ME2: How to Romance Garrus Vakarian

Garrus Vakarian in Mass Effect 2

I’m shocked that Garrus-related search terms are STILL at the top of my blog’s stats page. People, we need to slow down on the Garrus obsession!

Actually, no, we don’t. HEE.


I noticed that a lot of people have been using the search phrase “how do I romance Garrus?” to find my blog, so I thought I’d provide some answers.

TL;DR Version: Complete Garrus’ Loyalty Quest. When you’ve gone on a number of missions in Mass Effect 2, Garrus will eventually want to talk to you to ask you for help in a personal matter. Agreeing to help him and completing the quest will make him Loyal to you, and make it possible for you to romance him.

If you need a longer explanation, click the “Continue reading” link below.

I’ll try to keep spoilers at a minimum, but I honestly can’t see how I can avoid putting spoilers in a How to Romance Garrus guide.

As mentioned in the comments below, you might have trouble romancing  Garrus if:

  1. You’re romancing someone else in the Mass Effect 2 squad.
  2. You romanced Kaidan in the first Mass Effect game, kept him alive, and didn’t tell Kelly it was over between the two of you.
The solution to #1 is simple: end the romance with the other person, and assure Garrus there won’t be a love triangle. The second one…well. Not sure how to resolve that one, as the Shepards in the ME save files I carried over to ME2 didn’t romance him.

Step One: Recruit Garrus

Obviously, you’ll need to get Garrus into your squad so that you can romance him. The Illusive Man will provide three dossiers for people you can recruit into your squad. One of them is a dossier for “Archangel”, who can be found on Omega.

EDI and Miranda will recommend that you go after “The Professor” first. That’s actually a good way to go about it; you’ll need “The Professor” to unlock the Tech Lab on the Normandy SR-2 to upgrade your weapons/armor/ship. If you’re as crazy about our favorite turian and as suicidal as I am, you can go after Archangel first – upgrades be damned.

Once you rescue Archangel from the mercs that are ganging up on him, Garrus will join your squad.

Step Two: Complete his Loyalty Quest

After a few missions, your squad members will start asking you for help on personal matters. These are their Loyalty Quests. Completing these quests will secure their loyalty to you and open up romance options. I’d tell you when Garrus’ Loyalty Quest activates, but I forgot exactly how many missions it took before it showed up. 😐

His Loyalty Quest will involve tracking down and attempting to assassinate someone. Once you’ve helped Garrus find the target, you’re going to have to choose to either let Garrus go through with the assassination or convince him not to take the shot. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll complete the quest and earn his loyalty.

(It’s also interesting to note that Garrus reacts differently to what your Fem!Shep says to him during the Loyalty Quest depending on what you did with Dr. Saleon in Mass Effect.)

Step Three: Flirt with him!

After you finish his Loyalty Quest, Garrus will tell you an entertaining story about an experience he had while preparing for a high-risk mission on a turian ship. I’m sure all of you can figure out which among the dialogue options are the flirty ones without me spelling it out for you. :p

If you’re done with this step, congratulations! Garrus is now your love interest.

Step Four: Stay interested in him!

Garrus will eventually have another conversation with your Fem!Shep, and all you have to do here is to reassure him that you like him. After that dialogue, you will have the option to break the romance off whenever you want by telling him that you just “want to be friends”, but why ever would you want to do that?

Step Five: ENJOY.

Right before the final suicide mission, a certain turian will come to visit your Fem!Shep at her cabin. I’m sure you can take it from there. 😉

49 thoughts

  1. Ack, so I did what you said, but Garrus…he turned me down! 🙁 Something about not wanting to be a name on my list of conquests…

    I had been sexing up Jacob quite a lot in the game prior to being able to talk to Garrus, and I did have a thing with Kaiden in the first game. I’m guessing my pure sex driveness towards Jacob had something to do with this, even though I hadn’t gotten to the point where I had to break it off with him, because I did Jacob’s loyalty mission quite a bit after Garrus’. Know anything for certain?

    1. Whoa, I’m not sure what went down there – I played as a Shepard that romanced Jacob first, but I didn’t have any issues with Garrus when I decided to romance him instead (aside from Jacob getting all miffed and calling Garrus a cuttlebone).

      I’ve never encountered any complaints about either of my two my Shepards “lists of conquests” from Garrus…and neither of them have romanced Kaidan. That makes me think you were right in assuming that that probably had something to do with it. 😐

    2. Hi I think the Kaiden romance drove garrus away. At some point in the 2nd game you’re talking to someone that asks how you feel about kaiden after seeing him again on horizon. I think it’s kelly. You should say that you don’t feel for him or say it’s history now. That will probably make Garrus available to you. Just don’t flirt with Kelly too much because it becomes an option at that point :). ( As for a source…. I romanced Kaiden in one and was able to romance garrus in two no prob by doing this)

    3. I have a glitch too. I haven’t really been flirting with anybody and I’ve progressed Garrus as far as I can. He said he’d do me he just needs to do some research. Mordin isn’t talking about sex so I don’t know what the deal is.

  2. OJSKNCKSAIFDHIJAKJNCAICH. I’m so in love with him! x3 Thanks for this, I looked at guides and when I saw some of the stuff they said about it, I thought I royally screwed my profile over.

    1. Hey, no problem! It’s always fun to help other fangirls out. Garrus is the best (even if I think ME3 sucks)! :p

      1. So I just went through the relay and my game is at the part where it says to insert disc 1. I had NO IDEA I could have some time with Garrus before going through! What do I do? Restart my XBox or something?

  3. Well, I’m playing ME2 third or fourth time and I did romanced Garrus and it was after Kaidan in ME1, now I didn’t “do” (xD) Kaidan because I wanted my Shepard to be only with Garrus from ME2 and now I don’t even get the flirty line with Shepard’s “blowing off steam”. He gave me the story about his blowing off steam and… my Shep has got “investigate” (and he’s telling the story again) and “goodbye”. What the hell happend? I told Kelly that Kaidan (and no-romanced Kaidan!) is the history. I shouldn’t hug her, right? :/
    OR maybe it’s just too early?

    1. Sorry, had to edit your comment to avoid spoilers! :p

      You’re supposed to have two conversations about that “blowing off steam” bit, as listed in steps 3 and 4. Try doing a few more missions, then try going back to talk to him for the follow-up conversation. 🙂

      1. Oh, I’m sorry about spoilers!
        And thank you very much for your answer… BUT we get the flirty options in step 3, right after his loyalty quest, yes? And in step 4 we get another one? OR we get just the story in step 3 and flirty options later will be available and then step 4?
        Sorry for digging in this so much but I don’t know what to do now. Play and hope that everything will be ok or start from my last save and avoid e.g hugging? 😛 (and I did the most stupid thing – my last save is from Horizon – 7h of playing to the point where I am now. stupid, oh, stupid me)

        Ps. And you must forgive me my English, but it’s definitely not my mother tongue 🙂

        1. Yep, there’s a flirty option in step 3. The dialogue should go like this [SPOILERS AHEAD!]:

          If you chose that option about easing stress together, then you don’t have to start over. 🙂

  4. Thank you once again. You were extremely helpful! I do not have the option with easing stress together. So I’m going back to Horizon… (and now I know that Kelly is not so unimportant and I just wanted somebody to feed my fishes ;p)

  5. First off, thank you very much for this guide. I have gone through the game several times as male Shep and did romances just for the funny comments that come up. Tali was my fav. Now I am going through it as fem Shep and didn’t think that one was open for Garrus
    Secondly, yes I am a guy. As I said, I do romances for the fun comments in ME 3.

  6. Heh, Loyalty Mission, makes sense…I’m 90% certain I said it was over with Kaiden…Here’s hoping:3

    hehe *flees to complete loyalty mission and woo the turian <3 thanks for the tips!

  7. I have just started the game, and made it past the first Horizon mission. However since I first got Garrus (before Horizon) I have had only one conversation with him. After that, whenever I try to have a conversation with him to further our relationship, he just replies with ” Can it wait for a minute, I’m in the middle of some calibrations”… It’s really frustrating and worrying. Has anyone else had this? (By the way, I have not played the first ME and have had no prior relationships. )

    1. You have to play some other missions/assignments then later Kelly will tell you that Garrus wants to talk to you… hopefully that helps.

      Xoxox, Trig

  8. I’ve used the blow off steam option, I’ve talked to him again using the correct dialogue options, and Mordin still won’t mention sex! Help D:

    1. And of course it takes me a MONTH to reply to this comment. Sorry! -____- I hope you’ve managed to figure it out! If not…

      I would suggest doing a few more missions and getting back to Mordin afterward. Another commenter, Darcy, seemed to have the same issue back in 2012, and I’m not sure if they managed to resolve it! 🙁

    I need help, I was playing me2 and then my little brother wanted to play so I let him. [SPOILERS AHEAD] and he got the romance dialogue and he got the “blow off steam” bit too, but instead of saying that’s not what I meant, he insisted they should fight, and Garrus said he didn’t want to be on the list that she best up. Later on he saved, and I did the suicide mission and I later on realized he did this because the romance options weren’t there! Do other options or chances come up? I don’t want to do the whole game over again! The last save I have is after Horizon

    1. As far as I know, you won’t get another chance to start the romance if you don’t flirt with him during the “blowing off steam” bit. 🙁



      If by “Garrus said he didn’t want to be on the list that she best up” you mean that he said “I know you’ve got other options,” then you’ve encountered the love triangle dialogue. You might have another chance to fix it! Check out what I wrote under the “AN ADDITIONAL WARNING BASED ON OTHER PLAYERS’ OBSERVATIONS” in this post to see what you can do. 🙂

  10. Thanks for this! Short, sweet, and to the point – exactly what I was looking for. (And I’m so glad to see I’m not the only one who’s developed a Garrus fixation.)

  11. Awww shiiit. That explains why I cant romance Garrus, Kaidan sure but I remember telling Kelly that it was all history naw. Maybe its because, I triggered Jacob sumthin in Shepard just for da LOLz honestly. Ok. I’ll guess I’d stick with Thane :(. Better luck next time I guess. Thats what second playthroughs are for. Thanks for the guide anyway.

  12. Just so you know, Garrus is still bringing people to your blog. And thanks for posting this, it’s good to know I’m on the right track! The wiki really only has info about romancing for BroShep, which does me no good for now. Though you never know, I may decide to pursue my previously unrequited love for Jack one of these days …

    1. I noticed! I’m tracking my blog’s traffic, and this page still has a crapload of monthly visits! XD I’m glad so many fans STILL find my guide helpful!

      A confession: I have never even played a BroShep before! Maybe I should try it so I can romance Jack or Tali. XD

  13. I romanced Kaidan in Mass Effect, and when Kelly Chambers ask about how I feel after Horizon, I told her that I still miss him and things between us aren’t over. But I still be able to romanced Garrus. So I think that your answer towards Kelly Chambers’ question prior to Horizon didn’t really affect anything to romanced Garrus. I’m not really sure why some of you can’t. I’m just sharing. But well, if you really want to pursue Garrus, I suggest to not take any chances. 🙂

  14. I never realized how awesome Garrus is! When I played the original ME I wooed Kaiden and I wanted to do his romance through the whole game.
    I discovered Garrus was a romance option and I thought his dialogue was hilarious and now I am so determined to woo him that I started a new mass effect 2 game >.>

  15. I always turned Garrus down because it felt kinda weird and I saw him more as Sheps best friend than as a lover (and strangely I felt like romancing anybody in ME2 anyway). But after several playtroughs, I got kinda interessted in him, especially in ME3. And since you can only romance him in ME3 if you romanced him in ME2, I decided to play the entire trilogy again. Given that I like to do things different in different playtroughs, I didn’t recruit him in ME1 (which is a total loss btw.)
    Well, it turns out that, of course, you have to recruit him in ME1 to romance him in ME2. At least that was the case for me. After changing the corresponding plot value in gibbed save editor, I finally got the “We could ease stress together” option. Idk how many other people didn’t recruit him in ME1, but maybe this helps some people.

  16. Your guide really helped me too, but I think you should include that to get Garrus’ loyalty mission, you have to do Jacob’s, Miranda’s, Jack’s, Mordin’s, and (maybe) Grunts. This guide I read said you had to do them all before Garrus’ would be available but I got his after I finished up to Mordin’s.. I still did Grunt’s before his though and right after Garrus mission, I got the flirty conversation option. I didn’t romance anyone in the first game and didn’t flirt with anyone before Garrus. Hope this will help some people. Up til his loyalty mission he really does only have like one conversation with you so don’t freak out! ^^ Garrus is a total babe idk why it took me so long to play this game.

  17. I can’t find any info on this, I know some characters have same sex options, but I’ve never seen any on Garrus. My character is male and the only character most interesting is Garrus, so I’m trying to go down that road with him as to not be sad and lonely at the end of the game. I feel like I’m the only player who’s attempted this. Has anyone done this? Can someone tell me whether or not Garrus would be into it? I mean, if he’s so concerned with interspecies romance, though will eventually come around, is gender really that much of a stretch? Does Garrus even have a gender similar to humans?

    If no one knows, that’s fine, guess I’ll find out anyways. He’ll either reject my Male Shepard or I just won’t see any romance options.

    1. So many questions! But the one thing I can definitely answer is that Garrus is only available as a romance option for Female Shepard. I’m not sure if I’m remembering it correctly, but I don’t seem to remember any romantic dialogue options popping up at all when I was playing as Male Shepard and talking to Garrus. I COULD be wrong – some Bioware games allow player characters to attempt flirting with companions regardless of their sexual orientation, but even then, that usually ends up in an outright rejection or just general awkwardness.

      But yeah, TL;DR: Garrus is not romanceable as a Male Shepard. I’m so sorry. 😐

  18. Hi. Um…. I just found this and I was reading the comments and I just wanted to comment also. I actually played ME3 first. I’m going backwards LOL ?. I almost cried at the end ?. Idk why I suddenly got interested in Garrus, it just happened… LOL ?. I just want to say thnx for having this blog for me to find!?

  19. Playing through the trilogy for the first time.
    I played ME1 with Kaiden as my romance because I wanted to go straight snd narrow route. I want garrus but I keep getting the same conversation. After horizon I told Kelly and even joker that we were done but I can’t seem to start things with garrus.
    Help me?

    1. Maybe you need to do a few more missions before going back to talk to him? But what’s the “same conversation” you keep getting?

    1. Six years later and this guide is STILL helping Garrus fans get our favorite Turian? I’m so happy right now. HAHAHA! You’re welcome! 😀

  20. I have question. Do you need to be male or female to be in romance with Garrus? I know there are some characters who is not wanting to be in romance with same gender.

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