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Configurable Pod Sizes
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Configurable Pod Sizes

Configurable Pod Sizes by Kvalyr

NOTE: Load the game as far as the main menu once after installing the mod, quit; then relaunch the game. This will ensure it works. A future version will fix this.

=== FAQ ===
Q: What are pods?
A: Pods are the 'groups' of enemies you encounter in tacical missions. Normally they can range in size from a single unit to a dozen, depending on difficulty and the type of enemy units in that pod.

Q: What does this mod do?
A: Each pod has a list of enemies that it can contain (from Troopers to Andromedons, and even The Lost and The Chosen).
All pods have a 'MaxSpawnCount' that determines how many enemies should spawn for that pod. This mod lets you scale the 'MaxSpawnCount' for all pods in the game by a multiplier. e.g.; Set the multiplier to 1.5 in the mod options to get 50% bigger pods. It also includes filters, so that you can ignore pods designed to only spawn 1 unit ever (such as bosses), or ignore pods that spawn friendly resistance units on terror missions.

Q: How does this mod work?
A: Most pod modificationss work through adjustments to DefaultEncounters/XComEncounters.ini, with painstaking, manual editing by the modder to make targeted changes. This mod instead looks at what pods have been defined in the ini files and loaded by the game, modifies the data dynamically in-memory (instead of in .ini files) according to your options.

Q: Why does this need the highlander? Other mods that modify pods don't.
A: Dynamically modifying the Encounter definitions was made by possible by changes in the Community Highlander. Those changes give modders better access to things in game memory than Firaxis' original code allows us.

Q: Will this mess with my ini files?
A: No. This mod just looks at what has been loaded already and modifies it in-memory. When you exit the game, everything goes back to defaults (or back to whatever pods you've got from another mod).

Q: I set the multiplier to 10 (!!) and I'm still just seeing pods with 1 Sectoid and 4 Troopers. Why?
A: The number of a given type of unit that can spawn in a pod is capped in EncounterLists.ini. Make sure "Adjust Spawn Lists" is enabled if you want really huge pods of enemies.

=== Requirements ===
* Requires WOTC.
* Requires XCOM2 Community Highlander: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1134256495
* Requires MCM: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=667104300

If you experience crashes, double-check that the Community Highlander is installed. This mod absolutely will not work without it.

=== Compatibility ===
* Does NOT require a new game. Removing this mod should also restore Pod sizes to their defaults in an ongoing game.

* This mod applies its affects AFTER .ini files have been loaded. It should not have ini conflicts with mods that add or remove Encounters/Pods.

* That means that this mod IS compatible with other mods that adjust pod sizes, such as "[WOTC] Larger Enemy Pods" by Charmed: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1125516692

=== How to use ===
* Adjust values using the Mod Configuration Menu (link above).

* This mod won't have any perceptible effect on your game unless you change some of its default values.

=== Known Issues: ===
* PodSizeMappings in this mod's .ini currently have no effect. Feature will be restored later.

=== Planned Features: ===
* Adjust pod sizes by their EncounterID

* Add/Remove ForceSpawnTemplateNames to Pods by EncounterID

* Filter by individual unit types in settings. (E.g.; "Don't adjust Chryssalid pods", etc.)

Popular Discussions View All (1)
Jul 13 @ 2:08am
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p6kocka Jul 12 @ 11:17am 
I´ve encountered a bug, maybe it´s not related to this mod but anyway...
I´ve checked to box for bigger pods for resistance. Now I don´t have any resistance NPCs on retailiation misions. Could there be something wrong with this mod pls?
Kvalyr  [author] Jul 7 @ 1:45pm 
@Ailuropoda Melanoleuca: Typically, yes. If that option is unchecked the pods will be bigger, but the number of a given unit (say, Advent Trooper) will be capped by the spawn list. Ticking that option ensures that the game is allowed to spawn more of a given unit within a bigger pod.
Ailuropoda Melanoleuca Jul 7 @ 8:14am 
@kvalry thanks, also if i set the spawn pod to be 1.75 do i need to check the Adjust Spawn List?
Kvalyr  [author] Jul 6 @ 1:32am 
@Ailuropoda Melanoleuca: Good question. XCOM2's UI is unfortunately confusing in this regard.
[X] = Enabled
[ ] = Disabled

If the option for The Lost looks like '[X]' that means you will get bigger Lost pods.
Ailuropoda Melanoleuca Jul 6 @ 12:53am 
Hello i want to ask something, in the filter does [x] mean its enable or not like for example if i check the lost pod, does that mean i will get bigger loss spawn or its the otherway aroud
MrShadowCX Jul 5 @ 8:20pm 
@p6kocka that is a bug. It happens when there are too many of anything on the map. Same thing happens when lost numbers get too high. It just stops generating them with any info.
Kvalyr  [author] Jul 5 @ 6:52pm 
@badassgrunt: This mod doesn't prevent that. It just isn't the purpose of the mod. If you make manual ini changes to what enemies are in what encounter lists or pods, this mod will just use those changes while adjusting the spawn counts.

If you add a General to the Blacksite mission, the General will show up; regardless of using this mod.

Can you tell me what part of the description made you think otherwise? Just so I can clarify it and make sure it isn't confusing anyone else.
badassgrunt Jul 5 @ 11:18am 
Wait, let me rephrase that: If I wanted to put an ADVENT General in the Blacksite mission through .ini edits, due to how this mod works the General wouldn't appear, right?
badassgrunt Jul 5 @ 11:15am 
*mod enabled
badassgrunt Jul 5 @ 11:15am 
If I read the discription right, you can't force specific units in specific Golden Path mission with this mod, correct?