New Apex season, new Legend – and Revenant already looks to be one of the strongest characters yet. With a scary skillset that lends itself to a very aggressive playstyle, it’s not just the novelty of a new Legend that’s making every player want to play as Revenant every match.
Our Apex Legends Revenant guide is packed full of useful info on his playstyle, his abilities, and even his hitbox – not to mention a multitude of practical top tips on securing the win as this terrifying Synthetic Nightmare.
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Apex Legends Revenant guide (Season 4)
As with every other Apex Legends character, we’ve got a fair amount to talk about with Revenant, the latest Legend to grace the Apex Games and the World’s Edge arena. Feel free to use the links below to skip ahead to a particular section.
- Revenant guide overview – playstyle, strengths and weaknesses
- Revenant Passive ability – Stalker
- Revenant Tactical ability – Silence
- Revenant Ultimate ability – Death Totem
- Revenant hitbox vs other Legends
- Revenant top tips and tricks
The first thing to understand about Revenant is that if you’re not prepared to play aggressively, then you’re going to waste his skills. His Tactical and Ultimate, as you’ll see, are both time-sensitive and require you to really hunt down and pressure enemies in order to capitalise on your advantage. So don’t waste any time dilly-dallying – and the same goes for allies of a Revenant. If he pops down his Totem or throws a Silence, that’s the very second you need to start pushing the enemy.
Much like Octane, Revenant is a highly mobile character in firefights, but on a smaller scale. His Passive allows you to crouch-strafe at a much higher speed while firing than any other Legend can hope to achieve. And with the ability to climb higher than other Legends and reach unexpected places, a good Revenant can also become a very effective flanker.
On paper, his major downside is the Low Profile perk, which increases the damage he takes by 5%. But the real danger with Revenant is improper use of his abilities. This skillset is filled with game-changers, but they’re easy to misuse or waste if you (and your team) are not prepared.
Revenant abilities guide
Now let’s take a closer look at Revenant’s three abilities, and why I consider him to be one of the strongest Legends available in Apex Legends so far.
Passive ability: Stalker
- Description: You crouch-walk faster and can climb higher than other Legends.
The most straightforward and uninteresting of Revenant’s abilities is also his greatest asset. Stalker ramps up Revenant’s crouch-walk and crouch-strafe speed to non-crouching levels, whether you’re aiming down sights or not. And that means you can do some pretty intense crouch-strafing during firefights to make yourself as small and fast-moving a target as we’ve yet seen in the Apex Games.
Revenant’s speed while crouch-walking is such that if you jump while crouch-strafing, when you land you’ll actually slide because of how much momentum you’ve built up. I’d encourage any Revenant player to make use of this, as the slide gives you an unexpected burst of speed for avoiding fire. But it also makes you a more predictable target if enemies see it coming, so don’t overuse this little trick or it’ll become more of a hindrance than a help.
Stalker also allows Revenant to climb about twice the height of any other Legend before losing your grip. This gives Revenant a similar aptitude for reaching unexpected places and flanking enemies to what Pathfinder has always enjoyed with his Grappling Hook and Zipline. Revenant thus poses a direct challenge to those teams holed up somewhere with just one or two (conventional) entrance/exit points, as he is often able to approach a fight from novel angles and perspectives. Make use of this when you can, but make sure you communicate with your teammates and don’t stray so far from their side that you can be picked off alone!
- Description: Throw a device that deals damage and disables enemy abilities for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 25s)
Apex Legends finally has a silencing ability! Revenant’s Tactical comes in the form of a throwable projectile like a grenade, which deals minor damage (around 10 damage, it seems) but more importantly suspends the use of all enemy active abilities (not passive) within its area of effect.
Couple things to note here. Let’s start with the good: even if you don’t hit your target with the initial AoE, the grenade will leave behind an electrical cloud for 6 seconds, during which time any enemy who walks into the cloud will also be silenced for 10 seconds. And it’s also very useful for zoning purposes, to dissuade enemies from approaching from a particular direction.
The downside is that it doesn’t last long. 10 seconds can pass in a flash if you’re not completely ready to push the enemy. And when it comes down to the real nitty-gritty of firefights, the fact that your enemy is silenced really won’t help you that much in most scenarios. Its strength is more in zoning enemies and preventing them from using mobility-based abilities to escape and reposition.
Another minor tidbit worth noting: just like Bangalore’s Smokes, you can use this ability while reloading or healing, because it only uses your off-hand. Noice!
- Description: Drop a totem that protects those who use it from death for a set amount of time. Instead of being killed or downed, users will return to the totem. (Charge Time: 180s)
Now, there’s a lot to unpack with this curious Ultimate. On paper it sounds amazing, but in reality there are a fair few caveats and downsides that limits its utility and forces you to be very considerate of where and when you place down your Death Totem.
When you deploy Revenant’s Ultimate, a glowing totem will drop in front of you over about a second or so. It’ll stick around for 30 seconds, during which time you and your allies can interact with it in order to enter “shadow form”. Like I said, there’s a lot to unpack here, so I’m gonna make things simpler by dividing all the effects and consequences of using this Ultimate into pros and cons:
- When you would otherwise be dealt a killing blow while in shadow form, you’ll instead zip back to the Totem with 1 HP.
- Despite only taking health damage, while in shadow form you are immune to the bonus damage inflicted by Hammerpoint Rounds (check out our Apex Legends attachments guide for more info).
- You can use any Death Totem once, regardless of whether it was placed by you, an ally, or an enemy.
- You look badass as fuck while in shadow form.
- Any damage you take is dealt directly to your health, bypassing your shields.
- You cannot use healing items while in shadow form.
- If you stray too far from the Totem or the Totem is destroyed (which can happen very quickly, as it doesn’t have much health), you will exit shadow form.
- The effect of the Totem can be hard countered by damage that bypasses shields, such as the Ring, or Caustic’s Nox Gas.
In general, you should place down your Totem out of sight, but as close as possible to where the fighting will take place. Coordinate your use of the Totem, and push immediately. This is your chance to be aggressive, so make the most of it.
Oh, and make sure you have full shields before you use the Totem, otherwise you’ll be in a bad spot when your shadow form ends.
Revenant hitbox vs other Legends
The above is a composite of various hitbox images created by YouTuber “SookieSpy”, which bring to light the incredible discrepancies in character hitboxes in Apex Legends. Season 1 brought with it some changes to the hitboxes of Gibraltar, Caustic, and Pathfinder to better fit their character models, but the fact remains that Gibraltar is about twice the size of Wraith, and thus, twice as easy to hit.
Nowadays this discrepancy is addressed with two Passives which are shared among multiple characters; Fortified, for Gibraltar and Caustic, which reduces their incoming damage by 15% and grants them immunity from gunfire slowdown; and Low Profile, which affects Pathfinder, Wraith, Lifeline, and now Revenant, and increases their incoming damage by 5%.
So we can infer that Revenant’s hitbox is on the smaller end of the spectrum. Perhaps not as small as Wraith or Lifeline, but then again Revenant’s Stalker Passive means he can be a much more difficult target to hit anyway – hence the Low Profile trait.
How to play Revenant – top Revenant tips and strategies
Finally, let’s finish up with some more general tips and tricks on winning Apex Legends matches as Revenant.
- Be aggressive! At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Revenant is all about using your abilities to be as aggressive as possible. Don’t waste your Silence or your Death Totem by placing it down and then hesitating.
- Don’t stray too far from your teammates. Just like Octane and Pathfinder, Revenant’s mobility means you will often be tempted to split off from your teammates, whether in a firefight or while looting. Try to resist the urge to stray too far, because while Revenant is a good flanker and a powerful Legend, he can still be easily picked off if he comes up against a whole team while on his own.
- Communicate your intentions clearly. Both Revenant’s active abilities require a fair amount of planning to use properly, and they’ll go to waste unless your team is ready to back you up with a good push towards the enemy. Communicate your plan clearly to your teammates before enacting it.
- Learn to crouch-strafe. As I mentioned, Revenant’s Passive is at the end of the day his greatest strength, and certainly the best Passive of any Legend we’ve seen. Make the most of his amazing strafing abilities by practicing, both in the firing range and in World’s Edge. Try to keep your movements as quick and unpredictable as possible.
I think that’s as good a moment as any to wrap up this Apex Legends Revenant guide. Hopefully you’ve learned a thing or two – and if you’re after more invaluable knowledge on this fantastic battle royale, be sure to check out our Apex Legends tips!