Haven’t tried Apex Legends yet? The new battle royale on the scene has gained a lot of traction since its release. We love it here at Fanbyte, too. So there’s no better time to jump in and give it a try!
However, just installing the game and starting a round can be a little intimidating. Where should you go? What should you do? Just how did you die already?
Get a head start with our Apex Legends tips! These tips will give you an idea of what to expect and make you ready to take down enemy squads!
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1. Please, Stay Together
The real key to winning in Apex Legends teamwork. Character skills can help one another and three is always better than one — especially when you know every other enemy has two teammates waiting in the wings, too. Don’t go running off by yourself! You’ll put yourself and your squad at a severe disadvantage.
This sentiment is felt all throughout this battle royale game. Respawn’s title is built to accommodate this, with group jumps, the ping system, and more. It’s a pretty basic tip, but if you take nothing else from this guide, just remember to work together! Going off solo is just begging for death.
2. Use the Loot Barge for Combat Experience
The Apex Legends supply ship, a.k.a. the “loot barge,” is a floating fortress full of mid-to-high-quality gear. It always appears somewhere to the south of the map and begins moving northwards. Although it stops at a random location along the way and tethers itself to the ground, too.
The loot barge is one of two random hotspots in Apex Legends (the other being the high-tier loot zone marked by a large blue circle on your map). But the barge also features tight quarters and, almost without fail, a large number of players vying for gear. This makes it a perfect training ground — especially since Apex Legends doesn’t currently have a real one.
Hiding from enemies is all well and good, but you’ll never win consistently unless you practice fighting. Going for the supply ship is a damn near guaranteed method of getting some “practice” battles in. If you lose, it’ll happen almost immediately, and you can restart! On the other hand, if you win, you’ll start with a decent supply of gear.
3. Ping Almost Everything
Apex Legends‘ ping system is top-notch. With the push of a button or key, you can easily ping weapons, locations, enemies… anything, really. And it’s important to do this to alert your squad of helpful information.
Not everyone is using a mic, so having a decent ping system is great. And frankly… The mics are a bit loud (at least on PC). Half the time I can’t understand what my mic-using teammates are saying, as the sound threatens to blow my eardrums out. It’s much easier to hear a character pinging and announcing items in-game over the screeching of a mic. On top of that, pings mark a point of interest on the map, along with specifics like item rarity, so you don’t need to figure out where “over here” is.
4. Don’t Be Afraid to Relinquish Jumpmaster
When you first start Apex Legends and get ready to jump, one person, dubbed the Jumpmaster, will decide where the squad lands… Mostly. Single players can still veer off if they so choose. But it’s generally better to stick with your allies (see tip number one).
Being Jumpmaster can be a bit overwhelming. Squadmates often suggest locations, but if you’re still worried, you can relinquish the role to someone else on your team. You all jump as a squad, and picking a poor location can cost the team.
But if you decide to make the jump yourself, just don’t put your squad in the ocean!
5. Damage Numbers Tell You What You’re Up Against
Have you ever fought someone in Apex Legends and said “Ah, man, I thought I had that one!” That might be because the enemy had a higher class of shields and/or helmets than you’re used to. Armor can increase a player’s health by anywhere from 50 to 100 hit points, while helmets reduce headshot damage by up to 50 percent.
But there’s an easy way to tell what your enemy has equipped: the damage numbers. Every time you shoot a foe, numbers fly out of their body to indicate how much damage you dealt. The colors of these numbers indicate the class of shields. They read as follows:
- Red – The enemy has no armor.
- White – The enemy has Common armor (50 bonus HP).
- Blue – The enemy has Rare armor (75 bonus HP).
- Purple – The enemy has Epic armor (100 bonus HP).
- Yellow – You managed to land a headshot.
There is also a class of Legendary (orange) armor in Apex Legends, but it doesn’t increase your hit points more than Epic (purple) gear. Instead, it replenishes your shields every time you perform a melee finisher. No matter what rarity they have equipped, though, an audiovisual cue will play if you break a foe’s shields — alongside the damage numbers changing to red.
6. Try Every Legend
While there are tier lists popping up everywhere, the only way to know your favorite Legend is to give them all a try. Regardless of what everyone sees as the “best” and “worst” hero, your favorite character will be the Legend that best matches your playstyle.
For example, my two favorite Legends are Mirage and Gibraltar. They’re also two Legends I ranked relatively low on our Apex Legends character tier list. No favoritism here! It’s about who works best for you.
7. It’s Not About Kills, It’s About Surviving
You obviously have to kill a few folks in every battle royale game. But don’t put racking up high kill counts above keeping your teammates in the fight. Apex Legends is all about being the last squad standing.
If you’re in a situation where you need to chase an enemy down for the kill, or heal and revive your teammates, it’s best to get the squad back up and running. Your 10 kills won’t matter if you get picked off by a sniper ambush and cause the whole team to lose.
8. You Can Run Up Walls
Apex Legends doesn’t feature the same level of maneuverability as Titanfall 2, Respawn Entertainment’s last first-person shooter. But there is more to it than meets the eye. Namely, you can slide down steep surfaces and climb up walls.
The opening tutorial explains the sliding mechanic, but the climbing system is woefully under-promoted. To make it happen, just run towards a ledge while holding the jump button. You can climb much higher than you might initially expect via this method. It makes getting up buildings, rock faces, and more incredibly easy.
9. If You Drop Near Another Squad, HUSTLE
If you run into other squads as soon as you touch down, you’re in a ton of danger! In these scenarios, it’s a race to pick up a decent firearm and start blasting. Without any good gear or armor, you could end up being a sitting duck. No one wants their game to end that quickly!
You can easily tell when an enemy squad is approaching the same area as your own, too. Just look for the smoke trails! They’re different colors for most teams. Even as the Jumpmaster, you can use the Free Look command to check behind you and see if someone else is about to land nearby. On top of that, if you buy or unlock Mirage, you can use his unique ability to summon holograms in mid-air. This can allow you to make a drop spot seem much hotter than it actually is — discouraging enemies from landing next to you.
10. Damage Interrupts Finishers, but Not Revives
There will almost certainly come a time when you, dear player, get cocky. It happens! Maybe you’ll try to take on too many enemies at once. Maybe you’ll drop somewhere much, much too hot. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll go for one of those painfully slow finishers — the ones that take roughly 30 years to kill a down-but-not-out enemy.
Just know this: Besides leaving you vulnerable for multiple seconds, finishers won’t even always, uh, finish if you get hit. Taking enemy fire (or fists) interrupts the animation altogether. As such, it’s almost never a good idea to go for a finisher — even if you’re 99 percent sure nobody is around. You’re far more likely to just die without even accomplishing your goal.
On the other hand, reviving downed allies does not stop when you take damage. It’s still usually better to find cover if you’re under fire mid-animation. Your ally will stand back up with only 25 hit points (and therefore be almost useless to you) and you’re very likely to die, too. But, every so often, you might want to follow through with that last half-second of healing instead of panicking. More targets for your enemy might make all the difference!