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Mass Effect 1 Legendary Edition

UNC: Dead Scientists

Ben Chard

This Assignment can be accepted at any point after you gain access to the Galaxy Map for the first time. It takes place on an Uncharted Planet that you must explore with the Mako.

(1 of 2) Head to the Newton system on Kepler Verge to receive a transmission from Admiral Hackett

Head to the Newton system on Kepler Verge to receive a transmission from Admiral Hackett (left), then land on the planet Ontarom. (right)

How to Begin

There are two ways to begin this Assignment, with the earliest being from exploring the system in question:

  • While at Port Hanshan Mezzanine on Noveria, you’ll find a small room to the south with three terminals, one of which will contain a report that will begin this Assignment.

  • Alternatively, head to the Newton system in Kepler Verge to receive a transmission from Admiral Hackett, requesting your assistance.

Find the Scientist

Regardless of how you begin this Assignment, head to the Newton system in Kepler Verge and land on the planet Ontarom. Once planetside, make your way to the southeast, near the bottom of the map, to find the Underground Facility. As you approach, you’ll need to contend with Snipers at the top of the hill so use the Mako’s primary cannon to dispatch them and enter the facility at the top.

Once inside, head to the main room and get prepared for a large firefight against 8 merecenaries. The largest threat here are the two Krogans that will attempt to rush you, make use of the nearby cover and lure them back towards the entrance, using disabling Biotics to render them immobile and take them out. Try not to spend too long out in the open, the snipers can be deadly on higher difficulties, especially if you’re focused on other threats at the time.

(1 of 3) You’ll need to defeat the mercenaries outside of the base

Once the room is clear, make your way to the back and enter the room to find Corporal Toombs and a hostage. At this point, you’ll get several choices to impact how this plays out:

  1. Saying “This isn’t justice.” (10 points of Charm) will result in you convincing Toombs that this is not the right way to go about it and earn +8 Paragon.
  2. Saying “Let me do it.” (8 points of Intimidate) will result in Shepard shooting him and letting Toombs go free, earning +9 Renegade.

Any other choices will lead to either the Scientist being killed, followed by Toombs killing himself (or forcing Shepard to do it). Using Charm/Intimidate is the only way to ensure a peaceful outcome. You’ll receive your reward at this point but you must return to the Normandy and deliver your report to Admiral Hackett to complete the Assignment.

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  • Publisher
    Electronic Arts
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG, Third-person shooter
  • Guide Release
    14 May 2021
  • Last Updated
    17 August 2021
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The guide for Mass Effect 1 Legendary Edition features all there is to see and do including a walkthrough containing coverage of all Assignments, detailed breakdown of all the important choices, class builds and much more!

  • Full coverage of all the Main Missions.
  • Every Assignment covered.
  • In-depth look at the major choices and consequences of each.
  • Full details on how to romance Ashley, Kaiden or Liara
  • Class builds to get the most out of your chosen class.
  • Details on every Talent.
  • How to spec your squad.
  • Breakdown of all Paragon and Renegade opportunities.
  • Trophy/Achievement guide.

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