UNC: Hostage


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MSV Ontario, Farinata System.

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Morality Points

UNC: Hostage is an Assignment in Mass Effect. UNC: Hostage is about a kidnapped chairman of the Parliament Subcommittee, Martin Burns. Assignments are secondary quests in Mass Effect, that are not mandatory to progress the game's story, but provide context and flavor by meeting interesting NPCs of all kind of Races, granting additional experience, and letting the player visit extraordinary and unique planets.


UNC: Hostage Walkthrough

Head to the MSV Ontario, you can find it in the Farinata System of the Hades Gamma cluster, and enter the freighter. You won't see many Enemies here, because they are located in the main cargo hold. Don't go there yet, loot a crate in the first room to the right. 

Once you enter the main cargo hold, or you are spotted by any Biotic Terrorist, a 3 minutes time limit starts. You have 3 minutes to get to the other side to rescue the chairman of the Parliament Subcommittee. The terrorists are armed with Pistols but have biotic powers and use them frequently, to knock you down. 

They tend to rush the squad, so bringing either Urdnot Wrex or Ashley Williams who can use Shotguns is a good idea. Damping is also an incredible useful Talent to have at your disposal.

Once you are done with the terrorists, head to the other side of the freighter, towards the cockpit section, and take the left door to find Martin Burns. 

You will find the Biotics Leader, holding Burns at gunpoint. and a conversation will start.

  • "Take them down!" will start a fight.
  • "You need Burns!" (Level 6 Charm  required), earns you 8 Paragon points and prevents the fight.
  • "Don't be stupid" (Level 5 Intimidate required), earns you 9 Renegade points and prevents the fight.

If you end up fighting the group, you may need to backpedal into the cargo hold and then try to deal with them there. Their original room is incredibly tight and the leader carries a Shotgun, that can be devastating.

Once that's been taken care of, leave the ship to end the Assignment.


How to unlock UNC: Hostage

You can obtain UNC: Hostage, in 2 different ways:

  • You can hear a news report about the situation while taking the elevator in the Citadel.
  • Once you enter the Farinata system of the Hades Gamma cluster for the first time, Admiral Hackett will grant it to you as a personal request.


Enemies found on UNC: Hostage


UNC: Hostage Rewards

  • Morality Points.


UNC: Hostage Notes & Tips

  • Notes & tips go here


Assignments in Mass Effect
A Person of Interest  ♦  Citadel: Asari Consort  ♦  Citadel: Doctor Michel  ♦  Citadel: Family Matter  ♦  Citadel: Homecoming  ♦  Citadel: I Remember Me  ♦  Citadel: Jahleed's Fears  ♦  Citadel: Negotiator's Request  ♦  Citadel: Old Friends  ♦  Citadel: Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things  ♦  Citadel: Our Own Worst Enemy  ♦  Citadel: Planting a Bug  ♦  Citadel: Presidium Prophet  ♦  Citadel: Reporter's Request  ♦  Citadel: Rita's Sister  ♦  Citadel: Scan the Keepers  ♦  Citadel: Schells the Gambler  ♦  Citadel: Signal Tracking  ♦  Citadel: Snap Inspection  ♦  Citadel: The Fan  ♦  Citadel: The Fourth Estate  ♦  Citadel: Xeltan's Complaint  ♦  Doctor at Risk  ♦  Feros: Data Recovery  ♦  Feros: Geth in the Tunnels  ♦  Feros: Power Cells  ♦  Feros: Varren Meat  ♦  Feros: Water Restoration  ♦  Garrus: Find Dr. Saleon  ♦  Geth Activities  ♦  Investigate Facility  ♦  Investigate Samples  ♦  Investigate Shipments  ♦  Mercenaries  ♦  Missing Person  ♦  Noveria: Espionage  ♦  Noveria: Smuggling  ♦  Pinnacle Station: Combat Missions  ♦  Pinnacle Station: Convoy  ♦  Pinnacle Station: Vidinos  ♦  Strange Transmission  ♦  Tali and the Geth  ♦  UNC: Asari Writings  ♦  UNC: Besieged Base  ♦  UNC: Cerberus  ♦  UNC: Depot Sigma-23  ♦  UNC: Derelict Freighter  ♦  UNC: Distress Call  ♦  UNC: Hades' Dogs  ♦  UNC: Listening Post Alpha  ♦  UNC: Listening Post Theta  ♦  UNC: Locate Signs of Battle  ♦  UNC: Lost Freighter  ♦  UNC: Lost Module  ♦  UNC: Missing Marines  ♦  UNC: Missing Survey Team  ♦  UNC: Prothean Data Discs  ♦  UNC: Rogue VI  ♦  UNC: The Negotiation  ♦  UNC: Turian Insignias  ♦  UNC: Valuable Minerals  ♦  Virmire: Assisting Kirrahe's Team  ♦  Virmire: Wrex and the Genophage  ♦  Wrex: Family Armor  ♦  X57: Avoid the Blasting Caps  ♦  X57: Bring down the Sky  ♦  X57: Missing Engineers

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