Just to avoid any confusion, this is a trophy guide for the third Mass Effect game on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. There are several trophies that are missable, many of them being tied to the story so naturally there will be spoilers below. Although many of the trophies are missable they are also fairly straightforward and as was the case with Mass Effect Legendary Edition and Mass Effect 2 Legendary Edition. All but one of trophies are obtainable in a single playthrough and the one that can’t be obtained in your first playthrough is unlockable very early on in your second playthrough. This guide will give you all the information you need to get the Platinum as efficiently as possible.
Details via Bioware:
Earth is burning. The Reapers have taken over and other civilizations are falling like dominoes. Lead the final fight to save humanity and take back Earth from these terrifying machines, Commander Shepard. You’ll need backup for these battles. Fortunately, the galaxy has a habit of sending unexpected species your way. Recruit team members and forge new alliances, but be prepared to say goodbye at any time as partners make the ultimate sacrifice. It’s time for Commander Shepard to fight for the fate of the human race and save the galaxy. No pressure, Commander.
Tunnel Rat: ME3: Survive the swarm. (BRONZE)
In order to obtain this trophy you must complete “Attican Traverse: Krogan Team” before starting “Priority: Tuchanka”, after you complete “Priority: Tuchanka” the “Attican Traverse: Krogan Team” mission will no longer be available.
Saboteur: ME3: Disable a group of fighter squadrons. (BRONZE)
In order to obtain this trophy you must complete “Priority: Geth Fighter Squadrons” before starting “Priority: Rannoch”, after you complete “Priority: Rannoch” the “Priority: Geth Fighter Squadrons” mission will no longer be available.
Fact Finder: ME3: Discover an enemy’s monstrous origin. (BRONZE)
In order to obtain this trophy you must complete “Kallini: Ardat-Yakshi Monastery” before starting “Priority: Thessia”, after you complete “Priority: Thessia” the “Kallini: Ardat-Yakshi Monastery” mission will no longer be available.
Liberator: ME3: Stop a Cerberus kidnapping. (BRONZE)
In order to obtain this trophy you must complete “Grissom Academy: Emergency Evacuation” before starting “Priority: Citadel II”, after you complete “Priority: Citadel II” the “Grissom Academy: Emergency Evacuation” mission will no longer be available.
Problem Solver: ME3: Evacuate a scientific facility. (BRONZE)
In order to obtain this trophy you must complete “Arrae: Ex-Cerberus Scientists” before starting “Priority: Cerberus Headquarters”, after you complete Priority: Cerberus Headquarters” the “Arrae: Ex-Cerberus Scientists” mission will no longer be available.
Shopaholic: ME3: Visit a store on the Citadel. (BRONZE)
You can earn this trophy on your first visit to the Citadel, when given the choice of going to the medical wing or to the Council choose the medical wing. There is a small machine that you can use almost immediately after exiting the elevator, press x when you get close to it and the trophy will pop.
Master and Commander: ME3: Deliver most of the Galaxy at War assets to the final conflict. (GOLD)
The requirements for this trophy are exactly crystal clear but the latest point at which you can achieve it is before the assault on the Illusive Man’s base. It’s unclear as to how many points are required but you should aim for around 5600 points, the trophy could end up unlocking with fewer points after you complete “Priority: Rannoch”. Due to the vague requirements for the trophy its best to complete all quests and scan as many systems as possible. Eventually Specialist Traynor will inform you that Admiral Hackett is available on vid-comm, opening communications will unlock the trophy.
Note: It’s best to complete all active missions before starting a mission marked “Priority” as it may lock you out of several other missions thus making it more difficult to unlock the “Master and Commander” trophy.
Lost and Found: ME3: Dispatch 10 probes to retrieve people or resources in Reaper territory. (SILVER)
To unlock this trophy you need to scan for resources in Reaper controlled territories. Clusters that are under Reaper control will have a Reaper on next to them on the Galaxy Map. You scan with the L2 button. You should get this trophy whilst working on the “Master and Commander” trophy.
- Aethon Cluster: Aru, Cherk Sab
- Aethon Cluster: Aru, Irune
- Aethon Cluster: Nura, Oma Ker
- Aethon Cluster: Esori, Solu Paolis
- Aethon Cluster: Satu Arrd, Nalisin
- Argos Rho: Hydra, Canrum
- Argos Rho: Phoenix, Intai’sei
- Argos Rho: Phoenix, Pinnacle Station
- Argos Rho: Gorgon, Camaron
- Athena Nebula: Parnitha, Tevura
Note: Scanning in Reaper controlled territory will attract Reapers to your location after 2-4 scans, if the Reaper reaches the Normandy it will destroy the ship.
A Personal Touch: ME3: Modify a weapon. (BRONZE)
To unlock this trophy you need to find a weapon modification whilst exploring. You can either find them on the various missions or buy them from vendors. Once you have one go to the Shuttle Bay on the Normandy and use the weapon bench. Once you equip a mod on a weapon you will unlock the trophy.
Combined Arms: ME3: Perform any combination of 50 biotic combos or tech bursts. (SILVER)
To unlock this trophy you need to combine two different tech or biotic abilities on a single enemy. You can combine Shepard’s abilities with a squadmate or combine two squadmates abilities. The easiest tech combination is Incinerate + Overload and the easiest biotic combination is Singularity + Warp.
Focused: ME3: Evolve any of your powers to rank 6. (SILVER)
To unlock this trophy you need to fully upgrade one of Shepard’s abilities, a total of 21 points is required fully upgrade an ability. If you imported a save from Mass Effect 2 you can achieve this after the first mission.
Untouchable: ME3: Escape a Reaper in the galaxy map. (BRONZE)
To unlock this trophy you need to go to a territory that is under Reaper control and scan until a Reaper enters the system map. Once that happens simply exit the system by going beyond the barrier or enter a Mass Relay.
Shield Breaker: ME3: Overload the shields of 100 enemies. (SILVER)
To obtain this trophy you need to use Overload to remove shields from an enemy, Overload has to completely remove the shields from an enemy for it to count. To use Overload as Shepard you need to be an Engineer or Vanguard. Commanding squadmates to use the ability also counts towards the trophy. EDI, Garrus and Kaidan have the Overload ability.
Sky High: ME3: Lift 100 enemies off the ground with powers. (SILVER)
To obtain this trophy you need to use an ability to send an enemy flying off the ground, unlike the other ability related trophies squadmate ability usage does not count towards this. Powers that let you send an enemy flying include Concussive Shot, Lift Grenade, Pull, Throw and Flare. You can grind this in the Combat Arena after completing the Citadel DLC.
Pyromaniac: ME3: Set 100 enemies on fire with powers. (SILVER)
To obtain this trophy you need to set 100 enemies on fire. Incinerate, Inferno Bullets and Inferno Grenade gives you the ability to set an enemy on fire. Commanding squadmates to use the ability also counts towards the trophy.
Eye of the Hurricane: ME3: Kill a brute while it’s charging you. (SILVER)
To obtain this trophy you need to deliver the killing blow to a brute whilst it is charging at you. The earliest you can obtain this trophy is on Palaven’s Moon. You can grind this in the Combat Arena after completing the Citadel DLC.
Mail Slot: ME3: Kill 10 guardians with headshots from the front while their shields are raised. (SILVER)
To obtain this trophy you need to kill 10 guardians by shooting them through the slot in their shields. Guardians are the Cerberus enemies that carry the body shields. The easiest way to obtain this is by using a sniper rifle. You can grind this in the Combat Arena after completing the Citadel DLC.
Hijacker: ME3: Hijack an Atlas mech. (BRONZE)
To obtain this trophy you need to destroy the glass window on an Atlas Mech and then approach it and press triangle. Don’t fire continuously as it is possible to damage the Atlas Mech too much causing it to explode.
Giant Killer: ME3: Defeat a harvester. (BRONZE)
To obtain this trophy you need to kill a harvester before it escapes. Harvesters are Reaper enemies that have both shields and armor, they fly around and don’t stick around for too long. The earliest you can achieve this trophy is on Tuchunka whilst on the mission to save Primarch Victus’ son. There are a few harvesters in this mission but your best bet is to use your power weapon and spam abilities on the first one you see.
Always Prepared: ME3: Obtain two non-customizable suits of armor. (BRONZE)
To obtain this trophy you need to buy two non-customizable armor sets, these cost 50,000 credits each. You can obtain these armor sets upon visiting the Citadel.
- Blood Dragon Armor – Hanar Citadel Store
- Collector Armor – Asari Citadel Store
- Cerberus Armor – Volus Citadel Store
- Inferno Armor – Human Citadel Store
- Terminus Armor – Batarian Citadel Store
Gunsmith: ME3: Upgrade any weapon to level 10. (SILVER)
To obtain this trophy you need to fully upgrade any weapon, you will not be able to unlock this trophy on your first playthrough as you can only upgrade your weapons to level 5. You will need to import your Mass Effect 3 character after you complete a playthrough of the game. Weapon upgrades only unlock after completing the Mars mission so you will have to play up until that point.
Under Pressure: ME3: Uncover an ancient secret. (GOLD)
To obtain this trophy you need to complete the “Citadel: Dr. Bryson” questline. This will help towards the “Master and Commander” trophy.
Savior: ME3: Free Omega from Cerberus Occupation. (SILVER)
To obtain this trophy you need to complete the “Citadel: Aria T’Loak.” questline. This will help towards the “Master and Commander” trophy.
Last Resort: ME3: Stop an out-of-control scheme before it’s too late. (SILVER)
To obtain this trophy you need to complete the “Citadel: Shore Leave” questline. This will help towards the “Master and Commander” trophy.
The One and Only: ME3: Defeat a group of Spectre-level opponents on Normal, Hardcore, or Insanity. (SILVER)
To obtain this trophy you need to complete a round in the Combat Arena against Spectre-Level opponents whilst playing on Normal, Hardcore or Insanity. To unlock Spectre-Level opponents you need to complete rounds and earn silver medals. Use these to unlock combat modifiers and tougher enemies. Use the modifiers and tougher enemies to earn a gold medal and purchase the “Mirror Match” enemy set. Once you have that simply enable it and complete a round on Normal or above. If you are struggling with this then turn the difficulty down to Narrative and complete the first two waves. When on the third wave defeat most of the enemies and then turn the difficulty back up to Normal and complete the round.
- Driven: ME3: Return to active duty. (BRONZE)
- Bringer of War: ME3: Chase down an assassin. (BRONZE)
- Mobilizer: ME3: Bring a veteran officer aboard. (BRONZE)
- World Shaker: ME3: Destroy an Atlas dropped from orbit. (BRONZE)
- Pathfinder: ME3: Explore a lost city. (BRONZE)
- Party Crasher: ME3: Sabotage a dreadnought. (BRONZE)
- Hard Target: ME3: Call down an orbital strike. (BRONZE)
- Arbiter: ME3: Win a political stand-off. (BRONZE)
- Last Witness: ME3: Extract ancient technology. (BRONZE)
- Executioner: ME3: Defeat an old adversary. (BRONZE)
- Well Connected: ME3: Send a warning across the galaxy. (BRONZE)
- Patriot ME3: Make the final assault. (SILVER)
- Legend: ME3: Mission accomplished. (GOLD)
Mass Effect Legendary Edition is currently available on the PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One.
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