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Mass Effect Legendary Edition: Achievement/Trophy Guide

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition takes the whole Shepard trilogy and presents it in one refined and enhanced package that includes over 40 pieces of DLC. As such, the achievements/trophies from the original games have been overhauled, and overall it offers accolades that are a lot easier to obtain.

While many of the original accolades required multiple playthroughs, it seems as though players can get most of their achievements/trophies to unlock in one playthrough of each game. Accolades are split into four categories, Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, and accolades that encompass all three games. We’ve got a complete breakdown right here, starting with those that cover all three games so you can ensure that you don’t miss any. Spoilers ahead!

Accolades that Include All Three Games

  • Insanity I: Complete Mass Effect 1, 2, or 3 on Insanity without changing difficulty. — See “Insanity III”.
  • Insanity II: Complete two games in Mass Effect Legendary Edition on Insanity without changing difficulty. — See “Insanity III”.
  • Insanity III: Complete all three games in Mass Effect Legendary Edition on Insanity without changing difficulty. — We have tips on how to play on Insanity mode right here.
  • Paramor I: Establish a romantic relationship in Mass Effect 1, 2, or 3. — See “Paramor III”.
  • Paramor II: Establish or rekindle a romantic relationship in two games in Mass Effect Legendary Edition. — See “Paramor III”.
  • Paramor III: Establish or rekindle a romantic relationship in all three games in Mass Effect Legendary Edition.  Romances only culminate near the end of each game. Be sure to talk to your chosen partner often, essentially after each main assignment you complete, always be nice to them, and complete their personal assignments.

NOTE: Interestingly, it appears that to get Paramor II and Paramor III you don’t actually need to romance in all three games, but just have seen three romance scenes. So playing on NG+ and romancing the same character still unlocks the later accolades.

You can also save before your first romance scene, view the scene, then exit and reload to view it again for Paramor II, then do the same again to unlock Paramor III.

  • Long Service Medal: Finish Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3 with the same character. — Import your Commander Shepard/Save File from each previous game.
  • Recruit: Kill 250 enemies in Mass Effect 1, 2, or 3.
  • Soldier: Kill 1,000 enemies in Mass Effect 1, 2, or 3.
  • Veteran: Kill 2,000 enemies in Mass Effect 1, 2, or 3.
  • Bruiser: Kill 100 enemies with melee attacks in Mass Effect 1, 2, or 3.

Mass Effect Accolades

  • Medal of Honor: Complete the game on any difficulty.
  • Completionist: Complete the majority of the game. — This unlocks when you get to roughly 55~ completed missions/assignments. This means you’ll need to do some optional missions to unlock this.
  • Distinguished Service Medal: Complete Eden Prime. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Medal of Heroism: Complete Feros. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Honorarium of Corporate Service: Complete Noveria. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Council Legion of Merit: Complete Virmire. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Meritorious Service Medal: Complete Ilos. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Spectre Inductee: Become a Spectre. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Search and Rescue: Locate Dr. T’soni in the Artemis Tau cluster. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Charismatic: Use Charm or Intimidate to resolve an impossible situation. — There are only two points where this happens and you must have high Charm or Intimidate to do this successfully. Your first opportunity will be on Virmire and reasoning with Wrex to destroy the facility. The second time will be near the end of the game where you must convince Saren that he is indoctrinated.
  • Principled: Accumulate 75% of total possible Paragon or Renegade points. — You should be able to achieve this naturally on a playthrough by dedicating yourself to one or the other. There are a couple of known exploits/glitches you can use if you really want to.
  • Soldier Ally: Complete 5 missions with the Alliance soldier squad member. — Complete 5 missions with Ashley in your active party. (It is recommended to do this before going to Virmire.)
  • Sentinel Ally: Complete 5 missions with the Alliance sentinel squad member. — Complete 5 missions with Kaidan in your active party. (It is recommended to do this before going to Virmire.)
  • Krogan Ally: Complete 5 missions with the Krogan squad member. — Complete 5 missions with Wrex in your active party. (It is recommended to do this before going to Virmire.)
  • Turian Ally: Complete 5 missions with the Turian squad member. — Complete 5 missions with Garrus in your active party.
  • Quarian Ally: Complete 5 missions with the Quarian squad member. — Complete 5 missions with Tali in your active party.
  • Asari Ally: Complete 5 missions with the Asari squad member. — Complete 5 missions with Liara in your active party.
  • Archivist: Find all primary Alien: Council Races, Extinct Races, and Non-Council Races codex entries. — Find all primary alien codexes by speaking to specific NPCs .
  • Medal of Exploration I: Land on an uncharted world. — “See Medal of Exploration III”.
  • Medal of Exploration II: Land on 4 uncharted worlds. — “See Medal of Exploration III”.
  • Medal of Exploration III: Land on 8 uncharted worlds. — Use your Galaxy Map aboard the Normandy to visit planets that are not related to story missions.
  • Lift Mastery: Use biotic Lift 25 times. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. A target is needed for this, however, you can simply target the Rapid Transport terminals in the Citadel and do this 25 times for it to unlock.
  • Barrier Mastery: Use biotic Barrier 25 times. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. You can simply stand somewhere and keep using it over and over until this unlocks.
  • Throw Mastery: Use biotic Throw 25 times. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. A target is needed for this, however, you can simply target the Rapid Transport terminals in the Citadel and do this 25 times for it to unlock.
  • Warp Mastery: Use biotic Warp 25 times. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. A target is needed for this, however, you can simply target the Rapid Transport terminals in the Citadel and do this 25 times for it to unlock.
  • Singularity Mastery: Use biotic Singularity 25 times. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. You can simply stand somewhere and keep using it over and over until this unlocks.
  • Stasis Mastery: Use biotic Stasis 25 times. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. An enemy target is needed for this.
  • AI Hacking Specialist Use AI Hacking 25 times. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. An enemy target is needed for this and the hacking must be successful. The best place to do this is on Luna for the UNC: Rogue VI assignment. Save beforehand, then reload your save afterward to use it 25 times.
  • Damping Specialist: Use Damping Field 25 times. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. A target is needed for this, however, you can simply target the Rapid Transport terminals in the Citadel and do this 25 times for it to unlock.
  • Electronics Specialist: Use Shield Overload 25 times. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. A target is needed for this, however, you can simply target the Rapid Transport terminals in the Citadel and do this 25 times for it to unlock.
  • Sabotage Specialist: Use Sabotage 25 times. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. A target is needed for this, however, you can simply target the Rapid Transport terminals in the Citadel and do this 25 times for it to unlock.
  • First Aid Specialist: Use medi-gel 50 times. — You should unlock this naturally as you play through. However, if you want to force it, you can grenade yourself to take damage, then heal yourself with a medi-gel, and then rinse and repeat.
  • Neural Shock Specialist: Use Neural Shock 25 times. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. A target is needed for this, however, you can simply target the Rapid Transport terminals in the Citadel and do this 25 times for it to unlock.
  • Colonial Savior: Complete the Bring Down the Sky mission. — This is an optional mission that takes place on Asteroid X57 in the Asgard System of the Exodus Cluster.
  • (PlayStation Only) N7 Elite: Acquire all trophies.

Mass Effect 2 Accolades

  • Mission Accomplished: Save humanity throughout the galaxy from certain annihilation. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Missing in Action: Save your crew from an overwhelming attack. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Very Elusive: Return to active duty. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Colony Defense: Defend a human colony from attack. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Ghost Ship: Complete the investigation of a derelict alien vessel. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Suicide Mission: Use the Omega 4 Relay. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Against All Odds: Survive suicide mission. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • No One Left Behind: Keep your team alive through the suicide mission. — Ensure you recruit all squadmates and do all of their loyalty missions. Upgrade the Thanix Cannon, Shields, and Hull aboard the Normandy. Make sure you assign specialists to the correct tole in this mission.
  • Friend or Foe: Obtain Geth technology. — When given the choice to take Legion to Cerebrus or recruit him for the Normandy, make sure you recruit him to unlock this.
  • The Archangel: Successfully recruit Archangel. — See “The Quarian”.
  • The Assassin: Successfully recruit the Assassin. — See “The Quarian”.
  • The Convict: Successfully recruit the biotic Convict. — See “The Quarian”.
  • The Justicar: Successfully recruit the Justicar. — See “The Quarian”.
  • The Krogan: Successfully recruit the Krogan. — See “The Quarian”.
  • The Professor: Successfully recruit the Professor. — See “The Quarian”.
  • The Quarian: Successfully recruit the Quarian. — Story related and earned on the completion of each mission relating to the recruitable squad member. The Krogan achievement unlocks once Grunt is freed, rather than on the completion of the mission.
  • A House Divided: Hack a Geth collective. — Rewarded for completing Legion’s loyalty mission. These become available by speaking to squadmates often and eventually they will ask for your help.
  • Battlemaster: Gain the loyalty of the Krogan. — Rewarded for completing Grunt’s loyalty mission. These become available by speaking to squadmates often and eventually they will ask for your help.
  • Cat’s in the Cradle: Gain the loyalty of the Assassin. — Rewarded for completing Thane’s loyalty mission. These become available by speaking to squadmates often and eventually they will ask for your help.
  • Catharsis: Gain the loyalty of the biotic Convict. — Rewarded for completing Jack’s loyalty mission. These become available by speaking to squadmates often and eventually they will ask for your help.
  • Doppelganger: Help the Justicar resolve her mission. — Rewarded for completing Samara’s loyalty mission. These become available by speaking to squadmates often and eventually they will ask for your help.
  • Fade Away: Gain the loyalty of Archangel. — Rewarded for completing Garrus’s loyalty mission. These become available by speaking to squadmates often and eventually they will ask for your help.
  • Ghost of the Father: Gain the loyalty of the Cerberus Operative. — Rewarded for completing Jacob’s loyalty mission. These become available by speaking to squadmates often and eventually they will ask for your help.
  • The Cure: Gain the loyalty of the Professor. — Rewarded for completing Mordin’s loyalty mission. These become available by speaking to squadmates often and eventually they will ask for your help.
  • The Prodigal: Gain the loyalty of the Cerberus Officer. — Rewarded for completing Miranda’s loyalty mission. These become available by speaking to squadmates often and eventually they will ask for your help.
  • Treason: Gain the loyalty of the Quarian. — Rewarded for completing Tali’s loyalty mission. These become available by speaking to squadmates often and eventually they will ask for your help.
  • Revenge!: Gain the loyalty of the mercenary. — Rewarded for completing Zaeed’s loyalty mission. These become available by speaking to squadmates often and eventually they will ask for your help.
  • Broke, Blind, and Bedlam!: Gain the loyalty of the thief. — Rewarded for completing Kasumi’s loyalty mission. These become available by speaking to squadmates often and eventually they will ask for your help.
  • Big Game Hunter: Thresher Maw defeated. — During Grunt’s loyalty mission you will have to defeat waves of enemies. The final weave is a Thresher Maw and you can either survive for five minutes or kill it. This accolade will unlock when you kill it.
  • Head Hunter: Perform 30 headshot kills with any weapon on humanoid targets.
  • Incineration Specialist: Incinerate the armor of 25 enemies. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. You need to use Incinerate on an enemy with shields and fully deplete their armor bar 25 times.
  • Merciless: Make 20 enemies scream as they fall or are set on fire. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. Use biotic powers that throw/life people as well as Incinerate or incendiary ammo on enemies to achieve this.
  • Overload Specialist: Disrupt the shields of 25 enemies. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. You need to use Disrupt on an enemy with barriers and fully deplete their barrier bar 25 times.
  • Tactician: Hit 20 different targets with multiple biotic powers to combine the effects. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. Chain two biotic moves 25 times, so for example, use Lift on an enemy and then Warp.
  • Warp Specialist: Warp the barriers of 25 enemies. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. You need to use Warp on an enemy with barriers and fully deplete their barrier bar 25 times.
  • Operative: Complete a mission discovered by scanning an unexplored world. — See “Agent”.
  • Agent: Complete 5 missions discovered by scanning unexplored worlds. — When visiting planets and EDI states that an anomaly has been detected, scan for the anomaly and then complete the mission that unlocks from doing this.
  • Galactic Explorer: Visit 100% of the planets in an unexplored cluster.
  • Scientist: Complete any research project in the Normandy’s laboratory. — Once you have Mordin aboard, you can pick research projects for him to work on. Completing any one of these will unlock this.
  • Weapon Specialist: Fully upgrade a weapon. — Collect upgrades from missions and purchase upgrades from various vendors. Then, once you have Mordin aboard, you can upgrade your weapons in the Tech Lab.
  • Scholar: Unlock 15 new Mass Effect 2 codex entries. — Examining things in your environment and exhausting all dialog choices with various characters can all help to unlock new codex entries.
  • Power Full: Evolve any power. — Level one of Shepard’s powers to Level 4 and then choose a specialization for it to unlock this.
  • Digital Exorcist: Successfully shut down the rogue VI in Project Overlord. — Rewarded for defeating the Rogue VI final boss at the Atlas Station.
  • Heart of Darkness: Confront the Shadow Broker. — Unlocked by completing the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC content.
  • (PlayStation Only) N7 Elite: Acquire all trophies.

Mass Effect 3 Accolades

  • Driven: Return to active duty. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Bringer of War: Chase down an assassin. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Mobilizer: Bring a veteran officer aboard. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • World Shaker: Destroy an Atlas dropped from orbit. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Pathfinder: Explore a lost city. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Party Crasher: Sabotage a dreadnought. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Hard Target: Call down an orbital strike. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Arbiter: Win a political stand-off. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Last Witness: Extract ancient technology. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Executioner: Defeat an old adversary. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Well Connected: Send a warning across the galaxy. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Patriot: Make the final assault. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Legend. Mission accomplished. — Story related and cannot be missed.
  • Under Pressure: Uncover an ancient secret. — Unlocked by completing the Leviathan DLC content.
  • Savior: Free Omega from Cerberus Occupation. — Unlocked by completing the Omega DLC content. Speak to Aria T’Loa in Purgatory on The Citadel to begin this.
  • Last Resort: Stop an out-of-control scheme before it’s too late. — Unlocked by completing the Citadel DLC content.
  • Tunnel Rat: Survive the swarm. — Rewarded for completing the optional “Attican Traverse: Krogen Team” assignment. This becomes available after completing “Priority: Sur’Kesh” and is given by either Wreav or Wrex.
  • Saboteur: Disable a group of fighter squadrons. — Rewarded for completing the optional “Rannoch: Geth Fighter Squadrons” assignment. This becomes available after completing “Priority: Geth Dreadnought” providing that you have not already destroyed the Reaper Base on Rannoch.
  • Fact Finder: Discover an enemy’s monstrous origin. — Rewarded for completing the optional “Kallini: Ardat-Yakshi Monastery” assignment. This becomes available after completing “Priority: Citadel 2”.
  • Liberator: Stop a Cerberus kidnapping. — Rewarded for completing the optional “Grissom Academy: Emergency Evacuation” assignment. This becomes available after completing “Priority: Palaven”. Make sure you complete this as soon as you get it, as you will become locked out of it if you progress too far in the storyline.
  • Problem Solver: Evacuate a scientific facility. — Rewarded for completing the optional “Arrae: Ex-Cerberus Scientists” assignment. This becomes available after completing “Priority: Citadel 2”.
  • Shopaholic: Visit a store on the Citadel. — On your return from Mars, go to the Huerta Memorial Hospital in The Citadel and there is a Sirta Supplies machine upstairs on your left. Access this store to unlock this accolade.
  • Master and Commander: Deliver most of the Galaxy at War assets to the final conflict. — Reach 5,600 “Effective Military Strength” score before the “Priority: Cerberus Headquarters” mission.
  • Lost and Found: Dispatch 10 probes to retrieve people or resources in Reaper territory. — When visiting Reaper territory from your Galaxy Map, you can scan the planets to find resources/people. If you find something, launch a probe to retrieve it. Doing this ten times will unlock this accolade.
  • A Personal Touch: Modify a weapon. — Find or purchase a weapon mod and then apply it to your weapon from a Weapon Bench.
  • Combined Arms: Perform any combination of 50 biotic combos or tech bursts. — This can be done using Shepard (depending on your class) or a squadmate. Perform two biotic moves on an enemy to create a combo (such as Singularity followed by Throw) or use two tech moves on an enemy to create a burst (such as Incinerate followed by Overload). Do this 50 times for the accolade to unlock.
  • Focused: Evolve any of your powers to rank 6. — You need 21 points to increase any power’s rank to 6. This is done quite easily by importing a Mass Effect 2 save.
  • Untouchable: Escape a Reaper in the galaxy map. — Scan a system in Reaper territory and the Reapers’ awareness of you will increase. When their awareness bar hits maximum, a Reaper will show up to find you. Either stay close to a relay or the edge of the system when you max out their awareness to give yourself a head start to escape. Once you do this successfully, the accolade will unlock.
  • Shield Breaker: Overload the shields of 100 enemies. — You need to use Overload as Shepard on an enemy with shields 100 times.
  • Sky High: 100 enemies off the ground with powers. — You need to throw enemies into the air as Shepard 100 times. You can do this using biotic powers such as Singularity or Throw, or use things such as Lift Grenades and Concussive Shot.
  • Pyromaniac: Set 100 enemies on fire with powers. — You need to set enemies on fire as Shepard 100 times using incendiary powers or Incendiary Ammo.
  • Eye of the Hurricane: Kill a brute while it’s charging you. — The first Brute you encounter is on Palaven. These guys are tough, so deplete their HP down to the last bar, then wait to attack them anymore until they charge at you. If you don’t manage it correctly, fail the battle to reload and try again.
  • Mail Slot: Kill 10 guardians with headshots from the front while their shields are raised. — You will encounter guardians on Mars, they’re the enemies who hold big shields. Each shield has a little gap that they look through, so just shoot through this gap using a scope to kill them ten times to unlock this. There are two guardians on Mars, so reload after killing them and do it again until you hit 10 deaths this way.
  • Hijacker: Hijack an Atlas mech. — When fighting an Atlas mech, shot out the yellow glass in front of it to make the pilot vulnerable, kill the pilot, then jump into the mech yourself.
  • Giant Killer: Defeat a harvester. — You’ll encounter a few of these while playing, simply kill one to unlock this.
  • Always Prepared: Obtain two non-customizable suits of armor. — You can purchase armor in the Citadel, simply buy two non-customizable sets to unlock this.
  • Gunsmith: Upgrade any weapon to level 10. — You can upgrade weapons aboard the Normandy at the weapons bench. You can only get a weapon to level 5 in one playthrough, so you will need to go into New Game Plus and upgrade the same weapon another five times to unlock this.
  • The One and Only: Defeat a group of Spectre-level opponents on Normal, Hardcore, or Insanity. — Obtain a gold level token in order to get the “Mirror Match” at the Armax Store. Then simply set your opponent to Mirror Match and defeat them on Normal or higher difficulty.
  • (PlayStation Only) N7 Elite: Acquire all trophies.

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