Discover the Best 7 Builds

Discover the Best 7 Builds - Mass Effect: Andromeda (MEA)

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I want to go through the best builds for Mass Effect Andromeda in this post. The number of skills and gear choices can be challenging to choose from. I list the builds in no particular order

Lancer Build

The idea of this build relies on Charging into enemies with your biotic powers and wreaking havoc inside enemy lines. This is available thanks to two main skills - Annihilation and Lance. The first one primes and debuffs all enemies around Ryder. After that, you use Lance to create explosions and thrash enemies.

lancer build combat mass effect andromeda

The build relies on close combat as this is when the enemies are the weakest to your skills. Moreover, each kill you make, will restore more than half of your shields.

Check the full Lancer build post with skill progression, tactics, and equipment suggestions

Skills allocation

This section covers how skill points should be allocated for the end game on the Lance build

Combat Skills

lancer build combat skills mass effect andromeda

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
shotguns skill icon mass effect andromedaShotguns
  1. Weight
  2. Any
  3. Damage & Force
Generally, any weapon works, it's my personal preference to use a shotgun as I have always been close to enemies. If you are using Scattershot take Reload for a level 5 upgrade
combat fitness mass effect andromedaCombat Fitness
  1. Regeneration
  2. Heavy Lifting
  3. Hold the Line
Provides various stat boosts - max health, shields, weight capacity, weapon damage, etc. The level 6 upgrade, is especially good as it gives 200 damage resistance when HP is low.

There is another option that I would like to recommend.

Biotic Skills

lancer build biotic skills mass effect andromeda

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
charge mass effect andromedaCharge
  1. Damage & Force
  2. Power Synergy
  3. Shock Trooper
This ability will play the main role of charging into a group of opponents. Moreover, it will restore shields that can be used for Lance's ability. I prefer Shock Trooper as you get plenty of bonuses from other abilities for bonus shield restoration and it reaches 100% easily.
annihilation mass effect andromedaAnnihilation
  1. Radius
  2. Damage Attractor
  3. Draining Field
This ability allows us to prime all enemies around for Biotic Combos. It also decreases enemy damage resistance allowing for more damage. Moreover, the last upgrade gives 30 shield restoration after each kill, giving opportunities for more Lance uses.
lance mass effect andromedaLance
  1. Damage & Force
  2. Anti-Shield
  3. Shield-Powered
This is the main damage ability of the Lancer build. You can use it as long as you have shields. Moreover, after each enemy is killed you will restore part of the shields from other skills, to continue using this skill. Otherwise, you can just use Charge.
barrier mass effect 3Barrier
  1. Unyielding Barrier
  2. Biotic Alacrity
  3. Saving Barrier
Provides improvements to shields and gives instant shield restore when health is low
offensive biotics mass effect andromedaOffensive Biotics
  1. Alacrity
  2. Exploitation
  3. Biotic Warrior
The ability gives bonus biotic power damage and recharge speed. Moreover, it will weaken enemies when a biotic effect is active (Annihilation) and gives bonus damage after each biotic skill use.
containment mass effect andromedaContainment
  1. Radius
  2. Shield Detonation
  3. Event Horizon
This ability is a low priority. It gives bonus duration and effect radius for biotic skills.

Tech Skills

lancer build tech skills mass effect andromeda

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
team suport mass effect andromedaTeam Support
  1. Support
  2. Team Recovery
  3. Defense Grid
To unlock this ability get any skill to level 4 in the Tech skill tree. Team Support gives a bonus to defenses and damage resistance with the last upgrade.

Profile

You will need to spend 232 skill points in the biotic skill tree to unlock the level 6 Adept profile

Profile Description
adept profile mass effect andromedaAdept I think this profile fits perfectly the build (although Vanguard can also be an option). The Adept profile provides various boosts to biotic skills. However, the most important is Biotic echoes, which create smaller combos after combo detonation, creating havoc on the battlefield.

Engineer Build

By distributing Engineer capabilities, I could leverage a combination of casting skills, constructs, and weapons, resulting in a versatile Engineer on the battlefield. The construct assumes a crucial role by drawing aggro and setting up priming combos.

engineer build combat mass effect andromeda

Your weapons become indispensable for tearing through enemies during the cooldown period of your tech skills. Once your abilities are ready, you have the option to initiate combos independently or in collaboration with your construct or fellow party members, effortlessly dismantling any form of defense.

Check the full Engineer build post with skill progression, tactics, and equipment suggestions

Skills allocation

This section covers how Squad points should be allocated for the end game on the Engineer Tech Build.

Tech Powers

Here are recommended tech power skills. The upgrade choices are optional and you can pick them based on your preference.

engineer build tech skills mass effect andromeda

The Remnant VI skill is unlocked via side mission Pebee: Secret Project, check your emails, once you discover planet Aya
Power name Upgrades Choices Description
energy drain mass effect andromedaEnergy Drain
  1. Recharge Speed
  2. Extend Duration
  3. Damage
A truly powerful ability that we will use to prime and detonate tech combos. Moreover, it restores shields giving a large boost to Engineer's survivability.
incinerate mass effect andromedaIncinerate
  1. Radius
  2. Anti-Armor
  3. Detonator
You will use this ability mainly against enemy armor. Moreover, once we take the Detonator upgrade, the ability can also detonate combos, which can be created by Remnant VI, Energy Drain, or companions. For the level 5 upgrade, I went with Anti-Armor, because I feel armored enemies are especially dangerous and you want them dead ASAP.
remnant vi mass effect andromedaRemnant VI
  1. Exploited Repairs
  2. Focus Module
  3. Electric Beam
The construct will play two major roles. First, it will provide some damage and draw the enemy's attention. Second, it will prime targets for Tech Combos. This will happen with the level 6 upgrade Electric Beam. With it, you will have 3 sources of combos - Ryder, companions, and construct
offensive tech mass effect andromedaOffensive Tech
  1. Any
  2. Detonators
  3. Elemental Tech
Improves offensive stats of Tech related skills - damage, recharge speed, detonator damage. The last upgrade Elemental Tech will give elemental defense debuff for more damage.
team suport mass effect andromedaTeam Support
  1. Support
  2. Team Recovery
  3. Life Support
The most important survivability skill. Although it gives good bonuses, the last upgrade Life Support, allows restoring Hp when a Tech skill has been used
auxiliary systems mass effect andromedaAuxiliary Systems
  1. Weapon Mass Reduction
  2. Impact Dilation
  3. Omni-Vents
Improves tech skills effects, like construct health, duration, radius, etc.

Combat Skills

Choose only one based on the weapon you use. Check recommended weapons in the Equipment section. You should pick either Assault Rifle or Shotgun in my opinion.

engineer build combat skills mass effect andromeda

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
assault rifles skill mass effect andromedaAssault Rifles
  1. Weight
  2. Clip Size
  3. Shattered Defenses
If you wish to use Assault Rifles I recommend this skill tree
shotguns skill icon mass effect andromedaShotguns
  1. Weight
  2. Clip Size
  3. Damage & Force
If you wish to use Shotguns I recommend this skill tree

Biotic Skills

I only recommend one skill from this tree. It will give a decent boost to Ryder's survivability.

engineer build biotic skills mass effect andromeda

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
barrier mass effect 3Barrier
  1. Any
  2. Biotic Alacrity
  3. Saving Barrier
Our goal is the level 6 upgrade - Saving Barrier. It gives instant shield restoration when health is low. On Insanity, this can mean life and death and it will definitely come in handy in almost every encounter

Profile

You will need to spend 232 skill points in Tech Tree for the level 6 Engineer profile and maximum bonuses

Profile Description
engineer profile mass effect andromedaEngineer The profile gives bonuses to combo damage and improves summoned construct stats. More importantly, it gives a unique effect - Combat Drone. It releases an EMP charge when enemies are nearby and provides bonus power recharge speed.

Assault Rifle Build

The concept behind this build is relatively straightforward. Our primary focus is on optimizing our effectiveness with Assault Rifles. However, to achieve this, there are a few essential components we need to consider: selecting the appropriate skills, acquiring suitable armor, and obtaining the right weapons. Once all these elements are aligned, you'll find yourself effortlessly decimating enemies even on the challenging Insanity difficulty setting.

assault rifle build combat hydra mass effect andromeda

When I utilized this build, I experienced a sensation akin to that of a skilled SWAT operative systematically clearing each room with precise shots from my assault rifle. The ability to swiftly eliminate the first, second, and even third enemy in quick succession was immensely satisfying. The sheer power I wielded made certain encounters feel surprisingly effortless, especially when compared to other builds.

Check the full Assault Rifle build post with skill progression, tactics, and equipment suggestions

Skills allocation

This section covers how skill points should be allocated for the end game on the Assault Rifle build

Combat Skills

combat skills assault rifle build mass effect andromeda

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
turbocharge mass effect andromedaTurbocharge
  1. Duration
  2. Damage & Force
  3. Supercharge
One of the pillars of this build. Should be used any time it is not under cooldown and Ryder is in combat. It greatly boosts weapon clip capacity, fire rate, and damage. Almost any weapon with this skill becomes overpowered.
combat fitness mass effect andromedaCombat Fitness
  1. Regeneration
  2. Heavy Lifting
  3. Hold the Line
Provides various stat boosts - max health, shields, weight capacity, weapon damage, etc. The level 6 upgrade, is especially good as it gives 200 damage resistance when HP is low.
combat tools mass effect andromedaCombat Tools
  1. Hover
  2. Any
  3. Aerial Combat
The skill is not exceptionally important early on. However, it improves aerial combat, allowing Ryder to hover for longer. This unlocks some better angles to take out enemies behind the cover.
assault rifles skill mass effect andromedaAssault Rifles
  1. Weight
  2. Clip Size
  3. Shatter Defenses
Pretty obvious choice why we pick this passive skill. It improves Assault Rifle handling, damage, and clip size.

Once the other skills are covered, dump all points into combat skills for a higher Soldier profile level.

Biotic Skills

combat skills assault rifle build mass effect andromeda

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
barrier mass effect 3Barrier
  1. Unyielding Barrier
  2. Biotic Alacrity
  3. Saving Barrier
Provides improvements to shields and gives instant shield restore when health is low

Tech Skills

tech skills assault rifle build mass effect andromeda

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
invasion mass effect andromedaInvasion
  1. Outbreak
  2. Weaker
  3. Virulence
The skill is very powerful, especially when fighting armored or stronger opponents. It allows you to shred through them with Assault Rifle. Moreover, thanks to Team Support, you will regain health every time it is used.
tactical cloak mass effect andromedaTactical Cloak
  1. Damage Bonus
  2. Duration
  3. Combat Cloak
An extremely important ability for this build. It is the only choice to avoid enemy fire (besides moving to cover). However, with Combat Cloak, Ryder can also deal a huge burst of damage in 2 seconds.
team suport mass effect andromedaTeam Support
  1. Support
  2. Team Recovery
  3. Life Support
Provides support-type bonuses. Our goal is the level 6 upgrade Life Support. It gives health regeneration that allows freely using Bio-Converter on weapons
offensive tech mass effect andromedaOffensive Tech
  1. Anti-Shield
  2. Detonators
  3. Technical Rounds
Improves various stats of tech skills. Moreover, after each tech skill use, we get bonus weapon damage.
auxiliary systems mass effect andromedaAuxiliary Systems
  1. Weapon Mass Reduction
  2. Enduring Tech
  3. Omni-Vents
Provides general bonuses for tech skills. Not as important for this build, so you can take it later in the game. The last upgrade gives a boost to skill recharge times.

Profile

You will need to spend 232 skill points in the combat skill tree to unlock the level 6 Soldier profile

Profile Description
soldier profile icon mass effect andromedaSoldier For this build our goal is to get the highest boost of weapon damage, accuracy, and clip size.

Sniper Build

The core concept of this build revolves around the effective utilization of a Sniper rifle to maximize damage output. This approach grants you the ability to engage in long-range combat, inflicting substantial damage to enemy weak spots. As you progress, you'll become capable of eliminating shielded foes with a single well-placed shot.

single shot kill sniper build mass effect andromeda

Contrary to popular belief, the Sniper build is not limited to stationary gameplay. Thanks to the versatility of the Tactical cloak and the maneuverability provided by Andromeda hover jets, you can easily maneuver to find the optimal shooting angle at any given moment. This dynamic playstyle ensures that you remain adaptable and able to seize the best opportunities for successful shots.

Check the full Sniper build post with skill progression, tactics, and equipment suggestions

Skills Allocation

This section covers how Squad points should be allocated for the end game on the Sniper Build

Combat skills

sniper build combat skills mass effect andromeda

Power name Upgrades order Description
barricade mass effect andromedaBarricade
  1. Duration
  2. Weapon Feedback
  3. Regeneration
This skill plays an important role in the build. It will allow always to have cover, increase Shield regeneration and improve weapon damage. There are no downsides to using and it greatly improves Sniper build's combat prowess
turbocharge mass effect andromedaTurbocharge
  1. Duration
  2. Damage & Force
  3. Supercharge
Hanks to this ability, you will be able to increase your sniper damage. Moreover, it will increase clip size without costing additional ammo. This will allow shooting multiple times before the need of reload. The 4th level upgrade Recharge Speed is my preferred one, as I would like to use the ability again as soon as possible (specifically after each reload)
sniper rifles skill mass effect andromedaSniper Rifles
  1. Weight
  2. Any
  3. Damage & Force
The main passive ability of the Sniper build. It improves the clip size, and damage, and reduces weight. My preferred upgrade for level 5 is Clip size. However, with Turbocharge, this improvement is not large, and taking Reload might be your preferred choice
combat fitness mass effect andromedaCombat Fitness
  1. Regeneration
  2. Heavy Lifting
  3. In the Trenches
This ability provides general bonuses to stats and improves survivability. What is great, is that with the Heavy Lifting upgrade, you will get a larger clip size, which is important for Sniper build. Moreover, In the Trenches perfectly synergizes with Barricade.
combat tools mass effect andromedaCombat Tools
  1. Hover
  2. Any
  3. Aerial Combat
This skill should have low priority. Mainly it improves airborne combat by allowing to hover longer and increasing accuracy,

Tech skills

Power name Upgrades order Description
tactical cloak mass effect andromedaTactical Cloak
  1. Damage Bonus
  2. Duration
  3. Escape Artist
This is a very powerful ability. The big decision is which upgrade to take for Level 6. Going with Combat Cloak enables additional 2 seconds of bonus damage (that is 2-3 shots with Sniper Rifle). However, you then lose a way to restore HP. By taking Escape Artist, we get one shot with bonus damage and also HP regeneration via Life Support upgrade.
offensive tech mass effect andromedaOffensive Tech
  1. Any
  2. Any
  3. Technical Rounds
We only take this ability for the last upgrade - Technical Rounds. After Tactical Cloak is activated Ryder gains an additional 30% weapon damage boost.
auxiliary systems mass effect andromedaAuxiliary Systems
  1. Weapon Mass Reduction
  2. Enduring Tech
  3. Omni-Vents
Provides some duration bonuses for Tactical Cloak. This in turn will decrease its cooldown as % of the power you use impacts the time. However, Omni-Vents is a very powerful upgrade, and this is why we take this option.
team suport mass effect andromedaTeam Support
  1. Squad Offense
  2. Team Recovery
  3. Life Support
Generally, this ability is very powerful. By taking the Life Support upgrade you will restore HP after tech skill use. Moreover, Tactical Cloak does not allow HP regeneration, but the Escape Artist upgrade enables this, giving you an easy way to survive most game situations.

Biotic Skills

sniper build biotic skills mass effect andromeda

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
barrier mass effect 3Barrier
  1. Unyielding Barrier
  2. Biotic Alacrity
  3. Saving Barrier
Provides improvements to shields and gives instant shield restore when health is low

Profiles

You will need to spend 232 skill points in total for Combat to reach Soldier profile level 6.

Profile Description
soldier profile icon mass effect andromedaSoldier Gives all the needed stats for a Sniper build - clip size, weapon damage, accuracy, and damage resistance. This maximizes your combat potential

Adept Build

The foundation of this build centers around the strategic implementation of two primary skills: Singularity and Throw, which revolve around creating biotic fields and lifting enemies. Singularity serves as a vortex that draws in enemies, dealing damage, and consistently priming biotics, even against protected foes.

adept build lance singularity charge throw mass effect andromeda

On the other hand, Throw possesses remarkable versatility within our arsenal. It can either detonate the existing biotic fields or create its own biotic combos. This skill stands as the cornerstone of our abilities, boasting a remarkably short recharge time.

Check the full Adept build post with skill progression, tactics, and equipment suggestions

Skills allocation

This section covers how Squad points should be allocated for the end game on the Adept Build.

Biotic Skills

adept build ranged biotic skills mass effect andromeda

First, I would like to cover important decisions that you will have to make with the build. There are two abilities that do similar things - Lance and Charge. Both of them are biotic combo detonators. However, they provide different combat approach

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
lance mass effect andromedaLance
  1. Damage & Force
  2. Anti-Shield
  3. Knockdown
A perfect early in the game, it allows shooting biotic arrows from a distance and favors long-range combat. Of course, you can also use it all the time instead of going for Charge. Overall the ability will be used to strip enemies of shields and detonate them once they are set up for combos with Throw or Singularity
charge mass effect andromedaCharge
  1. Damage & Force
  2. Power Synergy
  3. Shock Trooper
Charge into an enemy from a distance and instantly restore 50% of Ryder's shields. Unfortunately, the skill will usually leave you open to enemy damage. For this reason, we take Shock Trooper upgrade, to reduce recharge speeds and be able to use Charge as soon as possible. Moreover, it can detonate combos, allowing for much greater damage.

Generally, I would recommend Lance skill in the early-mid game, after that (once you start having shorter cooldowns from skills and gear) try out Charge and see if it works for you. Now these are the rest of the abilities that you will need for Adept build

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
throw mass effect andromedaThrow
  1. Damage & Force
  2. Duration
  3. Swift Detonation
This skill is a beast. It deals damage (although moderate), primes enemies for the Biotic combo if they are unprotected (Duration upgrade), and also detonates combos. Moreover, with Swift Detonation you will greatly improve the recharge rates, allowing for some crazy fast combat
singularity mass effect andromedaSingularity
  1. Radius
  2. Recharge Speed
  3. Exploding Singularity
The ability plays a major role when fighting shielded and armored enemies. It both damages and primes biotic combos. Moreover, once you detonate the combat, it is primed again as long as the Singularity field is active. This means that strong enemies can be detonated with multiple explosions allowing for some big damage.
barrier mass effect 3Barrier
  1. Unyielding Barrier
  2. Biotic Link
  3. Saving Barrier
This skill provides strong improvements to shields for Adept build, it is necessary as the Saving Barrier upgrade is very powerful and increases your survivability chances drastically
offensive biotics mass effect andromedaOffensive Biotics
  1. Amplitude
  2. Detonation
  3. Biotic Expert
By taking Amplitude upgrade we improve the damage that we do with all Biotic skills. I think we already have skills that provide decent recharge times so getting more damage is critical.
containment mass effect andromedaContainment
  1. Radius
  2. Shield Detonation
  3. Event Horizon
The skill gives general improvements to biotic skills like radius, force, and detonators

Because you need a lot of skill points invested in this tree, take other biotic abilities once these are maximized.

Combat Skills

The big drawback of Adept is its survivability, it is fairly easy to die. For this reason, I recommend improving your health and damage resistance via the Combat skill tree

adept build ranged combat skills mass effect andromeda

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
Any Weapon skill Damage related upgrades Take any weapon skill that you use. For example, I prefer Shotguns or Assault Rifles
combat fitness mass effect andromedaCombat Fitness
  1. Regeneration
  2. Any
  3. Hold the Line
I think this skill is extremely important. It will increase the base HP regeneration threshold to 50%. Moreover, with the level 6 upgrade Hold the Line Ryder gets a 200 damage resistance boost when HP is low.

Profile

You will need to spend 232 skill points in Biotic Tree for the level 6 Adept profile and maximum bonuses

Profile Description
adept profile mass effect andromedaAdept The profile provides bonuses to biotic powers - force, area damage, radius, and additional explosions on combo detonations. Unfortunately, the Adept profile does not give any bonuses to power recharge times.

Vanguard Build

The primary objective of this build is to capitalize on the substantial bonuses provided by the Vanguard profile by utilizing Melee attacks. The outcome is a dynamic and high-speed build reminiscent of a space samurai. Each successful melee strike not only inflicts damage but also replenishes your shields, enabling sustained combat engagements.

vanguard melee build combat mass effect andromeda

However, it's important to acknowledge that this build does have a few vulnerabilities. For instance, it may encounter challenges when facing airborne enemies such as Remnant Constructs. Additionally, encounters with Architects, featuring their unique mechanics, may prove to be difficult as melee attacks are not viable against them. Moreover, caution must be exercised when facing Fiends, as their finisher move can pose a significant threat.

Check the full Vanguard build post with skill progression, tactics, and equipment suggestions

Skills allocation

This section covers how skill points should be allocated for the end game on the Vanguard Build.

Biotic Skills

vanguard build biotic skills mass effect andromeda

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
charge mass effect andromedaCharge
  1. Damage & Force
  2. Weapons & Melee
  3. Bastion
The bread and butter of this build. It allows one to swiftly attack enemies from great distances. Moreover, it restores your shields, provides damage resistance, and improves melee damage/ Not only that but this animation also provides invincibility frames, allowing you to play extremely risky.
annihilation mass effect andromedaAnnihilation
  1. Any
  2. Damage Attractor
  3. Draining Field
The second active skill of the ability. For the 4th level upgrade, both options work. However, I would recommend taking Recharge Penalty if you are not using Fusion Mod of Rapid Deployment
barrier mass effect 3Barrier
  1. Recuperative Barrier
  2. Biotic Alacrity
  3. Active Barrier
Defensive passive skill that improves shield capacity, carry weight, shield regeneration, etc. More importantly, it restores shields by 10% after each enemy is killed.
offensive biotics mass effect andromedaOffensive Biotics
  1. Amplitude
  2. Exploitation
  3. Biotic Warrior
Provides damage, power recharge cooldown, and other offensive bonuses. The level 4 upgrade is a difficult choice. However, I went with more Biotic damage. My main reason is that only one of our powers relies on recharge times, while all benefit from greater damage.
containment mass effect andromedaContainment
  1. Radius
  2. Shield Detonation
  3. Event Horizon
Provides general improvements to biotic skills like Radius, force, etc.

This still leaves one skill slot. What to choose? Generally, I think there are two biotic abilities that use the bonuses from Vanguard. Both of them have their own benefits. So pick your choice.

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
lance mass effect andromedaLance
  1. Damage & Force
  2. Anti-shield
  3. Shield-powered
My personal preference for this build. Take the Shield-Powered upgrade at level 6. With the Vanguard profile, the shield cost to use is very low. So you can use it to detonate combos, damage shields, etc. I think it expands some of the combat options for Vanguard.
nova mass effect andromedaNova
  1. Damage & Force
  2. Any
  3. Shield Powered
This ability allows doing a melee-like biotic attack that does AOE damage. Perfect when there are a group of enemies, and you want to dispatch them quickly. With the upgrades we choose, it will have no cooldown but use shields, that you can easily recharge by killing enemies or using Charge.

Combat Skills

vanguard build combat skills mass effect andromeda

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
shotguns skill icon mass effect andromedaShotguns
  1. Weight
  2. Clip Size
  3. Melee Synergy
Improves shotgun weapon handling. Generally, try to increase the clip size, as we will use Bio-Converter whenever possible. Moreover, we need the last upgrade Melee Synergy. It gives a large boost to melee damage after a shotgun shot.
combat fitness mass effect andromedaCombat Fitness
  1. Regeneration
  2. Any
  3. Hold the Line
Amazing defensive passive skill that improves health regeneration. The last upgrade gives a huge damage resistance boost when the HP is low
combat tools mass effect andromedaCombat Tools
  1. Evasion
  2. Aerial Melee
  3. Martial Arts
Provides bonuses to jumping and melee combat.

Profile

You will need to spend 116 skill points in Biotic and Combat trees each to unlock level 6 Vanguard profile

Profile Description
vanguard profile icon mass effect andromedaVanguard The vanguard profile gives boosts to melee damage and reduces the shield costs of some abilities (Lance or Nova, with specific upgrades). Moreover, it gives an increased biotic skill cooldown rate

Explorer Build

The Explorer profile in Mass Effect Andromeda can be likened to a versatile "Jack of All Trades," excelling in all skill trees including combat, tech, and biotics. However, instead of simply being average across the board, it surpasses expectations and becomes overpowered.

explorer build combat mass effect andromeda

Achieving this level of power is indeed possible. The build leverages specific skills to swiftly maneuver across the battlefield while consistently restoring shields. Furthermore, the addition of Turbocharge transforms any weapon into a lethal force, enabling the rapid elimination of most enemies with remarkable speed and efficiency.

Check the full Explorer build post with skill progression, tactics, and equipment suggestions

Skills allocation

This section covers how skill points should be allocated for the end game on the Explorer Build.

The build is quite demanding with skill points. First, pick active skills and then work your way toward passive skills

Biotic Skills

explorer build biotics tree mass effect andromeda

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
charge mass effect andromedaCharge
  1. Damage & Force
  2. Weapons & Melee
  3. Any
This ability is what allows the Explorer build to be reckless and mobile. With it we can detonate combos, restore shields and quickly move over the battlefield appearing next to any enemy. The big decision is what upgrade to pick for level 6. My preferred is Shock Trooper. It ensures that I always can use Charge whenever needed. Moreover, Bastion's 100% shield restoration is wasted as we get large bonuses for shield restoration from the Explorer profile. So it's just a bit more damage and damage resistance.
offensive biotics mass effect andromedaOffensive Biotics
  1. Alacrity
  2. Detonation
  3. Biotic Warrior
Improves biotic skills. The last upgrade will also increase weapon damage for 3 seconds after Charge usage. So feel free to use it as much as possible
barrier mass effect 3Barrier
  1. Unyielding Barrier
  2. Biotic Alacrity
  3. Saving Barrier
Provides improvements to shields and gives instant shield restore when health is low
containment mass effect andromedaContainment
  1. Any
  2. Shield Detonation
  3. Event Horizon
Gives bonuses to biotic skills like area of effect, detonation power, etc. Generally, this is a very low-priority skill, that gives minor improvements.

Tech Skills

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
team suport mass effect andromedaTeam Support
  1. Support
  2. Team Recovery
  3. Life Support
This is an extremely important passive skill. It gives bonus defense restoration for both Charge and Energy Drain (if you decide to pick it). Moreover, with the last upgrade, each tech skill used will restore HP.
offensive tech mass effect andromedaOffensive Tech
  1. Anti-Shield
  2. Detonators
  3. Technical Rounds
Improves tech power handling. For level 4 I pick Anti shield as these types of enemies are the most abundant. For level 6, I go with Technical Rounds to improve weapon damage.
auxiliary systems mass effect andromedaAuxiliary Systems
  1. Any
  2. Enduring Tech
  3. Omni-Vents
Improves tech powers. For level 4, either upgrade works, but I do not use consumable ammo, so I pick Weight. The last upgrade gives a huge power cooldown boost.

Here we have an exciting choice. If you like to play extremely aggressively and want to deal very high damage you should take Tactical Cloak

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
tactical cloak mass effect andromedaTactical Cloak
  1. Damage Bonus
  2. Duration
  3. Combat Cloak
Become invisible and disappear from enemy sight. The last upgrade is the most difficult part of this skill. If you take Combat Cloak, the Life Support skill will not activate and you will not restore your HP after tech skill use (this is very useful when using Bio-Converter). However, by picking Escape Artist, you only get improved damage with the first action, which makes this skill lose most of its appeal.

However, it comes with a huge downside. The ability cancels any effects of shield or health regeneration. So as an alternative, I suggest this one:

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
energy drain mass effect andromedaEnergy Drain
  1. Any
  2. Extend Duration
  3. Damage
A very powerful tech skill that restores shields and can both prime and detonate combos. The level 4 upgrade is your personal preference. I went with Recharge Speed, as the restoration is already high from Explorer profile stat bonuses.

Combat Skills

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
turbocharge mass effect andromedaTurbocharge
  1. Duration
  2. Damage & Force
  3. Supercharge
With this ability any weapon you wield will become extremely deadly. It will provide bonus damage, a higher rate of fire, and a bigger clip size
combat fitness mass effect andromedaCombat Fitness
  1. Regeneration
  2. Heavy Lifting
  3. Hold the Line
Provides important bonuses to the main player stats. Specifically, we are targeting bonuses for damage reduction and health regeneration. It will be important when using weapons with Bio-Converter
combat tools mass effect andromedaCombat Tools
  1. Any
  2. Any
  3. Aerial Combat
The skill provides some bonuses to aerial and melee combat. I recommend taking this ability late in the game when you have all other combat skills covered. The bonuses are not as game-changing.

Pick your preferred weapon skill. I personally went with Shotguns and Pistols as I used them both

Power name Upgrades Choices Description
shotguns skill icon mass effect andromedaShotguns
  1. Weight
  2. Clip Size
  3. Damage & Force
One of my favorite guns in the game. We want improvements to clip size and higher damage.
pistols skill icon mass effect andromedaPistols
  1. Weight
  2. Clip Size
  3. Any
Improves pistol handling. For the last upgrade pick the choice based on your preference - aiming or no aiming
assault rifles skill mass effect andromedaAssault Rifles
  1. Weight
  2. Clip Size
  3. Shatter Defenses
Improves assault rifle handling. Take the Shatter Defenses for large damage increase with successful shots.

I did not go with Sniper Rifles, it is a valid option but could be hard to play if you are very aggressive and close to the enemies.

Profile

You will need to spend 78 skill points in Biotic, Tech, and Combat trees each to unlock a level 6 Explorer profile

Profile Description
explorer profile icon mass effect andromedaExplorer Has a unique Dodge mechanic, that moves through obstacles. Provides a wide array of stat bonuses, tech recharge rates, power damage, weapon damage, and damage resistance.

Conclusion

Mass Effect Andromeda offers a wide array of builds to make. By considering various factors such as combat style, abilities, and playstyle preferences, you can create a build that suits your unique approach to the game

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