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How to defeat Kai Lang in Mass Effect 3

Updated on March 14, 2012

Kai Lang, the cybernetically-enhanced Cerberus assassin from Mass Effect 3, can't wait to add Shepard to his list of kills. If you want to survive, you'll need to keep your wits about you.

General Tips

  • The most important thing to do when facing Kai Lang is to keep your distance. This may be more difficult if you rely on heavy melee or biotic charges, but you're no match for Kai Lang's blade. Keep moving and keep your distance.
  • Don't box yourself in. You'll need, at various points, both room to maneuver and cover.
  • Perhaps your biggest advantage over Kai Lang is your team. By spreading out, Kai Lang will only be able to attack one of you at a time.

The First Fight

When facing down Kai Lang in the Asari temple, you'll have a bit of trouble maneuvering around the room, so make sure that you always have a route of escape. Make sure you are always near cover, because when the gunship swoops in, you'll need to keep your head down. Keep your squad members alive and take down Kai Lang's barriers. When he stops to recharge, don't worry about firing. You won't be able to actually kill Kai Lang in this fight.

The Second Fight

This fight offers more in the way of maneuverability, but that also means that Kai Lang has a straight shot towards you. In addition, you have less to hide behind. As with the first fight, you'll need to strip Kai Lang of his barriers, and you'll have to do it more than once. Thankfully, there's no gunship to deal with this time. Instead, you'll need to fight some Cerberus soldiers. However, at this point in the game, you shouldn't have any trouble tearing them apart.

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      Roy Lofquist 

      4 years ago

      Sentinel on Insanity.

      Contrary to all advice I've read, I beat him handily with melee. Hunker down and take out his minions. When he comes after you mash the melee key (F on PC). This stun locks him and he goes down. I tangled with him three times and took no damage.

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      6 years ago

      As a vanguard all I used were charge and nova. As charge hits hold down rb (depending on platform) and press nova then quickly dodge away from him. It does enough damage to force him to recharge his shields. Now this will also depend how you leveled up personally I went for max damage on these 2 powers.

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      David 470 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      I'll also add that using powers against him is a good idea too. I can't remember entirely, but I think Warp is pretty good to use against.

      I mainly used a lot of powers too because I was trying to keep my distance and it's sometime easier to just activate a power because they lock on a bit.


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