Mass Effect: Andromeda Wiki
Hunting the Archon
Hunting the Archon
Type Priority ops
Starting Location Resistance Headquarters, Aya
Mission Location Multiple
Start Moshae Sjefa
Previous A Trail of Hope
Next The Journey to Meridian

Hunting the Archon is a priority ops mission. It is acquired automatically after A Trail of Hope.


The Moshae says the Archon has a Remnant map that may point the way to Meridian. But you don’t know where his ship is. You must first track down the angaran traitor, Vehn Terev, on Kadara Port, and learn what you can from him.

You have obtained the spy's transponder and must use it to reveal the location of the Archon's flagship.

Having learned the Archon has a Remnant artifact believed to contain a map that will locate Meridian, you've found a way to invade the kett leader's flagship in search of his private chamber where the artifact is kept.


  • Go to Kadara Port in the Govorkam system.
  • Speak to the Resistance contact at Kralla's Song
  • Meet Sloane Kelly in the Outcast headquarters on Kadara Port (see Notes)
  • Speak to Reyes Vidal
  • Enter the holding cells through the maintenance shaft
  • Interrogate Vehn Terev
  • Retrieve the kett responder from the badlands
  • Speak to Gil in Tempest engineering
  • Locate the kett flagship in the Tafeno system
  • Patch SAM into the ark's systems
  • Locate the salarian Pathfinder, Zevin Raeka
  • Identify the dead salarian
  • Locate the dead salarian's stasis pod
  • Revive the salarian Pathfinder
  • Infiltrate the kett ship
  • Patch SAM into the kett ship's systems
  • Send the salarian Pathfinder team on their way
  • Make your way to the Archon's private chamber
  • Survive the ambush
  • Make your way to the Archon's private chamber
  • Bypass kett security
  • Make your way to the Archon's private chamber
  • Escape the trap
  • Make your way to the Archon's private chamber
  • Find the relic
  • Kill the exalted krogan and the kett
  • Escape the kett ship
  • Rescue the captive salarians
  • Rescue the captive krogan


Dealing with Sloane Kelly:
Ryder may gain Sloane Kelly's permission to talk to Vehn Terev. The key choice in the conversation is whether to tell her what you want from Vehn Terev or tell her it's none of her business. If you say it's none of her business, she won't let you see Terev. Ryder's only option after that is to work with Reyes Vidal.

If you tell Sloane what you want, she offers to let you speak to Terev before she executes him. There's a second chance here to lose her cooperation. If you say you can work with that, Kaetus gives the order to allow you to interrogate Terev. If you say it's not her call, she'll throw you out and you have to return to Reyes.

Making a deal with Sloane gives you access to a conversation with Kaetus that you don't otherwise see, wherein you learn that he came over on Ark Natanus and never set foot on the Nexus.

On Ark Paarchero:
It doesn't matter in which order the stasis pods are scanned. The first will belong to Vatim Escondar, the second to Cordni Wuld, and the third to Jeks Arlan, though it contains Pathfinder Zevin Raeka.

On the Archon's Flagship:
Before escaping from the flagship, Ryder must choose between saving the krogan scouts or the salarian Pathfinder. Drack will be angry if Ryder chooses the salarian Pathfinder, but he'll stay loyal. However, Nakmor Drack: Clutch Moment will be lost. If Ryder saves the krogan scouts, Lumont Hayjer becomes Pathfinder.

Research Opportunities[]

There are a number of items that can be scanned for Research Data (RD) on this mission. +210 Milky Way RD minimum (see Stasis Pods), +400 Heleus RD, +110 Remnant RD.

A number of RD items can be found in multiple places throughout this mission. Only the first instance will show as dark orange during scanning and award RD while the remaining items will show as already scanned (light yellow).


  • +100 Milky Way RD - Adapted Initiative Core Tech
  • +10 Milky Way RD - Cryogenic Stasis Pod x3 (+30 Milky Way RD Total)
  • +10 Milky Way RD - Deceased Salarian x2 (+20 Milky Way RD Total)
  • +10 Heleus RD - Kett Forklift


  • +10 Milky Way RD - Cryogenic Stasis Pod x2 (+20 Milky Way RD Total)
  • +10 Milky Way RD - Deceased Salarian x4 (+40 Milky Way RD Total) - These four bodies have to be scanned in a certain order or the RD is lost. Start with the Salarian furthest away from the exit doorway, then the next closest, and so on. The Salarian closest to the exit door triggers a conversation with a squadmate and the remaining Salarians will turn light yellow.
  • +10 Heleus RD - Deceased Salarian
  • +10 Heleus RD - Exaltation Pod
  • +50 Heleus RD - Exalted Krogan
  • +10 Heleus RD - Holding Tank
  • +100 Heleus RD - Kett Core Encryption Tech x3 (+300 Heleus RD Total)
  • +10 Heleus RD - Kett Fighter
  • +10 Remnant RD - Remnant Object x10 (+100 Remnant RD Total)
  • +10 Remnant RD - Remnant Relic
  • +10 Milky Way RD - Stasis Pod #XXXX x18 (up to +180 Milky Way RD Total) - The Stasis Pods are in a sunken section. When Ryder jumps down into the section, the squadmates, SAM, and Ryder will start a conversation about the missing pods. The first Stasis Pod that Ryder scans will also start a second conversation between Ryder, SAM, and the squadmates. It is possible to scan Stasis Pods until the second conversation ends. The second conversation will not start until the first conversation ends. There are 18 pods in the area and if you are quick you can reliably scan 10-12 pods for +10 Milky Way each. The remaining ones will turn light yellow when the second conversation ends.


  • +540 XP on Ark Paarchero
    • +270 XP for discovering Medical Bay A12
    • +270 XP for discovering Medical Bay A13
  • +1000 AVP
  • +3300 XP

Achievements and trophies[]

The following achievements and trophies can be earned for completing this mission: