XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Achievements

Shooting Stars

Shoot down 40 UFOs.   

To shoot down a UFO you will need a satellite and at least one interceptor. Once a satellite has detected a UFO via scanning the geoscope in mission control, you need to launch an interceptor in the hope of bringing it down. In the beginning of the game this will be fairly easy but as the game progresses, you will need to upgrade not only your interceptors themselves but also their payload to be able to take out the alien’s larger UFOs.

A good strategy is to hanger at least one interceptor per continent with a satellite in orbit. On average you will encounter 1 or 2 UFOs per month so unless you hold off progressing the story, this will take you several playthroughs.

Save at the Geoscape then ignore everything & only shoot down UFOs. At game over just reload your save & do it again.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by kayaus02
Friday, October 12, 2012 @ 09:35:20 PM

Does this have to be done durring one playthrough or is it just collective and 40 ufos period?

Comment #2 by KriugerisLT
Saturday, October 13, 2012 @ 03:45:55 PM

I'm guessing that it's cumulative, since shooting and clearing these missions take up a lot of time and it doesn't say " a single game" like with some other achievements, so it has to be across all playthroughs that you had.

Comment #3 by cdawgoku
Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 08:19:30 AM

it just says shoot it down, nothing about clearing it. You can elect to skip the ground phase altogether.

Comment #4 by SterneRegniX
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 @ 05:56:56 PM

Can someone confirm it - its durring all playthrough? i'm on the end of the game, and if i only shoot UFO, about No. 32-33 is end of the game (missed all countries). Anyway i starting with no panic everywhere. Thanks.

Comment #5 by SterneRegniX
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @ 06:01:33 PM

OK, its cumulative - probably saved in Profile, not in Savegame... i do it like this:
- on the minimum panic (end of the game) always scan forward
- shoot down UFOs with Firestorms (on every airport), ignore everything
- if you have game over, load your last good save, and start again

Comment #6 by Orphen22
Monday, October 22, 2012 @ 06:16:59 PM

@#5 No that method does not work I tried that 3 times counting 54 UFO kills. Once I get Ill post how but Im suspecting its either in one playthrough or cumulative through multiple playthroughs.

Comment #7 by Riverpatrol
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 12:35:22 PM

#5 'SterneRegniX's' method worked for me. I finished the game and reloaded save just before Gollop chamber.
-I kept shooting down UFO's, ignore everything else.
- On game over, reloaded save.
- 25 mins or so cheevo popped.

Comment #8 by Elctrchead
Monday, November 12, 2012 @ 08:39:47 AM

This method worked for me also

Comment #9 by LoneBegger
Friday, November 23, 2012 @ 08:28:39 PM

So is it confirmed that this is cumulative and not single playthrough, my current game is sitting right before the final mission and I'm lucky to get 1 flying UFO every couple months

Comment #10 by Slayed Hunter
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 @ 03:51:48 PM

Can confirm an easier method also (Probably already been done but it is just another easy method and allows you to get it right from the start)

Start a new game and do the first 2 missions. Both should be alien abduction missions. Once both are complete place your first satalite down in another continent. Scan until you come across your first UFO (UFO-1) when this appears do not intercept it straight away. First save the game and make note of the time that appears on that save as you will be reloading this save repeatedly.

Once saved carry on and shoot down the UFO you will never fail. Once done choose to ignore the crash site press start save the game in a NEW SAVE SLOT and the reload your original save that you took note of. (E.G If you saved at 3:15pm it will say on that save 3:1

Comment #11 by Slayed Hunter
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 @ 03:52:55 PM


Do exactly the same again and make sure you keep saving it to a NEW SAVE SLOT dont write over one or else the game will lose that UFO kill.

Yeah it can take up lots of save slots but you can always delete them once youve got it popped anyway. I had to do this 25 times and it took me 12 minutes to do so roughly 20 minutes worth for 40 kills.

Hope this helps any new players.

Comment #12 by Gimpybrad
Thursday, March 14, 2013 @ 12:15:55 PM

This Method still works as of this morning, thanks for posting Slayed, saved me a ton of time.

Comment #13 by SmaGreBaz
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 @ 06:32:12 AM

Does Enamy Within games count for this achievement or does EW have a separate list of achievements? Is this different for PC/consoles?

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Game Info
Firaxis Games
2K Games


US October 09, 2012
Europe October 12, 2012

HDD Space Required : 7.08 GB
Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
Price: $39.99USD
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