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LB's "Mass Effect" Walkthrough and Strategy Guide
9. The Citadel

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9. The Citadel



1. Introduction (Gameplay, Tips, Mission Computer)
2. Prologue: Find the Beacon
3. Citadel: Expose Saren
4. Noveria
5. Artemis Tau
6. Feros
7. Virmire
8. Ilos
9. The Citadel
10. Planet Assignments/Sidequests
11. Galaxy and Normandy Assignments/Sidequests
12. Renegade Walkthrough


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The Citadel


Save the Citadel


Presidium


Kill the Husk and then talk to Avina for a status report. Head to the elevator across from Avina and ride it.

Maintenance Shaft


Saving Strategy

Between you and Saren are a plenitude of enemies, both Geth and Krogan. I highly recommend a save between each little battle (or anytime you can) because if you die and have to go back all the way to this point, you'll be wicked upset.


Head south along the shaft killing Geth as you proceed (by now you should be able to rip through the Geth Troopers with ease). You'll soon come some more difficult Geth Destroyers and a Krogan Warlords. Use your powers as you see fit to take them out.

Keep going and you'll find yourself on the Exhaust Plain.

Exhaust Plain


Fight your way along the path. Soon you'll see a Citadel Defense Turret and a Geth Dropship. Activate the Defense Turret so that it begins attacking the dropship. Also note that there are two other Defense Turrets in this area. One requires average Electronics, the other doesn't. Therefore, at the very least you can get two turrets firing on the ship and at the most three. The more the better.

Hold off the Geth who have been dropped in until the turrets do their job and take down that ship.

Fight down the next path way which consists of two Krogan Warlords, two Geth Destroyers, and a Geth Juggernaut. You'll be in Exterior Defense Grid.

Exterior Defense Grid


In front of you are a variety of turret guns, all firing at you. They'll blow you up quickly if you don't have a plan.

Open the map. Note the pathway on the right side running north and south. You need to get there as it offers a safer way to get to the "!", "Emergency Access to Citadel Council Chambers".


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To get there you'll want to use your Storm (sprint) ability. You do this by holding down the "A" button as you run. For the first phase, run directly forward and you'll fall down into a shallow trench. Let your storm (sprint) recharge. Go to the left side of this trench and sprint forward again to the next trench, which is actually the pathway down to the side path that you just saw on your map.

Work your way south and fight through the Krogans (make sure that you have ammo that gives a damage bonus to organic enemies when dealing with them).

Keep heading south to the "!" hatch and open it.

Tower


Fight your way toward Citadel Control Console for a cutscene with Saren.

Upon beginning the fight with Saren go into the Mission Computer >> Equipment. I was graciously given the Pulse Rifle VII. If you were, too, equip it. It cannot be upgraded. Make sure your other squad members both have good assault rifles with upgrades for damage and ammo that does damage to organics.

Make sure your squad has the best armor available.

Saren


Saren's a real pain in the rear. The key is to wear down his shield so that you can do damage to him.

Only read the next three paragraphs if you're interested in how I was equipped.


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Note, here is exactly how I was equipped for this battle. I was a level 37, equipped with the Pulse Rifle VII and the Raikou VI pistol with Shredder Rounds VI. My armor was Mercenary VI with Shield Modulator VII. I had Tali and Liara in my party, both equipped with Raptor VI assault rifles and Shredder Rounds VI. Tali had Explorer VI armor with Medical Interface VII. Liara had Mantis VI armor with Medical Interface V.

Note 2, upon replaying the game and having completed all Assignments/Sidequests I was much better equipped than the description given in the paragraph above. I was a Level 46, equipped with the Kovalyov VIII assault rifle and the Razer VII pistol with upgrades for damage and stability and snowblind rounds. My armor was Predator VIII with Shield Interface IX and Kinetic Exoskeleton VIII. I had Tali and Liara in my party, one equipped with the same assault rifle as mine and one with the Pulse Rifle VII. Both of their armors were upgraded as best as possible. In powers, Liara was maxed out on throw, lift, and warp, while Tali was maxed out in basic armor.

Of course, your squad will most likely differ from my squad. I only mention the make up of my squad in case you are having trouble and want to replicate this battle as best as you can.

Back to the regularly scheduled walkthrough.





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From the start of the battle, attack him with an overload and lift while giving yourself overkill. The overload and lift will most likely knock down his shield so lay into with the Pulse Rifle for as long as you can.

That may not be for that long, however, as the Pulse Rifle overheats quickly (pulse your shots) and/or Saren will overheat your weapon with an attack. If this happens, immediately switch to your Pistol (this is why I mention what pistol I used above) and continue to shoot him.

He'll soon zoom overhead and begin hovering around the lower area. Use this time to take cover and heal. If any of your squad is down, use Unity to revive them and wait for everybody to be nice and recharged.

Lay into him again with whatever powers you see fit (I stuck with throw, lift, sabotage, overload, overkill, and shield boost...with a sprinkling of adrenaline burst when I needed to use Unity and it was recharging) in order to knock down his shield and then continue to lay into him with the Pulse Rifle/Pistol.

When he is dead, Save your game. This is because you'll next have to make a tough choice and if you want to see both endings just reload this save and choose the choice you didn't choose last time.

Head up to the orange Control Console (where Saren was before the fight) and activate it.

You'll have to make another tough choice: Save the Council or Concentrate on the Sovereign.

In order to keep your Paragon vibe going, choose to Save the Council.

After the cutscene you'll have to battle Saren again...this time he's been taken over by the Reaper, Sovereign.

Sovereign Saren


This battle is very similar to the last one, except that Sovereign Saren's shields are more difficult to wear down and you are exposed for the battle (no cover to speak of).

Again, the key is to wear down his shield. What's more important this time is that you do everything in your power to prevent his shield from regenerating.





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The only way to do this is to constantly attack him...don't let him get a second where he's not either dealing with Plasma Rifle rounds or a power of some sort.

The best method is to get him to stay still using lift, throw, or warp, along with a sabotage, overload, etc. Use an overkill while he's stationary and just lay into him until he begins moving again. At that point, use more powers on him and continue to fire at him.

His attacks aren't too bad as long as you don't stand in one place for too long.

Also, be sure to heal when necessary and revive your squad with Unity any time that they are down seeing as their powers are key to defeating Sovereign Saren.

The Aftermath



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If you chose to save the Council you'll get the choice of who to recommend for the Human representative to the council. Choose Capt. Anderson or the Ambassador.

If you chose to kill the Council you'll again have to choose Anderson or the Ambassador to lead the new, human-lead, council.



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