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Consumables screen

Consumables are a type of item that is consumed when used.


Codex Card Technology Consumable Resources.png

While Andromeda Initiative gear and weaponry is designed to be as versatile as possible, extraordinary circumstances sometimes arise. Pathfinders and scout forces often turn to less orthodox resources to ensure they survive hostile conditions.

"Adrenaline" is a nickname for a prototype omni-gel/OSD package. When deployed, it bypasses omni-tool safeties to minifacture (small-scale manufacture) new heat sinks and provide a temporary but powerful boost to armor.

A shield capacitor immediately overlocks a user's shields, bringing them to full power and giving them a boost. This boost is unstable, however, and will be lost the next time the shield is breached.

A life support pack boosts the environmental management systems of a user's hardsuit, enabling them to cope with environmental hazards for a longer period.

Special ammunition packs apply a variety of effects to weapons fire. Incendiary ammo coats projectiles in thermite paste as they are fired. The paste adheres to and burns through armor. Cryo ammo uses Bose-Einstein condensate to freeze an enemy or slow them. Disrupter ammo projectiles carry an electrical charge that damages enemy hardsuit systems.

The Cobra RPG package uses a volatile solution of omni-gel to minifacture a short-lived but extremely dangerous projectile. Launched from an omni-tool, it hits with the same explosive power as a portable rocket launcher.


Consumables can be found during gameplay at certain merchants, inside various containers, or on bodies of defeated enemies.

In multiplayer, "consumables" refers to both boosters and supplies. Boosters can be equipped and supplies checked in the Consumables tab.

List of consumables[]

Icon Name Rarity Description Credits Icon.png Base Cost
Backup Life Support icon.png
Backup Life Support Common Boosts life-support capacity and allows a user to survive hazardous environments longer outside of the Nomad. No effect on combat. 160
Cobra RPG icon.png
Cobra RPG Rare
Fire Primer Icon.png
Capable of taking down most enemies with a single projectile.
Cryo Ammo icon.png
Cryo Ammo Common
Cryo Primer Icon.png
Shots slow enemies and deal moderate bonus damage to armor. Lasts for the next three clips of the currently equipped gun.
Disruptor Ammo icon.png
Disruptor Ammo Common
Tech Primer Icon.png
Shots stun enemies and deal large bonus damage to shields. Lasts for the next three clips of the currently equipped gun.
Incendiary Ammo icon.png
Incendiary Ammo Common
Fire Primer Icon.png
Shots burn enemies and deal large bonus damage to armor. Lasts for the next three clips of the currently equipped gun.
Overdrive Pack icon.png
Overdrive Pack Common Immediately reloads all weapons, recharges all powers, and temporarily boosts accuracy and damage reduction. 160
Shield Capacitors icon.png
Shield Capacitors Common Boosts maximum shields. Restores current shielding to the new maximum. The boost lasts until shields are broken. 160


Consumables can be purchased from the following merchants:

Cooldown timer[]

Consumables Cooldown Timer

When most consumables are used, a cooldown timer starts that isn't shown on screen. This is so that multiple consumables can't be used at the same time. By opening the weapon wheel, the central portion of the menu will display the remaining amount of time until another consumable can be used.

  • Backup Life Support, Cryo Ammo, Disruptor Ammo, Incendiary Ammo, and Overdrive Pack have a 15 second cooldown timer.
  • Cobra RPGs have a 3 second cooldown timer.
  • Shield Capacitors have no cooldown timer.


  • Consumables can only be changed at a Loadout station or using the Item Pickup menu.
  • Each ammunition pack can prime for combos.
  • The Cobra RPG is also able to prime enemies.
  • An ammunition pack is applied to the currently equipped firearm only. Switching to a different firearm using the weapon wheel will not transfer the ammunition pack.
  • Using an ammunition pack immediately reloads the weapon so that a full clip is ready to use.
  • An ammunition pack is in place for three full clips of a weapon. If the weapon runs out of ammunition before three clips have been used, the next time it is refilled it will still have the remaining clips with the ammunition pack properties.
  • Ammunition packs stay in place until used up. This includes fast travelling to other places on a planet or even leaving the planet for another location.
  • Infinite heat sink weapons still have the three clip limited use for ammunition packs. It is not possible to game the system by not fully using the 100% available. Each infinite heat sink weapon has an equivalent number of shots that once used up will return the weapon back to normal functioning.
  • Ammunition packs do not stack when used. If a different ammunition pack is used before the current ammunition pack is used up, the new ammunition pack will replace the existing one. All remaining ammunition from the the first pack will be lost.
  • Shield capacitors can be used multiple times in succession and the bonuses will stack. Each use is 100 shield units of increase. (See Notes.)
  • The Overdrive Pack uses existing reserve ammunition to reload weapons and doesn't provide extra thermal clips. It also doesn't provide replacement power cells.
  • Consumables can be destroyed to make space in Inventory but be aware the entire stacked amount is destroyed all at once.
  • Equipped consumables have a green check mark Equipped Item Icon.png.

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