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Mass Effect 3 romance guide

Bioware has done a brilliant job managing the ripple effects of your decisions over three massive games, and your romance choices are certainly no exception. Depending on who your Shepard was close to in the first two games, you can choose to continue a romantic relationship or start a new one. Even those who haven’t played ME1 or ME2 can find love in ME3, though sadly, two characters will be off the table: Tali and Garrus can only be romanced by a returning love interest.

Above: ME3 has romance options for EVERYONE

Loyalty missions are a thing of the past, but there are missable opportunities to make or break your chances at romance. The following guide outlines the important moments for every potential love interest in Mass Effect 3 to help you do things the right way on your first playthrough, likely so you can do things differently on your second. And of course, we’ve included video of the naught bits.  

Disclaimer 1: While we made sure to avoid them when possible, this guide may contain minor spoilers. However, it does not contain any details regarding any of the game’s major branches, final missions, or potential endings.

Disclaimer 2: Don’t let any of our transparent personal preferences deter you from following your heart. We may prefer Liara’s head-tentacles to Ashley’s flowing locks, but we’ll still tell you what it takes to win them both (not simultaneously, of course) and aren’t here to judge you. After all, this is a romance guide for a video game. 

Liara T'Soni

Ashley Williams

Diana Allers

Samantha Traynor

Steve Cortez

Tali'Zorah

Garrus Vakarian 

Kaidan Alenko



Be sure to check our other Mass Effect 3 guides and walkthroughs:

Mass Effect 3 walkthrough

Mass Effect 3 weapons and armor guide

Mass Effect 3 planet scanning guide - war assets, artifacts, intel, and credits

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35 comments

  • 11eviathan - March 9, 2012 12:10 p.m.

    Absolutely loving that picture! Thank you for the laugh as always Gamesradar.
  • db1331 - March 9, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    I love how the husk looks all clingy and Shep looks like she just wants to get out of there. I told Diana to get lost from the get go. I think Chobot is attractive irl, but they made her look hideous in the game. She looks like she has Droopy Dog's face. It was all a bit too much uncanny-valley for me to have her on my ship.
  • ObliqueZombie - March 9, 2012 2:40 p.m.

    I hear that. Her cheeks look like she just had an allergic reaction to peanuts.
  • Al_Capwn - March 9, 2012 3:15 p.m.

    she looks like snooki
  • SentientSquidMachine - March 10, 2012 11:27 a.m.

    Agreed!
  • Person5 - March 14, 2012 6:15 p.m.

    Shame I couldn't punch her when I rejected her, My Shep just hates reporters and people who lick video game controllers
  • DevonOO7 - March 9, 2012 1:29 p.m.

    I just beat the game.
  • JMarsella09 - March 9, 2012 1:57 p.m.

    Wow... Samantha's scene is terrible.
  • sutrebla15 - March 9, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    No Miranda Lawson in this game? :(
  • GhostbustTyler - March 9, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    She's in the game and you can have a relationship with her, but it's a long distance one, and I'm not sure if there is a romance scene. All I know is that you need to have a ME 2 save where you have a relationship with her.
  • SentientSquidMachine - March 10, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    They made up for it with Ashely...visually, still wanted to punch her in the face a couple of times though. And Jack's hot now.
  • majorsuave - March 11, 2012 11:22 a.m.

    Mini spoiler about Jack ------ Jack's hot as hell now... When I talked to her at Grissom Academy she said "You want to pin me against the wall of the cargo bay again?" Which my Carlos Sheppard did in ME2 before romancing Tali.
  • Al_Capwn - March 9, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    i stayed home from work tuesday to punish liara it was anal sex night on the normandy
  • agrizzl - March 28, 2012 5:28 p.m.

    Man.. That is the funniest thing iv ever heard
  • LEGOMatrix - March 10, 2012 4:14 a.m.

    That image is hlarious! I wish your love interest got turned into a husk at some point in ME3 now, but you could still "complete the romance"!
  • inkyspot - March 10, 2012 4:19 a.m.

    I romanced Miranda Lawson, so I guess I don't get to bang before the final mission, (Sad) That dude who takes care of the ships in the cardo bay tried to romance me in the club (what gives?) Needless to say, while I was flatered my male Shepard kindly turned him down ... lol
  • dakingzmen - March 10, 2012 6:38 a.m.

    ashley williams guide, 2nd paragraph: "Both new and imported female Shepards can romance Ashley, but actions you took in previous games can complicate things." I assume this is just a typo, or is it possible to romance ash as a femshep??
  • Matt Hughes - March 10, 2012 8:29 a.m.

    Oops, definitely a typo, thanks for the catch :)
  • Mishmonster - March 15, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    They finally made a FemShep, but they still didn't improve the romance options for her. They're crap! Three females, some not human; one human male that possibly didn't make it thru ME1; and a Turian? WTF??
  • Stegga - March 21, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    Has anyone actually kept Kaidan alive all the way through? Of all the people I know not a single one kept him alive in ME1. Although for my second playthrough I really don't want Ashley as a squad member, she's such a moany bitch

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