Can you blow open the top of ships?



  • In UFO: Enemy Unknown/X-COM: UFO Defense, sometimes when you shoot down an enemy ship in the Geoscape, it will have a hole at the top of the ship. Is it possible to use, for example, multiple heavy explosives to put such a hole in a ship from the Battlescape?



  • Not Heavy Explosives, no.

    The floor of UFOs (including the outside roof, which counts as a floor, as far as the game is concerned) are definitely destructible, but are quite durable. The internal floors / walls are slightly less durable.

    As you've seen yourself, shooting down a UFO causes one (or more) of their engines to explode, which has a chance to destroy the roof.

    Unfortunately, terrain destruction requires a certain threshold of damage to trigger, and the only item in X-Com's arsenal strong enough to breach the hull of a UFO is the Blaster Launcher.

    It is worth noting that explosives always do a fixed amount of damage to terrain, so if one HE explosive didn't blow it up (and/or change the tile to an alternate, "Damaged" tile), the second one won't either. Terrain can't take partial damage, so you can't detonate several HE's over a couple of turns to get around this, either.

    Finally, Explosives in cannot stack. It is not viable, for instance, to throw 3 HE onto the same tile to increase the damage dealt; the terrain will only take damage from the first.

    This page in the UFOPaedia has more.



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