Mass Effect 2 Xbox 360 Cheats

Rating 4

Unlimited skill points

Recruit Morinth to get the Dominate skill and get a decent amount of Element Zero. Buy the Advanced Training upgrade and choose Dominate. This result in a bonus skill point, which is then used by the Retrain Powers upgrade. Repeat as desired to continue gaining skill points.

Rating 4

Infinite YMIR Mechs glitch

During the Freedom's Progress mission, when you are told to place your teammates around the giant blast door, you can trick the game into spawning extra YMIR Mechs. First, position your team accordingly and watch the cutscene. You'll now face a Giant YMIR Mech. Instead of killing it, turn around, and head BACK through the blast door. This will glitch the game back before the cutscene. Place your team around the blast door again, and the cutscene will play. This will spawn an extra YMIR Mech. Repeat as many times as desired, but more than three YMIR Mechs will most likely kill you.

Rating 3

New Game+ Bonuses

Complete the game, and start a new game with the cleared saved game file to start with the following bonuses:

  • Choose your Loyalty Bonus Skill from the start.
  • Retain Skill Points but can redistribute them.
  • Retain level and XP carry over; the max level is 30.
  • +25% experience bonus for all characters
  • Renegade/Paragon points are reset to neutral.
  • Retain weapons and armor, but not the upgrades.
  • 200,000 Credits, and 50,000 of each resource.

Rating 3

Easy mining planets

There are three "Rich" mining planets with lots of materials. Go to the Micah system in the Vallhallan Threshold, and look for the three planets in the asteroids. Move the pointer to the left or right of the planet you wish to scan. Press Left Analog-stick and Right Analog-stick in the same direction to double the spin speed of the planet and allow you to locate resources on the grid line quickly.

Rating 3

Funny dialogue

Walk around the ship in between missions to hear some funny quotes:

  • Stand near Jeff "Joker" Moreau (the pilot) without interacting with him. You will hear him say things such as the following:

"Why is it always claws and guns? Can't we piss off a fuzzy planet? Still dangerous, I know. But hey, bunnies."
"Two years and everything hits the crapper. That'll teach you to die on me."
"You know what I hate about deep space? Crap radio stations from two centuries back. My gosh, we were idiots."

  • Stand next to the two engineers near the Mass Effect Core to hear the the following:
Engineer Daniels: "Did you know we're sharing our deck with a krogan?"
Engineer Donnelly: "Well that's just peachy."

Rating 2

Romancing Yeoman Kelly Cham

If you chat it up with Yeoman Kelly Chambers often and choose to be kind to her you can instigate an "unusual" romantic encounter. You'll eventually be able to invite her to dinner. Additionally, you cannot let Kelly die in the final mission (choose a loyal escort for the crew in the final scene). After you beat the game, talk to Kelly and you'll receive an email from her. Go to your quarters and you'll be able to invite her up using your console. She'll appear and you'll be able to watch the evening's awkward events unwind. She's no Yeoman Rand, but she'll do.

Rating 2

Have Dominate ability and keep Samara alive

Dominate is an excellent Biotic ability that allows you to control organic enemies and turn them into allies, similar to the Hack ability that controls synthetics. In order to get this ability as a Loyalty mission bonus to use for your character, help Morinth kill Samara during the latter's loyalty mission. However, if you want to keep Samara on your team but still have Morinth's Dominate ability, use the following trick. Play Samara's loyalty mission up to the point where Samara confronts Moritnth. Save the game right before the confrontation. When it is time to select who you will eliminate, choose the option that lets Morinth get the upper-hand on Samara and kill her. Create a separate saved game file. Go to the ship and talk to Morinth. Load the previous saved game then have Samara kill Morinth. You now get to keep Samara as a squad mate and have Morinth's Dominate ability when you choose a bonus loyalty power to add to your character in the prototype upgrade screen.

Rating 2


A House Divided (10 points) Hack a geth collective.
Against All Odds (15 points) Survive suicide mission.
Agent (50 points) Beat 5 missions discovered by scanning unexplored worlds.
Battlemaster (10 points) Gain the loyalty of the krogan.
Big Game Hunter (10 points) Thresher Maw defeated.
Brawler (10 points) Shoot and kill 20 enemies while they're knocked back by a punch.
Cat's in the Cradle (10 points) Gain the loyalty of the Assassin.
Catharsis (10 points) Gain the loyalty of the biotic Convict.
Colony Defense (25 points) Defend a human colony from attack.
Doppelganger (10 points) Help the Justicar resolve her mission.
Explorer (10 points) Visit 100% of the planets in an unexplored cluster.
Fade Away (10 points) Gain the loyalty of Archangel.
Fashionista (5 points) Personalize your armor in your quarters on the Normandy.
Friend or Foe (10 points) Obtain geth technology.
Ghost Ship (25 points) Beat the investigation of a derelict alien vessel.
Ghost of the Father (10 points) Gain the loyalty of the Cerberus Operative.
Head Hunter (10 points) Perform 30 headshot kills with any weapon on humanoid targets.
Highly Trained (15 points) View all advanced combat training videos at Shepard's private terminal.
Incineration Specialist (15 points) Incinerate the armor of 25 enemies.
Insanity (75 points) Beat the game on the "Insanity" difficulty level without changing the setting.
Long Service Medal (75 points) Beat Mass Effect 2 twice, or complete it once with a character imported from Mass Effect 1.
Master at Arms (15 points) Kill enemies with 5 different heavy weapons during the game.
Merciless (10 points) Make 20 enemies scream as they fall or are set on fire.
Missing in Action (5 points) Save your crew from an overwhelming attack.
Mission Accomplished (125 points) Save humanity throughout the galaxy from certain annihilation.
No One Left Behind (75 points) Keep your team alive through the suicide mission.
Operative (15 points) Beat a mission discovered by scanning an unexplored world.
Overload Specialist (15 points) Disrupt the shields of 25 enemies.
Paramour (50 points) Successfully pursue a relationship with a teammate.
Power Full (15 points) Evolve any power.
Power Gamer (10 points) Reach Level 30 with one character.
Prospector (5 points) Retrieve mineral resources by scanning and probing a planet in the galaxy map.
Scholar (15 points) Unlock 15 new Mass Effect 2 codex entries.
Scientist (10 points) Beat any research project in the Normandy's laboratory.
Suicide Mission (50 points) Use the Omega 4 Relay.
Tactician (10 points) Hit 20 different targets with multiple biotic powers to combine the effects.
Technician (15 points) Obtain 10 technology upgrades.
The Archangel (10 points) Recruit Archangel .
The Assassin (10 points) Recruit the Assassin .
The Convict (10 points) Recruit the biotic Convict .
The Cure (10 points) Gain the loyalty of the Professor.
The Justicar (10 points) Recruit the Justicar.
The Krogan (10 points) Recruit the krogan.
The Prodigal (10 points) Gain the loyalty of the Cerberus Officer.
The Professor (10 points) Recruit the Professor .
The Quarian (10 points) Recruit the quarian.
Treason (10 points) Gain the loyalty of the quarian.
Very Elusive (10 points) Return to active duty.
Warp Specialist (15 points) Warp the barriers of 25 enemies.
Weapon Specialist (15 points) Fully upgrade a weapon.

"Cerberus Network" achievements
Revenge! (15 points) Gain the loyalty of the mercenary. 

"Zaeed" achievements
Revenge! (15 points) Gain the loyalty of the mercenary. 

"Kasumi" Stolen Memory achievements
Broken, Blind and Bedlam (15 points) Gain the loyalty of the Thief. 

"Overlord" achievements
Data Hound (10 points) Collect 6 Cerberus data packets scattered across Aite. 
Digital Exorcist (15 points) Successfully shut down the rogue VI in Project Overlord.

"The Lair Of The Shadow Broker" achievements
Catching Up (25 points) Reminisce with Liara on the Normandy 
Detail Orientated (40 points) Use all information terminals in the Shadow Broker’s stronghold. 
Heart of Darkness (50 points) Confront the Shadow Broker. 
Most Dangerous Game (35 points) Defeat the Shadow Broker’s Assassin. 
The Hard Way (50 points) Complete the Shadow Broker Mission pack on Hardcore or Insanity. 

"Arrival" achievements
Covert Action Rescue Dr. Amanda Kenson without attracting hostile attention.
Last Stand Complete all 5 waves in the battle for Object Roh. 
Ultimate Sacrifice Complete the Arrival DLC. 

Rating 2

Unusual dialog with Legion

  • Take Legion to the Citadel, then talk to Anderson and the customs officer.
  • Take Legion to the migrate fleet on Tali's Loyalty mission. Security will force you to remove him unless you persuade them otherwise.
  • Take Legoin to recruit Tali. She will attempt to shoot him.

Rating 2

Unlimited Squad points

While evolving a skill to level 4, press A + X to regain all spent squad points and keep the skill evolution. This works better if you level a skill from 0 to 4 (10 points) in one go.

Rating 2

Prequel bonuses

Have a saved game file from the original Mass Effect on your hard drive, and use that profile in Mass Effect 2 to receive the following bonuses at the corresponding character levels:

Additionally, you will receive 100,000 credits when your Mass Effect character has unlocked the "Rich" achievement.

10,000 of each resource Level 60 Mass Effect character.
2,000 experience points Level 50 Mass Effect character.
30,000 credits Level 50 Mass Effect character.
4,000 experience points Level 60 Mass Effect character.
5,000 of each resource Level 50 Mass Effect character.
50,000 credits Level 60 Mass Effect character.

Rating 1

Unlockable Loyalty Mission Bonuses

Unlock the following bonuses by completing the corresponding party member's Loyalty missions. You will also unlock their individuals skills for Shepard, alternate costumes, and increase the chance for surviving the suicide mission. Note: Complete the Advanced Training research upgrade for your ship to be able to select the skills:

Armor Piercing Ammo Archangel's Loyalty mission.
Biotic Barrier Jacob's Loyalty mission.
Dominate Kill Samara during her Loyalty mission and have Morinth replace her.
Fortification Grunt's Loyalty mission.
Geth Shield Boost Legion's Loyalty mission.
Inferno Grenade Zaeed's Loyalty mission.
Neural Shock Mordin Solus's Loyalty mission.
Reave Samara's Loyalty mission.
Shield Drain Tali's Loyalty Mission.
Slam Miranda's Loyalty mission.
Warp Ammo Jack's Loyalty mission.

Rating 1

Legion's gaming history (The Lair Of The Shadow Broker)

At the end of the game, examine the terminal that has all your teammates' dossiers. Read Legion's dossier to find out that he is a gamer. It will list the games that he has downloaded, his leaderboard scores, and other information about his gaming past.

Rating 1

Geth Pulse Rifle

To get the Pulse Rifle, switch to Hardcore difficulty setting before landing on the planet. Complete Tali'Zora's recruitment mission. The Geth Pulse Rifle will be in the room where you find Tali. Then, change the difficulty back to your original setting.

Rating 1

"No One Left Behind" achievement hint

If you completed the game but someone died after the landing on the Collector Ship, select someone else. On the final part where you select for the last time, do not take someone without loyalty (e.g. you lose it after you have completed their loyalty mission) as they will not survive. Instead, leave them with loyal company. For example, if you lose Tali's loyalty and take her through the final part of the mission and she dies, reload the game and leave her with everyone else. You can then get the achievement.

Rating 1

Baldur's Gate series easter egg

Space Hamster is available on Illium. Once you enter your cabin and select him, he comes out and does the same "Squeek" that Boo did, who was Minsc's "Intergalactic Space Hamster" from Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2.

Rating 1

Element Zero locations

Search the following planets to find Element Zero:

Eagle Nebula, Relic Cluster, Planet Preying Mouth
Eagle Nebula, Amun Cluster, Planet Anhur
Eagle Nebula, Amun Cluster, Planet Sekhmet
Crescent Nebula, Lusarn Cluster, Planet Tarith
Crescent Nebula, Zelene Cluster, Planet Helyme
Hourglass Nebula, Faryar Cluster, Planet Daratar
Hourglass Nebula, Osun Cluster, Planet Erinie
Hourglass Nebula, Ploitari Cluster, Planet Thegan
Rosetta Nebula, Alpha Draconis Cluster, Planet 2175 Aeia
Rosetta Nebula, Enoch Cluster, Planet Joab
Rosetta Nebula, Enoch Cluster, Planet Laban
Rosetta Nebula, Enoch Cluster, Planet Mizraim
Titan Nebula, Haskins Cluster, Planet Capek
Valhallan Threshhold, Micah Cluster, Planet Farlas
Valhallan Threshhold, Micah Cluster, Planet Israfil
Valhallan Threshhold, Micah Cluster, Planet Kakabel
The Shrike Abyssal, Urla Rast Cluster, Planet Talis Fia
The Shrike Abyssal, Xe Cha Cluster, Planet Tosal Nym
The Shrike Abyssal, Xe Cha Cluster, Planet Zada Ban
Sigurd's Cradle, Decoris Cluster, Planet Sanctum
Sigurd's Cradle, Skepsis Cluster, Planet Watson
Omega Nebula, Batalla Cluster, Planet Nearog
The Phoenix Massing, Salahiel Cluster, Planet Ekuna
Krogan DMZ, Nith Cluster, Planet Mantun
Minos Wasteland, Caestus Cluster, Planet Invictus
Nubian Expanse, Kalabsha Cluster, Planet Yamm
Far Rim, Dholen Cluster, Planet Gotha
Hades Nexus, Sheol Cluster, Planet Gei Hinnom
Hawking Eta, Schwarzschild Cluster, Planet Etamis
Caleston Rift, Aysur Cluster, Planet Arvuna
Caleston Rift, Balor Cluster, Planet Caleston

Rating 1

Recruiting Tali: Sunlight exposure

While recruiting Tali on Haestrom, direct sunlight will damage you and your squad's shields and Biotic barriers. Since Grunt uses armor, he is not harmed by the sunlight.

Rating 1

Quicker mining

To mine quicker, do not hold LT while scanning a planet. Instead, repeatedly tap LT until a blip appears on the scanner. Then, go back over the area while holding LT to find the best location to send the probe.

Rating 1

Rapid fire M-920 Cain

Fire the M-920 Cain and keep [Fire] held while pressing [Reload] after each shot to have the shots keep firing during the previous shots' explosions.

Rating 0

Armor Pieces

The following armor pieces will become available for purchase throughout the game:

  • Helmets
N7 Helmet - +5% health
N7 Breather Helmet - +5% health
Kuwashii Visor - +10% headshot damage; at Omega
Death Mask - +10% negotiation bonus; at Tuchanka
Umbra Visor - +5% power damage; requires linking Dr. Pepper bonus code to EA account
Recon Hood - +5% weapon damage; requires linking Dr. Pepper bonus code to EA account
Sentry Interface - +5% shield strength; requires linking Dr. Pepper bonus code to EA account

  • Shoulders
N7 Shoulder Guards - +3% weapon damage
Amplifier Plates - +5% power damage; at Illium
Strength Boost Pads - +25% melee damage; at Omega
Asymmetric Defense Layer - +5% health; at Tuchanka

  • Chest
N7 Chestplate - +5% power damage
Capacitor Chestplate - -10% shields regeneration delay; at Citadel, Illium, or Omega
Aegis Vest - +5% health; at Citadel
Shield Harness - +5% shields; at Tuchanka

  • Arms
N7 Gauntlets - +3% health
Heavy Damping Gauntlets - +5% shields ; at Tuchanka
Off-Hand Ammo Pack - +10% spare ammo capacity; at Citadel
Stabilization Gauntlets - +5% weapon damage; at Omega

  • Legs
N7 Greaves - +3% shield strength
Stimulator Conduits - +10% storm speed; at Omega
Life Support Webbing - +10% health; at Citadel
Ordinance Packs - +10% spare heavy weapon ammo; at Omega

  • Armor Sets
Blood Dragon Armor - +15% power damage, +10% shield strength; requires Dragon Age - Origins
Terminus Assault Armor - +10% storm speed, +15% shields, +1 weapons reserve ammo; requires pre-order bonus code
Inferno Armor - +10% negotiation bonus, +10% power damage, +10% storm speed by 10%; requires pre-order bonus code
Collector Armor - +10% regeneration, +10% storm speed, +20% health; requires Collector's Edition

Rating 0

Infinite Skill Points hint

The Dominate skill, the Retrain Powers and Advanced Training upgrades, and plenty of Element Zero are required. You can get the Dominate Skill by recruiting Morinth (Samara's daughter), which means you must sacrifice Samara in her own loyalty mission. A list of planets with Element Zero can be found below. First, buy Advanced Training and choose Dominate. This will land you a bonus skill point, which you can use by instituting the Retrain Powers upgrade. Repeat as desired.

Rating 0

Anomaly Locations

Scan the following planets to find anomalies:

Caleston Rift, Solveig Cluster, Planet Sinmara
Caleston Rift, Talava Cluster, Planet Taitus
Crescent Nebula, Lusarn Cluster, Planet Tarith
Crescent Nebula, Zelene Cluster, Planet Helyme
Eagle Nebula, Amun Cluster, Planet Neith
Eagle Nebula, Strabo Cluster, Planet Jarrahe Station
Hades Nexus, Sheol Cluster, Planet Gei Hin
HourGlass Nebula, Faryar Cluster, Planet Daratar
HourGlass Nebula, Ploitari Cluster, Planet Zanethu
Minos Wasteland, Fortis Cluster, Planet Aequitas
Omega Nebula, Ariniarkan Cluster, Planet MSV Strontium Mule
Omega Nebula, Fathar Cluster, Planet Lorek
Pylos Nebula, Dirada Cluster, Planet Canalus
Pylos Nebula, Nariph Cluster, Planet MSV Broken Arrow
Rosetta Nebula, Enoch Cluster, Planet Joab
The Shrike Nebula, Xe Cha Cluster, Planet Zada Ban
Sigurd's Cradle, Decoris Cluster, Planet Sanctum
Sigurd's Cradle, Skepsis Cluster, Planet Franklin
Titan Nebula, Haskins Cluster, Planet Capek

Rating 0

Rich planets hint

To find easy mining planets, go to the Micah system in the Vallhallan Threshold and find the three planets hidden in the asteroids. They are all "Rich" planets with a lot of materials that will help with upgrades.

Rating 0

Comedic Uranus surveying responses

Head to the Local Cluster and survey Uranus. Rather than the usual "Probe Launched", the voice will instead make comical jokes such as "Really Commander?" and "Probing Uranus".

Rating 0

Doubling your hacking rewards

Sometimes after you completea hacking minigame for credits etc. you can press A repeatedly as the window closes and cause the game to glitch out and let you hack a second time.

Rating 0

Gamestop easter egg

The Citadel's game shop is a reference to a GameStop store.

Rating 0

Funny Quarian names

When asking Zaal'Koris about his funny name/ship name the "Qwib Qwib" (on the Quarian fleet vessel), the real joke is when he mentions desiring a more respectable ship name like "Defrahnz" or "Iktomi." These two names would have resulted in the following Quarian names: Zaal'Koris vas Defrahnz (vas deferens) and Zaal'Koris vas Iktomi (vasectomy).

Rating 0

Planet scanning

  • Notice after you press Y, the planet information screen on the right will tell you if the scan of planet reveals if it is "Rich", "Moderate", or "Poor". Rich planets usually give about 10+ good scan for ores. Ore yields vary from 1,500 to 3,000. Moderate will give about 8+ good scans, but around 35% to 55% yield compared to rich planets. Poor will give 5+ scans with yields 5% to 25% compared to rich planets. Note: If there is an anomaly on the planet (usually a rich planet) and you land before you scan, usually the Star Map on the Normandy will put you in a strange location away from the anomaly planet. Go back and rescan to get your ores.

  • For slightly faster planet scanning, put the scanner all the way to the right or left and rotate the planet the same way. The planet will spin quite a bit faster that way; simply push both sticks in the same direction. Start at the top of the planet and "peel" it like an electric apple peeler.

Rating 0

Easy Paragon and Renegade points

  • To gain more Paragon points during conversations, press LT when wings appear at the top left of the screen. To gain more Renegade points, press RT when a star appears.

  • To easily gain Paragon and Renegade points, unlock training to be able to redistribute your skill points. Talent Mastery will add a specific percentage to your Paragon and Renegade points. Respec and distribute them into your Mastery repeatedly until your Paragon and Renegade are full.

Rating 0

Dr. Pepper bonuses

To unock the Dr. Pepper bonus items, go to http://www.drpepper.com/promotions/ea/signin/, and register for an account. You can register three different accounts to redeem three different codes and get each bonus item. Enter one of the following redemption codes, and select the "No Purchase" option:


Choose the "Redeem" button to get a login for an EA account. Log in with your EA account information that is linked to Mass Effect 2. Select Mass Effect 2 from the game list, and select the desired bonus item. Repeat the steps with a new drpepper.com account to get the other bonus items.

Rating 0

Cryo Bomb

Any Biotic that lifts your enemy off the ground and the Cryo Bomb tech are required. with the Biotic, lift your enemy off the ground and hit him with the Cryo Bomb while he is still under the Biotic's effect. This will cause him to be stuck in a permanent falling state, where he is incapable of inflicting any damage. This is incredibly useful when attempting to prevent the deployment of Harbinger, because once he enters the glitched body he cannot move. By doing this, you can kill him at the end of a fight to prevent him from jumping to another body.