"Apex Legends" Character Guide for Newbies (Second Four Starting Legends)
Apex Legends, the new class-based team battle royale from EA and the makers of Titanfall, launched this Monday, February 4th, 2019. Apex Legends pits 20 teams of three against other teams of three in a free for all, the last man standing, open-world battle royale. The focus of this Apex Legends beginner character guide is to provide tricks and tips, give an ability guide summary, and play summary of the last four starting Apex Legends’ legends (Apex Legends’ characters? Apex Legends’ heroes?) Each of the following sections and guides will cover the individual Apex Legends, their abilities and skill for newbies to the game. If you want to read about the first four Apex Legends starter legends, check out Apex Legends Character Newbie Guide for more tricks and tips on how to play these starter characters.
This newbie guide to Apex Legends’ characters will let you know what to expect from the current selection of characters before you choose them or come across them in combat. If you happen to have some questions as to what Apex Legends is or have not played it before, feel free to check out my Apex Legends newbie guide, which provides tricks and tips to help you to your first victory. This guide is no substitute experience for actually playing the Apex Legends characters. If you want to get good at the game, you have to play it. With that being said, let us start this Apex Legends Hero Character’s Guide.
Wraith: Inter-dimensional Skirmisher
- Passive skill: Voices from the Void - A quiet voice warns you of danger.
- Active Skill: Into the Void - Cloaking with increased movement speed, but cannot see enemies.
- Ultimate: Dimensional Rift - Create portals for travel that last for 60 seconds.
Wraith is the quiet, sneaky-deeky, blink and you miss her, goth-punk stealth character. Her passive, Voices From the Void, whispers hints and clues of incoming danger into your ears. Although useful, the lines are hard to hear and you are more likely to be brought to action via ping from your allies, but if two teams are nearby and no one seems to have noticed the other then it will help. Wraith’s active, and the main thing she is used for is Into the Void, which turns her invisible for 15 seconds with increased movement speed. One thing to note here is that she cannot see her enemies while invisible so it cannot be used for scouting, but if you do know where a group is being holed up, it can get you into an advantageous position to cause some chaos. Finally, her ultimate, Dimensional Rift lets you connect two places via portals that anyone can use. When you place your first portal, I believe you have a limited amount of time before you can place the next one, and then both portals stay active for a minute. Dimensional Rift can be used in conjunction with the movement speed of Into the Void place the portals farther apart, getting your group from point A to point B faster and extra sneakily.
Bangalore: Professional Soldier
- Passive skill: Double-time - Taking fire while sprinting makes you sprint faster
- Active Skill: Smoke launcher - Fires a smoke canister the explodes on impact
- Ultimate: Rolling Thunder - Call in a rolling artillery strike
Unlike the quiet Wraith, Bangalore is loud, proud and ready to bring the house down with some firepower. Bangalore’s passive skill is double-timed which increases her sprint speed while taking fire, making her harder to hit in a firefight. Her active ability is Smoke Launcher which fires a smoke canister that covers a wide area in vision blocking smoke. It is to note that the smoke blocks almost all ally assisted vision and markings as well for true isolation. Last but not least, we have Bangalore’s Ultimate, Rolling Thunder, which calls a rolling artillery strike across where she marks. Her smoke grenades can be used offensively to disorient and separate an enemy team, or defensively to confuse enemies in a close-range firefight to ambush or retreat. Bangalore's Ultimate is pretty similar to Gibraltar’s, but it covers a wider area; it still suffers from the dead time between calling it and having it arrive, so keep that in mind.
Caustic: Toxic Trapper
- Passive skill: Nox Vision - You gain limited vision on enemies moving through your deadly gas.
- Active Skill: Nox Gas Trap - Place up to 6 proximity canisters than can be shot to activate early.
- Ultimate: Nox Gas Grenade - Fires a big grenade that floods an area with deadly gas
Caustic is the first locked legend that players will find and probably for good reason because he is as annoying to use as he is to play against. As you can guess from the character’s title, Caustic is your trap character, setting gas mines that can be triggered or shot by caustic himself to explode into gas clouds that can ruin your enemy’s day. Caustic’s passive skill is called Nox Vision, which grants you limited vision on enemies that are moving through your gas. His passive ability, Nox Gas Trap, lets you place up to 6 of the aforementioned triggerable canisters of deadly gas. Finally, his ultimate Nox Gas Grenade is a massive canister that bypasses needing to be triggered and floods the area with deadly gas to whittle your enemies down. Caustic is amazing at area denial and flushing enemies out of entrenched areas, but while these abilities sound amazing, there is a slight problem in its use. Here’s the rub, Caustic has to plant his mines in order to have them be used so in order for them to be used effectively, he either has to plant them while being chased or flush an enemy into an area where he had planted a mine. A Good Caustic player needs to be one step ahead of his enemies or can move around an entrenched enemy, else he is just an ability-less legend with an occasional gas grenade.
Mirage: Holographic Trickster
- Passive skill: Encore! - When knocked down, you will be immediately cloaked for 5 seconds while a decoy takes your place.
- Active Skill: Psyche Out - creates and sends out a holographic decoy.
- Ultimate: Vanishing Act - It's your active except in all directions . . . and you are cloaked.
Finally, we get to the last locked character, Mirage, the joking show boater whom looks like a snowboarder that found himself in the wrong dimension. If you ever thought playing against a good caustic was a headache, welcome to your worst nightmare. Mirage’s passive called Encore!, Which creates a decoy while cloaking you for 5 seconds when knocked down. While being knocked down isn’t a good place to be, being cloaked for 5 seconds lets you ghost outta there and hopefully to a friend that will try to get you back up while the enemy team tries to shoot your decoy to death. Mirage’s active, Psyche Out, sends a holographic decoy ahead of you, which can be used in all sorts of ways like making an enemy think you went in a direction or to draw fire or to make a potential enemy give away their position. Note that you are not cloaked while you set your decoy; however, you will be cloaked for your ultimate, Vanishing Act, which is a roided up version of your active. Vanishing Act sends decoys in all directions and positions confusing your enemies and occasionally, your allies. A good Mirage will play mind games with all of his enemies making them think they thought they knew that you know that they were thinking where you were, but he was not and now everyone is standing around with saucy armpits.
Apex Legends Newbie Character Tips and Tricks Guide Ending
This concludes Apex Legends Newbie Character Guide, If you want to see the rest of the starting legends check out my Apex Legends Newbie Character Guide covering the other half of the current characters available to players during the opening days of Apex Legends. Hopefully, through this newbie’s guide to Apex Legends’ legends, Characters or Heroes, you will be able to know what you can do or what you may have to deal with from the enemy teams. If you want to get to read about the first four starting legends, feel free to check out Apex Legends Character Newbie Guide for other tricks and tips for using the other starter characters. If I have missed anything or if I have any errors, please let me know in the comments below! Who is your favorite Apex Legends Character, Hero or Legend and why?
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