With Terminal Clips in short supply the field teams that go out and explore can only carry older style weapons that don't require Terminal Clips (Circa Mass Effect 1).
- 1 Assault Rifle
- 2 Sniper Rifle
- 3 Heavy Pistol/Pistol
- 4 Heavy Weapon
- 5 Sub Machine Gun
- 6 Shotgun
Assault Rifles are one of the primary weapons in the Mass Effect universe. Extensively used by factions across the galaxy, assault rifles generally offer mid-range stopping power, more accuracy than Sub Machine Guns, and overheat allowances larger than Shotguns, Heavy Pistols, or Sniper Rifles.
Assault rifles are designed for any combat situation, allowing for close-, medium-, and even (in the right circumstances) long-range combat.
Their automatic fire makes assault rifles perfectly designed for taking down enemies quickly or providing cover fire, but due to their high recoil, sniping with assault rifles is very difficult. Short, controlled bursts and a crouching stance are required to hit anything at long range. At close range, spraying bullets into a target is effective, if not as quick as a Shotgun blast.
Current Assault Rifles Available
Due to limited stock of weapons and terminal clips the following Assault Rifles are available for the team to use.
- M-7 Lancer
Sniper rifles are one of the primary weapons in the Mass Effect universe. Used for long-distance combat situations, sniper rifles are generally equipped with targeting scopes, sport longer barrels, and pack a higher damage per round than most other weapons but at the expense of reduced firing rates and overheat allowances.
Sniper rifles are slow and usually overheat after two shots in quick succession. However, they make up for this in range and damage - higher-level sniper rifles retain accuracy at incredible ranges, and they will often kill weaker enemies in one shot. Beware, though; close-range encounters are not recommended, due to the fact that you will more than likely miss any shots in close combat. To counter this inaccuracy at close range, kneel but do not zoom in, and then fire when the reticle turns red.
Current Sniper Rifles Available
Pistols refers to both a type of weapon and the talent that gives proficiency in them. Pistols are close- and mid-range weapons designed for a variety of situations, particularly shooting on the move. They lack the automatic fire of assault rifles, and do less damage compared to shotguns or sniper rifles.
Pistols are significantly more accurate than any of the other weapons. For this reason they are generally reserved as backup weapons for biotic and tech specialists as their main skills recharge. Moreover their high accuracy should not be overlooked by Soldiers as an alternative to assault rifles.
Heavy pistols are a class of semi-automatic weapons, which have a fairly low rate of fire and limited ammunition, but do relatively high damage per shot. They are an invaluable backup weapon, effective against armor and highly accurate at mid-long ranges.
Current Heavy Pistols/Pistols Available
Heavy Weapons are a class of weapon designed to deal destruction greater than conventional means. These weapons typically damage through all types of protection but suffer from high power consumption, making their usage situational but devastating given the right conditions.
Rather than the universal thermal clips utilized by smaller weapons, heavy weapons consume power cells. Power cells are also hard to come back at this time so use of a Heavy Weapon is case by case basis.
Current Heavy Weapons Available
Sub Machine Gun
Submachine Guns (SMGs) are one of the primary weapons in the Mass Effect universe. They are a class of rapid-firing weapons, with both fully-automatic and burst-fire models. SMGs generally have low accuracy and damage per shot, offset by their thermal clip size and rate of fire. They are best suited for close- to mid-range combat.
SMGs possess a bonus to damage against shields and biotic barriers, but are weak against armor.
Current Sub Machine Guns Available
- None, as there is a limited amount of Terminal Clips at the moment
Shotguns are one of the primary weapons in the Mass Effect universe. These weapons typically deal very high damage at close range but at the expense of less accuracy over larger distances.
The shotgun is stored on the small of the back in its collapsed form, below your character's assault rifle and sniper rifle. Shotguns should be monitored closely when being used as they are prone to quickly overheating.