A 2012 sci-fi role-playing third-person shooter by BioWare, and the third installment of Mass Effect series. Commander Shepard's ongoing battle against the Reapers comes to a conclusion in this final chapter of the N7/Spectre operative story.

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How do I know who is talking?

In Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, I have run into a few screaming 12-year-olds. And while they are just a delight to talk to, and so well mannered, on occasion I feel that their mature and thoughtful ...
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What does it mean to “promote a multiplayer character”?

One of the ways to acquire the "Battle Scarred" achievement is to "Promote a multiplayer character to the Galaxy at War". What does this mean?
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How do I beat the Reaper on Rannoch?

I'm having trouble with the last of the Rannoch missions, where Shep wakes up and takes on a Reaper. Shepard has a targeting laser which will call in an orbital strike with the combined might of the ...
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Are there any important points of no return?

Very often in a game like this, you hit certain landmarks in the plot beyond which a large portion of the content becomes locked out. In Mass Effect 1, there was a sort of dual one when unlocking ...
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Cortez thinks I'm gay, will it affect my chances to date women?

My male Shepard has been trying to be a general nice guy to Steve Cortez, maybe a little too much, encouraging him to take shore leave "for me" and encouraging him to visit the refugee remembrance ...
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How do I stop that banshee from eating my face?

Banshees. They rapidly teleport to cover distance quickly and take you out with an instant-kill attack (with no chance of revival) if you let them get to close. Even at longer distances they have a ...
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What's the maximum number of squadmates I can lose on a successful ME playthrough?

Ok, I know everybody hates losing mates, but just for fun... The playthrough must be from Eden Prime to the final mission (so failing the suicide mission in ME2 doesn't count.) The squadmates "kill" ...
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Can I cure the Genophage without losing a Salarian?

I've just finished the mission: "The Shroud" which involves distributing the Krogan Genophage cure. Unfortunately, this mission ended with the loss of Salarian life Is there a way to complete this ...
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Who can you romance in Mass Effect 3?

Unfortunately, the Romance article on the Mass Effect Wikia doesn't have the options listed yet, and I'm a little paranoid about digging deeper on google for fear of running into major story spoilers (...
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How do I establish peace between the Geth and the Quarians?

Legion is cool. Tali is also cool. I don't want to pick between them. In ME2, I told the Quarians to not go to war, but they did so anyway. It seems that it's not possible to stop the war from ...
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What can I find in the uncommon and rare item packs?

I'm getting destroyed in multiplayer and I'm trying to decide whether or not I should buy some of the cheap 5000 credit packs just so I can hopefully get some new weapons, or if I should save up for ...
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What are all the ways to increase readiness?

What are all the ways to increase the readiness factor for the war with the Reapers?
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How can I upgrade my weapons to level 10?

The description of the Gunsmith achievement seems to indicate that you can upgrade your weapons to level 10. So far I can only upgrade my weapons to level 5, no higher upgrades are available to me. ...
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What are all the possible power combinations for detonation?

I know that biotic powers can detonate each other if one has a duration, but what about bio/tech combinations or ammo combinations?
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Are there time-limited objectives in the game?

When I left Earth, things were going... poorly. It doesn't seem like I have much time to rally the troops before the situation is completely hopeless. There's precedent in the series for giving you ...
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Are Spectre or Veteran packs more cost effective?

I've seen the list of items in the packs. What I want to know is that, if I want to build up my inventory of characters, weapons, and upgrades, which of the packs is more cost effective? I want to ...
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Why does Harbinger have only 4 claws?

Most of you who played Mass Effect 3 must have realized that the Harbinger does not have 5 claws. It only has 4: Other Sovereign class Reapers have 5: So why does Harbinger not have 5 claws? ...
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How fast does Galactic Readiness decay?

I've read that the Galactic Readiness, the multiplicator you get for the multiplayer part of Mass Effect 3, decays in real time. So if you don't play the game for a few days, this multiplicator ...
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Why is Anderson not a councilor?

In both my ME1 and ME2 savefile I had anderson as a councilor. I just never liked Udina. Yet this choice seems to have been ignored when importing my save. Is this an error, or is the choice ...
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What sort of artifacts is Kannik looking for?

I'm trying to get General Oraka not killed. I've talked to Kannik in giving me the "top-of-the-line" weapons, but he expects artifacts from me. WHat sort of artifacts is he looking for & where can ...
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How does Reputation work in Mass Effect 3?

The change to the Paragon/Renegade system between Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 was pretty significant. In the first game, you could eventually unlock the entire Charm / Intimidate trees, and ...
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Where's the line between friends and lovers?

According to this, this, and this, the dating world in Mass Effect 3 is exclusive to a singular person for the duration of the game. In other words, I'm not capable of romancing Ashley and Samantha at ...
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How do I do a grab in ME3?

I've seen medals awarded for successfully completing a grab in ME3 multiplayer. So what is a grab and how do I do one?
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How do I keep my fish from dying?

Commander Shepard is a busy spectre. Running around the galaxy, shooting reaper scum, and trying to save the day. So I don't begrudge her buying some fish to at least make her quarters look a little ...
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Who are the numerous that died?

When I started a new ME3 game, it asked me to choose if Ashley, Kaiden, or Numerous died. Who are the numerous? I chose numerous because I hoped that meant some no-names, but if numerous is the entire ...
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Is it possible to respec in multiplayer?

Say I spent my points in a manner I now regret, is it possible to reset and respend the points for a particular multiplayer class?
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How exactly does Force translate to Damage?

So, for some reason, the Mass Effect series likes to express the potency of various abilities - particularly biotic powers, in Newtons of Force, rather than the amount of damage they deal. ...
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At which exact point are the war assets and galactic readiness evaluated for the ending?

I just finished Mass Effect 3, though I didn't play the multiplayer and my war readiness was therefore at only 50%. So I didn't have enough war assets to get to the best ending. I now want to play ...
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Why do Bioware think I'm Canadian?

Not that I have anything against Canadians or Canada, never been there I'm sure it's a lovely place full of quite wonderful people. So if you log onto the BioWare Social Network and go to My Games -> ...
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How can I counter enemies with Riot Shields in Mass Effect 3

What are the best ways to deal with enemies using full body shields in Mass Effect 3? I've resorted to grenades, but are there any good powers to get these guys off balance?
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How can I edit coalesced.bin so that I can use cheats and graphics tweaks?

I've seen that I can tweak my game by editing files like bioinput.ini and bioengine.ini, but I couldn't find these files anywhere. They seem to be part of another file called coalesced.bin, and I don'...
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Which save file should I use for the Extended Cut DLC?

I am unsure which of the following save files I should be using for the extended cut DLC: Before the attack on the Cerberus base (i.e. last possible place with galactic wide access) Before the ...
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Will I miss out on anything by not playing Mass Effect 3's multiplayer?

Following on from Does the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer component has any effect on the Single Player component and vice-versa? If I choose not to play the multi-player aspect of Mass Effect 3 and stick ...
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How many endings are there and what will it take to see them all?

With all the possible permutations between choices in ME3 and in previous ME games, how many different endings are there in the game and what is the most effective playthrough method to see all the ...
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What's the backstory if you don't import a save?

In Mass Effect 2, if you created your Shepard from scratch, the game assumed you'd mostly made Renegade choices in the first game. I'm wondering what the lay of the land looks like for Mass Effect 3 ...
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How do you get the last paragon/renegade dialogue option towards the end of the game?

So I finally get to meet the Illusive Man, but the final 2 renegade/paragon option are greyed out! Here are my stats: War Readiness > 5000 Max Reputation (90% Paragon, 10% Renegade) However I ...
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In Mass Effect 3, is it possible to reach max level, 60, in one playthrough?

I will be importing a maxed character from ME2 and I want to get an idea of what will be needed to max at 60. Ideally I would like to max in the first playthrough, if DLC is needed that's fine too. ...
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Do my squad mate's outfits affect their stats?

When I change my squad mate's appearance before a mission, does it affect their stats in the same way that changing my armor gives different bonuses? Is there a list of the different choices? ...
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What's the difference between armor, barrier, and shields?

I can't keep straight what kind of weapons and ammo are good against what type of enemy. What's the difference between armor, barrier and shields? What weapons and tactics should I use against each? ...
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Does shattering a frozen Reaper prevent his friends from eating him?

Alternate Title: "How can I choose between The Raw and The Cooked?" Cannibals are the main Reaper ground enemy you encounter in Mass Effect 3, so called because they devour the corpses of their ...
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What happens if Shepard died in Mass Effect 2?

Can you still import the save? If so what happens?
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How do I defeat Kai Leng in Cerberus Headquarters?

At the end of my assault on the Cerberus Headquarters I unfortunately didn't meet the Illusive Man in person so that I could put a bullet in his brain. He left his assassin Kai Leng though to deal ...
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Where is Dekuuna?

I just go the mission "Dekuuna: Elcor Extraction" and I need to go to the planet Dekuuna. The mission does not specify where I should go to find this planet and I don't see any indication anywhere on ...
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At the end of the first mission on Mars, is it possible to catch the Cerberus agent?

At the end of the mission on Mars, a Cerberus agent is running away with the data about the Prothean device. I was unable to catch her. Is it possible to catch up with her before she reaches her ...
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Are all “killable” characters from previous games alive if I don't import save data?

So lots of characters in Mass Effect can live or die and their status is imported if I have Mass Effect 2 save data. Are all of these characters "alive" if I start a fresh game in Mass Effect 3 ...
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I didn't fire the Blackstar, how can it best be exploited?

I found the Reaper Blackstar during Priority: Palaven and I resisted the urge to fire it, relying on conventional weapons to finish the mission. It now appears next to my weapons bench in the Shuttle ...
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Should I buy the Spectre Requisition Terminal weapons?

There are a few weapons available from the Spectre Requisition Terminal in the Citadel, but they're all crazy expensive. As far as I can tell, there's really no way to determine how their stats stack ...
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How can I respec Shepard?

I've imported my Shepard from Mass Effect 2, and it looks like he starts at level 30 and has skill points already spent. They seem to match the skills I had on him in Mass Effect 2. Is there a way ...
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In Mass Effect 3, I did not get a choice of game mode; is it because I imported a ME2 character?

I just started a new game in Mass Effect 3, on the Xbox 360, by importing my existing ME2 character. I have just witnessed the attack on the council at the very start, and now just got to the point ...
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Is there any reason to do all these pull-ups?

After finishing the main storyline of the Citadel DLC, you get the option to invite certain crewmembers up to your apartment for a scene. When you invite James in, he notices your exercise equipment ...