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Mass Effect 3 romance guide

Ashley Williams


Above: Ashley’s new peripheral vision-reducing haircut may put her at a serious tactical disadvantage, but it’s totally worth the L’Oréal endorsement

Race: Human

Role: Lieutenant Commander

Preference: Males only

Personality: Straightforward, strong-willed, stubborn

Everyone’s favorite semi-sexy space-racist is back, and unlike in ME2, she’ll stick around long enough to either annoy the crap out of you or become your naughty nighttime companion. All of this is assuming you did not blow her up in Mass Effect one, in which case she will be replaced by Kaidan Alenko, who has significantly smaller breasts.


Previously, on Mass Effect

Both new and imported male Shepards can romance Ashley, but actions you took in previous games can complicate things. Ashley will be suspicious of your motives early on in the game regardless of any previous relationships, but this resentment is multiplied if you ‘cheated’ on her during the second game. If that’s the case for you, make sure to follow the guide below carefully.


Romance Walkthrough

Ashley is part of your squad for the Priority: Mars mission, and it’s during this time she’ll repeatedly bring up Shepard’s prior relationship with Cerberus. Avoid the aggressive Renegade responses, especially if you’re making up for being unfaithful in the second game.

There’s no way to prevent Ashley from getting injured on Mars. She will be laid up in the hospital for a good chunk of the game, so it’s important to visit her when opportunities arise. 

When you go to the Citadel after the Mars mission, make sure to stop by the hospital. While not absolutely necessary, you should also visit Sirta Supplies on your way and purchase the “Collected Alfred Tennyson” gift for Ashley. She’s unconscious at this time, but it will come in handy later. Don’t worry about specific dialog choices here; she can’t hear you.

After the Priority: Palaven mission, you should get a private message from Ashley, who is awake and willing to see you. Now is your opportunity to present her with that gift, and you should be generally supportive here in order to regain her trust.

Ashley will be back on her feet during the Tuchanka missions, and she’ll once again extend an invite via private message. It’s important that you visit her again at this time and continue the supportive dialog, or things could get quite messy the next time you two encounter each other.

At the end of the Priority: Citadel mission, Ashley will be escorting Udina and end up in a standoff with Shepard. If you’ve done everything you can so far to nurture your relationship with Ashley, you can get her to stand down very easily. If you haven’t followed the walkthrough up to this point, it is still possible to resolve the situation peacefully with a high enough reputation score. If you can’t get Ashley to stand down here, things get pretty ugly, and the road to romance will end.

There is a forced encounter with Ashley just before returning to the Normandy. It’s here that you actually convince her to stay on your crew. She’ll gladly join if you’ve been friendly so far; if not, it will take some serious reputation points to convince her. It should go without saying that she needs to be on your crew if you wish to see this romance through.

After completing enough missions, Ashley will send you a private message asking you to meet her and her sister at the docking bay. Offer your support during this meeting, and you’ll have nearly wrapped things up. 


Closing the deal

Finally, you can meet Ashley at the Presidium Commons café on the Citadel and close the deal.


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 Ashley will take place:

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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