I found that in Single Player my Vanguard character can do a downward smash attack with the Melee button, similar to Nova. It activates when I Run and then Melee while running (X+O on PS3) like I'm doing a regular Strong Melee.

Shepard hits the ground for a small shockwave. It's got a bit of an AOE so it's not the same as the normal punch. It's not Nova since it doesn't drain my Biotic Barrier, and it doesn't initiate a cooldown; it's a Melee skill best I can tell.

I tried doing this move in multiplayer but it doesn't work. No matter what I try, my character does the Strong Melee normally, not the downward smash. I even tried using a Vanguard character and nothing.

Is there anything I need to do to unlock/use this attack? Why doesn't it work in Multiplayer?

I know the Asari Adept has a similar "shockwave" attack, but that's just the Asari's normal heavy melee. This is a different attack I have in addition to the normal heavy melee.

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    I thought you were talking about Super Smash Brothers :( Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 13:12
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    Have you checked the upgrade trees for Vanguard? I'm fairly certain this is an upgrade.
    – agent86
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 13:14
  • @StrixVaria so does the related questions :)
    – Zelda
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 13:14
  • You will find that Multiplayer is a lot different then Singleplayer, powers are limited and characters a lot less OP. only class i have come across with a nova melee is Asari Adepts in multiplayer atleast.
    – Paralytic
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 13:15
  • @agent86 I was thinking it might be part of Fitness, but I don't think anything explicitly mentions this attack
    – Zelda
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 13:16

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Shepard is different from the multi player human classes.
This is an unique attack animation that only the Shepard Vanguard has, all other classes just do their normal heavy melee animation.
However, the stats are identical to the normal heavy melee of the Vanguard. In coalesced.bin there is only one set of data for the vanguard heavy melee and if you edit that, it will apply to both attacks(I gave it a very large AoE and in game that applied to both attacks).


The only Class in Multiplayer that i know that has a heavy melee attack that does an AOE is the Asari Adept. I've played a couple Vanguards and neither had a Explosive AOE like the one i previously mentioned.


This AOE melee is available to all Asari in the multiplayer. The Asari Vanguard character card is an uncommon item, so if you buy enough Veteran Packs, you'll get her eventually.

  • It's not the same; that's a radial burst in a sphere, the attack in Single player is a downward slam very similar to Nova
    – Zelda
    Commented Apr 7, 2012 at 16:14

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