Combat in Mass Effect Andromeda is fast and frenetic, and if you're not careful you'll fall out on the battlefield over and over again. You'll need to ensure your Ryder and the rest of your squad is combat-ready at all times if you want to successfully carry out your part of the Andromeda Initiative. While you're out there taking on the Kett with tech, biotic, and other abilities, you'll want to know how to swap between useful Mass Effect Andromeda profiles and other skills as well.
If you're all caught up on how to switch between Mass Effect Andromeda profiles and better yourself as a Pathfinder, check out our Mass Effect Andromeda Guide and Mission Walkthrough for info on additional content such as romance, character classes, and how to solve the Remnant puzzles placed throughout the game.
Mass Effect Andromeda Skill Upgrades
Your Pathfinder will need to ensure he or she draws from the available pool of skills at their disposal in order to make headway through Mass Effect Andromeda. Skills are broken up into three different trees: Biotics, Tech, and Combat. No matter which combat profile you decide to go with, you can access any skill in every tree. If you're more interested in one skill over another, simply invest additional skill points in the tree you want to build out.
Skills are unlocked with skill points earned while playing Mass Effect Andromeda. You'll earn skill points each time you level up, and you can use them to level up the members of your squad in addition. While you do have some control over which skills they learn, you aren't able to customize them as deeply as your own Ryder. Each squadmate gets their own set of three active and two passive abilities, so if you want to change out their skills you can, but you can also choose to level them up automatically.
You'll want to pay close attention to leveling up your Ryder with skill points, however. The abilities you choose can be either active or passive. Active abilities will allow you to use them immediately, such as the Concussive Shot, which causes explosive damage. Passive abilities offer buffs and status effects that power up your weapons, your shields, and other items you have equipped. They can even offer a longer power duration for specific buffs.
Each skill has six ranks to work up through, each augmenting the skill you've chosen to unlock in various ways. For example, the Tech skill Overload has six ranks, beginning with Rank 1, which unlocks the Skill, all the way up to Rank 6, which can offer either Maximum Charge or EMP effects. It's up to you to decide which are the most important skills to unlock at the time with the skill points you have at your disposal.
Mass Effect Andromeda Skills
- Mass Effect Andromeda: Combat Skills
- Mass Effect Andromeda: Biotic Skills
- Mass Effect Andromeda: Tech Skills
Mass Effect Andromeda Profiles
- Mass Effect Andromeda: How do Profiles Work?
- Mass Effect: Andromeda: Soldier Profile Guide, Recommended Strategies
- Mass Effect: Andromeda: Sentinel Profile Guide, Recommended Strategies
- Mass Effect: Andromeda: Adept Profile Guide, Recommended Strategies
- Mass Effect: Andromeda: Engineer Profile Guide, Recommended Strategies
- Mass Effect: Andromeda: Vanguard Profile Guide, Recommended Strategies
- Mass Effect: Andromeda: Infiltrator Profile Guide, Recommended Strategies
- Mass Effect: Andromeda: Explorer Profile Guide, Recommended Strategies
Mass Effect Andromeda Power Combos
In Mass Effect Andromeda you can perform powerful combo moves by mixing your powers.
Skills are a very important part of how you handle combat in Mass Effect Andromeda, so give all our guides a good read to ensure you're a beast on the battlefield.