Upgrading gear is one of the important mechanics in Mass Effect Andromeda. You can use the Research and Development terminal on your ship to boost your armor, weapons and other equipment. In this guide, we’ll show you how to upgrade gear in Mass Effect Andromeda.
How to upgrade weapons & armor in ME Andromeda
Boosting the capacity of your equipment, be it armor, weapons or something else, is a vital point in surviving the harsh environments and difficult situations that the Andromeda galaxy will throw at you and your crew. Fortunately, you have the means to do so.
Once on the Tempest, go and talk to Liam in the Research Room. He’ll explain how everything works, and the game will just generally show you how Research and Development functions in Mass Effect Andromeda. There are three types of technology that you can find – Milky Way, Helius and Remnant. You can get Research Data by scanning these different technologies, or by examining anomalies when visiting different planets. Once you have enough Research Data, you can spend it on getting blueprints of various new equipment and upgrades for existing gear. That’s the Research part.
Once you’ve unlocked a blueprint, you can then spend resources to craft gear or gear upgrades. That’s how the Development stage works. There’s a lot of stuff to go through, and they’re split into categories: Weapons, Armor and Augmentations. You won’t have access to a lot of Research Data nor resources in the beginning, so make sure to only spend on stuff that works best with your character and gameplay style.
After you’ve finished your talk with Liam, the Research and Development terminal there will now always be available to you. You’re free to browse through all of the stuff that you can get and strategize about how you’ll use your resources in the future.