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In the shuttle bay, Shepard has the option to pay credits to upgrade his aresnal from, for instance, Avenger I to Avenger II, etc.

The improvement is listed as "improves damage, ammo capacity, and weight". Does that mean it's making my weapons heavier or lighter? Is it better to keep weapons un-upgraded so that I can keep a greater cooldown reduction, or is it the opposite?

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The upgrades reduce the weight. See below the comparison between the base level Raider I shotgun versus the upgraded Raider V.

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Upgrades that "improve" weight reduce weight, such as the SMG Ultralight Materials. Since it's an upgrade it reduces the weight. To my knowledge all upgrades are purely positive.

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Those aren't the upgrades he is talking about. Though I believe your answer is still correct. – Sterno Mar 7 '12 at 6:32
Incorrect - some modifications are a trade off; 60% less damage for 25% of damage bypassing armor. – Adam Musch Mar 7 '12 at 14:49
@AdamMusch isn't it 40% additional damage to health underneath armor? – kotekzot Apr 8 '12 at 9:58
@kotekzot Health doesn't exist "under armor" in ME3, and NO modifications are trade offs, Adam Musch is completely incorrect. See this question – Ben Brocka Apr 8 '12 at 14:42
I'm not sure what you mean by health not existing under armor, but there are certainly some foes around the have an armor bar that must be depleted before damage to health can be dealt. – kotekzot Apr 8 '12 at 15:00

Lighter. NEVER heavier. Upgrades will always decrease weight as well as increasing damage, accuracy, capacity, and firing rate(for most weapons.)

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