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Mass Effect Andromeda: How to Use the Scanner

How to Use the Scanner in Mass Effect Andromeda

A new tool has joined the fray in Mass Effect Andromeda, one with a variety of applications. As the Pathfinder, you’ll be wielding a scanner, and you should be aware of how to use it.

First up, the scanner is used to scan the environment. It can be used to find resources or points of interest, as well as to scan new species of aliens, technology, and plants. Scanning unknown lifeforms and tech will earn you Research Data (RD). This can be spent at the research center for new weapons and armor.


To use the scanner, hit the down button on your d-pad. This will bring up your tool, and begin searching the environment in front of you. If you spot a glowing object, hover over it and hit X on PlayStation or A on Xbox to scan that specific object. To put away your scanner once you’re done, hit the down button again.

This will become a vital tool for your adventure through Mass Effect Andromeda, so make sure you get comfortable with it fast. For more on Mass Effect Andromeda, be sure to check out our ever-expanding wiki guide.

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