Here is our list of all Mass Effect canon with an explanation for each work. You can find a list of all Mass Effect canon works in chronological order here.
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A prequel to Mass Effect, set in the year 2165. Its plot involves David Anderson and Saren Arterius investigating an attack on a human research station.

Set a few months after the events of Mass Effect, and concerns a young biotic prodigy, Gillian Grayson, pursued by Cerberus. Grayson is aided by Kahlee Sanders, who also had a significant role in the previous novel.

Set one year after the events of Mass Effect 2, and concerns Cerberus, and their investigation of Reaper technology. They start experimenting on Paul Grayson. Khalee Sanders and David Anderson team up to find and save him.

Set not long after the events of Mass Effect: Retribution, and follows Gillian Grayson’s search for her father’s murderer, the Illusive Man. Due to inconsistency with lore, this novel is not considered canon.

Nexus Uprising tells the story of the Nexus’ arrival in Andromeda one year before the arrival of Ark Hyperion. The Nexus collides with the Scourge, a space phenomenon that damages the station and kills the leaders of the Andromeda Initiative. New leaders are forced to take control, but it’s not without issues.



Mass Effect Redemption

Mass Effect: Redemption (published by Dark Horse)

A four-issue comics following Liara T’soni leading up to the events of Mass Effect 2 and related to the DLC “Lair of the Shadow Broker.”
Shepard’s body is the source of many schemes. Liara tries to recover it before it falls into the wrong hands.

Mass Effect: Evolution (published by Dark Horse)

A four issue comic that focuses on the origin of the Illusive Man, and is set during the First Contact War, shortly after the discovery of the Mass Relays.


comics-incursionMass Effect: Incursion

An online comic (8 pages) that follows Aria T’Loak’s encounter with the Collectors one week prior to the opening events of Mass Effect 2.


comics-inquisitionMass Effect: Inquisition (available to read online here)

Taking place after Mass Effect 2, the plot follows Captain Armando-Owen Bailey during his investigation of Executor Venari Pallin and corruption within C-Sec.


comics-convictionMass Effect: Conviction

Taking place before Mass Effect 3, the plot follows Lieutenant James Vega during his stay on Omega before returning to Systems Alliance service after the events of Paragon Lost. This is a free comic.


comics-hewholaughsbestMass Effect: He Who Laughs Best

A free comic taking place before before the events of Mass Effect 1. It follows Jeff “Joker” Moreau before he becomes the pilot of the SSV Normandy.



Mass Effect: Invasion (published by Dark Horse)

This comic follows Aria T’Loak, leader of the space station Omega, as she fight against a new threat unleashed on Omega by the terrorist organization Cerberus.


comics-homeworldsMass Effect: Homeworlds (published by Dark Horse)

A four issue anthology series comics. Each comic follows a specific squadmate: James Vega, Tali’Zorah, Garrus Vakarian, and Liara T’Soni.


comics-blastoBlasto: Eternity is Forever (published by Dark Horse)

This comic tells the story of Blasto, a Hanar Spectre featured in several Mass Effect films as the galaxy’s first Hanar Spectre.


comics-foundationMass Effect: Foundation (published by Dark Horse)

A 13-issue anthology comic following various characters of the Mass Effect universe. The first issue Foundation #1 is available for free.


Mass Effect: Discovery (published by Dark Horse)

This comic follows a turian who tries to infiltrate the Andromeda Initiative.



Mass Effect: Paragon Lost

James Vega, a squadmate in Mass Effect 3, is the hero of this Mass Effect anime movie. He leads a Special Forces squad on a human colony that ends up being attacked by a new enemy: the Collectors. Vega and his squad need to work together in order to defeat them. The events of the film happen before Mass Effect 2, and are referred to by James Vega himself in a Mass Effect 3 scene.

Mobile Games:

This shooter game was made available to iOS devices on June 2009.  It takes place before the events of Mass Effect 1. Players can take on the role of Jacob Taylor, a squadmate from Mass Effect 2, as he fights batarian terrorists. Jacob is not yet a Cerberus agent at the time of the game.

This shooter game was made available to iOS devices on March 2012. It is no longer in the App Store. The game is set during Mass Effect 3 and follows Randall Ezno, a Cerberus agent, who ends up turning against the organization.


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