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I've been lead to believe that there are several endings in the game, and that getting the "best" ending hinges on how much Galactic Readiness I collect before finishing.

If I'm about to finish the game, but I'm close enough to a "better ending" milestone I might opt to play a bit longer to get it. On replays, I might also want to get a significantly worse or better ending to see something different on that playthrough.

How ready is ready enough to get each of the different endings?

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The ending is affected by several factors, but with respect to Readiness, there are different 'tiers' that affect the ending outcome. Note that not all tiers are relevant to all decision trees. I.E., based on one decision, tiers may be at 1750 and 2050, and having gone the other way would place them at 1750 and 1900.

The key numbers for Readiness Rating are: 1750, 1900, 2050, 2350, 2650, 2800, 4000, 5000.

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That's a lot of key numbers, geez! – Shinrai Mar 7 '12 at 14:39
Since readiness decays over time, it's fairly easy to get to the final save, end the game at 5k, wait a week or so, see the 4k ending, etc. etc. ad nauseum if you'd like. – LessPop_MoreFizz Mar 7 '12 at 14:40
Do these numbers signify "Total Military Strength" or "Effective Military Strength"? – Fluttershy Mar 11 '12 at 8:07
@Tristan Effective Military Strength. It's the only number that matters in the single player campaign. – Teryx Mar 16 '12 at 1:35

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