Weapon Fragments (EU2012)

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Weapon Fragments
Weapon Fragments

Although the alien weapon fragments provide a limited glimpse into the systems utilized in their equipment, we've seen enough to confirm my worst suspicions about their technology... that it is vastly superior to our own. However, I have been encouraged by the rapid developments the research team has made in studying the damaged circuitry and electronics we recovered. Our initial efforts have already yielded a successful outcome. The new integrated sighting module created for our weaponry was heavily influenced by the aliens' own targeting system.

Source: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012) Research Archives
Grey Market Description

Based on our experience in the field, it seems the alien weaponry is designed to self-destruct when the operator dies. These fragments are all that we've managed to recover from the remains.

Source: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012)


  • Weapon Fragments can be retrieved from the battlefield by killing aliens. Most weapons appear to create two fragments when their owner dies.
    • Explosions destroy fragments, both when killing an alien and later (where fragments are).
    • Of course, there won't be fragments if a weapon is recovered (via stunning or alien killed while Mind Controlled).
  • Researching Weapon Fragments allows for production of a new item, the S.C.O.P.E.
  • Weapons research requires large amounts of fragments, which can create bottlenecks for your scientific research.
    • Be especially careful of using fragments for marginal Foundry projects before you complete important Research projects. The many minor Foundry projects can consume a large number of fragments.
    • You can see how many fragments you have on the Gray Market.

EU2012 Badge XCOM: Enemy Unknown (2012): Research
Initial:Xeno-BiologyAlien MaterialsWeapon FragmentsMeld Recombination (EW DLC)
Lasers:Beam WeaponsPrecision LasersHeavy Lasers
Plasma:Plasma PistolLight Plasma RiflePlasma RiflePlasma SniperHeavy PlasmaAlloy CannonGuided Fusion LauncherPlasma CannonEMP CannonFusion Lance
Armor:Carapace ArmorSkeleton SuitTitan ArmorArchangel ArmorGhost ArmorPsi Armor
Technology:Arc ThrowerExperimental WarfareEleriumUFO Power SourceAlien Nav ComputerNew Fighter Craft
Interrogations:Interrogate SectoidInterrogate FloaterInterrogate Thin ManInterrogate MutonInterrogate Sectoid CommanderInterrogate Heavy FloaterInterrogate BerserkerInterrogate Muton EliteInterrogate Ethereal
Autopsies:Sectoid AutopsyFloater AutopsyThin Man AutopsyMuton AutopsyChryssalid AutopsyDrone AutopsyCyberdisc AutopsySectoid Commander AutopsyHeavy Floater AutopsyBerserker AutopsyMuton Elite AutopsySectopod AutopsyEthereal AutopsySeeker Autopsy (EW DLC)Mechtoid Autopsy (EW DLC)
Other:Research CreditsResearch Codenames