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Mass Effect 3 Planet Scanning Guide

Mass Effect 3 Planet Scanning Guide

Scanning planets in Mass Effect 3 is important because you can pick up a whole host of items that contribute to Shepard’s credits total, XP and also the Galaxy at War total.

A lot of the universes aren’t accessible until you hit the first major plot point in Mass Effect 3, with the final set of universes not made available until you hit the second major plot point. Bear this in mind when scanning.

Artifacts aren’t useful in and of themselves but once you’ve picked up a few, return to the Citadel and explore all five floors. You’ll come across characters who the artifact can be sent to in return for credits and XP.

Items that count as upgrades for Shepard such as Reaper remains or intel can be used by accessing the third floor of the Normandy and entering Liara’s office (next to the kitchen). She has a terminal which allows you to select an upgrade and apply them to Shepard. They’re not huge bonuses and tend to offer 5% increases on shields, power cooldown and the like but it’s worth picking up.

Salvage will count as credits while Wreckage gives you more fuel for the Normandy.

If you scan too many times, the Reapers will turn up and start chasing you. All you have to do is exit that galaxy by crossing the green line. If you re-enter, the Reapers will start chasing you all over again but you’ll have a few seconds to grab any items you missed or scan again. If the Reapers catch you, it’s an instant game over, but they’re easy enough to avoid that this shouldn’t be a concern.

You also get a Trophy for picking up 10 items from space by scanning.

SIGURD’S CRADLE

SKEPSIS

Watson – Javelin Missile Launchers
Between Crick and Mass Relay – Wreckage

DECORIS

Laena – Salvage
South between second and third ring – Wreckage

ARCTURUS STREAM

ARCTURUS

Arcturus Station – Intel from battle of Arcturus
West of Themis – Wreckage

EULER

East of Fermi – Wreckage

GEMINI SIGMA

HAN

Underneath Mass Relay – Wreckage
Mavigon – Salvage

MING

Below Antiropus – Wreckage
Parag – Alliance Cruiser Nairobi

HADES GAMMA

ANTAEUS

Just underneath Mass Relay – Wreckage
Trebin – Salvage

PLUTUS

Nonuel – Special Ops Team Zeta, 103rd Marine Division

DIS

Right of the sun – Wreckage
Klensal – Salvage

FARINATA

North of the sun – Wreckage
Juntauma – Alliance Frigate Agincourt

CACUS

Chohe – Salvage
Far North-West – Wreckage

KITE’S NEST

HARSA

Verush – Weapon Upgrade Kit
Left of Verush – Wreckage
Khar’shan – Artifact: Pillars of Strength

UNTREL

Adek – Salvage
West of Adek – Wreckage

ARGOS RHO

HYDRA

South of the sun – Wreckage
Canrum – Haptic Optics Array

PHOENIX

Pinnacle Station – Turian Spec Ops Team
Intai’sei – Artifact: Fossilized Kakliosaur
North-West of Intai’sei – Wreckage

GORGON

Camaron – Advanced Power Relays

APIEN CREST

CASTELLUS

South of Fiax, East of Nius – Wreckage
Digeris – Artifacts: Banner of the 1st Regiment

GEMMAE

Pheiros – Turian 79th Flotila
South of Pheiros – Wreckage
West of Pheiros – Wreckage

AETHON CLUSTER

ARU

Irune – Artifacts: Book of Plenix
West of Irune – Wreckage
Cherk Sab – Volus Fabrication Units

ESORI

Solu Paolis – Volus Dreadnought Kwonu
East of the sun – Wreckage

SATU ARRD

Nalisin – Volus Engineering Team
South-West of the sun – Wreckage

NURA

Oma Ker – Volus Intelligence Archives
North of the sun – Wreckage

ATTICAN BETA

HERCULES

Eletania – Interferometric Array
South-East of the sun – Wreckage

THESEUS

Feros – ExoGeni Scientists
North-west of the sun – Wreckage

THE SHRIKE ABYSSAL

XE CHA

Zada Ban – Salvage
South of the sun – Wreckage

URLA RAST

Talis Fla – Artifact: Prothean Obelisk
North-East of the sun – Wreckage

VALHALLAN THRESHOLD

RAHEEL-LEYYA

North-East – Wreckage

PAZ

Garvug – Artifact: Prothean Data Drives
East of the sun – Wreckage

MICAH

Elohi – Emergency Fuel Pods
Farlas (East, in asteroid belt) – Element Zero Convertor
South-East of the sun – Wreckage

HADES NEXUS

HEKATE

South-West of Mass Relay – Wreckage
Asteria – Alliance Frigate Hong Kong, Alliance Fifth Fleet

HOPLOS

Kopis – Artifact: Obelisk of Karza
Far West – Wreckage

SHEOL

Gei Hinnom – Artifact: Prothean Sphere

PAMYAT

Dobrovolski – Alliance Friage Leipzig, Alliance First Fleet
South of the sun – Wreckage

MINOS WASTELAND

FORTIS

Pietas – Salvage
South of Mass Relay – Wreckage

EXODUS CLUSTER

UTOPIA

South of Eden Prime – Wreckage
Zion – Prothean Data Files

ASGARD

Borr – Remains of Reaper Destroyer
Tyr – Alliance Naval Exploration Flotilla
Terra Nova – Alliance Cruiser Shanghai
Loki – Alliance Spec Ops Team Delta
North-East of the sun – Wreckage

SILEAN NEBULA

KYPALADON

Hanalei – Dr. Jelize

TEYOLIA

Nevos – Artifact: Rings of Alune
Quirezia – Salvage
East of the sun – Wreckage

PHONTES

Dekuuna – Artifact: Code of the Ancients
Oltan – Elcor Flotilla
East of Lenamund – Wreckage

NAHUALA

Hyetiana – Serrice Guard
South-West of Agessia – Wreckage

LOROPI

East of Wreckage – Wreckage
Yasilium – Armali Sniper Unit

NIMBUS CLUSTER

PELION

South of Aitis – Wreckage
Trategos – Intact Reaper Weapon
Just North-East of Trategos – Wreckage
Just North-West of Sthenia – Wreckage

AGAIOU

Carcosa – Artifact: Library of Ashes

KALLINI

South of Pania – Wreckage

NUBIAN EXPANSE

DAKKA

Pragia – Research Data from Pragia
South-East of the sun – Wreckage

QERTASSI

Norehsa – Alliance Frigate Trafalgar
North of Norehsa – Wreckage

KALABSHA

Yamm – Alliance Marine Recon Unit, 103rd Marine Division
North-East of the sun – Wreckage

HOURGLASS NEBULA

OSUN

Erinle – Salvage
South-West of Erinle – Wreckage

FARYAR

Alingon – Shadow Broker Starship Tech
Next to Alingon – Wreckage

SOWILO

Hagalaz – Shadow Broker Support Team
North of the sun – Wreckage

PLOITARI

Zanethu – Terminus Freighters

ATHENA NEBULA

PARNITHA

Tevura – Asari Cruiser Cybaen

ORISONI

Egalic – Asari Research Ships
East of the sun – Wreckage

TOMAROS

South of Niagolon – Wreckage
Pronoia – Asari Cruiser Nefrane

VERNIO

Polissa – Artifact: Hesperia Period Statue
North-East of the sun – Wreckage

IALESSA

East of the sun – Wreckage
Trikalon – Asari Engineers

ISMAR FRONTIER

AQUILA

Metaponto – Advanced Biotic Implants

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  • Peck112

    Are the planets in the Nimbus Cluster opened later on? I can’t access any of those planets yet!?

    Cheers

    Peck

  • Ryan King

    Peck – yeah, sometimes you have to play through before clusters are available or fully open up. I can’t remember what triggers them exactly but keep playing and come back later, they should be open then.

  • Endzordays

    IALESSA

    EAST!!!!!!!!!! of the sun – Wreckage

    VERNIO

    Polissa – Artifact: Hesperia Period Statue
    North-EAST of the sun – Wreckage

    Not sure if there are any others. BUT COME ON

    A much needed Compass for ya
    N /\

    S \/

  • Endzordays

    Sorry for double post…

    East –>
    <– West

  • E

    You left out the Krogan DMZ!

  • Bob

    Pretty good, except the confusion between East and West.

    Also, you’re missing the ones in the Krogan DMZ

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