Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 Achievements
Kill 5,000 enemies.

This is a lot of enemies to kill. If you die, the enemies you killed will have counted. Therefore, it is technically possible to get this in one playthrough of the campaign. If not, you may get the rest in another playthrough or within the multiplayer "wave" based gametype. 

Note: Even after dying, the ones you have obtained count. They count across all playthroughs as well as multiplayer (which you can play by yourself).

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Comment #1 by GhostCamarox75
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 02:30:41 PM

Hopefully this doesn't take forever...

Comment #2 by Andy the Black
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 02:47:51 PM

Maybe we get to blow up another star system. Boom, done in one. Seriously though, this will probably come just though normal play. If not you'll probably be close by the end and kills will likely carry over to NG+,plus multiplayer kills might count as well.

Comment #3 by Fiery Phoenix
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 02:58:50 PM

Should be easy enough. As Andy said, you'll probably get this one within two single player playthrough's anyway (assuming you are the completionist type when it comes to side quests and whatnot).

Comment #4 by BosmaniaK
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 04:48:02 PM

we'll probably get this in a 2nd or 3rd playthrough

Comment #5 by High Lord Sigma
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 06:36:18 PM

This means that either the game is really, really long, or the game requires a repeat playthrough. I'd like either of those possibilities.

Comment #6 by General Boredom
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 12:18:40 AM

Hopefully this will be cumulative between singleplayer and multiplayer.

Comment #7 by Primal Tiger
Sunday, February 05, 2012 @ 08:40:31 PM

Over 5,000!!!

Comment #8 by Mr Gollywoggins
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 08:15:14 AM

To be honest I'm not really worried about this one, I usually do multiple playthroughs of mass effect games so this should be no problem.

Comment #9 by GrIzZLY
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 01:12:37 PM

damn, it will take for ever ....

Comment #10 by IFC3000
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 04:00:36 PM

kill kill and kill again ...

Comment #11 by Alanosborn1991
Monday, February 06, 2012 @ 11:35:36 PM

They should have made it 99,999 kills cuz that's how long I will be playing

Comment #12 by BritishBoogaloo
Wednesday, February 08, 2012 @ 02:32:23 PM

I like killing things.

Comment #13 by xSandMan v1
Thursday, February 16, 2012 @ 06:20:07 AM

lets do this

Comment #14 by fohf
Thursday, February 16, 2012 @ 11:45:36 AM

I bet that the MP kills count towards this as well.

Comment #15 by Fiery Phoenix
Friday, February 17, 2012 @ 12:54:26 AM

If the MP kills do count then this will be a breeze.

Comment #16 by grantandsherri
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 10:39:57 AM

I know just off of my ME1 playthrough, i have this many kills. It should have been titled... Reaper Madness......

Comment #17 by sera07
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 04:31:29 AM


I believe so

Comment #18 by Raynre
Tuesday, March 06, 2012 @ 05:31:35 PM

Multiplayer does count towards this goal.

Comment #19 by CromUnlimited
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 12:57:55 AM

I confirm NUMBER 18's comment. Single player and multiplayer kills are added.

Comment #20 by chizrocker88
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 06:59:21 PM

Are they also added across multiple play throughs?

Comment #21 by Braven10
Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 11:14:26 PM

Im not done with the storyline yet (at Priority: Thessia) and im sitting at something like 700-750 kills. So this will probably take 2-5 runthroughs depending on difficulty and how much work you let your squadmates do (not sure if their kills count)

Comment #22 by Kozzy1712
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 03:13:34 PM

I was just wondering if they were carried over another play through. I was playing through till some of the missions were bugged and decided to start over. I'll let you know if it does carry over the kills. (FYI some missions are bugged if you go ahead and do another mission you'll not be able to complete a pending mission)

Comment #23 by Paregmenon
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 04:55:32 PM

This is the last achievement I need, I had gotten 3,745 kills. Played online and went down to 0 WTF!

Comment #24 by bryson 06
Sunday, March 11, 2012 @ 07:51:12 PM

Im at 2,000.

One play through got me around 1,000 or more, and mp going to level 19 or 20 got me another 1,000 or so.

Not bad if you already planned on going through the game multiple times and play a little mp.

Comment #25 by Theoretic Eagle
Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 12:55:24 AM

First play through on insanity netted me about 2k then i got another 250 from multiplayer.
another play through on normal and ill be there.

Comment #26 by KohrinSoulez
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @ 11:01:25 AM

my counters keep resetting and game keeps losing the "resume"

not sure what causing it. but lost kills for 2 level 20 co-op players and a whole playthru on game.. :(

Comment #27 by darkmikasonfire
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @ 04:05:59 PM

going through the game and doing all the extra N7/side missions will net you over 2K each play through, you might even be able to do it in a single play through, i got a little over 250 kills my first play through i was at over 2K before i even got half way through the game. so if you play your cards right you might be able to get 5K in one playthrough but you'd have to do absolutely everything.

also @11, not two shits were given about how long you plan to play the game, achievements shouldn't be based on the fact that you haven't any life and plan to get 99,999 kills, 5K is fine and not obscenely stupid like your suggestion was.

Comment #28 by punkrockfox
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 12:36:59 AM

After finishing the campaign on Insanity and playing a little multiplayer, I only have just over 2,000. I am curious as to how some of you got over 2,500 in the campaign. After one playthrough, I was only missing 5 achievements. So I did virtually everything. Did you guys die a lot or something?

Comment #29 by gundamcreed7
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 06:21:43 AM

i wish they still had the achievement progress in your room like in 2 and not just in the extras

Comment #30 by Louchavelli
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 12:48:25 PM


Dude, i'm with #28, curious to know how you got over 2k in one single player playthrough. I'm a completionist and have done every mission up to Priority Thessia. I'm also level 14 in Multiplayer. All together, I'm currently in the 970s range. I can bet by the end of this playthrough with my multiplayer gaming, I'll probably end at around 1200 -1300. There is no way to get 5000 kills in one single player playthrough without tapping some multiplayer. I call bullshit on your comment.

Comment #31 by hythloday
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 10:17:05 AM

@28, 30

It doesn't matter how many playthroughs are needed for this. As long as your droping enemies the counter is still going. A single playthrough for me on normal netted a little over a thousand kills which makes me believe #27 is either really bad and kept dying or kept reloading missions over and over.

Comment #32 by Kash Howard
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 10:32:11 AM

@26 I did every mission on my insanity run and didn't realize my tracker reset so didn't get some achievements. If its constantly resetting it'll make getting 5k kills hard

Comment #33 by TommyD758
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 09:36:44 PM

2 playthroughs & got to level 20 in multiplayer and still only have 3400 kills. I might just find a spot with lots of enemies and keep playing that section so I can get this over with.

Comment #34 by TommyD758
Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 09:38:58 PM

Guess I'm gonna get this done faster than I thought.

Comment #35 by KohrinSoulez
Friday, March 16, 2012 @ 11:46:04 AM

yeah reset on me again today ...anyone heard whats causing this or how to stop it ?

Comment #36 by gundamcreed7
Friday, March 16, 2012 @ 08:46:04 PM

two and a half play through s and finished all mp achievements and still just got 2500 kills very later last night

Comment #37 by Hurricane Of 87
Sunday, March 18, 2012 @ 12:01:53 AM

Got 1,500 kills on my Insanity playthrough and had 1,500 from multiplayer before I even started. Final achievement for the 1000Gs! Obviously finding the right class for your style on multiplayer and going loco is the key.
Found the Soldier firing concussive shots or an Engineer, any power to be pretty easy as they return super quick and can be used relentlessly.

Comment #38 by ttdrevan
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 @ 01:41:33 PM

About 1500 in SP and today hit 1000 in MP, only half done.. damn

Comment #39 by kokumaker
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 @ 03:45:00 PM

Good lord. Multiplayer mode, here I come... I finished the campaign last night with just over 1000 kills to my name. At least that got me the "Soldier" achievement...

Comment #40 by Punkfish85
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 @ 04:10:00 PM

At3k on my second playthrough and a decent amount of Multiplayer. High number, but certainly not impossible.
How do you check how many you have though? Other than it popping up at certain "milestone" numbers?

Comment #41 by Flinchmeister
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 @ 09:01:40 PM

On the main menu, go to extras and choose accomplishments, all the counters are in there.

Comment #42 by Jen197707
Thursday, March 22, 2012 @ 11:29:16 PM

I have played 2 full playthroughs and lots of MP and net 3900s, I have a friend who found a spot early in the game (with Anderson when you first see Husks) Anderson says take cover but instead kill the husks and they will continuously spawn. Took him roughly 3 hours to get his remaining 1500 kills. I will try that next because MP only has roughly 50 enemies per battle and there is no guarantee you will kill all 50 to count!

Comment #43 by xguard10
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 04:15:46 AM

You get about 100 kills if you complete all 11 waves on bronze

Comment #44 by ccrocker58
Sunday, March 25, 2012 @ 12:53:55 AM

Yeah...had around 1,600 kills from normal, then around 2K from Insanity...multiplayer can get you the rest, but you're bound to run into some like minded players and end up competing for kills. I just went into single player, turned the difficulty to narrative, turned off conversation decisions, and picked up the remainder in a few hours...You can take Atlas missles, sniper shots, grenades and rifle fire without even losing half your shields/barriers, while most enemies go down in on point blank shotgun round; that's at Eden level 5.

Comment #45 by brandonator14
Monday, March 26, 2012 @ 05:48:00 PM

I just started my third campaign on the same character, and all my kills just got reset to 0. Is something happening?

Comment #46 by gundamcreed7
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 06:17:32 AM

just do solo MP

Comment #47 by extra pale
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 10:42:30 AM

Good place for this achievement if u have already been through campaign is to load a save on priority: earth right before going back onto citadel. At end of that mission there are three waves, the last one is infinite and hectic (even on narrative after a bit).

Comment #48 by extra pale
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 10:43:46 AM

*priority earth: London

Comment #49 by kokumaker
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 @ 03:31:59 PM

My counters always seem to keep counting up even if I die and have to redo a certain task or mission. My counter keeps ticking up based on whatever it was at when I died, not before. I actually got the Lost & Found achivement this way. Haven't had a counter reset to zero on me once (yet).

That said, I have 49 out of 52 achievements on this game now, so I'm going to have to launch into an Insanity playthrough and see how many kills that nets me. I had just over 1000 after finishing on normal, and I'm not really racking up that many in multiplayer beacuse assists don't count as kills. :( I guess single-player is the way to go for this one, but it's still likely to take a few playthroughs... a hell of a lot of work for just 25G, if you ask me.

Comment #50 by Haakon Johan
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @ 07:51:16 AM

I had barely over 1000 kills after one runthrough in the campaign so I guess two more campaigns and a bit multiplayer games and that should do the trick ;)

Comment #51 by NickSixx17
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @ 03:50:27 PM


Evidently there is a glitch that occurs where all achievement progress gets wiped for no reason whatsoever. I was well over half way to getting this with around 2700 kills after I beat the single player the first go through and with multiplayer. This progress, along with lots of others (which I had them already), got erased and reset to 0. I only hit 2000 Kills again today. Sucks man. I'd have had this already by now if shit didn't get erased.

Comment #52 by mcmichele5
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 04:34:34 PM

Does anyone know at what tier of kills the counter pops up? I hit 2500/5000 a while ago.

Comment #53 by Roose91
Sunday, April 01, 2012 @ 05:36:18 PM

Oddly enough my only counter which has been reset on the accomplishments page is the two DLC Achievements, which I have and are obviously one off, but are blacked out on there now.

Comment #54 by Xion3362
Tuesday, April 03, 2012 @ 01:01:14 AM

Just finished my second playthrough last night (on insanity), had a level 20 soldier on multiplayer before premoting him and now have a level 15 engineer. I am currently sitting at about 4200 kills. Going to start a third playthrough and mix in some MP until I get my last achievement.

Comment #55 by OhNoesNotNow
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 11:12:20 AM

@52 I seem to recall it is in 500 kill increments once you get past the earlier ones. My 5000 popped with online play after I'd racked up 4300 or so in single player. FYI - if you want to do this fast, just replay high kill density missions in single player. Online is more time-intensive as kill stealing is common.

Comment #56 by jedioniram
Friday, April 06, 2012 @ 09:05:43 AM

As much as I enjoy the multiplayer, I can't get enough kills online. I hope some new DLC comes soon so I can rack up more kills in SP.

Comment #57 by MazterOfV1ctory
Friday, April 06, 2012 @ 01:48:28 PM

If you do two playthroughs and a few hours on multiplayer, you should have this achievement no problem.

Comment #58 by Scott Ad Rock
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 09:25:23 PM

I did 2 playthroughs, one on insanity and had about 10 hours into multiplayer and was still 550 short and I was getting an average of 50 kills every mp match. mp def is not the way to go, you can get about 200 an hour if you're good and don't have d-bags rushing into every pack of enemies to kill steal them all. However #34's video got me my last 550 in about 15 minutes

Comment #59 by stoneskipper
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 09:26:37 PM

@47 This, especially if you don't mind grinding. I dropped the difficulty to the lowest setting and I think I managed 1K kills inside of 45 minutes.

Comment #60 by Freeman
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 11:27:48 PM

i had over 2500 kills until my counter restarted :/. on my 3rd playthrough and im not even at 100 yet. this pisses me off

Comment #61 by maxxidlo
Saturday, April 14, 2012 @ 10:24:36 PM

Another good place to grind kills is near end of game in earth mission, just before shuttle picks you up (if you don't have savegame there just restart last mission from autosave after finishing the game).!

I used lvl 60 Shepard with particle rifle due to infine ammo, but anyway lot of ammo lays around so any pther weapon should be good. Getting 500 kills takes about 20-25 minutes on Narrative difficulty..

I liked this place better than the one from #34 as it seems to be faster (at least for me). Shuttle have a timer on extraction and enemy number is limited (although very high), so it's easier to keep track of tme and kill count in your head. For me it was about 40+ kills for 3 minute "round".

Just remember NOT to get into the shuttle as it will overwrite autosave in this place

Comment #62 by maxxidlo
Saturday, April 14, 2012 @ 10:25:40 PM

Just remember NOT to get into the shuttle as it will overwrite autosave in this place. If shuttle timer expire or if you manage to kill all enemies just reload autosave and reapeat.

Comment #63 by kid12157
Monday, April 16, 2012 @ 02:33:57 PM

Comment #43 by xguard10

Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 04:15:46 AM

You get about 100 kills if you complete all 11 waves on bronze

sorry pal are you lost or is the ps3 network down again

Comment #64 by Broon43
Monday, April 16, 2012 @ 07:46:30 PM

Odd to hear so many counters being reset. Sorry to all that has happened to. Made me obsessive to check my count often. Mine never reset.
Anyway, my advice is to play the mp! I think it's better than advertised here. I bought a gaming modem recently and it's helped tremendously. I leveled up my Drell adept and Quarian engineer to 20 and was racking up 50-70 kills minimum per match. Had 1 round close to 100. I also had 2 full playthroughs on SP.
Yeah, this one takes patience, but not too bad.

Comment #65 by Bin Boy Billy
Sunday, April 22, 2012 @ 11:40:53 AM

oh god after 1 playthrough on easy ( because it was my first mass effect ) i had 1000 roughly and after levelling up to level 20 on mp got another thousand i can tell this will take a while.

Comment #66 by zstuder25
Sunday, April 22, 2012 @ 09:27:27 PM

yea just play the multi-player for awhile

Comment #67 by Travis2310
Monday, April 23, 2012 @ 05:36:54 PM

If anyone wants to add me to help with multiplayer, add me at "Travis2310". I have a level 20 Engineer and playing on Silver is pretty easy with that character (using the Widow and Overload).

Comment #68 by SuperWoody64
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 09:50:52 PM

I'll never get this, it keeps resetting every patch. pff

Comment #69 by JVGamerbr
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 @ 06:30:26 PM

Comment #70 by Hellbringer
Sunday, May 13, 2012 @ 10:38:13 AM

Was at 4600-something before my stats reset. Back up to 3k so far because of multiplayer. Not as fun to get when you know you're grinding to get an achievement that should have unlocked a while ago.

Comment #71 by bastsxbox360
Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 03:36:58 PM

Did one run on normal and one on insanity - all missions. Now I' ve got about 2500 kills. This will definitely take a while.

Comment #72 by Chris Halfro
Thursday, June 07, 2012 @ 04:44:30 AM

Had 3800 after insanity play through. Best way to get the last lot faster is to start a new game + and put it on Narrative. On earth, just after you find the injured soldiers you have to fight some Cannibles. If you back straight out of cover then start shooting them it is an infinite respawn point. Just don't go back into cover and they will constantly spawn. There is also infinite ammo spawns as well. Just got to 4500, about 25 minutes for about 700 kills, much biker than playing campaign or MP.

Comment #73 by R0KETM4N
Thursday, June 21, 2012 @ 03:56:34 PM

uh ... I definitely had about 1400 after my insanity play through, unless you reload a million times, I can't imagine being anywhere close to 3800 after it. The game wasn't that hard, and I did EVERYTHING!

I'm just going to have fun playing MP for the rest.

Comment #74 by xtwainx13
Thursday, June 21, 2012 @ 04:52:53 PM

I have 2600 and I beat the game twice boooo

Comment #75 by Chef Not Chief
Friday, June 22, 2012 @ 05:28:55 PM

@72 - To further clarify, which will help people acquire these kills FAST. Start the game, put the difficulty on narrative, and in the prologue, get to the part with the downed soldiers, once the fighting starts, never go into cover. You can just stand close to the left of that scrap metal the soldier seems to be pinned under. Now shooting with the pistol is all well and good, but if you want to do this EVEN FASTER select CARNAGE as a bonus ability when you start the game, UPGRADE it all the way, and MAP IT TO A BUTTON. Once you get to that part, just AIM AT THE MIDDLE SPAWN of the cannibals, and every time you use carnage you should get 2 kills. The respawn almost instantly, so the only thing to limit you is how fast carnage cools down. I tested this out and was able to gain approx. 60 ki

Comment #76 by Chef Not Chief
Friday, June 22, 2012 @ 05:30:48 PM

.... I was able to gain approx. 60 kills per minute. At that rate it would take 1 hour to acquire 3,600 kills, making this by far the easiest and fastest method I've seen.

Comment #77 by Logion
Thursday, July 12, 2012 @ 11:57:37 AM

Thanks a lot for the tip Chef not Chief. It works great.

Comment #78 by deathmule
Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 06:50:05 PM

EASY WAY to get the Veteran Achievement with NO ONLINE

Comment #79 by ProfessorBaxter
Saturday, August 04, 2012 @ 09:20:59 AM

4014 after 3 playthroughs on insanity.... this is definitely a grinder if you dont wanna boost

Comment #80 by erveii
Monday, August 27, 2012 @ 04:45:31 AM

i bought it for $22 used and got a multiplayer online pass on ebay for $4.oo so im playing it online, and its really really fun to play, so this cheevo is no a concern for me cuz im really enjoying this MP game :D .. btw i only got 3 cheevo left to unlock (including the ones of the FROM ASHES DLC) ;D

Comment #81 by A Curious Frog
Sunday, December 02, 2012 @ 07:22:53 PM

An easy way to nab this achievement is to start a new game from an import from me2 as an engineer, put your points into combat drone and sentry turret.

When you get to the area with the injured soldiers, get out of cover and throw over your turret and drone. I managed to get 2500(ish) kills in about an hour and a half and i was hardly playing, I was actually watching big bang theory on my other screen.

Comment #82 by StormedKestrel
Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ 03:31:57 AM

this is the last achievement i need for this game and i'm only something like 100 kills away...should get this comfortably doing the leviathan dlc on my second playthrough and have done loads of multiplayer

Comment #83 by ExtremeCrazy
Sunday, February 17, 2013 @ 01:22:54 PM

thanks 72 and 75 got my last 500 there

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US March 06, 2012
Europe March 09, 2012

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