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Mass Effect: Andromeda

Exploring Aya

Nathan Garvin

Resistance Headquarters

An obvious place to start this bout of exploration is on Aya, of course, which you can now explore more or less fully. You have to trek through the place again to get back to the Tempest anyways. Starting in the Resistance Headquarters, talk to Evfra (and hence, the Moshae) for more information, if you wish, then scan some displays to the west and read a Communications Terminal to the east.

Other than that you can check out the infirmary and training grounds (both downstairs). In the former you can learn about Angaran physiology by talking to Olvek (after you use the obligatory Decontamination Console, of course) while in the latter you can listen to Cora babble about Asari huntress training for the hundredth time, as well as talk to Quartermaster Istaal, who will begrudgingly sell you weapons and mods.

Quartermaster Istaal will reluctantly do business with you (left). Learn a bit about the Angarans by visiting the Repository of History (right).

Repository of History

Leave the Resistance Headquarters and from there head northwest to find an Angaran named Daanfre, who scanned you on your way past earlier. Ignore her a little bit longer - you’ll get to questing this place shortly - but first continue east from the overly-inquisitive Angaran and you’ll reach a door that seals off a section of the city. Ignore it for now and head north to reach the Repository of History, where you’ll find Peebee poring over the Remnant Museum Exhibit. Talk to her, examine the exhibits, then talk to the Angaran staff - Nalon, Elihn and Avela Kjar. Sadly, they seem to know relatively little about ancient Angaran history and the Scourge, which caused its downfall and a subsequent dark age, and it’s safe to say you know far more about the Remnant than they do.

The Tavetaan

Exit the Repository of History building and head through the door to the west to find a bar… or restaurant. Or both. Either way, scan some Nutrient Paste Vats behind the counter for some Research Data points, then note that both Drack and Liam are wasting time here. Talk to the bartender Roaan Aabel to learn about the Angaran food processing techniques and possibly sample some Angara beverages… awkwardly. Isn’t it odd how they seem to use the same, plain metal cups as the Nexus does? Strange.

Scan some Nutrient Paste Vats to gain some Research Data (left) and consider doing some shopping (right), as rare minerals can be found on Aya.


Head south, then west up some stairs to reach the Aya Marketplace. Interject into a forum discussion, then continue west to reach the business end of the market, where a variety of merchants are peddling their wares. This includes a Materials merchant selling augmentations and materials, including rare resources like Vanadium, Titanium, Platinum and Element Zero. A General Store Merchant sells consumables and more materials, Felaan peddles raw fruit (which is of no use to you right now), while another merchant - Xaan Ingil - is less friendly. Finally, if you talk to Arbiter Renaav you’ll learn a bit about Angaran laws and trade customs, starting the quest “Task: Laws and Customs”.

Governors Office

From the Marketplace head west, then turn north and head upstairs to reach the Governor’s Office. In the front room you’ll find your old pal Enroh Bosaan, who is eager to impose upon you the quest “Task: Messages to the Nexus”. Talking to the adjacent Arbiter Ohmdaal will result in him giving you “Arbiter Ohmdaal’s Datapad”, in connection with the quest “Task: Laws and Customs”. Ironically, the only person here who won’t pester you with quests is the governor herself, Paaran Shie. She does have quite a bit of chatter you can sift through, however.

Scan a mural in the Memorial Gardens (left) then pick up an Angaran Shuttle Model in the nearby building (right).

Memorial Gardens

Leave the Governor’s Office, return to the Marketplace, and from Arbiter Renaav head west, then south to return to the docks. Along the way you’ll find a Display Stand for a memorial garden and an Angaran Mural you can scan. If you go through a door to the southwest of this mural you’ll reach the control center for Aya’s docks. Grab an Angaran Shuttle Model off a desk for your toy collection, note the handy Research Center for your crafting needs, then talk to Maariko. As local astronomer, he knows more about the local systems than most Angara… but recently some tools of the trade - several monitoring satellites - have gone missing. You have a ship, he has a need, and together, this starts the quest “Safe Journeys”.

With that, you’re done exploring Aya, but there are still plenty of quests to do, which will be covered in the next few pages, and after that, some follow-up quests in the Nexus will be covered.


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Electronic Arts
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS4, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    16 February 2017
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin

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Sent on a 600 year voyage to the next galaxy, you are the Pathfinder, the one selected to lead your race as you discover and colonize new worlds. To survive in this harsh new reality, you must quickly learn to co-exist with other races in Andromeda, and unlock the mysteries of the galaxy itself, in order to ultimately decide the fate of humanity. Inside the guide you will find:

  • A detailed explanation of the main missions.
  • Complete coverage of every side quest and area you can discover.
  • Planetary guide coverage.

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