Asari Ally achievement in Mass Effect

Asari Ally

Complete the majority of the game with the asari squad member

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  • StumblesMcGeeStumblesMcGee755,479
    12 Dec 2010 12 Dec 2010 18 Dec 2010
    82 0 10
    After 3 long years of trying to get any of these Ally achievements to pop, I was finally able to get this with the help of my good friend Saft Und Kraft. I'm a list-kind of guy; he provided me with a basic layout and I took it to the next level. SO, here's a list of all MISSIONS and ASSIGNMENTS that need to be completed to get the ASARI ally achievement.

    The following MISSIONS I completed before I had Liara in my party. Another important thing to point out is that I'm pretty certain I collected Fist's Datapad before I had Liara in my party. However, I did not turn the datapad into Emily Wong until after I had Liara.

    Prologue: Find the Beacon
    Citadel: Expose Saren
    Citadel: Garrus
    Citadel: Wrex

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    ASARI (Liara) --
    Mass EffectAsari AllyThe Asari Ally achievement in Mass Effect worth 59 pointsComplete the majority of the game with the asari squad member

    MISSIONS:
    Feros: Colony Saved
    Find Liara T'Soni <=START HERE
    Noveria: Contamination
    Noveria: Leave Port Hanshan
    Noveria: Lorik Qui'in
    Noveria: Matriarch Benezia
    Noveria: Peak 15
    Noveria: Quarantine
    Noveria: Reactor Repair
    Noveria: Reconnect Landlines
    Noveria: Rift Station
    Noveria: The Hot Labs
    Virmire: Saren's Plan (Assault)

    ASSIGNMENTS:
    Citadel: Asari Conort
    Citadel: Dr. Michel (Dr Michel is Safe)
    Citadel: Family Matter
    Citadel: Homecoming
    Citadel: Jahleed and Chorban
    Citadel: Negotiator's Request
    Citadel: Old Friends
    Citadel: Our Own Worst Enemy (Received after Virmire, before Illos. Achievement popped when I turned this in)
    Citadel: Planting a Bug
    Citadel: Presidium Prophet
    Citadel: Reporter's Request
    Citadel: Rita's Sister
    Citadel: Scan the Keepers
    Citadel: Schell's Scanner
    Citadel: Signal Tracking
    Citadel: The Fan
    Citadel: The Fourth Estate
    Citadel: Xeltan Convinced

    Feros: Data Recovery
    Feros: Geth in the Tunnels
    Feros: Power Cells
    Feros: Varren Meat
    Feros: Water Restoration

    Noveria: Espionage
    Noveria: Smuggling

    Tali's Pilgrimage

    UNC: Asari Diplomacy
    UNC: Cerberus
    UNC: Colony of the Dead
    UNC: Dead Scientists
    UNC: Derelict Freighter
    UNC: Distress Call
    UNC: ExoGeni Facility
    UNC: Espionage Probe
    UNC: Geth Incursions
    UNC: Hade's Dogs
    UNC: Hostage
    UNC: Hostile Takeover
    UNC: Listening Post Alpha
    UNC: Listening Post Theta
    UNC: Lost Module
    UNC: Lost Freighter
    UNC: Major Kyle
    UNC: Missing Marines
    UNC: Missing Survey Team
    UNC: Privateers
    UNC: Rogue IV
    UNC: Sigma 23 (Depot)

    Virmire: Assisting Kirrahe's Team
    Virmire: Wrex is Dead

    X57: Avoid the Blasting Caps
    X57: Bring Down the Sky
    X57: Missing Engineers

    Collection Assignments --
    UNC: Asari Writings (http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/UNC:_Asari_Writings)
    UNC: Locate Signs of Battle (http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/UNC:_Locate_Signs_of_Battle)
    UNC: Prothean Data Disks (http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/UNC:_Prothean_Data_Discs)
    UNC: Turian Insignias (http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/UNC:_Turian_Insignias)
    UNC: Valuable Minerals (http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/UNC:_Valuable_Minerals)

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    IN PROGRESS --
    MISSIONS:
    Race Against Time (Illos)

    ASSIGNMENTS:
    Citadel: Negotiator's Request

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    StumblesMcGee@Claptrap NL, it would be in your best interest to do everything posted to ensure your achievement pops. You may not end up doing everything, but it'll be close.
    Posted by StumblesMcGee on 09 Jan 15 at 18:50
    Moscow TimmyThere doesn't seem to be a consensus on how this achievements is unlocked. I got Liara as soon as possible and kept her in my party the whole game. I even ensured I was on the ground when finishing collectable quests. This did not pop until the final conversation with Saren at the end of the game.
    Posted by Moscow Timmy on 04 Dec 16 at 02:54
    JimmieWorldAs I don't have any DLCs, I completed without them, still being able to get it before Ilos. My last mission was Negotiators Request. I completed over 50 missions in total. I didn't go for collectibles (I had only the asari collection), and I didn't completed Geth Incursion and Post Alpha quests.
    Posted by JimmieWorld on 30 Jul 21 at 05:17
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  • Crimson DrifterCrimson Drifter890,864
    29 Aug 2008 31 Aug 2008
    77 9 18
    This is the hardest ally achievement to get due to how late in the game you get her.

    Do NOT do any sidequests until the quest comes up for you to go get her from the Tao Cluster.

    From then on keep her in your party at ALL times and do all sidequests and missions with her. The DLC missions also help for this achievement, although the collection ones are not necessary.

    I finished all possible assignments and missions with her and still didn't have it, mine popped after I finished the final DLC assignment. So keep that in mind.

    Note: Ilos is the cutoff point of being able to complete any more sidequests, so if you do all sidequests and DLC and still don't have it, you more than likely will get it during the final phase of the game.

    Visit this website: http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Mass_Effect_Wiki

    For a complete list of all side-quests and missions.
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    Chaz Of SpartaI did just under 70 missions/assignments until this finally popped - I got it after you meet Vigil the first time on Ilos (in the security area). What I did was to do everything I can after I got Liara, and only went to Ilos as a last resort and hoped it would unlock during then. Also, the collectible missions do help towards this, but you don't really have to go out of your way to complete them; I just scanned and marked every location I happened to find while doing all of the side missions.
    Posted by Chaz Of Sparta on 22 Jun 13 at 19:41
    Mestre ShrewdThis achievement is really very strange. I got it in Ilos too, a little earlier, after that message that only Shepard could understand. With the exception of DLCs also made all possible assignments (and there are many). Completionist got a little too late too.

    I think this achievement has more to uncover, you may not need to do all assigments but only some relevant. The guy up there for example said that only did the quests of the main planets and dlcs. Not counting the UNCs assigments.
    Posted by Mestre Shrewd on 03 Mar 14 at 01:16
    MikeWurzWhoJust in case anyone else STILL hasn't played this game... I was dreading this one due to how late you get her, but it was VERY short and somehow popped only one assignment after I popped the achievement for Kaiden (who you have for 4-5 extra missions before you even get Liara...?). No idea how that happened, but here's what I completed:
    15 Missions (includes the 5 you have to complete just to get her): 4 Citadel/Eden Prime, 1 Feros, 9 Noveria, 1 Rescue Liara
    33 Assignments (she was active for all 33): 3 Bring Down the Sky, 3 Pinnacle Station (maybe each of the 13 simulations counts?) , 2 Noveria, 5 Feros, 17 Citadel (includes Asari Diplomacy), 3 UNC (Rogue VI, Privateers, Missing Marines)
    So only 43 missions+assignments where she was active? Not sure how much the DLC helps, but this is the smallest # I've seen anywhere and required very little of the tedious flying/rovering around all of the UNC worlds. Could even take the number down lower if you're completing the game because I haven't even done Virmire, Ilos, or Race Against Time yet, but I didn't want to get to the end and not have the achievement.
    Posted by MikeWurzWho on 24 Feb 15 at 05:21
  • Misfit LenzMisfit Lenz133,145
    14 Jul 2010 13 Jun 2010
    31 2 3
    According to Mass Effect Wiki, you unlock this achievement by completing 50 assignments with Liara out of the disc's 73. Each DLC adds 3 to that list, making for a max of 79.

    1) You do not need the character in your party to count toward your total, you just need her there when the assignment is marked "completed"
    2) YES, DLC assignments can count, and are much easier than some in game assignments.
    3) I suggest using Garrus as your other party member, since they both require 50 assignments complete, the highest requirement for these achievements. Kill two birds with one stone.
    4) When you earn this, all characters will have cooldown time for Barrier and Stasis reduced by 10%

    ACHIEVEMENTS
    http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Achievements#Squadmates
    ASSIGNMENTS
    http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Assignments
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    QuarantaneDo you know if this means specifically assignments, or do the missions count as well?
    Posted by Quarantane on 16 Jul 10 at 18:28
    THE FIRST 0RDER50 Assignments, I dont think so, its approximatly 13-15 missions and 30-40 assignments per character
    Posted by THE FIRST 0RDER on 20 Jul 10 at 19:44
    DeadScourge75No , it's 15 missions and 45-50 assignements
    Posted by DeadScourge75 on 18 Mar 11 at 09:30
  • legacycashlegacycash166,249
    24 Feb 2012 24 Feb 2012
    24 0 1
    Hey guys after thinking that I would never get Liars's ally achievement I finally got it.Here a few things to consider.
    1)complete Eden prime
    2)at the citedel only do the main quest.
    A)meet council
    B)get garrus
    C)get Tali
    D)get wrex
    E)become spectre
    3)Go get Liara.(keep Liara in your party no matter what)
    4)Return to the citedel and do as many side quests as possible.I got 15 including the the scanning of the keepers.
    5)Complete Nova(do all side quests)
    6)Complete Ferros(do all side quests)
    7)I got her achievement on the side quest that requires you to kill "Dr Heart"
    8)I did have both DLC which nets you about 6 missions in total.If you don't have the DLC trust me you are not missing on anything you already aren't doing.It's basically Activate/deactivate this,Scan that,or Come 1st place on all scenarios.

    Now I know my guide is not really a guide but some advice I took and the path I chose to get this difficult achievement.Good luck brothers.
  • hella awesomehella awesome81,466
    24 Jul 2011 24 Jul 2011
    22 1 15
    You do not need to do 50 assignments to get Liara's achievement!

    The DLC seems to be worth more. I completed 10 missions with Liara and only 28 assignments when this popped, though 5 of my assignments were from X57 and Pinnacle Station. This achievement popped just two Citadel assignments after Wrex's popped.

    For missions, I only completed all of Noveria with Liara. I did NOT need to finish Feros or Virmire. StumblesMcGee's solution has the mission names.

    For assignments I only completed 23 non-DLC, mostly Citadel assignments, the first four Feros assignments before you enter the elevator, and a few quick non-shooting assignments like UNC:Major Kyle or Noveria:Smuggling.

    If you have the DLC, get those done first and the achievement will pop sooner!
  • mistress3riplemistress3riple81,547
    04 Sep 2011 04 Sep 2011 22 Dec 2011
    16 0 1
    I had Gerrus and Liara in my team all the time.

    I needed 52 for achievement to pop up. I did excel sheet and cross it every time I did assignments or mission. I took the list of assignments and missions from:
    http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Assignments
    http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Missions

    The moment I became a Specter I went and rescue Liara. Since them I had her in my team all the time. I id as many assignments as possible before Novaria and I had about 32 augments. Then I did Novaria and Feros.
    According to Mass Effect Wiki Liara achievement needs 50 assignments. If that would be correct I would get achievement when I finished one of the side mission on Feros but it didn't.
    I got it when I finished Feros and did one more assignment.

    Maybe assignments like UNC: Missing Marines ? UNC: Cerberus ? UNC: Hades' Dogs count as one even though they are listed 3 in mission computer.

    Don't know if this helps. It's just a note how and when I got achievement.
  • BTipsBTips229,087
    13 Mar 2012 13 Mar 2012
    13 0 0
    I feel late on this but I just earned this achievement recently and I gotta say, it wasn't too difficult.

    As soon as your able to move in the Citadel for the first time, do all of the main story missions (Council, picking up Tali, Wrex, Garrus, etc)

    When you get in the Normandy land on Therum in the Artemis Cluster. Picking up Liara comes first and foremost.

    The collection missions are not needed as I did not do any of them.

    I followed a guide on Gamefaqs almost step by step and I got this achievement when your on lock-down on the Citadel. I still had missions to spare just so I didn't have to go to Ilos.

    Gamefaqs guide: http://www.gamefaqs.com/xbox360/930279-mass-effect/faqs/5161...
  • mentocmentoc667,571
    22 May 2014 22 May 2014 22 May 2014
    8 1 0
    I just did this and figured I could throw in my two cent
    Anyway I used a combination of StumblesMcGee's list and Basanakin's PDF (it easily tells you planets/systems and where to find at a glance).

    I got both the Turian Ally and Asari Ally in this play through.

    Turian popped during cut-scene fighting Benezia and Asari popped after 2 of the Bring Down the Sky DLC assignments completed. I did every Assignment available before playing the mission (IE: when I had nothing I went to Feros, then when no more assignments went to Noveria...), I didn't play Pinnacle Station and skipped Wrex and Garrus assignments (did do Tali's because I found the info needed during Geth Incursions).

    tl;dr

    I have a theory that every assignment that you complete on the ship doesn't count, hence the 60+ assignments/missions needed to complete this. Any assignment that says "Report to Hackett" would be an example of this because the complete check doesn't get added until you are back on the Normandy where you have no squad-mates.

    Anyway would love to check into this because that could shorten our lists.
  • BasanakinBasanakin171,016
    10 May 2013 12 May 2013 28 Mar 2015
    10 5 2
    *If you disliked, please let me know why.
    **Happy to see this achievement is marked as bugged, since it is.

    I used this check list PDF file. Unlike the list above, this one actuallly includes the Garrus and Wrex missions:
    http://masseffect.shockfront.net/wp-content/uploads/201....pdf

    My settings and tips:

    (1) I bought the 'Bring Down the Sky' DLC for merely 80mp, which is totally worth it because of its unique structure and setting. I'd say this DLC is REQUIRED to get these achievements.

    (2) I recomment that you play on casual. Play till you're your party is complete and SAVE (obviously, do not do any assignments yet). Keep this save so you can start over again once you have your ally achievements. It also safes you time (about 1,5-2 hours) for the next playthrough. The games diffculty being on casual makes you able to (literally) run and drive through enemies. You can just ignore them. I got the ally achievements within 7-9 hours because of this.

    (3) The type of xbox might also be a factor. I noticed that my brand new Xbox Slim has a lot of screen-tearing and slowdowns. It even got stuck on loading screens about 13 times within 60 hours of gameplay. My Arcade Xbox from 2007 had no tearing, had minimal slowdowns and no lock-ups (played about 13 hours on it). I also read this comment on the xbox forums:
    "You should also try to avoid saving a game session that has experienced an error or glitch. It could corrupt the game file and possibly prevent you from receiving an achievement; this problem has happened to me in a couple of games such as GTA IV...where at the end of the game it had missing items which prevented me from attaining 100%. "
    (4) Except for the Quarian, I played through the game as Paragon. You'll get P-points more easily than Renegade points. Its even a lot easier if you have the DLC, since you get extra P-points (or R-points). Besides it being easier, I also read somewhere that going Renegade might prevent you from getting the achievement. It happened to me when I went for the Asari Ally (without the DLC) as Renegade.

    For the Asari, I did everything (excluding Pin.Station) EXCEPT for the 5 collecting assignments and the 'Negotiator's Request' (an assignment on Citadel during Lockdown). This made a total of 55 assignments. (with missions till the lockdown)

    Good luck.
  • TinzkiZiwaTinzkiZiwa376,851
    30 Jan 2022 30 Jan 2022 14 Feb 2022
    0 0 0
    Since it looks like there is still a lot of uncertainty around how one goes about getting this achievement (and I just now only popped it yesterday!! Despite having been going for this achievement on and off since literally 2008), I just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents as well.

    Some beginning impressions.

    1) You get Liara last of all the characters. As the others say, don't be tempted to complete even any of the Citadel missions or anything that involve just talking to people, not even that dude who is grieving his wife on Eden Prime outside the embassies. Once you are a Spectre, go straight to the mass transit system, go straight to C-Sec then the Normandy, then go straight for Therum in the Artemis Tau cluster. (In theory, I think you could even turn down Garrus and Wrex when they insist on joining your squad, and then you can pick them up after Liara is in your party)
    2) I am convinced now that the variability in popping these achievements is because nobody is quite sure what trips the flag for whether or not a given ally has participated in a mission. I operated on the assumption that the character must be literally in your party at the moment when the quest is checked as "completed". If this is true, then the following must be be true:
    a) Any UNC mission that is completed by talking to someone on the Normandy (reporting to Hackett, turning in Wrex's family armor, etc.) will NOT count, since you cannot have anybody in your party when you turn in these missions.
    b) If you complete a collection mission by surveying a planet remotely from the Normandy instead of surveying a deposit or artifact while landed on a planet, then the entire collection mission will NOT count, for the reasons of (a). In some cases, like with the Prothean Data Discs, there are not very many artifacts you can pick up while landed. In case this matters, I would plan ahead for these artifacts while doing your exploring.
    3) DLC really helps pad your numbers, though I only needed a single additional assignment from Pinnacle Station to pop the achievement.

    Of course, I'd just like to reiterate that I was working off the assumption that this is how the achievement works when I decided to pursue it with some degree of intention. I could be wrong, or my understanding of it could be incompletely nuanced. After all, the achievement popped for me before I even got to Virmire, and after I finished only 47 assignments with Liara in my party.

    If it means anything, I got the achievement on the Xbox Game Pass version of Mass Effect. Three runs on my original disk in my old Xbox 360 and I was never able to pop it, for some reason. I just bring it up because I don't know if the inconsistencies might also be influenced by versioning differences.

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    Below is my completed quests log (with special conditions, as well as whether or not Liara was a part of the team at the time):

    MISSIONS:

    Noveria: The Hot Labs
    Noveria: Rift Station
    Noveria: Quarantine
    Noveria: Contamination
    Noveria: Reconnect Landlines
    Noveria: Reactor Repair
    Noveria: Lorik Qui'in
    Noveria: Peak 15
    Noveria: Leave Port Hanshan
    Noveria: Death of a Matriarch
    Feros: Colony Saved

    (11 completed missions with Liara in party at moment of quest completion; 16 total)

    Find Liara T'Soni (before Liara)
    Citadel: Wrex (before Liara)
    Citadel: Garrus (before Liara)
    Citadel: Expose Saren (before Liara)
    Prologue: Find the Beacon (before Liara)

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    ASSIGNMENTS:

    Pinnacle Station: Combat Missions (achievement popped for me right after finishing Ahern's survival mission)
    UNC: Depot Sigma-23
    UNC: Listening Post Theta
    UNC: Derelict Freighter
    Citadel: Schells the Gambler >> Schells' Scanner Given Away
    UNC: Colony of the Dead
    UNC: ExoGeni Facility
    Feros: Data Recovery
    Feros: Geth in the Tunnels
    Feros: Power Cells
    Feros: Varren Meat
    Feros: Water Restoration
    UNC: Listening Post Alpha
    UNC: Geth Incursions
    UNC: Hades' Dogs
    UNC: Dead Scientists
    Noveria: Espionage
    Noveria: Smuggling
    UNC: Lost Freighter
    UNC: Cerberus
    UNC: Espionage Probe
    UNC: Prothean Data Discs (ensured that final artifact was a landed one)
    UNC: Rogue VI
    UNC: Asari Writings (ensured that the final artifact was a landed one)
    Citadel: Old, Unhappy, Far-Off Things (I had the Spacer background)
    Citadel: Rita's Sister >> Rita's Sister is Safe
    Citadel: Signal Tracking
    UNC: Hostage
    UNC: Privateers
    Citadel: Planting a Bug
    Citadel: Xeltan's Complaint >> Xeltan Convinced
    Citadel: Presidium Prophet
    Citadel: Family Matter
    Citadel: The Fan
    Citadel: Jahleed and Chorban
    UNC: Hostile Takeover
    Citadel: The Fourth Estate
    Asari Diplomacy
    UNC: Locate Signs of Battle (ensured that final artifact was a landed one)
    UNC: Turian Insignias (ensured that final artifact was a landed one)
    UNC: Valuable Minerals (ensured that final deposit was a landed one)
    UNC: Missing Survey Team
    UNC: Missing Marines
    Citadel: Homecoming
    Citadel: Reporter's Request
    Citadel: Scan the Keepers
    UNC: Distress Call

    Wrex: Family Armor (must report to Wrex to finish mission, so no one is in your party.)
    UNC: The Negotiation (report to Hackett to finish mission, so no one is in your party. Also only available above a certain morality threshold)
    Tali and the Geth >> Tali's Pilgrimage (must report to Tali to finish mission, so no one is in your party at the moment of completion.)

    (47 assignments when Liara was in the party; 50 in total. Note that for the three assignments at the end, Liara did participate in the mission, so maybe crew participation is flagged differently than I was assuming.)
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