Mass Effect 2: Where To Find Element Zero

In Mass Effect 2, there is a more refined way of finding resources than the original game. Now you can scan planets from aboard the Normandy and send probes down to collect various types of materials. These resources are super important as you need them to upgrade the Normandy, which is crucial to surviving the Suicide Mission at the end of the game.

However, one of the resources you need is a lot rarer than the others — Element Zero. This material doesn’t appear as frequently throughout the game, so we’ve put together a list of all the planets you can find it on.

How To Get Resources From Planets

While moving around the Galaxy Map on the Normandy, you will come across various planets, both explored and not. If you Enter Orbit on a planet, you will have the option to Scan it.

When scanning, you can move your target around the planet. You’ll be able to feel vibration feedback/see the spikes on the chart to the right to be able to see when you are on a good spot to send a probe. Then simply launch your probe and collect your resources. You can purchase more probes from Fuel Depots.

Element Zero Planets

Here is a list of all planets in Mass Effect 2 that contain Element Zero listed by the clusters you can find them in. Just remember to wait for the chart to spike for this particular resource before sending a probe in.

Caleston Rift Cluster

  • Location: Planet Caleston in the Balor system
  • Available: Unlocked via the assignment Project Firewalker: Rosalie Lost or the mission Collector Ship

Crescent Nebula

  • Location: Planet Helyme in the Zelene system
  • Available: Unlocked via the mission Horizon
  • Location: Planet Tarith in the Lusarn system
  • Available: Unlocked via the mission Horizon

Eagle Nebula

  • Location: Planet Anhur in the Amun system
  • Available: Available immediately
  • Location: Planet Sekhmet in the Amun system
  • Available: Available immediately
  • Location: Planet Preying Mouth in the Relic system
  • Available: Available immediately

Far Rim

  • Location: Planet Gotha in the Dholen system
  • Available: Unlocked via the mission Horizon

Hades Nexus

  • Location: Planet Bothros in the Hekate system
  • Available: Unlocked via the assignment Project Firewalker: Volcano Station or from purchasing the Hades Nexus Star Chart from Baria Frontiers store on Illium
  • Location: Planet Dobrovolski in the Pamyat system
  • Available: Unlocked via the assignment Project Firewalker: Volcano Station or from purchasing the Hades Nexus Star Chart from Baria Frontiers store on Illium
  • Location: Planet Gei Hinnom in the Sheol system
  • Available: Unlocked via the assignment Project Firewalker: Volcano Station or from purchasing the Hades Nexus Star Chart from Baria Frontiers store on Illium

Hawking Eta

  • Location: Planet Etamis in the Hawking Eta system
  • Available: Unlocked via the assignment Project Firewalker: Rosalie Lost or the mission Collector Ship

Hourglass Nebula

  • Location: Ansuz in the Sowilo system
  • Available: Unlocked via the mission Lair of the Shadow Broker

Krogan DMZ

  • Location: Planet Rothla in the Dranek system
  • Available: Unlocked via the mission Mordin: Old Blood or Grunt: Rite of Passage, of via the Firewalker content
  • Location: Planet Mantun in the Nith system
  • Available: Unlocked via the mission Mordin: Old Blood or Grunt: Rite of Passage

Minos Wasteland

  • Location: Planet Invictus in the Caestus system
  • Available: Unlocked by purchasing the Minor Wasteland Star Chart from Baria Frontiers store on Illium

Nubian Expanse

  • Location: Planet Yamm in the Kalabsha system
  • Available: Unlocked via the mission Jack: Subject Zero

Omega Nebula

  • Location: Planet Eingana in the Amada system
  • Available: Unlocked via the assignment Normandy Crash Site
  • Location: Planet Nearog in the Batalla system
  • Available: Available immediately
  • Location: Planet Thunawanuro in the Batalla system
  • Available: Available immediately

Pylos Nebula

  • Location: Planet Siano in the Dirada system
  • Available: Unlocked by purchasing the Pylos Nebula Star Chart from Baria Frontiers store on Illium
  • Location: Planet Boro in the Satent system
  • Available: Unlocked by purchasing the Pylos Nebula Star Chart from Baria Frontiers store on Illium
  • Location: Planet Raisaris in the Satent system
  • Available: Unlocked by purchasing the Pylos Nebula Star Chart from Baria Frontiers store on Illium

Rosetta Nebula

  • Location: Planet 2175 Aeia in the Alpha Draconis system
  • Available: Unlocked via the mission Jacob: The Gift of Greatness
  • Location: Planet Joab in the Enoch system
  • Available: Unlocked via the mission Jacob: The Gift of Greatness
  • Location: Planet Laban in the Enoch system
  • Available: Unlocked via the mission Jacob: The Gift of Greatness
  • Location: Planet Mizraim in the Enoch system
  • Available: Unlocked via the mission Jacob: The Gift of Greatness

Sigurd’s Cradle

  • Location: Planet Watson in the Skepsis system
  • Available: Unlocked via the assignment N7: MSV Strontium Mule
  • Location: Planet Sanctum in the Decoris system
  • Available: Unlocked via the assignment N7: MSV Strontium Mule

Shadow Sea

  • Location: Planet Prospect in the Iera system
  • Available: Unlocked via the mission Horizon

The Phoenix Massing

  • Location: Planet Ekuna in the Salahiel system
  • Available: Unlocked via the mission Legion: A House Divided, or the assignments Overlord or Project Firewalker: Rosalie Lost
  • Location: Planet Echidna in the Typhon system
  • Available: Unlocked via the assignment Overlord
  • Location: Planet Moros in the Typhon system
  • Available: Unlocked via the assignment Overlord

The Shrike Abyssal

  • Location: Talis Fia in the Urla Rast system
  • Available: Unlocked via the assignment N7: Blood Pack Communications Relay or by purchasing The Shrike Abyssal Star Chart from Baria Frontiers store on Illium
  • Location: Tosal Nym in the Xe Cha system
  • Available: Unlocked via the assignment N7: Blood Pack Communications Relay or by purchasing The Shrike Abyssal Star Chart from Baria Frontiers store on Illium
  • Location: Zada Ban in the Xe Cha system
  • Available: Unlocked via the assignment N7: Blood Pack Communications Relay or by purchasing The Shrike Abyssal Star Chart from Baria Frontiers store on Illium

Titan Nebula

  • Location: Planet Capek in the Haskins system
  • Available: Unlocked via the assignment N7: Abandoned Research Station

Vallhallan Threshold

  • Location: Planet Garvug in the Paz system
  • Available: Unlocked via the mission Tali: Treason
  • Location: Asteroids Farlas, Kakabel, and Israfil in the Micah system
  • Available: Unlocked via the mission Tali: Treason

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