Mass Effect 2 romance guide

Subplots that swing both ways

Kelly Chambers

Kelly, the new personal assistant aboard the Normandy, will flirt with a Shepard of either gender. To get her started, ask personal questions and when she talks about the trust exercise, tell her you'd do more than just catch her. If you keep up the saucy chatter throughout the game she'll eventually join you in your quarters for a private dinner. The meet-up occurs off screen, but the morning-after banter confirms that the two of you “stayed up late.” At this point, Kelly will say that she noticed your aquarium and offer to feed your fish for you when you're out on missions. “Staying up late” with Kelly doesn’t hurt your chances with anyone else you might be pursuing.

Above: Kelly Chambers: cuter than a button

To get to the Bonus Round with Kelly, you must first save her from the Collectors during the suicide mission. This is accomplished by chasing the Collectors through the Omega 4 relay immediately after they kidnap the crew (if you dick around doing side missions, the crew will be dead by the time you get to the Collector base.) After completing the mission, you’ll end up safely back on the Normandy with your surviving crew. Break up with your current love interest, then go do anything off ship. When you come back, Kelly will have sent you an email saying she’s been thinking about you. Go up to the Captain’s Quarters and call her. She’ll turn up in a skintight outfit and do a sexy dance for you. You can also have her sit on your lap and curl up with you in bed. Meow!


Ask Samara loads of personal questions between each mission till you get the option to ask about relationships and the Justicar Code. After a couple more conversations, you'll get the option to suggest becoming more than friends. Samara will go right up to the brink of a kiss, but will pull back at the last minute and call the whole thing off. Well, she is old enough to be your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother so maybe its better that the two of you don’t hook up.

Above: You can actually see the frame where Shepard’s mighty heart breaks

A note on Samara: We expect the relationship with Samara plays out exactly the same with a male Shepard, but have only tried it ourselves with a female character. If you opt to replace Samara with Morinth, pursuing a romance with Morinth is fatal (or so we’ve read on the internets).


Shepards of either gender can enjoy the charms of Asari dancers in the Afterlife club on Omega. You have the titillating option to [lean forward] and eventually even [tip].  In the bar on Ilium, be sure to eavesdrop on the Salarian’s bachelor party for a few guffaws. We can already hear you asking why strippers are part of a guide on romance. To answer that, we refer you to Mr. T-Pain, our nation’s foremost authority on romance in the modern era.

Above: Why save the galaxy when you can get wasted in a titty bar instead?

So what do you think? Are you satisfied with the romance options in Mass Effect 2? Let us know who you hooked up with (or wish you could hook up with) in the Comments!

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  • melissa-n-brame - November 13, 2014 9:57 a.m.

    They need tip get with the times lesbians play a lot of video games and they never give us the option too be one ugh so frustrated but I love the games just got ME3 I love it.... Just step it up for ME4
  • AjanShadow94 - April 27, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    When ur trying to start up a relationship with Garrus, there's one part where you ask if he has a minute, and he says, "Definately! I still think wer're crazy for... blowing off steam. But I want to do it. I want one moment with you before we go and blow ourselves up for the good of the galaxy." I couldn't remember exactly what was said but that's the gist of it. But my question is, you have the option to say "I want to be friends" which is in the spot relatively good answers are, upper right corner, or, "I want that too," which is in the generally neutral spot, right middle. So I'm confused. I want a relationship with Garrus in the game, and I don't want it to be considered cheap (which is what Female Shepard says if you say i want to be friends) but i do want to continue the relationship. If I say i wnat to be friends, is that keeping us just friends? or is it just one of those 'bump in the road' type things that can continue later with a more meaningful relationship between Shepard and Garrus? Just wondering. Anyone who can help would be greatly appreciated
  • carrieann-miller - April 26, 2012 2:44 p.m.

    Garrus was mine for me. <3 Soo adorable. Black hair, grey blue eyes, and black lips, and well....neutral standards between rengade and paragon? who could go wrong?
  • damakisbac - February 19, 2012 5:16 p.m.

    it is possible (as a male Shepard) to hook up with: Jack, Miranda, Tali, and Kelly in the same playthrough! I did it during my renegade one :) unfortunately--apparently I didnt hook up with Liara during my ME1 so I couldnt do anything with her at the end of the shadow broker dlc, but... Jack, Miranda, Tali, and that's a true Renegade playthrough lol!
  • simon-newton - January 27, 2012 7:06 p.m.

    I REALLY think the relationships should get really imminent, and the the strippers too. like to have romance with (just an example) samara, like grab her chest and do it or whatever. Oh and show the sex or something. and make the strippers do more stuff.
  • danielle-natalie-mack - December 17, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Ok, I am a girl gamer, and very into the lesbian thing. I so wanted to hook up with Miranda. She was my first choice. Then I wanted to try hooking up with the Asari that becomes the new Shadow Broker, That never happened. So in a last ditch effort I tried Jack. Sill nothing. None of the guys really did it for me, except maybe Joker. Come on we lesbian gamers need some better options than what we are given.
  • Demona182 - September 1, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    Have you played mass effect 3 yet?
  • melissa-n-brame - November 13, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    Ikr Miranda was mine as well I don't like to be a dude finally a game where you can choose and they don't even give you an option...... And Kelly always dies in my games ugh so frustrating step it u
  • hannah-ritchie - September 23, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    I was so freaking disappointed when I learned you couldn't be with Jack as a chick. . . . I was forward to that. . . . and she seemed so . . . well.. .. . . Lesbian. I was so damn excited that I nearly cried when I read this
  • Darkhawk - July 27, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    The Morinth romance is hilarious. Screws you for Mass Effect 3 though.
  • Fusionmix - August 30, 2010 12:44 a.m.

    Why, Jack? WHY? Why must you be such a horrible teasing subversion with your buzz cut and tattoos and all-around attitude? There's a lot to see, just not a lot to do >_>.
  • bryanthelion - July 28, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    What!? I thought Thane was a boy option too!? LAME
  • katbrat - July 19, 2010 12:11 a.m.

    I'm disappointed I couldn't select to have a fling with other females being bifemale =) and then the choices of the men I'm restricted to is pretty limited ... hell, I'd have even went for Joker instead of the ones Bioware limited me to. Then again, all the females were a hell of alot more attractive than the men aboard the Normandy LOL! My husband had a blast selecting his choice, but I was barfing at mine!
  • BLOODmuffins - July 13, 2010 2:57 a.m.

    I wish you could romance Legion. Even Geth need some lovin'
  • pot - June 23, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    Few months late but thanks for the guide, I used it back then but forgot to say thanks. And only a teabagger would call Faux News the least bias news station LOL! Fox went to court just to prove they could lie in their news reports and the judge agreed, they could lie on their news reports. Look up the Montesanto and Fox case. And you are wrong. Fox was the only news station to go after Mass Effect and claim the first one was a porno. They also went after Modern Warfare 2 and said the game would make 8 year olds become terrorists. Hahahaha Faux news, we deceive, you believe! You clearly suffer from Obama Derangement Syndrome.
  • DarkHuntress - March 16, 2010 11:16 p.m.

    Great of BioWare to give us a choice! My Shepard is a very beautiful Black Female with deep blue eyes. Talk about EXOTIC!! Her heart beats for only Thane!! Since she is ruthless and all renegade, and he is a spiritual assassin. Their romance should cause Normandy shields to melt.
  • Darkhawk - February 23, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    I REALLY had to know what was under Tali's armour, so... Too bad after all my work I didn't get to see anything interesting.
  • richardpalmer - February 22, 2010 8:12 p.m.

    gotta tell u the fact that their were no lesbian options was a bit of a let down and the fact there was no way to continue a past relationship was a little upsetting and the Tali thing did piss me off(what does she look like)and whats up with Garrus we are visual people here. anyway all in all its better than the first one though vehicles would be nice just as long as its not as bad as the first one i just hope mass effect 3 can help satisfy most of our needs.
  • ranivus - February 8, 2010 3:07 p.m.

    Hey if you do everything right you can have sex with everyone in one playthrough w/o reloading and get to have kelly and your ME1 romance (Liara for me) at the end :) Thats the best end imho
  • Amatarasu - February 6, 2010 5:05 a.m.

    i personaly went for tali, if just to see what was behind the mask, never got to, bust learned about quarian medical conditions...and knowing is half the foreplay plus the thing she says later, "I have a fever, a headache, and my nose is filled with gastly green stuff...and it was all worth it" is just great

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