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A gameplay and story mod for ME3 that changes the fate of our favorite assassin, Thane Krios.

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-- TMv3.0 development in progress --
-- 19 June 2017 | TMv2.0-EGM Patch Released --
-- See sticky on "Posts" tab for TMv2.0 Install Guide Corrections --

ThaneMOD is a series of changes to the handling of Thane Krios’ character in Mass Effect 3. The primary intent of the mod is to provide players with the option to prevent Thane from engaging Kai Lame... uh... Leng, in the Priority: Citadel II mission (aka, “The Coup”). This prevents his death, allowing him to live through the end of the game. He returns in the epilogue, either in a series of "flashforwards" or in the Memorial Scene; sometimes in both. ThaneMOD has specifically been built to be used by both friend and romanced Shepards and is compatible with most other mods for ME3.

ThaneMOD also includes many other story and lore enhancements contained in four optional "modules." These modules range from music alterations and dialogue changes, to new war assets, codex entries and emails, to achievements, new textures and more. Much of the new content varies with romance status and in game decisions.

With the release of v2.0, many goals for ThaneMOD have been reached or exceeded. Follow the link in the Changelog tab to view what's new.

All changes ThaneMOD makes to ME3 are grouped into five modules. Each module comes in different versions, depending on romance status or ending type, and in most cases can be used independent of any other module.

The five modules are:

  • Core module (standard for EC, enhanced for EC, enhanced for MEHEM)
  • Emails, War Assets & Codex (EWAC) module
  • Relationship Improvements module (Friend or Romance)
  • Huerta Music module (Friend or Romance)
  • Credits Music module (EC, MEHEM for SM, MEHEM for Julia)

Due to its size and complexity, ThaneMOD has a significant amount of documentation. The information you will find on this page is brief
(seriously). For more details, please visit the website at

ThaneMOD has several requirements, including the fact that Thane must be alive from ME2. For details on all requirements, see this page of the website.

ThaneMOD v2.0 is an old (but functional) mod. It was one of the first DLC mods available, and due to its age, was distributed in 6 alternate module combinations, called "packages". Each TM2 download contains one of these packages (A-F), along with other files necessary for installation. This will become MUCH simpler when TMv3.0 is released. For now, folks still need to deal with this method.

Below are the module combinations in each ThaneMOD v2.0 package. Package A is the simplest installation of ThaneMOD that makes the smallest amount of changes to the game. Packages B-E are all "complete" ThaneMOD experiences. All modules are included, but they differ in romance status (in regards to Thane) and ending type. Package F is a manual install version meant for modders and highly advanced users who need a combination not present in the other packages.

  • Package A -- Standard Core module for the ME3 Extended Cut
  • Package B -- Enhanced Core module for the ME3 EC, EWAC, Friend Improvements, Huerta Music
  • Package C -- Enhanced Core module for the ME3 EC, EWAC, Romance Improvements, Huerta Music
  • Package D -- Enhanced Core module for MEHEM, EWAC, Friend Improvements, Huerta Music
  • Package E -- Enhanced Core module for MEHEM, EWAC, Romance Improvements, Huerta Music
  • Package F -- All modules; full manual install

Choose your install package carefully and ensure it contains the contents you want to experience in game. You only need to download one, as only one can be installed at a time.

See the website and install guide in your download for further information, and step-by-step instructions. Reading this description is NOT a substitute. Also, keep in mind that the install guide is now 3 years old and instructions for usage of ME3Explorer are deprecated. Users should refer to the ME3Explorer wiki, instead.

ThaneMOD is compatible with all mods released by myself, and any other mod that doesn't change the same game assets. Users should compare
files across their DLC mods to check for themselves. Other DLC mods can override ThaneMOD if they have higher "mount priority". For more information on compatibility, see this Nexus article and this page of the ThaneMOD website.

ThaneMOD is made for English localizations, only. It *will not* work for other localizations. If you attempt to use it anyway, I will not answer questions, nor provide technical support.

Users should finish reading about compatibility, conflicts, and translations, in relation to my mods, here. Modders interested in creating patches or translations for BCM should refer to the ThaneMOD website.

ThaneMOD has undergone a large amount of testing, and no bugs are known at this time. If you run into any problems, use the information provided here before reporting.

ThaneMOD v3.0 is under active development, and I'm now at the point where I'm dedicating all my modding hours to it and not my other mods. I have no ETA at this point, as I'm inevitably wrong about the potential release date. TM is (and has been) undergoing a massive rebuild, which has also resulted in significant feature creep. TM3 implements a large amount of new content, in addition to fixing a significant amount of vanilla bugs and lore. Here's what I can tell you so far, without too many spoilers:

  • it will no longer have install variations based upon romance status
  • it will likely still have install variations based upon ending mod type
  • it will handle all variations of Thane's import status on the fly, as it should
  • it will be divided into two DLC, one that focuses on fixing existing content (TMCore), and one that adds new content (TMLore)
  • it will allow the player to *actively* control Thane's survival via a key decision; Thane can now perish with ThaneMOD
  • it will better handle ALL of Thane's fates, living or dead
  • it will completely overhaul the entirety of Huerta, as we're now able to edit/replace facefx and add new audio
  • it will include a significant amount of new content for a romanced Thane
  • it will create substantial variations in Thane's interactions with Shepard based upon loyalty and romance status
  • it will rectify the many plot holes with the variations of Kolyat's fate in ME2 and how it's carried into ME3
  • it will fix and smooth all bugs and plot holes related to Thane, Kolyat, hanar, drell, Kahje, and Bailey in ME3
  • it will implement a new quest for Thane, when he doesn't partake in the coup
  • it will address Citadel DLC content with respect to Thane

Updates are posted periodically on the website and Tumblr, and development discussions take place on the forums.

TM3 will be released when it's ready. Not before.

ThaneMOD is brought to you by Giftfish, with additional contributions from:

  • AndromedaShepard, artwork
  • Barddoc1992 , writing and editing
  • Brinx-ii, artwork
  • Ottemis, texturing

Much appreciation to:

  • AthenaisShepard, Elliekrios, and Elvie, for testing
  • Barddoc1992, for feedback, ideas, discussion, and moral support
  • JohnP, for feedback, technical discussion, troubleshooting, and moral support
  • ThaneMOD forum community, for patience, feedback, and ideas
  • ME3Explorer Toolset Team, creators of the best modding tool for Mass Effect
  • BioWare Corporation and Electronic Arts Inc., creators of the Mass Effect franchise

ThaneMOD is not affiliated with or endorsed by BioWare Corp. or Electronic Arts, Inc. Previous content contributors include: coldwetn0se, Emeraldfern, and HJF4. The ME3 DLL DLC Patcher is by Warrantyvoider. The ThaneMOD Edition of the ME3 Gibbed Save Editor by Rick, was customized by HJF4. For complete information on credits, please see the website.