Mass Effect 3 Balance Update Brings Male Quarian Soldier, Many Changes

Buffs and nerfs have been given to the Acolyte Pistol and the Saber and Valkyrie rifles

By on December 7th, 2012 09:15 GMT

BioWare has just posted a brand new balance update for Mass Effect 3's multiplayer mode, adding a brand new character, in the form of the Male Quarian Soldier, and bringing a variety of other tweaks to existing powers or weapons, from the Stimulant to the Acolyte Pistol.

Mass Effect 3's multiplayer mode has been a huge success and this is largely due to BioWare's support for the online experience, as the studio has released lots of free DLC and is continuing to launch weekly balance updates in order to keep things fair.

Now, the latest update has just gone live and it brings not just new things, like the Male Quarian Soldier character, but also changes some powers, like the Turian Havoc Trooper's Stimulant or Havok Strike abilities, and some weapons, like the Acolyte pistol, as well as the Saber or Valkyrie assault rifles.

Check out the full list of changes in Mass Effect 3's latest balance update below, via BSN:

Male Quarian Marksman Soldier is now available as a new Rare card

Challenges: Added the Male Quarian Marksman Soldier challenge to Machine Mastery

New hazard maps available this week are Firebase Ghost and Firebase Giant

Stimulant Pack Power

Base damage bonus decreased from 10% to 5%
Base max shield bonus decreased from 2000 to 1200
Evolution 5 weapon damage bonus decreased from 10% to 8%

Havok Strike Power

Base cooldown reduced from 10 to 8 seconds
Base damage increased from 500 to 600

Acolyte Pistol

Base damage decreased from [420.2-490.0] to [378.0-441.0]

Saber Assault Rifle

Base damage increased from [427.9-534.8] to [460-575]

Valkyrie Assault Rifle

Base damage increased from [114.2-142.8] to [119.9-149.9]

The new balance update has already been rolled out so take the changes into account this weekend when you try to complete the latest multiplayer challenge – Operation Onslaught.

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A new Male Quarian is now available in Mass Effect 3
   A new Male Quarian is now available in Mass Effect 3