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What level should I expect to reach if I complete all optional content in the base game (no DLC) with a non-imported character (so starting at level 1)? I want to make sure that I'm not setting myself up for skills that I won't be able to reach in this playthrough.

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You'll be at least a few levels over 30, which is where I am, but I'm not at the end yet either. – Ben Brocka Mar 14 '12 at 13:30
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I finished at level 40 with a non-imported Shepard.

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can you provide a bit more proof/info on how you got level 40. – Paralytic Mar 14 '12 at 14:56
Yeah I finished right around 40 as well – Ben Brocka Mar 20 '12 at 18:29

It is certainly possible to get past level 40 with a new character. On my playthrough I finished at level 45 with 3-4 skipped missions. That includes the "From Ashes" DLC but that's not that much exp (maybe an extra level or so).

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You can probably expect to be somewhere around level 35. I'll see if I can dig up any sources.

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