Overviews of Aliens (TFTD)

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All aliens are not, of course, equal. While a novice may be overwhelmed at any manifestation of Alien presence, he will soon learn to cope, and discern the abilities of his enemy. For those who aren't yet well-versed in such things, here's a rundown on how mean each of these creatures can be in a fight. For more details, look at aliens' specific pages or the stats page.

Low Threat

Gill Man - Armed Combatant

How does I betray planet?

These guys are the worst. Not only are they mediocre soldiers but they're pathetic traitors to boot. They have marginally better stats. than the Aquatoids but have no M.C. ability whatsoever with the sole exception to the Commander rank, who isn't especially good at it anyway. Gillmen have no redeeming features whatsoever from a military standpoint, and we can only assume the aliens use them as cannon fodder by testament of their frequent appearance on the battlefield. They have all ranks except for the Medic.

Methods of Disposal: Pretty much anything.

You will need to have examined a dead Gillman in order to unlock the Thermic Lance.

See also: Gillman | Medium Threat: Xarquid - Terror Unit | Medium Threat: Deep One - Terror Unit

Calcinite - Terror Unit

I am a civilian you cannot see me, oh wait...

Melee only units with Vibro Blade claws. These guys can take a bit of a beating due to their high level of health and are pretty fast, but they don't have any special resistance to any weapons so sustained fire of any kind will drop them. Eventually. Calcinites have no ranks and are found in the company of Aquatoids on land missions.

Methods of Disposal: Gauss or Sonic preferred, but Explosives and Gas Cannons can be useful.

A dead Calcinite is required to unlock all the melee weapons, starting with the Vibro Blade.


See also: Calcinite | Medium Threat: Aquatoid - Armed Combatant

Hallucinoid - Terror Unit

Hallucinoid

Having harvested the oceans the aliens have bred these huge Earth creatures as a weapon. Do not be lulled into a false sense of security when facing these harmless looking sailors of the deeps. Possessed of a formidable, ranged, freezing blast and a close combat icy strike, the Hallucinoid is a deadly foe. Nested in the many layers of the gelatinous body of this organism is a powerful chemical freezer, it's main offensive capability. The soft and supple skin of the Hallucinoid seems susceptible to heat based attacks. Often this mutant is found in the company of its masters, the Aquatoids.

Both of its cold-based attacks do lethal damage rather than stun damage. Like the Bio-Drone, this creature seems to have a preference for using its melee attack at close range. The melee attack may or may not be weaker, but it is definitely dangerous enough.

The combination of its susceptibility and large size means it is very weak against phosphor rounds. Hallucinoids have no ranks and are found in the company of Aquatoids on underwater missions.

Methods of Disposal: Anything except drills or Armour Piercing rounds. Phosphor MIGHT look effective, but in reality, incindieries have followed a weird damage route. Furthermore, Hallucinoids are encountered underwater, and fire doesn't work especially well underwater. Explosives are acceptable.


See also: Hallucinoid | Medium Threat: Aquatoid - Armed Combatant

Zombie - Fallen Aquanaut

The unfortunate result of an entanglement with a Tentaculat. Zombies are slow and armed only with Vibro Blade claws making them easy to evade and kill, they are however completely immune to stun weapons and leave a nasty surprise for you upon their death: A bouncing baby Tentaculat with full TUs and a hunger for tasty X-COM flesh. Zombies have no ranks and can only be found where there are already Tentaculats which (thankfully) means at least you don't have to worry about Civilians feeding these things.

Methods of disposal: Pretty much anything so long as you can take care of the resulting 'surprise' as well; if you can't, phosporous attacks are preferred as they prevent the embryo from hatching.

Medium Threat

Aquatoid - Armed Combatant

Beware: Aquatards!

Relations to the Sectoids, these guys have much the same strengths and weaknesses. They make at best barely average soldiers having pitifully low stats, so why are they 'medium threat' you ask? All of their ranks except for the Soldier have Molecular Control abilities, and the higher ranks can be pretty good at it. Aquatoids can be of any rank (they are the only race to have Medics).

Methods of Disposal: Anything, Staring, Harsh Language - they really are that weak.


See also: Aquatoid | Low Threat: Hallucinoid - Terror Unit | Low Threat: Calcinite - Terror Unit

Deep One - Terror Unit

Cthulu says: Die plz.

Probably the biggest mistake the aliens made was creating the Deep One as they are the basis from which X-COM goes about unlocking the most important secrets: Armour and Advanced craft. Although they're pretty resistant to the basic 'bought' weapons, they're simply fodder for anything else. They are however armed with what appears to be an electrical mortar of some kind which is unaffected by armour and does not require a direct line-of-sight to its target, thankfully it is woefully inaccurate. Deep Ones have no ranks and are found in the company of Gillmen in land missions.

Methods of Disposal: Pretty much anything really.

It cannot be overstated how vitally important these creatures are to your research, you will require dead examples to unlock research into Aqua Plastics and Plastic Aqua Armour, and afterwards live specimens to unlock Ion Armour, advanced Submarines and advanced SWS models.


See also: Deep One | Low Threat: Gill Man - Armed Combatant

Xarquid - Terror Unit

Japanese Delicacy

Probably the rarest of all the TFTD units. Although they have fairly decent stats they don't seem to move around much, preferring instead to 'camp' a particular location and use their good reflexes to tag intruders with their particle cannon, which seems to be roughly equivalent to the SWS Gauss Cannon making it fairly decent at cracking X-COM armour. However being a 2x2 unit the Xarquid is very vulnerable to damage from underneath. Xarquid are found in the company of Gillmen on underwater missions.

Methods of Disposal: Explosives, Armor-Piercing weapons (especially blades).


See also: Xarquid | Low Threat: Gill Man - Armed Combatant

Triscene - Terror Unit

Jurassic Farce

Another pretty rare unit, the Triscene is on first appearances a formidable foe with its twin Sonic Cannons and Vibro Blade bite along with lots of Time Units and health. But it is let down by it's non-existent underside armour which means it can be felled by a single lowly Magna-Blast Grenade. Triscene have no ranks and are found in the company of Lobster Men on land missions.

Methods of Disposal: Explosives.


See also: Triscene | High Threat: Tasoth - Armed Combatant

High Threat

Lobster Man - Armed Combatant

Foe or Food?

These orange instruments of doom are the Muton of TFTD. Big and tough, but not really the sharpest knife in the alien drawer. Despite this they are very flexible opponents as they can fight with standard weapons or their built-in Thermic Lance attack. However, they have a formidable resistance to almost every weapon you can get your hands on and plenty of health meaning they can take a sometimes unreal amount of punishment before dropping dead. Lobster Men have all ranks except for Medic, and none of them have any M.C. ability at all.

Methods of Disposal: Stun Bombs (or Tazers if you're feeling brave), Bladed Weapons, Auto-Fire Gauss and a backpack full of clips...

A live Lobster Man Commander is required to research the Leviathan Assault Sub.


See also: Lobsterman | High Threat: Tentaculat - Terror Unit | High Threat: Bio Drone - Terror Unit

Tasoth - Armed Combatant

Rag-dolly-lizard, all liquid inside...

Fast and agile, these guys can be quite a nuisance as they have plenty of TUs to run around and lots of health to soak up damage, although they don't really have any special resistance to any weaponry. Tasoth come in two flavours: Soldier and Squad Leader. Both ranks are more or less the same except for the leaders having slightly better stats. and more importantly Molecular Control ability.

Methods of Disposal: Sonic and Gauss work fine, you'll just need more of it.

A live Tasoth of either rank is required to research the M.C. Disruptor and M.C. Generator.


See also: Tasoth | Medium Threat: Triscene - Terror Unit | High Threat: Bio Drone - Terror Unit

Bio Drone - Terror Unit

Screaming you to death since 2045.

Like miniature Cyberdiscs with good armour, powerful and accurate weapons and absurdly high reactions. These things are a menace that can not only cut your men down in their own turn, but take a fair amount of punishment before falling, and when they do fall they explode. There are however two quirks of this beast to take advantage of:

  • Firstly they don't self-destruct if they are killed by melee weapons (this includes the Thermal Tazer).
  • And second, they have a secondary melee attack which they prefer to use in close quarters - the thing is it is INCREDIBLY inaccurate, so if you stand next to it you might just survive.

Bio Drones are usually found in the company of Lobstermen for land missions.

Methods of Disposal: Gauss, Sonic and Explosives from as far away as possible; or Melee as close as possible.


See also: Bio-Drone | High Threat: Tasoth - Armed Combatant | High Threat: Lobster Man - Armed Combatant

Tentaculat - Terror Unit

Death From Above!

Tentaculats are very similar to a Chryssalid. These big brain creatures have the same ability to proliferate by zombifying their targets into mindless walking incubators for their young. They are only found in water and are generally found guarding Dreadnaughts, Terror Ships or alien structures. Tentaculats are able to raise or lower their elevation in the water with impunity. In short: Underwater flying Chryssalids. Tentaculats have no ranks and are usually found in the company of Lobstermen for underwater missions.

Methods of Disposal : Phosphorous rounds, explosives and a healthy dose of luck.


See Also Chryssalid | Zombie | Tentaculat | High Threat: Lobster Man - Armed Combatant

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