|This article is about Research in Mass Effect: Andromeda. For Research in Mass Effect 2, see Research.|
Research is the first portion of creating items and Development is the second portion that actually creates that item. The research screen can be accessed via the research center aboard the Tempest, Nexus, certain Forward Stations, or in established outposts on the Golden Worlds.
Blueprints are divided in several categories in the research screen:
Blueprints can be unlocked in research centers by:
- spending research data
- purchasing from merchants
- receiving as a mission requirement
- Completing a mission
- automatically as Ryder reaches certain levels (Refer to specific item articles for exact level requirements)
Blueprints have to be unlocked in order. The lower level of a blueprint has to be unlocked first before higher versions can be researched. Rank I, then II, and so on.
Blueprints have level requirements. Higher level blueprints require Ryder to have increasing levels before the blueprint can be unlocked. Blueprints will list level requirements required (if not met yet).
Augmentation blueprints have only one level. When Ryder researches an augmentation, Ryder receives one copy of the augmentation immediately but more importantly, the augmentation will now be available for Ryder to find out in the world. Note: Until Ryder researches an augmentation, the augmentation will NOT be found out in the world.
Gear from unlocked blueprints can be built via the development screen by using the necessary resources.
Blueprints do not count towards the Inventory item limit.
Research Data (RD) Edit
Research data, or RD, is the currency used to purchase upgrade blueprints. The amount of obtained Research Data Ryder has acquired is shown in the research screen or at the bottom of the scanner interface, when the scanner is active.
There are three types of research available:
Research Data (RD) Acquisition Edit
RD is obtained by several methods in Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Ryder gains most of the research data that can be found by using the scanner. The scanner will beep and flash a "G" on the screen if something nearby can be scanned.
Ryder should scan everything in a new environment to search for research data. Not everything provides research data points. Unless Ryder is being attacked, it's worth trying to scan as much as possible. Ryder might be able to get a quick scan of enemies if the squad has engaged the enemy first to draw attention away from Ryder.
Cryo Pod Perks Edit
Research Data is acquired/affected by several of the Science cryo pod perks.
- Accelerated Research - Reduces the amount of time it takes to earn research points.
- Improved Development - Increases Research Data gain from all sources by 10%.
- Improved Development II - Further increases Research Data gain from all sources by an additional 10%, making it a total of 20%.
- Lab Technicians - Earn research points at regular intervals. (Milky Way research data only.)
Strike Team APEX missions Edit
Successful Strike Teams APEX missions will be rewarded with 30 research data points from one of the three types of research data.
Research Data (RD) Required Edit
The total amount of each Research Data (RD) listed is the amount of that RD to research every Rank for all of the items listed.
Refer to each individual item page for details on the specific research requirements for that item.
|Aerial Performance Optimizer||50|
|Rebalanced Field Coils||50|
|Sticky Grenade Launcher||200|
|Vintage Heat Sink||200|
|Angaran Guerrilla Arms||575|
|Angaran Guerrilla Chest||1150|
|Angaran Guerrilla Helmet||575|
|Angaran Guerrilla Legs||575|
|Battlefield Assist Module||50|
|Heleus Defender Armor||3650|
|Heleus Defender Helmet||1150|
|Kett Fusion Arms||725|
|Kett Fusion Chest||1450|
|Kett Fusion Helmet||725|
|Kett Fusion Legs||725|
|Plasma Charge System||200|
|Seeking Plasma System||100|
|Remnant Heritage Arms||725|
|Remnant Heritage Chest||1450|
|Remnant Heritage Helmet||725|
|Remnant Heritage Legs||725|
Research Data (RD) Rewards Edit
Mission Rewards Edit
For missions that award Research Data (RD), see Mission Rewards.
Scanning Rewards Edit
For scanning that awards Research Data (RD), see Scanning Rewards.