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Mass Effect 3 is based on Unreal Engine 3 and many settings can be modified in a way similar to Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, allowing the user to mod, tweak or cheat.

Preface Edit

Backup Your Career Edit

Using the modifications described in this article may alter your career permanently. It is recommended to backup your career for the option to revert back later on. The career files' default locations are in the following:

Windows XP:
X:\Documents and Settings\%Username%\My Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 3\Save

Windows Vista/7:
X:\Users\%Username%\Documents\BioWare\Mass Effect 3\Save

Where X is the drive letter where your Windows system is installed on (usually C:), and %Username% - username that you are logging into the system with.

The career folders are named in the format John_31_Soldier_160312_4a1d758 (first name, psych profile/history, class, date of creation, unique hash numbers).

There is also a profile file called LocalProfile.sav under the same folder in %Username%\Mass Effect 3\BIOGame that you may want to backup. This file stores your achievements and bonus power unlocks.

Tools Edit

Wenchy Coalesced Utility
This is the recommended editor for novices. It has a User interface. Easy to browse and search by address all .ini files that are in coalesced.bin container, and move values across different inis. You can copy or move one value at a time though.


Gibbed Coalesced.bin Extractor
Update: Gibbed DLC Coalesced.bin Extractor -- works only with DLC, not basegame Coalesced.bin.
This is more suited for advanced users. It converts .bin into .json text files when you drag the coalesced.bin file onto coalesce.exe. When you are done with editing, drag the decompiled folder onto coalesce.exe and it compress it back to .bin file.

By using specialised text editor (e.g., Notepad++), you'll be able to get such features as advanced copy&paste, find & replace, compare, syntax highlighting, etc.

Note: This tool converts the file into .json format. This means you can use certain JSON-editors to see an overall structure, but navigating the text file itself will be different from what's described in this article. However, if you search for the parameters mentioned in this document, you should be able to find them.

Mass Effect 3 Tweaks has guides on editing Coalesced files for both base-game and DLC ones as well as guides on using the console and poking around .pcc files for goodies.


ME3 Explorer
A toolset with dozens of tools for modding every aspect of game: basic level and kismet editors, script decompiler, asset explorer, editors of packages (.pcc), table of contents (PCConsoleTOC.bin), DLC archives (.sfar), Conditionals (.cnd), text resources (.tlk) and more.


AmaroK86 DLC Explorer
A tool which is used to repack DLC archives (.sfar). Gained its fame in the "ME3 Explorer" package by the name "DLC Editor".

Warning: Repacking a DLC with this tool will make the DLC fail the integrity check at the title screen. SFAR files that are repacked with this tool will be a different size than the original. When you start ME3 it will present you with an error message saying that your DLC content cannot be verified (at the title screen). The DLC content will not be loaded. If you then try to load a game it will give you an error message that says you cannot load the savegame because the DLC is not present. You must use a DLC integrity-check bypass tool such as Launcher WV or Bink32 (see enabling the console below) or the DLC will not load. If you lose your original DLC, go into Origin and Shop for Add-Ons to ME3. Then right click the corrupt DLC and select Repair. It will redownload the DLC for you.

ME3 Coalesced Mod Manager
A tool which manages mod files for you in an easy to use interface. The latest version allows you to mod all of the basegame as well as all the DLCs, and has support for ME3Tweaks ModMaker.

Location of Configuration File Edit

Note: Before making any edits, make sure to make a backup of an original Coalesced.bin file. If you happen to lose your Coalesced.bin file, right click on ME3 in Origin and do a repair install. It will find Coalesced.bin is invalid and download a new copy.

Windows XP/Vista/7 64bit:
Mass Effect 3\BIOGame\CookedPCConsole\Coalesced.bin

DLC configurations files are stored in a .sfar archive. It can be found in a specific DLC folder under DLC folder.
Mass Effect 3\BIOGame\DLC\%DLC_FOLDER_NAME%\CookedPCConsole\Default.sfar

After unpacking Default.sfar you should get a set of catalogue. Configuration files can be found here:
BIOGame\DLC\DLC_FOLDER_NAME\CookedPCConsole\Default_%DLC_FOLDER_NAME%.bin

Multiplayer warning Edit

BioWare employees have stated in multiple forum sessions that single-player modifications are allowed, but changes that affect the multiplayer aspect of the game may result in a ban if you attempt to use them online.

Many of tweaks contained in this article will affect both SP and MP gameplay. If you choose to use them for SP, it is recommended that you switch to an unmodified Coalesced.bin for any multiplayer matches.

Misc Coalesced.bin Tweaks Edit

This section is for assorted tweaks and cheats that enhance or alter gameplay.

Change HUD Size Edit

As many of you have noticed, the HUD and subtitles in ME3 are rather small. Here is a tweak to change that:

Go to [biogame.ini > sfxgame > biohud] safearearatiox=0.05 safearearatioy=0.05

Change these to 0.10, which will double the size of the HUD

Eliminate Store Mark-up Edit

Go to

[bioui.ini > sfxgamecontent > sfxgamechoiceguidata > storedata > normandy]

markuppercent = 0.1f 

Change markuppercent to 0.0f.

This will eliminate the store mark-up at the Acquisition Board on the Normandy, allowing you to buy things there at the same price as at the various stores.

  • Note: You can change it to negative values for a discount, but anything equal or higher than 1.0f crashes the game at start up. Having too many credits while buying might also crash your game.

Unlock Stores and Bonuspowers Edit

Stores: [bioui.ini > sfxgamecontent > sfxgamechoiceguidata > storedata > normandy > storeitemarray]

Bonuspowers: [bioui.ini > sfxgamecontent > sfxgamechoiceguidata > storedata > bonuspowers > storeitemarray]

To unlock each item, remove the part "PlotUnlockConditionalID=XXXX" from each line you wish to unlock.


Note: Leviathan DLC will revert these changes. You must edit the DLC coalesced in the same way. Extract Default_DLC_EXP_Pack001.bin from \\DLC_EXP_Pack001\Default.sfar with program "ME3 Explorer" > DLCexplorertool > File > Load > selectDLCpackage. and then edit the coalesced. After editing you need to replace the original Default_DLC_EXP_Pack001.bin in Default.sfar with your modified one.


Editing War Assets Edit

[bioui.ini > sfxgame > sfxgawarassethandler > allassets]

To change the value of a War Asset, edit the "StartingStrength" value. To negate the Galactic Readiness penalty, for example, you can double all the values.

Example:

 (ID=0,AssetName="GAWAsset_AllianceEngineeringCorp",Type=GAWAssetType_Military,SubType=GAWAssetSubType_Ground,StartingStrength=260,GUIName=715401,GUIDescription=715515,bIsExploration=False,UnlockPlotStates[0]=0,GUICategoryID=1,DebugConditionalDescription="None",bShowNotificationOnAward=false,ImagePath="gui_codex_images.galaxyAtWar.GM_HumansNoArmor_512x256",NotificationImagePath="") 


Note: Any changes to War Assets already collected in a game in progress will not be affected by any changes to Coalesced. (You can only change assets you don't already have.) For maximum effect, make any changes before starting a new game.


Find interaction objects more easily Edit

Setting the highlight distance to make it easier to find interactable objects:

[Biogame.ini > sfxgame > bioplayerselection]
maxhighlightrange=800

8000 works nicely and highlights objects far enough out to cover your visible range easily.


Split and rebind the Use/Cover/Roll/Storm keys Edit

A better/easier way to improve the controls is installing the Intuitive Controls Mod.

Eliminate Weight Penalty Edit

[biogame.ini > sfxgame > sfxcharacterclass]

Change encumbrancemaxcooldown and encumbrancemincooldown both to -2.0f.

This will eliminate the weight penalty on your powers, allowing you to take the full 200% cooldown bonus with any combination of weapons.

Increasing encumbrancemaxcooldown will increase your base cooldown bonus. Changing it to -3.0f, for example, would result in a 300% cooldown bonus.

Note: Modifying this value will also affect multiplayer characters. Also, someone said : modifying this has no effect on the multiplayer encumbrance, only on the meter bar itself.


Exploration Tweaks Edit

Expand the Normandy scan range
[Biogame.ini > sfxgame > bioplanet]

m_fscandetectionrange=60
Anything over 240 should cover an entire system in one scan.


Increase the Fuel Capacity
Bioweapon.ini > sfxgame > sfxinventorymanager

maxfuel=1000
This can go up to 9000 and beyond.


Improve Normandy Fuel Efficiency:
Bioweapon.ini > sfxgame > sfxinventorymanager

fuelefficiency=1.5
The lower the number, the less fuel used (0.0 - Infinite).


Speed of the Planet Scan Reticle:
Bioinput.ini > sfxgame > sfxgamemodeorbital

reticledegreespersecond=90
This is the reticle speed when not scanning. (Higher number = faster.)

scanningreticledegreespersecond=35
This is the default reticle speed when scanning. (Higher number = faster.)


Reapers' detection time and Chase
[Biogame.ini > sfxgamecontent > sfxgalaxymapreaper]
Reduce all of these to nerf the reapers, or increase them to make searching for war assets more of a challenge.

How quickly they catch up to you:
acceleration = 5.0

How easily they find you:
m_fscandetectionrange = 300

How fast they can go:
maxspeed = 67.5


Get Maximum Level and Talents for all Squad Members Edit

To generate enough skill points to max all skills at level 60: [biogame.ini > sfxgame > sfxgameconfig > levelrewards]

Go to the first line and change it to: (Level=1,ExperienceRequired=0,TalentReward=11,HenchmanTalentReward=18)

Note: Because ME3 recalculates skill points at every scene load, you can add the extra points needed to any levelrewards line and it will update your character with the extra points automatically. If you are already partway through a game, add the extra to your next level.


Quick skip to level 60: Go to bioinput.ini > sfxgame > sfxgamemodedefault > bindings

Add this line: ( Name="NumPadOne", Command="givexp 180000" )

Editing Store Contents Edit

All stores can be found here:

[bioui.ini > sfxgamecontent > sfxguidata > store]

Here you will find subsections, corresponding to each stores in the game ("asari" is nos astra, "batarian" is batarian state arms, and so on).

Each of those "stores" have a subsection called "storeitemarray". In this subsection, you will see items available from the store. Items are categorized in several 'types'. Type name is in capital letters. To unlock item, modify the item's line. For types - WEAPON and MOD: set ",PlotUnlockConditionalID=XXXX" to ",PlotUnlockConditionalID=0" OR remove ",PlotUnlockConditionalID=XXXX,PlotPurchaseID[0]=XXXXX"!

For types - ARMOR, UNIQUEARMOR, QUEST, INTELBONUSES: set ",PlotUnlockConditionalID=XXXX" to ",PlotUnlockConditionalID=0" OR remove ",PlotUnlockConditionalID=XXXX"!

Example:

For instant purchase access to level 5 SMG damage upgrade, "asari > storeitemarray = multiple"

Modify the value:

 (ItemType=TYPE_MOD,ItemClassName="SFXGameContent.SFXWeaponMod_SMGDamage",BaseCost=4000,PlotUnlockConditionalID=1535,PlotPurchaseID[0]=21304) 

to

 (ItemType=TYPE_MOD,ItemClassName="SFXGameContent.SFXWeaponMod_SMGDamage",BaseCost=4000) 

When in game, you will be able to purchase the SMG damage mod from lvl 1 to 5 instantly from Nos Astra Sporting Goods.


Editing Intel Bonuses Edit

The Intel bonus "store" can be found here: [bioui > sfxgamecontent > sfxguidata > store > intel > storeitemarray]

To unlock each intel bonus, remove the part ",PlotUnlockConditionalID=XXXX" from each intel drop you wish to unlock. Also, setting the value XXXX to 0 (zero) should do the trick too.

Note: This is tested and mostly working. The intel drops are unlocked and you can pick a bonus from each one but they don't disappear after as they're intended to and it allows both bonuses to be obtained.

Additionally, you can alter the values of the bonuses by going here:

[biogame > sfxgame > sfxpawn > player > permanentgameeffects]

This list contains both of the unlocked bonuses for each of the 13 intel drops (26 total). Altering the field "Value=0.05" will alter the value of the bonus.

Example:

Value=0.05 = 5% bonus Value=0.10 = 10% bonus


Editing FOV Edit

[bioinput.ini > sfxgame > sfxgamemodedefault > bindings]

( Name="F1", Command="set SFXGame.SFXCameraMode FOV 90" )

http://hamstergene.github.io/blog/2012-11-27-mass-effect-fov/

Disable the intro movie (EA logo) Edit

[bioengine.ini > fullscreenmovie > startupmovies]

Simply add a semicolon in front of the ME3_sig_logo value to show like this

;ME3_sig_logo


Tweaking the Bloom lighting setting Edit

The setting can be found here:

[Biogame.ini > sfxgame > bioworldinfo] defaultpostprocesssettings=...

This value has a long string of settings, but you would only change

Bloom_Scale=0.2

and leave everything else intact.
The higher the value, the brighter/bigger Bloom lighting will be. Work with small increments, lower than 1 recommended. The game accepts negative values.


In-game Console Edit

This section is for information on how to enable and use console on PC. Unlike bindings, console can be used any time in the game.

Enabling game console Edit

MEconsoleTab

Mini version of console. Covers one line of the height.

As of 2014 This tutorial is the most recent (and easiest) way to enable the console.

In order to use the console you require a HEX editor (e.g., HxD). In build 1.5.5427.124, you need to patch the bytes in MassEffect3.exe (at file offset 0x1515D64 from (20 1D 6B) to (30 A3 D5). Video tutorial

(Origin Trilogy version has offset at 1515d60)

(Origin Digital Deluxe Edition has offset at 1515d61)

(The Ultimate Collectors Edition from 3DM has offset at 0x1514533 or 0x151456E)

Note: Using Warranty Voider's memory patch tool at the title screen will enable the console without having to modify any files.

Note: An alternative to ingame console. There is a tool/plugin for managing key-bindings. You can assign buttons to execute commands from external text files. "External console"

Outdated game versions
Patch 1.2, build 1.2.5427.16: MassEffect3.exe, offset 0x1518AEC from (A0 7B 6B) to (60 31 D6).

Patch 1.3. build 1.3.5427.46: MassEffect3.exe, offset 0x151DCEA from (90 38 6A) to (B0 91 D5).

Patch 1.4. build 1.4.5427.111: MassEffect3.exe, offset 0x151DCEA from (40 7E 6B) to (90 25 68). Video tutorial

Demo: MassEffect3Demo.exe, offset 0x150699C from (00 53 D3) to (70 47 D5).

Bear in mind that there could be no visible output from your commands, but they will work (if properly entered). For example, from the main menu, try the command open BioP_MPNov.

List of commands Edit

With console commands you can instantly change different aspects of the game; for example, give Shepard and squad weapons, change camera modes, slow time, open maps and more.

All commands can be entered in console or keybinded (See "In-game Commands" chapter). Commands are NOT case sensitive (except for 'loadgame' and 'savegame'). If you want, you can write only small letters.

Updated list of tested commands with lots of commentary can be found here.


Bindings and commands Edit

This section is for information on commands that can be activated through key bindings.

Keybinds are one or several console commands assigned to any key on keyboard or mouse or controller. Most of them do not work during cutscenes, depending on the command itself and its placement/s within the file, and some effects may be reset when you are not in control of Shepard. But if you want to make keybinds for cutscenes and other game modes, refer to this tutorial project: http://social.bioware.com/project/8334/

All normal mode keybindings are found here:

bioinput.ini > sfxgame > sfxgamemodedefault > bindings

On the right side of the editor you will see the existing keybindings. Scroll down to the bottom where there will be a blank line. Add any new bindings one at a time. Press 'enter' once you've entered a new binding to start a new line.

Keybinding command structure:

( Name="BUTTON",Command="COMMAND" ) 

For BUTTON, substitute any key not already in use on another binding.

For COMMAND, substitute any valid ME3 command.

Multiple commands can be executed on a single binding by separating them with <space>|<space> like this:

( Name="BUTTON",Command="COMMAND1 | COMMAND2 | COMMAND3" ) 
  • Note: You can map commands to any key, provided it's not already used in-game. If it is, remap that key in-game using the Option/Key Bindings menu before you make any changes to the coalesced.bin file.




Keybind examples Edit

Unlock EVERY weapon in the game (for real this time):

 ( Name="NumPadZero", Command="giveitem self argus | giveitem self avenger | giveitem self cobra | giveitem self collector | giveitem self falcon | giveitem self gethplasma |  giveitem self mattock | giveitem self reckoning | giveitem self revenant | giveitem self saber | giveitem self valkyrie | giveitem self vindicator | giveitem self carnifex | giveitem self eagle | giveitem self ivory | giveitem self phalanx | giveitem self predator | giveitem self scorpion | giveitem self talon | giveitem self thor | giveitem self claymore | giveitem self crusader | giveitem self disciple | giveitem self eviscerator | giveitem self graal | giveitem self katana | giveitem self raider | giveitem self scimitar | giveitem self striker | giveitem self hornet | giveitem self hurricane | giveitem self locust | giveitem self shuriken | giveitem self tempest | giveitem self blackwidow | giveitem self incisor | giveitem self indra | giveitem self javelin | giveitem self mantis | giveitem self raptor | giveitem self valiant | giveitem self viper | giveitem self widow | giveitem self sfxweapon_shotgun_geth | giveitem self sfxweapon_assaultrifle_prothean" ) 


Enough credits to buy everything up to Level X:

( Name="NumPadSeven", Command="initcredits 9000000" )


To set your paragon / renegade scores:

( Name="NumPadEight", Command="setrenegade 1000" )
( Name="NumPadTwo", Command="setparagon 1000" )

To reset paragon / renegade scores, set value to 0.

( Name="NumPadEight", Command="setrenegade 0" )
( Name="NumPadTwo", Command="setparagon 0" )

Double movement speed while holding a key:

( Name="NumPadSix", Command="SloMo 2 |  OnRelease SloMo 1" )


Unlimited ammo and grenades on Reload:

( Name="PC_Reload", Command="SwapWeaponIfEmpty | TryReload | initammo 999 | initgrenades 10")


To upgrade your current weapon to the SuperGun (9999 ammo / ultra-high damage):

( Name="F4", Command="givesupergun" )


To upgrade your current armor's damage protection:

( Name="F5", Command="givesuperarmor" )


For God Mode:

( Name="NumPadZero", Command="God")


For no Power Cooldown period:

( Name="NumPadZero", Command="ENABLEPOWERCOOLDOWN 0" )


Note: Both God Mode and Power Cooldown effects reset every time you lose control of Shepard (cutscenes) and need to be re-enabled.


FlyCam Edit

The flycam allows you to detach the camera from the player and fly around the map. It can be used to view normally inaccessible areas of the game or to set up screenshots from alternate angles. To make the flycam work properly you have to set up the following command...

( Name="F9", Command="ToggleFlyCam" )

Replace "F9" with a key of your choice.

in the following directories...

Bioinput.ini/sfxgame/sfxgamemodedefault
Bioinput.ini/sfxgame/sfxgamemodeflycam

Toggling the flycam during conversation mode will not allow you to move or look around unless you add the following commands (one line for each command) to Bioinput.ini/sfxgame/sfxgamemodeconversation

( Name="MouseX", Command="PC_LookX" )
( Name="MouseY", Command="PC_LookY" )
( Name="A", Command="PC_StrafeLeft" )
( Name="W", Command="PC_MoveForward" )
( Name="D", Command="PC_StrafeRight" )
( Name="S", Command="PC_MoveBackward" )

Making the "T" Key AvailableEdit

By default, you're not able to remap the "T" key using the in-game options menu. To allow "T" to be remapped, look in each of these four sections:

bioinput.ini/sfxgame/sfxgamemodedefault/00000409/localizedbindings=(multiple)
bioinput.ini/sfxgame/sfxgamemodedefault/0000040c/localizedbindings=(multiple)
bioinput.ini/sfxgame/sfxgamemodegui/00000409/localizedbindings=(multiple)
bioinput.ini/sfxgame/sfxgamemodegui/0000040c/localizedbindings=(multiple)

and change the "T" in the entry:

"(Name="T", Command="PC_Talk")"

to whatever key you would like to use as the new multiplayer communication key (this key will then become unbindable in game.)



Launching commands from an external batch file Edit

The batch file trick for executing multiple commands that worked with Mass Effect 2 will also work with Mass Effect 3. You can assign a key to execute a text file and in-game it will run whatever command in the text file through the console. Doing so makes it easy to change console commands on the fly by alt-tabbing and saving a new command into the text file.

( Name="NumPadNine", Command="exec powers.txt" )

Note: : the powers.txt file in this case should be placed under Mass Effect 3/Binaries folder, along side with MassEffect3Config.exe.

Editing Powers Edit

This section is for information on adding / editing powers.

You will find the list of all the available powers in the game here:

[Biogame.ini > sfxgamecontent > sfxpowercustomaction]

Unlocking Bonus Powers Edit

All available bonus powers can be found here:

 bioui.ini > sfxgamecontent > sfxgamechoiceguidata > storedata > bonuspowers > storeitemarray

Remove the ",PlotUnlockConditionalID=XXXX" or set "XXXX" to "-1" on the desired powers to unlock them.

Alternative method:

A more apt option will be to replace the XXXX of desired power with XXXX of a power easily/already unlocked.

For example - one may edit the reave power to become-

(ItemType=TYPE_POWER,PlotUnlockConditionalID=1281,BaseCost=3000,ItemClassName="SFXGameContent.SFXPowerCustomAction_Reave",ChoiceEntry=(srChoiceName=314878,srChoiceDescription=314879),Priority=9,BaseCost=5000,LargeImage="gui_codex_images.Store.STO_BonusPower_512x256",SmallImage="GUI_Icons.Notifications.NT_Store_256x1286")

XXXX originally was 1276 but i replaced it with 1281, allowing it to be unlocked along with fortification(unlocked after one good long paragon conversation with Mr. Vega), see Powers (Mass Effect 3) for reference.

To change the cost of switching bonus powers, go here:
[bioui.ini > sfxgamecontent > sfxgamechoiceguidata > storedata > bonuspowers > storeitemarray]

From here, change "BaseCost=5000" to the value of your choice.


Temporarily Adding Any Power Edit

There is a simple method to add any power to your character; however, all talents which are NOT Bonuspowers will be removed every time another save game is loaded or mission start. Just keep checking your active powers and hitting the Num Pad button you bind. On the other hand, Bonuspower talents (Carnage Marksman ProximityMine Decoy ProtectorDrone EnergyDrain InfernoGrenade Reave Stasis WarpAmmo Barrier GethShieldBoost Fortification ArmorPiercingAmmo Slam DarkChannel) will stay after load or mission start. You can add all bonus powers at once and they won't disappear.

Go into bioinput.ini...

 bioinput.ini > engine > playerinput > bindings

copy and paste the following string into a blank line on the right of the editor

 ( Name="NumPadFour", Command="givepower self cryoammo" ) 

Simply change "cryoammo" to any power name [most correct names have no space, should be straight forward for all powers]

The command's effect will add a talent to your character with the first level already active. You can add as many powers as you like. Simply copy and paste into a second blank line, and change the Num Pad number key being targeted as well as the power itself).

Make Powers Penetrate Cover Edit

In coalesced.bin,

biogame.ini > sfxgamecontent > sfxpowercustomaction > 

For many, though not all, of the powers listed here, there is an attribute that includes the statement:

BlockedByObjects=true

If this is currently set to true, changing it to false will cause any radius effects of the power to ignore cover, making the power hit enemies behind cover. Note that this does not make the deployment of the power succeed if hitting cover would cause it to fail - i.e. it won't make your Pulls and Throws penetrate cover, even if set, but it can make your Nova (listed as discharge here) hit enemies behind cover.

In addition, some powers also list this statement, usually in the same line:

ImpactPlaceables=true

If set true, this will cause the power to hit Cerberus Engineer turrets. If false, it will either bass through the turret and ignore it, or simply give an error and not allow targeting, depending on the power in question. Most powers with this attribute are already set properly, but in some cases this can still be useful to change, such as setting some powers that are more effective against the Engineer himself to false will allow you to target him with the power directly, even if he's behind the turret.

NOTE: ImpactPlaceables may affect something besides Cerberus Engineer turrets, but nothing else is yet known.

Zero Squad Power Cooldown Time Edit

In coalesced.bin,

biogame.ini > sfxgamecontent > sfxpowercustomaction > 

This is a list of all powers in singleplayer. If a power has the following attribute:

henchmancooldowntime = (basevalue=number, some other irrelevant data)

Then it is useable by a squadmate. Change the number value to .5 for an almost instant recharge. The lower the number, the faster the cooldown.

Edit Power Combo Damage/Radius/Force Edit

In coalesced.bin,

biogame.ini > sfxgamecontent > sfxgameeffect > powercombo > biotic

These are the attributes that control the damage, force, and radius of biotic combo explosions. Editing for tech bursts is in the other nearby sections, namely cryo, electric, and fire. Editing the values here appears to change the damage, force, or radius for detonating one rank 6 power with another rank 6 power.

Editing Weapons Edit

Unlimited ammo Edit

Go into bioweapon.ini > sfxgame > sfxweapon . Change the relevant variable into the one below. Default value is false.

binfiniteammo = true

For bottomless clip/no reload,

ammopershot = 0

To change it back, default value is 1.

Certain weapons (like the N7 Hurricane) have a special parameter for the ammo per shot. You'll have to find them using the method described below and edit their particular value.

Individual weapon tweaks Edit

If you want to change the stats of an individual gun, such as fire rate, damage, or recoil go to

bioweapon.ini > sfxgamecontent > sfxweapon

From there you can open up the files for each weapon which are broken up into sections based on weapon type.

Here are some editable attributes.

Accuracy
maxaimerror = (X= , Y= )
minxaimeror = (X= , Y= )

X and Y fields should be the same. Bigger values mean less accurate. The above two values fix accuracy when not holding down right mouse, or aiming. "zoomaimerror" is for accuracy while aiming.

maxzoomaimerror = (X= , Y= )
minzoomxaimeror = (X= , Y= )
Crosshair size
maxzoomcrosshairrange = (X= , Y= )
minzoomcrosshairrange = (X= , Y= )

Crosshairs DO NOT scale with accuracy. It is up to you to fix the cross hair size to fit the accuracy that you have modded.

Recoil
recoil = (X= , Y= ) 

This is for recoil when not aiming. Bigger means more recoil.

zoomrecoil = (X= , Y= ) 

This is for recoil while aiming.

Damage
damage = (X= , Y= )

X is value of weapon damage at level I, while Y is the damage value at level X. Note: Make sure you also fix the statbardamage attribute to be the same values as the damage that you set. There are two other values for stat bars: accuracy and rate of fire. These two values don't correspond with the values that actually affect the behavior of the gun.

Rate of fire
rateoffire = (X= , Y= )

Both X and Y values should be the same.

Weight
encumbranceweight = (X= , Y= )

Value x is the weight of the weapon at level I, and value Y is the weight at level X. For example, a weight of 1.4 means your cooldown will be slowed by -140% if you equip this weapon.

Customized weapon mods Edit

To modify the mods usable by each weapon go to

bioweapon > sfxgame > sfxweapon > weapon type > base

and edit the allowableweaponmods field.

Example: Adding SFXGameContent.SFXWeaponMod_SMGMagSize to SniperRifle unlocks the SMG Heat Sink to the list of possible mods for the sniper rifle.

Customizing squad member loadouts Edit

biogame.ini > sfxgame > sfxplayersquadloadoutdata > henchloadoutinfo

then change the appropriate henchman's line.

Example: Change

(ClassName=SFXPawn_Tali,WeaponClasses=(LoadoutWeapons_HeavyPistols,LoadoutWeapons_Shotguns)) 

to

(ClassName=SFXPawn_Tali,WeaponClasses=(LoadoutWeapons_AssaultRifles,LoadoutWeapons_HeavyPistols))

Tali's weapon set is now assault rifles and heavy pistols.

Note: Squadmates are only allowed to equip up to 2 weapons. Trying to mod them to take on more will be useless since selecting their weapons in the HUD ingame would only allow for 2.

Editing Armor and Casual AppearanceEdit

This section is for customizing armor and appearances and the bonus stats.

All armor and appearances can be found here: [biogame.ini > sfxgame > sfxplayercustomization]


Unlocking Armor Edit

armappearances -Arm helmetappearances _helmet legappearances - Leg shoulderappearances -Shoulder torsoappearances - Torso fullbodyappearances - Non-component armor

To unlock, set the PlotFlag for the armor that you want to -1.

Example: (Mesh=(Male="BIOG_HMM_ARM_SHP_R.SHPa.HM...lthBonus"),Id=0,Name=339526,Description=339527,PlotFlag=-1,Type=CustomizableType_Arms)



Editing component armor bonuses Edit

List of all component armor bonuses:
"SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_HealthBonus" "SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_AmmoCapacityBonus" "SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_MeleeDamageBonus" "SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_PowerCooldownBonus" "SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_PowerDamageBonus" "SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_ShieldBonus" "SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_ShieldRegenBonus" "SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_WeaponDamageBonus" "SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_ConstraintDamageBonus"

Each gives a 10% bonus to that stat.

Note: "Constraintdamagebonus" is headshot damage bonus. Adding "_Weak" to the end after "Bonus" will halve the effect to 5%.


For this example, the arm piece of the N7 armor (the first item on the list) is edited to become this:

(Mesh=(Male="BIOG_HMM_ARM_SHP_R.SHPa.HMM_ARM_SHPa_Slv_MDL",Female="BIOG_HMF_ARM_SHP_R.SHPa.HMF_ARM_SHPa_Slv_MDL"),GameEffects=("SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_HealthBonus","SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_AmmoCapacityBonus","SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_MeleeDamageBonus","SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_PowerCooldownBonus","SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_PowerDamageBonus","SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_ShieldBonus","SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_ShieldRegenBonus","SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_WeaponDamageBonus","SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_PartBasedArmor_ConstraintDamageBonus"),Id=0,Name=339526,Description=-1,PlotFlag=-1,Type=CustomizableType_Arms)

This piece will now contain EVERY bonus stat available. Copy-paste the GameEffects terms into other armor pieces to give them all stats.


You can also add these effects to the "No Helmet" component if you prefer to play that way.

Editing complete armor set bonuses Edit

Complete armor sets (non-component) can also be tweaked this way. The bonus stats for these armors are below and can be added to all armor in the same method as adding to the components above.

"SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_UniqueArmor_BloodDragon" "SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_UniqueArmor_Cerberus" "SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_UniqueArmor_Inferno" "SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_UniqueArmor_Reckoning" "SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_UniqueArmor_Tank" "SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_UniqueArmor_Terminus" "SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_UniqueArmor_Collector"

For this example, all custom armor powers are added to the Inferno armor that is inherited from ME2:

(Mesh=(Male="BIOG_HMM_ARM_SHP_R.FBDa.HMM_ARM_FBDa_MDL",Female="BIOG_HMF_ARM_SHP_R.FBDa.HMF_ARM_FBDa_MDL"),GameEffects=("SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_UniqueArmor_Tank","SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_UniqueArmor_Inferno","SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_UniqueArmor_Cerberus","SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_UniqueArmor_Terminus","SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_UniqueArmor_Collector","SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_UniqueArmor_Reckoning","SFXGameContent.SFXGameEffect_UniqueArmor_BloodDragon"),Id=0,Name=711024,Description=711025,PlotFlag=20988,Type=CustomizableType_Torso)

These effects do appear to stack in-game.

Changing Armor Appearances Edit

[biogame.ini > sfxgame > sfxplayercustomization]

The default line for the armor's helmet appearance:

(Mesh=(Male="biog_hmm_hgr_shp_r.SHPa.HMM_HGR_SHPa_MDL",Female="BIOG_HMF_HGR_SHP_R.SHPa.HMF_HGR_SHPa_MDL",bHideHair=True),Id=0,Type=CustomizableType_Helmet)

Changing the mesh reference in the line so that it would look as follows:

(Mesh=(Male="biog_hmm_hgr_shp_r.SHPc.HMM_HGR_SHPc_MDL",Female="BIOG_HMF_HGR_SHP_R.SHPc.HMF_HGR_SHPc_MDL",bHasBreather=True,bHideHead=True,bHideHair=True),Id=0,Type=CustomizableType_Helmet)

This would result in the armor using Death Mask helmet model, complete with the flanging effect when Shepard speaks.

Removing the mesh reference completely in the line so that it would look as follows:

(Id=0,Type=CustomizableType_Helmet)

This results in the helmet mesh being removed, leaving Shepard without any headgear. Neither modification alters the armor bonuses in any way, and is purely cosmetic.


Unlocking Casual Appearances Edit

[biogame.ini > sfxgame > sfxplayercustomization > casualappearances]

To unlock, set the PlotFlag for the armor that you want to -1.

Example: (Mesh=(Male="BIOG_HMM_ARM_CTH_R.CTHl.HMM_ARM_CTHl_MDL",Fem...THk_MDL"),Id=9,PlotFlag=-1,Type=CustomizableType_Torso)


Adding a new casual appearance Edit

[biogame.ini > sfxgame > sfxplayercustomization > casualappearances]

Copy the last line to a new line and replace the Male and Female parameters' with the name of the new mesh.

Next, set new Id field (make sure, it's not a existing id) to add this new outfit.

Example: (Mesh=(Male="biog_hmm_arm_nkd_r.NKDb.HMM_ARM_NKDb_MDL",Fem...b_MDL"),Id=10,PlotFlag=-1,Type=CustomizableType_Torso)


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