Disambiguous This article is about resources which include minerals and materials used for developing items in Mass Effect: Andromeda. For the assignment in Mass Effect, see UNC: Valuable Minerals. For the planetary resources scanning system in Mass Effect 2, see Planet Scanning. For the system in Mass Effect 3 to recover War Assets, see Search and Rescue.

In Mass Effect: Andromeda, the inventory resources tab consists of 5 main categories. Note: All five resources types do not count towards the Inventory item limit.

Minerals Edit

MEA Minerals

Minerals are useful chemical elements found in Mass Effect: Andromeda. These elements can be acquired by different methods.

Acquisition Edit


All minerals can be acquired by purchasing from certain merchants. Increasing the maximum purchasable amount of materials is possible by unlocking the Commerce cryo pod perk Supply Lines.


When exploring a star system or celestial objects via the galaxy map, Dr. Suvi Anwar may alert Ryder to an anomaly. Locating and probing the anomaly may yield some minerals or salvage although it does not return as much minerals compared to mining. See Tempest Scanning Rewards for details.


While mining minerals from a vehicle is not new to the Mass Effect series, the method differs in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

  • While exploring a planet, Ryder can establish a Forward Station marked as Map icon forwardstation and basic mining zones indicated as Map icon mineral are then revealed on the map.
  • If the ND1 Nomad is within a mining zone, SAM will notify Ryder that the area can be mined for resources.
    • Toggle open the Nomad's mining computer display and drive around the mining zone until one or more of the mineral column signal increases.
    • Drive around a bit more to make sure the signal is as strong as it's going to get, then deploy a mining drone.
  • The drone will mine in a radius outlined by an orange line; Ryder can no longer find any resources within this perimeter.
  • All minerals gathered will be transferred to Ryder's inventory immediately.
  • When almost all minerals have been mined in the area, the SAM and the mining display will indicate that the zone is depleted.
  • Additional enhancedMEA Enhanced Mining Zone Iconand rare MEA Rare Mining Zone Icon mining zones can be revealed if the Science cryo pod perks Expanded Field Analysis and Expanded Field Analysis II are unlocked.
On Foot

Ryder will also locate mineral nodes while completing missions by foot on the planet surface. Most nodes will only require direct interaction but occasionally SAM will advise Ryder of an 'unknown mineral'. This mineral could be something not encountered before, or it could be a special request by an NPC. Use the Omni-tool and scan the node. Containers also might have minerals.

See also: Deconstruct

Ryder can acquire minerals by deconstructing (breaking down) weapons and armor obtained through combat, exploration, or purchase. The materials used to craft an item are what will be returned during deconstruction but at a reduced amount.

  • Deconstruction is a very effective strategy for to obtain hard-to-find and/or expensive minerals. Certain resources (Vanadium for example) can actually be acquired for less credits after deconstruction than by purchasing the mineral itself.
Icon Element (Symbol) Rarity Description Acquired from
Aluminum icon Aluminum (Al) Common A valuable non-magnetic light metal, useful in construction and manufacturing despite its relatively low melting point. Mining - Eos, Kadara
Beryllium icon Beryllium (Be) Common An ideal metal for lightweight construction in a variety of applications. Useful as an alloying element. Mining - Kadara, Voeld
Cadmium icon Cadmium (Cd) Uncommon A metal often used in constructing electronic components and in complex manufacturing. On Foot - Eos, Kadara, Voeld
Copper icon Copper (Cu) Common Copper is a noble metal with high conductivity that makes it useful for a variety of purposes. Mining - Kadara, Voeld
Element zero icon Element Zero (Ez) Ultra Rare Electrically stimulated element zero creates “mass effect” fields. It’s the basis of much modern technology, including faster-than-light travel. Mining - Elaaden, Voeld

On Foot - Elaaden

Fluorite icon Fluorite (F) Uncommon A mineral used for creating precision scientific lenses, among other applications. On Foot - Elaaden, Eos, Voeld
Graphite icon Graphite (C) Common This crystalline carbon mineral is an electrical conductor and a useful part of many manufacturing processes. Mining - Elaaden, Eos
Iridium icon Iridium (Ir) Uncommon A hard, ultra-dense metallic element that is highly resistant to heat and corrosion. On Foot - Kadara
Iron icon Iron (Fe) Common A common metallic element found in many planetary cores. Broadly useful for multiple engineering purposes. Mining - Elaaden, Eos, H-047c
Lithium icon Lithium (Li) Uncommon A useful light metal used in multiple engineering applications, including vehicle batteries, radiation shields, and high-quality steel production. On Foot - Kadara, Voeld
Magnesium icon Magnesium (Mg) Common Magnesium is a light and sturdy metal. Magnesium alloys are integral to many complex Initiative structures. Mining - H-047c, Havarl
Nickel icon Nickel (Ni) Uncommon A corrosion-resistant transition metal useful for manufacturing purposes. On Foot - Elaaden, H-047c, Havarl
Platinium icon Platinum (Pt) Rare Platinum is a malleable noble metal with multiple catalytic applications. Also possesses a degree of cultural cachet among humans. Mining - H-047c, Voeld

On Foot - H-047c, Havarl

Silicon icon Silicon (Si) Common A metalloid element useful in electronics manufacturing and the fabrication of ceramic compounds. Mining - Elaaden, H-047c
Titanium icon Titanium (Ti) Rare This extremely strong transition metal vital for manufacturing starship components and other equipment. Mining - H-047c, Kadara

On Foot - H-047c

Uranium icon Uranium (U) Uncommon A heavy, radioactive element valuable in nuclear technologies and, in its depleted state, for armor plating. On Foot - H-047c, Kadara
Vanadium icon Vanadium (V) Rare This rare metal can be used to produce various construction alloys. Mining - Eos

On Foot - Elaaden

Materials Edit

MEA Bio Materials
MEA Materials

Tech materials are “species”-specific base materials that are used in crafting items. An item’s technological origin (Milky Way, Heleus, or Remnant) can be a good indicator of the base materials that may be used in the crafting of the item.

Acquisition Edit


Bio and Tech materials can be acquired by purchasing from certain merchants. Ryder can increase the maximum purchasable amount of materials by unlocking the Commerce cryo pod perk Supply Lines.
Note: Remnant Core can't be purchased and can only be found.

On Foot

Bio materials are anatomical parts of animal wildlife native to the Heleus Cluster. Tech materials are acquired from fallen enemies.

Bio and tech materials can also be found in containers while exploring on foot.

See also: Deconstruct

Ryder can acquire materials by deconstructing (breaking down) weapons and armor obtained through combat, exploration, or purchase. The materials used to craft an item are what will be returned during deconstruction but at a reduced amount.

  • Deconstruction is a very effective strategy to obtain hard-to-find and/or expensive materials.
Icon Name Type Rarity Description Dropped From
Angaran meditation crystal icon Angaran Meditation Crystal Tech Common An apparently delicate crystal incorporating angaran technology to produce an electromagnetic field. The field reacts soothingly with angaran biology but has other applications as well. Angara, Roekaar
Erioch fluid sack icon Eiroch Fluid Sac Bio Rare Sacs inside eirochs contain a fluid used to suspend delicate electronic components. The standard synthetic alternative is in extremely short supply. Eiroch, Fiend
Kett alloy icon Kett Alloy Tech Common The kett utilize a number of unfamiliar alloys in their technology. At this time, the Initiative is unable to replicate most of them. Kett
Omni-gel canister icon Omni-Gel Canister Tech Common A semi-molten mixture of alloys and synthetic polymers used in Milky Way technology for rapid fabrication. Outlaws
Remnant core icon Remnant Core Bio Ultra Rare This compact core of Remnant circuitry and power cells has a limited self-repair capability. Properly stimulated, it might be able to “seed” similar tech into other devices. Architect
Remnant polymer icon Remnant Polymer Tech Common A synthetic polymer of incredible durability and conductive properties, fashioned by Remnant technology through unknown means. Remnant
Renderable plates icon Renderable Plates Bio Common The tissues of these animal plates can be rendered into a variety of adhesives and lubricants at a fraction of the cost of producing synthetic equivalents. Adhi, Eiroch, Galorn, Taurg
Scale fibers icon Scale Fibers Bio Common These scales are layered with an unusual natural fiber similar to spider silk. It could be chemically modified to create a material with strength and elasticity. Challyrion, Rylkor
Shell filaments icon Shell Filaments Bio Common A keratin-like structure forms the basis of shell plating on certain creatures. If replicated, this biopolymer could prove useful in kinetic padding. Drall, Echidna, Kaerkyn, Taurg
Soft chitin icon Soft Chitin Bio Common The chitin of certain Heleus creatures is constantly strengthened and repaired by colonies of microorganisms. Study could lead to breakthroughs in materials technology. Shemrys, Spitbug

Salvage Edit

MEA Salvage

Salvage is a resource item that has no use other than selling to a merchants for credits.

  • Different salvage items differ in value; the higher the value, the more credits gained for selling it.
  • Deconstructing salvage destroys the item and does NOT give resources. As resources do not count towards the item inventory limit, it is better to save them for sale.
  • Commerce cryo pod perks Grey Market Connections and Grey Market Connections II increase the amount of credits salvage items can be sold for.

Salvage items sell for a premium on Elaaden:

Tip: The best strategy is to sell salvage items to the fighting pit managers as they pay more for salvage than anyone else (even with the previously mentioned Commerce cryo pod perks at a different merchant).

MEA Salvage Low Value

Low Value Salvage

MEA Salvage Moderate Value

Moderate Value Salvage

MEA Salvage High Value

High Value Salvage

Salvage Name Value Credits Base Credits
Adaptive Optics High 100
Adaptive Polymer Wrap Low 20
Algorithm Fragment Scan High 200
Angaran Ceramics Low 20
Asari Comm-Link Low 20
Ballistic Drift Stabilizer High 100
Beacon Optics Moderate 50
Biodisinfectant Low 20
Bioelectric Infusers Moderate 50
Bioelectric Restraints Low 20
Bionacent Converter Moderate 50
Bioweave Canvas Low 20
Classification Circuit High 200
Comm Array Moderate 50
Coolant Cells High 100
Dampening Coils Moderate 50
Eezo Shunt Moderate 50
Eezo-Inlaid Circuitry Moderate 100
EMF Suppressor Moderate 50
Enzymatic Injector High 100
Enzymatic Vials Low 20
ExoGeni M-Spec Magnets Low 20
Flexible Polymer Casing Moderate 50
Grav-Torque Pad Moderate 50
Impact Restrictors Low 20
Inorganic Lubricant Low 40
Intact Neuro-Coil Moderate 100
Kett Sealant Low 20
Leather Wrapping Low 20
Modified Energy Cell Moderate 50
Moisture Filters Low 20
Nanocrystal Modules High 100
Nav-Coil Fibers Moderate 50
Nitrate Infuser Low 40
Observer Lens Moderate 100
Opto-Electric Module Moderate 50
Portable Rebreather Moderate 50
Protein Sludge Pack Low 20
Quarian Nav Processor High 100
Rarefied Filaments Low 40
Reconstituted Components Low 40
Reflexive Coupling High 100
Remnant Processing Core Moderate 100
Repair Actuals Low 20
Resin Caps Low 20
Salarian Magnifier Low 20
Scourge Drift Sensor Moderate 50
Settlement Core Relay High 100
Shield Focusing Module High 100
Small Power Core Moderate 50
Soil Reducer High 100
Sprouted Seed Vial High 200
Terran Rivets Low 20
Turian Calibration Coil Low 20
Uncharged Bioreader Moderate 50
Universal Semiconductor High 200
UR-Exo Power Supply High 100
Vault-Forged Relay High 200
Welding Electrodes Low 20

Augmentations Edit

MEA Augmentations
Main article: Augmentations

Augmentations are special optional components which can be added into a blueprint when developing a weapon or armor to grant various bonuses or change its basic functionality.

Special Items Edit

Special items are objects that may be used to fulfil the requirements of a task or mission. Special items can be purchased from merchants but can't be be sold or destroyed.

Name Description Required for
Akantha A popular brand of asari liquor renowned for its warm, smoky flavor and sweet aftertaste. Movie Night: Raise a Glass
Ancient Angaran Figurine An odd relic depicting an unknown individual or species physically different from modern angara. Forgotten History
Ancient Angaran Musical Instrument An advanced musical instrument crafted by angara in the distant past. Forgotten History
Ancient Angaran Pilot's Helmet A high-tech helmet worn by an angaran astronaut, centuries ago. Recovering the Past
Ancient Angaran Star Map An angaran astronavigation device with data predating the Scourge disaster. Forgotten History
Angaran Antibiotics Advanced antimicrobial drugs to treat bacterial infections in angaran patients. Task: Outpost Supplies on Kadara
Angaran Resistance Supplies A collection of weapons, ammunition, and rations intended for the Angaran Resistance. Trading Favors
Archon's Flagship Model A finely crafted scale model which can be displayed in the Pathfinder's Quarters on the Tempest. -
Blue Ticket -- Blue to Win --
Krogan fighting pit ticket
Citadel Model A finely crafted scale model which can be displayed in the Pathfinder's Quarters on the Tempest. -
Cybernetic Device This device, and its accompanying software, will compensate for the damage to Alain Nigh's spinal implants, enabling them to function correctly. The Firefighters
Humane Trap A humane trap designed to capture a small creature alive for future study. The Visitor
Ionic Water Filters A device to modify alkaline levels in ground water and make it potable for Milky Way species. Task: Outpost Supplies on Elaaden
Kett Shuttle Model A finely crafted scale model which can be displayed in the Pathfinder's Quarters on the Tempest. -
Last of the Legion A special edition OSD of "Last of the Legion," critically panned upon its release but popular on turian military bases. Movie Night: The Final Piece
Liam's Armor Requisition This project's requisitions armor for what Liam is calling a "diplomatic effort.". He wasn't specific. Liam Kosta: Something for Us
Lover's Leap Jump-Jet Mod It's not immediately clear what this mod accomplishes. Liam wants to alter the output of the standard Initiative jump-jet using unique specifications. His only comment is "no peeking". Liam Kosta: Armor Diplomacy
ND1 Nomad Model A finely crafted scale model which can be displayed in the Pathfinder's Quarters on the Tempest. -
Nexus Model A finely crafted scale model which can be displayed in the Pathfinder's Quarters on the Tempest. -
Quilloa Seeds Enough seeds to produce a large crop of fruit-bearing quilloa plants. Task: Outpost Supplies on Eos
Red Ticket -- Red to Win --
Krogan fighting pit ticket
Remnant Decryption Key Remnant decryption keys can be used to bypass any glyph-locked Remnant console. Unfortunately, the key is always destroyed in the process. -
Remnant Fighter Model A finely crafted scale model which can be displayed in the Pathfinder's Quarters on the Tempest. -
Scourge Data Capsule ANALYSIS: A data capsule of targeted Scourge trajectory data, collected to aid in modifying Khi Tasira exploration and navigation systems in service of location Meridian. Meridian: The Way Home
Snacks A large bag of popcorn and a container of graxen, popular snacks from the Milky Way. Movie Night: Snacks
Solar Amplifiers Highly optimized solar energy collection and storage technology. Task: Outpost Supplies on Voeld
Tavarv Plant A nutritious plant which, properly dried and prepared, is given to angaran children as a snack. Movie Night: Better Snacks
Vid Components Angaran electrodermal transmission components. With work, they would be compatible with the Tempest's vid systems. Movie Night: The Right Setup
Vorn's Flower for Kesh Vorn asked you to give Kesh a flower that he's named after her. Task: A Flower for Kesh
Winning Ticket Krogan fighting pit winning ticket
Return to a merchant to collect credits
Zorai's Heirloom Once belonging to the champion called Zorai, this gauntlet appears designed to fit an angaran hand. An intricate web of circuitry and silvery contacts run over its interior and exterior surfaces. A Dying Planet

Resources For Development Edit

The total required amount for each resource listed is the amount of that resource to develop one copy of every Rank for all of the items listed.

Refer to each individual resource page for details on the specific items that can be crafted and the amounts of that specific resource required.

Resource Crafted
Resource Crafted
Aluminum icon Aluminum 4 25 Nickel icon Nickel 22 13650
Angaran meditation crystal icon Angaran Meditation Crystal 9 3660 Omni-gel canister icon Omni-Gel Canister 69 21720
Beryllium icon Beryllium 22 25485 Platinium icon Platinum 24 2255
Cadmium icon Cadmium 29 16560 Remnant core icon Remnant Core 2 54
Copper icon Copper 19 25290 Remnant polymer icon Remnant Polymer 12 4870
Element zero icon Element Zero 40 5595 Renderable plates icon Renderable Plates 4 471
Erioch fluid sack icon Eiroch Fluid Sac 5 1058 Scale fibers icon Scale Fibers 9 2489
Fluorite icon Fluorite 20 11425 Shell filaments icon Shell Filaments 9 2188
Graphite icon Graphite 8 8890 Silicon icon Silicon 9 9160
Iridium icon Iridium 13 4748 Soft chitin icon Soft Chitin 4 471
Iron icon Iron 28 28455 Titanium icon Titanium 21 2155
Kett alloy icon Kett Alloy 16 6690 Uranium icon Uranium 8 4600
Lithium icon Lithium 20 13470 Vanadium icon Vanadium 32 6320
Magnesium icon Magnesium 4 6900