Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer Guide: M-37 Falcon Best Assault Rifle in the Game
There are a few weapons in the multiplayer of Mass Effect 3 that are worth using regardless of their weight. One of them is the M-37 Falcon which is an assault rifle that shoots explosives. With it I haven’t found an enemy that I couldn’t kill easily. I can shoot them around corners and kill Guardians even if they have their shields. I also outscore most of my team every time and don’t tend to die very often.
How to Use the M-37 Falcon
The defining feature of the M-37 Falcon is the fact that the explosives only explode after a certain time or if they get within a certain distance of an enemy. The explosives will also bounce off walls. This lets you get very creative with how you kill people. For instance, if someone is hiding behind vertical cover (you can’t shoot over it) I like to bounce the explosive off a nearby wall so that it explodes in that enemies face. The explosion will stagger the enemy out of cover and let you dispatch them easily. You can do the same thing if you know that a room is full of enemies.
The M-37 Falcon staggers enemies. It even staggers them if they have shields and I have also seen some boss enemies like the Atlas stagger. They will keep staggering until they are dead, so you can keep any number of enemies at bay if you have enough ammunition.
The only downfall of the M-37 Falcon is that it doesn’t come with much reload and clip ammunition. You can duck behind cover for the reload, but don’t start the reload before you go into cover because the cover animation will cancel the reload. Also I usually try to move from thermal clip stack to another to make sure that I have no downtime due to a lack of thermal clips. This requires some map knowledge, but the places are usually pretty easy to remember. Also I suggest using the upgrade to the amount of shots one thermal clip lets you take.
The M-37 Falcon isn’t very good against armor. I can usually take shields and barriers off enemies pretty easily, but if I was working on an Atlases armor by myself I would take a long time. Be sure to focus your fire on other enemies around and keep an escape route open for your team should the Atlas overwhelm you.
Best Classes to Use with the M-37 Falcon
The soldier is a very strong choice for any class that you want to use weapons with. You can buff weapon damage, health and shields very high with a soldier and the class isn’t designed around the use of biotic powers so you don’t have to worry about the reduced power recharge rate.
However, I like to use the infiltrator class with any weapon class. The infiltrator is the most versatile class in Mass Effect 3. You can easily revive teammates and take the multiple objectives whilst using the cloak. The cloak also gives a damage boost to weapons. However, the cloak stops working about a second after your first shot. It does seem to increase the damage until you are visible again, not only for the first shot. I also like to cloak whilst reloading because the M-37 Falcon has a long reload.
When you level your infiltrator that you want to use weapons with I suggest you focus on weapon damage, shield and health buffs. I like to use the cloak as much as possible so I also suggest using the buffs that reduce the recharge time. Although I would prioritize the weapon damage buff over the recharge rate.