Medi-gel (medical gel) is an all-purpose medicinal salve combining an anaesthetic and clotting agent used by paramedics, EMTs, and military personnel, produced by the Sirta Foundation. It heals various wounds and ailments, instantly sealing injuries against infection and allowing for rapid healing by having the gel grip tight to flesh until subjected to a frequency of ultrasound. It is sealable against liquids - most notably blood - as well as contaminants and gases. While technically its properties make it illegal under genetic modification laws, in this case the restriction is ignored because of the product's beneficial properties.
Despite its ostensible biogenetic nature inferrable from its ban under genetic modification laws, medi-gel proves to be equally useful for the task of repairing synthetic platforms. Lieutenant Girard is quoted in an Alliance News Network broadcast mentioning deploying medi-gel on geth, while Shepard is routinely able to remotely repair and reactivate Legion's and EDI's platforms during the course of the Commander's adventures.
As of 2183, medi-gel provides an instant boost of health when applied with the aid of an omni-tool. Medi-gel cannot be used again until a 60 second cooldown period has passed, which can be shortened with high-grade omni-tools and/or the Medicine talent. The amount of health restored on medi-gel can be increased with the First Aid talent. While Shepard can use Spectre Training and the Unity revival talent, which does not require medi-gel, if Shepard is an engineer of the Medic specialization, they can use medi-gel to revive fallen squad members.
During a mission, Medi-gel can be obtained from looted containers, aid stations, or enemies. Outside of missions, Medi-gel is also freely available from at the SSV Normandy's medical bay, at the Med Clinic on the Citadel, or from Shepard's Apartment on Inta'sei. At various shops one can purchase upgrades that allow more medi-gel to be carried (up to a maximum of 10 units).
Mass Effect 2Edit
In 2185, the use of medi-gel has changed and separated into an active and passive component. A new automatic self-healing system (see Codex "Body Armor"), managed by the armor suit's microframe computers, uses small quantities of medi-gel when required in order to slowly regenerate your Shepard and the squad members' health after a short period has passed without taking any damage. Alternatively, allies can be revived if Shepard administers a medi-gel unit, enough for a single large dose. Initially the dose merely revives the fallen squadmate, but research allows medi-gel to be used to restore the health and shields of all squadmates as well. Each time medi-gel is utilized to revive fallen squadmates, one unit is used per fallen squadmate. However, if both squadmates are knocked out and Shepard only has 1 medi-gel remaining, the use of that single medi-gel will revive both squadmates at the same time.
Medi-gel can be acquired through opening aid containers or wall-mounted aid stations. Shepard can research or buy upgrades which allow the Commander to carry additional medi-gel units. From an initial carrying capacity of 3 medi-gel units, Shepard can upgrade to be able to carry a maximum of 9 medi-gel units. If Shepard opens a medi-gel container while already carrying the maximum number of medi-gel units, the medi-gel will instead be salvaged for a total of 100 credits.
Mass Effect 3Edit
Use during 2186 changed somewhat from the year before, as passive healing capability was limited. During Shepard's campaign to save the galaxy, their health is now divided into bars. Although the current bar only will regenerate after a period with no incoming damage, any bar fully lost will not regenerate automatically. Normally, only way to regenerate these lost bars during the mission is to use a medi-gel. Health is restored once the mission is complete. Although Medi-gel can still be used to revive squadmates, medi-gel is no longer the only means to revive fallen squadmates, as Shepard can move close to the squadmate and revive them manually: a revive option will appear when Shepard is close enough and facing the squadmate. This method is exactly the same as the multiplayer revival method. Instead of getting credits for surplus medi-gel found on missions as in Mass Effect 2, Shepard now receives experience for salvaging it. Med-kits contain 2 medi-gels, while med-stations may contain more.
While smaller squads fight across the galaxy, medi-gel is available in a limited capacity and allows soldiers to revive themselves after being downed. Alternatively one of their squadmates can perform a manual revive while close to their friends, allowing medi-gel to be conserved for critical moments. However, soldiers cannot be revived after falling victim to the special combat "execution" maneuvers of a Phantom, Atlas, Brute, Banshee, Scion or Praetorian -- soldiers killed in this way are out for the rest of the mission. Note that if medi-gel is in the process of being used during an extraction the soldier will not be granted Full Extraction until the revival is complete and the soldier is able to move independently again.