Though she is no longer a squadmate in Mass Effect 3, Miranda Lawson plays a large role in one of the final missions of the main campaign, and a male Shepard can continue a romance with her. If Miranda survived the Suicide Mission in Mass Effect 2, she will reach out to Shepard via an email at his private terminal later and ask to meet on the Citadel to talk. To romance Miranda in Mass Effect 3, Shepard must have initiated a romance with her in Mass Effect 2. He can also choose to break things off at the start of Mass Effect 3 and romance another companion instead, but this comes with dire consequences.
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To successfully romance Miranda in Mass Effect 3, Shepard will need to meet with her on the Citadel any time she reaches out. Because she is not a squadmate, time with her between missions will be limited. Shepard should also be sure to follow a few major steps and help Miranda survive the encounters with Kai Leng and her father on Horizon. If she survives, the romance can also be a key feature during the Citadel DLC, usually the last mission players complete before the endgame. Here’s how to continue Miranda’s romance in Mass Effect 3.
How To Continue A Romance With Miranda In Mass Effect 3
The Mass Effect 2 companion love interests are only available to romance in Mass Effect 3 if Shepard was in a romance with them by the end of the game and if they survived the Suicide Mission. If Shepard did not pursue Miranda in Mass Effect 2, she will not be available as a romance option. If players want to start a run of Mass Effect 3 without playing through the entire trilogy, they can select the option to start something with Miranda in the Mass Effect: Genesis interactive comic to ensure her romance is unlocked.
Shepard first reunites with Miranda after Priority: Palaven following a message where she asks him to meet her on the Citadel Docking Bay. She will explain that she is looking for her sister, Oriana, who appears to have gone missing. When Miranda asks if she is still part of Shepard’s future plans, Shepard must say, Nothing’s changed, to continue the romance.
Selecting the other option, Things have changed, will lead to a break up. Breaking things off with Miranda at this point will usually lead to her death during Priority: Horizon, so if players want to avoid romancing her without dooming her, they should either break up with her in Mass Effect 2 or continue pursuing a different partner and avoid conversing with her until after Priority: Citadel II.
After Priority: Citadel II, Anderson gives Shepard a copy of Kai Leng’s dossier. It is important to open the dossier at Shepard’s Private Terminal. The next time Miranda asks to meet on the Citadel, Shepard will find her at the Specter Terminal at the Embassies. He will need to warn her about Kai Leng to help ensure she is prepared.
The final time Miranda contacts Shepard, they will meet in a private apartment at the Presidium Commons. Shepard should give Miranda access to Alliance resources, which will help ensure her survival, and converse with her. During this scene, she will confess to wanting to implant a mind-control chip in Shepard’s brain during the Lazarus Project, as a precaution. She will apologize, and Shepard must choose to comfort her using the Paragon dialogue choice. Doing so results in an intimate scene.
Even if Shepard offered his help, told Miranda about Kai Leng, and gave her access to Alliance resources, during Priority: Horizon, she can still be killed if Shepard does not have a high enough reputation and Paragon/Renegade score. If he does not have access to either the Charm or Intimidate option when dealing with Henry Lawson and picks I just want Oriana, Shepard must also take the next Renegade interrupt to shoot Oriana in the leg and distract Henry. Missing this interrupt will cause Miranda to shoot her father, but not before Henry fires his own fatal shot, killing her too.
As long as Miranda survives Priority: Horizon, the romance can continue to the end of the game. Miranda will contact Shepard at his apartment following the main campaign of the Citadel DLC. She can stop by to see him, and he can meet her at the Casino for a sort of date night. Miranda is also an optional invite to Shepard’s party, and the two will wake up in bed together the morning after.
Though Miranda is not physically present during Priority: Earth, Shepard can call her ahead of the final battle to say goodbye. Unlike the romanceable squadmates, Miranda will not be seen at the Memorial Wall on the Normandy. If players choose the Mass Effect 3 Destroy ending, and Shepard had built up enough Galactic Readiness and Total Military Strength to keep her alive like the rest of the squad, Miranda will be seen during the epilogue looking at the stars.
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Mass Effect Legendary Edition is available for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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