ND1 Nomad

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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.[1]

Codex[edit | edit source]

Codex Card ND1 Nomad.png

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]

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There are thirteen upgrades available for the Nomad.

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.

Picture Upgrade Rarity Description System Blueprint Availability
Nomad Upgrade - Advanced Detection Systems.png
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
Nomad Upgrade - Advanced Life Support.png
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
Nomad Upgrade - Agility Mode.png
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
Nomad Upgrade - Defensive Fortification.png
Defensive Fortification Rare Improves the Nomad's shield strength and frame integrity by 25%. Health and Shields Tier II
Nomad Upgrade - Emergency Shield Discharge.png
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
Nomad Upgrade - Improved Boost.png
Improved Boost3 Rare Expands booster chambers to provide a longer boost in both drive modes. Thrusters Tier III
Nomad Upgrade - Improved Shield Regeneration.png
Improved Shield Regeneration Uncommon Upgrades the Nomad's shield cells, allowing for faster regeneration without sacrificing effectiveness. Shields Angaran Mechanic
Nomad Upgrade - Improved Suspension (4WD).png
Improved Suspension (4WD) Uncommon Increase the Nomad's top speed in 4-wheel-drive mode. Suspension Vehicle acquisition
Nomad Upgrade - Shield Reset Bonus.png
Shield Reset Bonus Common Upgrades shield cells to reduce the time it takes for shields to begin regenerating. Shields Tier IV
Nomad Upgrade - Supercharged Boost.png
Supercharged Boost3 Ultra Rare Greatly improved air flow and fuel injection allows for an even longer boost time. Thrusters Tier IV
Nomad Upgrade - Supplemental Life Support.png
Supplemental Life Support Uncommon Upgrades the Nomad's life support system to improve functioning in extreme environments. Life Support Tier III
Nomad Upgrade - Torque Management (6WD).png
Torque Management (6WD) Uncommon Improves torque in 6-wheel-drive, allowing for a faster top speed in that mode. Suspension Tier IV
Nomad Upgrade - Vertical Thrust Upgrade.png
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
Uncommon Nomad Upgrade Icon.png Advanced Detection Systems Silicon Icon.png Silicon x120 Nickel Icon.png Nickel x40 Element Zero Icon.png Element Zero x30
Rare Nomad Upgrade Icon.png Advanced Life Support Graphite Icon.png Graphite x120 Lithium Icon.png Lithium x40 Platinum Icon.png Platinum x30
Uncommon Nomad Upgrade Icon.png Agility Mode Beryllium Icon.png Beryllium x120 Cadmium Icon.png Cadmium x40 Element Zero Icon.png Element Zero x30
Rare Nomad Upgrade Icon.png Defensive Fortification Beryllium Icon.png Beryllium x120 Cadmium Icon.png Cadmium x40 Element Zero Icon.png Element Zero x30
Rare Nomad Upgrade Icon.png Emergency Shield Discharge Beryllium Icon.png Beryllium x120 Cadmium Icon.png Cadmium x40 Element Zero Icon.png Element Zero x30
Rare Nomad Upgrade Icon.png Improved Boost3 Graphite Icon.png Graphite x120 Nickel Icon.png Nickel x40 Platinum Icon.png Platinum x30
Uncommon Nomad Upgrade Icon.png Improved Shield Regeneration Iron Icon.png Iron x120 Nickel Icon.png Nickel x40 Platinum Icon.png Platinum x30
Uncommon Nomad Upgrade Icon.png Improved Suspension (4WD) Copper Icon.png Copper x120 Fluorite Icon.png Fluorite x40 Element Zero Icon.png Element Zero x30
Common Nomad Upgrade Icon.png Shield Reset Bonus Copper Icon.png Copper x120 Iridium Icon.png Iridium x40 Platinum Icon.png Platinum x30
Ultra Rare Nomad Upgrade Icon.png Supercharged Boost3 Graphite Icon.png Graphite x180 Iridium Icon.png Iridium x60 Element Zero Icon.png Element Zero x45
Uncommon Nomad Upgrade Icon.png Supplemental Life Support Beryllium Icon.png Beryllium x120 Fluorite Icon.png Fluorite x40 Element Zero Icon.png Element Zero x30
Uncommon Nomad Upgrade Icon.png Torque Management (6WD) Beryllium Icon.png Beryllium x120 Iridium Icon.png Iridium x40 Platinum Icon.png Platinum x30
Common Nomad Upgrade Icon.png Vertical Thrust Upgrade Copper Icon.png Copper x120 Lithium Icon.png Lithium x40 Platinum Icon.png Platinum x30

Paint jobs[edit | edit source]

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The Nomad can have customized paint jobs or skins which can be changed at a loadout station. Most paint jobs are available for purchase from certain merchants.

Picture Name Icon Rarity Description Credits Icon.png Base Cost
Archangel.png Archangel Uncommon Paint Job Icon.png Uncommon A navy and black turian design ready to ride into hell and back. 400
Blackout.png Blackout Common Paint Job Icon.png Common Any color can claim to be "the new black," but nothing quite stands up to the original. 400
Blood Pack.png Blood Pack Rare Paint Job Icon.png Rare A shimmering, metallic red inspired by krogan blood rage. 400
Hex.png Hex Uncommon Paint Job Icon.png Uncommon A white and black geometric pattern for the symmetry lover. 400
Honeycomb.png Honeycomb Uncommon Paint Job Icon.png Uncommon A gold hexagonal pattern over a jet black base. 400
Midas Touch.png Midas Touch Ultra Rare Paint Job Icon.png Ultra Rare Low maintenance, high panache. N/A4
Migrant Spirit Deluxe.png Migrant Spirit Ultra Rare Paint Job Icon.png Ultra Rare A labyrinthine pattern honoring those who fearlessly wander the stars. N/A5
Monolith Midnight.png Monolith Midnight Common Paint Job Icon.png Common A unique, geometric pattern based on Remnant technology. 400
Nomad Paint Job N7.png N7 Rare Paint Job Icon.png Rare A commanding onyx and crimson paint job inspired by Systems Alliance special forces. 400
Nebula.png Nebula Rare Paint Job Icon.png Rare An interstellar black and teal pattern based on star charts from the Andromeda galaxy. 400
Platinum.png Platinum Ultra Rare Paint Job Icon.png Ultra Rare Witness the shine and sheen of this sleek platinum plating. N/A6
Roll Initiative.png Roll Initiative Common Paint Job Icon.png Common Be the first to explore a new galaxy while sporting the official colors of the Andromeda Initiative. 400
Seeing Red.png Seeing Red Common Paint Job Icon.png Common A classic that is still all the rage. 400
Silent Step.png Silent Step Uncommon Paint Job Icon.png Uncommon A minimalist white and teal salarian design that can hold the line against the wear and tear of any planet. 400
Snowfall.png Snowfall Rare Paint Job Icon.png Rare A white and black camo paint job, perfect for exploring the tundra. 400
Tabula Rasa.png Tabula Rasa Common Paint Job Icon.png Common The essence of simplicity. N/A7
Tevura's Heart.png Tevura's Heart Uncommon Paint Job Icon.png Uncommon An indigo paint job named after the asari goddess of travel, Tevura. 400
Tuchanka Grit Deluxe.png Tuchanka Grit Ultra Rare Paint Job Icon.png Ultra Rare A paint job tough enough to weather a nuclear winter. N/A5
Verdant Hunter.png Verdant Hunter Common Paint Job Icon.png Common The dark green tones are evocative of kett architecture. 400
Vesoan.png Vesoan Uncommon Paint Job Icon.png 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]

Two different physical versions of the Nomad ND1 are available in the Collector's Edition: a remote control (RC) vehicle and a diecast replica.

Notes[edit | edit source]

Statistics for the Nomad can be tracked on the Nomad Stats tab in the statistics menu.

Members of the Need for Speed team were brought on to help with the vehicle design.[2]

3 Developing Supercharged Boost before Improved Boost gives the full 165% boost bonus and removes both blueprints from Inventory, but only uses the resources required for Supercharged Boost.

4 Midas Touch is available from the Pre-order Bonus.

5 Migrant Spirit and Tuchanka Grit are both available from the Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition.

6 Platinum is available for signing up for the Mass Effect Andromeda Newsletter at masseffect.com

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:

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