When you import a saved game from Mass Effect 1 to Mass Effect 2, you receive the option to change your character class and physical appearance. This is the only time that you change your character class within the game itself. If you decide that you want to change the class after you play the game for a while, you use a saved game editor to do so. Gibbed's Save Game Editor program is a powerful tool to accomplish a class change.
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Download Gibbed's Mass Effect 2 Save Game Editor and unzip . Open the program by double-clicking on "Gibbed.MassEffect2.SaveEdit.exe." You do not need to install this program.
Open a saved game file by clicking on the folder icon (second from left). Double-click on the folder of the character whose class you want to change and then double-click on the particular save you want to edit.
Change the class listed in the "Basic" tab of the "Player" tab menu to the desired class. This should be the page displayed when you first open a saved game to be edited.
Open the "Raw" tab.
Expand the "Player" field by left-clicking on the "+" sign next to "Player" in the "Squad" section.
Change the value in the "Class Friendly Name" field to number code for the desired class. These are Sentinel (93951), Soldier (93952), Engineer (93953), Adept (93954), Infiltrator (93955) and Vanguard (93956).
Click on the "Class Name" field. This should change the class name to the code for the class you've selected in the "Basic" tab in step 3.
Change the number of talent points by changing the number in the "Talent Points" field to the desired number. Changing the character class will clear the talent points spent in class-specific skills. If you want to make sure your character has the same number of points after changing the class, load the desired saved game and calculate the number of talent points he or she has, exit the game and then edit the saved game to include that many talent points. Include any unspent talent points in your calculations. Non-class specific talents will not be cleared so they don't have to be added to your talent point tally.
Left-click on the "Save" icon. It's the one that looks like a floppy disk.
Double-click on the folder for the character whose class you've just changed.
Create a name for your saved game. The easiest way to do this is to left-click (once!) on an existing saved game and then manually change the number in the saved game name to a new number that is not already in use. For example, if your last saved game is called "Save_0012.pcsav" change the name to "Save_0013.pcsav." Saved games that do not follow this naming scheme will not work when you try to load them in the game.
Click "OK" and exit the Save Game Editor.
Tips and warnings
- Never overwrite a saved game file that you are afraid to lose. The saved game can become corrupted and unusable if changes are made that break the game. It is best to change the name of the saved game file to avoid overwriting.
- Make sure that the number in the "Class Friendly Name" field and the information in the "Class Name" field both point to the same character class.
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