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Mass Effect 3 romance guide

Liara T’Soni


Above: When she’s not murdering Cerberus soldiers, Liara enjoys checking Shepard’s internet history

Race: Asari

Role: Shadow Broker

Preference: Males and females

Personality: Serious, cerebral, adorable

Our favorite Asari scientist/biotic wunderkind is now the Shadow Broker, and has set up shop aboard the Normandy in Miranda’s old office. We’re covering her first because, frankly, she’s willing to get naked for anyone. She’s also the second permanent squad member, and since James Vega is not a romanceable character, Liara will be the target of many impatient Shepards.


Previously, on Mass Effect

Both new and imported male and female Shepards can romance Liara. Those who romanced her in ME1 may have to do some damage control beforehand, however. Since she was absent from your crew in ME2, it’s understandable if you filled the loneliness void with one of your other 2000 crew members. But Liara is the Shadow Broker now, and she sees all. Thankfully, none of that really matters to Liara, provided you clear the air when speaking with her in her quarters early on. If you ‘cheated’ in ME2, tell Liara that you want to continue your relationship with her. This won’t cement anything, but it is the first and most important step.


Romance Walkthrough

Apart from what we’ve already mentioned above, Liara is very low-maintenance. Make sure to give favorable responses to her dialog, and visit her every once in a while in her office, though there are several times when she will actually seek you out, regardless if you are trying to woo her.

Above: Liara waiting for Shepard to get off the toilet. Uhh, maybe this isn’t going work out...

Before the Tuchanka missions wrap up, go to the Citadel and pay Liara a visit. She’ll be at the Presidium Commons café. Use this opportunity to further fortify your relationship. You can also have an in-depth conversation with Liara in her quarters just before the Priority: Horizon mission.


Closing the Deal

Your opportunity to confirm the romance with Liara happens in the Presidium Commons late in the game. Liara will be standing near the shops at the southwestern part of the map. Don’t worry about seeking her out every time you visit the Citadel; she invites you to join her via private message. The following vid is of a Shepard who did not romance Liara in ME1:


The real reason you’re here:

Once you’ve chosen to go ahead with the Priority: Cerberus Headquarters mission, the following scene between Shepard and Liara will take place the night before:

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35 comments

  • salvador-tapia - April 18, 2014 9:36 p.m.

    Can you still romance ashley even if she doesn't kiss you on the citadel
  • jonus-pittman - November 10, 2013 5:54 p.m.

    all i hear for garrus page is liara, ash, Miranda, and tali type the comments on the right page its annoying and frankly i only heard one true garrus comment
  • Jayman33 - April 7, 2013 6:09 p.m.

    Why are they giving us a demonstration of romance to Liara with female sheppard?? Smh. Stop playing around and do it the right way with MALE Sheppard. Geez always tryna show gay stuff. Enough already!
  • malyxx - June 11, 2013 4:11 p.m.

    There is no "right way" you ignorant jackass.
  • Joshin69 - July 10, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    Where the Miranda Lawson? She and i just did the horizontal shuffle. Guess you had to give her sugar in 2 but still strange to not see her in the guide.
  • jimmy-cwiek - August 30, 2013 11:42 p.m.

    you know it is weird i sugared up Miranda in me2 and i ended up with liara
  • cary-allen - June 16, 2012 11:11 p.m.

    I know Jack is hot but Tali is so much hotter inside that suit of hers. I mean once you get past the whole humanoid thing and the Arabian accent she is so much hotter. I even bought Mass Effect 2 and played through the whole thing to just to see what she looks like. Also in my opinion its not wise to buy and play Mass Effect 3 and then buy and play Mass Effect 2 because the graphics and a lot of other things are different. For Example the Normandy is designed one way in 2 but designed another way in 3. Plus the graphics are awesome in Mass Effect 3 but Mass Effect 2 has cruder graphics.
  • Sjoeki - July 7, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    Agree completely about Tali, she is the best choice if you ask me. IMO it might be a good idea to play the games in the order they came out, did you know there is a mass effect game? It was the first one and it was so new back then that they didn't even give it a number! That the normandy has a different design in 2 was even mentioned in 3 but that was because the very first normandy (the one where you start in in 2) is an alliance vessel and it gets destroid, after that cerberus builds a new one and they design it the way they think is best. At the start of 3 the alliance confiscated the normandy and they placed the armory back on the lowest deck where it was in the first place. And I don't really think it's fair to compair the graphics of a 2012 game to a 2009 game.
  • Sjoeki - April 26, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    You can keep Kelly Chambers (your yeoman from mass effect 2, who can now be found on the docks in the citadel) alive by telling her that she should change her name. If you do that and you don't go for another relationship you have some fun with her. And a question for the Ashley Romance, do I need her to back down at that stand off with Udina? Cause I didn't wait for that and just shot Udina in the chest, does that ruin the romance?
  • Person5 - March 27, 2012 4:14 p.m.

    I wanted to continue my romance with Ashley in ME3 but she's so bland once she joins my crew, I go to talk to her on my ship but I can never engage in conversation with her, I can't do this with most people actually, which is severely annoying
  • 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
  • Wayne985 - April 26, 2013 8:43 a.m.

    I did. He's fleshed out incredibly well in ME3 and makes for a better character than Ashley in the long run. I also like his combat style, which supplements my soldier class really well.
  • jimmy-cwiek - August 30, 2013 11:47 p.m.

    i had him killed to screw ashly, but i found out if you start a new character for mass effect 2 (let a friend borrow the game and he got bored.) kaidan is by default the one you saved
  • jonus-pittman - November 10, 2013 5:48 p.m.

    i did
  • 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??
  • 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 :)
  • 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

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