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Complete the following achievements to unlock Xbox Live Gamerscore points.

Medal of Honor (100 points): Complete one Mass Effect Playthrough on any setting.
Medal of Heroism (25 points): Complete Feros.
Distinguished Service Medal (25 points): Complete Eden Prime.
Council Legion of Merit (25 points): Complete Virmire.
Honorarium of Corporate Service (25 points): Complete Noveria.
Long Service Medal (25 points): Complete 2 Mass Effect playthroughs on any setting.
Distinguished Combat Medal (25 points): Complete 1 Mass Effect playthrough on the Hardcore difficulty setting. Do not change the setting.
Medal of Valor (50 points): Complete 1 Mass Effect playthrough on the Insanity difficulty setting. Do not change the setting.
Pistol Expert (10 points): Register 150 Pistol Kills.
Shotgun Expert (15 points): Register 150 Shotgun Kills.
Assault Rifle Expert (15 points): Register 150 Assault Rifle Kills.
Sniper Expert (15 points): Register 150 Sniper Rifle Kills.
Lift Mastery (15 points): Use biotic Lift 75 times.
Throw Mastery (15 points): Use biotic Throw 75 times.
Warp Mastery (15 points): Use biotic Warp 75 times.
Singularity Mastery (15 points): Use biotic Singularity 75 times.
Barrier Mastery (15 points): Use biotic Barrier 75 times.
Stasis Mastery (15 points): Use biotic Stasis 75 times.
Damping Specialist (15 points): Use Damping Field 75 times.
AI Hacking Specialist (15 points): Use AI Hacking 75 times.
Overlord Specialist (15 points): Use Shield Overload 75 times.
Sabotage Specialist (15 points): Use Sabotage 75 times.
First Aid Specialist (15 points): Use medi-gel 150 times.
Neural Shock Specialist (15 points): Use Neural Shock 75 times.
Scholar (25 points): Find all primary Alien: Council Races, Extinct Races and Non-Council Races codex entries.
Completionist (25 points): Complete the majority of the game.
Tactician (25 points): Complete playthrough with shield damage greater than health damage.
Medal of Exploration (50 points): Land on an uncharted world.
Rich (25 points): Exceed 1,000,000 Credits.
Dog of War (25 points): Register 150 organic enemy kills.
Geth Hunter (25 points): Register 250 Synthetic enemy kills.
Soldier Ally (20 points): Complete the majority of the game with the Alliance soldier squad member.
Sentinel Ally (20 points): Complete the majority of the game with the Alliance sentinel squad member.
Krogan Ally (20 points): Complete the majority of the game with the Krogan squad member.
Turian Ally (20 points): Complete the majority of the game with the Turian squad member.
Quarian Ally (20 points): Complete the majority of the game with the Quarian squad member.
Asari Ally (20 points): Complete the majority of the game with the Asari squad member.
Power Gamer (20 points): Reach 50th level with one character.
Extreme Power Gamer (50 points): Reach 60th level with one character.
Renegade (15 points): Accumulate 75% of total Renegade points.
Paragon (15 points): Accumulate 75% of total Paragon points.
Paramour (10 points): Complete any romance subplot.
Spectre Inductee (15 points): Become a Spectre.
Charismatic (10 points): Use Charm or Intimidate to resolve an impossible situation.
Search and Rescue (10 points): Locate Dr. T'Soni in the Artemis Tau cluster.


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Successfully complete the game under the Insanity difficulty setting.

Saren Gamerpic

Successfully complete the game under the Hardcore difficulty setting.

Completion bonuses

Complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding bonus the next time a new game is started. Once the game is completed you can also use your existing character with previously earned equipment and skills.
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+10% Damage Reduction: Earn the "Soldier Ally" achievement.
+10% Damping and Overload reduced cooldown: Have a 75% game completion with Garrus in your squad.
+10% Experience: Reach level 60.
+10% Hardening: Have a 75% game completion with Ashley in your squad.
+10% Health: Kill 150 Organic enemies.
+10% Lift and Throw reduced cooldown: Have a 75% game completion with Kaiden in your squad.
+10% Sabotage and AI Hacking reduced cooldown: Have a 75% game completion with Tali in your squad.
+10% Shield strength: Complete the game with shield damage greater than health damage.
+10% Shield: Kill 250 Synthetic enemies.
+10% Stasis and Barrier reduced cooldown: Have a 75% game completion with Liara in your squad.
+25% Marksman reduced cooldown: Get 150 kills with the pistol.
+5% Experience: Reach level 50 with a character.
+5% Weapon Damage: Complete the game two times.
Assault Rifle skill for new characters: Get 150 kills with the assault rifle.
Barrier skill for new characters: Use Barrier 75 times.
Decryption skill for new characters: Use Sabotage 75 times.
Electronics skill for new characters: Use Overload 75 times.
First Aid skill for new characters: Use Medi-gel 150 times.
Hacking skill for new characters: Use AI Hacking 75 times.
Medicine Skill for new characters: Use Neural Hacking 75 times.
Stasis skill for new characters: Use Stasis 75 times.
Throw skill for new characters: Use Throw 75 times.
Warp skill for new characters: Use Warp 75 times.
Hardcore difficulty: Complete the game.
Insane difficulty: Complete the game under the Hardcore difficulty.
Level 60 level cap: Complete the game.
Lift skill (for non-Biotics): Use Lift 75 times.
Prestige Class: Reach level 34.
Regenerate 1 health per second: Have a 75% game completion with Wrex in your squad.
Shielding skill for new characters: Use Dampening 75 times.
Shotgun skill for new characters: Get 150 kills with the shotgun.
Singularity skill for new characters: Use "Singularity" 75 times.
Sniper Rifle skill for new characters: Get 150 kills with the sniper rifle.
Spectre grade weapons for purchase: Get 1 million credits. The weapons are available through the Normandy or C-Sec Requisitions Officers.

Hades Gamma Cluster hidden missions

To play the hidden mission in the Plutus system of the Hades Gamma Cluster, get 75% Renegade. To play the hidden mission in the Cacus system, get 75% Paragon.











Easy experience points

  • To gain extra experience from battles, make sure to get out of the Mako for the final hit. You can weaken the stronger enemies from inside the Mako and then get out to finish them off. You will only get 60% of the experience if you kill enemies with the Mako.
  • When you are using the Mako, try to kill as few enemies as possible with it. You can even use the Mako sitting in the garage on Noveria that you can decrypt and use (only the guns), because it is worth the same as far as experience points earned. Most of the time you will gain more experience points if you defeat enemies with your own weapons. In the case of a Thresher Maw, Heavy Turret, or a Geth Colossus, just use the Mako's cannon and mini-gun to get them to a sliver of health, then finish them off with your weapons. You will gain the same amount of experience points as you would have if you had fought them entirely with your own weapons. The sniper rifle can also earn you more experience points if your character is trained with it. Be careful on planets with hazardous environments when using either of these methods.

Easy credits

 Xbox 360  In Quasar, bet Y on odd and X on even.

Ensure experience points and gamerpoints

After a major plot has been played, make sure to talk to your crew. This will give you experience points for clues and boost your crew's morale.

Finding all the elements

The best way to find the elements, minerals, and anomalies on planets that you can explore is to drive along the edges of the operational area (the red area). Drive the Mako in a circle around the area to where you can barely see the edge of the red line. You should find at least two elements/minerals on each planet that can be explored. There are rare things that will not show up on your map -- you will also have to drive around like this to find them. There are several more items than you are required to find, but it is good to go ahead and get them if you need the experience points. Also if you say the correct things to the Asari Consort, she will give you a trinket that will allow you to activate a Prothean Orb found on Eletania, or the "monkey" planet, in the Hercules system. It contains the memories of a Cro-Magnon that was observed by the Protheans. The orb will show up as an anomaly on your map, in the lower left corner.


When looking for certain items or armor, save before talking to merchant for first time. The merchandise is random. If you do not get anything you want, reload the game and talk to the merchant again. This trick can be used about three times whenever enough game time has elapsed for merchants to respawn new items.

Easy Mako repairs

Use the following trick when your Mako is badly damaged and you do not want to or cannot spend Omni-gel to repair it. Save the game and reload it. You will find that the Mako is now totally repaired.

Mako controls

 Xbox 360  Use the following controls while in the Mako.

Press RB: Fire rockets.
Press RT: Fire main gun.
Press A: Undercarriage Rockets. This is useful for getting "unstuck", setting the Mako upright if upside down, and stabilizing from falling off a mountain.
Press X: Return to the Nomandy.
Press B: Exit Mako for on-foot exploration.
Hold LT: First person view.
Click Right Analog-stick while pressing LT: Zoom. Click it again for additional zoom. Click it again to exit zoom.


Soldiers are combat specialists ideal for the front lines of a firefight. Soldiers begin the game trained with skills in both pistols and assault rifles, they have improved health and the ability to wear medium combat armor. As you progress through the game you can unlock assault training, skills with shotguns and sniper rifles, become able to perform first aid on yourself and party members, and wear heavy combat armor.


Engineers are tech specialists. Using the holographic OmniTool they can decrypt security systems, repair and/or modify technical equipment, disrupt enemy weapons or shields and heal their party. Even though they begin the game with only pistols and the OmniTool, engineers can unlock the ability to wear light armor and to reverse engineer enemy technology. They can also learn to put up protective shields and to heal the party.


Adepts are biotic specialists. Starting out equipped with pistols and light armor, the true strength of the adept is through the upgradeable implants that give them their biotic powers. These powers can be used to lift or throw objects, shield the party and disable or destroy enemies.


Infiltrators combine combat and tech abilities, and specialize in killing or disabling enemies at long range. Infiltrators are trained to use OmniTools, but the focus is on decryption and offensive abilities rather than healing. They can train with pistols or sniper rifles, and can learn to wear medium armor.


Vanguards are biotic warriors. They combine offensive biotic abilities and weapons training to quickly take down opponents, and are especially deadly at short range. They can train with pistols and shotguns, and can learn to wear medium armor.


Sentinels combine biotic and tech abilities. Typically they use biotic abilities and advanced healing skills to defend allies, though they can also disrupt opponents with biotic or Tech attacks. They are more efficient at tech and biotics than other classes, but at the expense of combat. Sentinels can only use light armor, and receive no advanced weapon training.

Recommended career

Play as a War Hero Soldier first. By doing this, during your second play through you will have all of the money, weapons, and armor to use for the other careers.

Character building

If you want to take the time, you can max out your Paragon and your Renegade stats without using any points. Once you get Spectre status, you can get up to four free points in each ability with each playthrough. Just play through the game three times and use the points you save elsewhere. The "Unlimited Paragon or Renegade" glitch helps.

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic 2 reference

Nihlus, the first Spectre you meet, is a reference to Darth Nihlus in Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic 2. They both have the same face paint.

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic references

  • The rift station where you confront the Rachni is the same structure as the Selkath underwater base in Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic.
  • The Thorian race refers to the Ithorians from Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic.


Unlimited Paragon or Renegade

  • The reward for this glitch is 30 achievement gamerpoints, and more control of story encounters by using Charm/Intimidate in conversations. In order to do it, you must have enough points toward Charm and Intimidate if the encounter with Lorik Qui'in does not allow blue/red options. Upon repetition you will get +24 Paragon per conversation or +25 Renegade per conversation. Go to Noveria and start the mission from Lorik Qui'in. To activate the mission, talk to him at the hotel bar. Make sure to go through all conversations with him before continuing mission just to be on the safe side, Immediately after fighting tall blond security agent and talking to Gianna Parasini, she asks you to meet her at the hotel bar. Go to the bar and talk to her again. Tell her any option, then speak with Lorik Qui'in in hotel bar sitting down at a table by the window with the following responses.
1. "Testify against Anoleis".
2. "You'd be a hero" or "Damn right I will".
You will have acquired points, talk to him again.
3. "Matriarch Benezia"
4. "Another Question"

Repeat steps 1 through 4 until you are maxed out, then finally talk with Gianna Parasini to complete mission.

  • Go to your Galaxy Map and travel to the Attican Beta cluster. You will receive a message from Alliance Command telling you about a downed recon probe that you must retrieve a data module from. From there, travel to the Hercules system and continue to the planet Eletania. After you reach the downed probe you will discover that a monkey-like native has made off with the Data module. Get back in the Mako and go to your map. You will see three native colonies. Go towards the one in the middle of the three. After that, go into the mining shaft and proceed through the tunnels until you reach the end. Search the two monkeys in that part of the shaft. One of them will have the Data module. Save the game immediately after getting the module. After that, reload the just saved game and continue to press A. Keep searching the monkey that had the Data module. Notice that your Paragon meter over the radar will increase each time you select the monkey. At about 300 Paragon you will receive an achievement named "Paragon". Note: If you have completed this assignment already this glitch cannot be done.

Unlimited credits

The following is a good way to get unlimited credits. It only works between these two vendors. You can typically buy back from Expat at half the price you sold it for to Dr. Michel. First, complete the side quest involving Dr. Michel (from the Med Clinic) and her blackmailer. After the quest is complete, you will get a discount from all the goods she sells. Start selling her all of your expensive equipment. Then, travel to the Wards Markets and talk to the merchant named Expat. You can buy all of your items back for cheaper than you sold it for. Return to Dr. Michel and sell off your items again. Repeat this process as many times as desired.

Unlimited experience points

Note: This was done under the Insanity difficulty. Get Liara at the dig site. After you blast through the shield with the laser, save the game then reload. Notice that you will get experience points each time you load the game. Just save, load and repeat. Note: If you level up too far you will no longer get the Shredder, Tuscan, or Plutonium rounds on the weapons upgrades. You can go up to level 60 with this trick.

Reversed Earth

When you have landed on Luna, Earth's moon, look for the view of Earth. When you zoom in on Earth, noticed that its image is reversed. For example, Florida is where California should be and vice versa.

Equip untrained armor

By using this glitch, you can have any character, for example Kaiden (normally a light armor only character), wearing armor they are not trained in (for example, Krogan heavy armor). First, you must have the armor you want to equip in your inventory. Make sure that you have more armor upgrades (for example, Combat Exoskeleton IX) than armors. Count from the bottom of the armor list up until you have highlighted the armor you wish to equip. Remember that number. Press X to go to the upgrades screen. This part must be executed very fast (almost instantly). Hold Y then press A. Do not press them simultaneously. Normally this would turn the upgrade into Omni-Gel, but because you held Y and tapped A very quickly the game glitches. If done correctly, you will hear the "item salvaged" sound, then a prompt screen will appear, asking "Are sure you want to reduce to Omni-Gel...". Press B so you do not salvage your upgrade. You should see a lot of armor upgrades with duplicated information (just to the left of item). Once again, go to the bottom and count up to the number you found earlier. Press A to equip. The upgrades can be changed on the equipped item afterwards.

Loading screens

Every so often you may encounter a slow down on graphics and game play. If you have been playing for less than three hours and see the "Loading" text, release your controller for faster loads. If you have been playing for over three hours and the game play slows down, save and reboot your Xbox 360. This is because the Xbox 360 does not have an efficient way of clearing its memory for new information. Once the memory is saturated, the "lagging" game play happens. Because Mass Effect is so massive and everything is unique, it uses all of the available memory.

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