Mass Effect

Mass Effect Achievements

AI Hacking Specialist

Use AI Hacking 75 times   

Must be an engineer.

The only one of these achievements that MUST be done on an enemy. First, level up to a level 10 and then use all your points on the AI Hacking power. Then you can hack any of the enemies you come across. You will know when an enemy is hacked cause it will attack other foes of yours and will indicate to you it is hacked instead of having an energy bar.

Just find a turret to use it on... Use it, hide, recharge, rinse and repeat. People have recommended the fight with Fist as a great time to do this with the two turrets in his office. Make a save just before this point, hack them both and reload the save. The hacks will go toward the achievement even though you didn't save your game after doing them.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by Oceans4Ransom
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 04:10:14 PM

I have been having major trouble getting this one. I still do not have it.
I am at Fist's fight in the beginning of the game at the Chora's Den and have been hacking both of the turrets everytime and then i repeat the process by loading the save right before the fight. I have done this at least over 150 times and still no achievement... Is it because i hack the turrets more than once each time or because it does not work here?

Comment #2 by oVOHo Dezzibri
Saturday, May 28, 2011 @ 11:14:56 AM

what i did was hack one turret wait until it blew up or the hacking went off then loaded the save and i got it in about 30mins

Comment #3 by Oceans4Ransom
Saturday, May 28, 2011 @ 05:15:16 PM

wow. really? just repeat that on one turret then?

Comment #4 by oVOHo Dezzibri
Saturday, May 28, 2011 @ 06:54:40 PM

thats what i did lol and i got the cheevo :)

Comment #5 by Oceans4Ransom
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 07:56:56 PM

Thx! It worked after i did it atleast 200 times. At first, i would weaken the turret but i found that not touching the turrets at all and sending your teammates away from the fighting and using the AI Hacking on one turret like DezziBri said actually worked. This was revealed to me after 150 or so tries haha. Thx again!

Comment #6 by TheHustlerShark
Sunday, June 26, 2011 @ 11:20:24 AM

Just to confirm that for the 'hack' to register the red life bar/shield under the enemies name has to turn to 'hacked'. If you miss/hit but no change it will not register.
I wanted to play the game normally and do this through progression, however by the time the 'rescue Tali' mission I got sick of missing or trying to get their shield down so I grinded it on the geth in the far left building as you enter the first stronghold in said mission.
You can sneak up to the last tank and save. The geth round the corner always gets hacked even with shields.
A.I.Hack in ME2 was far more usefull. On Insanity it was a must!

Comment #7 by brettoblaster
Thursday, June 30, 2011 @ 03:35:09 PM

If you happen to miss the opportunity with Fist, you can also get this achievement on Feros. During the very beginning of Feros, you have to clear the tunnels from Geth. As you make your way up the first set of stairs, you'll be in that long room that curves to the left. On a ledge towards the middle, there will be a Geth sniper. Clear out the rest of the area and hack him continuously for the achievement.

Comment #8 by BigRaff87
Monday, August 29, 2011 @ 02:11:11 PM

Easiest way is to keep spamming hack on the moon level against enemy AI, as there is well over 15 in each room and can be hacked multiple times.

Comment #9 by Jerkob76
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 @ 02:20:12 AM

Just completed it on Casbin, which is Hong cluster, Armstrong Nebula. One of the planets where you have to wipe outa geth base. Only took 4 runs through it.

Comment #10 by Blue Thunder28
Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 03:24:22 AM

What about grinding all these out on Pinnacle Station?

Comment #11 by Oceans4Ransom
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 04:57:16 PM

You could definitely "grind this out" on Pinnacle Station, but the only concern there is that most of the missions are timed, minus a few. I am sure you could easily do it there though, no worries. Happy Hacking!!

Comment #12 by eli1277
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 @ 10:04:29 AM

Does this carry over multiple careers?

Comment #13 by RANTandROAR
Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 01:17:35 PM

Just wanted to know what character class is needed for this achievement

Comment #14 by mudse
Saturday, March 03, 2012 @ 08:31:07 AM

@13: engineer

Comment #15 by Brawldud
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @ 06:42:07 PM

Quick question: Can Pinnacle Station's virtual geth be exploited for this achievement? It seems that it would be much easier to exploit as one could complete it quickly over multiple sessions.

Comment #16 by Brawldud
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @ 06:43:22 PM

Wait. Nevermind. I did not read the above comments. My apologies.

Comment #17 by kills4smiles
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 @ 10:47:27 AM

I was wondering when you use the A.I. Hacking, does the A.I. turn on the player when there are no enemies around, do the kills not register if you kill the A.I. when they are hacked? Someone please let me know.

Comment #18 by faltaman
Sunday, April 08, 2012 @ 10:59:16 PM

Here's a quick way to knock out all the engineer-based achievements at once:

Neural Shock
AI Hacking

First, as you start the game, make sure you devote all your talent points on the above skills. You only need to get each ability open; don't waste points on adding additional points on those abilities. Once you hit the citadel, you should be close to having them all open. If you don't have them, do some side missions, along with the main quest, on the citadel to boost level/XP (Scanning Keepers, the consort side quests, etc). DO NOT COMPLETE THE MISSION TO FIND FIST YET.

When you've got all the above abilities ready, go to Chora's Den when the mission to find Fist is ready. At Chora's Den, take out all the enemies in the lobby (feel free to use

Comment #19 by faltaman
Sunday, April 08, 2012 @ 11:01:38 PM

a few abilities if you wish). Fight your way all the way past the two "workers" past the lobby. AT THIS POINT, SAVE YOUR GAME.

There is now nothing between you and Fist. Use the D-Pad "up" away from Fist's door to keep your squad out of the way . Now, run into Fist's office, hitting him with Neural Shock as soon as you get in. When he hits the ground, take cover near the door. His defensive turrets now pop up; hit the one on the right of the office with AI Hacking (the turret MUST read "hacked" when you hit it. Otherwise you missed it). After this, the hacked turret will now be attacked by Fist and the other turret, which gives you a perfect opportunity to use the rest of the abilities on Fist/both turrets. It doesn't matter who you target with the other abilities.

When you've

Comment #20 by faltaman
Sunday, April 08, 2012 @ 11:02:50 PM

done this, load the saved game you made just outside Fist's office and repeat the above (which is much faster than letting them recharge on their own) until the achievements pop. Assuming you've kept an efficient pace you should be able to complete all five talents in under an hour (less if you're quick). There are other ways to complete these achievements, and you can use some of your talents to grind beforehand, but this is the quickest way to get them all at once since the first good opportunity for you to grind out AI hack is against Fist. Just my own observation

(man that was long)

Comment #21 by THE DEADLY DOG
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 @ 02:49:26 PM

The last guide is perfect. =p Thanks.

Comment #22 by JustAC2010
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 01:10:11 AM

Actually I did it as #7 said..and i got it..and it worked just fine..the geth sniper was just standing there..i got him hacked everytime i used the need to struggle getting them hacked...thanks.

Comment #23 by Cellophaneflwrs
Friday, June 27, 2014 @ 05:45:50 AM

do these all have to be done with the same character?

Comment #24 by Franchyze228
Tuesday, October 07, 2014 @ 05:24:23 PM

@2 & @18 helped me get this flawlessly. The tip @2 provided was great. Make sure that after you hack the turret, you let it be killed or let the hack wear off. Don't try to attack it. With that in mind, follow the guide by @18 and you're guaranteed to get all the achievements. Just dedicated an hour to this and now I don't have to do another playthrough. Thanks so much!!

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Game Info


US November 20, 2007
Europe November 23, 2007

ESRB: Mature
Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
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