Disambiguous This article is about the power in Mass Effect 3. For the talent in Mass Effect, see Shotguns.
ME3 Carnage
Carnage is a power in Mass Effect 3 available to James Vega, Aria T'Loak, Urdnot Wrex and Zaeed Massani. It is also available to several soldier species in the multiplayer mode.

Note: As with all projectile powers, the power does not launch an actual projectile when used by a squadmate. Instead, it instantly hits the target.

Power Ranks Edit

Rank 1: Carnage Edit

Rip a target to shreds with this vicious blast. Major collateral damage to enemies nearby. Effective against armor.

  • Recharge Speed: 10 sec
  • Damage: 315 (350 multiplayer)
  • Radius: 1.50 m (1 m multiplayer)

Rank 2: Recharge Speed Edit

Increase recharge speed by 25%.

  • Recharge Speed: 8 sec
  • Damage: 315 (350 multiplayer)
  • Radius: 1.50 m (1 m multiplayer)

Rank 3: Damage Edit

Increase damage by 20%.

  • Recharge Speed: 8 sec
  • Damage: 378 (420 multiplayer)
  • Radius: 1.50 m (1 m multiplayer)

Rank 4: Radius/Damage Edit


Increase impact radius by 50%.

  • Recharge Speed: 8 sec
  • Damage: 378 (420 multiplayer)
  • Radius: 2.25 m (1.50 m multiplayer)


Increase damage by 30%.

  • Recharge Speed: 8 sec
  • Damage: 472.5 (525 multiplayer)
  • Radius: 1.50 m (1 m multiplayer)

Rank 5: Incapacitate/Recharge Speed Edit


Incapacitate enemies by knocking them down.

Recharge Speed

Increase recharge speed by 35%.

  • Recharge Speed: 6.25 sec

Rank 6: Armor Damage/Damage Edit

Armor Damage

Increase damage to armored units by 65%.


Increase damage by 50%.

  • Damage: 535.5 (595 multiplayer)
    • 630 (700 multiplayer) with Rank 4 Damage evolution

Player Notes Edit

  • The projectile can stun targets like Guardians and Atlases, exposing Guardians for about 3 seconds and knocking an Atlas back a bit. It's effective against armor and health, but less effective against barriers and shields. It also tracks like Throw or Concussive Shot but travels and recharges more slowly. You do not need to equip a Shotgun to use the ability, as in Mass Effect — it is usable with any weapon.
  • Like Incinerate, Carnage can both prime and detonate Fire Explosions. An effective tactic for using this combo is to ignite one enemy at the center of a crowd with Incendiary Ammo, Inferno Grenade or Incinerate and then launching Carnage at them, turning them into a powerful bomb that will damage, ignite, and potentially kill surrounding enemies.
  • Carnage does relatively high damage for a power. If specialised for power damage, including passive power damage bonuses, Carnage can deal over 700 damage.
  • Carnage travels at a fairly high speed, reducing the chances of enemies dodging.
  • Carnage detonates Fire, Tech and Cryo Power Combos, and, with Patch 1.04, sets up Fire Explosions. However, the fire combo priming set up lasts only a short time, so you have to be quick with a follow up power to make use of this. If timing is quick enough, this works even if Carnage was already used to detonate a Tech Burst.
  • After successfully hitting a target, Carnage continues to deal mild fire damage over time. This is not mentioned in the power description.

Availability Edit

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