Credits Pickups by Mission

I found it very annoying how you couldn’t go back to most areas after you finished the mission. Furthermore, a lot of missions had different sections where once you got to a certain point previous sections were locked off. So even within the same mission you couldn’t always go back to search for more credits.

This made it imperative that you get all the credits available the first time through. If you missed a few here and there in every mission, you could easily lose out on 60,000 credits or more. That’s enough to buy a big upgrade.

The Mass Effect wiki had good walkthroughs for all the missions but sometimes didn’t talk about credit pickups, so I decided to keep a log of where I found credits and when a mission would lock you out of previous sections. That way I would know exactly how many credits I should have at any point in a mission and also if I am approaching a “point of no return”.

Note: This will not cover the DLC content Kasumi, Overlord, Shadow Broker, or Arrival as I do not have them. If I ever get them, I will update this list.

Difficulty

While most of the credits are just on the main path you go through the mission, occasionally there are some that are off the main path. These credits tend to be the ones that get missed.
secluded – These credits are pretty close to the main path, usually in a small side room or off to the side of the same room.
hidden – These credits are far from the main path, and you will likely miss them unless you search every nook and cranny.

Note: Missions or assignments not listed have no Credits Found. This usually means there was an on-foot portion but no credit pickups anywhere, but many assignments are just fetch quests with no environment to explore. Examples include the overarching story mission and Samara and Thane’s loyalty missions.

Story Missions

Tutorial Mission (not shown in Journal)
975 – Bypass Safe – Office Room (secluded)
900 – Hack Datapad – Corridor
—–Found Wilson—–
975 – Hack Datapad – Sideroom (secluded)
900 – Bypass Safe – Sideroom (secluded)
Total: 3750

Freedom’s Progress
1000 – Salvage Parts – Main Path
2000 – Wall Safe – Dark Room
1000 – Salvage Parts – Just outside previous room
2000 – Wall Safe – Lit Room
1000 Salvage Parts – Large area with Rocket Drones (hidden)
3000 – Wall Safe – Boss Mech area in a side room (secluded)
Total: 10000

Horizon
6000 – Datapad – Main path on a bench
4200 – Datapad – Inside a prefab shelter (secluded)
4800 – Wall Safe – Inside a prefab shelter (secluded)
3000 – Computer – At the top of two sets of stairs in a prefab shelter (secluded)
3000 – Computer – After killing the first Harbingers, up some stairs in a prefab shelter (secluded)
6000 – Wall Safe – Main path where the Mechanic is
3000 – Computer – Before entering the big door, go up the stairs to the sides (secluded)
Total: 30000

Collector Ship
7500 – Collector Technology – Main path
15000 – Collector Technology – Main path
—–Mobile Platform Battle—–
7500 – Collector Technology – Main path
7500 – Collector Technology – Main path
Total: 37500

Reaper IFF
2000 – Wall Safe – Main path
2000 – Terminal – Main path
4000 – Wall Safe – Main path
3500 – Terminal – Main path
3000 – Terminal – Main path
3500 – Terminal – Main path
3500 – Terminal – Main path
2500 – Wall Safe – Main path
Total: 25,000

Dossier Missions

Dossier: Archangel
4000 – Datapad – After Jaroth’s room before entering the boulevard (secluded)
6000 – Datapad – Main path on the boulevard
4000 – Datapad – Through a bypassable door on the boulevard (secluded)
—–Bridge—–
4000 – Wall Safe – Take immediate left at top of stairs in Garrus’ place. (secluded)
2000 – Footlocker – In Garrus’ room. (secluded)
Total: 20000

Dossier: Tali
3000 – Damaged Geth – Main path
6000 – Damage Geth Hunter – Main path
—–High Ledge—–
6000 – Damaged Geth – Base Camp room
3000 – Damaged Geth – Base Camp room
6000 – Wall Safe – Base Camp room
6000 – Wall Safe – Hideout room before final boss
—–Base Camp Locked Door—–
9000 – Damaged Geth – Just before Tali
Total: 39000

Dossier: The Assassin
4800 – Terminal – Small room to the left in the first area (secluded)
3000 – Locker – Behind a locked door with workers inside (secluded)
4200 – Terminal – At the end of a long hallway further down from the workers (secluded)
—–Elevator—–
6000 – PDA – Behind a locked door with workers inside (secluded)
12000 – Datapad – Main path on a dead guard
Total: 30000

Dossier: The Convict
1500 – Dead Guard – Main path
4500 – Hack PDA – Left of a door after killing a Ymir Mech (secluded)
4500 – Dead Guard – Main path
1500 – Dead Prison Guard – Main path
3000 – Wall Safe – Main path
Total: 15000

Dossier: The Justicar
3000 – Circuit Boards – At the crime scene, before going through the door (secluded)
—–Crime Scene Locked Off—–
3000 – Terminal – In the Eclipse base before going up a flight of stairs (secluded)
6000 – Terminal – On the main path below some stairs
6000 – Terminal – Main path in a room with a shipping manifest
3000 – Terminal – Main path in the room with the final boss
4200 or 9000 – Anaya or Pitne For – Give it to the detective (Paragon) or sell it to the criminal (Renegade)
Total: 25200 or 30000

Dossier: The Professor
5000 – Bank Terminal – Main path
2000 – Talk to Sick Batarian – Main path (only if you don’t heal him)
4000 – Wall Safe – Sideroom Apartment (secluded)
1000 – Terminal – Upper Room/Overhang (secluded)
4000 – Wall Safe – Sideroom Apartment (secluded)
—–Clinic—–
3000 – Gambling Station – First room (secluded)
5000 – Bank Terminal – Corridor
1000 – Salvage Parts – Side area (secluded)
Total: 25000

Dossier: The Warlord
2000 – Dead Suns Corpse – Main path
4000 – PDA – Main path
2000 – Dead Suns Corpse – Main path
4000 – Wall Safe – Main path
4000 – PDA – In the same room as wall safe, left of door (secluded)
4000 – Terminal – Main path
Total: 20000

Loyalty Missions

Garrus: Eye for an Eye
600 – Trash – Just outside a set of double doors (secluded)
1500 – Wall Safe – Left side of the first big battle area (secluded)
900 – Circuit Boards – Through big cargo doors to the left side (secluded)
900 – Circuit Boards – To the right side on the main path (secluded)
900 – Circuit Boards – Just after the last Circuit Boards (secluded)
4500 – Laptop – Main path
1200 – Circuit Boards – Main path
2100 – Wall Safe – Main path
1200 – Datapad – Right side of the final battle area (secluded)
Total: 13800

Grunt: Rite of Passage
3300 – Turbine Parts – Left side of the keystone
3600 – Turbine Parts – Right side of the keystone
There are 4 dead krogan strewn about the battlefield.
1500 – Dead Krogan
1500 – Dead Krogan
1800 – Dead Krogan
1200 – Dead Krogan
—–Uvenk Battle—–
There are 2 dead krogan here, but they must be looted before killing Uvenk.
1200 – Dead Krogan (hidden)
900 – Dead Krogan (hidden)
Total: 15000

Jack: Subject Zero
3000 – Terminal – In the first indoor area you get to (secluded)
3000 – Storage Crate – To the right of a fork instead of left (secluded)
3000 – PDA – To the right when you first meet vorcha (secluded)
3000 – Circuit Boards – In one of the prison cells on the right (secluded)
—–Locked Door—–
3000 – Storage Crate – The same place where krogans are hiding (secluded)
Total: 15000

Jacob: The Gift of Greatness
1500 – Parts – Main path
3000 – PDA – Across a bridge just after listening to Partial Officer’s Log (hidden)
1500 – Parts – Area where the first battle happens (secluded)
2100 – PDA – Main path
1500 – Parts – At the back of the all-female camp (secluded)
1500 – Parts – Main path
1500 – Parts – Main path
2400 – PDA – Main path
Total: 15000

Legion: A House Divided
3000 – Geth Hub – Main path
3000 – Geth Hub – Main path
3000 – Geth Hub – Main path
3000 – Geth Hub – Main path
3000 – Geth Hub – Main path
Total: 15000

Miranda: The Prodigal
1500 – PDA – Just after an elevator to the right in a cargo container (hidden)
1500 – Locker – Area where you first see a few mechs (secluded)
3000 – Terminal – Second big cargo area inside a cargo container to the right (hidden)
3000 – PDA – Third big cargo area inside a cargo container on the right (hidden)
3000 – Secure Terminal – Main path
3000 – Secure Terminal – Main path
Total: 15000

Mordin: Old Blood
3000 – Circuit Boards – Main path
1500 – Datapad – Main path
4500 – Circuit Boards – In a small offshoot path when fighting a battle (secluded)
3000 – Locked Crate – In a small sideroom where krogan come from (secluded)
3000 – Terminal – You must choose the “Stay Longer” option in dialog (hidden)
Total: 15000

Tali: Treason
1800 – Laptop – Area with first battle (secluded)
1500 – Laptop – Area with first battle (secluded)
4200 – Terminal – Small sideroom very close to main path (secluded)
1800 – Laptop – Area with a lone Geth Hunter (secluded)
2100 – Laptop – Area with a lone Geth Hunter (secluded)
4200 – Wall Safe – Main path
3000 – Wall Safe – Main path
2400 – Laptop – Main path
1800 – Laptop – Main path
1500 – Wall Safe – Main path
2700 – Wall Safe – Main path
3000 – Laptop – Main path right before the boss
Total: 30000

Zaeed: The Price of Revenge
6000 – PDA – In the first fight area (secluded)
—–Renegade—–
6000 – Servos – Main path
—–Paragon—–
6000 – Generator Pipe – Main path
6000 – Servos – After killing a couple guards (secluded)
—–Boss Battle Start—–
6000 – Various Industrial Bits – Left sideroom of boss battle (secluded)
6000 – Various Industrial Bits – Right sideroom of boss battle (secluded)
Total: 30000 or 24000 (depends on Paragon vs Renegade choice)

N7 Assignments

N7: Abandoned Mine
2250 – Container – On a skeleton in the landing area (secluded)
1050 – Locker – Main path
450 – Locker – Main path but kill all the husks first
Total: 3750

N7: Anomalous Weather Detected
3750 – Geth Device – Activating it ends the mission but also gives you credits
Total: 3750

N7: Archeological Dig Site
750 – Personal Locker – In the first battle area near the entrance (secluded)
750 – Personal Locker – In the first battle area where some enemies start (secluded)
2250 – Personal Locker – In a small side passage of the first battle area (secluded)
Total: 3750

M7: MSV Strontium Mule
3750 – Research Terminal
Total: 3750

N7: Blue Suns Base
1875 – Wall Safe – Bunk room on the right side just inside the complex (secluded)
1875 – Wall Safe – After the final battle area in a left sideroom (secluded)
Total: 3750

N7: Javelin Missiles Launched
Total: 3750 – Wall Safe – Main path right at the computer you have to use

N7: Blood Pack Communications Relay
Total: 3750 – You get these credits just for completing the assignment

N7: Blood Pack Base
Total: 3750 – You get these credits just for completing the assignment

N7: Captured Mining Facility
Total: 7500 – You get these credits just for completing the assignment

N7: Eclipse Smuggling Depot
Credits Found on this assignment doesn’t follow the normal rules. You get 187.5 (rounded up to 190) credits per crate left intact after completing the assignment. However, there are no actual credit pickups to be found.
Total: 3750

N7: Endangered Research Station
Total: 3750 – You get these credits just for completing the assignment

N7: Lost Operative
3750 – Wall Safe – A sideroom in the main battle area (secluded)
375 – Terminal – Main path
Total: 4125

N7: MSV Estevanico
Total: 3750 – You get these credits just for completing the assignment

N7: Wrecked Merchant Freighter
All 3 are in the big landing area, the only explorable area.
1500 – Damaged Mech Parts
1500 – Damaged Mech Parts
750 – Damaged Mech Parts
Total: 3750

N7: Abandoned Research Station
All 3 of these are in the Living Quarters section
525 – Personal Locker
750 – Personal Locker
375 – Personal Locker
These 2 are in the Engineering section in a small offshoot area.
750 – Personal Locker
1350 – Personal Locker
Total: 3750

N7: Hahne-Kedar Facility
Total: 3750 – Wall Safe – When you enter the facility, straight into a small room

Project Firewalker Assignments

Project Firewalker: Rosalie Lost
900 – Scan where indicated
1200 – Scan where indicated
1650 – Scan where indicated
750 – Scan where indicated
1050 – Scan where indicated
750 – Scan where indicated
1200 – Scan where indicated
Total: 7500

Project Firewalker: Survey Sites Located
250 – Scan where indicated
250 – Scan where indicated
250 – Scan where indicated
250 – Scan where indicated
250 – Scan where indicated
Total: 1250

Project Firewalker: Volano Station
250 – Wall Safe – Side room with datapad (secluded)
125 – Locker – Room with sensors terminal
Total: 375

Project Firewalker: Prothean Site
3750 – Dead Body
Total: 3750

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