCOM soldiers on Overwatch will react with fire often eliminating the enemy before they can become a real problem.
Zhang has 4 health and Head Down ability. He should be shielded from enemy fire and avoid burning vehicles at all costs.

* The Chryssalid is replaced with a Muton on Impossible in EU, Classic and Impossible in EW, and if the mission is under taken later on into the game.


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Additionally, completing the mission rewards the player with the "New Friend" Achievement and Zhang will join XCOM as a Heavy Class Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant, Zhang will likely outrank other soldiers at this point, meaning he will have a superior number of abilities and will unlock additional upgrades at the Officer Training School. Unfortunately Zhang does not have any customization available (can't change his armor decoration or color) on the regular Slingshot DLC. But in the Enemy Within DLC it is possible customize his armor color and decoration.

See Also

EU2012 Badge XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012): Missions/Maps/Map Info
Landed UFO Small Scout: RiverRiver ValleyLarge Scout: Creepy ForestHillsideAbductor: Farm OutskirtsWinding StreamSupply Ship: Forest GroveRocky Gorge
Crashed UFO Small Scout: BadlandsDirt Road MarshlandsQuagmireSmall Scout Farm (EW DLC)Small Scout Nuked City (EW DLC)Small Scout Roadhouse (EW DLC)Large Scout: Deep WoodsForest TrenchStonewallThe BarrensLarge Scout City (EW DLC)Abductor: CliffsideScorched EarthSupply Ship: Overlook AWildfireBattleship: Battleship 01Battleship 02
Abductions BarBoulevardCemetery GrandCommercial Alley (EU only)Commercial StreetConvenience Store (EU only)Demolition (EU only)Fast FoodGas Station (EU only)Highway BridgeHighway ConstructionIndustrial OfficeLiquor StoreMuseum (EU only)Office PaperPier AResearch Outpost (EU only)Rooftops ConstSlaughterhouse ASmall CemeteryStreet HurricaneStreet OverpassTrain StationTrainyardTruckstop (EU only)Commercial Alley EWI (EW DLC)Convenience Store EWI (EW DLC)Demolition EWI (EW DLC)Fast Food EWI (EW DLC)Gas Station EWI (EW DLC)Highway Construction EWI (EW DLC)Office Paper EWI (EW DLC)Research Outpost EWI (EW DLC)Street Overpass EWI (EW DLC)Truck Stop EWI (EW DLC)
Terror Site BarCommercial AlleyCommercial RestaurantCommercial StreetConvenience StoreStreet HurricaneHighway 1Military AmmoPolice StationOffice Paper (EW DLC)Pier A Terror (EW DLC)
Bomb Disposal Cemetery GrandHighway BridgeSlaughterhouse ATrain StationTrainyard
Asset Recovery Cemetery GrandIndustrial OfficePier AResearch OutpostStreet OverpassTruckstop
Extraction/Escort Extraction: Boulevard (EU only)Highway FallenMuseum (EU only)Street Hurricane (EW DLC)Escort: Commercial AlleyPier AResearch Outpost
Storyline Intro LevelAlien Base 01Alien Base 02Overseer: (Deep WoodsForest TrenchStonewallThe Barrens) • Temple Ship
Multiplayer BarBoulevardCemetery GrandPolice StationTrainyardObservatory (EW DLC)Rooftops Construction (EW DLC)Ruined Fishing Village (EW DLC)Stop 'N Gulp (EW DLC)Wrecked Pier (EW DLC)XCom HQ (EW DLC)
Slingshot DLC Friends in Low Places (Map)Confounding Light (Map)Gangplank (Map)
Enemy Within DLC Progeny: Portent (Map)Deluge (Map)Furies (Map)Other: Meld TutorialSite Recon (Map)EXALT Base Raid (Map)XCOM Base (Map)
Covert Operations Covert Data Recovery: BoulevardCommercial RestaurantDemolition EWIGas Station EWIHighway ConstructionIndustrial OfficeOffice Paper EWIPolice StationRooftops ConstTruck Stop EWICovert Extraction: Commercial Alley EWIConvenience Store EWIHighway Construction EWILiquor StoreMilitary AmmoPier A TerrorPortentResearch Outpost EWIStreet Overpass EWITrainyard