The Cryogenics Pods seem like a big ol' Chekov's Gun on both the SSV Normandy and the Normandy SR-2. However, I did not see them being used in any of the Trilogy games nor did I notice any entries in the Codex.

In fact, there's little to no mention of them even in the Mass Effect Wiki - they're not at all noted in the SSV Normandy article, and only called out as a reference point for getting to the Main Battery in the Normandy SR-2 article.

Were they just there to add fluff, or is there some actual use for or history behind them?


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That's because they aren't cryo pods, but regular sleeping pods. While some of the officers might have a bunk, the enlisted hot bunk in the sleeping pods. There isn't anything special about them, which is why they don't receive more description.

  • I believe this is incorrect. The Mass Effect Wiki specifically calls them Cryo Pods and, though I can't check right now to confirm, I'm fairly certain that they were called so in-game as well.
    – Iszi
    Feb 4, 2013 at 16:07
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    Where? Because they specifically call them sleeper pods in the SSV Normandy article
    – MBraedley
    Feb 4, 2013 at 16:09
  • In the Normandy SR-2 Article under the Deck 3 section, first paragraph, last sentence.
    – Iszi
    Feb 4, 2013 at 16:11
  • @Iszi Given that the paragraph in question is not in-game text, I think it far more likely that someone on the wiki erroneously referred to them as cryo pods, when in fact, they are not.
    – Raven Dreamer
    Feb 4, 2013 at 16:47
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    @RavenDreamer Perhaps pointing to that Codex entry would be a valid answer, then?
    – Iszi
    Feb 4, 2013 at 17:06

I finally got around to starting a new play-through in Mass Effect. I made sure this was one of the things I checked out in the first game. As it turns out, these are indeed "Sleeping Pods" - not "Cryo Pods" as I had originally thought for some reason. This is most easily noticed on the map.

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You can also look at one of the pods and select it to trigger a Codex entry, "Starships: Crew Considerations". In this article, one of the things noted is that smaller vessels use "hot bunking" to accommodate their crew's sleep needs while conserving space. Two crew members will share a bunk, with each taking their turn to sleep during the other's work shift.


I believe the Cryo Pods are meant to flash freeze injured people who are beyond the help of the standard medical bay. They can then be transported to a hospital.

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    If they are cryo pods, this would make sense. Do you have any examples from the games, comics or books where this occurs to back up this theory?
    – phantom42
    Mar 13, 2013 at 19:18
  • The only references I can find are posts on random forums, so unfortunately it's all conjecture at this point. To me it does make sense, but unfortunately I cannot give a canon answer.
    – JMD
    Mar 14, 2013 at 14:17

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