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[-] Easter Egg: Legion's Gamer Stats

Easter Egg: Legion's Gamer Stats

At the end of 'The Lair of the Shadow Broker' downloadable content for Mass Effect 2, you'll find a terminal with all your teammates' dossiers on it. Including information only the shadow broker could get his hands on. You will find upon reading Legion's dossier that our favorite Geth happens to be quite the gamer. You can read a list of games he downloaded and even his scores and rankings on the leaderboards. There's even a bit where he is kicked for hacking some game, but he challenges the ban, and is let back onto the servers. I found this read to be worth a chuckle.

[+] Hint: Extra Squad Points (Shepherd only)

This Shepherd-only exploit works best when you have at least ten available points. Simultaneously press BLUE (X button) and GREEN (A button) when choosing the fourth rank of an ability.

This bumps up an ability to the next rank (fourth), but keeps any points spent to get there. So for example, if you decide to do this when a rank is at level three, then it would cost 4 points which you would then be given back.

When you do this using all 10 points on an ability, you get all of them back. Free Skill Points!

Note that if you do not press the BLUE and GREEN buttons at the same time you can "Back" out and "Undo Talent Points".

Go to the "Retrain Powers" menu. Retain and max out all powers using the above button exploit. Then go to the "Advanced Training" menu and buy a new power.

It seems that a character can only have seven total powers at one time but you can buy the same power more than once so that a new one over rides an old one.

Go back to the "Retrain Powers" menu and retrain all using the above exploit, again. You will receive at least 50 extra Skill Points. If you up your skills in the "Squad" menu you will NOT get the extra Skill Points.

This process can be repeated for more Skill Points. I went from 45 to 185 in two turns of this procedure. This will cost about 82,000 Element Zero points.

Remember, this only works for Shepard not the other characters, and may be patched in a future update.

[+] Easter Egg: Respectable Quarian Names

When asking Zaal'Koris about his funny name/ship name the "Qwib Qwib" (on the Quarian fleet vessel), the real joke hits when he mentions desiring a more respectable ship name like "Defrahnz" or "Iktomi." These two names would have yielded the following Quarian names: Zaal'Koris vas Defrahnz (vas deferens) and Zaal'Koris vas Iktomi (vasectomy).

[+] Cheat: Infinite YMIR Mechs

(Unconfirmed) When you reach the point in the Freedom's Progress mission where you are told to place your teammates around the giant blast door, you can trick the game into spawning extra YMIR Mechs (Ed: But why would you want to ... ?). First, position your team accordingly, and watch the cutscene. You'll now be confronted by a Giant YMIR Mech. Instead of killing it, turn around, and head BACK through the blast door. This will glitch the game back before the cutscene. Place your team around the blast door again, and the cutscene will play. This will spawn an extra YMIR Mech. Repeat as many times as you wish, but more than three YMIR Mechs will most likely kill you!

[+] Cheat: Max Out Skill Points ("Infinite" Skill Points)

To do this you'll need to have the Dominate skill, the Retrain Powers and Advanced Training upgrades and tons of Element Zero. You can get the Dominate Skill by recruiting Morinth (Samara's daughter), which means you have to sacrifice Samara in her own loyalty mission. A list of planets with Element Zero can be found below. First, purchase Advanced Training and choose Dominate. This will land you a bonus skill point, which you can use by instituting the Retrain Powers upgrade. Repeat this process for additional skill points -- one at a time!

[+] Cheat: Double Your Hacking Rewards

Occasionally, after completing a hacking minigame for credits etc. you can press A repeatedly as the window closes and cause the game to glitch out and let you hack a second time -- for another chunk of credits! We've confirmed that this is rare, but it does work -- so get in the habit of mashing.

[+] Easter Egg: Legion Does the Intergalactic Shuffle

Approach Legion in his quarters and highlight him but do not talk to him. He'll do "The Robot," the traditional dance of his ancestors.

[+] Hint: Romancing the Yeoman

If you chat it up with Yeoman Kelly Chambers often and choose to be kind to her you can instigate an "unusual" romantic encounter. You'll eventually be able to invite her to dinner. Additionally, you cannot let Kelly die in the final mission (choose a loyal escort for the crew in the final scene). After you beat the game, talk to Kelly and you'll receive an email from her. Go to your quarters and you'll be able to invite her up using your console. She'll appear and you'll be able to watch the evening's awkward events unwind. She's no Yeoman Rand, but she'll do.

[+] Hint: Anomalies Anonymous

You can find anomalies when scanning the following planets (listed as Cluster, System, Planet below). Anomaly = Side Quest!

  • Caleston Rift, Solveig, Sinmara
  • Caleston Rift, Talava, Taitus
  • Crescent Nebula, Lusarn, Tarith
  • Crescent Nebula, Zelene, Helyme
  • Eagle Nebula, Amun, Neith
  • Eagle Nebula, Strabo, Jarrahe Station
  • Hades Nexus, Sheol, Gei Hin
  • HourGlass Nebula, Faryar, Daratar
  • HourGlass Nebula, Ploitari, Zanethu
  • Minos Wasteland, Fortis, Aequitas
  • Omega Nebula, Ariniarkan, MSV Strontium Mule
  • Omega Nebula, Fathar, Lorek
  • Pylos Nebula, Dirada, Canalus
  • Pylos Nebula, Nariph, MSV Broken Arrow
  • Rosetta Nebula, Enoch, Joab
  • The Shrike Nebula, Xe Cha, Zada Ban
  • Sigurd's Cradle, Decoris, Sanctum
  • Sigurd's Cradle, Skepsis, Franklin
  • Titan Nebula, Haskins, Capek

[+] Unlockable: Umbra Visor, Recon Hood, Sentry Interface

This works for Xbxo 360 and PC versions. You must have an Bioware account to get these items. Go to this site and create an account. You can use a fake email address and fake info so long as it's the correct number of characters. You do not need to confirm an email address. You must enter an age over 18. After you create your account, enter one of these codes, it doesn't matter which:


After this, choose YOUR ACCOUNT and then click on REDEEM CODE. Login to your EA account and choose your prize. You can choose one of three items (Umbra Visor, Recon Hood, Sentry Interface). For the remaining items you'll need to set up a NEW ACCOUNT and use a DIFFERENT CODE. You cannot use the same account.

On EA/Bioware's interface you need to select Maff Effect 2 and then your prize. You must then click the FINALIZE link and login to your Bioware Account. PC users must download the items. 360 users will receive a message via Cerberus Network link.

[+] Easter Egg: Probing Uranus

Head to the Local Cluster and scan Uranus. The first two probes you launch will result in "unusual" statements from EDI.

[+] Hint: Geth Pulse Rifle

Note: The Geth Pulse Rifle can only be found on Hardcore or Insanity difficulty. During the recruitment mission for Tali, look for the rifle in the same room you find Tali. It will be sitting on the ground next to a destroyed geth.

[+] Hint: Slightly Faster Planet Scanning

Need to speed up scanning? I found that putting the scanner all the way to the right or left, and rotating the planet the same way speeds it up a lot.

The planet actually spins quite a bit faster that way. Quite simply push both sticks in the same direction. I start at the top of the planet, and "peel" it like an electric apple peeler. It's much faster than before.

[+] Hint: No One Left Behind Achievement

For this achievement, develop all the ship upgrades and keep every character loyal to Shepherd.

You will need to make some hard choices later that may get characters killed instantly. Try the following choices while keeping what I've mentioned before in mind:

Person to send into the vents: send Tali

The second squad leader: choose Miranda

The biotic specialist: use Samara

The other second squad leader: I used Garrus

For crew escort: I used Moridin since he died at the door my previous playthrough

My final team: Tali & Legion; I picked them because they seemed the weakest in combat

Hope this helps.

[+] Hint: Finding Element Zero

Below is a list of the planets where you can mine the ultra-rare Element Zero. The systems for each Zero-laden planet are listed below, followed by the star and planet names.

    Calestone Rift

  • Aysur, Arvuna - Moderate
  • Balor, Calestone - Moderate
  • Crescent Nebula

  • Lusam, Tarith - Rich
  • Zelene, Helyme - Moderate
  • Eagle Nebula

  • Amun, Anthur - Rich
  • Amun, Sekhmet - Moderate
  • Relic, Preying Mouth - Rich
  • Far Rim

  • Dholen, Gotha - Moderate
  • Hades Nexus

  • Hekate, Asteria - Poor
  • Hekate, Bothros - Poor
  • Pamyat, Dobrovolski - Moderate
  • Sheol, Gel Hinnom - Moderate
  • Hawking Eta

  • Schwarzschild, Etamis - Rich
  • Hourglass Nebula

  • Faryar, Daratar - Rich
  • Osun, Erinle - Rich
  • Ploitari, Thegan - Moderate
  • Krogan DMZ

  • Nith, Mantun - Moderate
  • Minos Wasteland

  • Caestus, Invictus - Moderate
  • Nubian Expanse

  • Kalabasha, Yamm - Moderate
  • Batalla, Nearog - Moderate
  • Batalla, thunawanuro - Rich
  • The Phoenix Massing

  • Salahiel, Ekuna - Moderate
  • Pylos Nebula

  • Dirada, Siano - Moderate
  • Satent, Boro - Rich
  • Raisaris - Rich
  • Rosetta Nebula

  • Alpha Draconis, 2175 Aeia - Moderate
  • Enoch, Joab - Rich
  • Enoch, Laban - Moderate
  • Enoch, Mizraim - Rich
  • Shadow Sea

  • Iera, Prospect - Poor
  • The Shrike Abyssal

  • Urla Rast, Talis Fia - Moderate
  • Xe Cha, Tosal Nym - Rich
  • Xe Cha, Zada Ban - Rich
  • Sigurd's Cradle

  • Decoris, Sanctum - Moderate
  • Skepsis, Watson - Rich
  • Titan Nebula

  • Haskins, Capek - Moderate
  • Valhallan Threshold

  • Micah, Farlas - Moderate
  • Micah, Israfel - Moderate
  • Micah, Kakabel - Moderate
  • Paz, Garvug - Rich

[+] Unlockable: Alternate Costumes/Colors

Complete a Loyalty mission for a party member to unlock alternate color schemes for that character.

[+] Hint: Bonus Paragon or Renegade Interruption Points

During conversations, you may spot a RIGHT or LEFT TRIGGER appear in the top left portion of the screen. If you hit LEFT TRIGGER when the "wings" logo appears you'll get Paragon points. If you hit RIGHT TRIGGER when the "star" appears you'll get Renegade points. You've got to act fast to get the points!

[+] Unlockable: New Game + Bonuses

Mass Effect 2 features a New Game + feature which allows you to play the game a second time with certain items and stats you accumulated in your first game.

  • You get to choose your Loyalty Bonus Skill from the start.
  • Your retain Skill Points but can redistribute them.
  • Your level and XP carry over; the max level (level cap) is 30.
  • Your Renegade/Paragon points are reset to neutral.
  • You keep your weapons and armor, but not the upgrades.

[+] Unlockable: Bonus Experience, Resources, Paragon and Renegade Points

Start a new game in Mass Effect 2 using a profile from Mass Effect (1) and you'll get the following bonuses:

  • Experience Points (an amount based on your previous level, basically you'll start at Level 2)
  • Resources (can be used for weapon and armor upgrades)
  • Paragon and Renegade Points (if you have the MAXIMUM amount of either Paragon or Renegade points from Mass Effect you'll get a bonus number in of the same points in ME2)

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