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The multiplayer component of Mass Effect: Andromeda is a co-operative game mode similar to Mass Effect 3's multiplayer. Players take on the enemy threats as part of the APEX Force, whose task is to protect the Andromeda Initiative's interests. Completing special missions may earn the player certain single player rewards, but otherwise the multiplayer mode is completely optional and does not affect the story of the single player mode in any way.[1][2]

Missions Edit

Multiplayer missions consist of pitting the player and up to three allies against waves of enemies on various battlefields throughout the Heleus Cluster. The number of waves is seven by default. As in Mass Effect 3, some waves are completed by killing all the enemies, whereas objective waves have a time limit. After completing the objective, remaining enemies have to be eliminated to finish the wave. Each objective awards a certain amount of XP depending on the speed of completion. The mission fails if the timer expires before the objective is completed or all players go down.

On the last wave, all players must defend against the enemy for a set time period, then retreat to the designated extraction zone within the time limit.

All multiplayer missions have four challenge difficulties, in order from easiest to hardest: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Higher difficulties feature stronger and more numerous enemies, as well as difficult enemy types in earlier waves and in larger numbers, but also grant better rewards.

Custom missions Edit

Regular missions grant credits and XP. Players may customize the map, enemy type, and difficulty.

APEX Missions Edit

APEX Missions are the type of Strike Team Mission that can alternatively be completed as a multiplayer mission. Multiplayer credits and XP can be earned only if the mission is completed as a multiplayer match, whereas Mission Funds and Pathfinder rewards are earned regardless of the manner of completion.

APEX Missions have preset modifiers, typically reducing effectiveness in some areas (such as weak point damage or shields) and increasing it in others. There are two types of APEX Mission: some refresh daily, like other Strike Team Missions, whereas special APEX Missions may be available for a limited period of a few days.

Depending on whether the mission modifier increases or decreases player effectiveness, there is a penalty or bonus to XP and credits compared to the respective regular multiplayer missions. For limited-time missions, the rewards may include a special pack in the store.

Development Edit

As opposed to having dedicated servers, Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer employs a peer-to-peer system like Mass Effect 3. There are currently no plans for supporting cross-platform play.[3] The multiplayer mode is not region-locked, although the matchmaking system prefers towards good connection.[4]

Character Customization Edit

Characters' appearance, weapons, and equipment can be customized between matches, and additional equipment can be obtained by purchasing packs and items from the store. Characters can be assigned custom names in the APEX HQ app or in-game. These custom names are not visible to other players.

List of CharactersEdit

26 characters were available at launch
10 characters added since launch

Prestige Edit

Mass Effect: Andromeda introduces permanent bonuses to characters through a mechanic called Prestige. Each character is associated with a group of bonus stats; progressing a particular stat will, up to a limit, apply the related bonus to all multiplayer characters. Like other types of online progress, these bonuses do not apply to additional accounts or platforms.[5][6]

Bonus Stats Edit

The following table lists the characters per Bonus Stat. Any XP gained with a character, regardless of the character's level or rank, counts towards the related stat. Each stat starts from level 0 and can be upgraded to a max level of 10.

Bonus Stat Characters
All Power Recharge Speeds Angara Avenger
Angara Exemplar
Angara Insurgent
Asari Huntress
Human Engineer
Krogan Mercenary
Salarian Operator
Health & Shield Regen Delay Reduction Asari Sentinel
Human Sentinel
Krogan Engineer
Krogan Vanguard
Health Regeneration Cap Asari Adept
Human Adept
Human Artificer
Human Infiltrator
Human Juggernaut
Krogan Gladiator
Salarian Infiltrator
Max Health Human Commando
Human Kineticist
Human Vanguard
Turian Havoc Trooper
Max Shields Asari Duelist
Batarian Scrapper
Batarian Vanguard
Human Guardian
Human Soldier
Salarian Architect
Turian Agent
Turian Soldier

Ratings Edit

  • APEX: Earn a higher APEX Rating by gaining character levels, unlocking higher weapon levels, defeating challenges, extracting from matches, finishing missions, and resetting a character's level (25 points).
  • Challenge: Earn Challenge points by completing tutorial missions, accomplishments, APEX Mastery, Map Mastery, APEX Rating, killing foes of each faction, and weapon mastery which includes; pistols, shotguns, sniper rifles, assault rifles, combatives, biotics, and tech points.

Store Edit

The store sells multiplayer equipment and item packs, and distributes special rewards earned. Contents of these packs include weapon upgrades, mods, character unlocks, and more. Packs may be purchased with in-game credits earned through gameplay, or alternatively with real currency. Mission Funds, a new currency earned through Strike Team Missions, can be used to purchase particular items in the multiplayer store.

Multiplayer Maps Edit

Firebase Maps Edit

Specialized Maps (currently available in weekly missions only) Edit

See Also Edit

References Edit


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