Mass Effect Andromeda romance guide: from casual banging to winning hearts
Mass Effect Andromeda: romance is in the air tonight. And it's always night in space. Spoilers ahead.
Mass Effect Andromeda includes multiple opportunities to press your space face lovingly against that of another, in the finest traditions of BioWare RPGs.
Whether you play a male or female Ryder, there are opportunities for love, sex or even just friendship among your squadmates, the crew of the Tempest and even wandering around the world. Pursuing romantic relationships unlocks unique spins on the friendship cutscenes you'd otherwise view after securing a companion's loyalty - and then another, more intense romance scene to cap it all off.
And yes, some of the final romance scenes in Mass Effect Andromeda are pretty steamy. Unfortunately, your questions about alien genitals will not be answered. Lotta butts though.
But even if the famous banging isn't your thing, the romances in Mass Effect Andromeda range from sweet flirtations to friends with benefits to tender committed relationships, so you'll have a fine time mashing the flirt button.
You can juggle multiple relationships, up to a point, as you navigate the tangled world of flirtations, friends with benefits, side pieces and full relationships detailed below. On the other hand, if you decide to pursue a full relationship with on ehcaracter you will lock yourself out of other full relationship lines, as these characters don't seem to like to share - so make sure you're ready to commit if a character asks you to go exclusive. (Prior to Mass Effect Andromeda patch 1.06, you could manage a full relationship with Peebee and either Cora or Vetra, but this has since been patched.) Once you commit to a relationship, flirting with other characters no longer progresses their relationships, and you'll get the "friend" version of their final scenes.
Although there are some exceptions (described below), in general, Mass Effect Andromeda romances progress in the same way. You need to flirt a minimum of three times with your intended and then complete all their loyalty missions and side quests. Have a few more conversations with them, and they'll likely bring up the possibility of committing. It's an obvious yes no moment, with Ryder having to answer something like "I want to be with you" or "sorry, I'm just playing".
Almost all the loyalty and therefore romance missions in Mass Effect Andromeda are gated by critical path progress, so while you should make sure you check in with your squaddies for flirt opportunities between major story beats, don't worry if you're not getting anywhere with your favourite after a few priority ops. Sweetie probably just wants you to crack on with the main quest.
If you'd like to see every romance in Mass Effect Andromeda, our hot tip is to make a save before embarking on crew missions or speaking to them after they email asking to meet. These are the most likely instances for a commitment point. If you simply ignore those quests and scenes until right before the final mission's point of no return (when it says "embark on this mission") you can have every romance right on the brink, then split off side saves to see everything.
Less talk, more action: while we've divided the information below by the character's own romantic preferences, we'll start with a handy summary of the options available to each Ryder twin.
- Male Ryder
- Avela Kjar
- Reyes Vidal
- Keri (fling only)
- Female Ryder
- Reyes Vidal
- Keri (fling only)
Read on to discover how to initiate Mass Effect Andromeda's romances, how to advance them, when you'll reach the point of no return, and how they cancel each other out.
Male Ryder exclusive romance options
Breaking the hearts of lesbians everywhere, Cora is straight as an arrow; she even turned down an Asari once, even though they're not technically female. This good news for dude Ryders, though, as she's all about that ... whatever it is people see in him. Begin your assault on Cora's heart once you have access to the Tempest and leave the Nexus for the first time; you can find her in the tech lab or the cargo bay.
To win Cora's heart, you'll need to flirt with her regularly throughout the game, until her loyalty mission unlocks. This is a multi-step quest that takes place over several missions and requires critical path progress to complete. It comes to a head when you track down the lost Asari ark.
Keep on flirting and you'll cement the relationship with a kiss, and enjoy a couple of other exclusive romance scenes before Ryder and Cora make a very steamy first contact.
Commitment point: After flirting with Cora three times, complete her loyalty mission. Debrief with her, then leave the Tempest and return for a heart-to-heart conversation.
Gil is open about his interest in a male Ryder, and also open about what he wants. Flirt with him regularly and you'll soon find yourself with the option to pursue a more than friendly relationship. You can get the ball rolling as soon as you have access to the Tempest and have left the Nexus for the first time; talk to him in the engineering section.
Continue to pursue the affair and eventually Gil will invite you to spend some time together on Prodromos, and discuss whether your casual banging has the potential to be something more.
Although Gil's romance is light on scenes and interactions, you know you'll always have a willing poker buddy.
Commitment point: After three flirtations and completing Hunting the Archon, Gil will email you about meeting on Prodromos, where you can declare your intentions.
An Angaran historian Ryder meets on Aya, Avela enjoys flirting and will even mash space faces with you on two occasions if you determinedly turn on the charm every time you complete one of her side quests. It's a weird sort of romance - there's no commitment conversation or steamy love scene, and we're not sure it blocks you from other relationships. and You'll need to complete the secondary quests Recovering the Past and Forgotten History to advance the romance, which culminates after you set out on your final critical path mission and receive an email from your beloved.
Female Ryder exclusive romance options
Liam is kind of the "default" romance option for a female Ryder, as he's the first of the squad mates to offer flirting opportunities. His loyalty mission is available relatively early on, and provides plenty more opportunities to indicate your interest. You can even miss a few and still maintain his interest. Begin your flirtation after you gain access to the Tempest and leave the Nexus for the first time; he generally hangs out in a room off the cargo bay.
You can pursue Liam without fear of closing off other romance options right up until after his loyalty mission, so if you'd care to have a quick pash onboard the Tempest, go for it.
Once Liam's loyalty mission is done, you have the option to lock in a full relationship or let him down gently; when the dust settles on that adventure, the cheerful crisis specialist is yours for the taking. Continue to enjoy his company over several scenes and cement the deal after you visit Eos together in response to an attack.
Commitment point: After completing Liam's loyalty mission he'll ask you to meet him at Podromos. This is where you'll have to make up your mind for good.
Scottish accents, amirite? Suvi is a full romance option and pretty easy to complete as long as you've turned up in the correct gender. Of all the romance options, she's the one a female Ryder finds the most intimidating, regularly babbling like a fool. It's good fun. Suvi sits opposite Kallo on the bridge, so she's always handy when you're in the mood to flirt.
To romance Suvi, just flirt with her whenever the option arises: you don't need to agree with her opinions in order to hold her interest, since she has a mature attitude to debate.
Keep an eye on your email and eventually you'll receive a missive which invites you to kick off the full romance. You know what to do - or we certainly hope you do.
Commitment point: Flirt with Suvi, then talk to her on the Tempest after completing Hunting the Archon if you've decided she's the one for you.
Male or Female Ryder romance options
Peebee is an Asari, and since Asari are mono-gendered and reproduce via a slightly scary form of mind meld, they don't seem to care what you've got in your pants. The most enlightened race in the galaxy, indeed. After you recruit Peebee on Eos, she sets up camp out in the escape pod room off the bridge, but after your first conversation she is usually found in the cargo hold.
Coming out of what seems to have been a pretty bad relationship, Peebee is initially reluctant to commit to anything beyond flirting - which she indulges in freely. If you show interest, the turning point comes after you complete a couple of her personal missions - retrieving some rem-tech, and visiting her apartment on the Nexus.
When Peebee opens negotiations, you have two options: you can opt for a casual, NSA arrangement allowing you to discreetly indulge in friends-with-benefits whenever you fancy it. In either case, you can keep on carrying on in the airlock, and progress to something more serious later.
Commitment point: Flirt with Peebee a few times to trigger the friends-with-benefit conversation, and either agree to a no strings relationship or tell her you want strings. Then complete her loyalty mission and debrief with her. Leave the Tempest and return for a chat on whether you're willing to commit.
Vetra is a slow burn romance option, as the drifter takes a long time to open up to you. You'll have only very limited opportunities to flirt with her prior to her loyalty mission - and you must seize every opportunity to lock in her interest. No matter what you do, Vetra's romance won't move past flirtation until Priority Ops 6, so be patient.
Don't be discouraged if she doesn't seem that receptive; although Vetra is more interested in male Ryders than female, she can be won over. Seems aliens have heard of the Kinsey scale. Look for Vetra in a storage room off the Cargo bay, although after her initial chat with you, she tends to spend her time in the crew quarters with Drack.
To cement things with Vetra, you need to do at least the following flirting:
- Choose "you're intense" when you first chat on the Tempest.
- Ask about "anyone special" in a subsequent chat on the Tempest.
- Say “I’m here for you both” during Vetra's loyalty mission.
- Tell Vetra you're "dreaming of someone"
- Check your email for an invitation, then have Vetra in your squad on a Kadara visit.
after objective Hunting the Archon.
There are several cute scenes in Vetra's romance after this, so go ahead and commit to the full relationship if you're ready to forsake all others.
Commitment point: Vetra is only interested in commitment, so when you meet on Kadara and have a pash, you'll have to make up your mind.
Although the Angaran people display their emotions openly, they don't necessarily act on them, and Jaal's romance takes time to lock in. Keep flirting with him, but look out for the "couple" option that replaces the usual heart-shaped "flirt" one. Remember Angarans value honesty and emotional openness, so don't be shy in declaring your intentions. You can start flirting once Jaal joins the squad; look for him in a room off the central research station area.
Jaal's loyalty mission is required to commit to the relationship, and like Cora's, it plays out over several missions and is reliant on main quest progress. Once that's done, you'll need to keep flirting until the main quest ramps up to its conclusion in order to fully seal the deal on a later visit to Aya.
Before you make your mind up on romancing Jaal, we recommend completing a small quest Liam sets you to craft a special requisition. Complete the crafting assignment and then visit Liam in the cargo hold to witness a conversation between Liam and Jaal offering, uh, revelations on them both. It's always good to window shop before you get out your credit card.
Commitment point: If you've been flirting with Jaal and have completed his loyalty mission, he'll email you about going to Hvarl. Put him in your squad and follow through for a chance to talk about your relationship.
There's been a lot of confusion about whether Reyes is available to both Ryder twins, but we've confirmed: he's keen on both of them. Nevertheless, this is a weird relationship, as it is entirely possible to write Reyes out of the plot of your Mass Effect Andromeda playthrough altogether.
You can flirt with Reyes over and over again during the long quest to settle Kadara, which kicks off in Hunting the Archon. Whether you meet with him during that quest, you can check in with him after the Vehn interrogation at Tartarus Bar. Pursue the quests Murder in Kadara Port, Divided Loyalties, Precious Cargo and Night Out to advance things, and then meet with Sloane to bring the questline to its conclusion.
No spoilers, but whether Reyes sticks around and commits to you depends on your actions and choices. It's him or - well. You'll see. We promise it's obvious.
A journalist who interviews Ryder on multiple occasions over the course of the game, Keri breaks with series tradition by not being someone you want to punch. She won't be willing to start a relationship with you while the interviews are ongoing, but if you keep up the charm you can enjoy a one night stand with Keri when ethical considerations are no longer an issue. This is available even if you're involved with someone else; it won't affect anything. Look for Keri on the Nexus, in the docking bay or operations, depending on how far you've advanced Task: Path of a Hero. She'll email you when a new interview slot is available.
People who won't bang you, even if you really try
The Tempest's resident doctor maintains a strictly professional relationship to the crew - mostly. While male and female Ryders can both attempt a flirtation, Lexi knocks that on the head right out of the gate. You'll have to settle for pining from afar. Drack, on the other hand, might have a chance - despite also being a patient of Lexi's. Guess Ryder's just not her type.
When you return to Aya after winning the trust of the Angara, you'll have the freedom of the city - and that means you can track down governor Paaran Shie in her office and let her know you think she's well fancy. Unfortunately, this hard-working administrator has no time for such frivolities. The bar is just down the road a bit if you need to drown your sorrows.