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Mass Effect: Andromeda guide: Getting to know the Nexus task mission

Jeffrey Parkin (he/him) has been writing video game guides for Polygon for almost seven years. He has learned to love just about every genre of game that exists.

At the end of your conversation in Nexus Operations, your journal will update with a new additional task mission. This is a good example of the kind of additional task you should watch out for and complete. It introduces you to the four main characters you’ll talk to on the Nexus, fills in a lot of story and opens up a bunch of new options for what to do next.

Speak with Tann

We are very upset that Director Tann is not wearing Dinesh’s gold chain from Silicon Valley.

Director Jarun Tann is the salarian head of the Andromeda Initiative. (Also, he’s voiced by Kumail Nanjiani, which is very distracting.) If you talk to him a second time (after you talk to him to complete the "Nexus Reunion" mission), you’ll learn a lot more about his deep-seated racism, he’ll add another additional task ("Talk to the scientists") and you’ll pick up an allies and relationships mission that you won’t be able to do anything about yet.

Speak with Kesh

Nakmor Kesh is the krogan superintendent of the Nexus. Talk to her to get a lot of information about what’s happened on the Nexus over the last 14 months. You’re not going to pick up any missions here (yet, we suspect), but she seems like the kind of person you want on your side.

Speak with Kandros

The turian Tiran Kandros is the head of the Nexus militia. Your conversation with him will cover a lot of topics that we won’t go into here. Just as important as your conversation, there are two things in the same room you should pay attention to.

Mass Effect: Andromeda’s strike team missions terminal

Just to Kandros’ right is the strike team missions terminal. Like that name suggests, this is where you go to dispatch strike teams on missions. There are two types of missions, strike team and APEX.

  • Strike team missions don’t require you to do anything. They take a set amount of time to complete, have a percentage-based chance of success and will reward you with XP and items if they’re successful.
  • APEX missions are Mass Effect: Andromeda’s multiplayer mode. Ryder takes part in these missions personally. We’ll spend more time talking about the multiplayer in another guide.

The other thing to notice in the militia HQ is the crying turian woman next to the counter (she’s got a blue exclamation point floating over her head). Talk to her to pick up the "First Murderer" Heleus assignment mission. (We’re not going to cover this Heleus assignment here because it involves going to another planet. We’ll pick this one up once Eos is unlocked in the main missions.)

Speak with Foster Addison

Colonial Director Foster Addison is in charge of the Andromeda Initiative’s colonization effort. She is a less-than-pleasant person to talk to, but nearby (when you leave Nexus Operations the first time), you’ll pick up the "Station Sabotage" Heleus assignment mission.

Speak with the scientists

On the far end of the Colonial Affairs room of the Nexus, you’ll find Doctor Herik and his team. They’re here to do two things at the moment: complain about their workplace conditions and figure out what the heck is going on in the Heleus cluster.