Thane Best build - Mass Effect 2 (ME2)

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Thane Best build

In this post, I will go through a complete Thane build in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 2 legendary Edition. I will cover, how you should allocate squad points, what weapons should be equipped and how to best utilize Thane.

Thane Krios is Drell Assassin. He is one of the best in the world. He uses Submachine Guns and Sniper Rifles to deal with enemies. Not only that he is a capable Biotics user, able to create Biotic Explosions.

Thane - Squad Point allocation

This post will go through what Squad points you should pick and when to maximize your companion's support to the group.

Power name Evolution Squad Points
Throw iconThrow Throw Field 10
Warp iconWarp Unstable Warp 10
Drell assassin iconDrell Assassin Drell Marksman 10
Shredder Armor iconShredder Armor - 0

Unfortunately, we do not take Shredder Armor. Although it sounds as a good ability it has a big problem. When you reach enemy HP they are already easily incapticated by your other abilities. The hard part is reaching HP and Shredder Armor does not help with that.

Level 1-10, early game

In the early game, you want to build Thane so that he would be able to contribute to the party as much as possible. For this here is the skill selection:

Number of points Skill Description
3 Throw iconThrow We take 2 levels of Throw to unlock Warp. Not only that Throw will be useful for taking enemies out that have some amount of hp. Of course, you can also use it to set up Biotic Explosions with Warp.
10 Warp iconWarp This is the main ability that you will use to make Biotic Explosions. I personally prefer Unstable Warp as it has a lower recharge rate than other alternative. Moreover, The explosion damage should be enough to take out simple enemies.

Level 11-20, mid-game

During the mid-game, our priority is to increase Thane weapon damage.

Number of points Skill Description
10 Drell assassin iconDrell Assassin Once you maximize the passive ability, take the Drell Marksman upgrade. It will give an extremely high 50% damage boost. This will make an extremely powerful companion not only with Biotic abilities but also with his weapon

Level 21-30, late game

At this point in time, I suggest respeccing at Shadow Broker's Base. Then take all the previous skills and the rest should go:

Number of points Skill Description
7 Throw iconThrow Take Throw Field upgrade. You will want so that if there is a chance this biotic ability would knock out all enemies in the group with a health bar.

With this, all your 30 squad points will be used up and the build is complete.


Thane mainly uses two weapon types: Sniper Rifles and Sub Machine Guns. They both can be extremely powerful options, so here is which weapons I suggest

Sniper Rifles

For Sniper Rifles I suggest M-29 Incisor. It is bugged on Insanity, by not having its damage lowered.

With this in mind, companions can deal extremely large damage with now drawbacks to fire rate or other stats

Weapon name Accuracy Damage multiplier (armor/shields/barriers) Base damage Ammo per clip Fire Rate
M-29 Incisor High x1.25/x1.25/x1.25 53.6 per bullet 15 600 RPM

Another important aspect is that Incisor has a well-rounded multiplier against shields, barriers, and armors of 1.25%. So it works against all enemies equally well

Submachine Guns

I personally recommend the M-9 Tempest Submachine Gun. It looks like AI is fairly good at using it as they can spray a lot of shots. For me, it is better than the Locust

Weapon name Accuracy Damage multiplier (armor/shields/barriers) Base damage Ammo per clip Fire Rate
M-9 Tempest Moderate x1.0/x1.5/x1.5 14 50 925 RPM

It allows AI to have large clips allowing them to prolong the reloads.

You will acquire it during Tali's recruitment mission.

Thane Tactics

In this section I will cover a few tactics tips for Thane:

  • Thane is weak on defense so he should be paired with companions like Grunt or Jacob.
  • Unfortunately, Thane does not have anything against Shields. For this reason, it is good to take someone who has Overload ability, like Miranda, Garrus, or Tali.
  • In my opinion, the best way to use Thane is to have his Unstable Warp in quickbar and pair it with abilities like Pull to have constant Biotic Explosions.


Thank you for reading this post and I hope it will help you to make the best Thane build in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 2 Legendary Edition.

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