Mass Effect Face Codes Guide: How to Import Faces

If you're looking for a way to import faces from original Mass Effect games into Legendary Edition, then follow our guide for all the steps.

With the release of Mass Effect Legendary Edition many players started wondering if it's possible to transfer the original look of your Shepard character from the old Mass Effect games. It turns out that this option is featured in the new edition of the game, but you need to have access to your old save files.

Once you have those available, follow our guide for all the tips on how to import faces in Mass Effect Legendary Edition using face codes. These 36-digit numbers bring back to life your original character design exactly as it looked back in the days.

You can also use this feature to import community-shared faces, for that perfect Shepard look.

How to Import Faces in Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Mass Effect 2/3 Face Codes

If you have access to Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 save files, then all you need to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to either of the game's main menu
  2. Select the "Squad" tab
  3. Look at the top left corner of the screen
  4. Copy the "Identity Code" number found there

Mass Effect Legendary Edition: How to Input Face Codes

When you have the 36-digit number copied, follow these steps to import the code into Mass Effect Legendary Edition:

  1. Start a New Game
  2. Select "Enter New ID" option
  3. Choose the same gender for your Shepard character as before
  4. Enter the "Character Appearance" menu
  5. Paste the Identity Code into the "Code" field

If you've done everything right, then you should be looking at the face you've chosen to input the code for. Do be aware that some older faces may not look exactly as they originally did, which is something Bioware is aware of.

Mass Effect 1 Face Codes

If you have access to old save files only for Mass Effect 1, then it's going to be a bit more difficult. But you can still import faces from that version of the game into the Legendary Edition by following these steps:

  1. Start Mass Effect 2 game
  2. Select "Import ME1 Character" in the main menu
  3. Choose to upload the old save file from Mass Effect 1
  4. Copy the "Identity Code" number from the customization screen

Once you have the face code from Mass Effect 1, you can repeat the same steps to import it into the Legendary Edition of the game as listed above.

Now, you can easily transfer faces of your old characters from the old Mass Effect games into the Mass Effect Legendary Edition. Also, be sure to read our official review of Mass Effect Legendary Edition right here.


Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Published May. 26th 2021

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