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In Mass Effect 3's multiplayer mode, the player can create and customize characters by choosing their class, race, weapon loadout, and equipment.

Class and Race Edit

When creating a multiplayer character, players can choose from six classes and multiple races within each class. The common human characters are available upon starting the multiplayer the first time; other characters are unlocked by purchasing item packs from the Store, provided the appropriate DLC is installed.[1]

Class Common (blue) Uncommon (silver) Rare (gold) Ultra-Rare (black)
Adept Human (male/female) Drell Adept Asari Adept
Asari Justicar2
Project Phoenix3
N7 Fury4
Krogan Shaman5
Batarian Slasher5
Volus5
Awakened Collector6
Engineer Human (male/female) Salarian Quarian (female)
Geth2
Quarian (male)3
N7 Demolisher4
Turian Saboteur5
Vorcha Hunter5
Talon Mercenary6
Volus5
Infiltrator Human (male/female) Quarian (female) Salarian
Geth2
Quarian (male)3
N7 Shadow4
Turian Ghost5
Asari Huntress5
Drell Assassin5
Alliance Infiltration Unit6
 
Sentinel Human (male/female) Turian Krogan
Batarian2
Vorcha3
N7 Paladin4
Asari Valkyrie5
Volus Mercenary5
Krogan Warlord6
 
Soldier Human (male/female) Turian Krogan
Battlefield 31
Batarian2
Vorcha3
N7 Destroyer4
Turian Havoc5
Geth Trooper5
Quarian Marksman5
Geth Juggernaut6
 
Vanguard Human (male/female) Asari Drell
Krogan Battlemaster2
Project Phoenix3
N7 Slayer4
Batarian Brawler5
Volus Protector5
Cabal6
 

1Bonus multiplayer character unlocked by the Battlefield 3 Pack, or in regular item packs after September 25, 2012.[2]
2Additional multiplayer character unlocked by downloading the Resurgence Pack and purchasing item packs from the store.
3Additional multiplayer character unlocked by downloading the Rebellion Pack and purchasing item packs from the store.
4Additional multiplayer character unlocked by downloading the Earth Pack and purchasing item packs from the store.
5Additional multiplayer character unlocked by downloading the Retaliation Pack and purchasing item packs from the store.
6Additional multiplayer character unlocked by downloading the Reckoning Pack and purchasing item packs from the store.

Appearance Edit

Players can also create unique names for their multiplayer characters and customize armor coloration.[3] Cosmetic customizations have the same rarity as the character to which they apply. A character class is initially unlocked with Primary and Highlight Color options, and another customization is unlocked each successive time that class card is found in item packs. The exception is the armor of the Battlefield 3 Soldier, which cannot be customized.

Weapons Edit

During gameplay, players can unlock various weapons through the Store. Only two weapons can be equipped at a time.

The following chart lists each weapon that can be unlocked through the Store and their rarity. Level I versions of the five Common weapons are available upon starting the multiplayer mode for the first time.

Type Common (blue) Uncommon (silver) Rare (gold) Ultra-Rare (black)
Assault Rifles M-8 Avenger M-15 Vindicator
M-96 Mattock
Phaeston
Geth Pulse Rifle
Collector Rifle1
M-37 Falcon
M-76 Revenant
Striker Assault Rifle3
M-55 Argus[4]
Adas Anti-Synthetic Rifle7
M-99 Saber
Cerberus Harrier4

Particle Rifle4[5]
N7 Typhoon5
N7 Valkyrie2
Geth Spitfire7
M-7 Lancer7

Heavy Pistols M-3 Predator M-5 Phalanx Arc Pistol
M-6 Carnifex
Acolyte5
Executioner Pistol7
M-11 Suppressor7
M-77 Paladin
Scorpion
M-358 Talon
N7 Eagle2
Shotguns M-23 Katana M-22 Eviscerator
M-27 Scimitar
Disciple
Geth Plasma Shotgun
Graal Spike Thrower
M-300 Claymore
Reegar Carbine4

N7 Piranha5
AT-12 Raider[6]

M-11 Wraith
N7 Crusader2
Venom Shotgun7
Sniper Rifles M-92 Mantis M-13 Raptor
M-29 Incisor
M-97 Viper
M-98 Widow
Kishock Harpoon Gun3
Krysae Sniper Rifle4
Collector Sniper Rifle6
Black Widow
Javelin
M-90 Indra[7]
N7 Valiant2
Submachine Guns M-4 Shuriken M-12 Locust
M-9 Tempest
M-25 Hornet
Geth Plasma SMG3
N7 Hurricane2
Collector SMG6
Blood Pack Punisher7

1Unlocked through the promotional Collector Rifle Pack or through the Retaliation Pack.
2Unlocked by earning a Commendation Pack from a weekend challenge or event or as a standard ultra-rare.[8]
3Unlocked by downloading the Resurgence Pack and purchasing regular item packs from the Store.
4Unlocked by downloading the Rebellion Pack and purchasing regular item packs from the Store.
5Unlocked by downloading the Earth Pack and purchasing regular item packs from the Store.
6Unlocked by downloading the Retaliation Pack and purchasing regular item packs from the Store.
7Unlocked by downloading the Reckoning Pack and purchasing regular item packs from the Store.

Weapon Mods Edit

Weapon Mods are also unlocked through the Store. Each weapon in the player's arsenal can be equipped with two mods at a time. Some mods are mutually exclusive.

The following chart lists each weapon mod that can be unlocked through the Store and their rarity.

Type Common (blue) Uncommon (silver) Rare (gold)
Assault Rifles Precision Scope
Extended Magazine
Stability Dampener
Extended Barrel
Piercing Mod
High-Velocity Barrel6
Omni-Blade5
Thermal Scope6
Ultralight Materials7
Heavy Pistols High Caliber Barrel
Extended Magazine
Scope Upgrade
Melee Stunner
Piercing Mod
Cranial Trauma System5
Heavy Barrel6
Power Magnifier7
Ultralight Materials5
Shotguns Blade Attachment
High Caliber Barrel
Smart Choke
Shredder Mod
Spare Thermal Clip
High-Velocity Barrel6
Omni-Blade6
Ultralight Materials7
Sniper Rifles Extended Barrel
Spare Thermal Clip
Enhanced Scope
Piercing Mod
High-Velocity Barrel6
Thermal Scope6
Ultralight Materials7
Submachine Guns Heat Sink
Extended Magazine
Scope Upgrade
High Caliber Barrel
Ultralight Materials
Power Magnifier7
Recoil System5
High-Velocity Barrel5

Equipment Edit

Main article: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer/Character Customization/Equipment

Equipment in multiplayer consists of items that can be utilized during gameplay. Most equipment items are single-use, but Gear items can be used multiple times for persistent bonuses. Additional equipment can be obtained through the Store.

Note: Bonuses have varying levels of strength. Recruit Packs contain items of level I with a small chance for level II or higher; Veteran Packs only contain items of level II with a small chance for level III or higher; Spectre, Premium Spectre, Arsenal, and Reserves Packs only contain items of level III with a chance for level IV Ammo Bonuses; and Jumbo Equipment Packs randomly contain items of levels I, II, and III.

Gear Edit

Main article: Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer/Character Customization/Gear

Gear consists of equipment items that bestow persistent bonuses when applied to a character, and do not expire with the conclusion of a match. Each piece of Gear can be upgraded up to five times. Obtaining and using Gear items requires downloading the Rebellion Pack. Additional Gear is included in both Mass Effect 3: Earth and Mass Effect 3: Retaliation DLCs.

Supplies Edit

Supply items, also known as consumables, do not have levels, but each card awards a different amount of the consumable depending on level of the pack - one in Recruit Packs, three in Veteran Packs, and five in Spectre, Premium Spectre, Arsenal, Reserves and Jumbo Equipment Packs. Most packs contain one supply card, Recruit and Veteran two, and Jumbo Equipment contains one of each type.

Note: A maximum of 255 of each type of supply can be stockpiled. If the limit has already been reached, players will recieve an equipment card (level I or II) instead.[9]

  • Cobra Missile Launcher - A one-shot missile launcher useful for taking out hardened targets.
  • Thermal Clip Pack - Refills your thermal clips and grenade supply during a mission.
  • Ops Survival Pack - Emergency pack fully restores health and shields during a mission.
  • Medi-Gel - Revive yourself when incapacitated in combat.

Reinforcement packs can also reward capacity upgrades for each of the four Supply items and the option to reset the points invested in a character's powers.

  • Cobra Missile Launcher Capacity Upgrade +1 (permanent upgrade to all characters, maximum limit of 101)
  • Thermal Clip Pack Capacity Upgrade +1 (permanent upgrade to all characters, maximum limit of 101)
  • Ops Survival Pack Capacity Upgrade +1 (permanent upgrade to all characters, maximum limit of 62)
  • Medi-Gel Capacity Upgrade +1 (permanent upgrade to all characters, maximum limit of 63)
  • Reset Powers (one use, only drops if fewer than three stockpiled)

1While no official word was given, does not currently appear to drop past 6.
2After the success of Operation Privateer, Ops Survival capacity was increased to 6.[10]
3After the success of Operation Alloy, medigel capacity was increased to 6.[11]

Promote Edit

After obtaining level 20 with a class in multiplayer, you can promote them to the single player galaxy at war. Doing this will reset all characters from the promoted class to level 1. It will however increase war assets in single player by 75 and add 10 levels to your N7 ranking for multiplayer, and advances a particular Challenge. Characters from the promoted class will be reset to level 1, but the name and appearance customizations are now retained. Existing promoted characters will start with no power points assigned.

References Edit

  1. http://masseffect.bioware.com/about/multiplayer/
  2. http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/343/index/14245469
  3. http://masseffect.bioware.com/about/arsenal/
  4. http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/343/index/14105400
  5. https://twitter.com/BioEvilChris/status/222698637761855488
  6. http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/343/index/9544143/2#14328066
  7. https://twitter.com/#!/ehlien/status/198857804273041408
  8. http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/343/index/9544143/2#16242915
  9. http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/343/index/9544143#12086129
  10. http://blog.bioware.com/2012/11/21/operation-privateer/
  11. http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/324/index/13786044/1

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