As soon as you get Mass Effect: Andromeda, you can play its multiplayer component. But before diving in, there are a few things you should know first. In this guide, we’ll teach you all about multiplayer’s relationship to the campaign (and how to avoid spoilers), loadouts, leveling up, loot boxes and more.
Do not play multiplayer until you have a grasp on the story
Mass Effect: Andromeda’s multiplayer is going to ruin a number of cinematic reveals from the campaign, as well as some mechanical components that are best experienced solo.
Trolling around in the match setup screen for just a few seconds will outright ruin the main enemy factions. Not only are there general lore overviews, but origin descriptions as well. If you intend on playing Mass Effect: Andromeda online or don’t care about spoilers, it’s fair game, but there won’t be many surprises left if you jump into multiplayer right away.
It’s not just an issue from a narrative standpoint, but a gameplay perspective as well. The thrill of fighting unique enemy types and learning their nuances will be wasted here in multiplayer, where they’re thrust in front of you en masse rather than through the scripted nature of the campaign’s specialized arena boss fights.
That said, roughly 10 hours into the campaign you should be good to go when it comes to the major reveals, and since multiplayer and the campaign funnel rewards into one another, it’s beneficial to start playing online sooner than later.
How does multiplayer relate to the main game?
Gone are the days of reaching a multiplayer goal to get the best ending in a Mass Effect game. Now you can simply enjoy each mode separately, with small currency and item bonuses.
So how are the two components linked? Through apex missions. These are playlists (more on this later) that can either be played in multiplayer for rewards, or completed by sending off strike teams, who can complete them automatically. You can choose to either manually play them or play a metagame, and obtain benefits for both modes. Let’s take a closer look.
The core gimmick that unites both modes is the idea of strike teams. During the campaign, players can opt to send AI on missions, which provide items for the campaign (called pathfinder rewards) and mission funds (more on that currency below) for multiplayer.
Simply select a mission to see your chances of success and the time it takes to complete it (typically around two hours), hit confirm and hope they don’t fail. At the end of the time limit, you’ll either come back empty-handed or obtain the reward listed when you accepted it. There are no consequences for failing. It’s merely a way to stop you from taking breaks.
You start with one team that can go on one mission at a time, but you can recruit more. To do this, it’ll cost you a increasing amount of currency starting at 40 mission funds, before ramping into 80 and so on.
You can also opt to pick up the Apex HQ app to manage your strike teams on the go.
The finer points of playing online
Drawing from Mass Effect 3, Mass Effect: Andromeda’s multiplayer focuses on completing random objectives throughout multiple rounds with the tertiary goal of killing everything in sight. You might have to disable devices like they were bombs or protect certain zones like a king of the hill match, but for the most part your job is to take out as many enemies as possible, then prepare for an extraction at the end.
Just like a zombies mode in Call of Duty you can revive other players mid-round, and if their revive counter expires, they’re brought back on the next round. There’s bronze, silver and gold difficulty ratings, which have recommended levels of 1, 10 and 18 respectively, as well as apex playlists, which provide modifiers (like extra shotgun damage and lower sniper damage) for bonus rewards.
Finish the short the tutorial right away
It seems obvious, but the tutorial for Mass Effect: Andromeda’s multiplayer will help you acclimate to all of the objective types (mostly so you know what they look like, and they don’t blend in with the environment), and provide you with a hefty bonus in the form of extra content packs.
To finish the entire set of tutorial challenges you’ll need to:
- Claim the subsequent basic pack for running through the initial tutorial mission
- Play a match (win or lose)
- Equip a new weapon (alternatively, you can just de-equip your second slot)
- Equip a new mod (gained from the reward pack)
- Buy a pack with credits (the cheapest one will work)
- Buy an item from the store (with mission points)
- Use a booster (by equipping a temporary power-up from the loadout menu)
- Use a supply consumable
- Host a game
- Level up two different characters (just once each will do)
- Spend a skill point (in the loadout menu)
- Complete a mission (it can be bronze difficulty)
You’ll unlock an advanced pack for your trouble and a ton of multiplayer credits (more on those later). For the advanced pack, you might need to log out and back into multiplayer to have it show up.
Next, tweak your loadout
Loadouts are handled roughly the same as Mass Effect 3, with weight (how much equipment you're holding) directly impacting how quickly your powers recharge. If you’re held down by more gear, your spells are going to take longer to cool down.
While Mass Effect: Andromeda provides you with two weapons by default, you don’t have to equip both of them. If you find yourself relying entirely on your rifle in a match it might be useful to unequip your second gun, which in most cases guarantees that you’ll have a 100 percent power recharge rate.
Another equipment concept you’ll want to pay attention to is item management, which consists of four power-ups: ammo packs (replenish ammo), cobra RPGs (a one-time use super weapon), first aid packs (a healing power that prevents death) and revive packs (a healing power that brings you back after a death). Players can only carry two of each type into a match, and you’ll need to replenish them with the game’s supply packs or the item store (more on that later).
For a rundown on the game’s skills, see our full Mass Effect: Andromeda skill guide.
Pick a character that suits your playstyle before you commit to it
Characters in Mass Effect: Andromeda have specific skills, so make sure you do some research and understand how they play before you start leveling them up.
If you get sucked into multiplayer, you’ll probably end up grinding out multiple characters, but for those of you with a limited amount of time, it pays to pick one and stick with it.
Just like in the campaign, soldiers are the easiest to acclimate to if you’ve never played a Mass Effect game before. They act similarly to a common shooter archetype with a heavy focus on offensive skills. We recommend giving the turian soldier a go, as they pack a punch but have the defensive fortify skill (which sacrifices movement speed for extra damage mitigation and can be toggled at will).
Also keep in mind that playing as a character contributes to a prestige system called bonus stats, which cover maximum health, health regeneration, shields, regeneration delays and meter recharge speeds. Playing a complete round will net you roughly 1/20th of what’s required to level up a prestige stat once, which will impact all your characters.
Even compared to a fresh account, these prestige stats only provide small advantage — even when leveled up — but it’s one way BioWare attempts to guide players toward grinding multiple characters.
How leveling up works and the easiest way to do it
The economy once again revolves around loot boxes (called packs), of five varying types — supply, basic, advanced, expert and premium. The latter four are focused on providing items (weapons, weapon mods, armor) and characters, while supply packs replenish your power-ups.
The better you play and the less items you use to garner an advantage, the less currency you’ll spend on supply packs.
Loot boxes are a go
Mass Effect: Andromeda has three types of currency — multiplayer credits, mission funds and andromeda points.
Andromeda points are the premium currency, and cost roughly $4.99 for 500, with discounts as you go up in quantity and a 10 percent if you’re an EA Access member.
You can also opt to spend nothing and slowly accrue multiplayer credits to purchase any pack in the game. When spending multiplayer credits, it’s recommended that you only buy expert packs or above if you’re a hardcore completionist. Item rarity in Mass Effect: Andromeda starts at common, then runs up to uncommon, rare and ultra-rare. You can only get ultra-rares from expert or premium packs, you’re limiting the content you can acquire if you don't buy them.
Mission funds, as we touched on a bit earlier, influence strike team acquisitions and replenish individual item power-ups without having to purchase a supply pack. The game entices you to buy supply packs for multiplayer credits to fund your power-ups, so that you don’t spend them to unlock more characters, items and weapon mods. You need to decide how to replenish your consumable stock (through packs or mission funds) — or better yet, be stingy with them so you don’t have to choose.
That way you can spend all of your mission funds on strike team missions and slowly earn them back through subsequent strikes to use in multiplayer while you’re racking up campaign rewards. If a match seems like it’s going poorly early on, don’t blow all of your items in an attempt to save the run. Move on and save the items for a better match.
Spam playlists for the biggest gains
BioWare will cycle in playlists (called apex missions) for each difficulty type, providing bonuses to experience, multiplayer credits and mission funds. Play these and slowly work up a gear set with one character that can work around the modifiers that each list presents.
Playlists seem a lot more complicated than they actually are. Similar to the modifiers in Destiny’s Nightfalls, an apex mission might feature something like dampened powers, which reduces power damage by 25 percent, or reduce the efficacy of every gun except one type. If your character has that type of buffed weapon available to use the entire match or focuses on defensive powers that don’t answer to modifiers like reduced damage, they can effectively ignore that modifier.
This is where a balanced character with a good amount of experience comes into play. The higher level you are and the more workarounds you have at your disposal, the more playlists you can play in at any given time. With a min-max (all or nothing) character, you might encounter a Sisyphean task with any given randomized playlist and lose out on the rewards.
In addition to the turian soldier, the human sentinel, human infiltrator and salarian infiltrator are the most balanced characters (they have both offensive and defensive skills) that are unlocked from the start. Picking one of them will ensure that you don’t get caught in a situation where you can’t effectively and consistently finish a playlist.
Does Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer still work? ›
Edit: MEA's multiplayer is indeed still active. The support agent gave you bad info.Do choices matter in Andromeda? ›
Honestly, not many of the choices in Mass Effect: Andromeda have far-reaching consequences. However, these decisions can make you feel like an all-around jerk if you make the wrong one. At one point, an Angaran named Maarel asks for Ryder's help in locating her lost brother.What is the fastest way to level up in Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer? ›
Mass Effect Andromeda rewards players with XP for every fight that they get into with the Kett. Take that as an opportunity to search wide for any enemies that you can take down. Deal with them quickly and efficiently to keep a constant flow of XP coming in.Is there a point of no return in Mass Effect: Andromeda? ›
Andromeda's point of no return comes during the sixth main mission of the game, Meridian – The Way Home. After chatting with Suvi and learning the coordinates to Meridian, head to the Galaxy Map and set course for KhiTasira (the planet originally thought of as Meridian) in the Civki system.What is Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer like? ›
Multiplayer is a cooperative mode that encourages and rewards teamwork. Up to four players can join together to survive escalating waves of enemies, complete a series of objectives, and extract from the battlefield. You can jump into multiplayer from the main menu, or even from within the single-player campaign.How many endings does Mass Effect: Andromeda have? ›
We'll start off with the big spoiler: There's only one ending to Mass Effect: Andromeda. We've already written about how certain decisions have an effect on certain events during the ending of the game, but nothing you do effects the outcome.Can you romance Lexi in Andromeda? ›
While Scott and Sara Ryder can get the flirt option with numerous people (like Scott can flirt with Natalie Dormer's character, Dr. Lexi T'Perro) they can be rejected after the first instance if the character isn't romance-able or if they aren't attracted to that Ryder.Should I mine the gas or water Andromeda? ›
The choice is completely up to you — it doesn't effect what happens next in this mission or in the larger narrative at all. Place the second hammer to drill for water or place the second hammer to drill for natural gas. Check your map to see which is which, then go place the hammer.Should you give Morda the drive core? ›
Mass Effect: Andromeda: What to do with the drive core
If you want access to all of the game's quests, the answer is simple: Give it to the Krogan. As it turns out, you can't colonize Elaaden if you keep the drive core for yourself. And without a colony, there are no more quests to complete on the planet.
- 1 Cora. Reserved exclusively for Scott, Cora is easily the best romantic interest to pursue in the game.
- 2 Liam. Liam is reserved for Sara and makes for a great partner. ...
- 3 Pelessaria (Peebee) ...
- 4 Jaal. ...
- 5 Vetra. ...
- 6 Avela. ...
- 7 Dr. ...
- 8 Gil. ...
What is the max level in Andromeda? ›
Mass Effect: Andromeda has no level cap but it should be noted that above level 133, no new skill points are awarded to Pathfinder Ryder. It should also be noted that as Ryder increases in level, enemies scale with Ryder.Can you max all skills in Mass Effect: Andromeda? ›
What's different for Andromeda is you'll be able to max out every single skill in every single tree, if you want to. Lead designer Ian Frazier confirmed there's no level cap in Andromeda, which means nothing to stop you from accruing those sweet sweet skill points.Does Andromeda take place 600 years after me3? ›
For those who don't know or haven't played, Andromeda is set approximately 600 years after the conclusion of the original trilogy in a different galaxy.What happens if you shoot Kalinda in Mass Effect: Andromeda? ›
As this mission reaches its climax, you'll get a quick time event that gives you the option to shoot Kalinda — if you do, you'll get the rem-tech, but if you let Peebee save her, you'll get a present from her and she'll show up at the end of the game.Who should I save Sloane or Reyes? ›
If you save Sloane, everything stays the same on Kadara — Reyes flees and Sloane and her Outlaws stay in charge of Kadara Port. Sloane will show up to help you at the end of the game. If you don't act to protect Sloane from the sniper, Reyes and the Collective will take over on Kadara.Can you romance your twin in Mass Effect: Andromeda? ›
you can't romance your twin. What the hell, man... Mass Effect Andromeda is available now worldwide on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.Does gender matter in Mass Effect: Andromeda? ›
Commander Shepard will enjoy unique dialogue and cutscenes regardless of gender, and gain access to different experiences in each playthrough. Shepard's gender will determine many interactions throughout the Mass Effect series, but do not directly influence gameplay.Can you have a girlfriend in Mass Effect: Andromeda? ›
For the romance guide in the original Mass Effect Trilogy, see Romance. In Mass Effect: Andromeda, a male or female Pathfinder Ryder can pursue a romantic relationship with various characters.Are there Reapers in Andromeda? ›
Despite having the capacity and longevity to travel to and from intergalactic space, writer Mac Walters has revealed that there are no Reapers in the Andromeda Galaxy, the setting of BioWare's 2017 game Mass Effect: Andromeda.Can Captain Dunn survive? ›
Captain Dunn Lives
In order to unlock a better ending by having Captain Dunn survive, players will need to have recruited the help of three additional Pathfinders along the way: one Salarian, one Asari, and one Turian.
Are there any Quarians in Mass Effect: Andromeda? ›
Andromeda left the fan-favourite quarians out of the game to focus on Mass Effect's more prominent races. The quarians, Andromeda explained, were lagging behind on another ark ship - the Keelah Si'yah - with many of Mass Effect's other, more minor species: the drell, elcor, hanar and volus.Can you sleep with Peebee again? ›
You can sleep with PeeBee and continue to do so, so long as you're not fully committed to someone (Some relationships aren't full commitments).Can you romance both Cora and Peebee? ›
(Prior to Mass Effect Andromeda patch 1.06, you could manage a full relationship with Peebee and either Cora or Vetra, but this has since been patched.) Once you commit to a relationship, flirting with other characters no longer progresses their relationships, and you'll get the "friend" version of their final scenes.Can you romance Suvi as male Ryder? ›
Players completing the game using the female Ryder twin have an exclusive chance to hook up with Suvi, the human science officer aboard the Pathfinder's ship, The Tempest. Unfortunately the male Ryder twin doesn't have any options to romance this character, so you will need to play as the female twin.Should I take the Kett deal? ›
If you take the deal, the kett forces will be diminished during the final battle. If you refuse, they won't. That's the choice you're making. And there's no downside — in this installation of Mass Effect.Should you sell all salvage Mass Effect: Andromeda? ›
While these Salvage items may initially sound important due to their overly complicated scientific names, they're actually not all that useful to the Pathfinder. This means that you should sell them for extra Credits.What is the best assault rifle Mass Effect: Andromeda? ›
Mass Effect: Andromeda Best Assault Rifles: Heleus Technology. If you want to wield one of the weapons the Kett use, go for the Soned assault rifle. It has an incredibly high rate of fire, but it has a bit of a charge-up period before it actually starts firing.Is it better to save Raeka or the Krogan? ›
This allows the Archon to turn them into Krogan Behemoths, which you will have to battle throughout the rest of the game. These are strong, difficult enemies to fight, but if you don't mind a bit of a challenge, then go with saving Pathfinder Raeka in Mass Effect: Andromeda.Should you open Krogan tank? ›
While it is certainly possible to complete the title without his assistance, Grunt is a solid companion in Mass Effect 2, and setting him free is definitely recommended.What happens if you trick the Krogan? ›
Now, if Shepard chose to deceive the krogans and not cure the Genophage, it sets up an interesting confrontation from Wrex later. Eventually, he eventually finds out about the sabotage, and it leads to his death, taking away from the krogan's military strength.
Who is Shepard's Canon love interest? ›
As a potential romance that spans the entirety of the Mass Effect trilogy (even if her best moments in ME2 are limited to the Shadow Broker DLC), Shepard's relationship with Liara is one of the most complete and genuine in the original games.Does Andromeda mention Shepard? ›
Shepard has made cameo appearances in other Electronic Arts games and is referenced in Mass Effect: Andromeda.How old is Liara in Andromeda? ›
Liara is the estranged child of Matriarch Benezia, a well-respected and powerful asari biotic. She is 106 years old during her first appearance, which is the equivalent to a young adult and within the Maiden stage of asari life.Can you earn Andromeda points? ›
Andromeda Points are an in-game currency for the Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer mode only. These points can be purchased with real world currency and can be used instead of the earned in-game currency to obtain new Multiplayer packs, which contain items used in the Multiplayer mode.Can you reset skill points in Andromeda? ›
Find the re-spec station
In order to reset your skill points, hop on board the Tempest and head to the medbay. The medbay can be found the lower floor of the Tempest. From the cockpit where you select which planet you want to visit, head out of the main doors and climb down one of the two ladders.
When focusing on the main objectives, Mass Effect: Andromeda is about 18 Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 93½ Hours to obtain 100% completion.Does training matter in Andromeda? ›
Training in Security unlocks Concussive Shot for your Pathfinder, a heat-seeking, high-impact round that can knock enemies down. With that also comes Turbocharge, a short-term boost to weapon fire rate and thermal clip efficiency, and Combat Fitness, increased durability and carrying capacity for weapons.How many planets can you colonize in Mass Effect: Andromeda? ›
The Tempest can land on seven worlds, as well as the Nexus space station and, eventually, Port Meridian on the Meridian seed world. Of those seven worlds, five worlds contribute directly to the viability of the Andromeda Initiative.Is Mass Effect 5 confirmed? ›
Mass Effect 5 was announced back in November 2020, and since then BioWare has kept the excitement alive with a very slow dripfeed of footage and images with hidden secrets inside each one.Does Andromeda have an ending? ›
The Abyss is finally destroyed, and Dylan's battle is over. The Route of Ages transforms into a slipstream portal, allowing the Commonwealth fleet to return to Tarn-Vedra, meaning Dylan Hunt is finally home.
Why was Mass Effect: Andromeda a failure? ›
Some have pointed to the lackluster writing and characterization, while others have criticized the game's glitches and graphics. It is possible that Mass Effect: Andromeda simply didn't live up to fans' high expectations, after the critically acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy.What happens if you release Nilken? ›
Aftermath. If you choose to release Nilken, you can find him and Mariette in the prison cell area.Does romancing Keri affect other romances? ›
Keri T'Vessa will have a fling with Ryder that will not impact romance with other characters (even if another romance is already locked in).What happens if you don't shoot Reyes? ›
Opt not to shoot him and he gets away unhampered, causing Sloane to be a little annoyed with you. Regardless of what you decide to do with Reyes as he escapes, Sloane is appreciative of your valor (in her own way).Can you romance Reyes and someone else? ›
Reyes is romancable by both Male and Female Ryder on Kadara. Players can flirt with and engage with Reyes while keeping their options open - but can also enter a committed relationship.Should you let Dr Farenth keep the formula? ›
If you leave the formula with Dr. Farenth, Oblivion will continue to be sold on Kadara. If you take the formula and return it to Dr. Nakamoto, the drug will stop being sold and he'll eventually become the doctor at the Kadara Initiative outpost.Why won't Mass Effect: Andromeda connect online? ›
If you're having connection issues, or seeing any of these error codes: 10044, 5800, 5801, 5802, 5803, 9001 - try these general fixes: Restart your router to refresh your connection. Make sure you have an active PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription. Make sure you have an open NAT.Is Mass Effect: Andromeda patched? ›
Mass Effect: Andromeda has undergone a number of patches and updates to the singleplayer and multiplayer portions of the game.How many people are playing Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer? ›
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Cooperative multiplayer is a game mode that is featured in Mass Effect 3, and marks the debut of multiplayer in the Mass Effect series.
Why is Mass Effect: Andromeda disliked? ›
Mass Effect: Andromeda's Most Common Criticisms
Many were hoping that Andromeda would hold another, similarly complex interstellar culture. Instead, what players found was a lot of ruins, only two new alien species, and a lot of side content rehashing issues that were prevalent in the Milky Way.
Unable to romance
Nakmor Drack can't be romanced but there is one conversation that includes a romance option.
If you choose to spare the AI's life, then it will kill the Angara and then plead to be taken back to Nexus, where it can be found in SAM Node, aboard the Hyperion.Is Commander Shepard in Andromeda? ›
Shepard has made cameo appearances in other Electronic Arts games and is referenced in Mass Effect: Andromeda.Are there Quarians in Andromeda? ›
In Mass Effect: Andromeda, the Quarian Ark was lost so fans weren't able to see this fan-favorite race in the new game. Some believed the Quarian Ark would be DLC, that perhaps a Reaper chased it down, and more. By not showing Quarians, it made them all the more enticing for the storyline….Has Mass Effect: Andromeda gotten better? ›
Five years after its initial release, Andromeda still has some good ideas at its core, including the best combat the franchise has ever seen. While it doesn't hit the absolute heights that the Mass Effect trilogy does, Andromeda still has a unique personality that even manages to exceed the trilogy in one vital aspect.Can you have multiple relationships Andromeda? ›
Some characters are open to multiple partners, but others demand an exclusive relationship and won't get involved with Ryder if you've already started with someone else. If you're looking for a specific love-option, stick with your favorite only. One romance per playthrough is recommended.Does Mass Effect Andromeda multiplayer affect single-player? ›
Although Andromeda multiplayer has been confirmed to affect the main single player campaign, but not to the extent in which multiplayer affected Mass Effect 3, where you relied heavily on War Assets amplified from the multiplayer mode.Is Mass Effect Andromeda multiplayer like Mass Effect 3? ›
The multiplayer component of Mass Effect: Andromeda is a co-operative game mode similar to Mass Effect 3's multiplayer. Players take on the enemy threats as part of the APEX Force, whose task is to protect the Andromeda Initiative's interests.How do you play Mass Effect with Andromeda with friends? ›
You can visit the Strike Team Missions Desk in the Nexus (left side of the main atrium), or you can visit the Strike Team Missions desk on the Tempest. Finally, you can bring up the menu at anytime and select "Jump to Multiplayer" - all of these allow you to switch into Mass Effect: Andromeda's co-op mode.