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.

  • 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
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 13:30

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I finished at level 40 with a non-imported Shepard.

  • can you provide a bit more proof/info on how you got level 40.
    – Paralytic
    Commented Mar 14, 2012 at 14:56
  • Yeah I finished right around 40 as well
    – Ben Brocka
    Commented Mar 20, 2012 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).


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

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