Mordin build - complete guide

Mordin build - complete guide - Mass Effect 2 (ME2)

By zanuffas
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In this post, I will go through Mordin's build that utilizes Fire and Ice against enemies in Mass Effect 2 or Mass Effect 2 Legendary Edition. He is a Salarian Scientist. You will meet him in Omega trying to help civilians under the effects of the plague. He concentrates on using Tech-related skills to deal with the enemies

Mordin - Salarian Scientist

Squad Point allocation

This section will go into great detail, about how you should allocate squad points and at what level interval.

Mordin skills

Power name Evolution Level (Squad Points)
Incinerate iconIncinerate Incineration Blast 4 (10)
cryo blast iconCryo Blast Full Cryo Blast 4 (10)
Salarian scientist iconSalarian Scientist Salarian Savant 4 (10)
Neural shock iconNeural Shock - 0

Note: I decided not to take Neural Shock. The reason is that it only works on Organics and has a longer cooldown compared to Cryo Blast.

Squad Points progression

In the early game, we want to have Mordin as an effective companion as soon as possible. This means having offensive abilities to take down and crowd-control enemies.

Order Skill Description
1 Incinerate iconIncinerate Lv 3 Your main ability will take down enemy armor and deal damage to them. It will be useful against Vorcha enemies early in the game.
2 Salarian scientist iconSalarian Scientist Lv 2 Salarian Scientist is Mordin's main passive ability. It will boost his weapon damage, health, and shields
3 Incinerate iconIncinerate Lv 4 Upgrade to Incineration Blast. I prefer this to the single-fire upgrade. With this in mind, you should try using Incineration against a group of enemies to take down their armor. After their armor are gone, you can use Cryo Blast to freeze them in place if they will not be dead
4 cryo blast iconCryo Blast Lv 1 It is a decent ability, that can freeze unprotected enemies. It can be used on enemies after the Inceration ability.
5 Salarian scientist iconSalarian Scientist Lv 4 We maximize Mordin's passive ability and take the Salarian Savant upgrade. I see no point in taking another upgrade as Mordin already has low HP and should be supported with a good tank character.
6 cryo blast iconCryo Blast Lv 4 Get a Full Cryo Blast upgrade. This ability has the lowest recharge time out of all active skills in the game. Although it only works on enemies with the health bar it also increases the damage that they take. Moreover, it can freeze any enemy type. So it has a wide array of applications

With all these skills the build will be finished. Let us move to the equipment.


This section will cover what weapons you should equip for Mordin to maximize his damage. He can equip two types of guns: A submachine gun and a heavy pistol

Sub-machine Gun

These weapons are very important for Mordin's build. It is the only way he can deal substantial damage to enemy barriers and shields.

Weapon Name Effective against Description
m-9 tempest mass effect 2M-9 Tempest Shields
AI is quite effective at using this weapon and doing numerous spray shots.
m-12 locust smg mass effect 2M-12 Locust Armor
Alternative to the tempest, however, has smaller multipliers against shields and barriers.

Heavy Pistols

The good thing with Heavy Pistols is that AI is very accurate with them. Due to this, you can use the most effective ones. However, they are mostly effective against armor. Mordin already has Incinerate that obliterates armor, making this weapon choice redundant.

However, if you still want to equip one here is what I suggest:

Weapon Name Effective against Description
M-5 phalanx mass effect 2M-5 Phalanx Armors Probably one of the strongest Heavy Pistols. Has the highest base damage.


In this section, I will go through a few tips on when to use Mordin and how.

  • Mordin should be supported by a high HP or defense character like Grunt, Jacob, or Shepard Soldier.
  • Your priority ability should be Fire Blast as it is effective against armor and health bars
  • Ice Blast has the lowest cooldown in the game at 4.5 seconds. So feel free to use it every time you see a group of enemies with a health bar (for example Husks).
  • Avoid Moving Mordin without a cover, he will easily die as he has quite low shields and HP.


Mordin is one of the early companions that will join you in Mass Effect 2. He is an interesting Squad member that can tear down enemy armor and set them on fire. Moreover, with this build, you will be able to freeze enemies at any time.

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