The ND1 Nomad, known in previous Mass Effect games as the Mako, is an all-terrain rover vehicle players can pilot on a planet's surface. The Nomad is more responsive than in previous games and is customizable as well.
Codex[edit | edit source]
Seeking a suitable scout rover, the Andromeda Initiative purchased a promising but rejected design from the Systems Alliance military. The issue quickly became apparent: on rough terrain, without the bracing of heavy armor, the chassis was prone to twist. The Initiative had already developed lightweight but strong memory alloys which solved this problem.
The resulting ND1 Nomad exchanges heavy armaments for superior agility. The rover has a tripartite element zero core, which allows fine control over acceleration and a more modest helium-3 fuel cost for its microthrusters. Its lighter weight enables both six-wheel drive (6WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD), and four-wheel steering for hazardous surfaces. Fitting the Initiative's adaptive philosophy, the Nomad can be customized with appropriate camouflage or Initiative colors.
When necessary during long-haul exploration, the rover contains an emergency shelter. It can produce potable water from its hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells, though scientists recommend adding a flavor pack to it first.
Upgrades[edit | edit source]
There are thirteen upgrades available for the Nomad.
- The blueprints for Improved Suspension (4WD) and Vertical Thrust Upgrade come with the vehicle.
- The blueprint for Improved Shield Regeneration comes with the mission Task: Nomad Shield Crafting.
- The remaining blueprints are unlocked at specific levels based upon Tiers that follow the same schedule as AI-issued blueprints.
Some upgrades are available for purchase from merchants at a cost substantially lower than the total cost of the materials.
Upgrades are automatically installed the next time Ryder enters the Nomad. In addition, stats are updated and blueprints are removed from inventory.
|Advanced Detection Systems||Uncommon||Allows the occupants of the Nomad to detect enemies through obstacles at a range of up to 75 meters.||Radar||Tier IV|
|Advanced Life Support||Rare||Installs power cells that can briefly generate a mass effect field around the Nomad to shield occupants as they are exiting the vehicle.||Shields||Tier III|
|Agility Mode||Uncommon||Allows the Nomad's Stability Assist, which is always on by default, to be disabled, giving an expert driver greater control over the vehicle. With Stability Assist disabled, the Nomad is more agile, but will have less traction when cornering.||Suspension||Tier II|
|Defensive Fortification||Rare||Improves the Nomad's shield strength and frame integrity by 25%.||Health and Shields||Tier II|
|Emergency Shield Discharge||Rare||When the Nomad's shields are entirely depleted, shield cells will discharge, generating a shockwave that sends nearby enemies flying.||Shields||Tier II|
|Improved Boost3||Rare||Expands booster chambers to provide a longer boost in both drive modes.||Thrusters||Tier III|
|Improved Shield Regeneration||Uncommon||Upgrades the Nomad's shield cells, allowing for faster regeneration without sacrificing effectiveness.||Shields||Angaran Mechanic|
|Improved Suspension (4WD)||Uncommon||Increase the Nomad's top speed in 4-wheel-drive mode.||Suspension||Vehicle acquisition|
|Shield Reset Bonus||Common||Upgrades shield cells to reduce the time it takes for shields to begin regenerating.||Shields||Tier IV|
|Supercharged Boost3||Ultra Rare||Greatly improved air flow and fuel injection allows for an even longer boost time.||Thrusters||Tier IV|
|Supplemental Life Support||Uncommon||Upgrades the Nomad's life support system to improve functioning in extreme environments.||Life Support||Tier III|
|Torque Management (6WD)||Uncommon||Improves torque in 6-wheel-drive, allowing for a faster top speed in that mode.||Suspension||Tier IV|
|Vertical Thrust Upgrade||Common||Increases the force generated by vertical thrusters by 40%.||Thrusters||Vehicle acquisition|
Upgrade Resource Requirements[edit | edit source]
|Icon||Upgrade||Resource 1||Resource 2||Resource 3|
|Advanced Detection Systems||Silicon x120||Nickel x40||Element Zero x30|
|Advanced Life Support||Graphite x120||Lithium x40||Platinum x30|
|Agility Mode||Beryllium x120||Cadmium x40||Element Zero x30|
|Defensive Fortification||Beryllium x120||Cadmium x40||Element Zero x30|
|Emergency Shield Discharge||Beryllium x120||Cadmium x40||Element Zero x30|
|Improved Boost3||Graphite x120||Nickel x40||Platinum x30|
|Improved Shield Regeneration||Iron x120||Nickel x40||Platinum x30|
|Improved Suspension (4WD)||Copper x120||Fluorite x40||Element Zero x30|
|Shield Reset Bonus||Copper x120||Iridium x40||Platinum x30|
|Supercharged Boost3||Graphite x180||Iridium x60||Element Zero x45|
|Supplemental Life Support||Beryllium x120||Fluorite x40||Element Zero x30|
|Torque Management (6WD)||Beryllium x120||Iridium x40||Platinum x30|
|Vertical Thrust Upgrade||Copper x120||Lithium x40||Platinum x30|
Paint jobs[edit | edit source]
|Archangel||Uncommon||A navy and black turian design ready to ride into hell and back.||400|
|Blackout||Common||Any color can claim to be "the new black," but nothing quite stands up to the original.||400|
|Blood Pack||Rare||A shimmering, metallic red inspired by krogan blood rage.||400|
|Hex||Uncommon||A white and black geometric pattern for the symmetry lover.||400|
|Honeycomb||Uncommon||A gold hexagonal pattern over a jet black base.||400|
|Midas Touch||Ultra Rare||Low maintenance, high panache.||N/A4|
|Migrant Spirit||Ultra Rare||A labyrinthine pattern honoring those who fearlessly wander the stars.||N/A5|
|Monolith Midnight||Common||A unique, geometric pattern based on Remnant technology.||400|
|N7||Rare||A commanding onyx and crimson paint job inspired by Systems Alliance special forces.||400|
|Nebula||Rare||An interstellar black and teal pattern based on star charts from the Andromeda galaxy.||400|
|Platinum||Ultra Rare||Witness the shine and sheen of this sleek platinum plating.||N/A6|
|Roll Initiative||Common||Be the first to explore a new galaxy while sporting the official colors of the Andromeda Initiative.||400|
|Seeing Red||Common||A classic that is still all the rage.||400|
|Silent Step||Uncommon||A minimalist white and teal salarian design that can hold the line against the wear and tear of any planet.||400|
|Snowfall||Rare||A white and black camo paint job, perfect for exploring the tundra.||400|
|Tabula Rasa||Common||The essence of simplicity.||N/A7|
|Tevura's Heart||Uncommon||An indigo paint job named after the asari goddess of travel, Tevura.||400|
|Tuchanka Grit||Ultra Rare||A paint job tough enough to weather a nuclear winter.||N/A5|
|Verdant Hunter||Common||The dark green tones are evocative of kett architecture.||400|
|Vesoan||Uncommon||This steel blue paint job is mixed from local materials and is named after the angaran word for "explorer."||400|
Collector's Edition vehicles[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
Members of the Need for Speed team were brought on to help with the vehicle design.
7 Tabula Rasa is the default paint job for the Nomad.
Achievements and trophies[edit | edit source]
The following achievements and trophies can be earned which are related to Nomad:
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Mass Effect: The Mako Returns - Update on The Escapist
- Mass Effect's Mako will actually be fun to drive... thanks to the Need for Speed team on GamesRadar+
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See also[edit | edit source]