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Welcome to the Side Quests section of our guide . In general, regardless of your character's slant or origin, all of the side quests listed below should be available for you to complete, though how you get through may differ from our own experience. We played through as a male, Earthborn, Sole Survivor, Soldier, Paragon. If you didn't, expect to find different nuances in your side quests.
The Side Quests are broken down into five categories - click on the category page to see the list of Side Quests.
- Citadel Side Quests
- Illium Side Quests
- N7 Side Quests
- Normandy Side Quests
- Omega Side Quests
- Tuchanka Side Quests
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Walkthrough assignments, citadel: false positives ¶.
This mission can be initiated by picking up a datapad in Garrus’s loyalty mission - Eye for an Eye (see the walkthrough page for the exact location).
To complete the mission, you will need to find someone who needs a false ID. Later in the game, after visiting the Collector ship, you can find a pair of Asari complaining quite loudly on a couch between the C-Sec offices and the western portion of the Citadel about travel restrictions. Speak to them.
If you feel like pushing up your Renegade points, you can give them the forged IDs straight away. However, if you want to improve your Paragon, you’ll need to head back to the transport offices right next to where the Normandy docks and speak with the woman behind the counter here. Tell her to ease the restrictions on the Asari.
Now, you just need to return to the Asari and give them the good news.
Citadel: Krogan Sushi ¶
This mission can be obtained by overhearing a conversation between a pair of Krogans located near the Citadel Souvenirs shop on the Citadel. Once you hear the conversation, the side-task will be automatically added to your mission log.
To continue, you’ll want to travel to the Presidium and speak with the groundskeeper here. During the conversation, you’ll want to ask about fish in the Presidium ponds.
After getting the information, return to the Krogans whom you overheard previously and start up a conversation. Let them know what the gardener told you to complete the side-mission.
Citadel: Crime in Progress ¶
This side-mission can be located on the western side of the Citadel, near the entrance to the Warehouse area you visited during Garrus’s loyalty mission. A C-Sec officer and a Volus are accusing a Quarian of stealing.
To begin the side-mission, get involved in the conversation to discover what is going on. Offer to help. After leaving the conversation, head over to the nearby store Saronis Applications and speak with the man behind the counter. Ask about the Volus’s credit chit to learn that it is in the store.
Return to the conversation and let them know where the chit can be found. This will end the side-quest and during the ensuing conversation, you can choose some dialogue options to increase Paragon/Renegade.
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- A complete walkthrough for the entire campaign, including all recruitment and loyalty missions, as well as details on weapons, resources and research projects found during each mission.
- Every Assignment covered.
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- In-depth look at the major choices in Mass Effect 2 and consequences - both short and long term - of each.
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- 1.1.1 Shepard's Background
- 1.1.2 Squad Member Assignments
- 1.2.1 General
- 1.2.2 Second Visit
- 1.2.3 Detainee Visit
- 1.3.1 Feros
- 1.3.2 Noveria
- 1.3.3 Virmire
- 1.4.1 Galaxy Collection Assignments
- 1.4.2 Uncharted Space Assignments
- 1.4.3 Morality-dependent Assignments
- 1.5.1 Bring Down the Sky
- 1.5.2 Pinnacle Station
- 2.1 Normandy
- 2.3 Citadel
- 2.6 Tuchanka
- 2.7.1 Project Firewalker
- 2.7.2 Project Overlord
- 2.7.3 Arrival
Assignments are the side missions of Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 . These have little to no bearing to the overarching narrative, but completing them may further understanding of the series' underlying workings.
There is a large variety of assignments to complete; this page is a list of them. Click on a specific assignment in the list to read its detailed walkthrough. For a list of missions broken up by cluster and system, see the Mass Effect System Guide .
Some assignments are listed more than once; this is intentional and is intended to make them simpler to find by listing them in all relevant contexts as they appear in the Journal .
For an alphabetical list of assignments, see Category:Assignments ; for locations, see Category:Assignment Locations .
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Please Note: The assignment names as given here are intended to match those in the game; sometimes the game itself is inconsistent, in which case all of the variations are listed here ( e.g. Asari Diplomacy , Missing Person ).
Character-Specific Assignments [ ]
Shepard's background [ ].
These assignments relate to Shepard's pre-service history.
- Citadel: Old, Unhappy, Far-Off Things (only available if Shepard has the Spacer background)
- Citadel: Old Friends (only available if Shepard has the Earthborn background)
- Citadel: I Remember Me (only available if Shepard has the Colonist background)
Squad Member Assignments [ ]
These assignments relate to the histories of your fellow crewmates.
- Garrus: Find Dr. Saleon → Garrus: Dr. Saleon is Dead
- Tali and the Geth → Tali's pilgrimage
- Wrex: Family Armor
Citadel Assignments [ ]
General [ ].
These assignments are available during your first and all future visits to the Citadel.
- Citadel: Asari Consort
- Citadel: Doctor Michel → Citadel: Doctor Michel is Safe
- Citadel: Homecoming
- Citadel: Jahleed's Fears → Citadel: Jahleed's Secret → Citadel: Jahleed and Chorban | Citadel: Jahleed Returns Materials | Citadel: Jahleed Arrested | Citadel: Jahleed Set Free
- Citadel: Presidium Prophet
- Citadel: Reporter's Request
- Citadel: Rita's Sister → Citadel: Rita's Sister and Chellick → Citadel: Rita's Sister is Safe
- Citadel: Scan the Keepers
- Citadel: Schells the Gambler → Citadel: Schells' Scanner Given Away | Citadel: Schells has his Data
- Citadel: Signal Tracking
- Citadel: The Fan
- Citadel: Xeltan's Complaint → Citadel: Xeltan Convinced
- Missing Person → UNC: Privateers
Second Visit [ ]
These assignments are available after completing one of the major missions (Noveria, Feros or rescuing Liara).
- Citadel: Family Matter
- Citadel: Planting a Bug
- Citadel: Snap Inspection
- Citadel: The Fourth Estate
Detainee Visit [ ]
These assignments are only available during your detention at the Citadel.
- Citadel: Our Own Worst Enemy
- Citadel: Negotiator's Request
Charted Planet Assignments [ ]
These assignments are specific to their relative planet.
- Feros: Data Recovery
- Feros: Geth in the Tunnels
- Feros: Power Cells
- Feros: Varren Meat
- Feros: Water Restoration
Noveria [ ]
- Noveria: Espionage
- Noveria: Smuggling
Virmire [ ]
- Virmire: Assisting Kirrahe's Team → Virmire: Kirrahe's team | Virmire: Captain Kirrahe is Dead
- Virmire: Wrex and the Genophage → Virmire: Wrex is Convinced
Galaxy-Wide Assignments [ ]
These assignments span the entirety of Citadel-controlled space. Assignments prefixed with the UNC indicator represent assignments that take place on uncharted planets.
Galaxy Collection Assignments [ ]
These assignments involve traveling across Citadel space and finding numerous hidden collectibles.
- UNC: Prothean Data Discs → UNC: Collection Complete
- UNC: Turian Insignias → UNC: Collection Complete
- UNC: Valuable Minerals → UNC: Survey is Complete
- UNC: Locate Signs of Battle → UNC: Entire Collection is Found
- UNC: Asari Writings → UNC: Collection Complete
Uncharted Space Assignments [ ]
Morality-dependent assignments [ ].
- UNC: Besieged Base
- UNC: The Negotiation
Downloadable Content [ ]
Bring down the sky [ ].
- X57: Bring Down the Sky
- X57: Avoid the Blasting Caps
- X57: Missing Engineers
Pinnacle Station [ ]
- Pinnacle Station: Combat Missions
- Pinnacle Station: Convoy
- Pinnacle Station: Vidinos
Note: Pinnacle Station content is not available in Legendary Edition.
Mass Effect 2 [ ]
Note: The assignment names as listed here are intended to match those in the game; sometimes the game itself is inconsistent, in which case all of the variations are listed here ( e.g. Citadel: Found Forged ID , Citadel: False Positives ).
Normandy [ ]
- Normandy: FBA Couplings
- Normandy: Serrice Ice Brandy
- Normandy: Special Ingredients
- Omega: Archangel: Datapad Recovered
- Omega: Batarian Bartender
- Omega: Packages for Ish
- Omega: Struggling Quarian
- Omega: The Patriarch
- Omega: The Professor: Missing Assistant
Citadel [ ]
- Citadel: Crime in Progress
- Citadel: False Positives
- Citadel: Found Forged ID → Citadel: False Positives
- Citadel: Krogan Sushi
- Illium: A Troublemaker → Illium: Conrad Verner
- Illium: Blue Rose of Illium
- Illium: Conrad Verner
- Illium: Gianna Parasini
- Illium: Indentured Service
- Illium: Medical Scans
- Illium: The Assassin: Salarian Family Data
- Illium: The Justicar: Smuggling Evidence
- Illium: The Justicar: Stolen Goods Found
- Illium: The Prodigal: Lost Locket Found
Tuchanka [ ]
- Tuchanka: Combustion Manifold
- Tuchanka: Killing Pyjaks
- Tuchanka: Old Blood: Missing Scout
Downloadable content [ ]
- Normandy Crash Site
Project Firewalker [ ]
- Project Firewalker: Geth Activity (Labelled Project Firewalker: Geth Incursion on the Galaxy Map )
- Project Firewalker: Prothean Site (Labelled Project Firewalker: Prothean Ruin on the Galaxy Map )
- Project Firewalker: Rosalie Lost
- Project Firewalker: Survey Sites Located (Labelled Project Firewalker: Artifact Collection on the Galaxy Map )
- Project Firewalker: Volcano Station (Labelled Project Firewalker: Recover Research Data on the Galaxy Map )
Project Overlord [ ]
- Overlord (Labelled Investigate Project Overlord on the Galaxy Map )
- Overlord: Atlas Station
- Overlord: Prometheus Station
- Overlord: Vulcan Station
Arrival [ ]
- Arrival (Labelled Rescue Dr. Kenson on the Galaxy Map )
- 2 Romance (Mass Effect: Andromeda)
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Received from: automatically after listening to a conversation between Kargesh and another krogan [ Citadel - Zakera ward ]
Description: This quest will automatically appear in your journal after you've listened to a conversation between two krogans encountered on the 27th level (first screenshot) of [ Citadel - Zakera ward ]. Go to the Dark Star club (level 28) and talk to the Presidium groundskeeper to find out if the rumors about the fishes are true.
You may return to level 27 and choose between one of two endings. If you want to lie to the krogans (renegade points) you can buy a special kind of a fish from a nearby Citadel Souvenirs store run by Deleia Sanassi (first screenshot). If you want to tell krogans the truth (paragon points) you can return to them right away and share the news (second screenshot). In both cases you would be rewarded with 1000 credits .
Description: Khalisah al-Jilani is a TV reporter and you may remember her from the first game. You can find her on the 28th level of [ Citadel - Zakera ward ] and agree for the interview. Notice that you're allowed to stop the interview at any moment of the conversation and if you find her questions too aggressive you can even use a renegade interrupt (second screenshot) to... knock her out!
Crime in Progress
Received from: automatically after listening to a conversation between Lii'Vael , C-Sec officer and Kor Tun [ Citadel - Zakera ward ]
Description: This quest can be activated in a similar way to Krogan Sushi , because all you have to do is to find a group of NPC's on the 26th level of [ Citadel - Zakera ward ] (first screenshot) and listen to their conversation for a few seconds. Talk to them and take your time to listen to what each of these characters has to say.
Promise to help out and proceed to a nearby Saronis Applications store. Talk to the owner Marab and you'll find out that Kor Tun has left his credit chit here by mistake. Return to the group and inform them about your discovery. An interesting is that during the upcoming conversation you can use a paragon interrupt (second screenshot) on the C-Sec officer and Kor Tun for not making any apologizes. Completing this quest will result in receiving 1000 credits .
Received from: automatically after finding forged ID's or automatically after listening to a conversation involving Kalara and another asari [ Citadel - Factory district or Citadel - Zakera ward ]
Description: There are two ways of activating this quest - the first one is to begin a personal mission for Garrus called Eye for an Eye . You would have a chance to pick up the forged ID's during your exploration of [ Citadel - Factory district ] map - it's a control room you'll have to explore as you're about to begin the last series of fights (first screenshot). An alternative way to start this quest is to visit the Citadel later in the game and to listen to a conversation between Kalara Tomi and another asari . They can both be found on the 27th level of [ Citadel - Zakera ward ] (benches near the western staircase).
This quest also has two different endings. If you've found the forged ID's and if you're playing as a renegade you can give these objects to Kalara and her friend . If you intend to score paragon points you can go to the C-Sec customs office - this is the area where you start the exploration of the Citadel. Talk to the Customs officer here. By choosing one of the special dialogue options you can convince the officer to allow Kalara to leave the Citadel. In both cases you'll be rewarded with 1000 credits .
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Mass Effect 2 Assignments - every side quest & how to trigger them
Mass Effect 2 is a far more streamlined game than its predecessor, but it still has aspirations of being a traditional, full-fat RPG - and that means there’s a bunch of side quests and optional missions which take the form of Assignments , just as they did in the previous game.
In ME2, assignments are generally a lot more simple and fall into two basic categories. First, there are missions that involve talking - to resolve a situation, to buy an item, etcetera. Second, there are missions where you’ll find an item during a story mission (such as a recruitment or loyalty quest) and must return it to the correct NPC. Finally, there are combat-focused side missions where you get into a scrap and fight your way through.
The entire game has been streamlined, meaning this guide isn’t quite as complicated as our ME1 assignments list - however, there’s still assignments here that can have consequences in Mass Effect 3 if undertaken - and the rewards are valuable in your main story quest, too - with credits and resources gained valuable for getting the best weapons & ship upgrades to survive the suicide mission .
This page lists every assignment in Mass Effect 2 , broken up into a few simple sections, based on where you are in the game and when the quests unlock:
- Act 1 Assignments
- DLC Side Quests & when to play them
- Act 2 Assignments
Mass Effect 2 Assignments - Act 1 side quests
Here’s all of the assignments and side quests that can be triggered in ME2 in the first ‘act’ of the game - so after Freedom’s Progress and getting the Normandy, but before the next compulsory story mission on Horizon. First, the assignments on planets and major locations:
- Normandy: FBA Couplings - talk to Ken and Gabby, the Normandy’s engineers, down on the engineering deck. They’ll ask for these. You can buy them cheaply from Kenn’s Salvage on Omega. Can result in unique ambient dialogue in ME3 if completed.
- Normandy: Serrice Ice Brandy - talk to Chakwas on the Normandy Crew Quarters deck, in the med bay. You can buy the item you need in the various bars across the world; the Citadel’s Dark Star Lounge, Afterlife on Omega, and from shops on Tuchanka or Illium. You only need to buy it once.
- Normandy: Special Ingredients - talk to Mess Sergeant Gardner on the Normandy Crew Quarters deck. Buy the item from Zakera Cafe on the Citadel.
- Citadel: Crime in Progress - interrupt a conversation between a Quarian, Volus, & Human on the Citadel Wards, Level 26. Find the chit at Saronis Applications store nearby.
- Citadel: Krogan Sushi - overhear two Krogan arguing on the Citadel Wards Level 27. Talk to the Turian groundskeeper inside the Dark Star Lounge club nearby. Either tell the Krogan the truth, or buy a fish from the Souvenirs store to give to them to lie.
- Omega: Archangel: Datapad Recovered - pick up a datapad during the Archangel recruitment mission. Hand it over to Aria in Afterlife on Omega.
- Omega: Batarian Bartender - downstairs in Afterlife, order a drink from the Batarian Bartender. Choose how to deal with him.
- Omega: Struggling Quarian - speak to Kenn the Quarian at Kenn’s Salvage shop. Either pay his way, or help him another way.
- Omega: The Patriarch - after completing one or both recruitment missions on Omega, talk to Grizz the Turian bodyguard of Aria, near her private booth. Find the Patriarch downstairs. The neutral route gets less rewards; go for Paragon or Renegade.
- Omega: The Professor : Missing Assistant - automatically mentioned when you first meet Mordin during his recruitment mission. Daniel can be rescued in a side room in the second half of that mission.
These missions unlock at the same time, but at N7 missions, take place on random worlds typically discovered through Planet Scanning:
- N7: Eclipse Smuggling Depot - either scan the planet Daratar in the Faryar system of the Hourglass Nebula, or get the quest off Aria after completing the Datapad & Patriarch quests on Omega. The credits you get at the end of the mission varies depending on how many crates survive.
- N7: Lost Operative - scan the planet of Lorek in the Fathar system of the Omega Nebula, or get a message off Cerberus HQ after recruiting Archangel.
- N7: MSV Estevanico - scan the planet of Zenthu, which is in the Ploitari system of the Hourglass Nebula.
- N7: Abandoned Research Station then takes place on Jarrahe Station in the Eagle Nebula’s Strabo system.
- N7: Hahne-Kedar Facility takes you to the planet Capek in the Haskins system of the Titan Nebula.
Mass Effect 2 DLC Side Quests & Assignments
There are DLC Missions that are technically side quests, but are significant. Unlike other side missions, we include these in our suggested ME2 mission order - so we suggest you consult that page if you’re struggling to decide when to do them. The other DLC missions not listed here - Kasumi & Zaeed's quests, as well as Lair of the Shadow Broker and Arrival - are considered main story quests. Again, to know when to do them, see the order guide.
- Normandy Crash Site - you can do this any time after getting the Normandy. There’s no combat, but some decent rewards - so consider taking it on early.
- Project Firewalker - this consists of a string of 5 missions; Geth Activity/Incursion, Prothean Ruin, Rosalie Lost, Artifact Collection, and Recover Research Data. You can do these whenever you want, and they’re completely safe to do in the early-game, with no regular combat.
- Overlord - this DLC consists of 4 stages; Investigate Project Overlord, Atlas Station, Prometheus Station, and Vulcan Station. We suggest you save this string of missions for the second half of the game.
Mass Effect 2 Assignments - Act 2 & 3 side quests
After a thrilling visit to the planet of Horizon where you meet an old friend and get a far better idea of the threats you’re facing, a bunch more major planets and systems open up in ME2 - bringing with them a wide range of additional side quests.
First, there’s the quests that take place on the major story planets you can now visit, plus a few extra quests on previously visited worlds:
- Citadel: Found Forged ID / Citadel: False Positives - this quest can have two names, depending on how you acquire it. Either find the Forged ID as loot during Garrus’ loyalty mission , or overhear chatter between two Asari on the Citadel later in the game. You’ll need to talk to Kalara Tomi and decide what to do, either giving her the ID (if you have it), or going to C-Sec Customs to resolve it verbally. You have more options if you get reinstated as a Spectre.
- Omega: Packages for Ish - after Horizon, a Salarian named Ish will appear near the entrance to Omega. He and his companion want you to pick up packages from the Citadel (from near Saronis Applications) and Illium (in Eternity) and deliver them to him.
- Illium: A Troublemaker / Illium: Conrad Verner - only available if you completed the Citadel: The Fan assignment in ME1, and if you charmed or intimidated Conrad. If so, he’s back on Illium - an Asari outside Eternity gives you the assignment. Depending on the outcome, Conrad can show up in ME3.
- Illium: Blue Rose of Illium - in the area with the shops, Charr the Krogan is reading out his poetry. Talk to the Asari merchant to start the quest. This has consequences in ME3.
- Illium: Gianna Parasini - only appears when you import an ME1 save. She appears regardless of if you completed her side mission there or not. Meet Gianna near the entrance to Liara’s office. Drink the beer to get the quest.
- Illium: Indentured Service - if Conrad Verner is present, you must complete his quest first. Then, there’ll be a Quarian and Asari in Eternity. Decide the Quarian’s fate.
- Illium: Medical Scans - if they survived, this will be a character from ME1. Regardless, though, you’ll be approached near Illium’s tracking office.
- Illium: The Assassin: Salarian Family Data - during Thane’s recruitment mission, pick up this datapad to start this mission, then return it to the Salarian in one of Ilium’s hallways.
- Illium: The Justicar: Smuggling Evidence - find this datapad during Samara’s recruitment mission. After the fighting is over, you’re returned to the port for a debrief. During this time, before the mission ends, hand the datapad to either Pitne For or Detective Anaya. Anaya gives less of a cash reward, but is the paragon option.
- Illium: The Justicar: Stolen Goods Found - find the note during Samara’s recruitment mission and choose to upload it. That starts this mission. Back in the Illium hub, you’ll be approached about this.
- Illium: The Prodigal: Lost Locket Found - when completing Miranda’s loyalty mission , find this locket as loot. Return it to an Asari back on the Illium hub.
- Tuchanka: Combustion Manifold - talk to the Krogan mechanic, or find the manifold from an upside down vehicle during the mission.
- Tuchanka: Killing Pyjaks - talk to Ratch, the shopkeeper, to be challenged to this little tower defense mini-game.
- Tuchanka: Old Blood: Missing Scout - before going on Mordin’s loyalty mission , talk to the Chief Scout in the Krogan camp hub area. Rescue the Scout during the loyalty mission.
Beyond this, there are also a new series of N7 missions that unlock once you’ve completed the story mission on Horizon. Again, they’re mostly found through planet scanning:
- N7: Abandoned Mine - first, you’ll need to buy the Star Charts from Baria Frontiers on Illium. Next, go to the Minos Wasteland cluster’s Fortis system and scan the planet Aequitas.
- N7: Anomalous Weather Detected - you’ll need the relevant Star Chat from Baria Frontiers on Illium. Then scan the planet Canalus in the Dirada system of the Pylos Nebula.
- After completing that, an email will kick off N7: MSV Strontium Mule.
- Another email then sends you to N7: Blue Suns Base
- Finally, EDI will point you to N7: Javelin Missiles launched, though you can also trigger this early by just scanning its location (the moon Franklin in the Skepsis system of the Sigurd’s Cradle cluster).
- This directly leads to the next quest, N7: Blood Pack Communications Relay. You can trigger that mission early by scanning its location - Tarith, in the Lusran system of the Crescent Nebula.
- N7: Captured Mining Facility - scan the planet Helyme, which is in the Zelene system of the Crescent Nebula cluster.
- N7: Endangered Research Station - this mission either unlocks after Horizon & completing Project Firewalker: Rosalie Lost, or after the Collector Ship story mission. Scan Taitus, a planet in the Talava system of the Caleston Rift cluster.
- N7: Imminent Ship Crash - you’ll need another star chart from Baria Frontiers on Illium. The Broken Arrow is a ship found in the Nariph system of the Pylos Nebula, which is unlocked by a chart.
- N7: Mining the Canyon - this mission either unlocks after Horizon & completing Project Firewalker: Rosalie Lost, or after the Collector Ship story mission. Scan Sinmara, a planet in the Solevig system of the Caleston Rift cluster.
- N7: Quarian Crash Site - you’ll need a star chart from Baria Frontiers again. Once you have it, scan Gei Hinnom, which is in the Sheol system of the Hades Nexus cluster.
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- Citadel Assignments
Mass Effect Walkthrough and Guide
by Michael Monette
Citadel I: Assignments available after becoming a Spectre. - Asari Consort - Xeltan's Complaint - Doctor Michel - Homecoming - Jahleed's Fears - Presidium Prophet - Reporter's Request - Rita's Sister - Scan the Keepers - Schells the Gambler - Signal Tracking - The Fan - UNC: Distress Call/Unusual Readings - UNC: Hostage - UNC: Hostile Takeover - UNC: Major Kyle/Strange Transmission - UNC: Missing Marines - UNC: Missing Survey Team - UNC: Privateers
Citadel II: Assignments available after completing Therum, Feros, or Noveria. - Asari Diplomacy - Family Matter - Planting a Bug - The Fourth Estate
Citadel III: Assignments available after completing the first four storyline planets. - Negotiator's Request - Our Own Worst Enemy
Citadel IV: Assignments dependent on Shepard's Pre-service History. - Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things
Citadel Assignments I
Some of these assignments are only available once you've attained Spectre status. The ones that are available before that point are best completed once you're a Spectre so you can take advantage of the Charm and Intimidate bonuses the rank provides.
Citadel: Asari Consort
Locate and enter the Consort Chamber in the Presidium. Upon entering, an asari named Nelyna asks if you wish to make an appointment to see the consort. Just as it seems that you're in for a lengthy wait, the consort, Sha'ira, radios Nelyna and asks to meet with the Commander (that's you!). Make your way to the back of the chamber and head up the stairs. Speak to Sha'ira; she asks you to speak to General Septimus, a turian general who can be found in Chora's Den. Agree to help her to add this assignment to your Journal.
Objective: Speak with Gen. Septimus Use a Rapid Transit terminal to reach Chora's Den. The general is seated at one of the tables near the back of the club. Speak with him and tell him that Sha'ira sent you. If your Charm or Intimidate talents are well-developed, you can persuade Septimus to see things your way by selecting either the blue 'Straighten up' option on the left side of the conversation wheel or the red 'Get a grip' option. You do not need to persuade Septimus this way to complete the assignment, but you'll receive Paragon or Renegade points by using the persuasion options.
Objective: Speak with Sha'ira Once you have set Septimus straight, he presents you with an opportunity to earn some extra credits. Agree, if you're interested, to add the 'Citadel: Xeltan's Complaint' assignment to your Journal. Return to the Consort Chambers in the Presidium and let Sha'ira know that you have spoken with General Septimus. You receive XP, credits and words of wisdom from Sha'ira as reward. Selecting the 'That's it?' option yields some Renegade points as well, while accepting words alone gives Paragon points.
Citadel: Xeltan's Complaint
This assignment is added to your Journal if you accept General Septimus' offer while speaking to him during the 'Citadel: Asari Consort' assignment. The General wants you to see an elcor named Xeltan and show him evidence that the rumours about Sha'ira revealing his secret are false.
Objective: Speak to Xeltan Xeltan can be found at the elcor embassy, which is located in the Presidium. Search for the 'Volus and Elcor Office' text on the Presidium map and set a Destination flag there. Speak to Xeltan once you have reached the embassy and present the evidence to him. Xeltan thanks you for easing his fears. You receive credits and XP as reward.
Citadel: Doctor Michel
Objective: Talk to Doctor Michel This assignment becomes available after Tali has been rescued during the main storyline. After reaching that point, talk to Doctor Michel at the Med Clinic in the Upper Wards. Dr. Michel is being blackmailed; the people doing so demand supplies from her, threatening to go public with what they know if she fails to cooperate. Agree to help Michel and she asks you to talk to a merchant named Morlan in the Lower Wards market.
Objective: Talk to Morlan Travel to the Lower Wards market and locate a salarian merchant named Morlan. Select 'I'm here about Dr. Michel' from the left side of the conversation wheel. Before Morlan can say anything of use, a krogan named Banes—the one blackmailing Dr. Miche—appears. If your Charm or Intimidate talent is developed enough, you can persuade Banes to leave Michel alone by selecting the blue 'You should reconsider' option or the red 'Talk and you're dead!' option.
Charming Banes nets you some Paragon points for completing the assignment, while intimidating him yields Renegade points. If you can't persuade Banes, you must fight and kill him. Killing him completes the assignment too, but you won't receive any morality points this way.
Objective: Talk to Doctor Michel Return to Dr. Michel at the Med Clinic and inform her that Banes won't be bothering her any more. As thanks, Michel offers to give you discounts on supplies purchased from her. Ask her more about Banes; there isn't much she can tell you, but one of your squad members will suggest asking Captain Anderson about him.
This assignment can be activated after Tali has been rescued during the main storyline. Locate and speak with a man named Samesh Bhatia; he can be found in the Presidium, near the asari Embassy Receptionist. You can reach Samesh's location quickly by traveling to 'Embassies' under 'Presidium Locations' on a Rapid Transit terminal's choice wheel. By speaking with Samesh, you learn that the body of his wife—a marine who died on Eden Prime—is being held by the Alliance without explanation. Samesh asks that you speak with the diplomat handling the situation.
Objective: Talk with Diplomat Clerk Bosker can be found in the Embassy Lounge which can be reached by heading up the stairs across from Samesh's location. Speak to Bosker and ask him about Samesh's situation. He tells you that Serviceman Bhatia's body is being held due to the strange wounds left on her body because these wounds could help the Alliance further their research. If you have developed Shepard's Charm or Intimidate talent, a blue 'This isn't right' option and/or a red 'I'm releasing the body' option is selectable. Selecting either convinces Bosker to release the body. Once the diplomat has agreed to release the body, you'll receive Paragon or Renegade points depending on how you chose to convince him.
Alternatively you could choose not to select either of the persuasion options when speaking to Bosker and instead select one of the options on the right side of the wheel. This allows you to explain the situation to Samesh and instead convince him to let the Alliance keep his wife's body. Doing this doesn't change anything; you are still given XP, as well as Paragon or Renegade points depending on how you convince Samesh to drop the issue..
Objective: Inform Mr. Bhatia Return to Samesh with the status report to receive XP and complete the assignment.
Citadel: Jahleed's Fears
Objective: Speak with Jahleed Speak to the volus named Jahleed at the large C-Sec office in the Security section of the Citadel. Jahleed believes that a colleague of his is trying to kill him. Agree to help and Jahleed tells you of his previous plans to meet this colleague in the markets area of the Lower Wards. His colleague turns out to be Chorban, a salarian whom you are already familiar with if you accepted his keeper scanning assignment.
Objective: Speak to Chorban Travel to the Markets using a Rapid Transit terminal and head down the stairs nearby to reach the lower markets. You'll find Chorban there, surrounded by several armed salarians. Speak to Chorban and demand the truth. Chorban tells his friends to stand down, and then explains that Jahleed has deceived you. After the conversation, the assignment title changes to 'Citadel: Jahleed's Secret.'
Objective: Talk to Jahleed Head back to C-Sec and confront Jahleed. Tell Jahleed that you are actually helping Chorban scan the keepers (if you accepted Chorban's assignment prior to speaking with Jahleed); this will convince Jahleed to cooperate with Chorban once again. The assignment name then changes to 'Citadel: Jahleed and Chorban,' and you receive credits and XP for completing the assignment. If you have yet to complete Chorban's keeper scanning assignment, you can convince Jahleed to stop scanning the keepers illegally by using Charm or Intimidate. Convincing Jahleed to stop scanning the keepers yields Paragon or Renegade points and completes both Jahleed and Chorban's assignments.
Citadel: Presidium Prophet
In the Presidium area of the Citadel, search for a hanar and a turian C-Sec officer outside of the Wards Access corridor entrance. By speaking to the C-Sec officer, you learn that the Preaching Hanar is breaking the law, as it doesn't have a permit to preach. The hanar refuses to purchase the evangelical permit required, and continues to preach in the Presidium without one.
Objective: Resolve the Dispute There are multiple ways to solve this issue. If you are a low level and have yet to develop your Charm or Intimidate talents, the best way to complete this assignment is to simply buy the hanar an evangelical permit. The permit only costs 150 credits, and credits aren't too hard to come by in Mass Effect. By buying the hanar the permit yourself, however, you will not earn any Paragon or Renegade morality points for completing the assignment.
If you are able to use the blue Charm option or the red Intimidate option on the left side of the conversation wheel, you can convince the officer or hanar to leave using Charm or Intimidate. Paragon points are given for charming the hanar or officer, and Renegade points are given for intimidating either one.
Objective: Inform the Hanar/C-Sec Officer After convincing either the hanar or C-Sec Officer to stand down, speak to the other to receive an XP reward and complete the assignment.
Citadel: Reporter's Request
This assignment is triggered when you speak to a human reporter named Emily Wong in the Upper Wards area (near the stairs that go up to the "Citadel: Flux and Wards Access' map). This assignment can be added to your Journal without speaking to Emily Wong by picking up the Optical Storage Device (OSD) in Fist's office after he has been bested during the 'Citadel: Expose Saren' mission.
Objective: Look for Information If you don't have the evidence already, return to Fist's office in the Chora's Den club and pick up the OSD that has been left on the ground. If you have yet to defeat Fist, work on the 'Citadel: Expose Saren' mission instead, as you will come across the evidence needed to complete this assignment by doing so.
Objective: Deliver the OSD When you have Fist's OSD, speak to Emily Wong and share it with her. She hands over credits as thanks.
Citadel: Rita's Sister
Objective: Speak to Rita Travel to the Flux club in the Upper Wards and speak to Rita near the bar counter. Select 'Problems?' from the conversation wheel and work your way through the dialogue tree. You learn that Rita's sister, Jenna, is currently working undercover for C-Sec as a waitress at the Chora's Den club in the Lower Wards. Rita is concerned that this job is too dangerous for Jenna but has been unable to convince her to give it up. Agree to help Rita to activate the assignment.
Objective: Talk to Jenna Use a Rapid Transit terminal to reach Chora's Den, head to the other end of the walkway and enter the club. Jenna can be found behind the counter in the middle of Chora's Den. By speaking to Jenna, it becomes evident that you won't be able to convince her to give up the job.
Objective: Return to Rita Attempt to leave Chora's Den and you will bump into a mysterious turian named Chellick. He tells you to meet him at C-Sec Academy if you wish to help Jenna.
Objective: Talk to Chellick Travel to C-Sec Academy. Chellick can be found in the bottom-left C-Sec Office (as it appears on the map). Speak with 'Detective' Chellick; work your way through the dialogue tree and he will eventually ask you to help him. If you wish to earn Paragon or Renegade points, you can convince Chellick to let Jenna go by selecting the blue 'You don't need her' option or the red 'Pathetic' option. These options will only appear if your Charm or Intimidate talents are developed enough. If the two persuasion options are not available, then you'll just have to select one of the options on the right side of the conversation wheel.
With Jenna safe, the name of this assignment changes to 'Citadel: Rita's Sister is Safe.' If you persuaded Chellick, you can choose to help him or pass and end this assignment here and now. Choosing to help him adds a new objective to the assignment. Chellick wants you to pick up a weapon shipment from an arms dealer named Jax. The meeting will take place in the Lower Wards market.
Objective: Make the Pickup Get to the Lower Wards market to meet Jax the krogan arms dealer. Chellick has asked that you do not cause any trouble, so it would be best to simply give the credits to Jax once he has handed over the weapons shipment. Choosing to arrest Jax or refusing to pay sets him off, forcing you to fight the krogan and turian that accompany him. Killing Jax nets you some Renegade points, so if you are following the Paragon path simply carry out the pickup as instructed.
Objective: Return the Shipment to Chellick Talk to Chellick again back in his office at the C-Sec Academy and give him the Weapons Shipment. As a reward you're given XP, credits, some Omni-gel, and Paragon points or Renegade points depending on how you dealt with Jax.
Citadel: Scan the Keepers
Speak to Chorban, a salarian scientist who can be found in the Citadel Tower area standing next to a keeper just below the Council Chamber. Ask him about his interest in the keepers and then agree to help study them. You are given a Scanner that can be used to scan any keeper that you come across. Chorban will send you a small amount of credits each time one is scanned.
Objective: Scan the Keepers There are 21 keepers to be found in the Citadel:
Citadel Tower - The keeper that Chorban was busy scanning. - Near some benches in the circular, eastern-most area of the tower. - At the top of the walkway that runs along the western side of the tower. - In the southwestern-most corner of the map.
Citadel Presidium - Next to the window in the Volus and Elcor Office. - Through the door in the top-left corner of the Embassy Lounge. - From the receptionist desk in the Embassy Lounge, turn right and head up the stairs there. Go through the doorway and then through the second, northeastern doorway. The keeper is at the back of this room, just beyond the elcor. - Just outside of the Consort Chambers in the Financial District. - Head up the stairs at the back of the Emporium and turn left. - In the small eastern area next to the Emporium. - Outside of the Wards Access elevator. - Across from the Citadel Tower elevator and next to the Avina terminal.
Upper Wards - Near the eastern end of the Alleyway. - At the dead-end east of the Med Clinic, near the Rapid Transit terminal. - In the Upper Markets, near the merchant Expat's store.
Lower Wards - Outside of the Wards C-Sec Academy entrance. Go down the stairs marked 'To C-Sec Academy' on the Upper Wards map to reach this location.
Citadel Security (C-Sec) - In the bottom-left corner of the Requisition Office. - At the northern end of the Traffic Control area.
Docking Bay - On the platform to the right of the barrier at the south end of the Docking Bay.
Flux and Wards Access - At the back of the Flux Casino. - Take the elevator marked 'To the Presidium' from the Upper Wards. When the elevator reaches its destination, turn left, move down the hallway and turn right as soon as you can. A keeper can be found in this small area.
Use the in-game map to reach the locations described above. Once you have scanned every keeper in the Citadel, you receive a large amount of XP and credits.
Citadel: Schells the Gambler
Objective: Speak to Schells This assignment becomes available once after completing the 'Citadel: Rita's Sister' optional assignment. With the aforementioned assignment complete, travel to the Flux to trigger a small cutscene in which a salarian named Schells is forcefully ejected from the club. Speak with Schells and ask him about the incident. He explains that he is currently developing a cheating system, and was only using the quasar gambling machines in the Flux Casino to gather data. Doran, the owner of the Flux, believed that Schells was actually cheating and had him thrown out. When you agree to help Schells, he hands over the scanner and sets you to task scanning the gambling machines.
Objective: Scan the Machines You can end this assignment quickly by first speaking to Doran—who can be found in the northwest corner of the Flux Casino—and then selecting the 'Give him Schells' tool' option from the wheel. Doran thanks you for handing it over and rewards you with some credits. Afterwards, return to Schells and inform him that you have given away his scanner.
If you want to gather the data for Schells, however, start by playing the High Stakes orLow Stakes Quasar machines in the Flux Casion. It is easier to come away with positive winnings by using the Low Stakes Quasar machines, so start with those. Once you have won at least five times ('winning' meaning you won more money than you bet), return to Schells. Hand over the scanner to complete the assignment.
Citadel: Signal Tracking
Examine the 'Suspicious Gambling Machine' at the back of the Flux Casino (then machine next to the keeper). It turns out that a signal is being used to transfer money from the gambling machines to a private account. By tracing the system, you can discover where the money is going and why.
Objective: Track the Signal The signal is coming from the Wards Access corridor. Use a Rapid Transit terminal to travel to the signal's location, located under 'Presidium Locations' on the option wheel. Go down the stairs and follow this corridor until you reach an elevator. Ride this elevator down to the Flux and Wards Access map. Look to your radar and follow the exclamation mark to find the Signal Source in the northwestern corner of a large room. The signal bounces off of a relay when investigated
Objective: Follow Signal to the Presidium The new signal points to a terminal in the Financial District of the Presidium. Take the elevator from Wards Access back to the Presidium. The signal is coming from within the Bank, which is right next to the Emporium. Investigate the Source Signal on the terminal behind Barla Von the volus. The second signal also bounces off of a relay.
Objective: Continue Tracking The final signal is located in one of the back rooms of the Emporium, which is conveniently located right next to the Bank. Head up the stairs at the back of the Emporium and turn right. Before you investigate the final Signal Source, it would be a good idea to save your game. An AI is discovered to have been transferring the money from the casino and promptly threatens to blow up Shepard and crew.
Work your way through the dialogue tree and eventually a meter will appear in the bottom-right corner of the screen. This meter displays the machine's progress in saving the remaining credits, while the meter that comes after it displays its self-destruct progress. You must enter the override code before the machine self-destructs and wipes out Shepard and allies. Attempting to leave the room is an automatic game over, so stay put. You are provided with quite a bit of time to figure out the code, as the machine needs to transfer the remaining funds first and only then will it start the self-destruct process. It is possible that the override code is random, but if it is fixed, this sequence will work: Y, X, Y, A, X, A, A.
If you fail to enter the correct sequence in time, simply reload your save game and try again. Successfully overriding the self-destruct sequences completes the assignment and earns you XP. Citadel: The Fan
Speak to a male human named Conrad Verner to activate this assignment. He can be found at the top of the stairs in the Upper Wards market that lead down to the markets in the Lower Wards. Conrad is a fan of the Commander and asks for an autograph. If you agree to sign an autograph, the 'Citadel: The Fan' assignment is added to your Journal. You can't proceed any further until you complete one of the storyline missions.
Objective: Conrad Verner Return to the Conrad's location and speak with him again once you have completed at least one of the main storyline missions (Therum, Feros or Noveria). This time Conrad wants to take a picture of you. Agree to let him take your picture or don't, either way you'll still have a fan in Conrad Verner.
After completing at least two of the main storyline missions (Therum, Feros or Noveria), return to the Citadel and speak to Conrad Verner at the same location. This time around, Conrad has an idea that he wants to run by you. Conrad wants to become a Spectre, and asks you to sign him on as humanity's second. You can let Conrad down easy using the blue Charm option, reminding him of his family back home, or you can scare him away using the red Intimidate option. Convincing Conrad to leave you alone using Charm earns you Paragon points, while convincing him with Intimidate yields Renegade points.
Unusual Readings/UNC: Distress Call
Successfully decrypt the Computer Console in Udina's Presidium office to add this assignment to your Journal.
Objective: Investigate System Use the Galaxy Map to investigate Metgos, which is located in the Hydra System of the Argos Rho cluster. The Normandy receives a garbled transmission which is then interpreted as a distress call. If this assignment was triggered at the Citadel, the assignment name changes to 'UNC: Distress Call.'
Objective: Investigate Distress Call Select two squad members and land on Metgos. Open up your map and locate the 'Transponder Signal' (marked by an Anomaly symbol) and place a Destination flag near its location. Metgos' environment is a Level 2 Hazard, meaning you can only remain outside of the Mako's protective interior for a short period of time. Shepard will start to take damage and eventually die from exposure if the bar in the bottom-right corner of the screen fills up. If you must exit the Mako, be sure to park the vehicle right next to your reason for exiting so you hop back in quickly once you're finished.
When you reach the Transponder Signal, get ready, because the distress call was actually a geth trap! The Mako is immediately surrounded by rocket-equipped geth, so quickly drive away from the mass of geth to avoid getting hit from multiple directions. Use the Mako's weaponry to eliminate each geth; use its machine gun to eliminate the rocket drones and troops and the cannon to destroy the armatures. Make sure that there's a fair bit of distance between yourself and an armature before you try to take one on, as this will make it easier to avoid the armature's projectiles, which are severely damaging to the Mako. This assignment is complete once the last geth has been destroyed.
This assignment is added to your Journal once you hear a news report about fanatical biotics while riding one of the elevators in the Citadel. The report occurs randomly, so ride an elevator until the news report plays.
Objective: Board Freighter Travel to the Farinata system of the Hades Gamma cluster and board the MSV Ontario. The main area of the freighter is packed with biotic terrorists. You are given three minutes to rescue the hostage once one of the terrorists spots you. There are many hazards in the area, and the terrorists' biotic powers can set them off and make short work of your team if you aren't careful. For this reason, it is best to fallback to the hallway you used to enter this area and allow the biotics to come to you. Tap down on the D-Pad to prevent your squadmates from charging to their deaths, then hang back and pick off the biotics as they approach.
When all of the terrorists have fallen, make your way to the back of the freighter, enter the hallway and go through the first door on the left. Inside you'll find Chairman Burns being held by the leader of the terrorist group. If Shepard's Charm or Intimidate talents are developed enough, the blue 'You need Burns!' and/or the red 'Don't be stupid' persuasion options will appear on the conversation wheel. Without Charm or Intimidate, you'll have to kill the terrorists to save the chairman. Either fight and kill the leader to save Burns and complete the mission, or persuade him to release Burns using Charm or Intimidate to complete the mission and earn Paragon or Renegade points.
UNC: Hostile Takeover
Locate and speak to Helena Blake in the Presidium to activate this assignment. Helena wants you to take out two crimelords for her. You can accept her proposal outright, or you can follow the Paragon path and refuse to get involved in the gang war. Turning her down nets you Paragon points, while accepting the assignment right away earns you Renegade points. Even if you reject the offer, Helena gives you the coordinates to the criminals' bases, as she knows putting a stop to criminal operations is too much for your righteous self to resist.
One of the two crimelords is located in the Han system of the Gemini Sigma cluster and the other in the Dis system of the Hades Gamma cluster. The two targets can be eliminated in any order.
Objective: Eliminate Crimelords (Gemini Sigma, Han, Mavigon) Travel to the Han system in the Gemini Sigma cluster and land on Mavigon. The environment of this planet is a Level 2 Hazard, so stay close to the Mako if you must step out of the vehicle. Open up your map and locate the Syndicate Hideout in the southeastern quarter and place a Destination flag nearby. The hideout sits atop a small hill and is surrounded by heavy turrets. While the Mako can move across most terrain, this particular hill is quite steep. It is easiest to scale from its south side; maneuver the Mako over the rockier terrain for traction and slowly climb up to the hideout.
Use the Mako's cannon and machine gun to destroy the three turrets that surround the base. Once the turrets have been destroyed, park the Mako next to the visible Entrance Console, exit the vehicle and enter the hideout. Move through the hallway and stand before the door to the hideout's main room. There are explosive containment cells scattered throughout the room, so don't just charge in.
Get your enemy's attention and then quickly return to the entrance way and pick the mercenaries off as they approach. Retreat to the preceding hallway if you're being overwhelmed. Use all damaging abilities (ex., Overload, Sabotage, Throw, Warp, Assassination, etc.) available to you when you encounter the crime boss to take him out as quickly as possible.
Sweep the two rooms at the back of the hideout once the crime boss and mercenaries have been defeated and then return to the Normandy.
Objective: Finish Crimelords (Hades Gamma , Dis, Klensal) The second crime boss (if you've been following along) can be found on Klensal in the Dis system of the Hades Gamma cluster. The Syndicate Hideout is southwest of the Mako's drop point, so travel in that direction until a POI appears on the radar. Wipe out the mercenaries surrounding the area, exit the Mako and enter the hideout. The hideout's main area is, of course, packed with mercenaries and snipers. Again, it would be best to hang back at the entrance and let the mercenaries come to you rather than you charging in, guns blazing. Get one of the mercenary's attention—by shooting him, using an offensive ability, or shooting an explosive cell—and the rest of them (save for the snipers and crime boss) should follow.
The crime boss will likely remain at the back of the hideout, meaning you'll have to move up to get him. Use all of your squad's abilities (ex., Overload, Sabotage, Warp, Lift, Assassination, etc.) when you spot him. Duck behind one of the crates in the area if you're taking too much damage from him and use Shield Boost or a Medi-gel to restore your shields and/or health. Once the crime boss has been dealt with, enter the eastern room of the hideout and Decrypt all of the lockers within. Leave the hideout and return to the Normandy when you're ready to go.
Objective: Meet Helena Blake Travel to the Fortuna system in the Horse Head Nebula once the two crime bosses have been defeated. Land on Amaranthine. Helena can be found at the Engineering Outpost, which is south of the Mako's drop point, so travel in that direction until you reach the outpost. Enter the outpost to find none other than Helena Blake waiting for you inside.
You can arrest Helena or leave her alone by selecting one of the options on the right side of the conversation wheel. If Shepard's Charm or Intimidate talent is developed enough, the blue 'Walk away' option and/or the red 'Disband the group' option will appear on the left side of the wheel. Charming or intimidating Helena into disbanding the gang yields Paragon or Renegade points respectively. You're in for a fight if you try to make an arrest; you'll be forced to fight Helena and the mercenaries in the facility, and you won't receive any morality points afterwards.
Strange Transmission/UNC: Major Kyle
Successfully decrypt the Computer Console in the C-Sec HQ area of the Presidium. The Computer Console is on a table near Executor Pallin's desk.
Objective: Find the Commune The biotic commune is located on Presrop, a moon that orbits the planet of Klendagon. Travel to the Century system in the Hawking Eta cluster to get started. Upon reaching the Century system, the Normandy receives a transmission from Admiral Hackett. He explains that the commune is led by former Alliance officer Major Kyle. Two Alliance officers were sent to the commune to meet with Kyle, but have yet to return. The Alliance has reason to believe that Major Kyle has gone mad and that his biotic commune is a cult, as he is now known as 'Father' Kyle. The name of this assignment changes to 'UNC: Major Kyle' if it was first triggered at the Citadel.
Objective: Investigate Major Kyle's Compound Land on Presrop and open up your map. Look to the southwestern quarter of the map for a POI marked as 'Biotic Compound' and set a Destination flag next to this location. Drive to the compound and exit the Mako once you've arrived. Approach the doorway and activate the Entrance Console.
There are two ways to get into the compound: Select the 'You can't keep me out!' option to forcefully enter, or select 'I have to see Major Kyle' to handle things peacefully. The peaceful approach can only be taken if Shepard's Charm or Intimidate talents are developed enough. If Shepard's persuasion skills are high enough, a blue 'He needs my help' and/or a red 'He'll get you all killed!' option will appear on the left side of the conversation wheel. If not, you'll just have to force your way in. Selecting a persuasion option allows you to enter the building peacefully and earns you Paragon or Renegade points, while the 'You can't keep me out!' option forces you to fight the biotics inside.
Objective: Talk to the Major If you have been permitted entrance, you can immediately proceed to the Biotic Compound; its entrance is east of the large building. However it would be a good idea to enter the large building either way, since equipment and upgrades can be found within. The biotic cultists inside won't attack you if you persuaded the doorman to let you in. If you had to force your way into the building, you'll have to fight your way through the biotic cultists to reach the Control Room at the back of the building. A switch in the Control Room unlocks the entrance to the Biotic Compound outside, allowing you to enter and confront the Major.
Major Kyle is in the southwestern room of the compound. There are biotic cultists inside the compound, so you'll have to fight them too if you had to gun your way to the Control Room in the first building. Speak to the Major and ask about the investigators. Major Kyle explains that they tried to take him away from the compound, so they had to be killed. Inquire further until the blue 'You can't help them now' and/or the red 'Surrender or they all die!' persuasion option appears. If any of the biotic cultists had to be killed to reach Kyle, he won't talk to you and therefore must be killed. Persuading Kyle to surrender using Charm or Intimidate earns you Paragon or Renegade points.
Objective: Return to the Normandy When Kyle has surrendered or has been killed, leave the compound, enter the Mako and return to the Normandy. Back aboard the Normandy, access the Galaxy Map to receive a transmission from Admiral Hackett. Mission complete!
UNC: Missing Marines
After attaining Spectre status, travel to the Citadel Tower and locate Rear Admiral Kahoku. Kahoku can be found in the southeastern corner of the large area just outside of the Council Chamber. Speak with Kahoku and select 'Problems' from the conversation wheel. Kahoku tells you about his missing recon team and asks you to help find them. Agree to help Kahoku to add this assignment to your Journal.
Objective: Find Recon Team Travel to the Sparta System in the Artemis Tau cluster and land on Edolus.
Objective: Distress Call The Distress Signal is due north of the Mako's drop point. When you are near the signal, a horrifying thresher maw emerges from the earth. The thresher maw is deadly, but luckily you have the Mako's weaponry at your disposal. Use the Mako's cannon to damage the worm while it is stationary and the machine gun while the cannon charges for another use. The beast will launches projectiles while stationary; the Mako can become severely damaged if enough of these projectiles hit it, so try your best to dodge them.
The thresher maw may also burrow into the ground and attempt to come back up under your vehicle. The Mako can only take a couple of hits from this attack, so drive far away when the worm burrows, and head back as soon as you see it emerge. When the thresher maw falls, exit the Mako and examine one of the corpses around the signal site.
Objective: Speak to Kahoku Return to the Citadel Tower and speak with Rear Admiral Kahoku. Tell Kahoku of his team's fate to complete the assignment.
UNC: Missing Survey Team
This assignment is added to your Journal once you hear a news report about a missing survey team in the Hades Gamma cluster while riding one of the elevators in the Citadel. The report occurs randomly, so ride an elevator until the news report plays.
Objective: Find Missing Researchers Travel to the Antaeus System in the Hades Gamma Cluster to get started. Land on Trebin and take a look at your map. Your destination is the Research Base POI. The base is north of the Mako's drop point, so travel north until a POI icon appears on the radar. Quickly scan the Research Base for signs of life. Finding nothing, step out of the Mako and open all of the containers within the shelters to gain some items. By examining the Computer Console that is in the trailer on the right, you learn that the research team unearthed something in the dig site. The Excavation Site is just a short ways north of this camp.
Objective: Explore Excavation Site Head north from the Research Camp, exit the Mako and take the ramp up to the Excavation Site's entrance. Enter the dig site and step into its main area. Inside you'll find plenty of husks that will immediately charge towards you. Remain at the start of the area and wait until the group of husks reaches the Containment Cell that is just beyond the first two crates. When the husks reach the explosive, use a gun, biotic, or tech ability to set the explosive off. If you don't detonate the cell, the husks' electricity likely will, so keep your distance. Stand back and finish off those remaining, retreating if necessary. Don't let them get too close to you, as their electric attacks can cause some serious damage to you and your allies.
Once the first batch of husks has been dealt with, move towards the back of the mining tunnel and prepare to face the next group. The husks come charging through one of the two doorways there; take note of the conveniently placed explosive next to the door. As the husks enter the main area, hit the cell to weaken them, then stand back and use a gun to finish them off. It's mission complete when the last husk falls. Explore the two rooms at the back of the dig site before returning to the Mako.
Travel to the Citadel Tower and look for a man named Garoth. He is at the top of the steps just beyond the elevator that travels to the Presidium. Ask him about his problem and he tells you that his brother has gone missing. Garoth has reason to worry, as his brother's ship was last seen in the Strenuus System and may have been attacked by privateers.
Objective: Go to the Strenuus System Travel to the Strennus System in the Horse Head Nebula. Place the cursor on planet Xawin and then move the cursor to the left until you discover 'Unknown.' Scan Unknown to reveal the MSV Majesty. Scan the MSV Majesty; you can now land on Xawin.
Objective: Go to Xawin Xawin's environment is a Level 1 Hazard, so avoid moving far from the Mako if possible. Open your map and place a Destination flag next to the Mercenary Camp located northwest of the Mako's drop point. The Mercenary Camp is heavily guarded; four heavy turrets surround it, and a few mercenary snipers are positioned at the frontlines.
Fire from the four turrets is the greatest threat here, however the Mako's cannon can make short work of one while its shields are down. Circle around the base and blast the turrets with cannon fire, using the machine gun while the cannon recharges. Kill the snipers once all four cannons have been destroyed. With the mercenaries dead and the turrets destroyed, park in front of the building, exit the vehicle, and enter the mercenary stronghold.
The base is absolutely packed with mercenaries. You'll want to be especially careful since there's a couple of krogan among them. The area is littered with explosive cells, so running in with guns blazing probably isn't the best way to go. If Shepard is trained with a Sniper Rifle, use it pick off enemies that are visible through the door, otherwise enter the main area of the base to lure the close-combat mercenaries back through the doorway. The krogan are the biggest threat, so use all of the squad's tech and biotic abilities to lower their shields (Overload) or weaken them (ex., Throw, Warp, Sabotage, Assassination, etc.). Afterwards enter the main area and remove the snipers that remain.
When the base is clear, proceed through the doorway in the northeastern corner of the base and head up the stairs. Enter the room at the end of the walkway to find Captain Willem's corpse. Search the body and remove the Datapad it holds. Open the Weapon Locker, scan the Computer Console and use the Aid Station to replenish your Medi-gel supply before leaving the room.
Objective: Talk to Garoth Return to the Citadel Tower and deliver the bad news to Garoth. He thanks you for providing him with closure and departs to make funeral arrangements.
Citadel Assignments II
These assignments are available once you have completed the mission on Therum (the 'Find Liara T'Soni' mission), Feros, or Noveria.
UNC: Asari Diplomacy
Sometime after completing the mission on Therum, Feros, or Noveria, the Normandy will receive a transmission from an asari named Nassana Dantius. Nassana is an asari ambassador working at the Citadel. It isn't clear what she wants, but she does ask to meet with you in person.
Objective: Meet with Nassana Locate and speak with Nassana in the Embassy Lounge on the Presidium level of the Citadel. She tells you that her sister, Dahlia, has been captured by a mercenary group that operates in the Artemis Tau cluster. The kidnappers asked for a ransom, and Nassana did comply, but Dahlia was never released. Agree to rescue Dahlia to move on to the next objective.
Objective: Find Dahlia Travel to the Macedon system of the Artemis Tau cluster and land on Sharjila. The Stronghold where Dahlia is presumably being held is due north of the Mako's drop point. Drive north until you find yourself atop a hill overlooking the mercenary stronghold. As you'll notice by taking a look at your radar, the Stronghold is heavily guarded. Luckily the Mako's weapons can make short work of pirates posted outside. Use the Mako's cannons to knock out the snipers in the towers and its machine guns to kill the ground troops. Once the outer area of the Stronghold is devoid of pirates, park in front of the Stronghold, exit the Mako and enter the base.
Move to the end of the initial area and enter the stronghold's main room. The stronghold's interior is heavily guarded, so it would not be wise to simply charge in. Scan the area for explosive containment cells and set them off using abilities or weaponry to avoid taking damage from them during the firefight. You might even be able to take out a couple of pirates who have unwittingly chosen to take cover near one such explosive.
Be sure to keep an eye on your radar, as some of the pirates, especially the krogans, may rush you. Among the pirates is an Asari Slaver who is especially deadly due to her biotic abilities. When all of the pirates have been dealt with, proceed through the doorway in the northeastern corner of the main room and head up the stairs. Examine the Desk to learn the truth about Dahlia and Nassana.
Objective: Inform Nassana Be sure to decrypt the storage locker, wall safe, and collect the items from the crates in the backroom on the first floor before leaving the Stronghold. Enter the Mako and return to the Normandy once you are ready to leave Sharjila. Speak with Nassana at the Embassy Lounge and tell her of your discovery on Sharjila. Nassana offers to give you credits as a reward, but if Shepard's Charm or Intimidate talents are developed enough, a blue 'I've got a better deal' or a red 'Credits won't cut it' option will appear on the left side of the conversation wheel. By selecting the Charm or Intimidate dialogue option, you'll be able to purchase asari mods (Omni-tools and Bio-amps manufactured by Armali Council) from various merchants.
Citadel: Family Matter
This assignment becomes available once at least one of the main storyline missions (Therum, Feros or Noveria) has been completed. Find Michael and Rebekah Petrovsky by the Bank entrance in the Presidium to get started. They are arguing about something, so approach them and see if you can help.
Rebekah lost her husband, Jacob, to a rare heart disease. She is currently carrying Jacob's baby, and Michael, her brother-in-law, believes that the baby should undergo gene therapy to ensure the child a life free from heart disease, as there is a small chance that Jacob's child could inherit the very disease that he suffered from. Listen to Rebekah's side of the story; she explains that there is evidence that gene therapy could harm the baby. Shepard must have enough talent points in either the Charm or Intimidate talents to complete this assignment using the persuasion options on the left side of the conversation wheel.
It does not matter whose side you take on the issue, just that you convince one of them to see the other's side. Use the blue Charm option or the red Intimidate option to convince Michael or Rebekah to back down from their stance. You'll receive Paragon points for using Charm and Renegade points for using Intimidate, as well as XP and credits once the issue has been settled.
Citadel: Planting a Bug
If you've completed the 'Citadel: Reporter's Request' assignment and at least one of the storyline missions on Therum, Feros or Noveria, Emily Wong will be waiting for you at the Citadel Tower. She can be found at the bottom of the steps that lead up to the Council Chamber. Emily asks you to plant a bug in the Citadel Traffic Control station to aid her in an investigation. Agree to help her and she'll hand over a Listening Device.
Objective: Plant the Bugs Travel to the Security (C-Sec) section of the Citadel using the Rapid Transit terminal across from Emily Wong. Traffic Control is on the far west end of C-Sec. Upon entering the Traffic Control station, turn right and walk towards the keeper at the far end of the room. Plant the bug on the aptly named 'Inconspicuous Location' to the keeper's right to complete the objective.
Objective: Inform Emily Return to Emily Wong at the Citadel Tower and inform her that the listening device has been planted. You are given XP, credits and Paragon points for completing the assignment.
Citadel: The Fourth Estate
This assignment is only available once you have completed a storyline mission on Therum, Feros, or Noveria. Khalisah Al-Jilani, a reporter, wishes to conduct an interview with Shepard, the first human Spectre. She can be found in C-Sec Academy at the bottom of the steps that lead up to the Presidium elevator. Make sure that you have invested a good amount of talent points in Shepard's Charm or Intimidate talents beforehand, as they are needed to get the most out of this interview.
The amount of XP and credits you receive for completing this assignment is dependent on how many of the reporter's questions are answered. Choose the blue (Charm) or red (Intimidate) options on the left side of the conversation wheel to further the conversation, or the options on the right side to end the interview. Choosing the 'Time to shut you up!' option causes Shepard to punch the reporter out, effectively ending the interview and earning you Renegade points in the process. If you make the interview last, be sure to answer Khalisah's question about Saren using one of the choices on the left side of the wheel as you'll gain much more XP and credits that way.
Citadel Assignments III
These assignments are only available while the Normandy is grounded at the Citadel. This event occurs once you've completed the storyline missions on Therum, Feros, Noveria, and Virmire and have returned to the Citadel.
Citadel: Our Own Worst Enemy
This assignment is available while the Normandy is grounded at the Citadel. Talk to Charles Saracino in the Upper Flux section of the Citadel (near the stairs that lead down to a C-Sec Academy entrance). Charles is a member of the Terra Firma Party, a political party that believes Earth should stand against alien influence.
His first question is whether or not he has your support in the next election. You can learn more about the Terra Firma party by selecting the 'Investigate' option on the left side of the conversation wheel. Otherwise select 'The ‘appeasers' are right' or 'Earth must walk alone' from the right side of the wheel to continue. Charles then asks if you would issue a statement supporting his candidacy. Select 'I won't support you' to complete the assignment and earn a couple of Paragon points, or 'You have my support' to complete the assignment and earn Renegade points.
Citadel: Negotiator's Request
This assignment is available while the Normandy is grounded at the Citadel. Speak with Elias Keeler, an Alliance negotiator , at the bottom of the stairs that lead up to the Flux Nightclub. Elias claims that he needs a mental stimulant to be at his best during an upcoming negotiation. The stimulant is legal, but regulated, and Elias has reached the legal limit. Thus, he wants you to get them for him. There are two ways to complete this assignment: convince Elias that he is an addict and has a problem using the Charm or Intimidate persuasion options, or purchase the stimulant he asked for and bring it back to him.
Select 'You're an addict' to bring up the persuasion options on the left side of the conversation wheel (if Shepard has an adequate amount of talent points in Charm or Intimidate). Select the blue 'Then the game is wrong' option or the 'Don't be an idiot' option to proceed. Elias still doesn't get it; he still wants the stimulant, but promises to get treatment for his addiction after the negotiation. If Shepard's Charm or Intimidate talent is higher still, an additional persuasion option is selectable. Select the blue 'You need help' or the red 'No. You'll go now' option to cut the assignment short and earn Paragon or Renegade points respectively.
Objective: Get The Drug If you want to get the drug for Elias, first select one of the affirmation options ('No promises,' 'If you say so,' 'I'll see what I can do,' etc.) to end the conversation. Next, make your way to the Med Clinic in the Upper Wards, speak to Dr. Michel and view her supplies. Scroll down to the bottom of the list to find two unique items; a Depressant and the Mental Stimulant that Elias asked for. Giving Elias the Depressant completes the assignment and yields XP, credits and Renegade points. Given Elias the Mental Stimulant yields XP and credits but no morality points.
For the largest Renegade bonus, give Elias the Depressant. For a Paragon bonus, convince Elias that he has a problem using the Charm options.
Citadel Assignments IV
These assignments are dependent on Shepard's Pre-service History.
Citadel: Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things
This assignment is only available if Shepard was given the Spacer pre-service history during character creation. After completing Therum, Feros, or Noveria, speak to Zabaleta in the Flux and Wards Access corridor. He is a retired soldier and claims to have known your mother. Zabaleta definitely does not look like a soldier, and evidently in a bad place financially as he asks if you can spare 20 credits. Hand over the credits to gain a couple of Paragon points.
Objective: Call Home Return to the Docking Bay via the elevator in C-Sec Academy and board the Normandy. Enter the Comm Room and use the Comm. Terminal to contact your mother who is on duty aboard the dreadnaught 'Kilimanjaro.' She confirms Zabaleta's claim and reveals that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder due to a batarian raid on Mindoir. She suggests speaking to Zabaleta and convincing him to seek help at the Veteran's Affairs Office.
Objective: Speak to Zabaleta Return to Zabaleta in the Wards and Flux Access corridor. If Shepard's Charm or Intimidate options are high enough, the blue Charm option or the red Intimidate option will appear on the left side of the conversation wheel. Convince Zabaleta to get help using Charm to complete the assignment and earn Paragon points, or convince him using Intimidate to earn Renegade points instead.
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15. Mass Effect Story Walkthrough - Citadel Final Visit
Citadel final visit.
After you have completed all of the main plot missions M3 (Feros), M4 (Liara), M5 (Noveria) and M6 (Virmire) you will automatically travel back to the Citadel when you next interact with the Galaxy Map.
M7.0: Race Against Time
A cutscene occurs with you speaking to the Council, then waiting on the Normandy where you will talk to your romantic interest (otherwise Shepard will be alone); be nice to them (at least at the end of the conversation) to continue the relationship. You will then be informed by Joker to meet Captain Anderson in Flux to discuss a way to release the Normandy from lockdown. Before we do so there are two remaining Citadel assignments we can do.
C17: Citadel: Our Own Worst Enemy
Fast travel to the Med Clinic in the Wards. Move forwards and enter the main area beyond the stairs and approach the crowd. Speak to Charles Saracino then choose your responses, completing the assignment.
C18: Citadel: Negotiators Request
Continue towards Flux and speak to Elias Keeler at the foot of the stairs leading into the nightclub, where he will ask you to retrieve some stimulants from Dr. Michel. If you agree, fast travel to the Med Clinic and buy either the depressant or stimulant at the bottom of Dr. Michel's supply list. Return to Keeler and either give him one of the medicines or persuade him to change his course of action, completing the quest.
If you recruited Liara as quickly as possible ( M1.0 Prologue, M2.0 Expose Saren, M2.1 Garrus, M2.2 Wrex, completing M2.0 then going straight to rescue Liara in mission M4.0 ) and completed all of the remaining main plot missions and assignments outlined in this walkthrough thus far with her you will unlock
Complete the majority of the game with the asari squad member
Note that Liara requires much more assignments to be completed compared to the other squad members, since more weight is given to main missions and you don't recruit her until several plot quests have been completed. This achievement is easier to obtain if you complete the DLC missions before reaching this point.
Enter Flux and before meeting Captain Anderson you can go to the dance floor on the immediate right of the entrance and watch Shepard's Shuffle by dancing with Doran. If you also bring your romantic interest, select them once, listen to their quip, then select them again to make them join in.
Approach the bar and speak with Anderson sitting down at the table to the left of the bartender Rita. Choose what you want Anderson to do then select "Ready".
Now is the time to complete any Citadel assignments still remaining in your journal, since they become unavailable once you leave in the Normandy.
Return to the docking bay and enter the Normandy to begin a cutscene. Before proceeding with the endgame we will now go through the DLC missions, since they (and all other assignments) become unavailable when you start M8.0: Ilos; the game does not allow free roaming around the Galaxy Map when you finish the story.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition mission order guide
The best mission order to get the most out of the remastered Mass Effect Trilogy, here's how to play Mass Effect Legendary Edition
Updated: Dec 6, 2022
Looking for the best Mass Effect mission order for your Legendary Edition playthrough? In each game there are several main quests which take place on different planets, and these can be done in any order you like. Eventually, you unlock a clearly signposted final mission which serves as the ‘point of no return’. After this, you’re no longer able to complete other quests, meaning you might be locked out of the best endings if you haven’t been thorough enough in your questing.
Making sure you’ve completed all the quests you need before embarking on the final mission is essential, but when it comes to playing through the main game prior to this point, you can either decide for yourself which planets to visit first, or you can consult the wisdom of seasoned players who have put together recommended mission order lists for each game.
This includes recommendations on which crewmates to take with you on missions where they have unique voice lines, information on small changes that might arise if you fulfil prerequisites before a mission, and even advice to help the games’ narrative ‘flow’ better. We’ve also got tips on when to play Mass Effect DLC missions. Here’s our recommended Mass Effect Legendary Edition mission order list.
Mass Effect 1 mission order
Mass effect 2 mission order, mass effect 3 mission order.
The recommended Mass Effect 1 mission order is:
We recommend you head to Therum first to grab Liara. If you leave her recruitment until after Feros and Noveria, she suffers from the length of her imprisonment, and will initially treat you and your squad as hallucinations. Leave Therum until after Virmire, and she will be in a significantly worse condition when you arrive. This also prevents her from becoming a Mass Effect Legendary Edition romance option in the first game, as there isn’t enough time to get friendly with her.
If you want to see her alternate scenes, we recommend leaving her until last on a second playthrough. Poor Liara.
Whether you complete Feros or Noveria first is really up to you, although Noveria is easier, and Feros has a particularly tricky charm/intimidate check. The companions you bring are also up to you, though we recommend bringing Liara and Wrex to Noveria – Wrex has a lot to say, and Liara should be there for plot reasons.
You can complete the Bring Down the Sky Mass Effect 1 DLC as soon as you leave the Citadel for the first time – complete this whenever you feel like it.
The Virmire mission is the point of no return , so make sure you’ve completed as many side missions as possible, particularly Wrex’s Family Armor quest. Many of the side quests are referenced in later games, but if you’re skipping some, make sure to complete the UNC Rogue VI mission. You should also purchase the Elkoss Combine license at some point as this is useful in ME3.
The recommended Mass Effect 2 mission order is as follows. First, we will cover the recruitment missions. Some characters have unique dialogue in these missions, so to hear the most unique content, you should make sure you’re able to take them with you.
Mass Effect 2 recruitment order:
- Dossier the Veteran
- Dossier the Master Thief
- Dossier the Professor – Zaeed and Kasumi have extra dialogue
- Dossier the Warlord – Mordin has unique dialogue here
- Dossier Archangel – Grunt and Zaeed have substantial unique dialogue
- Dossier the Convict – Miranda and Grunt have unique dialogue, as does Garrus
- Dossier Tali
- Dossier the Assassin – Garrus has unique dialogue
- Dossier the Justicar – Thane has some unique dialogue
We recommend doing Horizon at any point after getting Garrus, and bringing Miranda.
Mass Effect 2 loyalty mission order:
- Mordin – Garrus and Tali both have unique dialogue here
- Grunt – there is no unique dialogue, but you may want Mordin for the story
- Jacob – Mordin has unique dialogue here
- Thane – Tali and Garrus both have unique dialogue
- Kasumi – this mission has unique dialogue depending on how far you’ve progressed through the game
- Miranda – Jack has some unique dialogue, but it’s a little uncomfortable bringing her
- Jack – Miranda has unique dialogue. Leaving this mission until later helps her plotline flow better, too
- Tali – Legion has a lot of unique dialogue; leave until after Reaper IFF – see below
- Legion – same as above
Collector Ship automatically triggers five missions after Horizon. The other missions – Firewalker, Project Overlord, and Normandy Crash Site – can be completed whenever you feel like breaking up the chain of loyalty missions. For plot reasons, Overlord works well later in the game, before Tali’s loyalty mission.
Reaper IFF is the point of no return , after which a timer begins. You have enough time to complete two more missions before incurring major losses, which should be Tali’s loyalty mission, and then Legion’s loyalty mission, so you can experience their full dialogue. After this, hurry over to the suicide mission, if you know what’s good for you.
Note that your choices during Tali and Legion’s loyalty missions contribute to a pivotal conversation check in ME3. Preventing Tali’s exile without incriminating her father helps you pass this check, as does destroying the geth heretics at the end of Legion’s mission. However, you can pass the check having only fulfilled one of these criteria, as long as you defuse the argument that follows the loyalty missions, and save Admiral Koris during a mission on Rannoch in ME3. Also, bear in mind that in order to even attempt the aforementioned pivotal check, there are additional criteria you must fulfil in ME3.
Wondering when to play the ME2 DLC? We recommend saving Lair of the Shadow Broker and Arrival until after the final mission. This way, you can unlock all of Legion’s conversations, also allowing you to get the appropriate response from Liara if you romanced her in the first game and someone else in ME2. Feel free to play LotSB earlier, though, if you miss her.
Our recommended Mass Effect 3 mission order is as follows – this guide presumes that all your squadmates survive ME2. You can swap a few of these around depending on how you feel you should prioritise – we’ll signpost the most important missions to complete before moving on. Every companion has unique dialogue in each mission, but we’ll mention the ones that we recommend for plot or utility reasons.
- Priority: Earth
- Priority: Mars
- Priority: Citadel I
- From Ashes Mass Effect 3 DLC – Priority: Eden Prime – to recruit a new squadmate
- Priority: Palaven – James, Garrus, and Liara are good companions here
- N7: Cerberus Lab
- Priority: Sur’Kesh – Garrus and Liara
- Grissom Academy: Emergency Evacuation – Garrus and EDI. This must be completed before Priority: Citadel II
At this point, we recommend you head to the Citadel and talk to everyone, so you don’t miss out – particularly Thane, Liara, Kelly, Miranda, and Jondum Bau.
- Citadel: Hanar Diplomat
- Aria: Blood Pack/Blue Suns/Eclipse
- Tuchanka: Turian Platoon – bring Garrus. Be sure to do this mission before Priority Thessia
- Tuchanka: Bomb – after this unlocks, there’s a time limit; complete three other missions first and it will fail
- Attican Traverse: Krogan Team – Javik and Garrus
- N7: Cerberus Attack
- N7: Cerberus Abductions
- N7: Communication Hub
Complete all Citadel side quests before moving on.
- Priority: Tuchanka – Javik and Liara
- Priority: The Citadel II – Javik and Garrus. After the mission is over, be sure to warn Miranda about Kai Leng.
- Citadel: Volus Ambassador
- Citadel: Batarian Codes
- Mesana: Distress Signal/ Ardat-Yakshi Monastery – Liara
- Arrae: Ex-Cerberus Scientists – Kaidan/Ashley and EDI
- N7: Cerberus Fighter Base
You can now start a ME3 romance by talking to your squadmates.
- Omega Mass Effect 3 DLC: Citadel: Aria T’Loak
- Priority: Perseus Veil
- Priority: Geth Dreadnought – bring Garrus if you romanced him. If you’re romancing Tali, start your relationship before this mission; if you are romancing her but had a different partner in ME1, bring your ME1 love interest to this mission
- N7: Fuel Reactors
- Rannoch: Admiral Koris – Tali and EDI. You must do this mission before Priority Rannoch
- Rannoch: Geth Fighter Squadrons – Tali
We recommend visiting the Citadel again at this point.
- Priority: Rannoch – to pass the final conversation check, both Tali and Legion must be alive and loyal, Tali must not have been exiled, and you must have passed the check during their ME2 argument. You must have completed Geth Fighter Squadrons, saved Koris, and have four bars of Reputation
- Priority: Citadel III . Finish any Citadel side missions after this
- Priority : Thessia – Javik and Liara
- Priority: Horizon. For the best outcome, you must have spoken to Miranda three times, warned her about Kai Leng, and given her Alliance resources
- Leviathan Mass Effect 4 DLC: Citadel: Dr. Bryson
- Mahavid – bring your love interest
- Despoina – bring your love interest
- Citadel Mass Effect 3 DLC – Citadel: Shore Leave – leaving it till last means everyone can attend the party
- Silver Coast Casino Infiltration – bring your love interest, Wrex, or Javik.
- Citadel Archives: Escape – EDI and Wrex
- Citadel Docks: Retake the Normandy – Wrex and Ashley or Kaidan
- Citadel: Party
- Priority: Cerberus Headquarters – this is the point of no return
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Mass effect 2: optimal mission order.
In BioWare's Mass Effect 2, Shepard has the freedom to tackle most missions in any order. What is the best order to follow?
For the most part, Mass Effect 2 is a linear RPG. However, the game does give you some freedom when it comes to mission order. Each act of the adventure has an abundance of quests to take on, and it doesn't matter which you do first or which you save for later.
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Yet, playing each mission in a specific order can improve a playthrough in various ways. For instance, if you complete quests in the optimal sequence, you lower the risk of losing characters by the end of the game. Plus, your narrative experience can be enhanced simply by doing certain missions at certain times. So, here is the order in which you should complete all of the main content.
Prologue: Joining Cerberus
During Mass Effect 2's prologue, you have no control over which missions you play . The sequence of events includes an attack on the Normandy, Shepard joining Cerberus, and a visit to Freedom's Progress.
The lack of freedom in the opening stages makes sense as the game slowly introduces you to its mechanics and sets up the story.
- Prologue: Save Joker
- Prologue: Awakening
- Freedom's Progress
ACT 1: Putting Together Your Team
Things start to open up once the prologue ends as the Illusive Man gives you multiple recruitment missions to do at your leisure . You also have a few other quests to keep you busy.
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Optimal Mission Order:
- Normandy Crash Site – A few characters suggest that your first objective should be to head to Omega to meet the Professor. Although, it seems more appropriate to visit the wreckage of the original Normandy to say one last goodbye before getting into the game.
- Dossier: The Veteran – Three of your future squadmates are on Omega, so that's where you should head next. Zaeed is near the entrance to the space station, and you're guaranteed to pass him upon entry. His dossier 'quest' is just a simple conversation. Thus, there's no need to ignore the veteran merc.
- Dossier: The Professor – Picking up Mordin Solus early makes a lot of sense because, at that point, he's the most valuable person to have on the team as he can help deal with the Collector seeker swarms. Logically, Shepard wouldn't go for anyone else first besides Zaeed.
- Dossier: Archangel – Recruiting Archangel is the last vital thing to do on Omega in the early stages. Therefore, you may as well find the vigilante after you've got Mordin.
- Project Firewalker – This one can be done anytime before the Reaper IFF mission as it's not that important.
- Dossier: The Thief – You’ll want to go to the Citadel at this point in the game. Like Zaeed, this mission is one conversation, which takes place right where you enter the station.
- Citadel: The Council – It can be argued that you should do this quest earlier. After all, Shepard is likely excited to see Anderson for the first time in a while. Yet, during the assignment, Anderson and the Council share their concerns about you working for Cerberus. The line of questioning surrounding Shepard's new organization works better when you've actually done a few missions for them.
- Kasumi: Stealing Memory – It's nice to complete this one soon after meeting Kasumi as the specifics and reasoning for the mission are fresh in your mind. Although, you can really do it anytime before the Reaper IFF
- Dossier: The Convict – It doesn’t matter what order you do the Jack and Grunt dossier missions as long as they're completed after the other quests in this act.
- Dossier: The Warlord – See above.
- Horizon – This mission triggers after you recruit Mordin, Garrus, Jack, and Grunt.
ACT 2 – Part 1: Finishing Recruitment
After the Horizon quest, the Illusive Man points you toward three more people you should recruit. Plus, this is when loyalty missions start appearing, so make sure you're regularly talking to your teammates.
For the first part of this act, you can only do five quests before triggering the next Collector assignment.
- Dossier: Tali – Story-wise, it makes sense for you to recruit Tali straight away in act 2 because of Shepard’s pre-existing relationship with the Quarian. What's more, she's arguably the best Mass Effect companion ever .
- Dossier: The Justicar – Both the Justicar and Assassin dossier quests are initiated on Illium, so it's good to get them done one after another. It doesn't matter which mission you do first.
- Dossier: The Assassin – See above.
- Grunt: Rite of Passage – At this point, you’ve only got two quests left to complete before triggering the next Collector mission. Therefore, it's a good opportunity to do the two Loyalty missions on Tuchanka (Grunt and Mordin).
- Mordin: Old Blood – See Above.
- Collector Ship – Once you've completed five missions after Horizon, this critical quest will automatically begin.
ACT 2 – Part 2: Gaining Loyalty
You have plenty of freedom in the wake of the Collector Ship investigation as the game doesn't force you to start the next mission. In fact, you want to avoid initiating the Reaper IFF quest for quite some time .
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Instead, the second part of act 2 is about getting almost all of the loyalty missions done . And these quests are crucial because they help you keep everyone alive during the Suicide Mission .
- Miranda: The Prodigal – The order in which you do most loyalty missions isn't important. However, besides Kasumi and Zaeed, Miranda or Jacob will likely ask for help first. Therefore it's logical that Shepard wouldn't leave the two Cerberus agents waiting too long.
- Jacob: The Gift of Greatness – See Above.
- Garrus: Eye for an Eye – Because of the close bond Shepard and Garrus share, the Commander would help the Turian before most others.
- Thane: Sins of the Father – As Thane's search for his son takes place in the same area as the Garrus quest, aka the Citadel, you should do this right afterward.
- Samara: The Ardat-Yakshi – It doesn't matter when you do Samara's quest as long as it's before the Reaper IFF.
- Tali: Treason – When Tali tells you about her trial, she'll strongly encourage you to deal with it immediately. However, there's no actual timer on the mission, and it's better to save it until you've built up enough Paragon or Renegade points to get the quest's best ending.
- Jack: Subject Zero – After Jack's mission, you’ll need to break up a fight between her and Miranda. To keep the loyalty of them both, you need to have a high enough percentage of Paragon or Renegade points. Even though it's based on percentage, it seems easier to keep them both happy in the later stage of the game. Also, you witness some of the awful things Cerberus has done during the quest, which from a narrative standpoint makes sense to do now that you're late in the game.
- Overlord – This is another one that shows you more of the sick experiments Cerberus was doing. Once again it works better at this point just before Shepard's relationship with the organization starts to deteriorate.
- Zaeed: The Price of Revenge – Zaeed's mission will be available for a long time, and this is pretty much your last chance to do it. You don't have to leave it this late, but as Paragon players need to pass a very high morality check to make Zaeed loyal, it's best to save it until now.
Act 3: Endgame
Act 3 serves as the endgame , and it doesn't allow much time for side content. So, make sure that you've done everything before starting these quests .
- Reaper IFF – Completing this mission sets in motion the last stretch of the game.
- Legion: A House Divided – After acquiring Legion from the IFF quest, you'll need to activate and talk to him multiple times to receive his loyalty mission. You may need to travel to a different part of the ship and come back to get him to talk to you again after the first conversation. For the best possible ending to the game, you'll want to help Legion as soon as you can.
- Save The Ship – This short mission will start the next time you use the galaxy map after the Reaper IFF has finished installing.
- The Suicide Mission – If you want to save everyone on the Normandy crew, you'll have to enter the Omega 4 relay almost immediately after the last quest. By using the relay, you'll initiate the Suicide Mission.
- Lair Of The Shadow Broker – As it’s disconnected from the main story, you can do Lair of the Shadow Broker after the credits have rolled. Plus, if Legion survived the last quest, you get a rare chance to use him for what is arguably the best expansion in the series .
- Arrival – Arrival is a great way to end Mass Effect 2 as it works as a bridge between the second and third games.
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Citadel II: Assignments available after completing Therum, Feros, or Noveria. ... Citadel III:
After you have completed all of the main plot missions M3 (Feros), M4 (Liara), M5 (Noveria) and M6 (Virmire) you will automatically travel back to the Citadel
Citadel: Hanar Diplomat · Aria: Blood Pack/Blue Suns/Eclipse · Tuchanka: Turian Platoon – bring Garrus. · Tuchanka: Bomb – after this unlocks
Dossier: The Thief – You'll want to go to the Citadel at this point in the game. Like Zaeed, this mission is one conversation, which takes place