UFOs (Long War)

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UFOs come in a variety of different sizes and configuration, and knowing what works well against what UFO can make the difference between victory and defeat. Below is a short general description of the types of UFOs that the player can encounter in the Long war. Unlike Vanilla, Long War UFOs get better over time. Just as the player researches and upgrades their interceptors, the Aliens upgrade their UFOs. This means that new tactics need to be employed during later stages of the game, as Late game UFOs can vary wildly from Early game UFO of the same type.

It is also important to note that a new 'UFO Analysis' Research will become available after raiding a crashed or landed UFO, matching the type of the UFO. Once this Analysis project is completed, your fighters will have better chances of quickly taking down UFOs of the same type in future. This is essential if you intend to engage the tougher craft more than once!

UFO Bounties

UFOs that sustain excessive damage may be completely destroyed by an attack. In this case, the council pays a bounty, depending upon the UFO type. Additionally, a small amount of Alloys is recovered.

UFO Bounties
Type Cash bounty Maximum alloys Average alloys
With Alien Metallurgy Without Alien Metallurgy With Alien Metallurgy Without Alien Metallurgy
Scout or fighter 100 7 5 4.5 3.5
Destroyer or raider 200 11 7 6.5 4.5
Abductor or harverster 300 14 9 8 5.5
Transport or terror ship 500 17 11 9.5 6.5
Battleship or assault carrier 750 21 13 11.5 7.5
Overseer 500 12 8 7 5

The actual amount of alloys recovered will randomly fall in between 2 and the maximum value, with equal probability for every result.

Small UFOs.

Scout

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Firepower: Low (1x Single Plasma)
Armor Penetration: +3
Durability: Low (750)
Armor: None (0)
Equipment: 1x UFO Power Source, 2x UFO Flight Computers

These will be the first UFO's that the player will encounter. They will start appearing during the first half of the first month and continue to show up throughout the game. Scouts are unarmoured and lightly armed, but fast moving, meaning that the interception window is very small. They are, at least, easily (for as easy at it gets in Long War) shot down by interceptors. Although they give very little in terms of Alloys and Elerium, they offer a great opportunity to train new soldiers, Avalanche Missiles work well against this type of UFO.

As the war progresses, it is sometimes wiser to let Scouts fly away and save Interceptors for bigger, more important interception targets.

Fighter

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Firepower: Moderate (1x Single Plasma) / (2x Single Plasma - upgrade - 330 Alien Research)
Armor Penetration: +7
Durability: Low (850)
Armor: Light (12)
Equipment: 1x UFO Power Source, 2x UFO Flight Computers

These UFOs appear during the first month and the can be recognised by a purple strobe emanating from their blip. Unlike the Scout, the Fighter can pose a serious threat to Interceptors. As they are armoured, it is highly advised to use Stingray Missiles to punch through their armor. If a Fighter is in high orbit, it is likely searching for a country's satellite, therefore it is a good idea to check its altitude before deciding to engage a fighter or not. As the war progresses, Fighters become much more dangerous towards interceptors, with increases to armor and a much faster fire rate, making them a nightmare to shoot down in the later stages of the war.

Fighters never land. They must be shot down for alien materials to be salvaged.

Medium UFOs.

Raider

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Firepower: Moderate (1x Single Plasma) / (2x Single Plasma - upgrade - 570 Alien Research)
Armor Penetration: +7
Durability: Moderate (1500)
Armor: Very light (5)
Equipment: 2x UFO Power Sources, 4x UFO Flight Computers

These UFOs usually start appearing during the latter half of the first month. Tougher and better armored than the scout, the Raider serves a similar purpose. With a larger chassis and bigger guns, several interceptors are required to reliably bring one down. Both Avalanche and Stingray missiles work well against this UFO. Raiders are a good way to gather Alloys and Elerium, as the crew contingent is rather small.

Destroyer

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Firepower: High (1x Single Plasma) / (1x Double Plasma - upgrade - 270 Alien Research)
Armor Penetration: +15/(+20 - upgrade - 540 Alien Research)
Durability: Moderate (1600)
Armor: Moderate (18)/(High (32) - upgrade - 540 Alien Research)
Equipment: 4x UFO Power Sources, 4x UFO Flight Computers

Well armored and well armed, this aptly named UFO will annihilate unprepared Interceptors. Usually appearing during the second month, the Destroyer requires a concerted effort to bring down, and while it's not impossible it is usually not worth the risk early on. As the Destroyer is well-armoured, Stingray Missiles will be more effective than Avalanche Missiles - though higher tier weapons such as the Phoenix Coilgun or Laser Cannon should be used if available. Interceptor Upgrade Projects are essential to ensuring swift and effective takedowns - otherwise a full contingent of unupgraded Interceptors may be required, and doing so will most likely mean that there are no interceptors left to defend the continent's airspace for several weeks.

Destroyers never land. They must be shot down for alien materials to be salvaged.

Overseer

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Firepower: Very High (1x Double Plasma, 1x Single Plasma)
Armor Penetration: +25
Durability: High (2500)
Armor: Very Heavy (40)
Equipment: 4x UFO Power Sources, 4x UFO Flight Computers

Functions nearly the same as in Vanilla, and still roughly tied with the Battleship as the hardest to take down. At minimum, an experienced Firestorm with EMP cannons and all three modules used, may have a chance of taking it down in lower diffculties. In harder diffculties, 2-3 Firestorms will be needed, along with a score of modules each.

One thing to keep in mind is that additional Overseers can appear, as opposed to it being a one-time plot event. Given the risk/challenge of shooting this craft down, compared to the material rewards, one may wish to ignore these additional Overseers.

Overseers never land. They must be shot down for alien materials to be salvaged.

Large UFOs.

Abductor

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Firepower: High (1x Double Plasma) / (1x Double Plasma, 1x Single Plasma - upgrade - 390 Alien Research)
Armor Penetration: +2
Durability: High (4000)
Armor: Heavy (30)
Equipment: 2x UFO Power Sources, 4x UFO Flight Computers, 6x Alien Stasis Tanks, 2x Alien Surgeries

These UFO's will pop up randomly and fly towards a country, though you won't be able to take these on during the early stages of the war. You'll need some experienced pilots in upgraded interceptors, equipped with high tier weaponry, such as Laser Cannons or Plasma Cannons to have a fighting chance. It is somewhat possible to take them down with 1 Interceptor, with generous Module use, luck, and about 20 seconds of sustained Phoenix Coilgun fire.

However, they can be avoided, as they will not go after satellites or go on bombing runs over cities. Abductors are almost exclusively used for either abduction or research missions, so they will almost always either land or spawn an abduction mission, either way allowing you to thwart its mission with a ground assault.

It is significantly harder to shoot down an Abductor than it is to let it land and then handle the abduction mission (in countries with lower levels of panic, at least). Also keep in mind that you have a very narrow window to take one down, as they head straight for their Abduction target, so it is unlikely you'll have time to send two craft: this UFO is what you want the boosters to extend engagement time for, even at the risk of greater damage to one craft. The reward for shooting down and successfully assaulting one of these crafts are plenty, but the difference between the credits received from salvage versus the Council reward for the abduction mission can be minimal, so only shoot it down if you really want the alloys and elerium, or can easily afford the damage to your interceptors.

Harvester

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Firepower: Moderate (1x Double Plasma)
Armor Penetration: +3
Durability: High (6000)
Armor: Moderate (20)
Equipment: 2x UFO Power Sources, 4x UFO Flight Computers, 6x Alien Stasis Tanks, 2x Alien Surgeries

These UFOs sometimes pass through airspace with a satellite during the early stages of the war. Like Abductors, going against one early is a very unwise decision as it can decimate interceptors rather quickly, and you'll want experienced pilots in well-equipped interceptors to have a good chance of taking them down. These UFO's fly around and gather materials, meaning that sometimes there is a chance to assault one while it is landed. During the early months this can be a suicide mission, but if successful, you gain quicker access to higher tiers of weaponry and research, as well as disrupt alien research, making them take longer to research new weapons and armor.

If you can reliably clear out landed ones, but not fast enough to get to the Meld canisters on this lengthy UFO: don't worry. As that if you are doing this well; the canisters will only have 3 Meld each at this point. The elerium and alloy supplies will probably be more useful to you.

Transport

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Firepower: High (1x Double Plasma)
Armor Penetration: +0
Durability: High (5000)
Armor: Heavy (32)
Equipment: 4x UFO Power Sources, 4x UFO Flight Computers, 10x Alien Food, 8x Alien Stasis Tanks, 2x Alien Surgeries

This UFO is functionally identical to the Supply Barge, but it has even heavier armor and packs some pretty formidable weaponry. You're liable to have one land long before you can shoot one down; in fact you may see landed Transports even in the first month. Assaulting Transports early game is very risky, but can give your campaign a flying start, both in captured artifacts and denying the aliens resources for their missions.

Terror Ship

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Firepower: High (1x Double Plasma) / (1x Double Plasma, 1x Single plasma - upgrade - 390 Alien Research)
Armor Penetration: +0
Durability: High (6000)
Armor: Moderate (25)
Equipment: 4x UFO Power Sources, 4x UFO Flight Computers, 10x Alien Food, 8x Alien Stasis Tanks, 2x Alien Surgeries

Structurally the same as a Supply Barge, you may encounter these in high-panic continents, but won't be able to take them on until late game. If you wish to try your luck, let UFOs on Harvest missions go unimpeded, and eventually they'll be sent out. As they are the precursors to Terror Missions expect large numbers of high-level enemies even if you bring it down.

Very Large UFOs.

Battleship

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Firepower: Very high (1x Fusion Lance)
Armor Penetration: +25
Durability: Very high (9000)
Armor: Heavy (36)
Equipment: 4x UFO Power Sources, 6x UFO Flight Computers, 2x Fusion Cores

As the name implies, these massive ships are some of the most dangerous craft an interceptor can go against. They are highly armored, and packed to the teeth with weaponry. They sometimes spawn as transports for terror missions, DON'T engage them early game, since they will one-shot interceptors without upgrades.

They can be taken down with several Firestorms with Plasma or EMP Cannons with max foundry upgrades and consumables. Once you've downed one, you can use the fusion cores to build Fusion Lances to make it easier to take down more, but realistically you can win the game more easily than you can build an air force that can routinely take down battleships.

Assault Carrier

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Firepower: Very High (1x Double Plasma, 1x Single Plasma) / (2x Double Plasma - upgrade)
Armor Penetration: +18
Durability: Very High (8000)
Armor: Heavy (28)
Equipment: 4x UFO Power Sources, 6x UFO Flight Computers, 2x Fusion Cores

A variant of the Battleship. It has slightly less firepower and durability in exchange for more aliens on the craft itself. Engage it as you would a battleship, but it will go down slightly easier. Now try assaulting it and bringing in the goods. Godspeed, soldier.

UFO Upgrades

All UFOs gain an additional 75 HP, 8 damage and 2 aim (capped at 95% of accuracy) for every 30 points of alien research. Some UFOs will also gain upgraded weapons over time.

Note that most of UFO upgrades have no cap, unlike other forms of research. If you let the war drag on long enough, you'll have a hard time maintaining your air force against near-perfect alien accuracy.

UFO Weapons

UFO Weapons
Item Hit Chance Range Fire Rate Damage Armor Pen.
Single Plasma 18/33/48% Long 1.15 450 0
Double Plasma 25/40/55% Long 1.25 800 20
Fusion Lance 30/45/60% Long 1.25 1300 50

UFO Armor vs Damage Penetration

Raw formula:

Penetration = Ship Armor Penetration + Weapon Armor Penetration
Mitigation = Clamp(5% * (Armor - Penetration), 0%, 95%)
Damage = Damage * (100% - Mitigation)

The above formula for armor damage reduction can be summed up as 5% * (Armor - Penetration) with a low cap of 0 and a high cap of 95%. The formula allows for ships AND weapons to have armor penetration that stacks. Thus the same weapons will cause different amounts of damage when mounted on different UFOs.

A comparison of high end weapons against a Battleship gives an idea of various weapons effectiveness against heavily armored targets... note that alien research increases UFO health steadily over the course of the game so these "minimum" number of hits would only be true during the first month of the game.


Battleship: 5000 base health (+75 per 30 alien research), 36 armor


Plasma Cannon: 650 dmg, 22 pen, RoF 1.00/s, Balanced Accuracy 40%

Damage reduction per hit .05(36 - 22) = .7 or 70%... actual damage per hit becomes 195, or a minimum of 26 hits per battleship. Requiring an average of 65.0 seconds of firing to score 26 hits at 40% accuracy, RoF 1/s. As accuracy increases time-to-kill on the UFO reduces towards a minimum of 26 seconds with 100% accuracy (95% accuracy is the maximum for Plasma Cannons).


EMP Cannon: 310 dmg, 30 pen, RoF 0.55/s, Balanced Accuracy 30%

Damage reduction per hit .05(36 - 30) = .3 or 30%... actual damage per hit becomes 217, or a minimum of 24 hits per battleship. Requiring an estimated of 44.0 seconds of firing to score 24 hits at 30% accuracy, RoF .55/s. As accuracy increases time-to-kill on the UFO reduces towards a minimum of 13.2 seconds with 100% accuracy (85% accuracy is the maximum for EMP Cannons).


Fusion Lance: 1200 dmg, 26 pen, RoF 1.25/s, Balanced Accuracy 30%

Damage reduction per hit .05(36 - 26) = .5 or 50%... actual damage per hit becomes 600, or a minimum of 07 hits per battleship. Requiring an estimated of 29.2 seconds of firing to score 7 hits at 30% accuracy, RoF 1.25/s. As accuracy increases time-to-kill on the UFO reduces towards a minimum of 8.75 seconds with 100% accuracy (85% accuracy is the maximum for Fusion Lances).

See Also

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