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Disambiguous This article is about the power in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3. For the talent in Mass Effect, see Electronics.
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Overload is a tech power available to Engineers, Sentinels, Garrus, Miranda, Kasumi, EDI, Kaidan Alenko, Wilson, and Dr. Amanda Kenson. It shuts down an enemy's shields, rendering them vulnerable to attack. Overload is typically used to take down shields or synthetics, doing twice as much damage to shields as it does to synthetics, but will also cause any unshielded enemies using flamethrowers to explode. Starting at rank 3, Overload will cause the weapons of most unprotected enemies to overheat, making them unable to fire for a brief period. It can also be used on explosive containers to make them detonate more violently for added damage.

Note: This power travels in a straight line from the user to the target, hitting instantly.

Mass Effect 2 Edit

Power Ranks Edit

  • Rank 1
    • Recharge Time: 6.00 seconds (Shepard) 12.00 seconds (Others)
    • Impact Radius: 1.20 meters
    • Shield and Synthetic Damage: 120.00 points
  • Rank 2
    • Recharge Time: 6.00 seconds (Shepard) 12.00 seconds (Others)
    • Impact Radius: 1.20 meters
    • Shield and Synthetic Damage: 140.00 points
    • Synthetic Stun Length: 3.00 seconds
  • Rank 3
    • Recharge Time: 6.00 seconds (Shepard) 12.00 seconds (Others)
    • Impact Radius: 1.20 meters
    • Shield and Synthetic Damage: 160.00 points
    • Synthetic Stun Length: 3.00 seconds
    • Weapon Overheat Length: 6.00 seconds


Rank 4

Choose to evolve the power into one of the following,

Heavy OverloadEdit

  • Your pulse now damages synthetic enemies so brutally that they explode on "death".
    • Recharge Time: 6.00 seconds (Shepard) 12.00 seconds (Others)
    • Impact Radius: 1.20 meters
    • Shield and Synthetic Damage: 200.00 points
    • Synthetic Stun Length: 3.00 seconds
    • Weapon Overheat Length: 6.00 seconds

Area OverloadEdit

  • You have increased your pulse's strength to cover a wide area, making it easy to hit multiple targets.
    • Recharge Time: 6.00 seconds (Shepard) 12.00 seconds (Others)
    • Impact Radius: 3.00 meters
    • Shield and Synthetic Damage: 160.00 points
    • Synthetic Stun Length: 3.00 seconds
    • Weapon Overheat Length: 6.00 seconds

Player Notes Edit

  • Though the game says this ability will be ineffective against organic enemies, at rank 3 or higher it can still be used on (almost) any enemy to cause their weapon to overheat, giving the player a breather.
  • Overload deals the damage amount listed above to armor, barriers and synthetic health. Double damage is dealt to shields. No organic health damage is dealt.

Availability Edit

Mass Effect 3 Edit

Power Ranks Edit

Rank 1: Overload Edit

Overload electronics with this power surge, stunning your enemy.
Effective against shields, barriers, and synthetics. Not as effective against organics.

  • Recharge Speed: 8 sec
  • Damage: 220


Rank 2: Recharge Speed Edit

Increases recharge speed by 25%.

  • Recharge Speed: 6.40 sec


Rank 3: Damage Edit

Increase damage by 20%.

  • Damage: 264


Rank 4: Chain Overload/Damage Edit

Chain Overload

Hit 1 additional target within 8 meters with 60% less damage.

  • Chain-hit Damage: 105.60

Damage

Increase damage by 30%.

  • Damage: 330


Rank 5: Neural Shock/Recharge Speed Edit

Neural Shock

Incapacitate weaker organic enemies for a short duration.

Recharge Speed

Increase recharge speed by 25%.

  • Recharge Speed: 5.33 sec


Rank 6: Chain Overload/Shield Damage Edit

Chain Overload

Increase damage by 15%.
Hit 1 additional target within 8 meters with 60% less damage.

  • Damage: 297 (Chain Overload), 363 (Damage)
  • Chain-hit Damage: 118.80 (Chain Overload), 145.20 (Damage)

Shield Damage

Increase damage to barriers and shields by an additional 100%.


Player Notes Edit

Note: Overload does half damage to organic health and armor, normal damage to synthetic health and armor, and 3x damage to all barriers/shields. With the rank 5 Neural Shock evolution, Overload will do normal damage to organic health and armor and 6x damage to organic barrier/shields (this is an undocumented feature of the evolution). With the rank 6 Shield Damage evolution, Overload will do 6x damage to synthetic barriers/shields and 5x damage to organic barriers/shields. With both Neural Shock and Shield Damage, Overload will do 8x damage to organic barriers/shields, instead of 5x or 6x.[1]

Mechanics
  • Even though Overload has a damage penalty against organics, it will still stun weaker foes.
  • The incapacitation effect from Neural Shock will completely knock over your main target; this disable lasts significantly longer than the normal stun.
    • If any of the various Chain Overload evolutions are chosen, the additional affected enemies will NOT be incapacitated (though they will still be stunned); Neural Shock incapacitation only applies to the main target.[1]
    • A Neural Shock incapacitation will cause a Guardian to drop his shield permanently. Characters near ledges may also fall to their deaths.
  • Overload is one of the few powers in Mass Effect 3 that can both prime and detonate Power Combos (though you must use a different power from Overload to complete or start the combo).
    • If Overload is given one or both chain evolutions, each additional Overload chain is capable of detonating a separate tech combo, which makes Overload relatively unique, as normally powers with AOE can only detonate one combo at a time.[2]
  • If both chain evolutions are chosen, the second chain will jump back to the original target if there is no other enemy within 8 meters.
    • Moreover, if both chain evolutions are chosen, the third hit will only do 16% of the original hit damage (an additional 60% reduction of the second hit's 60% damage reduction, not a 60% reduction of the original hit).[3] In addition, it may "forget" to do normal damage to synthetics (instead doing half damage) or do extra damage to shields/barriers (instead doing normal damage).[4]
Strategies
  • Overload is more effective against biotic barriers than it was in Mass Effect 2, and also now affects non-synthetic enemies health, though with a penalty. This allows characters with the power to be effective against a wider range of enemies.
    • However, it has also lost most of the other effects it had in the previous game, such as weapon overheating, and no longer has an impact area, hitting just one target.
  • Because the Neural Shock evolution effectively negates the major weakness of Overload (reduced effectiveness against organics) in addition to providing a powerful incapacitating effect, it is almost always a better choice than the Recharge Speed evolution.
  • Overload is better at stripping barriers than Warp alone is, especially with the Rank 6 Shield Damage evolution which doubles its damage against shields and barriers. This makes the Turian Sentinel (who has both Warp and Overload) and the Human Engineer (who has Overload and Incinerate) very good multiplayer classes for stripping away defenses and dealing with hardened targets.
  • Overload is highly effective in Mass Effect 3's multiplayer as a crowd control power when fully upgraded along the Chain Overload/Neural Shock path. Place yourself at the entrance to a room enemies are charging through and spam it on the first one to appear.
    • Even though taking both chain evolutions will result in a measly third hit (that only does 16% normal damage), enemies will still be stunned if possible, which makes the third hit useful from a crowd-control perspective.
  • Geth Engineers can use power evolutions in Hunter Mode to increase recharge speed and damage of Overload. Used correctly, Overload can become both fast and extremely powerful.
  • Because each chain of an Overload can detonate a tech combo, partnering with someone (either as a single-player squadmate or a multi-player teammate) who can quickly prime multiple opponents with an area-of-effect power can drastically increase the total damage potential for a team (a notorious multi-player example pairing being Snap Freeze as primer).[5]

Availability Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/343/index/13855086/4#13989479
  2. http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/347/index/9822648
  3. http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/343/index/13855086/4#13989479
  4. http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/343/index/14032123
  5. http://social.bioware.com/profile.forum/forum/1/topic/343/index/15099207/1

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