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Disambiguous This article is about the Nexus development points system. For the mission that introduces the AVP feature, see AVP Cryo Deployment Perks. For the multiplayer currency in Mass Effect: Andromeda, see Andromeda Points.

Andromeda Viability Points (AVP) represent the collective integrity of the colonization efforts in Andromeda.

MEA Andromeda Viability

Overview Edit

AVP AVP icon is earned by deploying Forward Stations, completing Missions, establishing Outposts, and activating Remnant vaults.

When enough AVP is earned, the Nexus level will increase, allowing more colonists to be awoken from cryo sleep. The colonists that are awoken determine what perks and advantages that will be available during gameplay.

Cryo Pods Edit

There are 3 categories of cryo pods - Science, Military, and Commerce. There are a total of 28 cryo pod perks that can be unlocked. Since Patch 1.08, a total of 24 perks (up from 17) can be unlocked in a single game run.

Not all of the cryo pod perks are available at the beginning of the game.

  • Certain cryo pod perks are unlocked by unlocking prerequisite cryo pod perks.
  • Other cryo pod perks are unlocked as planets and other game milestones are reached.

Science Pods Edit

MEA Science Cryo Pods

Selected for their years of field experience and ingenuity under pressure, these scientists' expertise can quickly improve the Initiative's research and resources gathering capabilities.

Icon Name Description Requirement(s) Reward
MEA Lab Technicians Cryo Pod Perk
Lab Technicians Lab technicians help the Nexus science team analyze Heleus data with increased efficiency. - [Time-Based] Earn research points at regular intervals.
MEA Mining Operations Cryo Pod Perk
Mining Operations The Nexus allocates resources for setting up mining stations around Heleus. - [Time-Based] Receive a selection of minerals at regular intervals.
MEA Improved Development Cryo Pod Perk
Improved Development The Nexus improves its processes for greater efficiency. Lab Technicians [Permanent] Increases Research Data gain from all sources by 10%.
MEA Expanded Field Analysis Cryo Pod Perk
Expanded Field Analysis Forward Stations are equipped with an array of probes, drills, and sensors so that automated systems can detect mineral resources even over distances. Mining Operations [Permanent] Additional common mining nodes will be made available.
MEA Expanded Field Analysis II Cryo Pod Perk
Expanded Field Analysis II A new algorithm is installed on the forward stations to give the automated systems an even better chance of locating mineral resources. Expanded Field Analysis, Viability of 90% required on Elaaden [Permanent] Additional rare mining nodes will be made available.
MEA Accelerated Research Cryo Pod Perk
Accelerated Research A large team of experienced researchers can complete projects with greater speed and efficiency. - [Permanent] Reduces the amount of time it takes to earn research points.
MEA Accelerated Mining Cryo Pod Perk
Accelerated Mining Nexus engineers develop a more durable drill that is better suited to Heleus conditions. Mining Operations, Viability of 70% required on Elaaden [Permanent] Reduces the amount of time to gather minerals.
MEA Improved Development II Cryo Pod Perk
Improved Development II Reorganization of the Nexus engineering teams reduces redundancies and further improves their efficiency and effectiveness. Improved Development,  Viability of 90% required on Havarl [Permanent] Further increases Research Data gain from all sources by an additional 10%.
MEA Innovation Cryo Pod Perk
Innovation Allocating resources to improving developmental processes encourages Initiative engineers to innovate and improve on designs. Improved Development II, Viability of 90% required on Havarl [Permanent] Increases augmentation slots by one on all research projects.

Military Pods Edit

MEA Military Cryo Pods

Military veterans from across the Milky Way have brought their expertise to Andromeda, including advanced combat training and wilderness survival skills.

Icon Name Description Requirement(s) Reward
MEA Munitions Cryo Pod Perk
Munitions Friends in the Systems Alliance make sure the Pathfinder's crew is always well-equipped. - [Time-Based] Receive a drop of consumable supplies at regular intervals.
MEA Hunting Parties Cryo Pod Perk
Hunting Parties Expert combatants seek out Heleus wildlife to learn the best strategies to survive encounters. - [Time-Based] Receive organic materials at regular intervals.
MEA Special Forces Cryo Pod Perk
Special Forces Highly trained squads venture into kett territory to test their defenses. - [Time-Based] Receive tech materials at regular intervals.
MEA Reconnaissance Cryo Pod Perk
Reconnaissance Nexus engineers attach long-range sensors and monitoring systems to Initiative forward stations. - [Permanent] Reveal hidden caches around established forward stations.
MEA Advanced Training Cryo Pod Perk
Advanced Training Increase the number of Nexus security forces to allow the Initiative to insist on military training for colonists, boosting their confidence in dangerous situations. Munitions OR Hunting Parties OR Special Forces OR Reconnaissance [Permanent] Gain a 10% bonus to XP gained for completing encounters.
MEA Always Prepared Cryo Pod Perk
Always Prepared Nexus security develops a method for squads to carry more gear into the field. Munitions, Viability of 70% required on Eos [Permanent] Unlocks one extra consumables slot.
MEA Versatility Cryo Pod Perk
Versatility Nexus security develops a method for squads to carry a larger variety of gear into the field. Always Prepared, Viability of 90% required on Eos [Permanent] Unlocks one additional consumables slot.
MEA APEX Tactics Cryo Pod Perk
APEX Tactics APEX adds new tactics to their repertoire. - [Permanent] Earn 15% more credits for APEX missions.
MEA APEX Tactics II Cryo Pod Perk
APEX Tactics II Advanced maneuvers and strategies make APEX even more formidable. APEX Tactics, Viability of 70% required on Voeld [Permanent] Earn an additional 15% credits for each completed APEX mission.
MEA Ears to the Ground Cryo Pod Perk
Ears to the Ground APEX is equipped with the latest in the field surveillance gear. Viability of 90% required on Voeld [Permanent] A 20% chance to receive weapons or armor when an APEX mission is completed.

Commerce Pods Edit

MEA Commerce Cryo Pods

Trade is the lifeblood of civilization. These talented merchants and entrepreneurs can use their connections to acquire rare items, grow financial investments, or improve inventory management.

Icon Name Description Requirement(s) Reward
MEA Financial Infrastructure Cryo Pod Perk
Financial Infrastructure Economic planners lay the infrastructure for a robust financial system that will benefit the outposts. - [Time-Based] Earn credits from investments at regular intervals.
MEA Financial Infrastructure II Cryo Pod Perk
Financial Infrastructure II Economic planners lay the infrastructure for a robust financial system that will benefit the outposts. Financial Infrastructure [Permanent] [sic] Earn a large amount of credits from investments at regular intervals.
MEA Grey Market Connections Cryo Pod Perk
Grey Market Connections Allies ensure Initiative representatives enter negotiations with a stronger position. - [Permanent] Improves prices when buying and selling items.
MEA Grey Market Connections II Cryo Pod Perk
Grey Market Connections II Having friends in all the right places ensures always getting the best prices. Grey Market Connections, Viability of 70% required on Kadara [Permanent] Even better prices when buying and selling items.
MEA Market Dominance Cryo Pod Perk
Market Dominance Initiative influence on markets in Heleus is felt. Traders allow access to more of their inventory in an attempt to stay competitive. Grey Market Connections [Permanent] Gain access to special inventories from merchants.
MEA Supply Lines Cryo Pod Perk
Supply Lines The Nexus establishes an efficient network of traders and ships that supply necessary supplies to far-flung outposts. Financial Infrastructure II OR Grey Market Connections II, Viability of 90% required on Kadara [Permanent] Increases the amount of raw materials and consumables that can be purchased from traders.
MEA Trade Capacity Cryo Pod Perk
Trade Capacity Strategic placement of Nexus resources increases the capacity for trade and transport. - [Permanent] Increase inventory capacity.
MEA Trade Capacity II Cryo Pod Perk
Trade Capacity II The Nexus further expands its transporting capacity. Trade Capacity, Viability of 70% required on Kadara [Permanent] Further increases inventory capacity.
MEA Fusion Mod Support Cryo Pod Perk
Fusion Mod Support A wide-reaching trading network gives the Initiative access to top manufacturers and fabricators. Market Dominance, Viability of 90% required on Kadara [Permanent] Cuts the penalty of all Fusion Mods in half.

Time-Based Rewards Edit

Cryo pod perks that give rewards at regular intervals do so every 45 minutes of real world time. This time interval means time actually spent in game, and not spent in game menus, with the exception of the AVP menu itself.

Time-based rewards are not automatically received after each timer interval. To receive the rewards, visit the AVP menu and manually collect the rewards, then the timer is refreshed for the next reward. The AVP menu can be accessed on the Nexus in Addison's Office or in the Research Room of the Tempest.

Time-based rewards do NOT stack over time. If applicable rewards are available after 45 minutes of time, after an additional 45 minutes (90 minutes total) the same reward amounts will be available. No extra rewards are accumulated over time. Rewards have to be manually collected for the timer and reward process to start over.

Mechanics Edit

Science Pods Edit

  • Lab Technicians - 100 Rd icon milkyway orange is awarded every 45 minutes.
  • Mining Operations - A small selection of Common and/or Uncommon minerals are awarded every 45 minutes.
  • Improved Development - Doesn't increase Research Data awarded for Task: Unearthed or scanning mineral nodes.
  • Expanded Field Analysis - Enhanced mining zonesMEA Enhanced Mining Zone Iconare added to maps.
  • Expanded Field Analysis II - Rare mining zones MEA Rare Mining Zone Icon are added to maps.
  • Accelerated Research - Research Data awarded from Lab Mechanics is reduced to every 30 minutes.
  • Accelerated Mining - Minerals awarded from Mining Operations is reduced to every 30 minutes.
  • Improved Development II - Research Data gain stacks with Improved Development for a total of 20%.
  • Innovation - Augmentation slots are only increased for items that can utilize augmentations. Items that can't be developed and/or do not have augmentation slots do NOT gain an augmentation slot.

Military Pods Edit

  • Munitions - 1 - 2 Common consumables are awarded every 45 minutes.
  • Hunting Parties - A small selection of Common Bio Materials is awarded every 45 minutes.
  • Special Forces - A small selection of Common Tech Materials is awarded every 45 minutes.
  • Reconnaissance - Hidden caches MEA Hidden Cache Map Icon award weapons, armor, and items scaled with Ryder's level. Caches will NOT award higher Ranks of weapons, armor, items than Ryder's level allows. See Scaled Item Rewards.
  • Advanced Training - The experience (XP) bonus is only applied to XP awarded for killing enemies. All other XP sources are unaffected by this bonus.
  • APEX Tactics II - Credit gain stacks with APEX Tactics for a total of 30%.

Commerce Pods Edit

  • Financial Infrastructure - 500 Credits is awarded every 45 minutes.
  • Financial Infrastructure II - 750 Credits is awarded every 45 minutes. Incorrectly labeled in game as a [Permanent] reward. This is a [Time-Based] reward.
  • Grey Market Connections - 5% less when buying, 25% more when selling.
  • Grey Market Connections II - 5% less when buying, 25% more when selling. Stacks with Grey Market Connections for 10% less when buying, 50% more when selling.
  • Trade Capacity - Inventory capacity increases from 100 to 150. (Before Patch 1.05, inventory was set at 50 and increased to 65).
  • Trade Capacity II - Inventory capacity increases from 150 to 200. (Before Patch 1.05, inventory was set at 65 and increased to 80).

Strategies Edit

Playstyle will determine which cryo pods are best to unlock during gameplay. A few items to keep in mind are the following:

  • Time-based perks seem like a good perk to unlock but require constantly returning from gameplay to collect rewards.
    • Minerals and materials are only common and/or uncommon rarity. Deconstructing found items can provide potentially many more items.
    • Credits aren't used much at higher levels and there are plenty of other methods to obtain credits. The amount given by perks is fairly small.
  • Using Reconnaissance to find hidden caches is an excellent way to find good items. Take note that the caches level with Ryder. It is best to not open every cache right away but save a portion of them as Ryder levels up to get even better gear.
  • Extra consumables slots awarded by Always Prepared and Versatility are only useful if using a playstyle that uses consumables. Otherwise it is best to save the points for other cryo pod perks.
  • Lab Technicians is an excellent cryo pod perk to obtain as Milky Way RD is the least found during gameplay but used for the most blueprints. A ready supply of Milky Way RD is always a good option to have.
  • Improved Development and Improved Development II are excellent perks to obtain as soon as possible. Both increase RD obtained from all sources. As RD can be hard to obtain at times, anything that increases RD that Ryder obtains is a good thing to have.
    • However, if research and development of items is not a playstyle priority, perks relating to RD are not a useful set of perks to unlock.
  • Innovation is an excellent perk to obtain as it gives an additional opportunity to add another augmentation to an item. An additional augmentation slot allows another opportunity to add a Stacking General augmentation (or other augmentation) to an already customized item.

AVP Rewards Edit

Forward Stations Edit

Each Forward Station deployed awards +2 AVP AVP icon and increases planetary viability by +2%.
Note: The first landing on Eos grants the above mentioned bonuses instead of the Forward Station at Site 1.
Note: The Forward Station on the vault island on Eos doesn't grant the AVP or viability bonuses.

Mission Rewards Edit

For missions that award AVP, see Mission Rewards.

Tempest Scanning Rewards Edit

For scanning that awards AVP using the Tempest, see Tempest Scanning Rewards.