Gaming Cheats & Codes The Best Apex Legends Tips Dominate the hottest game on the planet by Stefanie Fogel Writer Stefanie Fogel has written about technology since 2009. Her work has appeared on Variety, Engadget, Polygon, and many other online publications. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Stefanie Fogel Updated on May 03, 2019 Respawn Entertainment Cheats & Codes Consoles & PCs Cheats & Codes Gaming Services Game Play & Streaming Mobile Gaming Tweet Share Email Apex Legends is completely free-to-play, although cosmetic items and a seasonal Battle Pass will cost you some real-world cash, but if you're interested in checking it out, the only thing it'll cost you is time. However, before you queue up for your first match, here are some helpful tips to get you started. What Is Apex Legends? Apex Legends, the latest title from developer Respawn Entertainment, combines elements of the battle royale genre, popularized by the hugely successful Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, with hero shooters like Overwatch. Respawn Entertainment During a match, players form teams of three and pick from a roster of characters, each with their own unique abilities. They drop onto a large map where they must scrounge for weapons, ammo, and armor, and battle to see who is the last team standing. Choose a Legend That Best Matches Your Playstyle Apex Legends currently has a roster of nine unique characters, and you'll want to pick one who best compliments your playstyle. Do you normally like to play a tank in massively multiplayer online games? You might like Gibraltar, who uses a shield to protect teammates. Lifeline is a medic and best suited for people who like to play support. Caustic can lay poisonous traps for opponents and might appeal to people who like to play strategically. Try all of the characters out first to find the role that best suits you. Learn to Use the Ping System Effectively Arguably, Apex Legends' biggest contribution to the battle royale genre is how it handles non-verbal in-game communication. You can mark enemies for your teammates, tell them which direction you're heading in, or tell them where to find weapons, ammo, bandages, etc. simply by pressing the dedicated Ping key (middle mouse button on PC by default, RB on a controller). The system is a godsend for anyone who's uncomfortable speaking over a microphone or for anyone who is grouped with a lot of random players. Make liberal use of it during a match to keep your team informed. Use Focus Fire What good is having teammates if you don't strategize with them, right? Use the ping system or voice chat to effectively coordinate and take down enemies one at a time. Focusing on support type characters like Lifeline is usually a good place to start. Learn the Map All of the action in Apex Legends takes place in a big map called Kings Canyon that features various types of terrain, including wide-open fields, swamps, and desert rock. Respawn Entertainment Like most battle royale games, Kings Canyon has a ring that continually shrinks throughout the match, which means players need to grab what gear they can find before it closes in on them. The map also has hotspots (more on those below) where players can find the best weapons and items. Getting familiar with the map will teach you the best places to land, the best areas for loot, where to expect an ambush, and more. Go for the Good Loot (If You Dare) As mentioned previously, different sections of Kings Canyon have different tiers of loot, and you should familiarize yourself with these locations. Areas called Hotspots consistently contain some of the strongest weapons and armor. Meanwhile, dropships land in random locations on the map and carry the most powerful loot in the game. Of course, both hotspots and dropships are highly contested areas, so it's up to you to decide if you want to face a greater challenge for greater rewards. Make Good Use of Jump Towers, Ziplines, and Octane's Jump Pads Kings Canyon is littered with tools to help you navigate the area faster and get a literal jump on enemies. Jump Towers let you traverse the map quickly by flying into the air and skydiving back down. Respawn Entertainment There are also plenty of ziplines scattered throughout the map. All of them appear in set locations during each match; some even have balloons at the top you can push off and redeploy your jets. Don't Forget to Slide Sliding is a big part of Apex Legends' movement. Kings Canyon is built for it and you should get into the habit of doing it often. You can use it to get into cover quickly, travel down a hill faster, or use it at the start of a match while touching down after the drop. The speed boost you get from sliding makes you a harder target to hit, too. To slide, just crouch (press B on the gamepad or C on the keyboard) while sprinting.