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

Mass Effect 3[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

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.

Acquisition[edit | edit source]

Singleplayer

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.


Multiplayer

Weapons are randomly rewarded through purchases of item packs. The N7 Crusader is categorized as ultra-rare.

Player Notes[edit | edit source]

Singleplayer
  • Instead of a spray of pellets, the Crusader fires a single, high-precision slug.
  • The slug the Crusader shoots is capable of piercing through thin materials, similar to the Javelin and M-98 Widow.
  • The Crusader has a spread of 0 with the single slug going straight to the center of the crosshair, making the Shotgun Smart Choke mod redundant.
  • Firing the Crusader from the hip sacrifices very little, if any, accuracy.
  • The Crusader's damage-per-shot is on par with weapons like the M-99 Saber or M-92 Mantis; unfortunately, it is far heavier than either, and one of the heaviest weapons in the game. 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.
  • The Crusader has a high rate of fire for a shotgun, however a large amount of vertical recoil is produced after each shot, which will cause rapidly-fired shots to miss unless at close range 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 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.
  • There is an ~0.1 second fire delay between trigger pull and the shot being actually fired. In spite of that slight delay, the weapon is still considered a hitscan weapon, as the slug projectile scores an immediate hit once fired. However, the delay can make the weapon feel less accurate against moving targets, especially at close range; it may be better to aim center of mass at close ranges instead of going for headshots.
  • 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, the Crusader's high damage makes it a natural choice for them.

Multiplayer
  • Instead of a spray of pellets, the Crusader fires a single high-precision slug.
  • The slug the Crusader shoots is capable of shooting through thin materials, similar to the Javelin and M-98 Widow. It has a base penetration depth of 0.5 meters.
  • One major drawback is the fact that the projectile will only hit the center of the cross-hairs, which reduces close range effectiveness.
  • Firing the Crusader from the hip sacrifices very little, if any, accuracy.
  • Due to the nature of the Crusader, it is often better to use the Crusader as more of a sniper rifle (without the scope). Headshots are very potent and, unlike other shotguns, are not down to luck of pellet spread at range; if the crosshairs are placed on the enemy head, it will do the same damage regardless of range. Thus it can pair well with submachine guns or shorter-ranged assault rifles, without the inconvenience of looking through a full zoom sniper rifle style of scope when trying to make shorter-range shots.
  • The Crusader has a high rate of fire for a shotgun, however a large amount of vertical recoil is produced after each shot, which will cause rapidly-fired shots to miss unless at close range if not compensated for.
    • 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.
  • Because all of the damage is placed into a single slug projectile, and not multiple lower-damage pellets, the Crusader is more effective against armored targets when compared to other shotguns. However, this also means that some of the Crusader's damage will not bleed through a target's shields on higher difficulties, due to shield gate. This means the Crusader is extremely effective against Reapers due to their endurance being based on health, or armor, and only two enemies have shields or barriers. It will suffer against Geth and Collectors, and Cerberus is iffy at best due to the majority of each factions enemies having at least a layer of shielding or barriers.
  • The Crusader is viciously powerful at longer ranges, on par with most sniper rifles and semi-automatic assault rifles, allowing it to act as an effective substitute for weapons like the M-99 Saber or M-92 Mantis.
  • As the Crusader's baseline accuracy is 0, a Shotgun Smart Choke mod is unnecessary.
  • Equipping a Shotgun Shredder Mod and Shotgun High-Velocity Barrel together would allow you to penetrate much thicker cover (up to 1.8 meters even without Armor-Piercing Rounds or Drill Rounds), as well as inflict grievous injury to armored opponents and even kill Dragoons in just a single headshot on Gold. Alternatively, you could go for a Shotgun Blade Attachment or Shotgun Omni-Blade and this would help a melee character nicely, with the blade helping with melee, while the shotgun itself can be used to snipe targets beyond your melee range. The Shotgun Spare Thermal Clip mod shouldn't be necessary unless you are planning on using the Crusader extensively, and on some maps one can easily walk up to an ammo crate and get more ammunition anyway. The Shotgun Spare Thermal Clip mod would however increase the time you can exchange fire with foes before you need to visit an ammo crate or use a Thermal Clip Pack.

Mass Effect: Andromeda[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

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.

Features[edit | edit source]

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.

Strategies[edit | edit source]

Stats[edit | edit source]

Singleplayer
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

Multiplayer
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

Development[edit | edit source]

Rank Rd icon milkyway orange.png Research Cost Omni-gel canister icon.PNG Omni-Gel Canister Copper icon.PNG Copper Cadmium icon.PNG Cadmium Vanadium icon.PNG Vanadium MEA Augmentation Slot For Tables.png 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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
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