The Cerberus Harrier is an assault rifle in Mass Effect 3.

Description[edit | edit source]

These Cerberus-modified M-96 Mattock rifles are fully automatic. Cerberus gunsmiths reined in the recoil issues, resulting in a gun that stays on target but delivers slightly less punch per round than a standard Mattock. As such, the weapon is typically utilized by Cerberus’s elite troopers who train constantly to make every burst count.

Acquisition[edit | edit source]


The Cerberus Harrier is available after downloading the Mass Effect 3: Firefight Pack.


Weapons are randomly rewarded through purchases of item packs. The Cerberus Harrier is categorized as ultra-rare and requires the Mass Effect 3: Rebellion Pack.

Player Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Cerberus Harrier suffers from lack of ammo, but this can be countered with appropriate armor pieces, the Assault Rifle Magazine Upgrade mod, or upgrading the level of the weapon.
  • On higher difficulties this gun may be a superior choice to other powerful assault rifles such as the Adas Anti-Synthetic Rifle or M-96 Mattock because of its considerable accuracy and damage. It also has less weight, which makes it an acceptable weapon for power-oriented characters.
  • The damage per second and recoil of the Cerberus Harrier exceed that of the Mattock, making short burst fire preferable over automatic fire. Adding an Assault Rifle Stability Damper and an Assault Rifle Precision Scope will go a long way towards remedying any issues with the weapon's recoil.
  • Unfortunately, the Cerberus Harrier is a poor choice for squadmates, who fire in short 3-4 round bursts before taking cover again for 1-2 seconds, often taking 20+ seconds to empty a thermal clip. This leads to a rather low damage output compared to its potential.
  • Although not available in Mass Effect: Andromeda, it is possible to reproduce it to a certain degree. To do so, you have to craft a M-96 Mattock with the Automatic Fire System augmentation (made available with Patch 1.08). The crafted weapon will have 20 shots per clip similarly to the Harrier.

  • Despite the weapon's description, the Cerberus Harrier has much higher recoil than the Mattock - using a Stabilization Module, an Assault Rifle Stability Damper, and an Assault Rifle Precision Scope can largely eliminate this problem.
  • Marksman and the recoil reduction gained from the turian passive class power, Turian Veteran, can be highly beneficial, as it maximizes rate-of-fire (RoF) whilst reducing recoil.
  • Oddly, the Harrier seems to benefit from reduced recoil in situations where it would be expected to be harder to control; "from the hip" fire next to cover and aiming while moving seem to keep it on-target better than aiming from cover. This is due to a bug in which the recoil values of the Harrier (in cover and out of cover) are inverted, meaning that it's a bit more beneficial to overall accuracy if you fire it out of cover. Again, classes with Marksman or bonuses to weapon stability, and/or a Stabilization Module or Assault Rifle Stability Damper makes this difference irrelevant.
  • The Harrier benefits greatly from the damage bonus and fresh thermal clip given by Adrenaline Rush.
  • The Harrier is easily one of the most powerful assault rifles throughout the game, as it deals excellent damage, is quite accurate, has a respectable thermal clip reserve, and drawbacks that are easily mitigated. The only area it truly fares poorly is when engaging shielded targets, but even this can be mitigated with the proper ammunition, or having an alternate weapon for this purpose.
  • The Harrier deals the same damage per round as the Mattock.
  • The biggest flaw with the Harrier is ammo capacity. This can be resolved by doing the following:
  • The N7 Demolisher Engineer is best paired with this weapon due to the near-unlimited ammo supply allowed by Supply Pylon. An N7 Destroyer Soldier taking advantage of another player's Supply Pylon may be even more effective.
  • The N7 Destroyer Soldier can use this weapon very effectively, since it gains more accuracy, a higher magazine size, rate of fire, and damage if Devastator Mode is active. The high damage of each shot from the Harrier can quickly deal with most smaller threats in very quick fashion, and can inflict noticeable damage on boss-units such as Geth Primes and Atlases.
  • With its fast rate of fire and low clip capacity, using the Harrier when fighting enemies at range, or enemies with ranged weapons, can be difficult. Using the Supply Pylon or Devastator Mode can assist in negating this problem.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The assault rifle in Mass Effect Infiltrator, an M-96 Mattock Auto, is similar in function and appearance to the Harrier.
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