Kaidan and Ashley are the most loved friends in 2021

Kaidan and Ashley are jokes of many jokes in Block effect fan base. In the first game, they serve the purpose of keeping things steady as we’re introduced to so many alien races. But once you’ve played it once, you know the lore well enough that their role is pretty redundant. Human companions in later games will have to be a little more interesting than “soldiers on duty” to stand out from the crowd.

However, for all of our talk, it turns out that we actually love the Jane duo a lot more simply than we were told. New player data from EA shows that Ashley and Kaidan are indeed the two most popular teammates in the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, beating out fan favorites like Tali and Garrus.


Related: Why Kaidan was my favorite crew member on the original Normandy

This ranking is a bit hard to believe. Admittedly you have more of a chance to use Kaidan and Ashley, as they’re the first two companions you get access to (sorry Jenkins) – but it still seems a bit tight. The only plausible explanation is that this data includes people who played for about ten minutes and then put the game down forever, never meeting the rest of the OG Normandy gang.

Yes, read it and cry. This is the official ranking.

  1. Kaidan
  2. Ashley
  3. Garrus
  4. Tali
  5. Wrex
  6. Liara

This adds to the theory that players who haven’t been with the game for too long will skew the numbers, since this is the order in which you get relatively many companions. The only exceptions are Wrex and Tali, but that can be explained by the fact that Wrex is not mandatory and could have a nasty ending for Virmire.

This will follow up with our previous coverage of the most popular teammates, which shows the fans who have stuck with the game tend to take Tali and Garrus with them. Putting a crew member on at least five missions will give you an achievement, and through that metric, Tali and Garrus are in the lead. As expected, the human duo were in last place.

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