Picking the best weapon in Mass Effect Andromeda can be a daunting task with all of the options available. In this article we cover the best weapons in Mass Effect Andromeda that we recommend picking up early in the game. As you progress through Mass Effect Andromeda you may find some other weapons that you like better, but during your first few hours these are the best weapons you can find.

Scorpion Pistol

While this may look like a pistol, the Scorpion Pistol packs a pretty big punch. Instead of normal rounds, the Scorpion Pistol fires off grenades that inflict big damage. It works very well against armored enemies, despite a rate of fire that isn’t quite as fast as many other pistols. The power behind each shot more than makes up for the lower firing rate, especially if you’re just trying to finish off an enemy and move on in the game. You can create the weapon under the Milky Way research category.

Remnant Cryo Gauntlet (Melee)

The ability to freeze enemies is extremely beneficial in Mass Effect Andromeda. The Remnant Cryo Gauntlet melee weapon does exactly that. You can find the weapon around the Remnant Monoliths or research it for 150 Remnant RD. As a melee weapon you won’t get the range you may be used to with the other weapons, but the freezing ability more than makes up for the lack of range. It won’t freezes enemies with shields or armor, but it will still slow down armored foes and if you’re patient you can remove an enemy’s shield before using the weapon to insure they’re frozen.

Ruzad Shotgun

Defense is the best offense and that’s exactly why we recommend the Ruzad Shotgun. This shotgun packs a mean punch despite a moderately slow firing rate. However, what really sets it apart from many of the other shotguns is the fact that it can easily stagger almost every enemy in the game. The stagger effect is extremely powerful, especially when you’re dealing with troublesome enemies. The Ruzad Shotgun also has a curved blade on the front just in case an enemy gets up close and personal. You can make this one in the Milky Way research category.

Valkyrie Assault Rifle

Shooter fans should quickly look to pick up the Valkyrie Assault Rifle as it should be right up your alley. It fires off in two-round bursts for big damage and offers quite a bit of accuracy so you don’t waste any of that power. By default it works very well against shielded foes, but with a few mods you can switch up the ammunition to change its use as you see fit. There are a few other great assault rifles, such as the Soned Assault Rifle, but the Valkyrie Assault Rifle was our first go-to in the category.

M-90 Indra Sniper Rifle

If you aren’t big into sniper rifles, the M-90 Indra Sniper Rifle should be more than enough to allow for engaging enemies from a distance without the normal drawbacks of a sniper rifle. It has a much faster rate of fire compared to most other sniper rifles, and while you’re going to want to do some mods to really give the M-90 Indra Sniper Rifle the added boost it needs, when everything is said and done it’ll just be lacking in damage with everything else making up for that minor concern. However, if you haven’t been picking up sniper skills, the more traditional Isharay Sniper Rifle might be more to your liking.

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