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The M-3 Predator is a heavy pistol in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, and a pistol in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Mass Effect 2[]

Description[]

Reliable, accurate sidearm. Effective against armor; weak against shields and biotic barriers.

Manufactured by Elanus Risk Control, the Predator is valued as a powerful, deadly, and relatively inexpensive weapon. While it is not generally deployed in the military, where kinetic barriers are common, it’s still very popular in the Terminus Systems where these defenses are less common.

Acquisition[]

This weapon is obtainable in a locker at the start of Prologue: Awakening.

Squad Use[]

This weapon can be used by Jack, Jacob, Miranda, Mordin, Tali, Kasumi, Liara, Dr. Amanda Kenson, and Wilson.

Player Notes[]

  • While putting out less damage than the M-6 Carnifex or M-5 Phalanx, the Predator fires four times as fast as the latter and twice as fast as the former.
  • Despite not having the damage or accuracy of other heavy pistol models, like them, the Predator does have a very high likelihood of triggering the effects of ammo powers, such as the weapon overheating effects of high-level Disruptor Ammo or the freezing effect of Cryo Ammo, typically requiring only one shot against most unprotected enemies. This is particularly useful for squadmates due to their higher rate of fire with this pistol compared to the M-5 Phalanx and their high accuracy with weapons generally.

Mass Effect 3[]

Description[]

A reliable, accurate sidearm. Manufactured by Elanus Risk Control, the Predator is valued as a powerful, deadly, and relatively inexpensive weapon. While it is not generally deployed in the military, it's still very popular in the Terminus Systems.

Acquisition[]

Singleplayer

The Predator is given to Shepard by Admiral Anderson when the Reapers reach Earth.

Multiplayer

The M-3 Predator is one of the five starter weapons. Upgrades are randomly rewarded through purchases of item packs. The Predator is categorized as common.

Player Notes[]

Singleplayer
  • The Predator is lightweight, meaning it is suitable for people who like to use their powers frequently.
  • It has a decent clip size, with a default of 15 rounds. It also has a very fast fire rate, and is fairly accurate at all ranges, as long as you can deal with the (relatively low) recoil.
  • Its main downside is its very low damage compared to other heavy pistols.
  • However, it is a decent back-up weapon when you don't have time to switch to another weapon.
  • The Predator's low damage is partially made up for with a very fast reload speed, on par with that of the M-4 Shuriken.
  • When the M-3 Predator is received again through an imported Mass Effect 3 save in single-player, it is not automatically upgraded three levels as other weapons are, and the missing levels (from VIII to X) cannot be obtained through the upgrade terminal either.

Multiplayer
  • Although most players ditch this gun as soon as they get an M-6 Carnifex or an M-5 Phalanx, the Predator can be a very effective gun, even on Silver. A solid fire rate, fast reload speed, and good stability can lead to a rapid succession of headshots.
  • Higher damage and lower kickback than most SMGs can also make it a better secondary weapon for snipers.
  • When paired with the Pistol Piercing Mod, the Predator becomes very effective at taking down Guardians at close range, with only 7 headshots required on Bronze. This is very useful for low level players who cannot carry a heavier weapon nor use their powers to damage them to defeat them easily.

Mass Effect: Andromeda[]

Description[]

A reliable semi-automatic pistol. Originally manufactured by Elanus Risk Control, the rapid-fire Predator is a deadly and inexpensive weapon. Although Milky Way militaries generally avoided using the Predator, the Andromeda Initiative obtained and adjusted several hundred of them.

Features[]

The rapid-fire Predator also has a rapid reloading rate.

According to post-launch balance updates, the Predator also benefits from the rate of fire adjustment bestowed to the Mattock. However, its rate of fire has been reduced. It also saw multiple adjustments to damage. The multiplayer base Predator also increased the force impacted by its bullets.

The multiplayer S variant gained improvements to damage, rate of fire, clip size, reload size, and total ammo as of the very last update.

Strategies[]

  • The Predator is at best a sidearm, as skill-focused classes can take out enemies more with their powers than with the gun. It has some use as additional (but negligible) DPS while waiting for skills to cool down.
  • Another way to wring some utility from the weapon is to use it as a combo primer in conjunction with ammo consumables or boosters for classes with detonator skills.

Stats[]

Singleplayer
Rank Damage Rate of Fire Max Clip Size Max Ammo Accuracy Weight
I 34 500 15 105 52 5
II 37 500 15 108 56 5
III 39 500 15 111 58 4
IV 42 500 15 114 60 4
V 45 500 15 117 61 4
VI 47 500 15 119 62 4
VII 50 500 15 122 63 3
VIII 53 500 15 125 64 3
IX 55 500 15 128 64 3
X 58 500 15 131 65 3

Multiplayer I-X
Rank Damage Rate of Fire Max Clip Size Max Ammo Accuracy Weight
I 57 450 15 105 52 5
II 59 450 15 108 56 5
III 61 450 15 111 58 4
IV 63 450 15 114 60 4
V 65 450 15 117 61 4
VI 67 450 15 119 62 4
VII 69 450 15 122 63 3
VIII 71 450 15 125 64 3
IX 73 450 15 128 64 3
X 76 450 15 131 65 3

Multiplayer S
Rank Damage Rate of Fire Max Clip Size Max Ammo Accuracy Weight
I 94 500 20 115 52 5
II 96 500 20 118 56 5
III 97 500 20 121 58 4
IV 99 500 21 124 60 4
V 101 500 21 127 61 4
VI 103 500 22 129 62 4
VII 104 500 22 132 63 3
VIII 106 500 23 135 64 3
IX 108 500 23 138 64 3
X 113 500 24 144 65 3

Development[]

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I Level 1 20 80 40 10 0
II Level 6 20 90 40 10 2
III Level 11 20 100 50 10 2
IV Level 21 30 110 50 10 2
V Level 31 30 130 60 20 2
VI Level 41 30 140 70 20 2
VII Level 51 30 145 70 20 2
VIII Level 61 40 150 70 20 2
IX Level 71 40 155 70 20 2
X Level 81 40 160 80 20 2
Total N/A 300 1260 600 160 N/A

Trivia[]

  • The appearance of the M-3 Predator is based on the default pistol in Mass Effect.
  • In Mass Effect 3, several cutscenes show Shepard and the squad equipped with the M-3 Predator, regardless of whether the character actually uses a pistol as a weapon or has a different pistol equipped.
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