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Mass Effect 1 Legendary Edition

Keeping Captain Kirrahe Alive

Nathan Garvin

During the events on [Virmire] your actions will determine whether Captain Kirrahe survives or perishes.

Choice: Keeping Captain Kirrahe Alive

This is perhaps less of a “choice” and more of a competence check. After rendezvousing with Captain Kirrahe on Virmire you’ll have to go deal with your krogan problem, after which you’ll need to talk to Kirrahe again, lend him one of your human squadmates - either Ashley or Kaiden - and begin a coordinated assault on the enemy base on Virmire.

(1 of 2) Destroy the geth flyers at the Refueling Depot.

Destroy the geth flyers at the Refueling Depot. (left), You’ll get direct confirmation when you manage this - it’s the only thing you need to do to keep Captain Kirrahe allive. (right)

Once the assault on the base begins you’ll have several objectives you can pursue to help Captain Kirrahe’s squad. Only one of them matters when it comes to keeping Kirrahe alive, and that’s destroying some Geth Flyers outside of the Virmire base on a Refueling Platform. Kill any Geth Flyers you find and destroy the fuel tank and you should get an update. If you do this, Kirrahe will survive the mission, if not, not.

The Triangulation Tower, Satellite Uplink Tower and drawing the base’s security to you are all irrelevant to Kirrahe’s survival.


For a relatively minor character, Captain Kirrahe plays a fairly outsized role in later events. As for immediate consequences, the only one you’ll really see in Mass Effect 1 is on the Normandy immediately after Virmire. If Captain Kirrahe survived you’ll be able to purchase items from Commander Rentola, including the Serrice Council and Sirta Foundation licenses. While noteworthy, you can purchase both of these from other merchants.

While Kirrahe doesn’t make an appearance in Mass Effect 2, his contribution to events in Mass Effect 3 is significant. If he’s alive he’ll make an appearance during the mission Priority: Sur’Kesh, otherwise being replaced by another Salarian, Lieutenant Tolan.

Later on in Mass Effect 3, Kirrahe is one of two possible characters who can save an important NPC’s life (the other possible character being Thane).

Finally, if Wrex is dead and Kirrahe is alive, he may appear in a scene during a late-game battle on Earth.

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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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