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Disambiguous This article is about the Ammo Power in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3. For the Ammo Bonus in Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer, see Disruptor Rounds. For the consumable disruptor ammo item in Mass Effect: Andromeda, see Consumables.

Disruptor Ammo is a power in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3's single-player mode.

Mass Effect 2Edit

Disruptor Ammo ME2 Icon

When activated, the player's weapon is empowered by an electric field that causes additional damage to shields. The ammo also deals increased damage to synthetic enemies and adds a chance to temporarily disable them. In addition, the ammo has a chance to overheat enemy weapons thereby disabling them.

Power Ranks Edit

  • Rank 1
    • Recharge Time: 1.50 seconds
    • Duration: Lasts until overridden by another ammo power.
    • Shield and Synthetic Damage: +20% of weapon damage
  • Rank 2
    • Recharge Time: 1.50 seconds
    • Duration: Lasts until overridden by another ammo power.
    • Shield and Synthetic Damage: +30% of weapon damage
    • Synthetic Overload Duration: 3.00 seconds
  • Rank 3
    • Recharge Time: 1.50 seconds
    • Duration: Lasts until overridden by another ammo power.
    • Shield and Synthetic Damage: +40% of weapon damage
    • Synthetic Overload Duration: 3.00 seconds
    • Weapon Overheat Duration: 6.00 seconds


Rank 4

Choose to evolve the power into one of the following,

Heavy Disruptor Ammo Edit

  • This ammunition's electromagnetic properties can cause synthetics to critically overload and explode.
    • Recharge Time: 1.50 seconds
    • Duration: Lasts until overridden by another ammo power
    • Shield and Synthetic Damage: +60.00% of weapon damage
    • Synthetic Overload Duration: 3.00 seconds
    • Weapon Overheat Duration: 6.00 seconds

Squad Disruptor Ammo Edit

  • Each member of your squad gains the Disruptor Ammo's effects, allowing you to catch synthetics in deadly crossfires.
    • Recharge Time: 1.50 seconds
    • Duration: Lasts until overridden by another ammo power
    • Shield and Synthetic Damage: +40.00% of weapon damage
    • Synthetic Overload Duration: 3.00 seconds
    • Weapon Overheat Duration: 6.00 seconds

Player Notes Edit

  • Disruptor Ammo does bonus damage to all shields and also to the health of synthetics (e.g. mechs and geth) but not to the armor of synthetics (or the armor on other enemy type). The other effects of Disruptor Ammo such as overheating weapons and overloading synthetics only apply once all protection (i.e. shields, barriers, and armor) has been removed; in other words when shooting at the red health bar only.
  • Disruptor Ammo is useful at higher difficulties where most enemies gain additional layers of protection on top of health with shields being the most common. It is particularly helpful for the Vanguard and the Adept who lack anti-shield powers and who need enemy shields to be removed before their biotic powers can have their full impact.
  • Zaeed has Disruptor Ammo and with the squad evolution he can share the ammo power with Shepard, allowing classes lacking the ability to take advantage of it.
  • Disruptor Ammo does no additional damage to the health of organic (non-synthetic) enemies, making it less useful than other ammo powers at taking out an opponent with their health exposed. Using the Squad Evolution to grant the power to allies and then switching to an ammo power more effective against health and armor may be a good strategy.
    • An exception to this is if you are attempting to maximize the damage from a single shot against shielded enemies in which case it's most effective to use Disruptor Ammo due to how damage from weapons is applied in Mass Effect 2. The total damage increase from an ammo power applied to a single shot (e.g. from a sniper rilfe) will be calculated based on the type of the first protection layer damaged, even if that layer is minimal and damage is also done to the health or armor underneath.
  • The weapon overheat duration is visible when an enemy's weapon starts smoking, most often seen when they are moving. Using an automatic weapon and promptly hosing an entire group of enemies can disable many of them at once, cutting down the volume of incoming enemy fire for a short period of time.
  • Caution: The critical overload explosions that Heavy Disruptor Ammo causes against synthetic targets can damage Shepard or the squad if the target explodes in close proximity. This can be a danger when fighting Geth Hunters or FENRIS Mechs due to their tendency to close with you.

Availability Edit

Mass Effect 3 Edit

ME3 Disruptor Ammo

Power Ranks Edit

Rank 1: Disruptor Ammo Edit

Bring down your enemy's barrier and shields.

Chance to stun.
More weapon damage.
More damage to shields and barriers.

  • Health Damage Bonus: +5%
  • Shield & Barrier Damage: +20%


Rank 2: Stun Edit

Improve the odds of stunning a target by 15%.

Rank 3: Damage Edit

Increase health damage bonus by 2%.
Increase shield and barrier damage bonuses by 8%.

  • Health Damage Bonus: +7%
  • Shield & Barrier Damage: +28%


Rank 4: Damage/Squad Bonus Edit

Damage

Increase health damage bonus by 3%.
Increase shield and barrier damage bonuses by 12%.

  • Health Damage Bonus: +10%
  • Shield & Barrier Damage: +40%

Squad Bonus

Squadmates gain Disruptor Ammo at 50% effectiveness.


Rank 5: Ammo Capacity/Headshots Edit

Ammo Capacity

Increase ammo capacity by 30%.

Headshots

Increase headshot damage by 25%.


Rank 6: Damage/Stun Edit

Damage

Increase health damage by 5%.
Increase shield and barrier damage by 20%.

  • Health Damage Bonus: +15%
  • Shield & Barrier Damage: +60%

Stun

Improve the odds of stunning a target by 25%.


Player Notes Edit

  • The ammunition capacity boost, if chosen, only applies on the active ammo power. Switching to another ammo power will remove the extra ammunition even if both have the capacity boost.
  • In contrast to its Mass Effect 2 iteration, Disruptor Ammo is more versatile. With the proper evolution and fitted to high rate of fire weapon, it can stun entire squads of enemy forces
  • Some weapon's effects synergise (or stack) cumulatively with Disruptor Ammo:[1]
  • Upgrades to power damage will increase Disruptor Ammo's listed damage bonus against health, shields, and barriers.

Availability Edit

References Edit

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20160318000954/forum.bioware.com/topic/277136-gameplay-data-and-mechanics/
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