How to Unlock: Create an outpost on Elaaden (complete Settling Elaaden)[Elaaden]
This page contains walkthrough of Architect on Elaaden. This is one of Heleus Assignments (side quest) in Mass Effect: Andromeda, and you can pick it up during your stay on Elaaden. This mission involves fighting with another Remnant Architect (you may have had similar duels earlier on Eos and Voeld).
Unlocking the assignment
In order to unlock the mission you must first complete Settling Elaaden. When you do that you will be able to talk to outpost leader in order to start this mission.
Speak to outpost leader
As soon as you set up an outpost on Elaaden (connected with Settling Elaaden mission), you must go to the outpost leader. This character can be found in one of the buildings there, the exact location is marked in the picture above. During a conversation you will learn about the location where you can challenge a Remnant Architect.
Before you challenge the Architect it is a good idea to prepare yourself:
- Save the game and try to memorize the locations of standard supply boxes. You can return to those during combat (provided it is not too risky).
- If you are playing on normal difficulty, you do not have to worry too much about your squad selection. On higher difficulty levels you should take characters specializing at Combat and Tech.
- Long range weapons will do best for attacking the Architect. Fighting him at close range would be difficult simply because of the robot's sizes, the more so that Architect can protect itself from such attacks. Consider using assault or sniper rifle. Moreover, you will do wise to equip incinerating ammo, which will deal much more damage to the boss, as well as sticky grenades, which you can throw at the enemy's weak spots.
During the duel with the Archiect do your best to avoid open spaces. There are all sorts of environmental covers there that you can easily hide behind. However, DO NOT TRY to get through the entire battle with the giant robot just staying behind one cover, because some of the Architect's attacks can hurt you even if you are hiding behind a cover. These are specifically these two Architect's special attacks: throwing multiple grenades and launching a wave of energy. Fortunately, both are signalized whenever the boss prepares to perform them, so if you don't get distracted you will have enough time to escape them (when you the enemy is about to attack, you should quickly move away from your current position). If your character has a clocking ability you can rely on that instead of covers or mix these two tactics.
During the combat you can give orders to your companions - if you choose to do that you should point them at specific parts of the Architect's body. If any of your companions gets knocked down, try to revive them, but do this in between of the Architect's attacks, so not to get killed yourself while helping out a companion.
The weak spots on the Architect's body are the wires by his limbs. Attack those and do your best to make your shots count, so not to waste ammo and other supplies.
When you hurt the Architect's limbs bad enough you will be able to shoot at wires on his head. When that happens use your most powerful weapons and skills - destroying those wires concludes the duel.
There are at least two things that make the duel with the Architect more challenging. The first one is the fact that the boss summons lesser Remnants (the strongest ones that will appear in this battle are the Nullifiers - flank them or attack with anti-shield attacks). At that point you must stop attacking the Architect and deal with other Remnants.
Note - While attacking ordinary Remnats you should still avoid Architect's attacks, especially that he may use his most powerful attacks he has at disposal!
The other holdback is that whenever you destroy one of his limbs the Architect backs away. When that happens you don't have to use NOMAD. Follow the Architect on foot and wait for him to take a new position - resume the duel then.
In order to win the fight with the Architect you must reduce his head's health energy to zero. When the boss drops dead run towards his head and press the interaction button in order to establish connection. This will conclude the battle.
Note - When you return to Elaaden's orbit you will notice the Architect there. Investigating it will let you acquire Remnant Research Data.
Speak to outpost leader
Having done all that, return to the outpost leader who gave you the mission. After a short conversation the mission is concluded.
Rewards: XP, Andromeda Viability Points.