Mass Effect Trophy Guide and Road Map
Welcome to our Mass Effect Trophy Guide for PS4. In this guide, you will find strategies and tips for unlocking every trophy on your way to the platinum. We have broken the journey up into easily digestible phases with expert information packed into each one. With this, anyone should be able to conquer this game and its challenges.
Mass Effect Trophy Guide: Before You Begin
It’s pretty easy to get all trophies in a single playthrough, though if you want to do a blind playthrough first, that’s fine. If anything, it’s recommended as it will give you a head start on unlocking the Mastery trophies, and you’ll be more powerful.
Phase One – Epilogue & Becoming a Spectre
During this phase of our Mass Effect Trophy Guide, you will be focusing on completing the Prologue and the first visit to the Citadel while triggering your squad mates’ abilities to progress towards the Mastery trophies.
Prologue: Eden Prime
Before you land on Eden Prime, you will meet with Captain Anderson and Nihlus on the Normandy. While talking to them, make sure to explore all dialogue entries relating to the Protheans for a codex entry (needed for Archivist).
When you land on Eden Prime, you will have Kaiden Alenko in your squad with Ashley Williams joining a bit later. When you meet the latter, make sure to talk to her and use the “Investigate” option to talk about the Geth for a Codex entry. Eden Prime is pretty straightforward; make your way to the beacon and fight off the Geth as you go. Kaiden’s default abilities are Throw, Barrier, and Sabotage, both of which you need to use 25 times each, so make sure you command him to use them as you fight your way through this planet.
Make sure to level up Kaiden to unlock his other abilities when you can. Ensure you focus on leveling up Shepard’s Charm or Intimidate skill—depending on whether you’re doing a good or evil playthrough—before anything else.
It’s important that, as Shepard, you use Medi-Gel at every possible chance, even if you or your squadmates only have minor damage. You need to use Medi-Gel 50 times for First Aid Specialist.
Distinguished Service Medal
Complete Eden Prime
Will unlock after using the beacon on Eden Prime.
Citadel, 1st Visit
After meeting with Captain Anderson and Ambassador Udina, head out to where the Avina VI is. Nearby is a Transit Terminal. You can use Kaiden’s abilities on this terminal, and they will count towards the Mastery trophies. The fastest way to do this is to make a save in front of the terminal, use your abilities on it, and then load your save. Rinse and repeat. (This method doesn’t work for AI Hacking and Neural Shock abilities)
Use biotic Throw 25 times
Use biotic Barrier 25 times
After meeting the council, travel around the Citadel, completing all available Assignments after recruiting Garrus and Wrex. Regardless of whoever you recruit last, it will mark the 5th mission with Ashley and Kaiden in your squad, so make sure to swap them out for Garrus and Wrex when Soldier Ally & Sentinel Ally pop. After a few Assignments, you will have to recruit Tali and become a Sprectre to unlock the remainder of the Assignments.
Also during your first visit to the Citadel, you can collect Codex entries on the various races within Mass Effect for Archivist.
|Citadel: Asari Consort||Presidium, Consort Chambers||Nelyna|
|Citadel: Jahleed’s Fears||C-Sec||Jahleed|
|Citadel: Scan the Keepers||Citadel Tower or Lower Markets||Chorban|
|Citadel: Presidium Prophet||Presidium (near Wards access)||C-Sec Officer/Hanar|
|Citadel: Reporter’s Request||Upper Wards||Emily Wong|
|Citadel: Rita’s Sister||Flux||Rita|
|Citadel: Schells the Gambler||Flux||Schells|
|Citadel: Signal Tracking||Flux||Examine Quasar machine|
|Citadel: The Fan||Upper Markets||Conrad Verner|
|Citadel: Xeltan’s Complaint||Chora’s Den||Septimus|
|Citadel: Doctor Michel||Med Clinic||Doctor Michel|
|Citadel: Homecoming||Embassies (after Tali joins)||Samesh Bhatia|
|UNC: Privateers (completed off-world)||Citadel Tower||Garoth|
Complete 5 missions with the Alliance sentinel squad member
Complete 5 missions with the Alliance soldier squad member
Find all primary Alien: Council Races, Extinct Races and Non-Council Races codex entries
Below are the missable Alien Codex entries.
|Elcor||Office next to Udina’s in the Embassies. Talk to the big quadrupedal alien.|
|Volus||Office next to Udina’s in the Embassies. Talk to the small, suited alien.|
|Hanar||Financial District, Emporium. Talk to the floating jellyfish-like alien.|
|Rachni||Financial District. Talk to the Avina Terminal near the Krogan statue.|
|Keepers||Citadel Tower Access. Talk to the Avina Terminal next to the Keeper.|
|Batarian||Normandy Dock. Talk to Captain Anderson about his history before you leave the Citadel.|
Become a Spectre
Earned after finishing the investigation into Saren on the Citadel.
Phase Two – Atermis Tau: Find Liara T’soni & Explore 8 Uncharted Worlds
During this phase of our Mass Effect Trophy Guide, Garrus and Wrex should be in your squad. Head to Artemis Tau to find and recruit Liara. Again, make sure to use Garrus’ and Wrex’s abilities as much as you can as you fight your way to Liara and while exploring Uncharted Worlds. While traveling between clusters, you will often be contacted by Admiral Hackett—and others—and give you various Assignments. Some of these Assignments count towards the Ally trophies for completing 5 missions with each ally, though some will not.
Make sure Shepard’s Charm/Intimidate skill is maxed out as much as you can.
Search and Rescue
Locate Dr T’soni in the Artemis Tau cluster
Liara is on Therum in the Knossus system within the Artemis Tau cluster. You’ll be dropped in the Mako and will have to drive and shoot your way to a dig site. Inside, Liara will be trapped in an ancient Prothean energy field and must be freed by shooting a mining laser to open a passage to her.
The code for the mining laser code is , [Square], [Circle], [Triangle], [Square].
Medal of Exploration I
Land on an Uncharted world
Medal of Exploration II
Land on 4 uncharted worlds
Medal of Exploration III
Land on 8 uncharted worlds
Below are the recommended 8 planets to explore. You will likely end up visiting way more than 8 planets during your playthrough.
|Artemis Tau||Macedon||Sharjila (UNC: Asari Diplomacy*)|
|Artemis Tau||Sparta||Edolus (UNC: Missing Marines*)|
|Voyager||Amazon||Agebinium (UNC: Espionage Probe*)|
|Hades Gamma||Antaeus||Trebin (UNC: Missing Survey Team*)|
|Argos Rho||Hydra||Metgos (UNC: Distress Call*)|
|Hawking Eta||Century||Presrop (UNC: Major Kyle*)|
|Kepler Verge||Newton||Ontarom (UNC: Dead Scientists*)|
|Armstrong Nebula||Vamshi||Maji (UNC: Geth Incursions*)|
Complete 5 missions with the turian squad member
Completing the above UNC Assignments should earn you this trophy.
Complete 5 missions with the krogan squad member
Completing the above UNC Assignments should earn you this trophy.
Phase Three – Citadel, 2nd Visit & Bring Down the Sky
Like the first phase of our Mass Effect Trophy Guide, you will be heading to the Citadel to complete some Assignments and to use Liara’s and Tali’s abilities on the Rapid Transit Terminal. Tali’s AI Hacking will not work on this Terminal.
Check your Journal for any Assignments that need turning in while you’re at The Citadel. Once you’ve exhausted the Citadel of its new Assignments, head back to the Normandy and clean up any open Assignments before moving onto the Bring Down the Sky mission (Bring Down the Sky has 2 Assignments, X57: Avoid the Blasting Caps, and X57: Missing Engineers).
Citadel: Assignments, 2nd Visit
|Citadel: Family Matter||Financial District (Outside Barla Von’s office)||Rebekah Petrovsky|
|Citadel: Planting a Bug||Citadel Tower||Emily Wong|
|Citadel: Snap Inspection (Automatic)||Normandy Dock||Admiral Mikhailovich|
|Citadel: Citadel The Fourth Estate||C-Sec||Khalisah Bint Sinan al-Jilani|
Use Damping Field 25 times
Use Shield Overload 25 times
Use biotic Lift 25 times
Use Sabotage 25 times
Use biotic Stasis 25 times
Use biotic Warp 25 times
Use biotic Singularity 25 times
Complete the Bring Down the Sky mission
Earned after finishing the missions on X57.
Phase Four – Noveria & Feros
We will be completing two of the core worlds in this Phase of our Mass Effect Trophy Guide. I would recommend tackling Noveria first as there is a little glitch you can take advantage of to easily earn Principled. There are also a few Assignments you can complete at each of these worlds.
|Noveria: Smuggling*||Port Hanshan Plaza||Opold|
|Noveria: Espionage||Port Hanshan Mezzanine||Mallene Calis|
Principled Paragon/Renegade Glitch
Accumulate 75% of total possible Paragon or Renegade points
Talk to Lorik Qui’in in Port Hanshan Mezzanine and agree to raid his office to retrieve his evidence. Once you have it, head back to the Mezzanine and talk to Gianna Parasini at the bar. She will ask you to convince Lorik to testify against Administrator Anoleis. Use your Charm or Intimidate option to persuade him. Speak to him again, ask about Matriarch Benezia, and then use the Investigate option to convince him to testify again, giving extra Paragon or Renegade points. Repeat this process until the trophy pops. Once you have 75% of your Paragon or Renegade bar filled, you will unlock the whole Charm/Intimidate skill and can max it out.
Honorarium of Corporate Service
Earned after finishing the missions on Noveria.
At Feros, you will be facing a lot of Geth so make sure Tali is in your squad and use her AI Hacking ability on as many Geth as you can. You can make a save before a combat encounter, use AI Hacking on one, and then reload to farm the Mastery trophy.
|Feros: Geth in the Tunnels||Zhu’s Hope||Fai Dan|
|Feros: Power Cells||Zhu’s Hope||Fai Dan/May|
|Feros: Varren Meat||Zhu’s Hope||Davin Reynolds|
|Feros: Water Restoration||Zhu’s Hope||Macha|
|Feros: Data Recovery||Zhu’s Hope (2nd survivor group)||Gavin Hossle|
AI Hacking Specialist
Use AI Hacking 25 times
Medal of Heroism
Earned after finishing the missions on Feros.
Complete 5 missions with the asari squad member
Complete 5 missions with the quarian squad member
Phase Five – More Assignments & Misc Trophies Before Virmire
At this point of our Mass Effect Trophy Guide, you should focus on completing enough Assignments so that Completionist pops once Virmire is completed.
It’s also worth putting Kaiden back into your Squad so you can use Nerual Shock. With Kaiden, land on an Uncharted Planet and exit the Mako. Make a save and use Neural Shock on the Mako, reload your save and use the ability again. Repeat until the related Mastery trophy pops.
Neural Shock Specialist
Use Nerual Shock 25 times
There are a few more assignments that can be completed, however, finishing the ones below as well as the ones listed so far will be enough to “complete the majority of the game”.
|UNC: Cerberus||Galaxy Map||Admiral Kahoku|
|UNC: Hades’ Dogs||Voyager Cluster, Columbia, Nepheron||Automatic after UNC: Cerberus|
|UNC: Lost Freighter||Ming System||Automatic upon entering the system|
|UNC: Rogue VI||Local Cluster, Luna||Admiral Hackett|
|UNC: Hostage||Hades Gamma Cluster||Admiral Hackett|
|UNC: Besieged Base||Hades Gamma Cluster||Admiral Hackett (After reaching 80% Paragon)|
|UNC: Colony of the Dead*||Maroon Sea Cluster||Geth Terminal on Feros (after severing the Geth Ship’s claw)|
Phase Six – Virmire & Ilos
This is the last phase of our Mass Effect Trophy Guide. Head to Virmire and progress through the mission until you meet Captain Kirrahe. Wrex will become irate over the news that Saren has been developing a cure for the Genophase and Shepard wants to destroy it.
Before carrying on with the mission, talk to Wrex. You will have to talk him down using either Charm or Intimidate options. At this point in the journey, you should have either Charm or Intimidate maxed out, otherwise you won’t be able to talk him down and lock yourself out of Charismatic.
Use Charm or Intimidate to resolve an impossible situation
Must have 12 points in Charm or Intimidate to successfully talk Wrex down on Vimire otherwise this trophy will be unattainable until your next playthrough.
Council Legion of Merit
Earned after finishing the missions on Virmire.
Complete the majority of the game
This will unlock after completing around 50-70 Missions and Assignments. If you’ve been following this guide closely, this trophy will pop around the time of completing Virmire.
Meritorious Service Medal
Earned after finishing the missions on Ilos.
First Aid Specialist
Use medi-gel 50 times
This can be earned naturally or farmed using the same method outline in Phase One.
Medal of Honor
Complete the game on any difficulty
Acquire all trophies
The platinum will unlock once you have acquired every other trophy in Mass Effect