When I pick up extra ammo off of fallen enemies or laying around the environment, it refills some amount of the ammo in all of my equipped weapons.

How much ammo does each additional clip refill? Is it a percentage of the total ammo for each weapon? Does it vary depending on weapon type or model? Is there any difference between the ammo refill rate of my active weapon and my reserve weapons?

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A single ammo clip has the following effects on all weapons at these difficulties:

  • Very Easy: 40% ammo fill
  • Easy: 40% ammo fill
  • Normal: 40% ammo fill
  • Hard: 30% ammo fill
  • Insane: 20% ammo fill

These values are pulled directly from the ME3 coalesced settings file. Note that in the event of a decimal value, it will round down, not to the nearest value. Others, however, have reported that this doesn't necessarily translate to all weapons but I have been unable to confirm this, and it is not in the coalesced settings file that I could see.

Also, it will fill your grenades in the following manner:

  • Very Easy: 10 grenades
  • Easy: 3 grenades
  • Normal: 2 grenades
  • Hard: 1 grenade
  • Insane: 1 grenade

All guns in need of ammo will receive the full amount of a single reload clip (eg all guns will be refilled by 40% on normal difficulty).

Also note that ammo will respawn given enough time, so if you are really in need of some ammo, camping a spot will can easily refill your gun.

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    This is demonstrably incorrect. See this link masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/M-98_Widow
    – kotekzot
    Mar 10, 2012 at 22:39
  • @kotekzot Interesting. I will revise this than. Mar 10, 2012 at 22:44
  • @Kotekzot Those values don't seem to be updated for ME3. For example, the maximum ammo capacity for the M-3 Predator is wrong. I will go through and check this as I go along and update my answer for exceptions when I get a new weapon, but I'm not very far in the game, so I can't do it for all weapons at the moment. Mar 10, 2012 at 22:57
  • That is possible, however the Widow certainly does get 1 or 2 shots per thermal clip, I've tested this.
    – kotekzot
    Mar 10, 2012 at 22:59
  • @kotekzot Interesting. Well, I will add that as an exception on my list than. If you can come up with a more precise number (unless it actually varies) that would be helpful. Mar 10, 2012 at 23:03

Each weapon has a minimum and maximum number of shots that may be refilled by a single clip. A high-powered sniper rifle may get 1 or 2 shots, while an assault rifle will get dozens.

  • it also seems to depend on how close to empty your ammo count is, or maybe that's just my imagination
    – l I
    Mar 10, 2012 at 22:13

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