So you want to be a legend in, well, Apex Legends? With the first half of Season 8’s ranked mode coming to a close, I thought it was a good time to go over some tips for those looking to claw their way out of Bronze, Silver, and Gold. I know some of you are asking who am I and if I’m even qualified to give you tips. While I am not an Apex Predator, I have worked my way to Diamond rank and amassed quite a bit of knowledge that helped me fight through some of the spots that trap a lot of players. With that being said, this guide will be for those between Bronze and Platinum. If you’re in Diamond, there’s a pretty high chance that you will know all of this or really don’t need a lot of help improving your fundamentals.
Season 8 Ranked Tips
1. Balance Kills and Placement
A mistake a see a lot of players make throughout Gold and Platinum is everyone always attempting to farm kills beyond what they need. In Ranked, you will earn additional points for every kill and assist up to a maximum of six. This means your Kill Points (KP) will max out at six kills, assists, or any combination of the two. These points are then multiplied based on your placement during the match.
What this means for you is once you hit around 5-6 KP you really don’t need to take every battle. Unless you’re extremely confident you can win or it would advanced your placement, picking scrappy fights will just drain you of resources. Even worse, this will potentially set you up to be a victim of the dreaded “third-party.” Sometimes its much better to find yourself a good late game position and play for the win itself. I realize this isn’t terribly exciting, but the higher you climb the more your actual placement in the match will matter. Your goal should be win games, not go for your 4k damage or 20 kill badges.
For kills, typically I like to try and eliminate a squad either right away or soon after dropping. With everyone still gathering supplies, this is one of the best moments to gain some easy KP. Additionally, if you’re in a higher rank try to let your teammates get a few shots on someone if they’re weak. You have around 9-10 seconds to down someone before the assist timer expires. Meaning if I hit someone and then my teammate downs them, so long as I am in that 10 second range I will get an assist. Characters like Bloodhound and Crypto also get assists for targets they pick up on their scan abilities.
2. Understand the Meta
This feels like a no-brainer, but the higher you ascend in Ranked the more what legend you play will matter. I understand that some people can reach Diamond and above playing off-meta legends, but these are typically exceptional individuals who are very good at this game. While they don’t have to be your new main, you should at least learn how to play one of the following characters since they’re very strong right now:
You will need to learn either how to use one of these characters or how to directly handle their individual abilities. Both is obviously preferable, but it’s essential you at least have knowledge of how to counter meta characters. For example, knowing how to kill a Horizon in her Gravity Lift or the trajectory options of an Octane Jump Pad can certainly help you win more fights. A lot of players heavily rely on their abilities, so knowing how and when to exploit them will help you out in the lower ranks. If you’re brand new to Apex Legends, I recommend Gibraltar or Bloodhound as starter characters. Both are very strong and fairly easy to use.
3. Know When to Cut and Run
Another mistake a see a lot of people make is they embrace the sunken cost fallacy. Meaning, once they commit to a fight they believe that they need to see it to its conclusion. This is untrue, especially in a game where so many people rely on attacking teams that are already in battle. If you don’t think you can win a fight or are just wasting too many resources without making actual progress towards eliminating them, just cut your losses. Even if it’s just for a few seconds, being able to reset, heal, and gain new ground can turn an entire fight around.
This is also the reason you’ll want a hero like Octane, Wraith, Pathfinder, or Horizon in your squad. Their ability to quickly reposition an entire squad can be game changing. In my games, my squad will often back out of a fight if we are at a positional disadvantage. Given how critical controlling the high ground can be, just wasting time shooting up at others will most likely get you sent back to the lobby.
4. High Ground and Cover
Speaking of, a personal improvement you can work on is how you approach and engage enemies. Too many players in lower ranks will just stand out in the open or on top of roofs thinking their safe. While the latter does offer a high advantage, you are still exposed from top to bottom. Instead, try to always keep around 50% of your legend’s body behind some type of hard cover when fighting. This can be anything from a door to a rock to the slop of a roof. The less of a target you become, the easier it will be for you to win duels.
You should also use this when trying to move from cover to cover. Don’t just run out into an open field like a dummy and hope your opponents miss you enough. Try to sprint, slide, or jump between pieces of cover. This will, once again, reduce the time you are exposed to gunfire and give you small windows to heal or reload.
Alternatively, controlling the high ground is a terrific way to determine the flow of a battle. I don’t just mean on a macro scale, but for smaller, more intimate engagements. Take a fight against someone inside of a house. Now you can kick the door open and storm inside, but there’s a good chance they’re waiting for you. Instead, you can secure the roof, using the sound of their footsteps to determine where and when they attempt to climb up. This gives you a brief advantage since they have to climb, allowing you to dictate the flow of the battle.
5. Find a Loadout (and be Conscious of Others!)
My final tip is to really find around 5-6 weapons that you really click with and practice them. While you cannot always guarantee you will get these, this will let you really hone in on improving your aim in the Firing Range. I say 5-6 simply because you want to have a nice collection of guns you’re comfortable taking into the endgame. For me it’s the R-301, Flatline, Hemlock, EVA-8, Mastiff, and Volt SMG. I always recommend having a medium range option such as an assault rifle, with your secondary acting as a utility weapon for either close or long range fights.
Along with your own loadout, make sure to be conscious of what your squad mates are running. If you’re all running a Light Ammo gun, then you’ll be constantly fighting for attachments and bullets. Try to make sure that your squad is not overlapping too much for primary weapons like assault rifles. For those playing with others, make sure to let them know what you like to use. This allows them to ping it during their looting, allowing you to use a weapon your more comfortable with. Going back to my squad, I know one of my teammates like to use the Hammerpoints Hop-Up while I prefer a shotgun. We are always pinging these early on to ensure that we have the tools needed to win.
Again, these tips are not going to instantly make you climb the ranks. As much as some Youtube videos promise, there is no “easy” method for climbing the ladder. It takes time, practice, and an understanding of how Apex Legends plays on a macro and micro level. However, these tips above are things you should try to incorporate into your daily quickplay or ranked matches. If you can master these, you will find yourself winning a lot more duels against opponents.