Nightshade Blades is a power in Mass Effect 3's multiplayer mode. It is available for the Cabal Vanguard character in the Mass Effect 3: Reckoning DLC.

Power Ranks Edit

Rank 1: Nightshade Blades Edit

Launch a short-range volley of venom tipped blades to paralyze non-shielded targets. These blades cause instant damage and poison the target, causing damage over time.

Blade damage is most effective at close range. A limited number of these blades can be carried.

  • Blade Damage: 1200
  • Poison Damage Per Second: 50
  • Poison Duration: 8 seconds
  • Paralysis Duration: 5 seconds
  • Range: 15m

Rank 2: Capacity Edit

Increase blade carrying capacity by 1.

Rank 3: Damage Edit

Increase damage by 20%.

  • Blade Damage: 1440
  • Poison Damage Per Second: 60

Rank 4: Damage/Capacity Edit


Increase damage by 30%.

  • Blade Damage: 1800
  • Poison Damage Per Second: 75


Increase blade carrying capacity by 1.

Rank 5: Range/Poison Duration Edit


Increase range by 50%.

  • Range: 22.5m

Poison Duration

Boost the concentration of neurotoxins to increase the paralyze duration by 40% and poison duration by 40%.

  • Poison Duration: 11.2 seconds
  • Paralysis Duration: 7 seconds

Rank 6: Enhanced Blades/Exploding Blades Edit

Enhanced Blades

Boost the concentration of venom in the blades to increase direct damage by 40% and poison damage by 60%.

  • Blade Damage: 2280 (Damage), 1920 (Capacity)
  • Poison Damage Per Second: 90 (Damage), 60 (Capacity)

Exploding Blades

Blades explode after 3 seconds, doing 400 poisonous area damage.

Player Notes Edit

  • The number of blades for this power is dictated by the grenade supply available to the player.
  • This power benefits from equipping Gear items that increase the number of grenades that a player can carry. Equipping a gear item that will increase grenade capacity will boost the number of charges for this power.
  • Exploding Blades does not end the damage-over-time effect that Nightshade Blades places on a target.

Availability Edit

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