Lifeline has undergone a bit of a journey in Apex Legends since her release. In recent Seasons, all of her power has come from her Passive, which allowed her to deploy an invulnerable shield in front of a fallen teammate while reviving them. But with Season 9 those days are over, and Lifeline has received some substantial buffs across the board to hopefully make her more enjoyable to play with and against.
Learn how to play as Lifeline with the top tips in our Apex Legends Lifeline guide for Season 9. We'll go over each of her abilities in turn, and how best to use them to increase your team's chances of winning a match.
On this page:
- Apex Legends Lifeline guide: strengths and weaknesses
- Lifeline abilities overview
- Passive tips (Combat Revive)
- Tactical tips (D.O.C. Heal Drone)
- Ultimate tips (Care Package)
- How to play Lifeline - top tips and tricks
Apex Legends Lifeline guide: strengths and weaknesses
Lifeline's abilities all centre around healing and equipment, and all of them can be used to benefit not only your teammates but yourself as well. As of Season 9 her Passive no longer deploys a shield in front of teammates she revives. But she can still use her D.O.C. Drone to revive them instead of doing it herself; and she can now revive both her teammates at once while still remaining free to move around and defend against enemies.
Her Tactical heal has received a buff as well, and now provides a powerful mid-combat heal to nearby players. Her Ultimate is one of the most useful in the game, providing excellent loot for your team at various moments throughout a match - but it is a double-edged sword, as we shall discuss below. All of Lifeline's abilities are very timing-sensitive - if you use them under the wrong circumstances then you and your team may quickly wind up dead.
But if used correctly, you'll find that not only is she an essential asset to her team but also a force to be reckoned with in her own right. With Season 9 Respawn also saw fit to remove Low Profile, the negative trait that once existed to balance Legends with the smallest hitboxes. Lifeline no longer takes increased damage from enemies, but she gets to keep her small hitbox, making her a formidable 1v1 opponent.
Lifeline abilities overview
Lifeline's abilities all revolve around providing healing, equipment and safety for yourself and your team. They're fairly easy to understand, but there are still hidden secrets to each one, so let's take a closer look at Lifeline's skillset.
- Passive: Combat Revive - Deploy D.O.C. to revive teammates, leaving Lifeline free to defend.
- Tactical: D.O.C. Heal Drone - the Drone Of Compassion (DOC) automatically heals those near it over time.
- Ultimate: Care Package - Call in a droppod full of high quality defensive gear.
Passive ability: Combat Revive
Lifeline's Passive allows her to simply tap a knocked teammate to deploy her Drone to revive them, leaving Lifeline free to continue fighting. It's a powerful ability, and one which she can use on both her teammates at once if they're knocked; but obviously you'll have to be careful where and when you decide to revive, because there's nothing to protect Lifeline's allies while they're being revived.
Here are our top Combat Revive Passive tips for Lifeline:
- You can cancel a revive-in-process by interacting with the knocked ally, allowing them to defend themselves with their Knockdown Shield in case they come under attack.
- It's normally inadvisable to stray far from your allies while they're being revived, so you can cancel the revives if needed. But if your allies are well-hidden, then getting some distance and distracting the enemy team is a useful tactic - as long as you stay alive.
- Lifeline synergises extremely well with the Gold Backpack, which gives revived teammates extra Health and Shields. This is particularly powerful in the Apex Arena mode, where you can buy a Gold Backpack every round for relatively few Crafting Materials.
Tactical ability: D.O.C. Heal Drone
Lifeline's Heal Drone is a fairly reliable and useful source of healing for the entire team. Using this ability will deploy a drone that automatically heals nearby allies and enemies alike for its 20-second duration. It allows players to save Syringes and Medkits for more dire circumstances, and to passively heal while shooting or looting.
Here are our top D.O.C. Heal Drone Tactical tips for Lifeline:
- If you're low on Shields and Health, use the Tactical and pop a Shield Battery, and you'll recover both Health and Shields simultaneously, allowing you to get back into the fight faster.
- Season 9 buffed the Heal Drone, increasing the heal rate from 5 to 8 HP per second, and reducing the deploy time of the Drone by 33%.
- Your Drone will heal enemies too if they are close enough, so it's best used at medium or long range if in combat.
- Your Drone will die to two ticks of damage from being outside the Ring, so don't think you can use it to survive outside the Ring.
- The amount of healing provided is split between all sources. So if three people are using the Drone at once, it will heal three times slower than if just one player was using it.
- Lifeline's Drone can absorb shots (and therefore act as cover) in the heat of battle. Bear in mind however that it can be destroyed fairly easily.
Ultimate ability: Care Package
Lifeline's Care Package is her signature skill, and it is potentially game-changing in a very similar manner to Loba's Ultimate. Use this ability to deploy a Care Package near your location. The Care Package takes 15 seconds to land, after which it can be opened and the three high-quality pieces of loot inside can be taken.
As of Season 9, the Care Package contents will guarantee upgrades to your existing gear. So if you already have Purple Armor, you have a very high chance of getting Gold Armor, and so on.
Here are our top Care Package Ultimate tips for Lifeline:
- Be careful where and when you decide to call down a Care Package, because although it doesn't show up on the minimap like normal Supply Drops it is still very visible and acts as a beacon marking your location for nearby enemies.
- Of the three items in a Care Package, one will be a healing item, one will be a weapon attachment, and one will be a piece of gear. You cannot find weapons inside Lifeline Care Packages.
- You can be crushed (not knocked but killed) beneath a descending Care Package, so be careful.
- You can climb atop a Care Package, so clever placement of it will enable you to reach hard to access areas.
- Care Packages can be used as cover if need be, as they cannot be shot through.
- Calling down a Care Package should be a team move, not a solo move. Share the loot amongst your team, and stick together while near a Care Package.
How to play Lifeline - top tips and tricks
Finally, let's finish up with some more general tips and tricks on winning Apex Legends matches as Lifeline.
- Ultimate Accelerants belong to you. If there is a Lifeline on your team, then all Ultimate Accelerants should probably go to her. Her ult is likely to be the most powerful for your squad as a whole, and also the most lengthy to charge.
- Look for every opportunity to make use of your abilities. While you can play independently as Lifeline, you are the primary healer of your group and you must check on your teammates during fights to see if anyone needs your assistance.
- Don't be greedy with Care Package loot. A rising tide raises all boats. Don't hoard all your Care Package loot for yourself. Just because you call it down doesn't mean it belongs to you. Share with your teammates.
Congratulations! You are now an expert at playing Lifeline. Can you feel all that newfound knowledge and experience pulsing through your synapses? For full details and opinions on all of the characters together, take a look at our Apex Legends characters guide for everything you need.