The M-55 Argus is an assault rifle in Mass Effect 3.

Description[edit | edit source]

The Argus is a high-powered rifle favored by senior C-Sec officers. An excellent close-range weapon, its bursts of fire ensure ammunition conservation during lengthy conflicts. Other law-enforcement agencies across the galaxy are adopting the Argus as their standard rifle, as much for its intimidation factor as its suppression power.

Acquisition[edit | edit source]

Singleplayer

The M-55 Argus is available to all players who pre-ordered a copy of Mass Effect 3[1], except in Australia where the Argus was exclusive to EB Games[2] and Origin.[3] It is also available on the Wii U version of Mass Effect 3.[4] An e-mail from EDI can be received if the weapon was obtained in this fashion.

The Argus Rifle


From: EDI


The Argus rifle received more positive ratings than any other assault rifle in polls of law-enforcement agencies. I have reviewed the statistical data collected by these agencies, and believe their recommendations to be sound. A shipment of Argus rifles have been delivered to the weapons lockers should you wish to test them for yourself. EDI


It is also available in Mass Effect 3: Leviathan. It can be found in a shack on the abandoned ship during Despoina: Leviathan. However, it is not possible to acquire the Argus upgrade on Despoina for those that already have the Argus from a pre-order bonus. Subsequent upgrades have to be purchased.

Multiplayer

Weapons are randomly rewarded through purchases of item packs. The M-55 Argus is categorized as rare.

Player Notes[edit | edit source]

Singleplayer
  • The Argus rifle's three-round burst firing mode experiences substantial vertical climb. To combat this, either install an Assault Rifle Stability Damper or pull the rifle's aim down during the firing burst. Pulling the aim, when executed carefully, can make the weapon relatively accurate. When pulling the aim along with the Assault Rifle Stability Damper, the two can make the gun a relatively viable weapon for mid-range engagements.
  • As the Argus' high damage but low accuracy makes it unsuitable for longer range engagements, Vanguard players may wish to utilize it like a high fire-rate shotgun; the Argus is ideal for getting close to an enemy (Such as following a Biotic Charge) and letting loose, as the recoil will often drive the gun up so that the second or third shot will almost always hit a human-sized enemy in the head if fired midway up their torso. Relying on recoil alone is risky, however, so be sure to experiment a bit each time you encounter a new enemy type.
  • As with other high-recoil weapons, the Argus benefits greatly from the accuracy bonus granted when shooting from cover.
  • Despite its burst fire mode, the Argus fulfills a very different role compared to the M-15 Vindicator. Whilst the Vindictor is effective at executing precise headshots at medium to long ranges, the Argus is most definitely NOT a long range weapon, and far more suited to taking down hardened units in close combat.
    • The fire rate of the Argus is substantially slower than the Vindicator's, both in burst delay and the interval between individual shots.
  • The Argus is a very poor choice for squadmates, primarily due to them not using the rifle's three-round burst firing mode (instead firing a single round with every shot) and having a slower than average rate of fire with the rifle.
  • Though the Argus has, at first, a discouragingly high amount of recoil, it actually does more damage per shot and holds significantly more ammo both in the clip and in reserve than its ancestor the M-96 Mattock. Thus, if upgraded appropriately and equipped with the proper mods - such as an Assault Rifle Thermal Scope and an Assault Rifle Stability Damper - it can in fact be a much more effective long-range weapon than the M-96 Mattock.

Multiplayer
  • The Argus rifle's three-round burst firing mode experiences substantial vertical climb. To combat this, either install an Assault Rifle Stability Damper or pull the rifle's aim down during the firing burst. Pulling the aim, when executed carefully, can make the weapon relatively accurate. When pulling the aim along with the Assault Rifle Stability Damper, the two can make the gun a relatively viable weapon for mid-range engagements.
  • As with other high-recoil weapons, the Argus benefits greatly from the accuracy bonus granted when shooting from cover.
  • Despite its burst fire mode, the Argus fulfills a very different role compared to the M-15 Vindicator. Whilst the Vindictor is effective at executing precise headshots at medium to long ranges, the Argus is most definitely NOT a long range weapon, and far more suited to taking down hardened units in close combat.
    • The fire rate of the Argus is substantially slower than the Vindicator's, both in burst delay and the interval between individual shots.
    • With a high-level Assault Rifle Stability Damper mod and the stability bonuses from the passive class power Turian Veteran or a high-level Barrage Upgrade are combined, the accuracy of the Argus will match that of the Vindicator. The Argus has higher base damage and better stopping power but more weight.
  • Damage is also higher than that of the M-96 Mattock, this in a sense makes the Argus a harder-to-control, burst fire version of the Cerberus Harrier.
  • When paired with a Turian Soldier with points spent in passive class powers to increase weapon damage/accuracy and paired with Marksman with points spent on accuracy, you can make the Argus relatively accurate at range and still have room for Assault Rifle Piercing Mod and Assault Rifle Extended Barrel mods. This combination gives you an accurate heavy-hitting and fast-firing weapon that can snipe across the map when fired from cover. On the other hand, if you spend points on rate-of-fire for Marksman, you can fire off three shots very fast and potentially be able to hit your target before recoil significantly impacts where the rounds will hit on a target.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • According to Lead Combat Designer Corey Gaspur, the M-55 Argus is a modified M-96 Mattock.[5]

References[edit | edit source]

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