What are all the ways to increase the readiness factor for the war with the Reapers?

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Readiness is managed via the Galaxy at War system and I'll go into the specific ways to earn readiness below:

Single Player

War Assets are the part of Galaxy at War you collect in Single Player. Simply purchase War Assets with in game money to earn varying amounts of readiness, rated by Military Strength. The wiki pages list the Military Strength of the various war assets. Some assets require certain conditions to be earned.

War Assets are not Readiness, but instead their effect (Military Strength) is multiplied by Readiness.


Playing Multiplayer earns you various rewards that increase Galactic Readiness, such as Promoting a character to level 20 or simply completing missions.

Failure (any mission of any level): 3% Readiness
Bronze Mission (success): 4% Readiness

Mass Effect: Infiltrator

This iOS game will help you increase Galactic Readiness if you link the games. From EA's press release, via Cult of Mac:

Inspired by the deep and immersive Mass Effect 3 universe, in Infiltrator players will help to free prisoners from a hostile Cerberus base and will receive rewards for collecting evidence of Cerberus’ crimes along the way. Every completed rescue and intelligence discovery in Infiltrator will increase a player’s Galactic Readiness rating directly through the Galaxy at War system in Mass Effect 3.

It's now available for Android as well: North America and everywhere else.

Mass Effect Datapad

Datapad is a free iOS app that will allow you to monitor your Galactic Readiness and a minigame which will allow you to slowly increase it. From the Galactic Readiness map you can send select 3 different mission points within each sector which can earn up to a 1% readiness boost for that sector only. It takes anywhere from 1 hour to 6 hours to earn a point. You can increase this by getting various power-ups based on points earned playing.

  • I'm still trying to find exact numbers, but these are the major actions. Does anyone know the numbers for how much multiplayer mission successes add?
    – Ben Brocka
    Mar 8, 2012 at 22:39
  • are the readiness levels for all the sections in the galaxy boosted at the same time or will doing a mission boost the readiness in a particular sector?
    – l I
    Mar 9, 2012 at 2:04
  • @yx. I've read that if the multiplayer host sets the map selector to random, all sectors get a boost of around 4-5% (on bronze at least). If a specific map is picked, that sector will get a ~15% boost. I haven't tried specifying a map to confirm that yet, though.
    – Brysonic
    Mar 9, 2012 at 23:02
  • @Brysonic that makes a lot of sense
    – l I
    Mar 9, 2012 at 23:03
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    Is it just me, or does Galactic Readiness seem like an awfully convenient way for Bioware to get people to redeem/purchase an online code? Mar 12, 2012 at 7:00

As far as I can tell so far, the only ways to increase galactic readiness is through multi-player or either of the iOS Mass Effect 3 games.

You should be able to acquire enough military strength in game to where the readiness doesn't matter.

  • can you put specifics? exactly how much do you get per mission in multiplayer and/or the IOS game
    – l I
    Mar 8, 2012 at 22:18
  • It's not a set amount per mission; it depends on how many of the bonus round objectives you accomplished, and how fast. Can't say anything about the iOS games.
    – Shadur
    Mar 12, 2012 at 9:32

The only two ways of increasing readiness is by participating in Multiplayer, and by trading in Intel from MEI (Mass Effect: Infiltrator).

MED (Mass Effect: Datapad) is a FREE app which allows you to view your Galaxy at War. Which in turn is split into 2 things, Strength and Readiness.

I have explained readiness.

Strength is increased by you war assets in single-player, which in turn is multiplied by Readiness.

The better Strength/Readiness you have the better the ending is (Although i don't know what it is I've heard it sucks). Still if it sucks, why get one which sucks more :)

Unfortunately i don't know the specifics of percentages or whatever as i do not have the game yet, however i hope to be the proud owner of a copy soon :D


In multiplayer, play bronze and win to get about 4% added on to your readiness. You get much less if you die.

As for singleplayer, talk to people and do side missions.

  • Talking to people in single player has no effect. Sep 14, 2018 at 9:00

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