Mass Effect Legendary Edition

About this mod

Expanded Shepard Armory mod unlocks helmetless versions of the official DLC armors to players who wish to use them and see their Shepard's faces; as well as adds additional armors and casual outfits ported from Mass Effect 1, 3 and Andromeda.

Permissions and credits
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Finally, at long last, after so many port requests, so many questions, DMs, tags, coming to the Legendary Edition, Shepards of both genders shall be able to enjoy the official DLC armors (Inferno, Collector, Cerberus, Terminus and Blood Dragon) without a helmet! Additionally, several new armors from Mass Effect 1 and 3 have been ported back in, all with BRAND NEW textures and materials. Welcome to Expanded Shepard Armory Legendary Edition, REMASTERED for you, the player, and also you, the modder (more on that later).

Expanded Shepard Armory adds additional "Chest" options to Shepard locker which include all of the DLC armors without helmet. Since these new "chests" already include legs, arms and shoulders; new options for removing those have been added to the end of each section of the locker. They are easily recognizable by the name "None". The original full body armors remain untouched, meaning you can swap between full body and helmetless, whenever you have access to the armor locker. The new armors lack voice modulation and can be combined with whichever regular headgear you want. Did you ever wish to use the Kuwashii Visor and Cerberus Armor together? Now you can! Don't forget to tint your headgear to match your new helmetless armors. Although you might be tempted to try some of the new headgear too!

Moreover, Expanded Shepard Armory includes several new casual outfits, taken from Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect Andromeda. These outfits are available for both genders and should provide a new touch to your Shepard while on the Normandy for your next Mass Effect 2 run.

IMPORTANT LEGENDARY EDITION NOTICE. Gear that is NOT Cerberus branded MUST NOW BE ACQUIRED through in-game means. Casual outfits and armors are now in most cases found on stores across the Citadel and Omega so players can acquire them early on in their playthroughs. There is two extra sets of Cerberus armors to be researched on the Tech Lab, so make sure to give some use to those damned minerals! NEW 2.0! An extra Cerberus design has made its way to the prototypes section of the Tech Lab.

There is an exception with some gear that has a unique ways to be acquired by just playing the game. Will your Shepard earn them?

The entire vanilla wardrobe has been reworked and some of the vanilla options are now on stores since Bioware added them without any explanation. However, ESA offers even MORE default gear, simply, Cerberus branded. No content has been removed from the game, simply relocated and at affordable places and locations.

NEW 2.0: Terran Fashion Kiosk! Deleia Sanassi has been overwhelmed for the past months with her catalogue being flooded with lots of Earther fashion. She has set up a new kiosk at Citadel Souvenirs handled by a charming Shopping Assistant VI. Find all of your casual clothes of Earth at Terran Fashion now. Citadel Souvenirs discounts apply. Note: Shopping VI is not localized into Polish language due to the necessary lines not having been recorded. The VI is fully localized into English, French, Italian and German.

NEW 2.2: Choose your gear on landing! You asked for it. You begged for an alternative to the breathers. You wished you could dress however you want for the Kasumi party. Well, here it is now. ESA finally introduces armor/casual selection when selecting to land on any Galaxy map location. DLCs included and supported. Armor/casual appearance selection will also show up when entering the VIP area of Afterlife. Rock out your best galas! Due to this new feature, the Kasumi DLC Tuxedo/Dress are now available for purchase on Terran Fashion at the Citadel.


New Default Gear: from now Shepard will wake up both on Lazarus Station and on Project Base (Arrival) on their undies, instead of Cerberus casuals. This option is overriden in New Game+ saves, as whatever you were wearing before import will take precedence. Moreover, the armor Shepard will get from the locker at the beginning of the game will be the Cerberus Ajax one and not N7. Furthermore, when landing on planets or areas in which a breather is needed, the game will not default to the N7 helmet if not wearing a full helmet, but to a Cerberus issued breather instead. N7 gear will still be unlocked after playing through the Lazarus Station and can be selected for Freedom's Progress as normal.


This mod REQUIRES to be installed with the latest ME3Tweaks Mod Manager version by Mgamerz. Make sure you let it update to the latest build after installation, in order to make sure that alternate files are correctly installed.

Installation of the Unofficial LE2 Patch 0.9.1+ is mandatory. There are some master texture dependencies that rely on the patch, as well as fixes that go through several of ESA's files. Make sure you are not using an outdated version of the patch, or you will experience several broken textures across the entire game.

The mod is in DLC form, so its installation is as simple as drag and drop the .7z file into the Mod Manager and let it work its magic. This mod is INCOMPATIBLE with any BASEGAME Coalesced mods. I am sorry but I am not going to support butchering the main config file of the game. So if you run into issues, please check you are using a vanilla Coalesced first of all. Moreover, despite whatever the author of IVAP claims, both mods are incompatible, and I WILL NOT SUPPORT any report coming from having both mods installed in any way. Furthermore, the patch was created without my consent.

So you are a modder creating outfits and would love to have them featured on a store as well? Afraid of coding one? Not wanting to bother with all the sequencing required? Patching hell? ESA framework is an OPEN resource for any modder that wants their creations to be available as purchases through this mod. What does this mean? You release your mod with your models, your textures, even your descriptions and/or stats, and you contact me telling me where you wish your creation to be available and under which conditions. We would settle on your mod having an UNIQUE in-memory bool that ESA will then use to check if the catalogues should display your content based on your mod presence. What do I require from you? JUST A SINGLE PICTURE of your creation. You keep your assets, your downloads and even donations if you are into that. A good deal, right? Just make sure to contact me and we can settle on the details. Welcome to a new area of BUILT-IN COMPATIBILITY for those who care for it. Those who don't, fair enough, but do not expect me to patch further when the framework has been created for ALL.

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Use the Mod Manager to remove the mod. Savegames aren't dependent of it, so it can be safely removed and/or added at any point during your game. Savegames using these armors after uninstallation of the mod will default to the N7 Armor/Cerberus Fatigues, so make sure to reequip your armor/casual of choice.

Known Issues

None. The mod has been throughly tested by several people and should be bug free now. However, in the event of strange behaviors happening regarding the use of the armors, do not hesitate to provide a description of your issues.

Currently the mod is only fully localized in English, Polish, Italian, French and German have not been fully updated to 2.0. It will, however, work with any language of the game. New armors will simply have their descriptions set in English. This may eventually change if enough people provide quality translations.

Although technically not an issue, I feel the need to point out that if you never dress your Shepard at Minuteman Station (after Lazarus), they will arrive to the Normandy on their undies. Dressing Shepard REQUIRES hitting APPLY on the armor locker. It's not a bug if you forgot to dress up...




You may contact me through the Nexus Forums.

Credits & Acknowledgements

  • ThaliaGraces: how can I start thanking you? ESA became our baby from this beautiful friendship we have formed between each other over lots of curses, bugs, laughs and crying. You have been there for me since the latest OT versions and you deserve as much credit as I for the finalized product. Every new Andromeda based texture is yours to claim, male Spectre gear... Amazing job, always striving for perfection and the best of details. Thank you for being a friend and supporting me and joining me in long voice chats when I needed the most. You are the best to work with, but most importantly, a friend.
  • Ellia/Anshela: without your teeny tiny fix, this mod would not even be working as intended. Proof that the smallest thing in the world can make the biggest change. Thank you for all your testing, saves, shared laughs with THE bug, being a shoulder to cry on and being there to listen to my rants. You are the best.
  • Kinkojiro: the true MVP. You made sure the OT mod would work, and now have helped me with the new part that eluded me while working in conjunction with your projects. A pleasure and I hope for more contributions on the future. LE modding is looking bright. Thank you for allowing the inclusion on ESA of the expanded research framework.
  • JadeBarker: thank you for the support and feedback.
  • Jenya66: thank you for all the support and cursed memes. You are my favorite Pokémon and that goes without saying. Thank you for your hard work on making the Joker Helmet be of proper use for both genders. Thank you for the new research pictures too.
  • Audemus: thank you for creating the base for Project Phoenix Armor Texture based on Miranda's Alternate Appearance Pack.
  • Mellin: thank you for allowing me to include the beautiful Mass Effect Andromeda ports you have made for Project Variety 3, as part of this mod.
  • Horography: thank you for having open permissions on your Mass Effect 3 mods. Your Tank Top models were a beautiful addition for this mod. Thank you for going ahead and sending me the raw assets of your new version for me to include. I hope you enjoy to see them here.
  • ELE08: thank you for having open permissions for using your fixed meshes on the CAT6 and Miranda's armors for Femshep. I hope you approve of the appropriate use they have been given here.
  • PoophairJones: thank you for having open permissions on your mods and thus allowing me to include a more realistic and close body option for males to that of Mass Effect 1.
  • Kani Hime: thank you for allowing free ports of your original mods to the Legendary Edition.
  • Lito Perezito: thank you for taking the time to give male Shepard's underwear model the accurate anatomy he deserves. Enough with censoring the hint of male genitalia existing and on the other hand, over sexualizing female models with even greater breasts.
  • Strife: thank you for providing all the interesting descriptions the mod now has for the stores. Your enthusiasm and willingness to write were greatly appreciated.
  • Beccatoria: thank you for proofreading all new included text strings, as well as for your feedback and rigorous testing (award to most bugs found?). Thank you for new store descriptions.
  • Mentlegen: thank you for all the testing, memes and laughs.
  • Gabe8: thanks for offering to do a beautiful banner for the mod page. I could not have come up with something as good looking as you did in that record time. Thank you for your feedback and support.
  • Herobrine24: German localization.
  • Zagarah: French localization.
  • Dravic1: Polish localization.
  • Krotz: Italian localization.
  • Scottina123: special thanks to the man who patiently helped me through my first steps into modding within the Mass Effect world. Honestly, if it would not be for him, my mods would not exist. Thank you for keeping being an inspiration. Do not give up on your modding endeavors for you are a true artist.
  • Mgamerz and the ME3TweaksFork developers: thank you for actively working on the modding tools for the trilogy and fixing whatever bugs we encounter. Moreover, Mg, thank you for listening to me. You and I know. Thank you.

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