This is my favorite guide on the Citadel. Our Mass Effect 3 Walkthrough covers the entire spectrum of the single player story, multiplayer tips, and how to build a powerful army.
Normandy and Palaven
You'll have some time to explore the Normandy and get to know the crew. You can gain some free Reputation, Paragon, or Renegade points by talking to various people such as Cortez and James in the Shuttle Bay, Liara and Chakwas on the Crew Deck, or Adams in Engineering.
The Crew Deck is a special place to note as you can gain extra upgrades and abilities. In the Medical Bay you can reassign ability points and a pick special powers unlocked from building relationships with your squad mates. In Liara's Cabin you can pick upgrades from Intel you collect from scanning planets. For example you can pick up a Weapon Upgrade Kit from the planet Verush within the Kite's Nest Cluster and then use it at the Intel Terminal. You'll have the option to pick either an Ammo Capacity Bonus or Weapon Damage Bonus.
On the Crew Information Center you can talk to Traynor to learn about new e-mails and how the crew is doing. In the War Room you can look at your current War Assets and how the war effort is going in regards to your multiplayer standings. By default you'll have the following War Assets: Alliance Engineering Corps (130), 103rd Marine Division (50), Admiral Mikhailovich (25), Alliance First Fleet (90), Alliance Third Fleet (90), Alliance Fifth Fleet (90). As you scan planets, complete missions and play multiplayer you can gain new War Assets or updates to existing ones. Your overall War Assets with help determine your possible endings. By default your military strength from War Assets will be cut in half due to the Galactic Readiness in each of the Theaters of War. Note: in order to engage in the Theaters of War and improve Galactic Readiness you will need to connect online and play multiplayer.
Once you're comfortable within the new Normandy, head to Palaven in the Apien Crest cluster.
Palaven has been over run so you'll need to land on the planet's largest moon, Menae. There isn't much selection as far squad members, but one thing to note is that each of your team's appearances grants a different Armor Bonus. For example Liara has increased Power Damage in her white Shadow Broker outfit, and Recharge Speed bonus when using her armor.
You'll face a few Husks as you land down in the shuttle. As with past games its beast to kill them with long range weapons before they can get close. Use Liara's Singularity if they get too close or get into clusters. The fight is overall simple and will soon lead into the Turian Camp. Explore this area to find two XP Data Pads, a Credit Data Pad, two Medi-Gel kits, a M-97 Viper, Pistol Piercing Mod, Assault Rifle Piercing Mod, and M-27 Scimitar. When you're ready talk to the General on the right side of the camp to gain some Reputation and progress to the next area.
Head towards the tower and kill the few Husks around. Once getting closer you'll see that the tower is damaged and will need to send a squad mate to repair it. It's better to send James as Liara's biotics are more useful while defending the area. The second wave of Husks is basically the same except you're down to just two people. Use what ever crowd control biotics and tech you have. If a Husk grabs your teammate be quick about punching or shooting it off. Unlike previous Mass Effect games, if your teammate is downed you can walk over to them and revive them instead of wasting First aid. After your other teammate returns, a third wave of Husks will arrive. However, you'll further be supported by two Turians with assault rifles, making this round the easiest.
Return to the main camp and speak with General Corinthus again. At this point Garrus will join your party (Provided he survived Mass Effect 2) and Liara will head back to the ship. Head to the Airfield and defend it against the Reapers. You'll encounter a new type of enemy: Marauders, which are the Turian version of Husks. They fight with assault rifles and have moderate shields. This means that you'll need to take them out with weapons and Tech before they can be hit with Biotics. The Marauders will also have Husk backup, so watch your side as the enemies advance on you. For the most part concentrate on the gunners before going for the unarmed Husks. Before leaving the area make sure to pick up the Assault Rifle Magazine upgrade.
Once back at camp head to the Barricade and use the mounted turret. Your goal is to take out all of the Husks here. James and Garrus will help support you, but your heavy guns will be the bulk of the damage during this fight. After the Husk you'll fight a giant Brute. This enemy is Armored so you'll need to rely on strong weapons and fire Techs to deal heavy damage. Its melee attack are no joke: a single swipe will break shields and do quite a bit of health damage. On the bright side the Brute isn't very fast and can often be avoided by rolling to the side. Keep weaving around the Brute and Husk, allowing James and Garrus to take them out for you.
Head towards Victus' location and be sure to pick up the Medi-Gel, Data Pads and Sniper Rifle Spare Ammo upgrade. You'll have to fight off five Cannibals a few Marauders and eventually a Brute. You'll have some support from Turian troops standing of roofs, but for the most part its up to you. There are plenty of Medical kits ,so feel free to heal if you need to. If you manage to take out the Marauders you can actually glitch out the Brutes by heading back to the entrance. Here, the caved in entrance will be too small for them to enter, allowing you to open fire without reprisal. Repeat this little cheat again to take out two more Brutes along with several more Marauders. Pick up the Sniper Rifle Enhanced Scope before heading over to the General.
@ Verne: Well the Rannoch end level boss of course. The giant laser beaming one. It was really hard to defeat it and this certain walkthrough was not a big help, so I checked wiki and found some useful tips. There was no chance that I could beat the boss without tips from wiki.
@khatibi22 Hmph ... I replied to this but don't know where my reply went.
Go to the left of the chasm and target the the boss with the designator.
As I recall, he shoots low and raises his aim point until he hits you. Before the laser gets high enough to hit you, cartwheel to the right and continue targeting him. He should get slammed from space before his laser gets you.
For the next round, go to the right side of the chasm and target him. Target him with the designator and cartwheel to the left when his laser gets close to you and continue targeting him. Again he should get stomped before his laser toasts you.
Go back to the left and repeat.
As I recall, once you get a hang of the pattern to use it's not terribly difficult.
I have tried several times but somehow I can't figure out the right way to defeat this boss:| any tips?
The main, of many, problems with this guide is the label on the titles. Yes, it`s Canada. But, where in Canada? Vancouver! What a surprise!! Seriously, more attention to detail and a lot less sloppyness, Mr. Seid. For Example, Cerberus base mission...ok, well ,um which of hundreds of planets was that?
I just watched two of the new ending cinematics, there are now four major endings. Apparently it is now possible to choose badly enough to lose the entire war against the Reapers. Try it, choose all Renegade responses at the end and watch what happens.
Great guide, fail to see everyone's problem with the ending, you defeat the Reapers and get a life, the end
@wavelength121 DUH, there are no clear details, just generalized findings. Completely unprofessional.
its there anyway to hide these commens, they are longer than the guide pages. It makes the pages load alot slower with extra stuff i dont even want
When dealing with the 2 brutes and the marauders just before finding General Victus on Menae (Palaven's moon), there is a reaper blackstar heavy weapon located on the right hand side of the map for you to use. So use it!! On insanity, it becomes a necessity!
@Dead_Locked795 this was, by far, the most helpful suggestion. Thanks! Too bad this guide was not even close to that. What a waste of space, and this fool gets paid to give mediocre advice.
How come the Table of Contents only goes up to Geth Dreadnaught? That's the exact point I'm at in the game, and the only reason I looked at this guide was to see how many missions I have left to get to this terrible terrible ending I keep hearing about!
@ali0918: Are you mad? The ME series is one of the few true eletronic roleplaying games we have. Yes, RPG stands for roleplaying game. In Mass Effect series: - Roleplaying? Check. I don't know much games that gives me so many choices about what kind of character I want to be with so many ways to demonstrate it. - Does your choices make difference? While most eletronic "RPG" we see out there gives you choices but they simply doesn't matter at the end, in ME your choices actually shapes and changes the world around you, and also what you'll have to do to accomplish some objectives. So this game is not rpg? You either have got to be kidding me or you simply doesn't know the meaning of the acronym.
NEW ITEM PICKUP: after entering the broken airlock and taking out the Cerb punks, turn around to the left and look around the sink to find a SMG Scope upgrade.
Your After Geth Dreadnought scans are the same as your After Sur'Kesh. You should really take a look at that!
@tex242 Yeah, some having to be completed before you embark on your next big mission ot they'll be gone. A shame the strategy guide didn't tell me that in the first few pages....
also for the record people who are saying they didnt get the special ending yet who did multi you need to have between 4-5k war assets forget which it is
in case GS forgot to mention it in their walk through... make sure you do multiplayer and get 100% war readiness... that will allow you to CHOSE the GREEN light which is BY FAR the Prettiest of the 3
[spoiler] Renegade Interrupt: kill Kai Leng, Don't press Renegade Interrupt: Kill Kai Leng. CHOICE! [/spoiler]
OKK ME MY SELF DONT CARE IF IT WAS GOOD OR BAD ENDING BUT I WISH FOR BIOWARE TO GET US NEXT TIME A ONE DECIDED ENDING, AT LEAST THE ENDING, SO WE COULD REST IN PEACE
Everyone complains about the ending saying that is wreaks the game completely. I think that yes, the ending was quite disappointing, but it didn't erase the fun I had getting up to that point. It is still a good, fun and powerful game I had a really good time with. In my opinion it's the journey not the destination.
@djforlife84 You are so right, god forbid we ask for quality for the price they demand. It is also so unreasonable and selfish to ask them to live upto the promises they made pre-launch. You have made me realize the error of my ways and from now on I will accept the pile of crap they give me, and will even smile and thank them, because we all know we got where we are today by accepting everything as-is.
Just for laughs...what will ending a beloved series the way Bioware did in future be called? Pulling a Bioware? Pulling a Hudson? Embracing Enternity? ?
Let me see... -Blue explosion or -Green explosion or -Red explosion decisions...decisions...decisions
@djforlife84 100% agree with you. I hope bioware doesn't alter the ending in the slightest. Sometimes gamers look like 3 year old kids who enrage for a bag of crisps or candy.
@ag_04 @djforlife84 you sound like retirees being told what to accept and having no choice but to accept it. `Off to the retirement home for you sailor, and no, you have no say in the matter because we know what`s right! for you`... LMFAO, I rather be a child that fights for his rights than a fool that gets herded to nowhere. Really, think about. They`re abusing your rights as a consumer and you just take it. WEAK.
P.S. I played all 3 games with same character. With all DLC installed. I actually played them in a roe... in the month before ME3... so do not dare telling me i don't understand what ME is. Thank you.
@djforlife84 i totally agree with you. Some opinions are so puerile. I actually loved the ending. Seeing Joker and EDI made Shepard's sacrifice (if he really did die) worthy. I hate the ending because it doesn't give me more details. What happened next. What happened to Shepard and the others... But there are ways to explain all these later... just keep the hope burning. These Stop Koni, Stop Acta kids now want to change a game ending!? What next... petition Tolkien to bring Boromir back to life?
@CornelMosneag Really, your comparing a literary work of art to a commercial sell out. Do you even know the difference? Obviously not.