"Apex Legends" Drop Guide

Updated on February 26, 2019
Jowy2000 profile image

Dilbert is an avid gamer who's addiction span PC & mobile titles and who loves to break things down and pick them apart.

Drop Guide

Dropping in Apex Legends

As with most battle royales, your drop strategy sets the pace for your game whether you're looting to loot and hold out for end game or warm up with a high-risk-high-reward rumble with many other groups. However, Apex Legends features a few things that make dropping require a little more thought to determine what the best decision is. You need to consider:

  • Drop methodology
  • Drop location
  • Drop ship trajectory
  • Location of dynamic map elements:

    - Supply Ship dynamically spawns around the map and contains high tier loot. It will start in a random location and slowly move towards an identified drop zone. To land on it, you'll have to path towards where it's moving.

    - Loot quality will vary from game to game so you'll need to check the map to see what areas are modified on any given drop

    - Each round will have a "Hot Zone" where you'll have a good chance to looting a weapon fully geared out in gold attachments.

You'll have to pay attention to the dynamic map elements to help figure out where you should drop in any given game given your desired type of play for that game. Your typical safe far-away corner drop may be near the path and be a hot zone! Similarly, otherwise lame drops may suddenly be awesome or vice versa with typically great drops.

Furthermore, the map is fairly small and dropping can reach quite far. You can reach roughly half the distance of the map without too much trouble. As such, it's often a good idea to drop immediately and start moving to your drop location or you run the risk of being late to the party. However, the most important thing to know about dropping is wave dropping.

Apex Legends Drop Map

Wave Dropping

Wave dropping is a method of dropping that optimizes your speed and your distance most effectively. While you drop downward, you accelerate in speed, but move less horizontal distance. However, when you shift to move more horizontal, your speed will decelerate. The premise of wave dropping is that you actually accelerate faster while dropping downwards than you decelerate when you aim horizontal.

By alternating between dropping downward and aiming horizontally toward your target, you can pick up speed, and then lose it slowly, allowing you to keep a high speed while traveling a fairly far distance. You'll end up dropping in a wave-like fashion, hence the name wave dropping.

The rule of thumb for wave dropping is to aim to maintain 140 kph. Your speed is visible on your hud on the center-left part of your screen. Distance to the ground is visible on the right. You can maintain 140 kph and still make it a fairly long distance. However, you can optimize wave dropping around whatever speed is necessary given the distance to your intended drop. If it's close, you might want to wave around 145k ph, if it is further away you may need to drop to 130 kph.

Loot Tiers & Picking a Good Drop

Loot quality functions slightly different in Apex Legends. Rather than having low, medium, or high quality loot, each area on the map instead is chance driven. A high quality loot area is mostly likely, roughly 90% or so, to have high quality loot. Whereas a low quality area will be less likely to have high quality loot, but still could. This helps keep the game dynamic and hard to predict, but not so much as to be completely random.

Refer to the chart below for a better sense of where you can drop. Many high tier locations are near the edges of the map.

Loot Quality Map

Final Thoughts

The way Apex Legends handles dropping, drop strategies, and loot quality is a modest but meaningful innovation to the way other battle royales have handled the same thing prior. Optimizing your drop patterns and drop locations will let you beat your opponents to the loot and get an advantage over anyone dropping with you. Drop as soon as you reasonably can, wave drop to your location, peel off if someone is ahead of you, and you'll be in a good position to have a strong game.

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, levelskip.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://levelskip.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)