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Mass Effect Trophy Guide

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Hey Guys, welcome to my next guide in my series of works. As you can tell from my user name, my name is Gamer364. This guide is designed to help all players playing this game unlock all the trophys (including the DLC
ones). I know there's an trophy guide on GameFAQs already, but it didn't even include the DLC trophys at the time of writing this, so I figured I try to make one. I know you guys probably don't like long Intros, so I'll get
on with the guide already.

Warring: This guide can and will contain spoillers. I will do my best to not spoill stuff from the game, but sometimes it just can not be helped, so read at your own risk.

  • Author : Gamer364
  • Time To 100% : 6
  • Difficulty : 80-100 Hours
  • Online Trophies : 0/47
  • Offline Trophies : 47b
  • Num Playthroughs : 3
Missable Trophies: Charismatic

Trophy Guide & Road Map [toggle]

While the game is not that hard to play, it does have some time consuming trophys (Mainly the power related ones like the Stasis, and all of the ally trophys, espeically the Asari Ally trophy). Unlocking certain trophys will unlock special perks that you can use in your furture playthroughs. Only your character can use these perks. For example, unlocking the level 50 trophy will give you 5% more Exp. than normal for the duration of your 100% journey and beyond. Other than that, not much to say here.

This is not something I would normally do in my guides outside of walkthroughs (which I had one in the works at the time), but I really need to include it in this guide. Over the course of your 3+ playthroughs, you'll want to have your character in certain classes, so you can unlock certain trophys/trophies. Two classes have powers that are exclusive to their class. Those 2 classes are:

Engineer - Hacking
Adept - Singularity

For this reason, we'll need to be an Engineer and an Adept at some point. Here are the three classes you should create your characters when starting out and what team set up you should use. Keep in mind, that the team set ups are nothing more than a suggestion, and you can use any team set up you want.

Team 1 - Solider
Tech Powers - Tali
Biotics - Liara

Team 2 - Engineer
Tank - Ashley
Biotics - Kaidan

Team 3 - Adept
Tank - Wrex
Tech Powers - Garrus

You generally want to balance your team out as much as possible, but while using different ally characters for the sake of the Ally trophys/trophies. For example, let's say that your character's a Solider. You want to pick the ally characters that would cover up your weakness as a Solider. In this example, the Solider is good in combat, but can't use any Tech or Biotic powers. What I have put up for Team 1 is one way you can do it, but you could have used Kaiden as a Biotic user and Garrus as your Tech user instead (wouldn't suggest it with the latter though). You could have also used Kaiden as your Tech user instead of Tali and Wrex as your Biotics user instead of Liara. If your going for all of the trophys in 3 playthroughs, I would use these three classes I have listed above. If you are going to end up doing more than 3 playthroughs, then you can use the above as your unoffical playthroughs, so you can hook your real character up with your unlocked powers (assuming you are going to go that route of course).

If your going to create a new character as your real one, and your character is not going to be one of the 3 classes listed eariler, then you have 3 other classes that you haven't picked yet: Infiltrator, Sentinel and Vanguard. Infiltrators are good when it comes to Sniper Rifles, Sentinels are just good in Botics and Tech and Vanguards are good in the Shotgun department. Here are the team set ups for each class your character can be. Again, it is nothing more than a suggestion, and you can build your team anyway you want. My team set ups are based around having a balanced party.

Team 4 - Infiltrator
Tank - Wrex
Botics - Kaiden

Team 5 - Sentinel
Tank - Wrex
Tank 2 - Ashley
Alterative - Garrus (for Tech powers)

Team 6 - Vanguard
Tech Powers - Kaidan
Tank - Garrus
Alteratives - Tali (for Tech Powers), Wrex (as a tank)

Personally, I was a Vanguard with Wrex and Ashley as my allies (from what I can remember anyway) so I had to lose Kaiden due to *censored due to spoilers*. I wanted to go into my fights guns-a-blazing, and besides, if you train him right, Wrex can be unstopable in battle, so I had to have him tag along. My personal choice of class and my choice of allies proves that you can go with a party that can use guns really well, or you can go with a party that, oh let's say, are masters of Biotics. Like I said though, my team set ups are based around have a balanced party.

Acquire all trophies

Unlocks automatially after collecting all other trophies in the game.

Complete 1 Mass Effect Playthrough on any setting
Unmissable

You'll get this when you've beaten the game on either Casual, Normal or Veteran (the game's starting difficulty settings).

Complete Feros

Like the description suggests, you'll unlock this when you managed to beat the Feros mission.

Note 1: If you intend on getting the best ending for this mission and/or you want to get the ally trophys, make sure you do the side-quests here before you head for the Exogeni building.

Note 2: When you beat the Thorian and get the cipher from the Asari, you may opt to kill her. If you don't, she'll appear along with any and all surviors at the end of the Feros mission. She'll also appear in ME 2 with a side-quest
for you. If you do kill her, someone else will show up with the same side-quest in her place (needs confirmation).

Complete Eden Prime

This one's the first of two trophys/trophies you'll unlock, nomatter how you plan on going about getting 100% in this game, so don't worryabout not unlocking this one.  Like the description suggests, you'll unlockthis when you beat the 1st mission of the game (which takes place in EdenPrime).

Complete Virmire

Like the description suggests, you'll unlock this when you managed to beat the Virmire mission.

Note 1: You'll unlock this mission after doing 2 main-mission planets post-spectre status.

Note 2: If you have Wrex in your party when you come here, this is your 1st chance at getting the Charismatic trophy (see that trophy for details).

Note 3: At some point during the mission, you will have to have one of your allies (specifically Ashley and Kadien) join a Salarian team.  At another point of the mission, you must decide if you want to save Ashley or Kaidan. If your pursuing either ally as an love interest and/or if your going to have either ally as part of your team set up, then the choice is crystal clear. Otherwise, choose someone you want to see in ME 2, and maybe even use in ME 3. Here, while I don't remember my team set up was 100%, I personally saved Ashley from Virmire.  Who ever was saved in this game will show up at the begining of ME 2 and the end of a mission in the same game.  Not 100% sure on this right now, but I believe that the suriving character will show up as a select-able ally in ME 3.  Who ever you didn't save on the other hand...  To avoid as many spoilers as possible, let's just say that he/she will not show up in ME's 2 nor 3.

Like the description suggests, you'll unlock this when you managed to beat the Noveria mission.

Note 1: If you bring Liara to this mission, the boss here will take notice of her and will think you are just using her to get the boss to back down and a fight happens anyway (well, basicly from what I can remember anyway).

Note 2: After you beat the boss, you will then get to decide the fate of the Rachni Queen.  If you opt to spare her, she'll have someone (specifically, an Asari) relay a message to you in ME 2, giving you an update of what she's been up to.  Sorry if I caused some spoilers from ME 2, but I felt like I needed to get that out.

Complete 2 Mass Effect Playthroughs on any setting

Technically story-related, since you have to beat the game at least 3 times for 100% anyway.  If you were playing on Hardcore when you beat the game for the 2nd time, you'll unlock this along with the Distinguished Combat Medal trophy/trophy.  You can use New Game+ for this.

Note: Unlocking this trophy will let you do 10% more damage to your foes with your weapons.

Complete 1 Mass Effect playthrough on the Hardcore difficulty setting. Do not change the setting.

In order to get this one, you have to have beaten the game for the 1st time (and therefore, unlock the Medal of Honor trophy).  Then you need to play the game on Hardcore and beat it on the said difficulty.  You can use New Game+ for this, just make sure you change the difficulty before you touch the beacon on Eden Prime the latest (though, just to be safe, I change the difficulty when I 1st get control of my character for this and Medal of Valor trophys/trophies).  If you did you 2nd playthrough on this difficulty, you'll unlock this along with the Long Service Medal trophy/trophy.

Complete 1 Mass Effect playthrough on the Insanity difficulty setting. Do not change the setting.

In order to get this one, you must have beaten the game on Hardcore (and therefore, unlock the Distinguished Combat Medal trophy/trophy). Then you need to play the game on Insane and beat it. You can use New Game+
for this, just make sure you change the difficulty before you touch the beacon on Eden Prime the latest.

Register 150 Pistol Kills
Kill Count

You'll get this when kill 150 foes using a Pistol. Of the 6 classes you could be, all of them can use a Pistol really well (except for possibility the Sentinel, but it's the Sentinel's main gun of choice, so I consider it the gun of the Sentinel).

Register 150 Shotgun Kills
Kill Count

You'll get this when kill 150 foes using a Shotgun. Of the 6 classes you could be, Soliders and Vanguards can use a Shotgun really well.

Register 150 Assault Rifle Kills
Kill Count

You'll get this when kill 150 foes using a Assault Rifle. Of the 6 classes you could be, Soliders are the only ones that can use a Assault Rifle really well.

Register 150 Sniper Rifle Kills
Kill Count

You'll get this when kill 150 foes using a Sniper Rifle. Of the 6 classes you could be, Soliders and Infiltrators can use a Sniper Rifle really well.

Use biotic Lift 75 times

You'll get this when you use Lift 75 times on your foes. Of the 3 classes you could be that uses Biotics, all 3 of them can use Lift.

Use biotic Throw 75 times

You'll get this when you use Throw 75 times on your foes. Of the 3 classes you could be that uses Biotics, all 3 of them can use Throw.

Use biotic Warp 75 times

You'll get this when you use Warp 75 times on your foes. Of the 3 classes you could be that uses Biotics, Adepts and Vanguards can use Warp.

Use biotic Singularity 75 times

You'll get this when you use Singularity 75 times on your foes. Of the 3 classes you could be that uses Biotics, Adepts are the only ones that can use Singularity.

Use biotic Barrier 75 times

You'll get this when you use Barrier 75 times on yourself (this biotic power gives you some extra sheilding if you know what I mean). Of the 3 classes you could be that uses Biotics, All 3 of them can use Barrier.

Use biotic Stasis 75 times

You'll get this when you use Stasis 75 times on your foes. Of the 3 classes you could be that uses Biotics, Adepts and Sentinels can use Stasis.

Note: Unlocking this trophy will let you use the Stasis talent tree for your new, non-biotic character (or for the Vanguard who doesn't know how to use Stasis, which is properly for the best, since only Bastion Adepts and Sentinels can hurt someone in Stasis).

Use Damping Field 75 times

You'll get this when you use Damping 75 times on your foes. Of the 3 classes you could be that uses Tech Powers, Engineers and Infiltrators can use Damping.

Note: Unlocking this trophy will let you use the Damping talent tree for your new, non-tech using character (or for the Sentinel who doesn't know how to use Damping).

Use AI Hacking 75 times

You'll get this when you use AI Hacking 75 times on your foes. Of the 3 classes you could be that uses Tech Powers, Engineers are the only ones that can use AI Hacking.

Note 1: Unlocking this trophy will let you use the Hacking talent tree for your new, non-tech using character (or for the Sentinel and Infiltrator who doesn't know how to use Hacking).

Note 2: To be clear, this tech power has to hit foes that are the geth or geth-like foes, and not just any foe.

Use Shield Overload 75 times

You'll get this when you use Overload 75 times on your foes. Of the 3 classes you could be that uses Tech Powers, all 3 of them can use Overload.

Note: Unlocking this trophy will let you use the Electronics talent tree for your new, non-tech using character.

Use Sabotage 75 times

You'll get this when you use Sabotage 75 times on your foes. Of the 3 classes you could be that uses Tech Powers, all 3 of them can use Sabotage.

Note: Unlocking this trophy will let you use the Decryption talent tree for your new, non-tech using character.

Use medi-gel 150 times

You'll get this when you use Medi-Gel 150 times on yourself (this tech power let's you heal yourself and your allies). Of the 3 classes you could be that uses Tech Powers, all 3 of them can use Medi-Gel.

Note 1: Unlocking this trophy will let you use the First-Aid talent tree for your new, non-tech using character.

Note 2: Your non-tech using character can also use Medi-Gel just as well as the tech using classes, he/she just can't use the First-Aid talent tree to make it more effective (unless you hook your character up with the said talent tree of course).

Use Neural Shock 75 times

You'll get this when you use Neurtal Shock 75 times on your foes. Of the 3 classes you could be that uses Tech Powers, Engineers and Sentinels can use Neural Shock.

Note 1: Unlocking this trophy will let you use the Medicine talent tree for your new, non-tech using character (or for the Infiltrator who doesn't know how to use Medicine).

Note 2: To be clear, this tech power has to hit foes that are human or human-like foes, and not just any foe. Alien foes count for this trophy as well.

Find all primary Alien: Council Races, Extinct Races and Non-Council Races codex entries

This one's missable if you don't get all of the races in your log book. I don't want to make this guide any longer than it already is, but here's a Youtube video walking you through this trophy/trophy below. It was made by PJthePlayer of Youtube.

Complete the majority of the game

Think of this as kind of an ally trophy/trophy, except you are your own ally. Refer to Soilder Ally for details on how to get this.

Note: Unlocking this trophy will give you a +10% Experience Bonus.

Complete playthrough with shield damage greater than health damage

Not as hard as it seems, especially if you play on Casual. You have to make it so you suffer more Shield damage than Health Damage. Unlocking Geth Hunter and/or Dog of War can and will help with this, due to the bonuses the game gives you for unlocking them. Not sure if that would apply to the PS3 version yet. Anyway, the bonus for beating the game twice can help, but you'll most likely not need it, especially if your playing on Casual. Barrier
may help, but I'm not sure if it counts as taking Sheild damage or not. There's no way to check to see how much Sheild damage you suffered and how much Health Damage you suffered, but you shouldn't have too much trouble with this.

Note: Unlocking this trophy will give you a +10% Shield Bonus.

Land on an uncharted world

This one's insanely easy for 50 points/Silver Trophy, but it's also highly missable if you don't land on an story optional planet. You'll be going for the ally and completionist trophys/trophies anyway, so the it's pretty much impossible to miss this.

Exceed 1,000,000 Credits

You'll get this when you have 1,000,000 Credits on you at once. You just need to keep killing foes, looting for items to sell during missions and maybe even score Credits during missions if your lucky. Credits is this game's form of money by the way. This will most likely come during the course of your 1st playthrough, unoffical or not.

Note: Unlocking this trophy will let you buy Spectre Gear from a couple of shops (I believe those two shops are the one in the Citadel near the elevator near your ship and in the ship where most of your allies like to hang
out when not doing missions at).

Register 150 organic enemy kills

You'll get this when you kill 150 human-like foes. I say human-like, because there are some foes that are not exactly human, but are not aliens either. Any aliens that you kill will count towards this.

Register 250 synthetic enemy kills
Kill Count

You'll get this when you kill 250 Geth. I say Geth, because those are the foes you'll be (for the most part) killing. Any hostle robots will count for this as well.

Complete the majority of the game with the Alliance soldier squad member

What you generally have to do for the ally trophys/trophies (plus the Completionst trophy/trophy) is to do a lot of side quests. It'll take up way too much space to list them all, but just do all of the side quests you can before doing one of the story-related missions. If you want you get a certain ally trophy/trophy and they all show up around the same time as anyone else, pick up the character you want their ally trophy/trophy for 1st, before anyone else. Do 75% of the game with any of the 6 allies, and you'll unlock any of the trophys based on the characters you spent time with. This one's for Ashley. She joins you in the middle of your Eden Prime mission.

Complete the majority of the game with the Alliance sentinel squad member

Refer to Soldier Ally for details. This one's for Kaiden. He joins you at the start of your 1st mission.

Complete the majority of the game with the krogan squad member

Refer to Soldier Ally for details. This one's for Wrex. He joins you when you pick him up at C-Sec (play the game yourself to know why he's even their in the first place). If you didn't pick him up before you pick up Tali, he'll wait for you in the elevator leading to your ship (or at Chora's Den if you turn down his offer to join you).

Complete the majority of the game with the turian squad member

Refer to Soldier Ally for details. This one's for Garrus. He joins you when you pick him up at Medical Clinc (play the game yourself to know why he's even their in the first place). If you didn't pick him up before you pick up Tali, he'll wait for you in the elevator leading to your ship (or at C-Sec if you turn down his offer to join you).

Complete the majority of the game with the quarian squad member

Refer to Soldier Ally for details. This one's for Tali. She joins you when save her from an ambush.

Complete the majority of the game with the asari squad member

Refer to Soldier Ally for details. This one's for Liara. She joins you when save her in one of the story-related planets.

Reach 50th level with one character

Refer to Extreme Power Gamer for details. This is the game's starting level cap before you beat the game for the 1st time.

Reach 60th level with one character

In order to reach levels beyond 50, you need to have unlocked the Medal of Honor trophy/trophy. My best advice for this is to keep killing foes, doing missions and do all the side-quests you can until you reach levels 50 and 60 for the appropriate trophy/trophy. Having any and all experience bonuses will help out here, as well as having any of the 2 DLCs as they give you exp for completing the DLC missions.

Accumulate 75% of total Renegade points

For this one, you'll have to be a total jerk off to everyone. What I mean by this, is that you have to make choices that are kind of on the Renegade side. Those Renegade choices will on the bottom part of a choice wheel (or at least, that's where they usually are at). Using Intimidation will net you bonus Renegade points (9 times out of 10 anyway). Refer to Paragon for a way to get infinte Renegade points.

Accumulate 75% of total Paragon points

For this one, you'll have to be a really nice guy (or gal if your character's a chick) to everyone. What I mean by this, is that you have to make choices that are kind of on the Paragon side. Those Paragon choices will (most of the time) be on the top part of a choice wheel. Using Charm will net you bonus Paragon points (9 times out of 10 anyway).

Alterative Method 1: Their is a way to get as many Paragon points as you want, but I believe it's been patched, so you may have to clear the system of all updates.

Anyway, start the side quest UNC: Lost Module. Then find the monkey that has the Module. You must not shoot any of the monkeys, or the glitch will not work. The monkey will be found in and at the end of a cave. Search the monkey to see if it has the Module. If it does, you'll get 6 Paragon points. Save your game here and reload it. Here's the glitchy part. Then search the same monkey you found the Module at. You'll notice that you have gotten another 6 points for Paragon. Keep doing this for as long as you desire.

Of the two alterative methods, the 2nd one is the fastest for Paragon points, but the 1st one is the best for when you want to get both Paragon and Renegade points. Besides, the 1st method is the only way to get unlimited Renegade points (at least, as far as I know anyway). I'm not sure if this would work in the PS3 version.

Complete any romance subplot

This one's missable if you don't go after someone as a love interest. If your character's a male, then you can go after Ashley or Liara.  If your character's a female, then you can go after Kaiden or Liara.  Yes, you can go after Liara, reguardless of gender.  Anyway, you generally want to speak to your love interest after every mission.  When you talk to your love interest, You'll generaly want to be Paragon, though if you feel that they are wrong about certain topics, go Neutral.  If you Love Interest is Liara, then you'll want to rescue her before you start any of the other story missions.  Well... You don't have to necessarily, but it does help.  If you try to go after both Ashley/Kaiden and Liara, they will both confront you about it and will make you choose between the two.  Choose the one you really want to be with.  At some point during the Virmire mission, you'll have to choose who you want to save.  If your character's a guy and your going after Ashley, save her.  If your character's a girl and your going after Kaiden, save him.  If you don't, the subplot will end at Virmire.  When you are on your way to Illos, your love interest will show up in your room and tell you that He/She's worried about what will happen at the end of your final mission.  You'll eventrally be given the option to, oh let's say, let him/her spend the night in your room.  If you opt to do this, a really special, but naughty scene will play out, and the trophy/trophy will unlock.  I personally had Liara as my love interest and I was a guy character.

Become a Spectre

This one's the last of two trophys/trophies you'll unlock, no matter how you plan on going about getting 100% in this game, so don't worry about not unlocking this one either. Like the description suggests, you'll unlock this when you proved that Saren (the game's main bad guy) has gone rouge and your given Spectre status.

Note: If you don't bring either Wrex or Garrus with you when you go and see Fist, pick up Tali and become a Spectre, one or the other will wait for you by the elevator leading to your ship, telling that he knows what happen with Fist and that your going after Saren and want to join your mission. If you turn down Wrex, he'll tell you that he'll hang out at Chora's Den if you change your mind. I'm not sure what happens if you turn down Garrus, but since he works at C-Sec, I think he would hang out their if you want him in your party later.

Use Charm or Intimidate to resolve an impossible situation
Missable!

This is missable if you don't have high enough Charm nor Intimidate to try to do this with. You have two chances at this, and I'll talk about both of them here. 

1. Wrex - He'll only need convincing if you plan on having him in your team set up, or if you picked him up for the heck of it. Anyway, on Virmire, you and a Captain Kirrahe will be talking about how we can stop Saren from using cure for the Korgen Genophage for his own gain (play the game yourself to know what I'm talking about). Both of you determine that the only way is to destory the cure. Safe to say, Wrex doesn't like the idea. Confront him about this and Wrex tell you that the cure can't be destroyed because it'll save his race. You have 3 ways to defuse this little bomb without having him killed and earn this trophy here (one of which is a bit glitchy, see way C for details):

A. If you have 8 skill points in Charm, you can select the option that says "These aren't your people". This will get him to back down and you'll earn some Paragon points and the trophy.

B. If you have 8 skill points in Intimidate, you can select the option that says "Don't be so naive". This will scare Wrex into backing down and you'll earn some Renegade points and the trophy.

C. If you completed the Wrex's Armor side-quest for Wrex, he'll remember the events of that quest, but still won't back down unless he know we're destroying the cure for the right reasons. The glitchy part about this is that, if you say either "I wouldn't do this otherwise" or "We Are", Wrex will back off and the trophy will unlock here. If this has been patched and if you want to get it that way, do the Wrex's Armor side-quest, go through the Virmire mission as normal, save your game, remove the patch, reload the game and convince Wrex into backing down using way C.

2. Saren - Yes, you can convince him to stand down. Anyway, you'll need to have really high Charm/Intimidate to earn the trophy this way (Max out either talent tree seems to be the safest and only way to get the trophy). I'm not sure if it's required for this way to work, but if you are able to persuade Saren during your encounter with him on Virmire, it'll help. Anyway, at some point during your conversation with Saren, he'll eventrally see the error of his ways, but feels it's too late for him. Use either your Charm or Intimidate to convince him he can still redeem himself. He'll do this by shooting himself in the head however. The trophy will unlock after that.

Locate Dr. T'soni in the Artemis Tau cluster

You'll unlock this one when you've managed to get Liara (who the description's refering to) and escape the planet alive.

Note: If you want to Liara to be your love interest and/or your going after the Asari Ally trophy, you'll want to do this mission 1st (before you do any side-quests with the latter).

Complete the Bring Down the Sky mission.
DLC

This is the only trophy this DLC has, and it's story-related, so it can't be missed. You'll unlock this when you beat this DLC.