How do you get the last paragon/renegade dialogue option towards the end of the game?

  • So I finally get to meet the Illusive Man, but the final 2 renegade/paragon option are greyed out! Here are my stats:

    • War Readiness > 5000
    • Max Reputation (90% Paragon, 10% Renegade)

    However I still can't choose the Paragon/Renegade option. How do I do that?

  • To end the standoff with the Illusive man via Charm / Intimidate, you need to have previously used Charm / Intimidate in every conversation with him.

    There are 6 in total: Once on Mars, once on Thessia[1], once on the Cerberus Base, and three times in the final conversation on the Citadel.

    The first three are hidden within left-side (investigate) branches of the dialog tree, and you can only use the final Charm / Intimidate if you have succeeded at all the previous 6.

    The last paragon option will convince The Illusive Man to commit suicide, and the renegade interrupt will result in you shooting The Illusive Man before he shoots Anderson.

    1: The Paragon/Renegade rewards for the Charm/Intimidate dialogue options on Thessia are switched around, so if you wish to maximize your Paragon points, you must choose Intimidate and vice versa. Doing so will not prevent you from convincing the Illusive Man at the end of the game.

    what happens if you succeed that check?

    @yx. you either convince the Illusive man to commit suicide (a la Saren) or you unlock a renegade interrupt that lets you shoot him before he kills Anderson. Anderson is worth 1000 war assets.

    hmm... I unlocked the renegade option and that last choice was blacked out for me

    @yx. not sure what to tell ya; I did the paragon path so I'm not familiar with what you may have failed to do.

License under CC-BY-SA with attribution


Content dated before 6/26/2020 9:53 AM