Shepard has changed a bit in their return outing, and that includes a new level cap for Mass Effect Legendary edition – depending, of course, on which game you’ve been playing. Below, we’ll break down the Mass Effect Legendary Edition level cap details so you know how to plan your upgrades as you work through the trilogy.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition level cap explained
The Mass Effect Legendary Edition level cap is 30 in all three games.
The changes to the Mass Effect Legendary Edition level cap have been brought in to create a consistent experience between all three games. As both Mass Effect 2 and 3 already had level caps of 30, this primarily affects the level cap in Mass Effect 1. Previously, Mass Effect's max level went up to 60 but was only achievable in a New Game Plus run. By bringing down the Mass Effect Legendary Edition level cap and adjusting the XP gain, players will have the chance to reach the max level during a single playthrough of the game.
The number of skill points you can earn hasn’t been adjusted – you’ll just level up a little slower here, but earn twice as many skill points to spend with each level. If you’re not a fan of the new Mass Effect Legendary Edition level cap, you can switch it back to Classic by swapping off Legendary Mode in the game settings. This won't change the level scaling change, it just adjusts the rate at which you earn levels and the number of points you gain per level.
The new level cap arrives alongside a reworked experience system for the first game. The rate at which XP is earnt has been rebalanced to provide a consistent experience across the entire game.
As noted above, the Mass Effect Legendary Edition level cap is only a reduction for the first game (which has received the most updates by far of all three games). To find out more about the full list of updates to all three games, check out our list of Mass Effect Legendary Edition changes.
Now that you know the Mass Effect Legendary Edition level cap is 30, you can plan our your points distribution for the squad carefully as you work through the story.