Mass Effect: Andromeda: Vanguard Guide, Best Strategies

Mass Effect: Andromeda: Vanguard Guide, Best Strategies

All you need to know about Mass Effect Andromeda’s intuitive new combat Profiles, abilities, and the skills that you unlock along with them. Complete guide.

In this guide we details how to mix combat and biotics skills with the Vanguard profile from Mass Effect Andromeda. The Vanguard profile meshes Combat and Biotics skills into a type of Berserker that can rip apart enemies at close range. If you’ve tired of fighting the enemy from afar, the Vanguard might have the mix of skills and buffs you’ve been looking for.

Not interested in the Vanguard profile? Not to worry! We’ve got loads of other info on our Mass Effect Andromeda Guide and Walkthrough hub. Check it out now!

How to Unlock the Mass Effect Andromeda Vanguard Profile

The Vanguard is a hybrid profile so you’ll have to spend skill points in both the Combat and Biotics Skill Trees that combine to make up its traits. Three skill points in Combat and three points in Biotics will make access to the Vanguard profile yours.

Mass Effect Andromeda Vanguard Profile Unique Bonuses

The Vanguard comes with two bonus skills. The first, Biotic Jump and Evades uses biotic power evade further than your standard jump-jet dodge. Siphoning Strike is the ability that gives the Vanguard the defense it needs to stand up to close range attacks. With Siphoning Strike, melee attacks will siphon shields, which will restore 20% of your shields per hit landed.

Mass Effect Andromeda Vanguard Profile Rank Requirements and Boosts

The Vanguard profile is made up of Combat and Biotics skills. You’ll have to spend time raising abilities in each of those skills trees if you want to rank up the Vanguard.

Rank 1Rank 2Rank 3Rank 4Rank 5Rank 6
Skill Points Required (Tech and Biotics)312275078116
Biotic Recharge Speed10%15%20%25%30%35%
Max Shields10%15%20%25%30%35%
Melee Damage20%25%30%35%40%45%
Power Shield Cost Reduction20%25%30%35%40%45%
Melee Force50%60%70%80%90%100%

Recommended Strategies and Skills for Use With the Vanguard Profile

The Vanguard has to get up close and personal for its special boosts and abilities to be taken advantage of. You can get in close and start hammering the enemy while using Annihilation and Charge combos to do extra damage. If you need crowd control, you can use Nova to blast enemies around you, and if you get too overwhelmed the added distance from Biotic Evade will help you escape a battle quicker.

We've got plenty more guides for you elsewhere on the site, including a detailed looked at AVP and how to unlock Cryo Pods, how to solve Remnant Puzzles and a guide to crafting items and blueprints. You could also take a moment to chill, perhaps with a special friend. Head to our romance guide for all you need to know.

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