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ME3 Dark Sphere
Dark Sphere is a power in Mass Effect 3's multiplayer mode. It is available for the Awakened Collector Adept character in the Mass Effect 3: Reckoning DLC.

Power Ranks Edit

Rank 1: Dark Sphere Edit

Launch a slow-moving sphere of dark energy to cause damage over time to any target it passes over. The sphere can be detonated at any time to cause massive damage.

This power only has a cooldown when detonated.

  • Detonation Recharge Speed: 24 sec
  • Detonation Damage: 1000
  • Detonation Radius: 5 m
  • Damage Over Time: 250
  • Damage Over Time Duration: 5 sec


Rank 2: Recharge Speed Edit

Increase recharge speed by 15%.

  • Detonation Recharge Speed: 20.87 sec
  • Detonation Damage: 1000
  • Detonation Radius: 5 m
  • Damage Over Time: 250
  • Damage Over Time Duration: 5 sec


Rank 3: Damage Edit

Increase detonation damage by 20%.
Increase damage over time by 15%.

  • Detonation Recharge Speed: 20.87 sec
  • Detonation Damage: 1200
  • Detonation Radius: 5 m
  • Damage Over Time: 287.50
  • Damage Over Time Duration: 5 sec


Rank 4: Damage/Detonation Radius Edit

Damage

Increase detonation damage by 30% and damage over time by 20%.

  • Detonation Recharge Speed: 20.87 sec
  • Detonation Damage: 1500
  • Detonation Radius: 5 m
  • Damage Over Time: 337.50
  • Damage Over Time Duration: 5 sec

Detonation Radius

Increase the detonation radius of the dark sphere by 40%.

  • Detonation Recharge Speed: 20.87 sec
  • Detonation Damage: 1200
  • Detonation Radius: 7 m
  • Damage Over Time: 287.50
  • Damage Over Time Duration: 5 sec


Rank 5: Damage Over Time/Recharge Speed Edit

Damage Over Time

Increase damage over time by 40% and duration by 40%.

  • Detonation Recharge Speed: 20.87 sec
  • Detonation Damage: 1500 (Damage), 1200 (Radius)
  • Detonation Radius: 5 m (Damage), 7 m (Radius)
  • Damage Over Time: 437.50 (Damage), 387.50 (Radius)
  • Damage Over Time Duration: 7 sec

Recharge Speed

Increase recharge speed by 35%.

  • Detonation Recharge Speed: 16 sec
  • Detonation Damage: 1500 (Damage), 1200 (Radius)
  • Detonation Radius: 5 m (Damage), 7 m (Radius)
  • Damage Over Time: 337.50 (Damage), 287.50 (Radius)
  • Damage Over Time Duration: 5 sec


Rank 6: Dark Matter/Unstable Dark Sphere Edit

Dark Matter

Dark Sphere implodes to do 100% more damage at the expense of decreasing the detonation radius by 50%.

  • Detonation Recharge Speed: 20.87 sec (DoT), 16 sec (Recharge)
  • Detonation Damage: 2500 (Damage), 2200 (Radius)
  • Detonation Radius: 2.5 m (Damage), 4.5 m (Radius)
  • Damage Over Time: 437.50 (Damage + DoT), 387.50 (Radius + DoT), 337.50 (Damage + Recharge), 287.50 (Radius & Recharge)
  • Damage Over Time Duration: 7 sec (DoT), 5 sec (Recharge)

Unstable Dark Sphere

Destabilize the Dark Sphere to increase the detonation radius by 40%.
Increase damage over time by 40%.
Increase duration by 40%.

  • Detonation Recharge Speed: 20.87 sec (DoT), 16 sec (Recharge)
  • Detonation Damage: 1500 (Damage), 1200 (Radius)
  • Detonation Radius: 7 m (Damage), 9 m (Radius)
  • Damage Over Time: 537.50 (Damage + DoT), 487.50 (Radius + DoT), 437.50 (Damage + Recharge), 387.50 (Radius & Recharge)
  • Damage Over Time Duration: 9 sec (DoT), 7 sec (Recharge)


Player Notes Edit

  • Dark Sphere is an incredibly powerful biotic attack, able to take out large groups of enemies with its detonation and prime enemies for biotic explosions prior to detonation.
  • Dark Sphere travels in a straight line to where the crosshairs are pointed, sticking to any solid surface or cover it encounters (including Geth Juggernaut's Hex Shield).
  • Warning: The Rank 5A and 6B evolutions that increase "Damage Over Time" actually decrease damage due to a possible bug.[1]
  • When choosing the rank 6 "Dark Matter" evolution, the detonation radius in the power screen is only reduced once the power has been upgraded. Note: while an initial radius of 5 m is reduced to 2.5 m, a radius of 7 m is reduced to 4.5 m rather than half.
  • Dark Sphere has a lengthy cooldown, although it's triggered only when the power is detonated as opposed to when it is cast. Thus, if the player has Seeker Swarms summoned before deploying the Dark Sphere, it is possible to detonate up to four biotic explosions in quick succession by using the Seeker Swarms on enemies primed by Dark Sphere.
  • Dark Sphere will dissipate on its own after a few seconds if not detonated by the player. The player can then launch another Dark Sphere immediately. Be careful about the timing here though: make sure the first Dark Sphere has dissipated, or activating the power again will detonate it and begin the long cooldown.

Availability Edit

References Edit

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20160731151840/https://forum.bioware.com/topic/462946-dark-sphere-mechanics-and-bugs/

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