Apex Legends is a battle royale game that changes the traditional “last man standing” goal to the last squad standing. That’s how it should be, at least. The game is played in teams of three, and each player must lean on their teammate for support. The victory is usually unforeseeably far away at the start, though. Many things can go wrong, and other players have the same thing on their minds — triumph. While success isn’t guaranteed, you can help the odds by picking your squad carefully and doing your part as a team member. That’s where our Apex Legends tips and tricks come in.
Stick a good landing
We’re saying this as a blanket term. Any landing that ends in your squad’s victory is more than good— it’s superb. However, it’s the nuances that make a massive difference, hence the wheels should start turning in the airship. Here are several examples of decisions you can make:
- Be the Jumpmaster or let others take the role. In case you didn’t know, the third person to select a Legend automatically becomes the Jumpmaster. Thus, that person (in theory) directs the jump and determines the eventual landing spot. If you don’t feel up for the task, let someone else take the reins.
- Travel as far as you can. Instead of rushing right into the action, try to leave the airship last and make sure to land farther from other squads. Stock up on weapons and armor in peace before you enter the battle prepared and calm.
- Stay close and lead the charge. There’s nothing as intoxicating as landing near another squad, drawing first blood, and using the adrenaline rush to achieve a few more kills in succession. Thus, gaining an early confidence boost can make the outcome of the match completely different.
- Don’t waste time looting. Taking time to deliberate which items to loot or weigh the ones you looted can be the last mistake you make. Sift through loot in safety, preferably with a solid surface and a trap separating you from enemies.
- Sacrifice yourself for the team. Landing is all about making split-second decisions. If you get tricked and find yourself rushing into certain death, be the only one that gets slaughtered to provide a distraction. Your squad can land in safety, recuperate, avenge you, and likely revive you.
- Break off from your squad. This goes hand in hand with traveling far away. If coordinated with your team, you can organize a surprise slaughter from the opponents’ blind spot. Hardly anyone will believe you separated from your squad only to appear from behind.
Have a balanced loadout
Combat is messy and unpredictable and can throw all Apex Legends tips and tricks out of the window. Therefore, you should prioritize the optimal loadout that allows coverage of most distances. After all, you never know what the situation calls for. Unless you’re deliberately split by roles, every squad member should be a one-man team to a degree, preferably with at least one automatic weapon.
Master the ping wheel
The ping system is designed to make your time spent playing Apex Legends effective without voice or text communications with teammates. Hence, pinging an item, location, map object, a person, and even their state (open/closed, active spell) can result in both visual feedback and even voice lines. The ping wheel is, by default, bound to scroll wheel press and RB or R1 on the controller, depending on the console.
You can do the following via ping wheel in Apex Legends:
- Give a response: OK, I can’t, No, I’ll Join You (responding to a ping), Dibs (I want that)
- Suggest going somewhere or using something, or avoiding a location or use of something
- Mark an enemy, enemy spell, trap, object, or map feature
- Let teammates know someone was here or that you’re surveilling a location
- Tell the teammates you’re looting, attacking, or defending
- Thank a teammate
- Let a teammate know you’re coming to their aid or request their help
- Request help, weapons, ammunition, gear, attachment, or item
- Help squad mates find your death box, retrieve your banner, and resurrect you
Adjust to zero fall damage
Unlike many other games in which falling from up high means certain death, Apex Legends lands you slowly and without a scratch, regardless of the distance. Another thing you might not know about is riding the red balloons that have a rope hanging from them. Not only will they get you out of a sticky situation, but no fall damage opens up a possibility of a tall drop at any moment.
Chase the Supply Ship and Supply Bins
Read method 3 of our guide on getting better at Apex Legends to master traversing great distances horizontally. Land on top of a Supply Ship, and you’ll have high-grade loot for yourself and your squad. Thanks to the previous entry among the tips and tricks for Apex Legends, you can jump off without fear. The situation is similar with Supply Bins. Only this time, except picking up high-tier loot, you can collectively lie in ambush for enemies that come looking for it.
Master certain weapon mechanics
While we’re on the topic of becoming a better Apex Legends player, refer to the guide above again. Make sure to read methods 6, 7, 8, and 13, and practice until you can perform them subconsciously. Method 9 is particularly beneficial for map awareness and can eliminate blind spots.
Understand and utilize an Evo Shield
Besides a regular Body Shield and Knockdown Shields, you should know how Evo Shield works. It evolves as the player deals damage but doesn’t take downed enemies into account. Also, only ¼ of the damage dealt to wildlife counts. Evo Shield has 4 levels of damage absorption:
- Blue color or Level 1: 50 damage.
- Purple color or Level 2: 75 damage.
- Orange color or Level 3: 100 damage.
- Red color or Level 4: 125 damage. Not available in Battle Royale.
This leads us to three particular tricks and tips for Apex Legends:
- When looting one, always check the remaining damage before evolution. Swap to an Evo Shield that requires fewer points to the next Level.
- You can equip one shield and keep a spare on the ground for a quick switch-up.
- Consider equipping a shield instead of healing in a pinch. Not only is it faster and saves a healing item, but can also surprise the enemy.