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Apex Legends landing: how to drop fast and land first (wave drop method)

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Apex Legends has one of the most unique and intuitive deployment and landing systems in any battle royale we’ve played. From the coloured trails each team leaves behind to the addition of a jumpmaster to guide the entire team down as one entity, there’s a lot to like, but a whole lot more to learn about perfecting your landing in Apex Legends.

So we’ve put together the below five-step Apex Legends landing guide, walking you through what we do to drop faster, and land first-er. We’ll also explain what you should be doing while you’re dropping, even if you’re not the team’s Jumpmaster. As long as you follow the below rules, your boots will pretty much always hit the ground before anyone else’s do.

We’ve been hard at work expanding our series of Apex Legends guides, so if you’re looking for information on another aspect of the game take a look at our Apex Legends guide, where you’ll find lots of tips and information as well as links to other pages, from Apex Legends weapons stats and rankings to our opinions of the various Apex Legends characters and abilities.

Apex Legends landing guide

Respawn Entertainment have crafted the landing system in Apex Legends with great care, and the process is a lot more streamlined than you might find in other games. The key innovation is that every team of three gets a Jumpmaster, who controls the actual ejection from the transport ship and the subsequent descent. The Jumpmaster is assigned randomly at the start of the match, but don’t worry! If you don’t want to be the Jumpmaster, you can simply Relinquish (default: CTRL) to pass the responsibility onto someone else.

If you don’t want your Jumpmaster to fully dictate your landing, then you’re in luck, because you can choose to peel away from the Jumpmaster at any time during the descent, and land independently. Though we’d strongly recommend you only use this in the final moments of descent, and stick together with your teammates as much as possible!

Now that we have the basics out of the way, let’s take a look at the five key features of a perfect landing in Apex Legends. First, have a look at the gif below, where I demonstrate some of the techniques in question. Take special note of the speed and altitude indicators to the left and right of the players.

Now, let’s go through what you need to do to perfect your Apex Legends landing using the techniques displayed in the above video.

1: Communicate with your teammates!

While in the air and in the cargo ship, you can use Apex Legends’ (fantastic) Ping system to highlight possible landing areas for your team. You can also Ping someone else’s marker in order to acknowledge and agree with their suggestion. It’s a very good idea to do this, and many Jumpmasters will wait for their teammates to suggest a location before making the executive decision to start your descent.

2: Wave-Drop to gain speed and land faster!

If you’re the Jumpmaster of the group, you ought to be aware of wave-dropping and its benefits depending on where you want to land. If you deploy when you’re pretty much right above the area you want to land, then your best bet is to just nosedive straight down to get there as fast as possible. But for longer distances, things get a little more complicated.

Most players will point their noses directly towards the area of the map they want to land, and descend in a straight line diagonally downwards. This is not the way to land fast in Apex Legends. The way to land fast is by wave-dropping: when you jump from the cargo ship, aim directly downwards until you reach a speed of around 145, before levelling out and gliding as horizontally as possible towards your target location. Once your speed drops below around 130, nosedive again until you’re at 145, then level out, and so on.

The above diagram was created by Reddit user “TheBigSm0ke”. Click the image to view the original post.

This method has the benefit of gaining much greater speed in a shorter time, so you can cross long distances much more quickly. You can also cross distances of over 1000 metres by wave-dropping, whereas you’ll always fall short trying to cross that distance using the regular method.

3: Watch for other teams landing nearby!

If you are not the Jumpmaster, then it’s your job to keep an eye out for nearby enemy teams as you’re falling. Each team will leave a coloured trail behind them, so it’s pretty easy to see where nearby enemies are while you’re in the air. It’s very important to communicate the whereabouts of nearby enemies with your team while you’re landing, as well as whether they will hit the ground before your team does.

If you’re the Jumpmaster, you can also look around without it disrupting your descent. To do this, hold ALT to Free-Look around while falling. But it’s often best to stay focused on your descent and let your teammates do the enemy callouts.

4: Peel away from your Jumpmaster at the last moment!

When you’re perhaps 200 metres away from the ground, this is the time to break off from the Jumpmaster and find your own building to land at. Looting in Apex Legends, as with any battle royale, needs to happen as quickly as possible at the beginning of a match, and the best way to do this is to land slightly spread out from your group so you can cover more ground in a shorter space of time.

Don’t stray too far though! If there are enemies nearby, you’ll need to be close enough to defend your teammates and benefit from their presence in the same way.

5: Slide as you hit the ground!

A little-known fact, this! With the right angle of descent, you can slide as you hit the ground to gain a significant burst of speed and use your momentum to carry you much further than where you hit the ground. This is useful if you didn’t land quite as near to a door or a piece of floor loot as you wanted. Plus, it just looks goddamn cool.

Well, that’s everything we’ve got on how to perfect your landing in Apex Legends. With these tips, you’ll be dropping faster and getting your hands around a gun quicker than anyone else in the vicinity. Now go out there and score some early-game kills.

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