ME3 Defense Matrix

Defense Matrix is a tech power in Mass Effect 3. It is a power unique to EDI and can be obtained by Commander Shepard as a bonus power.

Power Ranks Edit

Rank 1: Defense Matrix Edit

Reinforce armor with protective foucault currents. Purge the currents to restore shields.
Slows power use by 60%.

  • Recharge Speed: 10 sec
  • Damage Reduction: 15%
  • Shields Restored: 50%

Rank 2: Recharge Speed Edit

Increase recharge speed by 25%.

  • Recharge Speed: 8 sec

Rank 3: Shield Bonus Edit

Increase shield restoration by 20% when purging armor.

  • Shields Restored: 70%

Rank 4: Durability/Shield Bonus Edit


Increase damage protection by 5%.

  • Damage Reduction: 20%

Shield Bonus

Increase shield restoration by 30% when purging armor.

  • Shields Restored: 100%

Rank 5: Shield Recharge/Power Synergy Edit

Shield Recharge

Decrease shield-recharge delay by 15%

Power Synergy

Increase tech power damage by 25% while Defense Matrix is active.

Rank 6: Power Recharge/Durability Edit

Power Recharge

Reduce power speed penalty by 30%.

  • Power Speed Penalty: 30%


Increase damage protection by 10%.

  • Damage Reduction:
    • Durability: 30%
    • Shield Bonus: 25%

Player Notes Edit

  • The Defense Matrix can be "double-tapped", activating then immediately purging for a large shield restore, for a quick panic button.
  • Because of the "Shield Gate effect" (see Combat (Mass Effect 3)) the shield restore can increase the total amount of damage Shepard can survive much more than the amount of shielding would seem to indicate. Particularly on Insanity level, where most attacks will take shields down instantly, regaining any amount of shielding to reactivate "Shield Gate" increases by one the number of large bursts of damage Shepard can survive.

Availability Edit

See also Edit

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