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How to survive the suicide mission in Mass Effect 2

Updated on August 26, 2012

The Suicide Mission

If you want to survive the Mass Effect 2 suicide mission, which is the final mission of the game, you will have to take the necessary precautions. It is possible for Commander Shepard to die at the end of the game. Also, every other character in your squad in the game can also die. The most important thing to do is recruit everyone and do their loyalty missions. Besides, this makes up most of content in the game. If you do not do their loyalty missions they will not be able to focus on the mission as well and it may result in their death at the end of the game. If a character dies in Mass Effect 2 it will be their permanent death in Mass Effect 3. Upgrading your ship is also another VERY IMPORTANT factor for the success of the mission. You will also have to choose the right team leaders at the end of the game or a characters death could occur.

Recruiting Missions and loyalty missions

Recruiting every character and gaining their loyalty will ensure that they will focus on the mission at hand. Zaeed's loyalty mission can be done very early because you will meet him at Omega at the beginning. I will have to warn that you, however -- even completing his mission can still make him not fully loyal , UNLESS, you have high paragon. There is a part where Commander Shepard can either go save people or ignore them and only go after Zaeed's target. If go to save the people first, Zaeed's target will get away. He will not be loyal to you unless you convince him with paragon lines. However, if you do this mission the renegade way, you will not need high paragon because you will make it to Zaeed's target in time (the civilians on mission will die, however).

Now how do you get the loyalty missions for other characters? Chambers (the one near the world map will inform you that a character needs to speak with you). Usually, sometime after you recruit them or upon completing other characters loyalty missions, will prompt a character requesting to see you about their loyalty mission. Go to them on the Normandy and speak to them on their issue. This may involve a problem with their father or some other matter that affects their focus on the mission. You will then get the coordinates to go to the desired planet. It will inform you on the map, for example, it will say "help Jacob."

Upgrading The Normandy

Upgrading the Normandy defenses is viable to ensure everyone's survival as well. You will have to do a lot of scanning of planets to attain element zero, iridium, platinum, and palladium. Travel to different star clusters to find new planets. On the screen of the planet it will say how good the planet is for collecting resources. This can vary from rich, good, moderate and poor. You will want to try to find rich and good. Moderate is okay, but considering there are so many planets you should only go to them if you will really need to. There are plenty of rich and good planet ratings. When scanning the planets try and wait till the controller vibrates and shoot a probe to gather the resources. Just remember when outside of solar systems you will need fuel and enough probes to scan planets. You can purchase these at fuel depots on the solar systems, If you run out of fuel traveling to another system you will lose a lot of resources to get back. Try and be careful and make sure your fuel is always efficient before leaving a solar system.

Now, to upgrade the Normandy speak to your crew mates and see if they have found anything for the Normandy. The most important ones are the ships guns, shields, and ship armor. Speaking to Garrus will give you the new gun upgrade. Jacob has the idea for new armor for the ship, and tali has upgrades for the ship's shields.

jacob- ship armor ***IMPORTANT

Miranda- scanner upgrade

mordin- his omni-tool

garrus- ship guns ***IMPORTANT

jack- biotic implants for herself

grunt- claymore shotgun (for himself)

tali- ship shields ***IMPORTANT

Samara- increased fuel

thane- increased probe capacity

legion- his own sniper rifle

**Loyalty can be lost with some crew members**

Even if you have loyalty for Miranda and Jack, there will be a scene where they are arguing on the Normandy. Siding with one of them will cause the other to lose loyalty. You must make sure you use a paragon/renegade option to settle the fight so you do not lose loyalty.

After completing Tali's loyalty mission and Legion's mission, they will be in a confrontation just like Miranda and Jack. You will need high paragon or renegade to keep them loyal. Do not side with one of them because you will lose loyalty with the other!

Choosing right team leaders for the suicide mission

When you finish recruiting everyone and finish their loyalty missions, you should be prepared for the suicide mission. Once you go through the Omega relay there is no turning back so make sure you have done everything, including other upgrades to Normandy. You will have to choose people for certain parts of the mission and they must be loyal to ensure their survival.


For the tunnels/vents- Tali or Legion. They have expertise in engineering.

First Fire team leader- Garrus

Escort back to the Normandy- Mordin

Swarm Protection- Samara

Second Fire Team- Garrus again

Other combinations

You can have everyone survive the suicide mission in other combinations as well. For some reason on my game, Mordin Solus died (I sent Zaeed for escort) and the game did not even acknowledge his death. I only realized his death when he was not on the Normandy. In a cut scene, it even said everyone was alive, but apparently not because Mordin was not on the Normandy after I completed the game. I think Mordin has to be sent back to the Normandy as the escort or else he will die without the game showing his death or acknowledging it.


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      6 years ago

      @AmberWinter, she died on mine, however it's either because;

      You don't have everyone recruited your your team. (I accidently gave Legion away)

      You don't have her loyalty.

      That's how I found out she can die.

      For everyone else; if you didn't know, Legions loyalty can be lost, but then regained again. During the conflict between Tali and Legion, if you take sides with Tali you can then go tell legion you lied and he agrees it was a necessary action and goes back to being Loyal. Doing it this way takes less renegade points than solving it during the conflict (can only be done as renegade this way, there is no paragon option).

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      6 years ago

      I used Zaeed on first fire team and sent Kasumi through the vents, then she died, shot in the face. seems so annoying. Now I have to reload :(

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      6 years ago

      having mordin as your main core member might save him, but i lose Garrus at the end. I send Wrex as the escort, with logic that his durability is good as a protector of the crew.

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      Drake Fenix 

      6 years ago

      With a high enough paragon you can actually take the paragon route through Zaeeds mission and still get loyalty with him

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      6 years ago

      Everyone survived with all but Miranda loyalty just make the right choices and don't leave anything to her, think about it the team leaders had to concentrate on keeping their teams alive while she had to concentrate on just staying alive her self she can't lose concentration on her mission if she does not have one just make the right choices and act like she is not there the people that die are only those you send to do something important that they can't do either because they are not loyal or because their skills are not what's needed for that task. If you cake the right choices they will all come back alive just don't give a non-loyal person anything to do . P.S. still do all of the loyalty missions

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      6 years ago

      you can also send kasumi through the vent as well and use jacob on second fire team or zaed and all will survive

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      6 years ago

      Just finished my first run. This is what I chose:

      I sent Kasumi into the vent. Opened all the valves and she survived.

      I put Miranda in charge of the 2nd team both times.

      I sent Grunt back to the ship with the crew.

      I used Samara for the biotic shield and took Garrus and Legion with me.

      Then for the Reaper battle I used Samara and Garrus.

      Jack died on my playthrough but I lost her loyalty in the Miranda/Jack fight. My Paragon/Renagade was too low to settle it evenly.

      Everyone else survived.

      Also as stated above, I chose to save the people on Zaeeds loyalty mission but had the Paragon to shut him up so he kept his loyalty.

      Also I stated somewhere above, it seems saving either Miranda or Jacks loyalty mission and either Legions or Talis until your Paragon/Renegade is high enough to settle them evenly. I'm going to give that a go on the Insanity run through.

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      6 years ago


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      6 years ago

      why we here

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      Musashi 001 

      6 years ago

      If you have enough Paragon, you can persuade Zaeed to get over it and he will be loyal.

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      6 years ago

      I'm almost done with the loyalty missions

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      7 years ago

      You do NOT have to be renegade to get Zaeed's loyalty. I don't know where you got that from.

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      robyn bond 

      7 years ago

      i get all the upgrades for the ship and i have all the crew loyalties but one always dies im getting annyoyed any tips? :)

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      7 years ago

      Mjtaylor, thanks, will try this next time I go through... I totally made a noob mistake and didn't save before the IFF mission and lost people. I lost Mordin on my run through, sigh. I should have had the stronger characters stay back but I had to take my boy Jacob and my girl Jack to war with me but unfortunately Mordin paid the... (just had deja vu, I love deja vu's... had to share) ultimate price, R.I.P. Mordin, you will be missed :(. I loved this game, gonna start another game after I get the lvl30 trophy out of the way.

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      7 years ago

      any way to get jack and legion back loyal after taking sides with miranda and tali (wasn't nice enough or badass enough to sort them out fairly) :S all loyalty missions done ready to start suicide mission but I want everyone to survive...

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      8 years ago

      What the heck , I have completed the game - No one gets left behind , tried 2 times with different selection

      I saved before my playing the IFF mission ,but by then I have already completed all the Loyalty mission of the crew , I am a 90% paragon so i managed to maintain a 100& loyalty both for miranda-jack scenes and tali-legion scene. I didn't take sides , just opt for the Blue Option ,

      Also did scan most of the planet and did most of the side quests. ( very time consuming )

      NORMANDY is 100% upgraded , with most weapon upgrades

      lvl 4th and 5th.

      I did the Legion's loyalty quest after everyone got abducted by the collectors and straight flew into the OMEGA-4 System

      Managed to get everyone ALIVE, no casualty

      1st Time

      Vents : Tali

      1st Fire Squad leader : Garrus ( my fav character )

      Biotics : Samara

      2nd Fire Squad Leader : Garrus

      Escort survivor : Mordin ( I think he's a cute character)

      Final BOSS : Garrus and Tali ( as they were from the ME1 that I imported , just wanted them to be there with me )

      ALL Survived!!!

      2nd Time :

      Vents : Legion

      1st Fire Squad : Miranda

      Biotics : Jack

      2nd Fire Squad : Garrus

      Escort : Taylor

      FINAL BOSS : Grunt & Samara

      ALL SURVIVED as well

      I think basically think getting the right people doing right roles.

      I tried the following before :

      VENTS: Tali / Legion

      Leader Squad: Garrus / Miranda ( I heard Taylor too but never allow him to lead )

      BIOTICS : Samara / (Jack - with L2 upgrades)

      Escort : Mordin - but i think anyone will do

      I tried not to take the strongest hitters for the final boss, coz I need them to hold off the collectors

      I just take either Garrus , Legion or Grunt ( either one ) and one biotic ( Samara or Jack ) . The rest just holding the line.

      I am particular 100% Commando ( RAMBO ) so just kill everyone !!! with some backup.. Move and cover .. Have fun!!! :D

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      8 years ago

      I guess the one going through the vent can still die if your are not fast enough with opening the obstacles. They'll get shot in the face no matter how loyal they are.

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      8 years ago from

      I should get this game, it looks cool.

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      8 years ago

      one other thing. i found out that as soon as ur crew is taken u hav to go after them. the longer u wait the more that die

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      David 470 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

      @AmberWinter really? If she has full loyalty she should not died. I'll check that out. I did not romance her my game play. Make sure that she is actually loyal though.

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      8 years ago

      Actually Tali died when I had her go through the vents, but maybe the romance scene with Shephard increased that chance.

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      8 years ago from Kissimmee FL

      Good hub! I wasn't aware of the paragon/renegade options keeping your loyalties safe, that's good to know.


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