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Shopping plays a part in Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3. Knowing both shopping locations and who operates them will assist you in completing the game by either selling or buying weapons, armor, and upgrades necessary to complete your missions, or clear up your inventory. Each game is different in what shops and merchants do, and what products are offered.

Mass Effect Edit

In Mass Effect, there are various merchants that buy and sell various weapons, armor, upgrades, and licenses that give your squad more firepower and allow you to survive better in combat. Since you can only carry up to 150 items in your inventory at a time, you need to make sure that you are selling it off to these people at regular intervals. If you have access to Dr. Chloe Michel and complete the Citadel: Doctor Michel assignment, she will provide you with significantly better sales prices – up to 100% of the standard price – for any item. Merchants also feature a "Buyback" system where you can buy back any items you have sold, allowing up to the last 20 items you have sold to be bought back. Also check in with them often to see what new equipment they have; some specific details on when their stocks reset are detailed below.

Merchant Locations Edit

This list includes all vendors, their general zone and specific location therein, and finally any notable items in their stocks, some of which may not be available at certain time of the game as the story and plot progress. Capacity upgrades for medi-gel and grenades are not included, and are instead listed here.

Operator Location Stock Types Notable Stock
Dr. Chloe Michel Citadel Wards - Med Clinic (Upgrades) Medical Armor Upgrades
C-Sec Requisitions Officer Citadel Wards - C-Sec Academy (Standard) Kassa Fabrication, Spectre Gear
Expat Citadel Wards - Upper Markets Standard Armax Arsenal
Morlan Citadel Wards - Lower Markets Standard, Alien Geth Armory
Delan Citadel Presidium - Financial District Standard, Upgrades, Alien Armour Serrice Council
Ledra Feros Zhu's Hope Standard Haliat Armory
Opold Noveria Port Hanshan Standard, Upgrades, Alien Rosenkov Materials
Petozi Noveria Rift Station Standard
Commander Rentola Virmire Salarian Base on Virmire Standard Armali Council
Commander Rentola Normandy Cargo Bay
Normandy Requisitions Officer Normandy Cargo Bay Standard/Various Spectre Gear, any licensed equipment

Stock Changes Edit

Once spoken to, merchant inventories remain the same until Shepard levels up. However, by saving before speaking to the merchant and reloading this save, a constantly changing inventory can be seen. New items populate a merchant's inventory during a reset, though on occasion some of the old stock is still there.

The first method has a potentially lengthy execution time for practical use. Save-reloading, however, gives the player the chance to acquire different items from merchants much faster. The method should work on all merchants, although variations may be required for the Normandy Requisitions Officer. It is particularly useful if you're searching for the more elusive or higher level items – particularly armor – such as those manufactured by the Geth Armory or Kassa Fabrication. You may have to do the glitch many times in order to get these rarer items in the game as they have a much lower percentage of being in stock. Some merchants are better than others for stocking what you may be looking for. Morlan and Opold stock a specific section of alien armor, whereas the C-Sec Requisitions Officer and the Normandy Requisitions Officer have general stock and are more likely to have human gear. Some methods for using this trick are described below:

  • Standard: Simply travel to whichever merchant you wish to purchase from: Morlan, for example. Before talking to him – or any other merchants – save your game. After saving, continue to view the items as usual. If the item you're looking for is there, then buy it, equip it to whoever needs it and carry on; you'll need to leave the planet and return to start the method again. However, if you wish the inventory to reset so that different items are on sale, just reload and check their inventory again.
  • Normandy Requisitions Officer: Because the inventory reset works differently for the NRO, the standard of saving before speaking may not work. It's important to make sure that you have the correct license in order for the corresponding equipment to spawn from that manufacturer. The more licenses you have will also improve the odds of getting a particular item from a manufacturer. If this is the case there are different parameters that will make sure it does reset.
    • The inventory will reset automatically after you complete each mission world for the first time.
    • If you're doing assignments or there are no mission worlds you wish to complete, go back to either Feros or Noveria (if you've completed them), or the Citadel. Spend time on the planet conversing and traveling. Next, go to any of the assignment worlds (even one you've completed an assignment on) and, after landing and returning to the Normandy, go to the cargo bay and save before talking to the NRO. The glitch will then work as standard.

Mass Effect 2 Edit

In Mass Effect 2, merchants and shops change from Mass Effect. One can no longer sell components and the merchandise changes. Instead of offering new weapons and armor, merchants now offer armor components for Shepard's N7 Armor, and upgrades for the squad's weapons. These can be purchased by using credits which are earned by completing Missions and Assignments. In addition, now that purchasing is completely automated, using terminals at each shop, talking to the merchants that operate the shops can get you a discount.

Merchant Locations Edit

Vendor Merchant Location
Sirta Foundation Kian Louros Citadel Zakera Ward, Level 26
Saronis Applications Marab Citadel Zakera Ward, Level 26
Citadel Souvenirs Deleia Sanassi Citadel Zakera Ward, Level 27
Zakera Cafe Unnamed turian Citadel Zakera Ward, Level 27
Rodam Expeditions Etarn Tiron Citadel Zakera Ward, Level 28
Harrot's Emporium Harrot Omega Omega Marketplace
Omega Market Marsh Omega Omega Marketplace
Kenn's Salvage Kenn Omega Omega Marketplace
Baria Frontiers Erinya Illium Illium Trading Floor
Gateway Personal Defense Unnamed asari Illium Illium Trading Floor
Memories of Illium Ereba Illium Illium Trading Floor
Serrice Technology Hermia Illium Illium Trading Floor
Fortack's Database Fortack Tuchanka Urdnot Camp
Ratch's Wares Ratch Tuchanka Urdnot Camp

Discounts Edit

All of the shops in Mass Effect 2 offer a way to get a discount, but getting it can involve anything from completing a quick dialogue option, to completing a mission. Each shop is different and each has a different method of getting a discount.

  • Shops on the Citadel or Omega require just a quick conversation and choosing a Charm or Intimidate option to get a discount at the store.
    • On Omega, a discount at two stores can also be obtained by completing a small assignment.
  • The shops on Illium require either a dialogue option, completing a small assignment, or even a conversation.
    • Note: Baria Frontiers and Zakera Cafe don’t have discount options, but you will spend only 2,000 credits and 510 credits respectively for all of their merchandise.
  • The shops on Tuchanka require completing a mission or completing a small mini-game.

The discount is worth taking advantage of as you will save a significant amount of credits over the course of the game. The discounts aren’t that hard to get, and they are worth doing.

Obtaining Credits Edit

Getting credits in Mass Effect 2 is a bit different than in Mass Effect, where credits are earned by selling merchandise, killing enemies, or picking them out of crates. Credits in Mass Effect 2 can only be picked up on Assignments and Missions through Bypass and Hacking, and they are earned by completing Assignments and Missions. Credits are more difficult to obtain, so you might need to watch what you buy as you may have to wait a bit to get a particular upgrade or armor component.

Mining Edit

In addition to using credits to purchase items from stores, credits are also used for mining by purchasing fuel and probes. Fuel and probes are small expenditures compared to some items in stores, but over time, they do add up. Mining is also essential in Mass Effect 2 because you can also pickup research items on missions, and from squadmates while talking to them aboard the Normandy SR-2. You do need resources to get every upgrade and you need to mine to get all of the resources you need to research everything. So you also need to watch how many credits you are spending on mining as well, as it may prevent you from buying all of the items from the stores.

Mass Effect 3 Edit

In Mass Effect 3, shops operate only through terminals — merchants no longer play a part in transactions. Weapon Mods, armor, fish, and model ships can be purchased in stores. Weapons and Galaxy at War mission items that were missed during missions can also be purchased. Credits are earned by completing missions, finding datapads while on missions, and searching the galaxy. Discounts can be obtained through intel found by exploring the galaxy.

Merchant Locations Edit

Shop Name Location Details
Aegohr Munitions Presidium Commons Right shop on upper level of Meridian Place Market
Batarian State Arms Docks: Holding Area Cargo Hold: C
Cipritine Armory Presidium Commons Left shop on upper level of Meridian Place Market
Elkoss Combine Arsenal Supplies Presidium Commons Bank area near Barla Von
Kanala Exports Presidium Commons Bank area along the same wall as the elevator
Kassa Fabrication Presidium Commons Right shop on lower level of Meridian Place Market
Nos Astra Sporting Goods Presidium Commons Left shop on lower level of Meridian Place Market
Sirta Supplies Huerta Memorial Hospital Parallel to reception desk in the Patient Lounge
Spectre Requisitions Citadel Embassies Right terminal inside Spectre Office
Harrot's Emporium Aria's Bunker Requires Mass Effect 3: Omega
Home Spun Silversun Strip Requires Mass Effect 3: Citadel

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