Apex Legends Tips: Some areas of Apex Legends are still clouded in secrecy. The game didn’t come with a manual, and not all players are aware of some aspects of the game. These tips and tricks will teach you some of the things that the game doesn’t. By mastering these little quirks to the game, you can seriously improve your performance. Once you’re using all of these, you’re going to be playing at a higher level than the majority of players out there.
These are some useful things that players should know. They’re not comprehensive character guides, but small details that will help you elevate your overall play. It would be best if you also had your settings optimized to make the most out of these tips and tricks.
How Much Health Does Everyone Have?
Every Apex Legend spawns with 100 HP. Because loss doesn’t distinguish between health and shields, you effectively double your HP when you pick up a Level 3 Body Shield, which itself grants 100 shields. Here are the armor uses for each Body Shield tier:
- Red: No armor
- White: Level 1 armor (50 shields)
- Blue: Level 2 armor (75)
- Purple: Level 3 armor (100)
Apex Legends Tips and Tricks
Interrupt Other Teams’ Fights
Apex rewards aggression. If you hear gunfire in the distance, run toward it. When you join a firefight that’s already in progress, you’re attacking an enemy with half-full magazines, spent abilities, depleted shields, and split attention. Seize this advantage.
Jump at 1000m or Less
For most players and drop locations, 1000 meters is an achievable flight distance from the dropship that leaves room for error, assuming they’re flying right.
Steal a New Body Shield Instead of Recharging
When your shields are depleted in the middle of a fight, reach for a dead enemy’s body shield instead of whipping out a bunch of shield cells. Even if this means decreasing from a purple body shield to a blue or white one, re-entering the fight faster might be the difference between winning and losing.
Be Ready to Fight Three People the Moment You Engage
If an enemy hasn’t noticed you, don’t pull the trigger immediately. Where there’s one, there’s probably two more lurking nearby.
Focus Fire, for the Love of God
Onto my biggest frustration: the quickest way to get knocked out of an Apex match is to turn a 3v3 into three 1v1s. Practice the full power of your team by naming and targeting the same enemy. It’s incredible how many squads neglect this detail once the light ammo starts flying?
Use Grenades to Flush Enemies
Grenades remain powerful at this early stage in Apex’s life, but lobbing them at the very beginning of a firefight is where they’re least effective. Throwables are best handled to reach an enemy that’s healing or reviving behind cover. When looting, reach for Arc Stars first: their capacity to slow enemy movement is uniquely powerful in this high-speed FPS.
One Person Snipes
Most of Apex’s combat occurs at short or medium range, so maximizing your DPS usually means swapping between two weapons that can fight at that range, since reloading is slower. That said: one person on your team should be carrying a scoped weapon so you can tangle at long-range. As you approach the final ring, your team’s sniper should consider dropping that Longbow or Triple Take for something else from an enemy death box.
Don’t ADS with Shotguns
The pellet spread of the Peacekeeper and EVA-8 is identical if you’re aiming down sights or firing from the hip. Retain your highest movement speed and don’t right-click with these weapons. The legendary Mastiff does tighten a bit horizontally, though, so you may want to quickly tap right-click with it if you’re 10m or so away from a target.
With 3 or 4 Squads Remaining, Don’t Instigate
Reiterating my second tip from this list: do your best not to pick the penultimate fight. The late-coming squad is almost always the victor—do your best to hide or disengage when three or four teams remain and look to be the opportunist.
Always be Sliding
It’s hard to overuse Apex Legends’ slide. On any slight incline, running and then pressing Ctrl or C to crouch will put you into a power slide that gives you more speed and makes you a much harder target to hit. On big hills, this provides you a massive speed boost. But it’s also a powerful tool for merely sliding into the cover or bumping up your base movement speed as you traverse the map. This is a fundamental way of improving your overall efficiency in looting and positioning, and an excellent habit to develop.
It’ll take practice to shoot accurately while you’re sliding, but you’ll feel relaxed as hell when you come sliding into battle guns blazing and hit somebody.
Slide upon Landing
As you make touchdown from the initial drop, a jab that Ctrl key to cover even more distance, retaining your momentum and providing more control than the default ‘airbrake’ animation.
Disarm Caustic’s traps
Shoot the bottom base of Caustic’s gas traps to deactivate them. As if Caustic needed a hard counter, to begin with. I was foiled again!
That’s our lot, at least for now! Hopefully, this gets you off to a running, sliding-and-jumping start, at the very least – good luck getting those whatever-they-call-chicken-dinners on this weird, vaguely Titan fall-universe planet!
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