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Cryo explosion detonating on a Combat Engineer

Power combos are a combat mechanic introduced in Mass Effect 3, expanding on the Warp detonations of Mass Effect 2. By attacking an enemy with two powers in sequence, the combined effects of each power can result in an explosion that causes major damage in an area.

Overview[edit | edit source]

There are four types of power combo: fire, cryo, tech, and biotic. All power combos require two different powers: a source or "primer," and a detonator. The source power determines which of the four types of power combos will be set up, or "primed," and the detonator triggers the primed combo and causes the explosion. As long as the source and detonator are compatible, a power combo can be executed by a single character or by a team. The detonator power does not necessarily have to be of the same damage type as the combo itself. Most power sequences are technically permutations where the order of the power sequence matters (e.g. Warp+Throw); others are combinations where the order of the power sequence does not matter (e.g. either Carnage+Incinerate or Incinerate+Carnage will create a fire explosion). For the sake of simplicity, both cases will be referred to as "power combos."

An enemy is visibly "primed" for a combo when they display a distinctive colored effect that corresponds to what combo type they have been primed for: a coruscating violet sheen for biotic, red flames for fire, blue-tinged electric sparks for tech, and a white frost for cryo. Not all enemies display this texture for whatever reason; for example an Atlas primed for a fire explosion will not actually glow red. Also, enemies can be primed for more than one type of power combo simultaneously without this being visually apparent (more on this in the next section).

The priming duration varies from power to power. Some powers prime for only a short period of time (such as Overload or a Sabotage backfire), some powers prime for an extended period of time (such as Warp). Powers with durations may prime for their full duration (such as enemies lifted by Singularity) or a fixed subset (Sabotage's Tech Vulnerability evolution will not extend the priming duration to 10 seconds, for example). It should be noted that the passive class powers which increase power duration do not affect the priming duration of powers which do not prime for their full duration such as Incinerate with rank 5 Burning Damage, or powers with no duration such as Overload.

Some powers have caveats for successfully priming or detonating. For example, Energy Drain cannot be used to detonate organic targets which lack shields/barriers and in single-player, Singularity will not prime enemies that are not lifted. In multiplayer, Lash will not prime or detonate an armored target. Incendiary Rounds can apply a priming effect to enemies protected by shields or barriers, but the effect is not visible or detonatable until the shield or barrier is destroyed. Once detonated, Incendiary Rounds (unlike Disruptor Rounds) cannot re-prime the same enemy immediately; there is a short "cool-down" before it works again. Sabotage will only prime organic enemies. Cryo powers (except for Snap Freeze) can only prime unarmored enemies with no active shields or barriers and the target must be completely frozen solid for the priming to occur. Phantoms, Seeker Swarms and Seeker Plagues cannot be frozen solid so only Snap Freeze can prime those enemies for a Cryo Explosion. Additionally, some powers must be evolved in a certain way in order to make them able to prime and/or detonate power combos.

Generally speaking, powers with areas of effect can prime multiple enemies at once. However, aside from a small number of exceptions (Biotic Sphere, Biotic Slash, Cluster Grenade, Electric Slash, Overload, Shockwave, Smash and single-player double Throw), only one enemy can be detonated at once. Moreover, detonations will not set off other combos.[1]

Some powers can be both sources and detonators but any combo must be composed of a different source and detonator. For example, Warp cannot detonate another Warp but Reave and Warp will detonate each other in any order. Once a source has been applied to an enemy, it can only be detonated once on that particular enemy. If another explosion is desired, the source must be reapplied and another detonator used. This is true even if the source power has a damage over time effect that is still active on the target after the combo explosion (the Dark Channel power has an effect that spreads to a new target after the death of the first, and the new target can be detonated). Area-of-effect powers can set up multiple combos (one on each affected target), but typically can only detonate one combo per use, or per projectile launched if more than one (e.g. single-player Throw with Double Throw evolution or Cluster Grenade). The specifics and "exceptions" are covered in the next section.

Complex Interactions[edit | edit source]

When working with mixed power types (biotic/fire/cryo/electricity), it is often more effective to adopt a strategy of "prime-prime, detonate-detonate" or "prime, detonate+prime, detonate" instead of "prime-detonate, prime-detonate." Understanding this allows power combos to be done more efficiently. Though the concept is fairly simple, memorizing the interaction rules as well as the Source Powers & Detonator Powers charts below is necessary to take full advantage of this technique.

An enemy can be primed for 1, 2, 3 or all 4 types of explosions at once but only 1 of each type at a time. If 2 or more primer types are present, they can then be set off, back to back, by a sequence of detonator powers. Despite the enemy visuals often suggesting the contrary, the addition of a different primer type does NOT erase the previous one(s), nor will it fail to prime if another type is already present. Instead, the different primer types form layers.

The order in which the primers are applied will affect the sequence in which they are detonated. The detonation sequence follows a reverse chronological order, meaning the outer-most layer (the most recent primer) is the first to be detonated and the inner-most layer (the first primer) is the last to be detonated. If the detonator used cannot trigger an explosion on the outer-most layer, it will work its way chronologically backward or "inward" until it finds a primer it can detonate but the primers it skipped will not be erased.

  • Example 1: An enemy is hit with: Dark Channel, Disruptor Rounds, then two Throws. Disruptor Rounds are the most recent primer so it will be detonated by the first Throw, causing a Tech Burst. Dark Channel is still present and the second Throw will cause a Biotic Explosion.
  • Example 2: An enemy is hit with: Flamer, Reave, Concussive Shot, Throw. Reave cannot detonate Flamer and becomes the most recent primer. Concussive Shot cannot detonate a Biotic Explosion so it skips over Reave and detonates Flamer instead, causing a Fire Explosion. Throw detonates Reave, causing a Biotic Explosion.
  • Example 3: On an armored target (without active shields or barriers), a Warp-Throw biotic with incendiary rounds/ammo can trigger 2 power combos in 3 moves by: shooting the enemy, using Warp, then Throw. Warp will simultaneously cause a Fire Explosion and prime for a Biotic Explosion, which Throw will then detonate. The same 2 explosions can be achieved in a similar fashion to Example 1 by: opening with Warp, shooting the enemy, then using Throw two times in a row. This version will do more damage but for some reason, enemies affected by Warp are more difficult to prime with Incendiary Rounds, even at Rank 4, making this version somewhat unreliable.

When a team has a mix of tech and biotic priming powers, it is useful to have a member with a "universal detonator," a biotic power capable of causing all 4 types of explosions without any detonation restrictions. For multiplayer, the universal detonators are: Annihilation Field (Blast Damage), Biotic Charge, Biotic Hammer, Biotic Orbs, Biotic Slash, Biotic Sphere, Cluster Grenade, Nova, Poison Strike, Seeker Swarm, Shockwave, Smash, Throw and Warp.

Note: Though it is only listed as a biotic detonator in the Detonator Powers charts below, Annihilation Field does in fact detonate all 4 types of explosions at close range when it is manually "deactivated" and the primed target is hit with its Blast Damage.

Enemy glows (or lack thereof) and impact sounds do not always reflect what primers the target is carrying or what the most recent one is; keeping track of which powers have been used and which explosions have occurred is difficult but necessary. As in the previous example, when Warp is used to detonate a tech-based explosion, the sound of the Fire Explosion/Tech Burst/Cryo Explosion may overpower the normal biotic "thud" of Warp. Furthermore, the enemy may not glow violet afterwards, despite being primed for a Biotic Explosion.

When multiple priming powers of the same type hit a target, each successive primer overrides the previous one so only the most recent one can be detonated. For example, an enemy hit with Inferno Grenade, then Flamer, then 2 Concussive Shots will result in only one Fire Explosion just as Reave, Dark Channel and 2 Throws will cause only 1 Biotic Explosion. As a result, the player who applied the last primer would get credit for the explosion.

With the exception of Warp-Effect Biotic Sphere, if the detonator is also a source and of the same type as the source, the enemy will not be primed by the detonator after the power combo. If the detonator power is also a source and of a different type than the source, the enemy will be primed after the power combo by the detonator.

(Note: Snap Freeze is the only cryo-based detonator power. Only Biotic powers can cause Biotic Explosions.)

So, if the compatible detonator power is also a source, then:

  • Electricity Primer + Electricity-Based Detonator = Tech Burst (No primer present).
  • Electricity Primer + Biotic-Based Detonator = Tech Burst + Biotic Primer.
  • Electricity Primer + Fire-Based Detonator = Tech Burst + Fire Primer.
  • Electricity Primer + Snap Freeze = Tech Burst + Cryo Primer.
  • Fire Primer + Fire-Based Detonator = Fire Explosion (No primer present).
  • Fire Primer + Snap Freeze = Fire Explosion + Cryo Primer.
  • Fire Primer + Electricity-Based Detonator = Fire Explosion + Electricity Primer.
  • Fire Primer + Biotic-Based Detonator = Fire Explosion + Biotic Primer.
  • Cryo Primer + Snap Freeze = Cryo Explosion (No primer present).
  • Cryo Primer + Electricity-Based Detonator = Cryo Explosion + Electricity Primer.
  • Cryo Primer + Fire-Based Detonator = Cryo Explosion + Fire Primer.
  • Cryo Primer + Biotic-Based Detonator = Cryo Explosion + Biotic Primer.
  • Biotic Primer + Biotic-Based Detonator = Biotic Explosion (No primer present except for Biotic Sphere).
  • Biotic Primer + Fire-Based Detonator = Biotic Primer + Fire Primer (No explosion).
  • Biotic Primer + Snap Freeze = Biotic Primer + Cryo Primer (No explosion).
  • Biotic Primer + Electricity-Based Detonator = Biotic Primer + Electricity Primer (No explosion).

Within a given power set, not all sequences are equal; the order matters. For example, a sequence of Carnage, Incinerate, Overload (Fire, Fire, Electricity) would yield: a single Fire Explosion and a target primed for a Tech Burst. In contrast, a sequence of Carnage, Overload, Incinerate (Fire, Electricity, Fire) would yield: a Fire Explosion, a Tech Burst and a target primed for a second Fire Explosion.

This also means it is advantageous (especially in multiplayer) to use ammo that primes differently than the powers being used. For example, if Disruptor Rounds were paired with Flamer, enemies could be primed for a Tech Burst and a Fire Explosion simultaneously. If Flamer were paired with Incendiary Rounds, enemies could only be primed for 1 Fire Explosion at a time. Additionally, because of the "counter-intuitive" way power combo damage is calculated (which is covered in the next section), overriding Flamer's primer with Incendiary Rounds' primer will actually make the Fire Explosions weaker.

If this concept is taken to the extreme, it is possible to have the number of explosions on a target be equal to one less than the total number of powers used. This chain of explosions is achieved by alternating powers that: are both source and detonator, different types and can all detonate each other. This means, after the first power is used, each successive power will simultaneously trigger an explosion and prime for the next one. Doing this with a team is easier and gives far more options but there are a handful characters that can do it alone.

  • Quarian Male Engineer: Incinerate + Electrical Damage Arc Grenade.
  • Human Engineer: Incinerate + Overload.
  • N7 Paladin Sentinel: Snap Freeze + Incinerate.
  • N7 Paladin Sentinel: (On synthetics/shields/barriers) Energy Drain + Snap Freeze.
  • N7 Paladin Sentinel: (On synthetics/shields/barriers) Snap Freeze + Incinerate + Energy Drain.
  • Salarian Engineer/N7 Paladin Sentinel: (On synthetics/shields/barriers) Energy Drain + Incinerate.
  • Phoenix Adept & Vanguard: (On unarmored enemies) Shield Penetration Lash + Electrical Damage Smash.

The Phoenix Adept, Phoenix Vanguard and N7 Paladin have limitations on their chains. In multiplayer, Lash cannot prime or detonate an armored target and when Snap Freeze is used as a detonator, the explosion is centered around the player instead of the enemy, limiting its usefulness. (See Snap Freeze => Player Notes => Strategies #5.)

Examples: The following is not a comprehensive list; these are merely examples of synergy with different power types. As mentioned, some powers have priming and/or detonating restrictions and many tech powers have a short priming duration. If overlooked, the examples below will not work as described. Fast recharge speeds and/or additional teammates are often necessary. To see if a hypothetical sequence would work, consult the charts in the sections below.

  • Example 1: Dark Channel, Carnage, Throw, Throw = Fire Explosion, Biotic Explosion.
    • An enemy is hit with a priming Biotic power and then a fire attack. Since no fire attack can cause a Biotic Explosion, it is now double primed. The two Throws will trigger a Fire Explosion first and then a Biotic Explosion.
  • Example 2: Snap Freeze, Flamer, Warp, Warp, Throw = Fire Explosion, Cryo Explosion, Biotic Explosion.
    • While Warp is detonating Flamer, it primes for a Biotic Explosion. Warp is the newest primer but it cannot detonate itself so the 2nd Warp detonates Snap Freeze, causing a Cryo Explosion. Throw then detonates Warp. An enemy cannot carry two primers of the same type at once so a 2nd Throw would not cause a 2nd Biotic Explosion.
  • Example 3: Snap Freeze, Flamer, Warp, Throw, Throw = Fire explosion, Biotic Explosion, Cryo Explosion.
    • Substituting Throw for the 2nd Warp in Example 2 yields the same explosions but alters the order. Warp detonates the Flamer but also primes for a Biotic Explosion, making it the newest primer, so the 1st Throw detonates Warp and the 2nd Throw detonates Snap Freeze.
  • Example 4: Warp, Disruptor Rounds, Throw, Throw = Tech Burst, Biotic Explosion.
  • Example 5: Disruptor Rounds, Warp, Throw = Tech Burst, Biotic Explosion. (Faster version of #4)
  • Example 6: Singularity, Overload, Reave, Incinerate = Biotic Explosion, Tech Burst.
    • Because Overload was used after Singularity, it is first in line to be detonated. However, since Reave can only detonate Biotic Explosions, it will bypass Overload and detonate Singularity instead but Overload's primer remains in effect and will be detonated by Incinerate. The enemy is also primed for a Fire Explosion after Incinerate hits.
  • Example 7: Warp, Snap Freeze, Sabotage, Flamer, Throw x 4 = 4 Explosions (Fire, Tech, Cryo, Biotic).
  • Example 8: Energy Drain, Incinerate, Arc Grenade, Incinerate, Warp, Throw = Tech, Fire, Tech, Fire, Biotic.
    • For this to work, the Rank 5 Electrical Damage evolution of Arc Grenade must be chosen, otherwise, it will not prime for a Tech Burst.
  • Example 9: Carnage, Overload, Warp, Throw = Fire Explosion, Tech Burst, Biotic Explosion.
  • Example 10: Snap Freeze, Sabotage, Flamer, Concussive Shot x 3 = Fire, Tech, then Cryo Explosion.
  • Example 11: Warp, Energy Drain, Incinerate, Overload, Throw, Throw = Tech, Fire, Tech, Biotic.
  • Example 12: Submission Net, Incinerate, Warp, Shockwave = Tech Burst, Fire Explosion, Biotic Explosion.
  • Example 13: Incinerate, Overload, Incinerate, Overload . . . = Fire Explosion, Tech Burst, Fire Explosion . . .
    • This is one of the most devastating tactics in the game. It can be done with a single Engineer but it requires precise timing as Overload and Incinerate only prime for around 3 seconds each. For this sequence to work, the time between successive hits must be less than that. With a 200% recharge speed bonus, Engineer Shepard and the basic Human Engineer in multiplayer can get the recharge speed of Overload and Incinerate down to 2.54 seconds without selecting any recharge evolutions. The Engineer becomes capable of continuous, max-level power combos (if both powers are Rank 6) every 3 seconds.
    • Overload and Incinerate have large damage bonuses against shields/barriers and armor respectively. Fire Explosions do double damage to armor and Tech Bursts do double damage to enemy shields. With no caveats for priming or detonating, this is highly effective against elite enemies.
    • 3 target Chain Overload with radius evolution on Incinerate is extremely useful for crowd control. Tech Bursts and Fire Explosions have a larger radius than Biotic and Cryo Explosions. A wide Incinerate can hit 3 clustered targets and Overload can detonate 3 separate tech-based (Fire, Cryo or Electricity) explosions with a single use. Multiple explosions make the effective blast radius even larger.

Note: Rank 6 Warp-Effect Biotic Sphere technically follows the same rules listed above but due to a unique property, it behaves as though it is an exception. A sequence of: a Biotic Primer, Warp Effect-Biotic Sphere, a Biotic Detonator will result in 2 Biotic Explosions despite the all the powers being biotic.

Normally, a power that is both source and detonator, will prime first and detonate second, when it hits a target. There is, however, a caveat. The game's rule against duplicate primer types will prevent the source+detonator power from priming if an identical type is already present. This is why a target isn't primed after a power combo if the primer and detonator types are the same.

Contrary to other powers, Warp-Effect Biotic Sphere detonates first and primes second. Upon initial activation, it is only a detonating power. Once the sphere has been fully formed, it is strictly a priming power. This means that Warp-Effect Biotic Sphere detonates the previous biotic primer before applying its own so the duplicate primer rule does not apply. From a power combo perspective, deploying Warp-Effect Biotic Sphere directly on an enemy is like hitting the enemy with Throw first and Dark Channel second, which would detonate whatever primer was there initially and apply a biotic primer after. This is why: an enemy hit with Reave inside a Biotic Sphere causes an explosion, an enemy hit with Reave that then has Biotic Sphere deployed upon it causes an explosion but an enemy hit with Reave who then walks into an existing Biotic Sphere, does not cause an explosion.

Note: Like Biotic Sphere, the Rank 6 Detonate Evolution of Singularity can be used to achieve 2 biotic explosions with only 3 biotic power uses because of a unique property. Due to the delay of Singularity's Detonate Evolution, it can act as the primer for the first biotic explosion and then the detonator for the second biotic explosion. If an enemy is within the area of effect of Singularity, hit with a biotic detonator power and then a biotic priming power before the Singularity "dies," it will detonate the second biotic primer. The basic human adept could do this by using: Singulary, Shockwave, Warp or Singularity, Warp, Warp. The Phoenix Adept could use Singularity, then Smash (with the Rank 4 Biotic Combo Evolution) two times in a row. In each case, the second power would detonate Singularity's primer and the third power would prime the enemy again for a second Biotic Explosion. When Singularity duration expires, the Detonate evolution would trigger a Biotic Explosion off of the second primer.

Note: In the lists below, powers marked with an asterisk (*) have rank evolutions that can increase biotic explosion, tech burst, fire explosion, or cryo explosion damage. This increases the effective level of the power by at least 50%, whether used as source or detonator, with damage bonuses stacking if both powers have the applicable combo damage-increasing evolutions.

Damage[edit | edit source]

All power combos have a "base" damage based on the combo level, which is simply the total power level of the source and detonator. The base damage ranges from 100 (for a minimum combo level of 2) to 250 (for a maximum possible combo level of 12). Note that for purposes of combo levels, multiplayer Ammo Bonuses always count as rank 1 powers. This is in contrast to single-player ammo powers, which use their respective power rank for the sake of calculating combo level. This base damage is then multiplied by a factor dependent on the game's difficulty, scaling with enemy health.[2]

  • Narrative: x.5833333
  • Casual: x.83333
  • Normal/Bronze: x1.5
  • Hardcore/Silver: x2.25
  • Insanity/Gold: x3.375
  • Platinum: x4.3875

Note that this scaling means that, as difficulty levels increase, the relative importance of combos for a power-based class's damage output increases dramatically. For example, in multiplayer a maxed-out combo will do only 375 damage on Bronze but an astounding 1,096 on Platinum. This also has the ramification that while ammo powers may be useful from a single-player/solo perspective for priming/detonating combos at will, it can severely reduce the total damage output of a power-heavy party in multiplayer.

The combo damage is further modified based on its type and on whether it is damaging armor, shield, barrier, or health as noted below (e.g. tech bursts do 2x damage to shields). Any debuffs on the target receiving the combo (such as Sabotage's Tech Vulnerability) will also affect the combo damage, if applicable.

The combo damage is otherwise completely independent of the actual damage or damage bonuses of the powers being used, unless it is a damage bonus that specifically mentions combo damage (such as Warp's Detonate evolution). Note that Snap Freeze's Tech Combo and Electric Slash's Detonate evolutions are bugged; Electric Slash's Detonate does not actually affect combo damage, and Snap Freeze doubles damage for any cryo explosion the N7 Paladin primes when he chooses Reach at rank 4. For the AIU, she has to select Tech Combo and that doubles all combo damage for any Tech Combo whether priming or detonating. Electrical Hammer's Radius & Combo evolution, however, only affects combo damage when used to detonate.

Biotic Explosion[edit | edit source]

Assault Trooper primed for a biotic explosion

Biotic explosions cause a wave of biotic force that damages and knocks back enemies. These combos can be triggered without killing an enemy.

Biotic explosions have a radius of 2 to 4 meters.[3]

Biotic explosions do two times normal damage against biotic barriers and armor.[4]

Source Powers[edit | edit source]

Detonator Powers[edit | edit source]

* Has rank evolution that increases combo damage.

Cryo Explosion[edit | edit source]

Assault Trooper primed for a cryo explosion

Cryo explosions create a blast of ice that deals severe damage to the primary target and may freeze nearby unprotected enemies (no armor, shields, or barriers). Cryo explosions can be triggered without killing an enemy, although in most cases, the enemy must be frozen solid in order to do so. Enemies killed by cryo explosions shatter without leaving a corpse.

Cryo explosions have a radius of 3 to 5 meters. Even if enemies in the radius are not frozen or damaged, they are still chilled and have their movement slowed by 30%.[5]

Snap Freeze has an apparent bug where cryo explosions that use it as its source do twice normal damage.[6]

Source Powers[edit | edit source]

Detonator Powers[edit | edit source]

* Has rank evolution that increases combo damage.

Tech Burst[edit | edit source]

Assault Trooper primed for a tech burst

Tech bursts create a blast of electricity that inflicts severe damage on the shields and health of nearby enemies and has a chance of stunning them. Tech bursts can be triggered without being a killing blow.

Tech bursts have a radius of 4.5 to 7.5 meters.[7]

Tech bursts do two times normal damage against shields.[4]

Source Powers[edit | edit source]

Detonator Powers[edit | edit source]

* Has rank evolution that increases combo damage.

Fire Explosion[edit | edit source]

The Assault Trooper on the right is primed for a fire explosion

Fire explosions create a blast of flames that inflicts severe damage against the armor and health of nearby enemies and may also set them on fire, though this is mainly cosmetic and does not apply extra damage. Fire explosions required that enemies be killed to trigger until Patch 1.04 removed that requirement. Lesser enemies used as a source for fire explosions are instantly vaporized without leaving a corpse.

Fire explosions have a radius of 3 to 6 meters.[8]

Fire explosions do two times normal damage against armor.[4]

Source Powers[edit | edit source]

Detonator Powers[edit | edit source]

* Has rank evolution that increases combo damage.

Synergies[edit | edit source]

In the table below, the columns marked Biotic/Cryo/Tech/Fire indicate whether the ability can detonate primed biotic explosions, cryo explosions, tech bursts, or fire explosions respectively. Underscore indicates whether a power has a multiplier evolution which increases the effective combo level of the power for the purposes of the combo type indicated by the column. These evolutions increase damage by at least 50% regardless of whether the power is used as source or detonator, and whether it is stacking with another power with such a multiplier.

Icon Power Primes Biotic Cryo Tech Fire Notes
ME3 Annihilation Field.png Annihilation Field Biotic ✓* *On self-detonation
ME3 Arc Grenade.png Arc Grenade Tech* *Primes with "Electrical Damage" evolution
ME3 Barrier.png Barrier Biotic* *On self-detonation, primes if target is lifted
ME3 Biotic Charge.png Biotic Charge
ME3 Biotic Hammer.png Biotic Hammer
ME3 Biotic Orbs.png Biotic Orbs
ME3 Biotic Slash.png Biotic Slash
ME3 Biotic Sphere.png Biotic Sphere Biotic* *Primes with "Warp Effect" evolution
ME3 Carnage.png Carnage Fire
ME3 Cluster Grenade.png Cluster Grenade
ME3 Combat Drone.png Combat Drone ✓* ✓* ✓* *On destruction, detonates with "Detonate" evolution
ME3 Concussive Arrows.png Concussive Arrows Tech* *Primes with "Shock" evolution
ME3 Concussive Shot.png Concussive Shot
ME3 Cryo Ammo.png Cryo Ammo Cryo Also applies to Cryo Rounds
ME3 Cryo Blast.png Cryo Blast Cryo
ME3 Dark Channel.png Dark Channel Biotic
ME3 Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere Biotic
ME3 Decoy.png Decoy ✓* ✓* ✓* *On destruction, detonates with "Exploding Decoy"
ME3 Disruptor Ammo.png Disruptor Ammo Tech Also applies to Disruptor Rounds
ME3 Electric Slash.png Electric Slash
ME3 Electrical Hammer.png Electrical Hammer Fire* *Primes with "Fire Damage" evolution

Combo evolution only works when detonating

ME3 Energy Drain.png Energy Drain Tech ✓* ✓* ✓* *Only detonates shielded or synthetic targets
ME3 Flamer.png Flamer Fire
ME3 Flare.png Flare
ME3 Frag Grenade.png Frag Grenade
ME3 Geth Turret- Icon.png Geth Turret Fire* *Primes with "Flamethrower" evolution
ME3 Havoc Strike.png Havoc Strike
ME3 Hex Shield.png Hex Shield Tech* *Primes with "Shock" evolution
ME3 Homing Grenade.png Homing Grenade
ME3 Incendiary Ammo.png Incendiary Ammo Fire* *Priming effect can apply to shielded targets but only detonatable once shields destroyed

Also applies to Incendiary Rounds

ME3 Incinerate.png Incinerate Fire
ME3 Inferno Grenade.png Inferno Grenade Fire
ME3 Lash.png Lash Biotic Primes if target is lifted. Armored targets cannot be detonated in MP.
ME3 Lift Grenade.png Lift Grenade Biotic *Unprotected enemies only
ME3 Nova.png Nova
ME3 Overload.png Overload Tech
ME3 Phase Disruptor.png Phase Disruptor
ME3 Poison Strike.png Poison Strike
ME3 Proximity Mine.png Proximity Mine
ME3 Recon Mine.png Recon Mine * * * *Only on detonation
ME3 Pull.png Pull Biotic* *Combo evolution in multiplayer only
ME3 Reave.png Reave Biotic
ME3 Sabotage.png Sabotage Tech* *Only primes non-synthetics, application delayed 1.5s
ME3 Seeker Swarm.png Seeker Swarm
ME3 Sentry Turret.png Sentry Turret Cryo* *Primes with "Cryo Ammo" evolution
ME3 Shadow Strike.png Shadow Strike Tech* *Primes with "Electric Damage" evolution
ME3 Shield Mastery.png Shield Mastery Cryo*/Fire* *Mutually exclusive evolutions
ME3 Shockwave.png Shockwave Biotic* Primes with "Lifting Shockwave"
ME3 Siege Pulse.png Siege Pulse
ME3 Singularity.png Singularity Biotic ✓* *On self-detonation, detonates with "Detonate" evolution
ME3 Slam.png Slam *Unprotected enemies only
ME3 Smash.png Smash Biotic*/Tech* *Mutually exclusive Rank 4 evolutions
ME3 Snap Freeze.png Snap Freeze Cryo* *Affects both slowed and frozen targets
ME3 Stasis.png Stasis Biotic
ME3 Sticky Grenade.png Sticky Grenade Cryo*/Tech*/Fire* *Primes with Cryo/Disruptor/Incendiary Ammo or Rounds
ME3 Submission Net.png Submission Net Tech
ME3 Throw.png Throw
ME3 Warp.png Warp Biotic

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