Since its stealth launch in February 2019, Apex Legends has grown into one of the biggest success stories of the year, with no signs of slowing down going forward. And now that Apex Legends Season 4 has launched, we don’t blame you for wanting to see what the hype is all about.
Still, for those looking to step into the world of Apex for the first time, it can be easily off-putting to know that millions of players have played since day one.
For those who are curious to dive into Respawn’s Red Hot Battle Royale game, we’ve put together an Apex Legends Beginner’s Guide for you to uncover the practical secrets. Read on to find out exactly what is worth knowing for newcomers.
Learn three legends (minimum)
Originally, the title featured eight characters, subsequently introducing new personalities every season since, with the five-time Federation hyper-combat champion Forge or the mysterious shadow dweller Revenant set to make his debut as as 12th imminent fighter. Ideally, if you can at least get a general idea of how each Legend controls, you will not only give yourself a more varied sense of the game, but more importantly you will understand the effects of any competition you come across.
Overall, however, to have a real chance of progressing, a minimum of three characters should be fully understood due to the risk of your top two picks being chosen by teammates.
Adopt the ping system
Apex Legends’ ping system is brilliantly integrated, allowing for optimal communication between teammates without the need to turn on a microphone. Learning the ins and outs of this is essential as it will help every facet of your game.
Need a weapon? Ping the empty weapon slot. Want to warn of the presence of an enemy? Ping their location. Are you planning to move here? You bet; the ping system has an option for this. The most impressive thing is that even the smallest detail can be shouted at the comrades, like “open the door here” or “I am going there”. Talking is overdone anyway.
Pick up all
Immediately after landing, those first minutes of the game are vital. Wherever you drop, there’s a good chance there’s a lot of loot strewn about. What’s important is not to be picky from the start and grab whatever comes your way, because changing as you progress is simplified. While weapons and body shields should be given priority, don’t underestimate the usefulness of backpacks and grenades, which brings us nicely to our next tip …
Guns are the primary resource available in the game, but grenades’ practicality and versatility are easy to overlook. Divided into three main types – Frag, Thermite, and Arc Star – each gets their money’s worth, being able to disable enemies or blast doors. Found in droves, it’s good to stock up on these bad boys and let loose at the start of a showdown. Thermite Grenades in particular can be extremely useful in finishing off a knocked down opponent. Bombs away.
Always have an exit strategy
Yes, Apex Legends is a team game and the key to victory depends a lot on how well you and your team can coordinate with each other, but if all hope is lost sometimes the best option is to fight back. retreat and regroup. One scenario where this can very well materialize is when several enemy squads arrive for a firefight, resulting in the elimination of one or both of your teammates.
If this is the case, consider leaving the surrounding area to heal yourself before returning once cleared to pick up the banners of all teammates while locating the nearest spawn beacon. If done correctly, it can quickly change the outcome of the game from low to high to back and better. Fast traversal characters such as Wraith, Octane, or Pathfinder are ideal for ensuring this result.
Hot Zones – Friends or Foes?
A hot spot is a medium sized blue circle that can be found on the map at the start of each new turn. In this area, players will encounter high level loot such as epic body shields or weapons equipped with full accessories, thus preparing for combat in the best possible way.
However, because of this, the likelihood of encountering an opponent early in the fight is very likely, so caution is in order. Because of this, depending on the location of the hot zone, you may as well avoid the zone or be ready to come in, grab what you need, and get out.
Stick to the ring
There is nothing more frustrating than being killed by not paying close attention to the Ring which is always closing. Like most battle royale games, Apex Legends features a red circle (or ring) that after each turn will slowly decrease in size, bringing players closer to each other. Pay attention to this at all times and try not to stray too far on the first slide or you will be running for the hills once the countdown is over.
Pathfinder’s ‘Insider Knowledge’ movement is especially handy for getting a head start as it indicates where the next ring will take place. Otherwise, for those who ignore it, try to put an end to late teams that barely manage to make it on time. Guarantee is like shooting fish in a barrel.
Look, Mozambique’s shotgun isn’t the best. In all fairness, this is horrible and should be avoided like the plague. After moving into “memes” territory, many players will still ping the weapon just to hear their character status: “Mozambique here,” so have fun.
However, after receiving multiple buffs throughout the year, the weapon is still considered a dud and is better equipped for comedic values than dealing serious damage. Use only as a last resort, even then it might be worth fighting off opponents melee.