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MEA Strike Team Guide

Mass Effect Strike Team

Mass Effect Andromeda Strike Team Guide

Quick Summary: Mission Funds (MF)

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The following are the regular ways to accumulate MF (Mission Funds):

  • send Strike Teams on non-Apex missions (6 / day @ 5 MF = ) 30 MF
  • send Strike Teams on Apex missions, or play them in-game (3 / day @ 10 MF = ) 30 MF — note that no matter how many times you play these in-game, you can only ever get the MF once, even though you can get the Cr/XP multiple times
  • complete the Daily Challenges in-game (2 / day @ 30 MF = ) 60 MF — available in the Prestige | Challenges tab
  • complete the Platinum Apex mission in-game, available in the Custom missions tab (1 / day @ 15 MF = ) 15 MF
  • GRAND TOTAL 135 MF / day

Occasionally an Apex mission will glitch and be available many times per day. This happened with the mission “Rescue Operation” in late July 2017, and has happened in the past with one iteration of the “Deeper Into the Ruins” mission. In that case you can complete the mission multiple times and get the 10 MF for it each time, because it is considered a different mission each time. Note that this is a glitch, not the normal way that Apex missions work.

Quick Summary: Strike Team Recommendations

  • I recommend at least 3-4 Strike Teams to maximize your chances of success on every mission, every day.
  • In the past I strongly recommended against purchasing Equipment for your Strike Teams due to the dubious benefits and high opportunity costs. I am currently re-evaluating this stance, but I need to do more math before I officially change my recommendation.
  • Don’t sweat the negative traits. They are inevitable in the long run due to the mission design.


Strike Teams are part of Mass Effect Andromeda (MEA). Conceptually they are teams you send out on missions, distinct from whatever your Ryder or multiplayer (MP) characters are doing. On success, a Strike Team returns with Missions Funds (MF), which are usable in MP; and loot boxes, which are usable in single player (SP).

Strike Teams can be sent on missions either in-game or via the Apex HQ app.

The purpose of this guide is to describe everything I know and have learned about Strike Teams, with a primary focus on using them within the Apex HQ app and in multiplayer. I do not play SP so I will only reference it in passing.


Please refer to the following web pages for Bioware’s description of the basics of Strike Teams and the Apex HQ app.

The Apex HQ app is available for iOS and Android. The app is not available for Windows phones, likely due to their tiny market share (less than 1%).

There is no web-based version of Apex HQ — however, it should be theoretically possible to run the app in an Android emulator on your computer/web browser. Setting up an emulator and getting Apex HQ to run in it is beyond the scope of this document, so you’re on your own for that.

Bug Reporting

If you experience a problem with the Apex HQ app (or MEA as a game for that matter), please submit a bug report. I am just an enthusiastic fan; I’m not Bioware’s tech support.

  • Apex HQ app — use the ‘Send Feedback’ link on the app’s home screen
  • MEA itself — use the [EA Answers HQ bug reporting system] Link

Please note that you cannot use the Apex HQ app while you’re signed into MEA the game (SP or MP), and that “it may take up to 12 minutes for the app to register that you’ve exited” MEA the game.

Strike Team Philosophy

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An analogy: sending Strike Teams on missions is like playing a roulette wheel for free that pays you 5 MF or 10 MF per spin, with random chances of success. You’re allowed to spin the wheel as many times as you want up to a maximum of 9 successes per day. The penalty for failure is that time passes and that, in the very long run, your overall chance of success goes down.

Thus my philosophy about Strike Teams is fairly Zen: don’t worry too much about all the information in this guide. Just send your Strike Teams out on as many missions as possible and reap the rewards.

Mission Characteristics

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Each mission has the following characteristics:

  • Mission Name (various quasi-random names which are cosmetic only)
  • Mission Length (generally higher for higher difficulty missions)
  • Expires (when the mission expires, in hours/minutes/seconds from now)
  • Difficulty (Bronze, Silver, or Gold)
  • Enemy Type (Kett, Outlaw, or Remnant)
  • Apex or Non-Apex Mission (which affects MF payout)
  • Mission Traits (the enemy, plus 2 more from a list of 12 possible traits)
  • Mission Rewards (5 MF for non-Apex missions, 10 MF for Apex missions)
  • Pathfinder Rewards (loot boxes for your SP game) (not covered in this guide)

Image: An Example Strike Team Mission

The 12 possible mission traits and 3 possible enemy types are listed below. They correspond to Strike Team traits that provide either positive (+10) or negative (-10) Effectiveness on that type of mission.

Mission Traits and Corresponding Strike Team Traits

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  • Positive Trait: (none)
    Effectiveness: +10
    When (Mission Traits): Alien Presence
    Negative Trait: Xenophobe
    Effectiveness: – 10
  • Positive Trait: Virtuous
    Effectiveness: +10
    When (Mission Traits): Bribe Attempt
    Negative Trait: Corruptible
    Effectiveness: – 10
  • Positive Trait: Bloodthirsty
    Effectiveness: +10
    When (Mission Traits): Enemies Everywhere
    Negative Trait: Berserker
    Effectiveness: – 10
  • Positive Trait: Daring
    Effectiveness: +10
    When (Mission Traits): High Risk, High Reward
    Negative Trait: Timid
    Effectiveness: – 10
  • Positive Trait: Hostage Rescue Specialist
    Effectiveness: +10
    When (Mission Traits): Hostage Situation
    Negative Trait: (none)
    Effectiveness: – 10
  • Positive Trait: Intelligent (?)
    Effectiveness: +10
    When (Mission Traits): Key Intelligence Component
    Negative Trait: Poor Intelligence
    Effectiveness: – 10
  • Positive Trait: Nighttime Operator
    Effectiveness: +10
    When (Mission Traits): Nighttime
    Negative Trait: Night Blindness
    Effectiveness: – 10
  • Positive Trait: Precise
    Effectiveness: +10
    When (Mission Traits): No Room for Error
    Negative Trait: Careless
    Effectiveness: – 10
  • Positive Trait: Rugged
    Effectiveness: +10
    When (Mission Traits): Poor Weather Conditions
    Negative Trait: Ill Prepared
    Effectiveness: – 10
  • Positive Trait: Fearless
    Effectiveness: +10
    When (Mission Traits): Scary
    Negative Trait: Cowardly
    Effectiveness: – 10
  • Positive Trait: Stealthy
    Effectiveness: +10
    When (Mission Traits): Silent and Deadly
    Negative Trait: Raucous
    Effectiveness: – 10
  • Positive Trait: Heroic
    Effectiveness: +10
    When (Mission Traits): We Need a Hero
    Negative Trait: Hero Complex
    Effectiveness: – 10
  • Positive Trait: Kett Specialist
    Effectiveness: +10
    When (Mission Traits): Kett
    Negative Trait: Kett Hysteria
    Effectiveness: – 10
  • Positive Trait: Outlaw Specialist
    Effectiveness: +10
    When (Mission Traits): Outlaw
    Negative Trait: Outlaw Hysteria
    Effectiveness: – 10
  • Positive Trait: Remnant Specialist
    Effectiveness: +10
    When (Mission Traits): Remnant
    Negative Trait: Remnant Hysteria
    Effectiveness: – 10

Exceptions: Alien Presence does not have a corresponding Positive Trait, and Hostage Situation does not have a corresponding Negative Trait.

Strike Team Characteristics

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You begin the game with one Strike Team. You can purchase additional Strike Teams, up to a maximum of 6, for 40 MF per number of teams beyond the first. That is: 40 MF for the 2nd team, 80 MF for the 3rd team, 120 MF for the 4th team, 160 MF for the 5th team, and 200 MF for the 6th team.

For reason which are (somewhat) explained below, I believe the optimal number of Strike Teams is 3. Three teams gives you the ability to attempt every mission every day, balanced against not spending too many MF on excess teams that would be sitting idle.

You can dismiss a Strike Team, which permanently removes it (and any Strike Team Equipment it has) from your game. If you do this, the cost to recruit another Strike Team will be based on your new current number of teams.

Strike Teams have the following characteristics:

  • Species (shown in their picture, and cosmetic only)
  • Name (cosmetic only; can be changed in the app)
  • Level from 1 to 20
  • Equipment (when purchased)
  • Positive Traits
  • Negative Traits

Image: An Example Strike Team

In addition to the +10 and -10 traits listed above that apply to certain mission types, Strike Teams can also accumulate +5 and -5 traits that are always in effect. Known examples are shown below, but the names of the +5/-5 traits are cosmetic only.

anything listed at +5 applies always

  • Elite
  • Lucky
  • Grizzled Veteran
  • Skirmisher
  • Tactician
  • Tough

anything listed at -5 applies always

  • Fragile
  • Injured Teammate
  • Low On Supplies
  • Reluctant Soldier
  • Shell-Shocked
  • Slow Reflexes
  • Unlucky

Strike Teams can spawn at level 1 with a positive trait, and will typically accumulate 4 more positive traits by level 20. (More on this below.) Positive traits are acquired on level up at levels divisible by 5.

Strike Teams can acquire an apparently unlimited number of negative traits.

The highest confirmed (via screenshot) number of negative traits is 21. But there is theoretically no upper limit to the number of negative traits that can be acquired.

According to the Bioware Apex HQ information, negative traits are acquired on ‘critical failures’, though there has been anecdotal evidence of Strike Teams acquiring a negative trait even on a successful mission.

Bioware employee on the Apex HQ app team, stated that critical failure means the Strike Team “rolled bad enough to get the negative trait”. Based on this comment on my own observations, I believe that negative traits are entirely random — ‘critical failure’ is not related to the success chance of the mission nor to the specific mission traits compared to your Strike Team’s strengths and weaknesses.

Because mission success chances can never reach 100% (more below) and because negative traits can be acquired on ‘critical failures’, in the very long run every Strike Team will end up with a lot of negative traits. However, see the Strike Team Philosophy section above: it doesn’t really matter.

Leveling Up

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Strike Teams level up based on XP. See the XP chart below.

Past level 20, a Strike Team will continue to accumulate XP, but it will no longer level up.

Strike Team XP Required by Level

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Level – XP Required:

  1. 0
  2. 6,400
  3. 15,400
  4. 27,200
  5. 41,900
  6. 60,500
  7. 84,500
  8. 114,500
  9. 154,200
  10. 200,900
  11. 257,500
  12. 321,200
  13. 392,000
  14. 471,400
  15. 569,000
  16. 704,900
  17. 866,900
  18. 1,057,000
  19. 1,276,700
  20. 1,526,700

Strike Teams typically acquire a new positive trait every 5 levels (i.e., at levels 5, 10, 15, and 20). This will happen upon level-up, regardless of whether the XP was acquired from a successful or failed mission.

A Strike Team can also begin with a random positive trait at level 1. Thus the maximum number of positive traits is 5 at level 20.

There is speculation that a Strike Team may not acquire a positive trait if the team critically fails a mission that provides enough XP to level up to a level divisible by 5. In this situation, the negative trait appears to overwrite the positive trait. Thus, an unlucky Strike Team may have fewer positive traits than otherwise expected. If you want to maximize the chances of getting all your positive traits, baby your Strike Teams when they get close to levels 5, 10, 15, and 20 (by sending them only on high success chance missions).

It is also possible that a Strike Team that accumulates enough XP to skip a level divisible by 5 will not receive a positive trait for that level. This would typically happen at low level, skipping past level 5 to level 6 via a fluke successful Gold difficulty mission. To avoid this, don’t send your low-level Strike Teams on missions that could cause them to skip over level 5.

Mission Payouts

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Successful missions provide XP (see below) and MF (5 MF for non-Apex missions and 10 MF for Apex missions). Failed missions provide 10% of the XP of a successful mission.

The amount of XP increases with the difficulty level of the mission (Bronze, Silver, Gold), as shown in the tables below.

Apex missions provide more XP than non-Apex missions, even though they have the same success chances. Therefor, if you’re in a time crunch and can only send your sub-level 20 Strike Teams on a few missions, prioritize the Apex missions!

Note that failed Gold difficulty missions provide more XP than successful Bronze difficulty missions. One implication is that, if you don’t mind the risks of failure (i.e., acquiring a negative trait), you can quickly level up a Strike Team by sending it on Gold missions, regardless of success chance.

Observed XP Amounts by Mission Difficulty and Apex / Non-Apex

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non-Apex, successful


  • Bronze

MIN XP: 7,050

MAX XP: 17,850

Count: 52

  • Silver

MIN XP: 28,500

MAX XP: 53,400

Count: 51

  • Gold

MIN XP: 112,500

MAX XP: 315,000

Count: 36

non-Apex, failure


  • Bronze

MIN XP: 870

MAX XP: 1,770

Count: 5

  • Silver

MIN XP: 2,970

MAX XP: 4,110

Count: 7

  • Gold

MIN XP: 11,430

MAX XP: 32,200

Count: 34

Apex, successful


  • Bronze

MIN XP: 19,050

MAX XP: 53,400

Count: 21

  • Silver

MIN XP: 37,800

MAX XP: 106,200

Count: 21

  • Gold

MIN XP: 116,100

MAX XP: 290,700

Count: 16

Apex, failure


  • Bronze

MIN XP: 2,100

MAX XP: 2,100

Count: 1

  • Silver

MIN XP: 4,650

MAX XP: 5,790

Count: 3

  • Gold

MIN XP: 11,340

MAX XP: 29,070

Count: 14

Success Chances

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Each mission has a Success Chance theoretically ranging from 0% to 100%. However, the lowest observed success chance is 5% and the highest observed success chance is 94%. Thus it appears that success chances are capped at both the low-end and high-end.

The following chart shows my observed base success chances — that is, success chances when there are zero positive Strike Team traits in play. Gaps in the chart are due to gaps in my data.

Chart: Mission Success Chances

Bronze success chances start at 70% and plateau at 94% for a level 15-20 Strike Team.

Silver success chances start at 21% and plateau at around 90% for a level 20 Strike Team. With positive Effectiveness, Silver success can be as high as 93%.

Gold success chances start at 5% and plateau at 38% for a level 20 Strike Team. Gold success chances can be considerably higher with the right combination of positive Effectiveness: as high as 92% with the perfect storm of traits as shown.

Strike Team Effectiveness (from positive traits, negative traits, and equipment) modifies the baseline success chance. However, the modification is NOT on a one-for-one basis.

Success Chances of Level 20 Strike Teams at Various Effectiveness

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Bronze Difficulty

Bonus Effectiveness – Success Chance:

  • -30 / ???
  • -25 / ???
  • -20 / 94%
  • -15 / 94%
  • -10 / 94%
  • -5 / 94%
  • 0 / 94%
  • +5 / 94%
  • +10 / 94%
  • +15 / 94%
  • +20 / 94%
  • +25 / 94%

Silver Difficulty

Bonus Effectiveness – Success Chance:

  • -30 / ???
  • -25 / 81%
  • -20 / 84%
  • -15 / 86%
  • -10 / 88%
  • -5 / 89%
  • 0 / 90%
  • +5 / 91%
  • +10 / 92%
  • +15 / 92%
  • +20 / 93%
  • +25 / 93%

Gold Difficulty

Bonus Effectiveness – Success Chance:

  • -30 / 15%
  • -25 / 18%
  • -20 / 21%
  • -15 / 25%
  • -10 / 29%
  • -5 / 33%
  • 0 / 38%
  • +5 / 44%
  • +10 / 50%
  • +15 / 55%
  • +20 / 61%
  • +25 / 66%

The fact that Effectiveness does not modify Success Chance on a one-for-one basis has important implications for the purchasing of Strike Team Equipment (it’s probably not worth it) and for how to rotate your strike teams.

Actual Marginal Difference in Success Chances vs. Baseline (Level 20 Team on Gold Difficulty)

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Bonus Effectiveness – Marginal Difference:

  • -30 / -23
  • -25 / -20
  • -20 / -17
  • -15 / -13
  • -10 / -9
  • -5 / -5
  • 0 / 0
  • +5 / +6
  • +10 / +12
  • +15 / +17
  • +20 / +23
  • +25 / +28

What the above table shows is that Negative Effectiveness is not as bad as it should be, and Positive Effectiveness is better than it should be. For example, a level 20 team with +10 Positive Effectiveness on a Gold mission will observe a 50% success chance, which is 12 percentage points higher than the 38% baseline (and not 10 percentage points higher).

Positive and Negative Effectiveness modifiers stack and cancel each other out numerically, regardless of type. For example, a Strike Team with Corruptible -10 and Outlaw Specialist +10 on a mission vs. Outlaws that has the Bribe Attempt trait will have +0 Bonus Effectiveness. In other words, this is the same success chance as a clean Strike Team (with no Effectiveness modifiers) would have on that same mission.

The bottom line is that while we can continue to work to understand how success chances are calculated and how Effectiveness impacts success chances, it doesn’t really matter. You will always know your Strike Team’s success chance on a given mission because it is displayed in the app or game. You can then choose which missions to send your Strike Teams on according to your preferred strategy.

Mission Frequency

Beginning 13 April 2017, Strike Team missions have become available piecemeal throughout the day. (Prior to 13 April 2017, all missions became available en masse at 24:00 UTC.)

There are 9 missions spread across difficulty levels, with one Apex mission per difficulty level. Missions rotate every 4 hours.

Strike Team Mission Schedule


  • Silver

Pacific (PDT) – 2:00

Central (CDT) – 4:00

Eastern (EDT) – 5:00

UTC – 9:00

  • Gold

Pacific (PDT) – 6:00

Central (CDT) – 8:00

Eastern (EDT) – 9:00

UTC – 13:00

  • Bronze

Pacific (PDT) – 10:00

Central (CDT) – 12:00

Eastern (EDT) – 13:00

UTC – 17:00

  • Silver; Apex Gold

Pacific (PDT) – 14:00

Central (CDT) – 16:00

Eastern (EDT) – 17:00

UTC – 21:00

  • Gold; Apex Silver

Pacific (PDT) – 18:00

Central (CDT) – 20:00

Eastern (EDT) – 21:00

UTC – 1:00

  • Bronze; Apex Bronze

Pacific (PDT) – 22:00

Central (CDT) – 0:00

Eastern (EDT) – 1:00

UTC – 5:00

All missions remains available for roughly 24 hours.

On many Thursdays, a special story mission has become available a little before the 10:00 Pacific time of the Bioware Twitch stream. These missions each get a briefing that is used to introduce new MP game elements, as well as an associated Apex mission that can be played in-game or via Strike Team.

Story Missions

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Assuming you are able to use the Apex HQ app regularly throughout the day, with 3 Strike Teams you should easily be able to attempt all 9 missions every day. Thus your maximum expected MF per day from missions is 60 (6 * 5 + 3 * 10), assuming all are successful. Even with some failed missions you should have enough time to re-attempt the missions enough times to succeed eventually.

With 4+ Strike Teams you will be able to cherry pick missions based on success chances and you should have no trouble attempting and re-attempting all 9 missions every day. Alternatively you would need to check the Apex HQ app less frequently throughout the day.

With 2 Strike Teams you will need to be more selective about which missions to attempt, prioritizing Apex missions (for the 10 MF) and high success chance missions (because MF payout is independent of success chance). You will also get fewer cracks at failed missions.

With 1 Strike Team it will not be possible to attempt all 9 missions every day. You will need to be even more selective.

Apex Missions In-Game vs. In Apex HQ

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Any mission that is labeled as an Apex mission can be played in-game (in MP). These missions will have an in-game modifier, such as more/less damage from certain weapons, stronger/weaker shields or health, vastly improved enemy melee damage, etc. In-game Apex missions with modifiers that make them harder typically pay out more MP XP and Credits, and the converse is also true. Note that Combotastic has a negative Credits modifier is not displayed on screen.

You can repeatedly play the Apex missions in-game for the bonus XP and credits, but you can only receive the Mission Funds once per mission (regardless of whether you play it in-game or send a Strike Team to do it). Choose the missions from the Custom Mission selection screen.

As of the introduction of Platinum difficulty on 10 July 2017, there is also one Platinum Apex mission each day that is only playable in-game. (You cannot send a Strike Team on this mission.) It pays out 15 MF, in addition to (usually positively modified) Platinum Credits and XP, so this is well worth playing every day if you have time.

If you come across a Gold Apex mission for which all of your Strike Teams have a low success chance, keep in mind that you can play it in-game relatively easily (assuming you are experienced with Gold difficulty) to get the MF. However, never let a Gold Apex mission expire merely because you were waiting to play it in-game! It’s better to send a Strike Team, even at a low success chance. You can always play the mission in-game anyway for the potential bonus XP and Credits.

Strike Team Equipment

It’s probably not worth it. Don’t waste your MF.

Oh… you want some real information? Fine.

You can outfit your Strike Teams with equipment that will improve their Effectiveness on all missions, or on certain types of missions, as shown in the table below.

Strike Team Equipment

  • Strike Team Equipment: Adrenaline Shots
    Cost (MF): 25
    Requires Team Level: 1
    Effectiveness: +2
    When: (always)
  • Strike Team Equipment: Crate of Specialized Ammo
    Cost (MF): 50
    Requires Team Level: 2
    Effectiveness: +4
    When: (always)
  • Strike Team Equipment: Weapon Rail Amps
    Cost (MF): 75
    Requires Team Level: 3
    Effectiveness: +6
    When: (always)
  • Strike Team Equipment: Amplifier Modules
    Cost (MF): 100
    Requires Team Level: 4
    Effectiveness: +8
    When: (always)
  • Strike Team Equipment: N7 Armor
    Cost (MF): 125
    Requires Team Level: 5
    Effectiveness: +10
    When: (always)
  • Strike Team Equipment: Recovered Remnant Tech
    Cost (MF): 150
    Requires Team Level: 6
    Effectiveness: +12
    When: (always)
  • Strike Team Equipment: Electronic Countermeasures
    Cost (MF): 175
    Requires Team Level: 7
    Effectiveness: +14
    When: (always)
  • Strike Team Equipment: Electromagnetic Pulse Device
    Cost (MF): 200
    Requires Team Level: 8
    Effectiveness: +16
    When: (always)
  • Strike Team Equipment: Black Widows
    Cost (MF): 225
    Requires Team Level: 9
    Effectiveness: +18
    When: (always)
  • Strike Team Equipment: Exceptional Human Intelligence
    Cost (MF): 250
    Requires Team Level: 10
    Effectiveness: +20
    When: (always)
  • Strike Team Equipment: Quick Response Vehicle I
    Cost (MF): 50
    Requires Team Level: 5
    Effectiveness: +10
    When: A Hostage Situation
  • Strike Team Equipment: Quick Response Vehicle II
    Cost (MF): 75
    Requires Team Level: 5
    Effectiveness: +20
    When: A Hostage Situation
  • Strike Team Equipment: Quick Response Vehicle III
    Cost (MF): 100
    Requires Team Level: 10
    Effectiveness: +30
    When: A Hostage Situation
  • Strike Team Equipment: Quick Response Vehicle IV
    Cost (MF): 125
    Requires Team Level: 10
    Effectiveness: +40
    When: A Hostage Situation
  • Strike Team Equipment: Breaching Charges I
    Cost (MF): 50
    Requires Team Level: 5
    Effectiveness: +10
    When: High-Risk, High-Reward
  • Strike Team Equipment: Breaching Charges II
    Cost (MF): 75
    Requires Team Level: 5
    Effectiveness: +20
    When: High-Risk, High-Reward
  • Strike Team Equipment: Breaching Charges III
    Cost (MF): 100
    Requires Team Level: 10
    Effectiveness: +30
    When: High-Risk, High-Reward
  • Strike Team Equipment: Breaching Charges IV
    Cost (MF): 125
    Requires Team Level: 10
    Effectiveness: +40
    When: High-Risk, High-Reward
  • Strike Team Equipment: Night Vision I
    Cost (MF): 50
    Requires Team Level: 5
    Effectiveness: +10
    When: Nighttime
  • Strike Team Equipment: Night Vision II
    Cost (MF): 75
    Requires Team Level: 5
    Effectiveness: +20
    When: Nighttime
  • Strike Team Equipment: Night Vision III
    Cost (MF): 100
    Requires Team Level: 10
    Effectiveness: +30
    When: Nighttime
  • Strike Team Equipment: Night Vision IV
    Cost (MF): 125
    Requires Team Level: 10
    Effectiveness: +40
    When: Nighttime
  • Strike Team Equipment: All Weather Gear I
    Cost (MF): 50
    Requires Team Level: 5
    Effectiveness: +10
    When: Poor Weather Conditions
  • Strike Team Equipment: All Weather Gear II
    Cost (MF): 75
    Requires Team Level: 5
    Effectiveness: +20
    When: Poor Weather Conditions
  • Strike Team Equipment: All Weather Gear III
    Cost (MF): 100
    Requires Team Level: 10
    Effectiveness: +30
    When: Poor Weather Conditions
  • Strike Team Equipment: All Weather Gear IV
    Cost (MF): 125
    Requires Team Level: 10
    Effectiveness: +40
    When: Poor Weather Conditions
  • Strike Team Equipment: Empowered Shields I
    Cost (MF): 50
    Requires Team Level: 5
    Effectiveness: +10
    When: We Need A Hero
  • Strike Team Equipment: Empowered Shields II
    Cost (MF): 75
    Requires Team Level: 5
    Effectiveness: +20
    When: We Need A Hero
  • Strike Team Equipment: Empowered Shields III
    Cost (MF): 100
    Requires Team Level: 10
    Effectiveness: +30
    When: We Need A Hero
  • Strike Team Equipment: Empowered Shields IV
    Cost (MF): 125
    Requires Team Level: 10
    Effectiveness: +40
    When: We Need A Hero

I do not know why some mission traits have associated Equipment and some do not.

Equipment is locked to the Strike Team for whom it was purchased: the equipment can never be removed or moved to a different team. If you purchase new equipment for a team, this will overwrite the old equipment and you will not be refunded any MF. If you dismiss a Strike Team that has equipment, the equipment is gone and you will also not be refunded any MF.

Because of the diminishing returns in Effectiveness, purchasing Strike Team Equipment is never worth the cost in MF. You would be incrementally improving your success chance by such a small amount that the payback period for any equipment is far too long to justify the purchase. In addition, the opportunity cost of spending MF on Strike Team Equipment is far too high as of patch 1.09, which introduced a huge amount of ways to spend MF to benefit yourself in-game.

Also consider that the +20 ‘always applicable’ equipment, Exceptional Human Intelligence, costs 250 MF. For that many MF you could have instead purchased your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Strike Teams with 10 MF left over. Four Strike Teams is more than enough to maximize your attempts at all missions every day.

In addition, the fact that you can retry failed missions an unlimited number of times (until the mission expires) means that even low success chances are statistically likely to succeed — in fact, far more likely than even using the best possible Equipment.

For example, consider a Gold mission with a 38% success chance. Assuming you are able to attempt this mission 4 times (which is reasonable for a 5-hour mission if you’re awake 16 hours a day), the chance of failing the mission all 4 times is only about 15% — or conversely, the chance of at least one success in those 4 attempts is 85%. There is no Equipment you could possibly buy that would raise a Strike Team’s success chance from 38% to 85%.

A note on Equipment costs: for Equipment that is always applicable (Adrenaline Shots, Crate of Specialized Ammo, etc. up to Exceptional Human Intelligence) the MF cost per Effectiveness is fixed at 12.5.

The equipment that is only applicable on certain types of missions (Quick Response Vehicle, Breaching Charges, Night Vision, and All Weather Gear) initially appears to have much more favorable MF-to-Effectiveness ratios of between 5 and 3.125.

However, it’s important to remember that the 12 mission traits are randomly distributed. Thus you need to multiply the MF-to-Effectiveness ratios of the specialized equipment by 12 to determine their true values, which range from 60 down to 37.5.

The implication is that if you are going to purchase Equipment, you should only purchase the ‘always applicable’ equipment.

I am currently re-evaluating my ‘never buy Equipment’ stance. I will update this guide in the future.

If success chances are ever uncapped such that you could push them to 100% with Equipment, then (and only then) Equipment might be worth it. But you would still be overpaying for that level of certainty. (This is an aspect of the Fourfold Pattern observed in Prospect Theory. Essentially, people will overpay to reduce risk to zero, which is why insurance exists.)

Mission Funds

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The primary purpose of Missions Funds is to buy in-game equipment for your MEAMP characters. According to the 1.09 patch notes, “The Item Store has a weekly rotation of two Uncommon and two Rare equipment items.” This means that you may need up to (2 * 70 + 2 * 120 = ) 380 MF available each week to purchase everything available, assuming you don’t already have that week’s items. (At 60 MF per day from Strike Team missions, you could accumulate up to 420 MF per week just from using the app. Additional MF are also available from Daily Challenges — see the next section — and from the Platinum Apex mission each day.)

Characters, Weapons, and Weapon Mods

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  • Rarity: Common
    Cost (MF): 35
    Description: Contains 1 Random Common (Character / Weapon / Mod)
  • Rarity: Uncommon
    Cost (MF): 70
    Description: Contains 1 Random Uncommon (Character / Weapon / Mod)
  • Rarity: Rare
    Cost (MF): 120
    Description: Contains 1 Random Rare (Character / Weapon / Mod)
  • Rarity: Ultra-Rare
    Cost (MF): 960
    Description: Contains 1 Random Ultra-Rare (Character / Weapon / Mod)

Purchasing Characters and Weapons with MF is just like getting one in an item pack: the character or weapon will be unlocked at Rank I if you didn’t already have it, or will have its rank incremented by one if you did.

There are also special Variant Weapon Mods introduced in patch 1.09 that can only be purchased using MF. These variant mods typically have a trade-off, such as worse accuracy in exchange for more damage. They are listed in the Numerical Data Masterbook.

Unless your manifest is almost maxed at a given rarity, or you want one of the variant weapon mods, I don’t think it is worth it to spend MF unlocking items that you could already unlock using Credits or Andromeda Points to purchase packs. For example, I don’t think it is worth using 120 MF to purchase a Random Rare Character when you could instead spend 50,000 Cr (less than one Gold game’s payout) on an Expert Pack.

Supplies and Boosters

  • Item: Ammo Pack
    Cost (MF): 5
    Effects: instantly reloads all weapons, reserves, and power cells
  • Item: Cobra RPG
    Cost (MF): 5
    Effects: explosive projectile deals ‘massive’ damage
  • Item: Revive Pack
    Cost (MF): 5
    Effects: revives the user
  • Item: Experience Enhancer II
    Cost (MF): 10
    Effects: +50% XP for one mission (*)
  • Item: Experience Enhancer III
    Cost (MF): 10
    Effects: +75% XP for one mission (*)

(*) This bonus applies to the base XP per mission difficulty (Bronze, Silver, Gold) and not to the total XP earned in that mission.

Spending MF for Supplies doesn’t seem worth it to me given how cheaply you can acquire them using in-game credits: 2,000 credits for a Supply Pack guarantees you one of each consumable plus a random Booster.

Spending MF for the Experience Enhancers may be worth it depending upon how quickly you want to level up your MP characters or grind for Bonus Stats.

You can also spend 15 MF for a character respec card. These tend to drop pretty regularly from in-game Packs, so again I don’t think it is worth it to spend MF on respecs.

Daily Challenges

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As of patch 1.09, there are 2 Daily Challenges per day, each of which is worth 30 MF. These challenges can only be completed in-game (not in the Apex HQ app). They are visible under Prestige / Challenges.

There are four types of Daily Challenges:

  • Difficulty Waves: complete 14 waves on a given difficulty
  • Map Waves: complete 14 waves on a given map
  • Enemy Points: score 35,000 points against a given enemy
  • Power Points: score 35,000 points using either Biotic, Combat, or Tech Powers

Two Daily Challenges spawn randomly every day. They can be worked on simultaneously where feasible. For example, if the challenges were Firebase Derelict Waves and Kett Points, you could accumulate credits towards both of them by fighting Kett on Derelict.

Typically two Gold matches are enough to meet the requirements. If you’re having trouble, try a solo Bronze or Silver game that meets the criteria; in-game points are not affected by difficulty level, and during a solo game, you get all the points.

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