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After looking everywhere, I couldn’t find a complete achievement guide for Mass Effect 3 – so I decided to make one.

Mass Effect 3 has some pretty cryptic achievements. Nearly every achievement can be obtained through single player, but some can be unlocked in tandem with multiplayer play. Read on to figure out how to earn that Platinum/1000GS.

* = Missable, before the end of a normal campaign playthrough

[There are minor spoilers here, but I attempt to keep them light]

Driven

Return to Active Duty.

This achievement is unlocked through normal story progression. You cannot miss it.

Bringer of War

Chase down an assassin.

This achievement is unlocked through normal story progression. You cannot miss it.

Mobilizer

Bring a veteran officer aboard.

This achievement is unlocked through normal story progression. You cannot miss it.

World Shaker

Destroy an Atlas dropped from orbit.

This achievement is unlocked through normal story progression. You cannot miss it.

Pathfinder

Explore a lost city.

This achievement is unlocked through normal story progression. You cannot miss it.

Tunnel Rat *

Survive the swarm.

This achievement is unlocked through the special optional mission Attican Traverse: Krogen Team. You will obtain this mission through Wreav after the first mission involving the Genophage.

Party Crasher

Sabotage a dreadnought.

This achievement is unlocked through normal story progression. You cannot miss it.

Hard Target

Call down an orbital strike.

This achievement is unlocked through normal story progression. You cannot miss it.

Saboteur

Disable a group of fighter squadrons.

This achievement is unlocked through normal story progression. You cannot miss it.

Arbiter

Win a political stand-off.

This achievement is unlocked through normal story progression. You cannot miss it.

Last Witness

Extract ancient technology.

This achievement is unlocked through normal story progression. You cannot miss it.

Executioner

Defeat an old adversary.

This achievement is unlocked through normal story progression. You cannot miss it.

Well Connected

Send a warning across the galaxy.

This achievement is unlocked through normal story progression. You cannot miss it.

Fact Finder *

Discover an enemy’s monstrous origin.

This achievement is unlocked through the optional Kallini: Ardat-Yakshi Monastery mission. You should obtain this mission from Liara after the incident with Cerberus at the Citadel.

Liberator *

Stop a Cerberus kidnapping.

This achievement is unlocked through the optional Grissom Academy: Emergency Evacuation mission. You should obtain this mission through talking to the officer next to the Galaxy Map.

Problem Solver *

Evacuate a scientific facility.

This achievement is unlocked through the optional mission Ex-Scientists. You should obtain this mission through talking to the officer next to the Galaxy Map.

Patriot

Make the final assault.

This achievement is unlocked through normal story progression. You cannot miss it.

Legend

Mission accomplished.

This achievement is unlocked through normal story progression after you complete the game, with any ending.

Shopaholic

Visit a store in the single-player campaign.

The easiest way to do this is on the Normandy itself. Go to the 3rd or 5th floor and access the medical bay or weapon bay systems.

Master and Commander

Deliver most of the Galaxy at War assets to the final conflict.

This achievement requires you to complete the Galaxy at War mini-game within Mass Effect 3 to basically raise your War assets to 4000 or above. Finishing story missions and/or multiplayer can affect Galaxy at War, which affects your war asset value in single player.  You need to basically get all your planetary percentages to 100% (or a high percentage, and do lots of single player missions)- to do this, play random maps constantly to raise percentages on every sector.  Once you hit 4,000 or above (check this value in the War Room in SP), assault the Cerberus base, and the achievement will pop.

Lost and Found

Dispatch 10 probes to retrieve people or resources in Reaper territory.

Once you reach the Galaxy Map, enter a Reaper system (the Reaper is sitting on top of the circle). Fly around and spam LT (or L2) to locate a hidden resource – scan the planet and obtain the resource – do this ten times.

Long Service Medal

Complete Mass Effect 3 twice, or once with a Mass Effect 2 import.

Self explanatory. You need a completed Mass Effect 2 file to import your game into 3. Additionally, Bioware is reporting there are issues with cloud saves for importing – avoid cloud saving for Mass Effect.

Insanity

Finish the game on Insanity without changing difficulty after leaving Earth.

Earth is the beginning of the game, and a tutorial of sorts. It lasts around 10-15 minutes. Change your difficulty in the start menu to Insanity just to be sure, before you board the ship to leave Earth.

A Personal Touch

Modify a weapon.

Simply get any weapon mod item and equip your weapon with it at any weapon table (level 5 of the Normandy), or before any mission.

Paramour *

Establish or rekindle a romantic relationship.

Simply fraternize with any crew member you wish on a consistent basis (in between every mission go to their room). Main crew members that have romance options enabled are Liara, Ashley, Tali, Kaidan, and Cortez (male to male only). The easiest way to do this as a male is to keep going to Normandy level 5 (cargo bay), and talk to Cortez.

Combined Arms

Perform any combination of 50 biotic combos or tech bursts.

This is only difficult for the Soldier class. Simply use any combination of biotic or tech abilities that freeze or cc the enemy (Singularity works best) – then use another ability while they’re cced. You can combo this with your squad mates a la Mass Effect 2.

Focused

Evolve any of your powers to rank 6.

When you level up you will have the opportunity to upgrade your skills. Save your points and upgrade any skill you want to the max level of six.

Recruit

Kill 250 enemies.

You can earn this through all playthroughs and/or multiplayer. You will earn this in one playthrough.

Soldier

Kill 1,000 enemies.

You can earn this through all playthroughs and/or multiplayer. You will earn this in two playthroughs or one playthrough and multiplayer.

Veteran

Kill 5,000 enemies.

You can earn this through all playthroughs and/or multiplayer. This one takes a while – multiplayer grinding is the easiest way.

Bruiser

Kill 100 enemies with melee attacks.

Simply melee enemies to death 100 times. You can use a heavy or normal melee attack. Melee every Husk you see for an easy achievement.

Untouchable

Escape a Reaper in the galaxy map.

Simply enter any Reaper owned part of the Galaxy Map (any circle where a Reaper appears). Spam LT or L2 – Reapers will appear. Fly away outside of the circle or to a Mass Effect relay to pop this easy achievement.

Defender

Attain the highest level of readiness in each theater of war.

This achievement requires you to complete the Galaxy at War mini-game within Mass Effect 3 to 100% for all sectors. Keep in mind the only way to access Galaxy at War is to redeem an online pass, and play multiplayer games until you get 100%. Every 12 hours, your readiness will lower by 2%, so it’s best to grind this achievement when you have a lot of free time.

Overload Specialist

Overload the shields of 100 enemies.

Use overload on 100 enemies in any mode. If you don’t have this ability in Single Player, you can play a class that has it in multiplayer.

Sky High

Lift 100 enemies off the ground with powers.

Throw, Pull, and Singularity both work in this case. If you don’t have this ability in Single Player, you can play a class that has it in multiplayer.

Pyromaniac

Set 100 enemies on fire with powers.

The easiest way to do this is with a Soldier with Inferno Ammo. Just gun down 100 enemies with the ammo. You can also use incinerate.

Eye of the Hurricane

Kill a brute while it’s charging you.

Brutes are the giant hulking enemies, of which you’ll probably find 50 of in one playthrough. Simply have your squad mates hold behind a wall, get the Brute down to almost no health, wait for it to charge, then unload on it. You can also earn this in multiplayer.

Mail Slot

Kill 10 guardians with headshots from the front while their shields are raised.

Guardians are the Cerberus enemies with giant shields. The best way to get this achievement is to use a Sniper Rifle and a Soldier’s  Adrenaline Rush ability to slow time – aim through the slot in the shield at their head. You can earn this in multiplayer.

Hijacker

Hijack an Atlas mech.

Shoot at the Atlas’ cockpit. When it shatters, you can kill the driver with a pinpoint shot (best with a sniper rifle to the head) – walk up and press A or X on the Atlas.

Giant Killer

Defeat a harvester.

You will fight Harvesters in the single player campaign (around ten of them) – they look like blue dragons. Simply kill one to earn this achievement – they’re not too difficult.

Enlisted

Start a character in multiplayer or customize a character in single-player.

Self explanatory. If you use your online pass, you can make a character of any class. By “customize” a single player character, they mean make a new Shepard without the default look. Wait for the intro to end and this achievement will pop as you gain control of Shepard.

Tour of Duty

Finish all multiplayer maps or all N7 missions in single-player.

To complete this achievement you can grind multiplayer or simply choose specific missions to complete. You must beat the mission (even on bronze) to pop this. Additionally you can complete N7 Missions in single player, which are obtained through the officer next to the Galaxy Map, or your personal terminal.

Always Prepared

Obtain two non-customizable suits of armor.

To earn this achievement, simply buy armor sets – the easiest way to buy them are through Citadel terminals (the hospital specifically), or level five of the Normandy.

Tourist

Complete one multiplayer match or two N7 missions.

You must beat the mission (even on bronze) to pop this. Additionally you can complete N7 Missions in single player, which are obtained through the officer next to the Galaxy Map, or your personal terminal.

Explorer

Complete three multiplayer matches or five N7 missions.

You must beat the mission (even on bronze) to pop this. Additionally you can complete N7 Missions in single player, which are obtained through the officer next to the Galaxy Map, or your personal terminal.

Gunsmith

Upgrade any weapon to level 10.

There is more to this achievement/trophy than meets the eye. In one playthrough of the game, you can only upgrade weapons to level five. Once you enter New Game+ and import a ME3 character, you can upgrade them further.

Almost There

Reach level 15 in multiplayer or level 50 in single-player.

Keep playing multiplayer or single player to unlock this. The easiest way to earn experience is to queue random maps and random enemies for an XP bonus. Alternatively, you can import your Mass Effect 2 character to start at level ~30. Otherwise, this will require two playthroughs.

Peak Condition

Reach level 20 in multiplayer or level 60 in single-player.

Keep playing multiplayer or single player to unlock this. The easiest way to earn experience is to queue random maps and random enemies for an XP bonus. Alternatively, you can import your Mass Effect 2 character to start at level ~30. Otherwise, this will require two playthroughs.

Battle Scarred

Promote a multiplayer character to the Galaxy at War or import an ME3 character.

Finish multiplayer (level 20) and “prestige”, or simply beat Mass Effect 3, select the New Game option from the main menu, and select “Import ME3 character” (this is New Game+).

Unwavering

Finish all multiplayer maps on Gold or all single-player missions on Insanity.

Purposefully set all multiplayer missions to Gold and complete them. Or, complete every mission in the game on Insanity in single player. It’s best to write down which maps you’ve done.

DLC

Freedom Fighter *

Find all required intel to help Eden Prime’s colonists.

You need to find the three required pieces of intel in this DLC to pop this achievement. One is in the trailer marked “5″ near the start. One is across from the trailer marked “2″, after you find the coffin, lower in the map. The other is in a trailer in the third and final part of the map.

Prothean Expert

Learn more about the Prothean Empire.

This achievement is earned automatically through completing the DLC.

  1. Thanks for the guide! I love trying to get trophies and achievements!

  2. avatar Michael

    Great stuff! Tnx!

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    thanks for the list man. this is going to help me out a bunch

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