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Mass Effect 2: How to Start Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC

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Mass Effect 2: How to Start Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC

While Mass Effect 1 served as a great introduction and strong first entry in the epic sci-fi trilogy, there’s no arguing that Mass Effect 2 was the peak of the series. Along with a strong base campaign, the additional DLC missions also helped to flesh out the world and characters even further, and the Shadow Broker DLC is certainly a must-play for newcomers. Here’s how to start the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC in Mass Effect 2.

Starting Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC in Mass Effect 2

The good news is that if you’re playing Legendary Edition, you don’t need to worry about having to install the DLC. It should already be included in Mass Effect 2. If you’re playing the original version of the game, make sure the DLC is downloaded and installed, then restart the game to access the new content.

To start the Shadow Broker mission, you need to progress far enough into the story of Mass Effect 2 until you meet Liara T’Soni and unlock Illium. After clearing her story mission and exhausting her dialogue options, you should receive a new message at your private terminal the next time you return to the Normandy. It’ll read as follows:

We’re aware that your old friend Liara T’Soni has been hunting for the Shadow Broker for several years. We wouldn’t mind helping her in that hunt, given the Broker’s past work for the Collectors. We recently uncovered some information that might give Liara a lead on where to find the Shadow Broker’s base of operations, but unfortunately, she doesn’t have much faith in Cerberus intel. If you’d visit Illium and pass it on to her as a gesture of goodwill, we’d appreciate it.

After that, access the galaxy map on the Normandy and head to Illium to talk to her. You’ll then be able to start the DLC mission.

That’s all there is to it, and this mission will help flesh out the relationship between Liara and Shepard even further while hunting down the mysterious Shadow Broker.

That’s all you need to know about how to start Lair of the Shadow Broker in Mass Effect 2. Be sure to check our guide wiki for more tips and information on the game.

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