ByMarcus O'Shea, writer at Creators.co
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The newest entry into the Mass Effect series is bringing a lot of big changes to the series, including an all-new research and crafting system. To get the most out of your game, you're going to have to find the best materials, equipment and blueprints hidden out there in the galaxy. And we're here to give you that heads up for the expanses of Andromeda!

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Resources, Research and Development Guide

We've put together the ultimate on how to research, scan, develop, mine and craft your way around the system in order to get ahold of the best and strongest equipment and upgrades. Resources, research and development processes are no longer a mystery, intrepid explorers.

You can also check out our other guides for Mass Effect: Andromeda below:

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Research Guide

There are multiple kinds of research data to find in the wide expanse of the Andromeda system. [Credit: Electronic Arts]
There are multiple kinds of research data to find in the wide expanse of the Andromeda system. [Credit: Electronic Arts]

First up, let's talk about the types of research data in Mass Effect: Andromeda. This data is split into three parts.

  • Milky Way Research Data: This data refers to the colonists of Andromeda and their equipment. Milky Way blueprints are usually familiar ballistic weaponry from the previous games.
  • Heleus Research Data: This data refers to the various races discovered in the Andromeda system. Heleus blueprints are alien technology, such as unusual alien weapons.
  • Remnant Research Data: This data refers to mysterious technology from abandoned alien sites. Remnant blueprints are rare and strange equipment from a forgotten synthetic race.

Each type of research uses its own pool of points, so you cannot research a Remnant blueprint using research data points gained from scanning a Milky Way object.

Scanning In 'Mass Effect Andromeda'

Items that turn bright orange under your scanner can be scanned for research data [Credit: Electronic Arts]
Items that turn bright orange under your scanner can be scanned for research data [Credit: Electronic Arts]

Scanning is a fairly simple process in Mass Effect: Andromeda, simply equip your scanner with the down button on the D-pad. Once equipped, the scanner will project a beam forward—anything that turns orange when the beam is pointed at it can be scanned for research data. Just scan the object and you'll earn research data in one of the three categories, which can then be used to create blueprints.

In Mass Effect: Andromeda's galaxy map, you'll sometimes be told there's an anomaly nearby. If you hit L2 (LT on Xbox One) and open your scanner, then follow the arrow and you'll find the anomaly. Once you've located the anomaly, hit R2/RT to launch a scanning probe, which will usually reward you with either materials or research data.

Blueprint Development And Crafting In 'Andromeda'

Blueprints can be researched through the crafting menu. [Credit: Electronic Arts]
Blueprints can be researched through the crafting menu. [Credit: Electronic Arts]

Blueprints are created at the Research Center aboard the Tempest. Simply open the menu and choose the Research option. There are three different types of blueprints you can develop: Armor, Weapons and Augmentations. Each item has 5 tiers of quality, which require you to have reached a certain level and have researched the previous tier's blueprint.

Once you have the appropriate blueprint, you can open the Development screen in the Research Center and craft the item if you have the correct materials. Crafting usually requires up to four different kinds of resources, with one of them usually being comparatively rare. Augmentations do no need to be crafted, they're automatically added to other items during crafting or found in Mass Effect: Andromeda's various open worlds.

Resources And Materials In 'Mass Effect: Andromeda'

Extract resources from Mining Zones using the Nomad. [Credit: Electronic Arts]
Extract resources from Mining Zones using the Nomad. [Credit: Electronic Arts]

To craft gear in Mass Effect: Andromeda you're going to need materials, which are found in both the galactic and world maps. The three basic types of crafting material are: Minerals, Bio Materials and Tech Materials.

Minerals are found in two ways: The first is done on foot after you find a Mineral Node, which are located either in person, or by probing anomalies on the galactic map. On foot, you can usually spot Mineral Nodes as brightly colored groups of rocks, often in slightly out-of-place looking locations. Once you've located the node, Ryder can then scan the node with his or her omni-tool, which will yield you a small cache of minerals.

Far more valuable than Mineral Nodes in Mass Effect: Andromeda are the Mining Zones, which require the Nomad to extract. Mining Zones become visible on your map in the areas around where you establish a Forward Station, which greatly helps in locating them. While in the Nomad, you can open your mining computer, which will display nearby mineral levels on a graph. Navigate to the area where the levels are highest and deploy a mining drone from the Nomad to extract the maximum amount of materials. You cannot deploy a second mining drone within a certain radius of the first, so make sure you pick a good spot the first time round.

Bio-Materials are usually extracted from animal life on a planet surfaces, you'll need to hunt creatures to get a hold of them. Tech materials are found in caches in various containers throughout the world. All three types of materials can also often be bought from merchants, so be sure to check in from time to time.

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