Mass Effect 3: A Guide to Challenges and How to Get the Awards Fast

So, I got my first challenge award today for “Biotic Mastery” – Complete 14 of the Biotic Mastery Challenges and I got the “Biotic God” banner for my game character :)

Anyway, it took quite a few matches to get the award, so for everyone else out there, here are  few tips on how to get the awards faster:

1.  Play on Gold/Platinum

The points/waves/extractions you earn on Gold/Platinum count toward Silver/Bronze challenges as well.  For example, if you get a full extraction from Firebase White on Platinum, it will count for a full extraction on the same map on Gold/Silver/Bronze, too.  The challenges this matters for are:

  • Squad Elite
  • Solo Mastery
  • Map Mastery

2.  Use Damage-based Gear and Equipment

For all the challenges that require you to use powers or weapons, it’s not the number of times you use them, but the amount of damage dealt that is factored in. ¬†Using gear and equipment that increases your damage can double the speed at which you complete challenges if you do it right – for example, use the Adaptive War Amp and a Power Amplifier Module with an Adept. ¬†The challenges this matters for are:

  • Biotic Mastery
  • Tech Mastery
  • All the Alien and Weapon Challenges

3.  Solo/Duo on Silver

The quickest way to level up damage-based challenges is to solo/duo on silver.  That way, no one is stealing the damage you would do otherwise (think Biotic Charge and Nova) and you are less likely to die than on Gold/Platinum.  You rack up the points fairly quickly doing this and you are able to use the powers/weapons necessary to complete your challenge.

Ok, so enough with the general tips – what are the easiest challenges to complete?

1.  Combat Mastery 

Combat Mastery #/Points Reqd
Melee Damage
1 250000
2 500000
3 1000000
Over the Cover Grab
1 50
2 100
3 250
1 250
2 500
3 1000
Grenade Damage
1 100000
2 200000
3 300000

Bioware just updated this so you have to complete all 12 tasks.

You only need to complete 9 out of 12 of these tasks – the easiest/fastest ones are the Grenade Damage, Headshots, and Melee Damage. ¬†Use your Demolisher Engineer with the Grenade Capacity upgrade and spam grenades for a few Gold/Platinum matches. ¬†For headshots, you actually have to kill enemies with headshots, not just shoot them, so you want to go for the Widow, Javelin, or any other one-shot-kill sniper rifle (depends on the level you play at). ¬†As for Melee Damage, using the Krogan is an easy way to do this – unfortunately, I don’t believe Shadow Strike counts towards this Melee challenge (judging by my point totals and how much I’ve played as the N7 Shadow).

2.  Biotic Mastery

Biotic Mastery #/Points Reqd
Biotic Explosions
1 50
2 250
3 500
Throw 50000
Pull 50000
Singularity 50000
Shockwave 50000
Warp 50000
Biotic Charge 50000
Reave 50000
Stasis 50000
Dark Channel 50000
Annihilation Field 50000
Biotic Slash 50000
Lash 50000
Nova 50000

For this challenge, you only need to complete 14 of the 16 options. ¬†Do everything but Stasis and Lash – because the goal is damage-based, you want to spam powers that deal the most damage to enemies and you can use most frequently. ¬†It’s easy to multi-task here with characters – use the Human Adept for Singularity, Shockwave, and Warp, use the Drell Adept for Pull and Reave (it’s faster/does more damage than the Asari Justicar), use the N7 Fury for Annihilation Field, Dark Channel, and Throw, use the N7 Slayer for Biotic Slash. ¬†All it took for me was 2-3 Silver solo matches with these each of these 4 characters to complete the challenge.

3.  Tech Mastery

Tech Mastery #/Points Reqd
Tech Explosions
1 50
2 250
3 500
Incinerate 50000
Overload 50000
Cryo Blast 25000
Combat Drone 50000
Tech Armor 25000
Energy Drain 50000
Sentry Turret 50000
Submission Net 50000
Flamer 50000
Shadow Strike 50000
Electric Slash 50000
Snap Freeze 50000
Geth Turret 50000

You only need to complete 13/16 of these tasks. ¬†The ones you should ignore are Tech Armor, Submission Net, and Geth Turret. ¬†I say this because the characters using Tech Armor and Submission Net don’t multitask and the Geth Turret actually does very little damage itself – the flamethrower option that most people attach to it does a lot of damage but when it does, it’s counted as Sentry Turret rather than Geth Turret damage. ¬†Geth Turret damage is only the little laser bullet it shoots at a distance. ¬†Use Geth Engineer for Overload and Sentry Turret (turn Hunter Mode on so you get a damage bonus). ¬†Use Quarian Female Engineer for Sentry Turret, Cryo Blast, and Incinerate. ¬†Use N7 Paladin for Energy Drain, Snap Freeze, and Incinerate. ¬†Use Vorcha for Flamer and N7 Shadow for Shadow Strike and Electric Slash – it should only take 1-2 solo Silver matches to complete their objectives.

Anyone else have any tips for completing the Challenges?  Let me know in the comments!


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