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Turian Ghost Infiltrator


Dual Omni-Blades
Weapon Expert
Propulsion Packs

Turians adhere to a strict moral code: "The needs of the group outweigh that of the individual." Discipline is the foundation of turian society. A turian line never collapses; its troops fall back in order, setting ambushes as they go. You will only see a turian's back when they're dead.

Ghost infiltrators are a part of the turian's lethal 26th Armiger Legion, a respected and feared frontline assault squad. On the battlefield, a Ghost uses propulsion packs and advanced stealth technology to launch lightning-quick airstrikes on unsuspecting foes.

Powers Edit

Melee and movement Edit

  • Regular Melee – Punch
    • Melee Sequence: The Turian Ghost Infiltrator executes a series of up to three punches.
  • Heavy Melee (Dual Omni-Blades) – The Turian Ghost jets towards an enemy and slams the ground with dual omni-blades.
  • Dodge (Propulsion Packs) – The Turian Ghost Infiltrator jets a short distance to evade incoming attacks.
  • The Turian Ghost Infiltrator can take cover, and can roll from cover to cover.

Player Notes Edit

General Notes Edit

  • Because of the Stimulant Pack power and Fitness upgrades that bolster a Turian's defenses, the Ghost has tremendous staying power in a regular firefight in addition to the "snipe and relocate" strategies available to all infiltrators. As such, the Ghost is a very versatile and tough combatant, able to switch roles easily between fire support and flanking maneuvers.
  • The Ghost Infiltrator is the only Infiltrator with Overload. Given the significant damage Overload does, it is much more effective than the Salarian's Energy Drain for destroying shields, but lacks the obvious absorption and area of effect the drain has. This makes the Ghost much more effective against singular enemies with bigger shielding, but its lack of any area of effect leaves much to be desired against squads. While you can hit 3 enemies, it comes at the cost of the majority of Overloads strength, plus the chain hits do 60% less damage, thus it is recommended to stick to single foes.
  • The Ghost Infiltrator's melee attacks and combat maneuvers involve jet propulsion effects on the armor. These generally propel the player faster and further than their normal counterparts, so it takes a bit of practice to get the timing and distance right.
  • The Ghost can also be an effective (albeit unorthodox) melee character. By investing in the melee upgrades in Tactical Cloak, Stimulant Packs, and Fitness, the Ghost can become a highly mobile melee assassin, second only to the N7 Shadow.
  • The Stimulant Pack power exhibits the same behavior as a grenade power: it benefits from the same upgrades as a grenade power, is reloadable at ammo crates, and does not have a usage cooldown time. It can also be activated without breaking Cloak, providing an easy way to recover shields while cloaked.
  • The Rank 6 evolution for the Ghost's Tactical Cloak differs from the typical Infiltrator's Cloak—instead of the option to deal extra damage with sniper rifles, it offers the option to increase damage for assault rifles by 20% for 10 seconds when activated (it starts counting when activated, not after de-cloak).
    • With a short enough cooldown, or if the player makes a point to break cloak quickly, this bonus can be kept active indefinitely, even when using Overload; simply cloak any time you want to use Overload, this will usually result in a shorter cooldown than Overload alone, as well as extra damage on the Overload.
    • A high-damage, high-accuracy assault rifle such as the M-99 Saber or the M-96 Mattock works well with this evolution by maximizing the amount of damage dealt within the damage bonus time-frame. For a more rapid fire option, the Cerberus Harrier can strip down large targets in seconds even on Gold difficulty especially with Armor-Piercing Rounds. The Ghost's passive weapon stability bonus more than offsets the Harrier's kick.
  • Activating Tactical Cloak after an extended magazine upgraded Striker Assault Rifle has already achieved its maximum fire rate will allow the remaining shots to be fired without breaking Cloak.
  • With shields comparable to a geth character but regular health, the Ghost is the most resilient Infiltrator as of yet. Good use of Stimulant Packs combined with high health/shield bonuses from Fitness can allow the Ghost to tank the triple shots of enemies like Ravagers and Scions. This makes the Ghost a good candidate for solo missions.
    • Stimulant Packs are so effective that a build with zero points in Fitness will remain viable, even on Platinum. This allows it to detonate Tech powers with a maxed Overload, while still capable of doing major damage from the passive (Armiger Legion) and Tactical Cloak.
  • The Ghost's propulsion packs can be used to push through basic enemies like cannibals and assault troopers. So if you find yourself swarmed or trapped in a corner you have the ability to break the attack. This will not work on more advanced enemies and trying it on ones with instant kill abilities will leave you dead quickly.

Cerberus Edit

  • Ghost's heavy melee attack can stun Phantoms and Dragoons, which gives them an edge to escape a fatal attack, or the dodge can help escape a dangerous position.
  • Overload is devastating against Atlases and Phantoms, due to the fact that the power hits instantly, and said enemies can quickly have their shields or barriers stripped, leaving them exposed extra damage - or to a headshot from a sniper in the Phantoms case, often killing them. It also works very well on the Centurions or Nemeses.
  • Dragoons will be the biggest problem, bearing no shields, but instead armor and a pair of whips. However, that is nothing a high-powered sniper rifle like the Widow, or Javelin can't handle at range.

Collectors Edit

  • Overload is extremely useful against Collector Captains, possessed enemies, and Praetorians when their barriers are up. Once that is dealt with, a powerful anti-armor weapon will dispose of them in double-quick time. The anti-armor weapon will also prove effective against Scions since said foes can be dealt with very quickly if one knows where to aim. One shot will shred its armor, and a second will very likely kill a Scion.
  • Keep away from Praetorians, since their claw attacks will deal with you very quickly. Should you come under fire, a stimulant pack may give you the time you need to escape.

Geth Edit

  • You will be the Geth's biggest threat due to your ability to Overload not only their shields, but their core systems too. Those that are incapable of being overloaded or have had their shields destroyed, are very vulnerable to an anti-armor weapon such as a heavy pistol or sniper rifle.
  • The only problem as always with any class, is the Geth Hunter which will stun you if you give it half a chance. They can be easily grabbed however, and any at range, if you have the skill can easily be dispatched with an automatic weapon, followed by an immediate Overload to strip their shields, and cloaking ability.

Reapers Edit

  • Take note that you can be grabbed by Husks during the heavy melee animation, even while in the air.
  • Overload isn't really needed here, as only two enemies have a barrier, Marauders and Banshees.
  • The Dodge moves will prove invaluable against the Banshees since all other Turians cannot dodge back quickly.
  • Equip two anti-armor weapons or one if your going for a lighter loadout so you can strip shields from Marauders or Banshees with Overload, then eliminate them with some well placed shots, and/or deal with armored enemies like Ravagers much quicker.
  • Stimulant packs will be very helpful against the biotic attacks of the Banshees, or the barrage from the Ravagers.

References Edit

Overload is a techpower in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3's single-player and multiplayer modes.

Note: This power travels in a straight line from the user to the target, hitting instantly.

Mass Effect 2 Edit

Power Ranks Edit

  • Rank 1
    • Recharge Time: 6.00 seconds (Shepard) 12.00 seconds (Others)
    • Impact Radius: 1.20 meters
    • Shield and Synthetic Damage: 120.00 points
  • Rank 2
    • Recharge Time: 6.00 seconds (Shepard) 12.00 seconds (Others)
    • Impact Radius: 1.20 meters
    • Shield and Synthetic Damage: 140.00 points
    • Synthetic Stun Length: 3.00 seconds
  • Rank 3
    • Recharge Time: 6.00 seconds (Shepard) 12.00 seconds (Others)
    • Impact Radius: 1.20 meters
    • Shield and Synthetic Damage: 160.00 points
    • Synthetic Stun Length: 3.00 seconds
    • Weapon Overheat Length: 6.00 seconds

Rank 4

Choose to evolve the power into one of the following,

Heavy OverloadEdit

  • Your pulse now damages synthetic enemies so brutally that they explode on "death".
    • Recharge Time: 6.00 seconds (Shepard) 12.00 seconds (Others)
    • Impact Radius: 1.20 meters
    • Shield and Synthetic Damage: 200.00 points
    • Synthetic Stun Length: 3.00 seconds
    • Weapon Overheat Length: 6.00 seconds

Area OverloadEdit

  • You have increased your pulse's strength to cover a wide area, making it easy to hit multiple targets.
    • Recharge Time: 6.00 seconds (Shepard) 12.00 seconds (Others)
    • Impact Radius: 3.00 meters
    • Shield and Synthetic Damage: 160.00 points
    • Synthetic Stun Length: 3.00 seconds
    • Weapon Overheat Length: 6.00 seconds

Player Notes Edit

  • Overload shuts down an enemy's shields, rendering them vulnerable to attack.
  • Overload is typically used to take down shields or synthetics, doing twice as much damage to shields as it does to synthetics, but will also cause any unshielded enemies using flamethrowers to explode.
  • Starting at rank 3, Overload will cause the weapons of most unprotected enemies to overheat, making them unable to fire for a brief period.
  • It can also be used on explosive containers to make them detonate more violently for added damage.
  • Though the game says this ability will be ineffective against organic enemies, at rank 3 or higher it can still be used on (almost) any enemy to cause their weapon to overheat, giving the player a breather.
  • Overload deals the damage amount listed above to armor, barriers and synthetic health. Double damage is dealt to shields. No organic health damage is dealt.

Availability Edit

Mass Effect 3 Edit

Power Ranks Edit

Rank 1: Overload Edit

Overload electronics with this power surge, stunning your enemy.

Effective against shields, barriers, and synthetics.
Not as effective against organics.

  • Recharge Speed: 8 sec
  • Damage: 220

Rank 2: Recharge Speed Edit

Increases recharge speed by 25%.

  • Recharge Speed: 6.40 sec
  • Damage: 220

Rank 3: Damage Edit

Increase damage by 20%.

  • Recharge Speed: 6.40 sec
  • Damage: 264

Rank 4: Chain Overload/Damage Edit

Chain Overload

Hit 1 additional target within 8 meters with 60% less damage.


Increase damage by 30%.

  • Recharge Speed: 6.40 sec
  • Damage: 330

Rank 5: Neural Shock/Recharge Speed Edit

Neural Shock

Incapacitate weaker organic enemies for a short duration.

Recharge Speed

Increase recharge speed by 25%.

  • Recharge Speed: 5.33 sec
  • Damage: 330

Rank 6: Chain Overload/Shield Damage Edit

Chain Overload

Increase damage by 15%.
Hit 1 additional target within 8 meters with 60% less damage.

  • Recharge Speed: 6.40 sec (Neural Shock), 5.33 sec (Recharge Speed)
  • Damage: 297 (Chain Overload), 363 (Damage)

Shield Damage

Increase damage to barriers and shields by an additional 100%.

Player Notes Edit

Note: Overload does half damage to organic health and armor, normal damage to synthetic health and armor, and 3x damage to all barriers/shields. With the rank 5 Neural Shock evolution, Overload will do normal damage to organic health and armor and 6x damage to organic barrier/shields (this is an undocumented feature of the evolution). With the rank 6 Shield Damage evolution, Overload will do 6x damage to synthetic barriers/shields and 5x damage to organic barriers/shields. With both Neural Shock and Shield Damage, Overload will do 8x damage to organic barriers/shields, instead of 5x or 6x.[1]

  • Even though Overload has a damage penalty against organics, it will still stun weaker foes.
  • The incapacitation effect from Neural Shock will completely knock over your main target; this disable lasts significantly longer than the normal stun.
    • If any of the various Chain Overload evolutions are chosen, the additional affected enemies will NOT be incapacitated (though they will still be stunned); Neural Shock incapacitation only applies to the main target.[1]
    • A Neural Shock incapacitation will cause a Guardian to drop his shield permanently. Characters near ledges may also fall to their deaths.
  • Overload is one of the few powers in Mass Effect 3 that can both prime and detonate Power Combos (though you must use a different power from Overload to complete or start the combo).
    • If Overload is given one or both chain evolutions, each additional Overload chain is capable of detonating a separate tech combo, which makes Overload relatively unique, as normally powers with AOE can only detonate one combo at a time.[2]
  • If both chain evolutions are chosen, the second chain will jump back to the original target if there is no other enemy within 8 meters.
    • Moreover, if both chain evolutions are chosen, the third hit will only do 16% of the original hit damage (an additional 60% reduction of the second hit's 60% damage reduction, not a 60% reduction of the original hit).[3] In addition, it may "forget" to do normal damage to synthetics (instead doing half damage) or do extra damage to shields/barriers (instead doing normal damage).[4]
  • Overload is more effective against biotic barriers than it was in Mass Effect 2, and also now affects non-synthetic enemies health, though with a penalty. This allows characters with the power to be effective against a wider range of enemies.
    • However, it has also lost most of the other effects it had in the previous game, such as weapon overheating, and no longer has an impact area, hitting just one target.
  • Because the Neural Shock evolution effectively negates the major weakness of Overload (reduced effectiveness against organics) in addition to providing a powerful incapacitating effect, it is almost always a better choice than the Recharge Speed evolution.
  • Overload is better at stripping barriers than Warp alone is, especially with the Rank 6 Shield Damage evolution which doubles its damage against shields and barriers. This makes the Turian Sentinel (who has both Warp and Overload) and the Human Engineer (who has Overload and Incinerate) very good multiplayer classes for stripping away defenses and dealing with hardened targets.
  • Overload is highly effective in Mass Effect 3's multiplayer as a crowd control power when fully upgraded along the Chain Overload/Neural Shock path. Place yourself at the entrance to a room enemies are charging through and spam it on the first one to appear.
    • Even though taking both chain evolutions will result in a measly third hit (that only does 16% normal damage), enemies will still be stunned if possible, which makes the third hit useful from a crowd-control perspective.
  • Geth Engineers can use power evolutions in Hunter Mode to increase recharge speed and damage of Overload. Used correctly, Overload can become both fast and extremely powerful.
  • Because each chain of an Overload can detonate a tech combo, partnering with someone (either as a single-player squadmate or a multi-player teammate) who can quickly prime multiple opponents with an area-of-effect power can drastically increase the total damage potential for a team (a notorious multi-player example pairing being Snap Freeze as primer).[5]

Availability Edit

  • Single-Player:Engineer, Sentinel, EDI, Garrus Vakarian, Kaidan Alenko, Nyreen Kandros, Kasumi Goto, Miranda Lawson
  • Multiplayer:Geth Engineer, Human Engineer, Turian Ghost Infiltrator, Turian Sentinel

References Edit

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