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:


  • 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.

  • 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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