Mass Effect 3: How to Save the Survivor from Virmire
Anyone who survived Virmire in Mass Effect could still die in Mass Effect 3 if Shepard doesn’t make the right decisions when interacting with them.
Depending on the player’s actions in the first game, Ashley or Kaiden will be present in Mass effect 3. But just because one of them managed to leave Virmire doesn’t mean he’s out of the woods again.
Half-way Mass effect 3, Cerberus manipulates the survivor to prevent Shepard from completing his mission. This can potentially lead to the death of the survivor, depending on a variety of factors. This guide will explain the hidden mechanics of how to save Virmire’s survivor in Mass effect 3 and Mass Effect: legendary edition.
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The outcome of the final showdown is largely determined by the Survivor’s Trust in Shepard. Much like the peace mechanics between the Quarians and Geth, the game measures trust through a hidden score invisible to the player. Shepard can earn a maximum of 8 points throughout the trilogy. The next two sections explain how to increase and decrease survivor confidence.
Unlike Wrex, Garrus and Tali, neither Ashely nor Kaiden have a personal quest in the original. Mass Effect. There are only two factors in the first game that affect the actions of the survivor Mass effect 3. The first and most significant is Romance, which grants 2 trust points with the Romanced character. However, Shepard loses both points if romancing someone else in Mass effect 2, so it’s not a useful strategy unless the player wants to romanticize them anyway.
The other big factor is what happened to the Council at the end of the first game. Saving the Council adds 1 confidence point while letting it die costs 1. This is true regardless of the survivor’s opinion of the decision itself.
The player may also want to complete all optional objectives and turn off alarms on Virmire. While this does not directly affect the score, it does have ripple effects Mass effect 3. Otherwise try to keep Thane alive Mass effect 2, because it has a similar result.
Ashley or Kaiden will confront Shepard for working with Cerberus during Priority: Mars early Mass effect 3. Choosing the Paragon dialogue option reassures them by adding 1 confidence point, while choosing Renegade deducts 1 point.
After the mission, Shepard has multiple opportunities to visit the survivor as he recovers from his injuries. The first visit, when they are unconscious, does not count. The second visit grants 2 points, while the third visit grants an extra 1. If Shepard had a romantic relationship then cheated on Ashely or Kaiden, refusing to admit it or apologize on the second visit deduct 1 point.
The following two important events occur during Priority: The Citadel II. If Shepard saved Thane or Captain Kirrahe in their respective games, they save the Salary Advisor from an assassin. Otherwise, Cerberus frames Shepard for the murder, reducing Confidence by 2. Shepard can earn the end point by lowering his weapon during the confrontation at the end of the mission.
The survivor’s confidence level will result in one of three situations:
- Less than 0: the survivor is automatically hostile.
- 0-3: The survivor is suspicious.
- Over 3: Survivor Automatically Trust Shepard
If he’s in the 0-3 range, Shepard needs a high score from Paragon / Renegade to convince the Survivor to step down. If the Confidence is less than 4 and Shepard either does not or cannot reason with them, the Survivor dies. Either Shepard kills them with a Renegade interrupt, or someone else shoots them during the confrontation. If they die, either Ashley’s or Kaiden’s last words will change depending on their level of trust.
Mass effect 3 is included in Mass Effect: legendary edition available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
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