Best Romance Options Mass Effect

Best romance options mass effect

Romance is possible in Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 for both a male and female Commander Shepard.

Mass Effect Edit

Commander Shepard has the option to pursue heterosexual romantic involvement with a human squad member — male Shepard with Ashley Williams, female Shepard with Kaidan Alenko — or xenophilic romance for either gender with the asari squad member, Liara T'Soni.

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Regardless of gender, Shepard can also have a sexual encounter with Sha'ira, an asari consort.

Note: As part of a workaround for a programming issue, Mark Meer and Jennifer Hale voiced all of the lines for both human romances in Mass Effect even though the romances were intended to be exclusively heterosexual.[1] As these voiced lines remain in the game, Kaidan and Ashley can be romanced by same-sex Shepards through the use of save edits, although some of the dialogue options are missing and Shepard will be addressed as a member of the opposite sex.[2][3]

Romance options Edit

Romance progression Edit

  • Attraction — When waking after Eden Prime, Shepard will find either Ashley Williams or Kaidan Alenko waiting at the Commander's bedside in the medical room, feeling guilty over getting snagged by the Prothean Beacon.

    Shepard can be reassuring and claim there was no way to know what the beacon would do, at which point Williams or Alenko will look much happier and a little intrigued. It'd probably be a good idea to speak with him/her in the mess just outside of the clinic as soon as you're done talking to Captain Anderson.

  • Courting — After completing a primary mission on either Therum, Noveria or Feros, Shepard can speak about the mission with either Ashley or Kaidan and begin building up rapport that gradually grows into a romantic interest.
  • "Dr T'Soni?"— Once Liara T'Soni is on board, Shepard can also court her after Liara admits looking into Shepard's background.

    Although temporarily stopped, this rapport can continue after Shepard's second encounter with a beacon through another set of dialog options with Liara.

    If Shepard has spoken to Liara at all, even platonically, and is already involved with either Kaidan or Ashley, during the next conversation he or she will ask if Shepard is attracted to Liara.

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    Shepard can either express an interest in Liara — which will effectively end the romance path with that squad member — or explain their relationship is only professional.

  • Two's Company, Three's a Crowd (optional) — If Shepard has been wooing Liara and the human love interest at the same time (or if Shepard picked a bugged renegade option in not showing interest in Liara), after the next completed mission on a primary world, the Commander will suddenly be confronted by both potential love interests after the debriefing.

    They will ask Shepard to choose between them. Choosing one will continue that romance and end the other as Shepard can't have both; if the Commander suggests it, the human love interest will leave and the romance will be continued with Liara.

  • Sacrifice — On Virmire, Captain Kirrahe will ask for one of the squad members to join his diversion effort while Shepard infiltrates the base. Both Ashley Williams and Kaidan Alenko will volunteer in the assault and Shepard must choose who will follow Captain Kirrahe and the other to follow the Commander.

    This action will not affect any future decisions or any existing relationship.

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    However, near the end of the mission when Saren attacks, Shepard will be forced to choose which squad member to assist and the other will die in the nuclear blast. If Shepard has a relationship with either one of them and wishes to remain in it, Shepard must choose the particular squad member to assist.

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    Sacrificing Shepard's current love interest will obviously end that romance path.

  • Lockdown — While there's really no time to woo the Commander's romantic interest during the pursuit of Saren, they will come to Shepard's side after the argument in the Council Chambers.

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    Only a decisively Renegade conversation path will negatively impact the romance at this point; otherwise the romantic interest will comfort and reassure Shepard.

    However, the intimate mood is immediately shattered by Joker with an urgent call over the ship's comm.

  • Conclusion — If the romance subplot has been continued, while en route to Ilos the love interest pays a private visit to Shepard's personal quarters aboard the SSV Normandy.

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    Paragon choices will make for a passionate ending and an intimate cut-scene. Choosing Renegade results in the love interest leaving the room; this does not, however, end the romance, which continues on to the next game regardless of the response picked.

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Completing the romance subplot unlocks the Paramour Achievement.

Asari consort Edit

If Shepard helps the asari consort Sha'ira to stopSeptimus from spreading lies and subsequently proving her innocence to Xeltan, Sha'ira will offer a reward of words upon returning to the Consort's Chambers, "an affirmation of who you are and who you will become".

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If the Commander expresses dissatisfaction with the offered reward, Sha'ira will initiate a sexual encounter with Shepard. However, pursuing this action will not grant the Paramour Achievement.

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Media controversy Edit

The inclusion of a sex scene in Mass Effect led to some controversy and inaccurate rumours of the game being pornographic in nature.

These rumours have since been quelled. An additional message that can be found in Asteroid X57's pirate radio shack (in the PC version of Bring Down the Sky) may be a "response" to this controversy.

Mass Effect was banned in Singapore for a short time before it was lifted with an M18 rating.

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Censors in the country said that a scene with an alien and human female caressing was the main reason why the game was not allowed to be sold in Singaporean video game stores.

Mass Effect 2 Edit

If an imported Shepard has a love interest from the original Mass Effect, then that relationship will continue into Mass Effect 2, even though the love interest will be unable to join Shepard's squad.

The conditions for importing a love interest, however, are seemingly arbitrary as consummation is not necessary, and apparent rejection of a love interest may not prevent it. It is not possible to break up with a romance interest that has carried over. If a romance interest is carried over, a picture of Shepard's romantic interest from the original Mass Effect is visible on the desk in the Commander's quarters near the private terminal.

While there are no romantic plots or interactions available with Shepard's original love interest, should Shepard stay loyal to that character, they briefly exchange either a kiss or an embrace when reunited, and a short cutscene takes place en-route to the final mission, in which Shepard stares deeply while smiling at the picture.

It is possible for Shepard to be unfaithful and pursue a relationship with a potential love interest in Mass Effect 2.[4] If Shepard pursues a new love interest, the picture of the Mass Effect love interest is turned face down on the desk.

Acting this way has negative consequences for the relationship in Mass Effect 3, provided Shepard survives the events of Mass Effect 2.[5] However if Shepard breaks up with his or her new love interest, then the picture will turn back up.

Romance options Edit

The options above are considered the main romance interests, capable of granting the Paramour achievement if a relationship has been established.

However, both male and female Shepard may also have romantic interactions with the following characters, which do not prevent the romancing of the main romance options but will not be rewarded with the Paramour Achievement.

Other romantic interests for:

Male or female Shepard
(Does not grant the Paramour Achievement)

Kelly Chambers



Normandy SR-2's yeoman and psychologist, and Shepard's personal assistant.

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Daughter of Samara and an Ardat-Yakshi.

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Additional Notes: After Shepard has invited Kelly to dinner she will offer to feed Shepard's fish locking her in as a non-paramour 'alternate'. If Kelly survives the suicide mission, and Shepard has no existing relationships (or breaks up with them) then Kelly can be invited up to Shepard's quarters. In lieu of paramour love interest, Kelly can dance for the Commander. Samara can only be romanced by a Paragon Shepard after finishing her loyalty mission (provided that there is no romance currently active).

Although Samara expresses feelings for Shepard, she will not be able to reciprocate as her commitment to duties come first. Alternatively, after the suicide mission Shepard may choose to consummate a romantic interest with Morinth.

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However, since Morinth is an Ardat-Yakshi, she will kill Shepard during the romance scene which will result in a critical mission failure.

Romance mechanics Edit

Romances are built through conversing repeatedly and answering favorably when the subject is raised. Both male and female Shepard will have identical dialogue when first meeting their crew members.

New dialogue options only become available when missions or assignments are completed.

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However, once a crew member's loyalty mission becomes available, the new dialogue options will be unavailable until the mission has been completed.

Eventually, gender-specific dialogue options will give the opportunity to express interest in a squad member, eventually ending in a sort of romance-zenith where no new dialogues are available despite completing missions.

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For a male Shepard, a love interest is "locked in" once you express interest at the following dialogue points:

  • Jack: "I want to talk about us." At the point where she says "I'm not interested in some dumbshit love affair.

    It never goes right." To prevent locking-in, say "Never mind".

  • Tali: "I want to talk about you." At the point where she beckons you toward the drive core and says "I've been thinking about the last time we talked." To prevent locking-in, say "So you're not interested?" followed by "I need to think about this."
  • Miranda: "Can we talk?" At the point where she says "I don't know what this is, if it's just stress, or blowing off steam, or..." you cannot opt out; every option results in either becoming locked-in, or the relationship being broken off permanently.

    It is recommended that the player save before talking to Miranda.