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N7 Armor is Commander Shepard's default armor set in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3. This armor is designed to augment tech, biotic and weapons damage as well as provide additional health and shield strength. However, the N7 Armor is also designed to be modular and can be customized with a variety of chestpieces, gauntlets, pauldrons, helmets and leg pieces can be swapped in or out.

N7 Armor is also craftable in Mass Effect: Andromeda, where its stats focus on increasing Pathfinder Ryder's biotic ability.

Mass Effect 2 Edit

In Mass Effect 2, the N7 Armor is the first armor set made available to the player. It is obtained in the mission Prologue: Awakening, where the N7 Armor worn by Commander Shepard during Prologue: Save Joker and before Prologue: Awakening is the heavy model of Mass Effect. The armor has undergone some minor aesthetic changes, most notably a new helmet, a new right arm with a supplementary shoulder on the right clavicle, and a grainy aspect compared to the smooth aspect of the previous game. Although the armor is modular, until the player obtains additional armor parts, it can only be customized cosmetically rather than functionally.

Customization Edit

Main article: Armor Customization

The N7 Armor can be customized by swapping out pieces of the set for pieces purchased from merchants, or made available as downloadable content, in the armor locker aboard the Normandy SR-2.

Head Edit

Name Image Description Effects
N7 Helmet N7Helmet Dual layer of fabric armor and kinetic padding within a lightweight ablative ceramic shell. Comes standard with a suite of communication, navigation, and battlefield awareness software.

Increases health by 5%

N7 Breather Helmet N7Breather Dual layer of fabric armor and kinetic padding within a lightweight ablative ceramic shell. Comes standard with a suite of communication, navigation, and battlefield awareness software. Comes hardsealed to protect wearer from hazardous environmental conditions.

Increases health by 5%

Chest Edit

Name Image Description Effects
N7 Chestplate N7Chestplate Interlocking plates of thick, ablative ceramic plates. Designed to be light, effective, and easily repaired.

Increases power damage by 3%

Shoulders Edit

Name Image Description Effects
N7 Shoulder Guards N7ShoulderGuards Curved shell of ablative ceramic over kinetic padding.

Increases weapon damage by 3%

Arms Edit

Name Image Description Effects
N7 Gauntlets N7Gauntlets A combination of fabric armor with kinetic padding and plates of ablative ceramic for protection.

Increases health by 3%

Legs Edit

Name Image Description Effects
N7 Greaves N7 Greaves Dual layer of fabric armor and kinetic padding beneath thick plates of ablative ceramic and lined with additional kinetic barriers.

Increases shield strength by 3%

Mass Effect 3 Edit

In Mass Effect 3, the N7 Armor is again the first armor set made available to the player. It is obtained in the mission Priority: Mars. Once more, the new N7 Armor has undergone some minor aesthetic changes, most notably: angled shoulder pieces, a new belt, a new right bracer. Many armor pieces have also regained their metallic or matte finish seen in Mass Effect, compared to the mostly carbon fiber finish of Mass Effect 2. Like its Mass Effect 2 counterpart, the armor is still customizable and possesses different attributes, with all N7 pieces giving a health bonus.

Customization Edit

Main article: Armor Customization (Mass Effect 3)

The N7 Armor can be customized by swapping out pieces of the set for pieces purchased from merchants, found in the battlefield, or made available as downloadable content, in the armor locker aboard the Normandy SR-2.

Head Edit

Name Image Description Effects
N7 Helmet ME3 N7 helmet Dual layer of fabric armor and kinetic padding within a lightweight ablative ceramic shell. Comes standard with a suite of communication, navigation, and battlefield awareness software.

Increases health by 10%

N7 Breather Helmet ME3 N7 breather helmet Dual layer of fabric armor and kinetic padding within a lightweight ablative ceramic shell. Comes standard with a suite of communication, navigation, and battlefield awareness software. Comes hardsealed to protect wearer from hazardous environmental conditions.

Increases health by 10%

Chest Edit

Name Image Description Effects
N7 Chestplate ME3 N7 chest Interlocking plates of thick, ablative ceramic plates. Designed to be light, effective, and easily repaired.

Increases health by 10%

Shoulders Edit

Name Image Description Effects
N7 Shoulder Guards ME3 N7 shoulders Curved shell of ablative ceramic over kinetic padding.

Increases health by 10%

Arms Edit

Name Image Description Effects
N7 Gauntlets ME3 N7 arms A combination of fabric armor with kinetic padding and plates of ablative ceramic for protection.

Increases health by 10%

Legs Edit

Name Image Description Effects
N7 Greaves ME3 N7 legs Dual layer of fabric armor and kinetic padding beneath thick plates of ablative ceramic and lined with additional kinetic barriers.

Increases health by 10%

Mass Effect: Andromeda Edit

N7 Armor is a four-piece set of armor in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

MEA N7 Armor Set

Description Edit

Back in the Milky Way, top combatants in the Systems Alliance military were given an N7 designation. N7 Armor was designed with ablative ceramic plating and kinetic padding to provide most of the hardsuits protection, while sophisticated VIs regulate the user's omni-tool and biotic amps. This particular suit was worn by your father Alec Ryder, who customized it for biotic specialization. It has since been refitted for your personal needs.

Types Edit

Ranks I - X are named N7 when the four armor pieces are crafted or found in-game.

Note: There are no differences between the crafted versions compared to the found versions.

Arms / Helmets / Legs Edit






Stats Edit

Rank Max Shields Biotic Power Damage
I +2% +3%
II +3% +4%
III +5% +5%
IV +6% +6%
V +7% +7%
VI +8% +8%
VII +9% +9%
VIII +10% +10%
IX +11% +11%
X +12% +12%

Development Edit

Rank Rd icon milkyway orange Research Cost Omni-gel canister icon Omni-Gel Canister Copper icon Copper Iridium icon Iridium Platinium icon Platinum MEA Augmentation Slot For Tables Augmentation Slots
I 35 10 50 20 10 2
II 40 10 60 30 10 2
III 45 20 65 30 10 2
IV 50 20 70 30 10 2
V 55 20 80 40 10 2
VI 60 20 90 40 10 2
VII 65 20 90 50 10 2
VIII 70 20 90 50 10 2
IX 75 20 100 50 10 2
X 80 20 105 50 10 2
Total 575 180 800 390 100 N/A

Chests Edit



Stats Edit

Rank Max Shields Biotic Power Damage Biotic Recharge Speed
I +4% +4% +5%
II +6% +5% +8%
III +7% +6% +10%
IV +9% +7% +13%
V +10% +8% +15%
VI +11% +9% +16%
VII +12% +10% +17%
VIII +13% +11% +18%
IX +14% +12% +19%
X +15% +13% +20%

Development Edit

Rank Rd icon milkyway orange Research Cost Omni-gel canister icon Omni-Gel Canister Copper icon Copper Iridium icon Iridium Platinium icon Platinum MEA Augmentation Slot For Tables Augmentation Slots
I 100 30 140 70 20 4
II 110 40 170 80 20 4
III 120 40 190 90 20 4
IV 130 50 210 100 30 4
V 140 60 240 120 30 4
VI 150 60 260 120 30 4
VII 160 60 260 130 30 4
VIII 170 70 280 140 40 4
IX 180 70 290 140 40 4
X 190 70 300 140 40 4
Total 1450 550 2340 1130 300 N/A

Player Notes Edit

Features Edit

  • N7 Armor is available for crafting in Mass Effect: Andromeda after gaining access to the Tempest.
  • While other armor sets have generic pieces that can be looted from enemies and containers, N7 Armor can only be acquired by crafting or by purchasing after obtaining the Cryo Pod Perk Grey Market Connections. Once Ryder has Grey Market Connections the Armor Merchant on the Nexus will sell it.
  • The appearance of the armor is identical to Mass Effect 3's set.

Strategies Edit

Trivia Edit

N7 Armor - Dead Space 3
  • N7 Armor is also available to be unlocked in Dead Space 3. The only requirement to unlock the armor is to have a save file in both games.
  • Playing the Mass Effect 3 demo will unlock a suit of N7 Armor for use in Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.
  • The Mass Effect 2 and 3 incarnations of Shepard's N7 armor are available as Avatar Outfits in the Xbox Marketplace for US $3.99.
  • N7 Armor can be purchased as a bonus costume for characters Noel and Serah in Final Fantasy XIII-2. They cost $3 on Playstation Network per character.