Mass Effect 2 Upgrades [Guide]

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Feb
24
2011

One of the more important aspects of Mass Effect 2 is upgrades. To be successful you have to investigate new technologies and upgrade your weaponry. This guide will help break down what each upgrade will do so you can decide what you need to play your way in Mass Effect 2.

Return to Top Weapon Upgrades

Tech Name Upgrade Upgrade Levels Found/Research Level Required Cost Description of Upgrade
Tungsten Jacket Assault Rifle Penetration 1 Research Assault Rifle Damage Level 2 15,000 Iridium +25% assault rifle damage against armor, shields, and biotic barriers.
Targeting VI Assault Rifle Accuracy 1 Research Assault Rifle Damage Level 3 25,000 Iridium Improves accuracy of squad’s assault rifles.
Kinetic Pulsar Assault Rifle Damage 5 2 Found, 3 Research None 2,500 / 5,000 / 7,500 Iridium +10% assault rifle damage.
Phasic Jacketing Submachine Gun Penetration 1 Research Submachine Gun Damage Level 2 15,000 Iridium +50% submachine gun damage again shields and biotic barriers. Upgrades SMGs for entire squad.
Heat Sink Capacity Submachine Gun Extra Rounds 1 Research Submachine Gun Damage Level 3 25,000 Iridium +10% more submachine gun rounds. Improves SMGs for entire squad.
Microfield Pulsar Submachine Gun Damage 5 2 Found, 3 Research None 2,500 / 5,000 / 7,500 Iridium +10% submachine gun damage and upgrades SMG for entire squad.
Sabot Jacketing Heavy Pistol Penetration 1 Research Heavy Pistol Damage Level 2 15,000 Palladium +50% heavy pistol damage against armor. Upgrades heavy pistols and hand cannons for enitre squad.
Smart Rounds Heavy Pistol Critical 1 Research Heavy Pistol Damage Level 3 25,000 Palladium Chance for 2x damage. Upgrades heavy pistols and hand cannons for entire squad.
Titan Pulsar Heavy Pistol Damage 5 2 Found, 3 Research None 2,500 / 5,000 / 7,500 Palladium +10% heavy pistol damage. Upgrades heavy pistols and hand cannons for entire squad.
Microphasic Pulse Shotgun Penetration 1 Research Shotgun Damage Level 2 15,000 Platinum +50% damage increase against shields and biotic barriers. Improves shotguns, heavy shotguns, and assault shotguns for entire squad
Thermal Sink Shotgun Extra Rounds 1 Research Shotgun Damage Level 3 25,000 Platinum 2x round capacity for shotguns, heavy shotguns, and assault shotguns. Affects the entire squad.
Syncronized Pulsar Shotgun Damage 5 2 Found, 3 Research None 2,5000 / 5,000 / 7,500 Platinum +10% shotgun damage. Improves shotguns, heavy shotguns, and assault shotgun.
Tungsten Sabot Jacket Sniper Rifle Penetration 1 Research Sniper Rifle Damage Level 2 15,000 Platinum +50% damage against armor. Improves sniper rifles for entire squad.
Combat Scanner Sniper Headshot Damage 1 Research Sniper Rifle Damage Level 3 25,000 Platinum +50% headshot damage with sniper rifles. Upgrade improves entire squad.
Scram Pulsar Sniper Rifle Damage 5 2 Found, 3 Research None 2,500 / 5,000 / 7,500 Platinum +10% to sniper rifle damage. Improves sniper rifles for entire squad.

Return to Top Armor and Biotic Upgrades

Tech Name Upgrade Upgrade Levels Found/Research Level Required Cost Description of Upgrade
Hyper Amp Biotic Damage 5 2 Found, 3 Research None 500 / 1,000 / 1,500 Element Zero +10% biotic damage.
Neural Mask Biotic Duration 1 Research Biotic Damage Level 2 3,000 Element Zero +20% biotic power duration
Smart Amplifier Biotic Cooldown 1 Research Biotic Damage Level 3 5,000 Element Zero 20% faster biotic cooldowns.
Microscanner Medi-gel Capacity 5 2 Found, 3 Research None 2,500 / 5,000 / 7,500 Platinum Med-gel capacity increased by one.
Trauma Module Unity Increase 1 Research Med-gel Capacity Level 2 15,000 Platinum Unity will heal squad 100%.
Shield Harmonics Emergency Shielding 1 Research Medi-gel Capacity Level 3 25,000 Platinum Unity restores squad shields to 100%.
Ablative VI Damage Protection 5 2 Found, 3 Research None 2,500 / 5,000 / 7,500 Palladium +10% to shields, barriers, and armor.
Burst Regeneration Redundant Field Generator 1 Research Damage Protection Level 2 15,000 Palladium Chance to restore shields 100% if reduced to 0%
Nanocrystal Shield Hard Shields 1 Research Damage Protection Level 3 25,000 Palladium +20% less damage to shields.
Multicore Amplifier Tech Damage 5 2 Found, 3 Research None 500 / 1,000 / 1,500 Element Zero +10% tech power damage.
Custom Heuristics Tech Duration 1 Research Tech Damage Level 2 3,000 Element Zero +20% tech power duration increase.
Hydra Module Tech Cooldowns 1 Research Tech Damage Level 3 5,000 Element Zero +20% faster cooldown for tech abilities.

Return to Top Prototype Upgrades

Tech Name Upgrade Upgrade Levels Found/Research Level Required Cost Description of Upgrade
Microfusion Array Heavy Weapon Ammo 5 2 Found, 3 Research None 2,500 / 5,000 / 7,500 Iridium +15% heavy weapon ammo capacity.
ML-77 Missile Launcher New Heavy Weapon None Research Heavy Weapon Ammo Level 1 5,000 Iridium Rapid-fire missile launcher with the ability to seek targets. Effective against armor, shields, and biotic barriers.
M-622 Avalanche New Heavy Weapon None Research Heavy Weapon Ammo Level 2 15,000 Iridium It’s like a freeze cannon Mr. Freeze would be jealous of. Effective against armor, shields, and biotic barriers.
M-920 Cain New Heavy Weapon None Research Heavy Weapon Ammo Level 3 25,000 Iridium Remember the mini-nuke from Fallout 3? This gun is sort of like that. High damage with a large area of effect. Very effective against shields, armor, and barriers.
Lattic Shunting Health Increase 5 2 Found, 3 Research None 2,500 / 5,000 / 7,500 Palladium Increase Shepard’s health by 10%.
Skeletal Lattice Melee Defense Boost None Research Lattice Shunting Level 2 15,000 Palladium Shepard will now take 50% less damage from a melee attack.
Microfiber Weave Melee Attack Boost None Research Lattice Shunting Level 3 25,000 Palladium Improves Shepard’s melee attack.
Microfiber Weave Krogran Vitality 2 1 Found / 1 Research None 5,000 Platinum Increase Grunt’s health by 25%.
Custom Claymore Krogan Shotgun None Research None 15,000 Platinum A Claymore heavy shotgun will now be exclusive to Grunt.
Cyclonic Particles Geth Shield Strength 2 1 Found / 1 Research None 5,000 Platinum Increase Legion’s shield strength by 25%.
Custom Widow Rifle Geth Sniper Rifle None Research None 15,000 Platinum A M-98 Widow anti-material rifle will now be exclusive to Legion.
Multicore Implants Subject Zero Biotic Boost None Research None 3,000 Element Zero Increase Subject Zero’s biotic damage by 20%. Talk to Subject Zero to unlock this upgrade.
Custom Tech Upgrade Mordin Omni-Tool None Research None 3,000 Element Zero Increase Mordin’s tech power damage by 20%
Tactical Shift Retrain Powers None Research None 3,750 Element Zero Re-spec Shepard’s powers at any point in the game. No, you won’t recieve additional points.
Tactical Mastery Advanced Training None Research None 7,500 Element Zero Shepard can learn a single bonus power from any of his loyal squad members.

Return to Top Normandy Upgrades

Tech Name Upgrade Found/Research Level Required Cost Description of Upgrade
Argus Scanner Array Advanced Mineral Scanner Research None 15,000 Iridium Speak with Miranda to obtain this upgrade. Speeds up process of planet-scanning.
Cyclone Shield Tech Shielding Research None 15,000 Palladium Increases shield strength to withstand blasts like what crippled the first Normandy.
Dermal Regeneration Med-Bay Upgrade Research None 50,000 Platinum After this is installed, you’ll be able to heal Shepard’s facial scars.
Helios Thruster Tech Extender Fuel Cells Research None 3,000 Element Zero +50% fuel capacity to seek out new life and new civilzations. To boldy go where no man has gone before.
Modular Probe Bay Probe Booster Research None 15,000 Iridium Doubles Normandy’s probe capacity (total of 60 probes).
Silaris Armor Tech Heavy Ship Armor Research None 15,000 Palladium If the a blast were to penetrade the Normandy’s shields, this armor will hold the ship together.
Thanix Cannon Particle Cannon Research None 15,000 Platinum The Normandy now has enough firepower to destroy an entire planet. No, not really. But itcan fire back on enemy ships. Talk with Garrus to learn about this Upgrade.

Credit: Mass Effects 2 Prima Strategy Guide

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