The Best Apex Legends Tips

How to dominate in Respawn's hot new battle royale game

Apex Legends is a competitive online video game from Respawn Entertainment, the developer behind hits like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Titanfall. It combines elements of the battle royale genre, popularized by the hugely successful Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, with hero shooters like Overwatch.

A screenshot of Apex Legends heroes Caustic, Lifeline, and Mirage
 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, then battle to see who is the last team standing. It's completely free-to-play, although cosmetic items and a seasonal Battle Pass cost some real-world cash. If you're interested in checking it out, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind before queuing up for your first match.

Choose a Legend That Best Matches Your Playstyle

Apex Legends currently has a roster of thirteen unique characters, with more being added all the time. You 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 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.

Screenshot of Kings Canyon in Apex Legends
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 teaches 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.

Screenshot of Apex Legends characters using a jump pad
 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 of 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. To slide, just crouch (press B on the gamepad or C on the keyboard) while sprinting. 

The speed boost you get from sliding makes you a harder target to hit, too!