What's the deal with the alien 'scan wave' event in combat?



  • When in active combat, during 'Alien Activity', I usually see these events where an orange wave eminates from an alien location, targeted on one of my soldiers, and they say something along the lines of "Ssh, did you hear that?"

    What is the effect of this? Does it alert the alien to my location? Increase my panic? Is it a cue to tell the player where to look for hidden aliens?



  • This is your soldiers hearing enemy movement. It indicates (in general terms) where the aliens are.

    I've found from experience that usually only the closest soldier to the aliens will get this "hearing" event, and only if the aliens are moving on their turn. The aliens tend to mill about even if they're not actively patrolling, but not as often.



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