Outsider (EU2012)

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For the version that appears in The Bureau, see Outsider (Bureau)


Beings of pure energy, Outsiders command UFOs for the alien forces. Although they possess no truly special abilities in tactical combat, capturing an Outsider is required in order to progress further in the storyline. They are only found on UFO assault missions (crashed or landed) and disappear from the campaign after the alien base is assaulted.

Outsiders can be easy to deal with but if you unexpectedly activate them during the early game (through a misstep or a UFO wall getting blown) their Light Plasma Rifles can be very deadly due to the Outsiders high Aim stat and their tendency to rush and attack immediately any intruders. Keep also in mind that on Impossible difficulty level they have a bonus movement.

Outsiders will disintegrate after dying in the battlefield. Capturing one alive with the Arc Thrower results in the retrieval of an Outsider Shard which reveals their true role.


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1st Appearance March (UFO missions)
HP 3/3/5/5
Aim 70/70/80/80
Defense 0/0/10/10
Will 20
Movement 12/12/12/17
Outsider Armaments
Weapon Base Damage Critical Damage Critical Chance
Outsider Light Plasma Rifle 4-6 7 or 9 10
Ability Description
Can fire a special shot that grants reaction fire at a single target if it moves. The target also suffers a -30 Aim penalty.


  • If captured during a successful mission an Outsider Shard will be recovered.
  • After you assault the alien base they will pull one final disappearing act and be replaced by Sectoid Commanders.
  • Outsiders are described by Dr. Vahlen as "pure energy". The crystal left behind after stunning an Outsider is described by Dr. Shen as an "antenna" receiving a signal from the alien base. This may mean that Outsiders are some sort of energy-based avatar of the real UFO commander who remains in safety in the alien base.

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