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Apex Legends Mirage abilities, tips and tricks

Use these top-tier Mirage tips and tricks to bamboozle enemies

Want to learn how to master Mirage and his abilities in Apex Legends? The so-called Holographic Trickster of Apex Legends characters, is perhaps the most satisfying Legend to play as when things go right. When you pull off that perfectly timed bamboozle or distraction with your holographic decoys... Man, it feels great. Our guide will show you how to make the most of Mirage's skillset, with a multitude of practical tips and strategies on each one.

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Apex Legends Mirage abilities

Mirage has access to three abilities: Now You See Me (Passive), Psyche Out (Tactical), and Life of the Party (Ultimate). He is a Legend based entirely around misdirection and fooling your opponents, making him one of the most fun to play if you enjoy humiliating your enemies. He is also an Offensive Legend, putting him in the same class as Wraith, Bangalore, Octane, Revenant, Horizon, and Fuse.

Each of Mirage's abilities will be explained in detail below, but as a general rule, Mirage is the trickiest of the Apex Legends. His holograms can create a lot of confusion if utilised in a choatic fight at the right time. If you like to find your advantages through trickery, then Mirage is the Legend for you.

Mirage tips and tricks

Before we get stuck into Mirage's individual abilities, let's start with some more general tips and tricks on winning Apex Legend matches with the silliest Legends in the game.

  • Play aggressively to get the most out of Mirage's abilities. Mirage shines in unexpected ways the moment you abandon your initial impressions of how to play him, and adopt a more aggressive playstyle. Use your Ultimate and/or Tactical to initiate fights, sow confusion, and get up close from unexpected angles to end the fight quickly.
  • Use your Tactical as much as possible. The good news is that you have lots and lots of these tiny windows, because the cooldown on your Tactical is so low. Use it as often as possible: when healing, when reviving, when initiating, when scouting, when dropping.

Mirage Passive tips: Now You See Me

Description: Automatically cloak when using Respawn Beacons and reviving teammates.

The greatest strength of Mirage's Passive ability is the fact that while reviving a teammate, both you and the downed teammate are cloaked. This elevates Mirage to a similar standing to Lifeline when it comes to reviving allies. You are also cloaked while using a Respawn Beacon, which is less important since it's always the ship flying in that really highlights your position anyway.

Mirage Passive tips:

  • A hidden effect of Mirage's passive is that he himself will turn invisible for 5 seconds if he gets knocked, and leaves a decoy in his place. However, the decoy dies in a dramatic fashion that makes it clear what is happening to an enemy.
  • Don't use your knockdown shield. Not being seen while downed is a great strength, and using the shield will be like a beacon telling your opponent exactly where you are.

A screenshot of Mirage sending out a holographic decoy in front of him.

Mirage Tactical tips: Psyche Out

Send out a holographic decoy to confuse the enemy. You can control the decoy. Cooldown: 15 seconds.

Using Mirage's Tactical ability will send out a holographic decoy in a straight line in front of you. The decoy will run until either it is forced to stop, or it reaches the spot you targeted. But at any time you can use the Alternate Interact button to force the decoy to perfectly mimic your movements from wherever it happens to be at the time, giving it a very lifelike appearance.

If any decoy is shot by an enemy, that enemy's position is highlighted for the real Mirage, allowing his team to gain vital information on enemy whereabouts.

Mirage Tactical tips:

  • Controlling a decoy allows it to mirror your movements, including walking, running, strafing, jumping, and sliding.
  • Each Mirage decoy has 45 Health, but if shot it will briefly flicker to reveal to an enemy that it is a decoy. Furthermore, decoys cannot stop bullets, so they cannot be used as cover.
  • You can activate this Tactical ability while skydiving at the start of a match, and it will send out a holographic decoy of your entire team in the specified direction.
  • The best use for this ability is for the purposes of scouting. Control the decoy and make it look as if you're peeking around a corner to check if there is an enemy waiting for you there.
  • If your decoy gets stuck or needs careful repositioning, you should make use of the ability to quickly toggle between stationary and mimicking your movements. By toggling when needed, you can manoeuvre your decoy with surprising precision.
  • Send a decoy into Nox Gas to bait the enemy Caustic into revealing their position.
  • It's often a good idea to make your movements quite predictable in order to make it seem like you're the decoy. It's a risky play, but if it works you'll have a huge advantage.

A screenshot of Mirage in the middle of a finishing move, where he bumps fists with his own decoy.

Ultimate ability: Life Of The Party

Description: Mirage deploys a team of controllable decoys to distract enemies. Cooldown: 60 seconds

Mirage's Ultimate, Life of the Party, is a hell of a trip for enemies. A circle of six decoys all moving in exactly the same way as the real Mirage is bound to cause trouble for opponents looking to quickly finish off the true enemy. Just before deploying the team, Mirage turns invisible for 1 second, preventing enemies from easily figuring out which is the real enemy.

Mirage Ultimate tips:

  • This Ultimate ability synergises very well with your Passive, allowing you to sow confusion and buy time while you cloak and revive a fallen teammate.
  • Spread out from your decoys immediately after activating your Ultimate, because otherwise it's easy to shoot all decoys in the same burst and figure out who is the real Mirage.
  • Don't just use this ability defensively; the moment of hesitation of an enemy seeing all your decoys is often the perfect moment to attack.
  • It's a good idea to pop your ult in close-quarters situations when you need to reload your weapon. While you do, turn away from the enemy (fight that instinct to keep your eyes on them), because it increases the chances of the enemy shooting your decoys instead of you. Then turn around and blast them.

Apex Legends Mirage backstory

Mirage is the loveable goof of the Apex Games, but underneath his cocky exterior, you'd be forgiven for thinking there is a little insecurity hiding. Elliott Witt always enjoyed messing around, but did get serious enough to become a master of Holo-Pilot technology. With his mother's enthusiasm, they both worked on holographic devices, bringing them closer together ultimately after three of his brothers went missing in the Frontier War.

Mirage's fame didn't come immediately though. Working as a bartender, he heard stories of the glory the Apex Games could bring. He was initially hesitant, fearing his mother might lose her final son. However, she eventually encouraged him to join and the rest is history. Now armed with holo versions of himself, he has succeeded and become a favorite to many.

And that's all we've got for now on the Holographic Trickster that is Mirage in Apex Legends. Hopefully, you've learnt a thing or two about how you can use (or augment) his abilities. For full details and opinions on all of the characters together, take a look at our Apex Legends characters guide for everything you need.

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