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For abilities in Mass Effect 2, see Powers.
For abilities in Mass Effect 3, see Powers (Mass Effect 3).

The skills or abilities used in combat in Mass Effect are called talents.

Overview[]

Available to each class are 12 talents (four starting talents and eight unlockable talents). Below is a list of talents, separated by type and accompanied by which classes can use each talent.

To advance the levels of the various talents, players are awarded 100 points between the levels of 1-60 to place where they see fit, in addition to the 2 points that are automatically assigned to two starting abilities (one point each). The player is automatically awarded additional points for becoming a Spectre, and gains points in Charm and Intimidate for advancing the Paragon and Renegade meters respectively. (See Morality for more details.)

Each NPC squad member, on the other hand, receives 80 points between the levels of 1-60 to place where players see fit, in addition to the 2 points that are automatically assigned to two starting abilities.

When Shepard commands a party member to use one of their offensive Biotic or Tech talents, it takes effect as if the Commander personally had the talent. The party member need not have the usual line of sight to the intended target or target location. In this way, Shepard can take point while leaving the rest of the party safely behind.

Talent Points Leveling Progression[]

Shepard:

  • Levels 1-5: 3 points per level
  • Levels 6-35: 2 points per level
  • Levels 36-60: 1 point per level

Total: 100 points

NPCs:

  • Levels 1-20: 2 points per level
  • Levels 21-60: 1 point per level

Total: 80 points

Talents Chart: Player Character[]

Note: ✓= Starting, ● = Unlockable, x = Starting Ability w/ Extra Point
Power Soldier Vanguard Infiltrator Engineer Adept Sentinel
Combat
AdrenalinBurst.png Assault Training
Immunity.png Fitness
Weapons
Overkill.png Assault Rifles x
Marksman.png Pistols
Carnage.png Shotguns
Assassination.png Sniper Rifles
Armor
ShieldBoost.png Basic Armor
ShieldBoost.png Combat Armor x
ShieldBoost.png Tactical Armor
Tech
Sabotage.png Decryption x x x
Overload.png Electronics x x
AI-Hacking.png Hacking
Damping.png Damping
Biotic
Barrier.png Barrier
Lift.png Lift
Singularity.png Singularity
Stasis.png Stasis
Throw.png Throw x x x
Warp.png Warp x x
Health
FirstAidIcon.png First Aid
Neural shock.png Medicine

Talents Chart: NPC Classes[]

Note: ✓= Starting, ● = Unlockable, x = Starting Ability w/ Extra Point
Power Soldier Krogan Battlemaster Turian Agent Quarian Machinist Asari Scientist Sentinel
Combat
AdrenalinBurst.png Assault Training x
Immunity.png Fitness
Weapons
Overkill.png Assault Rifle
Marksman.png Pistol
Carnage.png Shotgun
Assassination.png Sniper Rifle
Armor
ShieldBoost.png Basic Armor
ShieldBoost.png Combat Armor x
ShieldBoost.png Tactical Armor
Tech
Sabotage.png Decryption x x x
Overload.png Electronics x
AI-Hacking.png Hacking
Damping.png Damping
Biotic
Barrier.png Barrier x
Lift.png Lift
Singularity.png Singularity
Stasis.png Stasis
Throw.png Throw x x
Warp.png Warp x
Health
FirstAidIcon.png First Aid x x
Neural shock.png Medicine

Bonus Talents[]

If the player is creating a second character, any unlocked bonus talents may be selected. These talents are unlocked by gaining the achievement for each talent. The player can choose one additional talent to add to their skill base. This talent is not reliant upon the existing class or even usual prerequisite talents. For example, a Soldier can choose Medicine as a bonus talent and put points into it immediately, even though it must usually be unlocked by first putting points into First Aid on the classes that have Medicine by default. A weapon talent such as Assault Rifles can also be chosen if the chosen class doesn't already possess it.

The following 15 bonus talents can be unlocked:

Class Specific[]

Base Classes[]

Soldier

Engineer

Adept

Sentinel

Infiltrator

Vanguard

Specialization Classes[]

Shock Trooper - Soldier, Vanguard

Commando - Soldier, Infiltrator

Operative - Engineer, Infiltrator

Medic - Engineer, Sentinel

Bastion - Adept, Sentinel

Nemesis - Adept, Vanguard

Other[]

Spectre Training - Unlockable after becoming a Spectre

Charm

Intimidate

Squad Member Classes[]

Quarian Machinist - Tali'Zorah nar Rayya

Asari Scientist - Liara T'Soni

Krogan Battlemaster - Urdnot Wrex

Turian Agent - Garrus Vakarian

See Also[]