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You’ll gain access to Tuchanka when you start the loyalty missions for Mordin or Grunt, which, of course, requires you to recruit Mordin and Grunt. After they’re recruited, completing a few missions should trigger their loyalty missions. This may vary a bit, but you should have access to Tuchanka after completing the mission on Horizon, at the latest.

Talk to Mordin and/or Grunt to start their loyalty missions, then travel to the Krogan DMZ, where you’ll find Tuchanka in the Aralakh system. When you arrive (your party doesn’t matter), you’ll be accosted by some krogan, who demands you speak to their leader. Despite their insistence, you’re under no real obligation to do anything if you don’t care to.

Walk down two corridors to the east and north and you’ll reach the main chamber, where pretty much everything on Tuchanka worth seeing can be found.

(1 of 3) Talk to Ratch to start the assignment "Killing Pyjaks",

Ratch’s Wares

When you enter this chamber, immediately turn left to find Ratch, who runs a humble shop. Before you buy anything, note you can talk to Ratch about Tuchanka’s Pyjak problem - space monkeys are generally being a nuisance, and being krogan, they’ve got the most krogan solution you can imagine: blowing the monkeys up with artillery. This starts the assignment [Tuchanka: Killing Pyjaks].

Ratch’s Wares Price (normal) Price (discount)
Pyjak Meat 0 0
Heavy Weapon Ammo 30,000 25,000
Heavy Damping Gauntlets 4,000 3,333
Death Mask 8,000 6,666
Asymmetric Defense Layer 8,000 6,666
Shield Harness 8,000 6,666
M-5 Phalanx Heavy Pistol 7,500 6,249

Killing Pyjaks

You’ll start this assignment by talking to Ratch, after which head down a rubble ramp and make your way to the Chief Scout, where you’ll find a Defense Gun Controls console. Interact with it to start a minigame where you’ll have to shoot encroaching Pyjaks - a very easy minigame, just aim ahead of the Pyjaks as they approach to compensate for the travel time of your missiles. Do a satisfactory job and return to Ratch to complete this assignment and score a discount.

(1 of 2) After completing the Pyjak minigame, you can buy some meat and feed Urz,

After completing the Pyjak minigame, you can buy some meat and feed Urz, (left), which will allow you to use the varren to participate in high-stakes pit fights. (right)

Urz and the Fighting Pit

Near Ratch you’ll find a varren named Urz, which you can pet if you interact with it. More importantly, if you buy some Pyjak Meat from Ratch (you’ll need to complete [Tuchanka: Killing Pyjaks] before he’ll sell this) and interact with Urz, you can feed the reptile-dog, which will follow you around Tuchanka afterwards. Somewhat meaningless on its own, if you head over to the Pit Fight Gambling Station you can bet on match with Urz - either for or against Urz, winning 500 Credits each time you bet correctly. If Urz loses, you’ll have to return to the Normandy, then land on Tuchanka again, giving the varren time to recover. You can save scum credits this way, but given the duration of the fights and the low payout, you’re better off just being frugal.

(1 of 2) Talk to the Chief Scout to start the assignment "Missing Scout",

Talk to the Chief Scout to start the assignment "Missing Scout", (left), while talking to the Mechanic will start "Combustion Manifold". (right)

Chief Scout

If you head down the rubble ramp and turn left you’ll find the Chief Scout. You’ll need to talk to him to travel to the site of Mordin’s Loyalty mission, and he’ll also give you the assignment Tuchanka: Old Blood: Missing Scout. Lastly, you can find the Defense Gun Controls near the Chief Scout, which will let you play the Pyjak-shooting minigame for the assignment [Tuchanka: Killing Pyjaks].


Between the Fighting Pit and the Chief Scout you’ll find a ramp leading up to a massive vehicle. Talk to the Mechanic nearby to start the assignment Tuchanka: Combustion Manifold.

Fortack’s Database

To the right of the Mechanic you’ll find a tent, which serves as a hospital of sort. Inside you’ll find Fortack, who is what passes as a doctor as far as krogan go. You can chat with him if you want, but the real draw is his shop. You can gain a discount by completing Grunt’s loyalty mission. While Fortack doesn’t sell much, almost everything he sells is interesting, depending on your build. It’s also tremendously expensive; buying all his wares will set you back 270,00 Credits (22,500 with a discount).

Fortack’s Database Price (normal) Price (discount)
Assault Rifle Damage 60,000 50,000
Biotic Damage 90,000 75,000
Heavy Pistol Damage 60,000 50,000
Shotgun Damage 60,000 50,000

There are other interactions worth having - like meeting up with an old war buddy.

There’s more to see and do on Tuchanka - including meeting the Urdnot chief (who may be an old friend, if they survived the first game…). That said, everything else mostly boils down to opportunities to earn Paragon/Renegade points, lore, or characters related to the loyalty missions for Mordin and Grunt, which will be discussed on their own pages.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    Electronic Arts
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG, Third-person shooter
  • Guide Release
    14 May 2021
  • Last Updated
    7 September 2021
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  • Guide Author
    Paul Williams

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The guide for Mass Effect 2 Legendary Edition features all there is to see and do including a walkthrough containing coverage of all the main campaign Missions, Assignments, as well as a detailed breakdown of all the important choices, class builds and much more!

  • A complete walkthrough for the entire campaign, including all recruitment and loyalty missions, as well as details on weapons, resources and research projects found during each mission.
  • Every Assignment covered.
  • Updated media and formatting for the Legendary Edition.
  • In-depth look at the major choices in Mass Effect 2 and consequences - both short and long term - of each.
  • Full details on all possible Romances.
  • In-depth Class builds for Shepard with a focus on Insanity difficulty strategies.
  • Details on every Power.
  • Builds for all squadmates.
  • Trophy/Achievement guide, including embeded walkthrough links.

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