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BioWare’s Mass Effect Andromeda provides plenty of room to experiment with different character builds. Which ones are the best?

By Hodey Johns

Published 3 hours ago


Mass Effect Andromeda Best Build Collage Ryder And Security Training

The galaxy in Mass Effect: Andromeda can sound like a cakewalk. Unlike previous Mass Effect games, you are permitted much more flexibility over your character’s skill choices. So even a combat-heavy shotgunner can grab a few tech skills to help whittle enemies down. With that kind of freedom, an amateur will walk into the game thinking that the build is secondary.

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That’s going to lead to a painful lesson on your first run. On all the difficulty settings besides “narrative,” enemies are tough and those who try to grab a little bit of everything will end up feeling like a whole lot of nothing. The game permits several strategies to use, and players can excel at some builds that don’t even make the community’s?top picks. But the builds must be strategically thought out and well-executed for Ryder to?confidently survive?against?a variety of challenging villains.


Updated on June 10th, 2021 by Hodey Johns:?Unbelievably, this article is still racking up viewership even four years after the release of Andromeda. Fans are still testing out and debating to find the best class in the game, so as a service to the readers, the most relevant verbiage pertaining to the playstyle has been highlighted in each section. Additionally, a section has been added at the beginning about how to create a custom class to encourage personal player expression.

Mass Effect Andromeda Choosing Which Ryder To Be

“The best is yet to come” is more than just a trite phrase among gamers; players are frequently coming up with builds that are even better than what has already been established. So how do you make a build that belongs on the list?


Choose your favorite thing in the entire game and build around it.?Whether it’s a weapon, ability, class, or armor set, the core piece of the build should reflect the best part of what the player enjoys.Look over every boss fight. Every build should be able to defeat every boss. It’s easy to take care of the mobs, but bosses oftentimes have mechanics where some strategies just don’t work out.It’s alright to have a weakness that companions can take care of. Trying to do everything results in a build that is average for the entire game and isn’t much fun to play. Your squadmates are a valid part of your build.


Profile: SoldierActive Abilities: Turbocharge, Concussive Shot, Flak CannonPassive Abilities: Assault Rifles, Combat FitnessIdeal Weapon: SonedIdeal Armor:?Maverick Deadeye

Trying to blaze through the game as fast as possible? This is the build for you, it’s focused entirely on offensive capabilities. You might need to find some cover during the?more intense moments, but weapons are useful all of the time, so investing entirely in your Soned?minigun is more than justified.

Mass Effect Andromeda Ryder With Sniper Rifle Walking Out Of Cover

Profile: SoldierActive Abilities: Concussive Shot, Barricade, Trip MinePassive Abilities: Sniper Rifles, Combat FitnessIdeal Weapon: Kishock Harpoon GunIdeal Armor: Maverick Deadeye


One shot, one kill. With the highest single bullet damage in the game, the Kishock Harpoon Gun will reduce most enemies to particles, especially with a headshot. Knocking foes over with a Concussive Shot means you’ll always be able to get at least one freebie shot while your target is belly-up.

Mass Effect Andromeda Ryder Protecting Team With Biotic Shield

Profile: AdeptActive Abilities: Pull, Throw, SingularityPassive Abilities:?Barrier, Offensive Biotics, ContainmentIdeal Weapon: SilheshIdeal Armor: N7

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The environment is your best friend and if you like the concept of tossing a baddie off a cliff or into magma, you’ll love this. Even when you’re not?shifting enemies toward their ultimate demise, you will keep them permanently disabled so your squadmates can do the dirty work. You’ll also be about impossible to kill as even enemies immune to your damage will be staggered by your singularity down hallways.


Mass Effect Andromeda Ryder Floating In The Air With Biotics

Profile: AdeptActive Abilities: Shockwave, Lance, AnnihilationPassive Abilities: Barrier, Offensive Biotics, ContainmentIdeal Weapon:?CarnifexIdeal Armor: N7

Not all damage comes from the barrel of a gun. Biotics can do repulsive amounts of damage and send foes flying at the same time. It’s especially useful against large waves of enemies since all active abilities are area of effect. If you rotate your moves correctly, even bosses that try to shrug off biotics will be whittled down before they can compose themselves properly.

Mass Effect Andromeda Remnant VI Firing Beam

Profile: EngineerActive Abilities: Assault Turret, Remnant VIPassive Abilities: Offensive Tech, Auxiliary SystemsIdeal Weapon: SilheshIdeal Armor: Angaran Commando


Let your gadgets do the hard work as you simply worry about staying behind cover and getting the best angle to help out. Even on harder difficulties where the enemies kill off your robot friends, each toss?buys you enough time to get plenty of potshots in. This build really shines when times are tough and ammunition is in short supply.

Mass Effect Andromeda Using Overload On An Anarchist

Profile: EngineerActive Abilities: Invasion, Overload, IncineratePassive Abilities: Offensive Tech, Auxiliary SystemsIdeal Weapon: CarnifexIdeal Armor:?Angaran Commando

The advantage of this build is that no enemy is safe. It’s got something to take down biotic barriers, armor, and shields, effectively removing the only three defensive bars your enemies might have. Feel free to experiment with whatever lightweight gun that you’d like, or you can forego guns entirely and keep using abilities to finish off the final health bar.


Mass Effect Andromeda Asari Commando With Multiplayer Squad

Profile:?VanguardActive Abilities: Backlash, Pull, ChargePassive Abilities: Shotguns, Combat Tools, Offensive BioticsIdeal Weapon:?Asari?SwordIdeal Armor: HyperGuardian

With the Asari Sword, you’ll be invincible, invisible, and teleporting toward targets so often that your enemies won’t be able to damage you. Top that off with the fact that the sword can’t be dodged and the skills that boost melee damage, and you’re looking at a nice and easy journey to the end of the game.

Mass Effect Andromeda Using Backlash Against An Enemy

Profile: VanguardActive Abilities: Backlash, Charge, Flak CannonPassive Abilities: Shotguns, Barrier, BacklashIdeal Weapon: ShortyIdeal Armor:?HyperGuardian


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The Krogan once terrorized the galaxy and Ryder can do the same by mastering their techniques. By using biotics to bolster your close-range shotgun, you’ll be in the thick of the fight and sending opponents flying away. It’s not as offensive as it sounds, you’ll be doing plenty of tanking between your barrier and the backlash. If things really get bad, charge out of there, get into cover, and?reload for your next wave of shotgun blasts.

Mass Effect Andromeda Vanguard Jumping Through The Air

Profile: ExplorerActive Abilities: Barricade, Energy Drain, BacklashPassive Abilities: Combat Finesse, Team Support, BarrierIdeal Weapon: N7 ValkyrieIdeal Armor:?Pathfinder Vigilant


By focusing on defensive abilities almost exclusively, you will outlive any dangerous situation that the game throws at you. There is really no weakness to this build so long as you find a weapon and a squad that works best for you since those will be your only?sources of dishing out damage.

Mass Effect Andromeda Using Trip Mines In Multiplayer

Profile:?InfiltratorActive Abilities: Tactical Cloak, Trip Mine, Assault TurretPassive Abilities: Offensive Tech, Auxiliary SystemsIdeal Weapon: CarnifexIdeal Armor: Remnant Reborn

It doesn’t sound very exciting to run away, but on the hardest settings, you really won’t have a choice. Enemies will be flooding from everywhere. Thankfully, if you know your way around the map, you can keep running forever and have enemies gradually kill themselves on the gadgets that you leave behind.


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Hodey Johns

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Hodey Johns is a writer for Game Rant based out of the Rocky Mountains in North Ogden, Utah. He’s had a passion for video games and literature since he was a child growing up along the beach in San Diego, California. As a graduate of Theology from Liberty University, he puts his experience with religion, philosophy, and debate into his work. His other interests include sports, bike riding, and good old-fashioned barbecue.

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