Got it. Great game. Sucks up my evenings now. Looking forward to the lategame.
That said, ONE certain mid-game enemy can die in the fury of a thousand exploding suns.
Envision the situation. Your squad has been fighting a difficult battle to retrieve a thing before it explodes, AND to capture this one guy, AND kill all his cronies.
And when you capture- err, stick a pokey thing into his brain- that one guy, BOOM SURPRISE MINIBOSS!
He clones himself every time he takes a hit.
Your squad's already half-dead and you've burned all your consumables because you didn't anticipate a SURPRISE MINIBOSS!
He has a plasma gun AND psychic powers. One of his powers generates a black hole thing that disables your guys' weapons. But oh, he can also explode that black hole, AND TAKE OUT ONE OF MY BEST GUYS, A SNIPER MAJOR WHO'D BEEN WITH MY TEAM FOR 20+ MISSIONS! And he would've killed at least one more guy if I hadn't been lucky.
And my whole team's so badly battered that I had to hire 4 rookies just to have a six-man team again!
And I tackled him with sorta-midgame gear and a pretty high-ranked squad, since I'd been messing around rather than moving the plot forward. Would've been even worse if I'd hit him with 4-5 guys and the basic guns, which is what the game sorta implies you should do by putting the skulljacking tech that early.
So anyway, that's why the Codex and all of his clones can die in a burning death fire of horrible hateful death.
Anyone who's got them, share your own Codex horror stories. (Nothing after the Codex/processing center, though; I haven't gotten past the early midgame.)