The M-451 Firestorm is a heavy weapon in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.

Mass Effect 2[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Short-ranged, the Firestorm suppresses the regenerative capabilities of vorcha and krogan. Effective against armor, shields, and biotic barriers.

Acquisition[edit | edit source]

The M-451 Firestorm can be found during Zaeed Massani's loyalty mission, on the body of a dead mercenary. Zaeed and his mission are available as a downloadable content pack for Mass Effect 2.

Player Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Much like the Collector Particle Beam, this weapon consumes 5 units of ammunition at a time. Just like the Particle Beam, the Firestorm is very ammo efficient.
  • The Firestorm provides some of the highest single-target anti-armor damage in the game and isn't bad against other types of protection by any means, however synthetic health (red bar) is more resistant to fire damage than organic health.
  • The Firestorm is a very potent short range weapon that never needs to stop to reload in contrast to shotguns; however despite being a flamethrower it doesn't really cause any spread or "splash" damage and should be considered primarily a single-target weapon.
  • Just like with other fire-based attacks such as Incinerate or Incendiary Ammo, hitting many unprotected organic enemies with the Firestorm can induce panic, causing them to flail around trying to put the fire out.
  • The Firestorm does not cause any type of damage to Shepard or the squad regardless of difficulty setting allowing it to be fired at point blank range safely.

Mass Effect 3[edit | edit source]

Acquisition[edit | edit source]

  • Single-player: Several are found throughout Attican Traverse: Krogan Team. This weapon is specific to this mission and cannot be taken off-world.
  • Multiplayer: N/A

Player Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Firestorm will burn slowly for a second, then after a second of the trigger being pressed, will burn much faster, for much more damage.
  • Sometimes picking up another Firestorm while holding one with more ammunition will cause the Firestorm to be replaced with the one containing less ammunition, and the Firestorm with more ammunition will disappear.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The name of this weapon references the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
  • If Shepard did not collect the M-451 Firestorm from Zorya, then it can be seen on Zaeed's back as you board the shuttle to depart.

See Also[edit | edit source]

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