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
Role: Lieutenant Commander
Preference: Males only
Personality: Straightforward, strong-willed,
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
can meet Ashley at the Presidium Commons café on the Citadel and close the
The real reason you’re here:
chosen to go ahead with the Priority: Cerberus Headquarters mission, the
following scene between Shepard and Ashley will take place: