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Backlash is a Biotic skill in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

SP Skill Ranks Edit

Rank Label Icon Description Bonus
1 Backlash
MEA Biotic Backlash icon
HOLD BUTTON: Generates a frontal biotic aegis barrier that reflects most projectiles and reduces the damage of other enemy attacks. A well-timed initial activation interrupts melee attacks. Aegis Health: 300

Projectile Damage Returned: 120%
Frontal Damage Resistance: 75
Recharge Time (s): 20

2 Recharge Speed
MEA Biotic Recharge Speed icon
- +25% Recharge Speed
3 Durability
MEA Biotic Durability icon
- +35% Aegis Health
4 Durability
MEA Biotic Durability icon
- +40% Aegis Health
4 Recharge Speed
MEA Biotic Recharge Speed icon
- +30% Recharge Speed
5 Durability
MEA Biotic Durability icon
- +40% Aegis Health
5 Reflection
MEA Biotic Reflection icon
Reflected projectiles inflict more damage. +100% Projectile Damage Returned
6 Shield Resurgence
MEA Biotic Shield Up icon
Restores shields over 3 sec after releasing Backlash. Can restore up to 50% of shield strength, scaled to damage absorbed by the aegis. -
6 Damage Aftermath
MEA Biotic Damage icon
Increases damage inflicted for 3 sec after releasing Backlash. Scales with the amount of damage absorbed by the aegis. +30% Gun Damage Bonus

+30% Power Damage Bonus
+30% Melee Damage Bonus

MP Skill Ranks Edit

Rank Label Icon Description Bonus
1 Backlash
MEA Biotic Backlash icon
HOLD BUTTON: Generates a frontal biotic aegis barrier that reflects most projectiles and reduces the damage of other enemy attacks. A well-timed initial activation interrupts melee attacks. Aegis Health: 400

Projectile Damage Returned: 200%
Frontal Damage Resistance: 75
Recharge Time (s): 20

2 Recharge Speed
MEA Biotic Recharge Speed icon
- +25% Recharge Speed
3 Durability
MEA Biotic Durability icon
- +35% Aegis Health
4 Durability
MEA Biotic Durability icon
- +50% Aegis Health
4 Recharge Speed
MEA Biotic Recharge Speed icon
- +40% Recharge Speed
5 Durability
MEA Biotic Durability icon
- +50% Aegis Health
5 Reflection
MEA Biotic Reflection icon
Reflected projectiles inflict more damage. +150% Projectile Damage Returned
6 Shield Resurgence
MEA Biotic Shield Up icon
Restores shields over 3 sec after releasing Backlash. Can restore up to 50% of shield strength, scaled to damage absorbed by the aegis. -
6 Damage Aftermath
MEA Biotic Damage icon
Increases damage inflicted for 3 sec after releasing Backlash. Scales with the amount of damage absorbed by the aegis. +20% Gun Damage Bonus

+30% Power Damage Bonus
+30% Melee Damage Bonus

Player Notes Edit

Mechanics Edit

  • Recharge speed is based off damage absorbed by the aegis, with less damage absorbed resulting in a quicker recharge speed. Absorbing no damage will result in a near-instant recharge.
  • Backlash can be sustained while moving and jumping, but not while sprinting or dashing.
  • Projectiles will be reflected wherever the player is aiming, meaning one enemy's projectiles can be reflected onto another enemy.

Strategies Edit

  • Backlash is particularly powerful against the Remnant, as both Observers and Nullifiers shoot projectiles that are very powerful and very easy to deflect.
  • Attacks that stagger Ryder, such as a Berserker's Flak Cannon or a Hydra's missiles, cannot be reflected and instantly break Backlash.
  • The Sentinel and Explorer profiles work best with this skill as the bonuses each Profile provides to Power Restoration and Defense will also improve Backlash's strength.

Availability Edit