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The N7 Crusader is a shotgun in Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Mass Effect 3[]


Bruised and bloody Alliance marines on Torfan attributed their survival against waves of batarian mercenaries to the precision and stopping power of the Crusader. With a design patterned on riot shotguns, this weapon has a moderate rate of fire that rewards careful aiming. Since this accuracy requires little room for error, the Crusader is primarily used by highly trained soldiers.



The N7 Crusader is included in the N7 Collector's Edition Pack as a bonus item for players who order the Collector's or Digital Deluxe Edition of Mass Effect 3. An e-mail is received as part of the acquisition package.

N7 Weaponry

From: Lt. D. Eugene

Commander Shepard:

Your VI, EDI, put in a request to me for a handful of N7-grade weapons. Happy to oblige. I led the engineers who retrofitted the Normandy when it was turned over to the Alliance. EDI kept me company when we were overhauling the Normandy's interior. She's a beautiful ship, Commander. I'll miss working on her.

I left the guns in your weapons locker.

Best of luck,
Lieutenant D. Eugene

Alliance Engineering Corp.

In the Legendary Edition it is available from the Spectre Requisitions terminal in the Citadel Embassies for a base amount of 125,000 credits.


Weapons are randomly rewarded through purchases of item packs. The N7 Crusader is categorized as ultra-rare and requires no multiplayer expansion packs.

Player Notes[]

  • Instead of a spray of pellets, the Crusader fires a single, precision, high-powered slug. Four shots can be fired semi-automatically before needing to reload.
  • Like several other weapons, the Crusader can penetrate objects by default. It has an innate 50cm shot penetration, which is already enough to get through most thinner obstacles, Guardians' handheld shields, as well as enemy armor plating.
  • The Crusader is very accurate by default; also, unlike most shotguns, its accuracy can be further improved by aiming down sights (zooming), making it more than capable of landing precise shots at long range, though this exacerbates recoil.
    • The Shotgun Smart Choke mod can further improve its accuracy, though only marginally, and only when aimed down sights.
    • Like most shotguns, the Crusader gains no accuracy benefit from being fired from cover.
  • The Crusader's damage-per-shot exceeds the M-99 Saber and is on par with powerful sniper rifles like the M-92 Mantis; unfortunately, it is far heavier than either, and one of the heaviest weapons in the game. It's comparable with the Black Widow: while lacking the Black Widow's long-range accuracy and slightly less damaging per shot, the Crusader is much more effective at shorter ranges and has a faster rate of fire.
  • The Crusader has a high rate of fire for a shotgun as well as a very fast reload; however, a large amount of vertical recoil is produced after each shot, which will cause rapidly-fired shots to miss if not compensated for.
  • Because all of the damage is placed into a single slug projectile and not multiple lower-damage pellets, the Crusader is more effective by default against armored targets when compared to other shotguns. However, this same property does mean it is more hampered by enemy shield gates, especially on higher difficulties.
    • High-level Disruptor Ammo (single-player) or Disruptor Rounds/Phasic Rounds (multiplayer) greatly mitigates issues against enemy shields or barriers and even allows the Crusader to ignore shield gates. This can make the Crusader capable of handling any foe at any range with ease.
  • Even though it is a hitscan weapon, there a 0.1 second delay between trigger pull and the Crusader actually firing, which can make it tougher to hit moving targets with precision.
    • To mitigate, shoot where you expect the enemy to be in a split second.
    • The above is actually a characteristic of most shotguns, but only the Crusader has a delay long enough to be especially problematic.
  • The Crusader has a moderate ammo reserve that can be used up quickly with extensive use. The Shotgun Spare Thermal Clip mod can mitigate this issue.

  • Unlike most shotguns, equipping the Crusader on a squadmate will prompt that character to keep their distance from the enemy instead of closing in. As squadmates are not affected by weapon weight, recoil, or ammo limitations, the Crusader's high damage and effectiveness at range makes it a natural choice for them.
  • Only a Soldier with a weight capacity of 100 can carry the Crusader without power recharge penalties, and even then the weapon must be high level and modded with Shotgun Ultralight Materials.

  • Because the Crusader has very sharp recoil, it will benefit considerably from powers, weapon mods, gear, and consumables that reduce recoil. The Crusader can also perform well in the hands of turian characters or the Geth Juggernaut Soldier due to their natural stability bonuses from passive class powers.

Mass Effect: Andromeda[]


This semi-automatic weapon has greater accuracy than most shotguns because it fires an ultra-dense projectile instead of a typical pellet cluster. The Initiative's stock of N7 Crusaders are heavily modified compared to those used in the Milky Way's Systems Alliance.


The multiplayer N7 Crusader got improved damage, rate of fire, clip size and max ammo in the very last update. Prior to that, balance changes to the weapon were further damage and clip size improvements. Bullet trails were also added to the fired slug for visibility.



Rank Damage Rate of Fire Max Clip Size Max Ammo Accuracy Weight
I 360 80 4 28 44 35
II 382 80 4 29 47 33
III 403 80 4 30 49 31
IV 425 80 4 30 51 29
V 446 80 4 31 52 27
VI 468 80 4 32 53 25
VII 489 80 4 33 53 23
VIII 511 80 4 33 54 21
IX 532 80 4 34 54 19
X 554 80 4 35 55 18

Rank Damage Rate of Fire Max Clip Size Max Ammo Accuracy Weight
I 702 100 8 34 44 35
II 714 100 8 35 47 33
III 726 100 8 36 49 31
IV 738 100 8 36 51 29
V 751 100 8 37 52 27
VI 763 100 8 38 53 25
VII 775 100 8 39 53 23
VIII 787 100 8 39 54 21
IX 799 100 8 40 54 19
X 812 100 8 43 55 18


Rank Rd icon milkyway orange Research Cost Omni-gel canister icon Omni-Gel Canister Copper icon Copper Cadmium icon Cadmium Vanadium icon Vanadium MEA Augmentation Slot For Tables Augmentation Slots
I 150 30 120 60 10 0
II 175 30 140 70 20 4
III 200 40 150 70 20 4
IV 225 40 170 80 20 4
V 250 50 190 90 20 4
VI 275 50 200 100 30 4
VII 300 50 210 100 30 4
VIII 325 50 230 110 30 4
IX 350 60 230 110 30 4
X 375 60 240 120 30 4
Total 2625 460 1880 910 240 N/A


  • A Crusader was a participant in the Crusades; a series of religious wars waged by the Catholic Church between the 11th to 13th century to defend Anatolia and recapture Jerusalem from the Seljuk Turks.