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Disambiguous.png This article is about talent in Mass Effect. For the Mass Effect 2 bonus power, see Geth Shield Boost. For the Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer power, see Shield Boost. For the skill in Mass Effect: Andromeda, see Shield Boost (skill). For the augmentation in Mass Effect: Andromeda, see Shield Booster.

Tactical Armor is a combat-oriented talent available at start to Infiltrators and the Turian Agent and is unlockable for Vanguards. It allows the use of Light Armor, as well as unlocking Medium Armor at higher levels.

Tactical Armor is one of three armor talents that unlocks the Shield Boost ability, along with Combat Armor and Basic Armor.

Talent Ranks[]

Level 1: Increases damage reduction and hardening by 5%.
Level 2: Increases damage reduction and hardening by 8%.
Level 3: Shield Boost
Level 4: Increases damage reduction and hardening by 10%.
Level 5: Increases damage reduction and hardening by 12%. Unlocks Assault Training (Turian Agent).
Level 6: Increases damage reduction and hardening by 14%. Unlocks Fitness (Infiltrator).
Level 7: Increases damage reduction and hardening by 16%. Allows the use of Medium Armor.
Level 8: Advanced Shield Boost
Level 9: Increases damage reduction and hardening by 18%.
Level 10: Increases damage reduction and hardening by 19%.
Level 11: Increases damage reduction and hardening by 20%.
Level 12: Master Shield Boost

Shield Boost[]

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Shield Boost recharges a portion of your shields, even when under fire. Shield Boost is most effective when the character using it has a high maximum shield value as the shield regeneration is percentage-based. This makes Shield Boost particularly effective when combined with Barrier.

Save Shield Boost for use when shields have been nearly or totally depleted so the effect is not wasted. It can be essential during pitched battles when normal shield recharge is continuously interrupted by taking damage or if taking especially heavy damage from an enemy attack is imminent. The shield restore is not instant, though it is very rapid.

Shield Boost is also a very common ability in shielded enemies of all types in Mass Effect. Enemies can trigger the boost as long as they are not totally disabled and will do so when their shields take heavy damage. Shield Boost is not considered a tech or biotic ability and therefore can't have its recharge time affected by Damping.

Shield Boost[]

  • Restores 30% of your shield per second
  • Duration: 2 seconds
  • Recharge time: 45 seconds
  • Accuracy Cost: 30%

Advanced Shield Boost[]

  • Restores 40% of your shield per second
  • Duration: 2 seconds
  • Recharge time: 45 seconds
  • Accuracy Cost: 30%

Master Shield Boost[]

  • Restores 50% of your shield per second
  • Duration: 2 seconds
  • Recharge time: 45 seconds
  • Accuracy Cost: 30%

Classes[]

These classes have access to the Tactical Armor talent:

These classes have access to the Shield Boost talent: