Octane may not be the most popular Apex Legends character, but in the right hands his aggressive and highly mobile skillset allows him to wreak havoc on enemy teams. Our Apex Legends Octane guide is up to date for Season 8, and will walk you through our top tips and tactics for each of Octane's abilities.
On this page:
- Apex Legends Octane guide: strengths & weaknesses
- Octane abilities overview
- Swift Mend tips (Passive)
- Stim tips (Tactical)
- Launch Pad tips (Ultimate)
- How to play Octane - top tips and tricks
Apex Legends Octane guide: strengths & weaknesses
Octane is the tip of the spear in terms of team composition; his role is to always be slightly ahead of his team, first into combat, and first out again - or first to die. The trade-off of his Tactical, sacrificing health for movement speed, is a unique mechanic for Apex Legends abilities. It's very nicely balanced, allowing you to play either with caution, only using Stim before or during an encounter, or with reckless abandon, Stimming up every few seconds as you loot up and look for enemies (and let's face it, the latter is what Octane would want). His Ultimate is also a deceptively powerful team repositioning tool on a low cooldown, which is always welcome.
It's also fairly easy to talk about Octane's strengths and weaknesses thanks to the sacrificial aspect of this Tactical ability. His strength is that he's the fastest character, and a scary presence during a fight. Fights can easily be won in six seconds in Apex, which means the entirety of an encounter could be spent trying to get a single shot to land on this crazed drugged-up speed demon. But if used at the wrong moment or too frequently, Octane's diminished health will let him down, and his Ultimate is really not that practical during fights, so if you Stim too hard you'll have nothing to fall back on.
Octane abilities overview
Like all characters, Octane has access to three abilities; one Passive, which is always (is this case nearly always) in effect; one activatable Tactical ability, and one Ultimate ability which requires charging over time. Let's take a closer look at each ability in turn and how best to use them.
- Passive: Swift Mend - While not taking damage, Octane restores health over time.
- Tactical: Stim - Increase walk speed by 30% and sprint speed by 40% for 6 seconds. Costs Health to use. Reduction to slows while active.
- Ultimate: Launch Pad - Deployable jump pad that catapults users through the air. Users can press jump in midair to double jump.
Passive ability: Swift Mend
Octane's Passive is difficult to talk about without also describing Octane's Tactical, since the two are designed to work in tandem more than any two other abilities in Apex Legends. It's a simple and very useful Passive that regenerates 1 Health (not Shields, just Health) every second. If you're damaged, there's a few seconds' delay before the heal will reactivate.
Here are our top Swift Mend Passive tips for Octane:
- The heal also does not replenish your Health while you are using your Tactical, Stim; but it does reactivate immediately after the Stim has worn off.
- While Knocked, if you've been damaged by enemies, you will slowly regain your "knocked Health". However, it won't stop you from bleeding out, because that is a separate mechanism from your Health while knocked.
- Don't rely on this ability to get you out of a tight spot, because the heal per second isn't strong enough to ensure survival against enemies. You should still make use of Syringes and Med Kits when needed.
Tactical ability: Stim
Stim is Octane's absolute bread-and-butter ability. Each use sacrifices 10 Health for 6 seconds of greatly increased speed. It's on an extremely low cooldown because the main tradeoff is health, so you are able to spend much of your time Stimming as long as you're not afraid of having low Health a lot of the time.
Here are our top Stim Tactical tips for Octane:
- You cannot kill yourself with Octane's Stim. If you use it with 10 Health or less, then you'll always be left at 1 Health.
- Chain together Stims at the start of a match to speed up your early looting phase. Dash between houses at the speed of light.
- You can use Stim while healing or reloading, just like Bangalore's Smokes.
- Bunny Hopping is faster and more useful while Stim is active. If you're not sure how to Bunny Hop, check out our Apex Legends advanced movement guide.
- Octane's Stim allows you to move faster with a gun than other characters can run while holstered.
- Octane's Passive will not heal you while you are Stimming, so you'll need to give yourself time to heal between Stims to replenish your Health.
- Make use of the speed bonus. I've seen many Octanes Stimming up to reach an encounter, and then more or less standing still during the fight itself. 130% movement speed allows you to dance around and A/D spam like crazy while firing, so take advantage of it.
Ultimate ability: Launch Pad
Octane's Launch Pad is a fairly straightforward mobility-focused Ultimate; when activated, you'll throw down a Launch Pad in front of you much like Gibraltar's Dome (though you can actually throw the Launch Pad surprisingly far), and after that the Launch Pad persists and is useable by anyone, friend or foe alike. Jumping on the Pad will launch you into the air in the direction you were moving, and while in the air you can double-jump once to gain even more distance.
Here are our top Launch Pad Ultimate tips for Octane:
- Placing a Launch Pad on a decline or incline such as a hill or stairs has absolutely no bearing on the trajectory or momentum of your bounce.
- Knocked down players can bounce on Launch Pads, which means you can place one down to help move a knocked teammate out of danger. However, knocked teammates can't make use of the double-jump functionality.
- Throwables such as Grenades or even Bangalore's Ultimate will bounce atop these Launch Pads, allowing you to throw them further (if you're accurate enough with them!)
- When placed below a Wraith portal, players who exit via that portal will actually exit a short distance from the portal, rather than right on the portal as usual. I'm not sure how this is useful, but there you go.
- While the Launch Pad provides a quick and useful team repositioning tool, your arc through the air is fairly predictable and you are therefore easy to shoot if enemies see you jump.
How to play Octane - top tips and tricks
Finally, let's finish up with some more general tips and tricks on winning Apex Legends matches as Octane.
- Don't be afraid to have low Health. Octane needs to live life on the edge in order to be used effectively. This means a risk/reward playstyle where you may be caught off-guard and die quickly, but other times it could win you the game. But you have to learn not to treat Octane cautiously. Take advantage of his Stim as much as possible.
- Learn to A/D spam effectively while under Stim. With a 30% movement speed increase, your "A/D spam" can soar to ludicrous levels of "impossible to hit" if you're quick enough. Never stay still while under the effects of Stim, because you're literally just wasting the ability - and your Health.
- Go for wide flanks when needed. Octane is fantastic at repositioning before your enemies even know what's happening. And when Stimmed, your teammates won't be able to keep up with you anyway, so feel free to go on flanks when you want. Again, risk/reward.
- Pair with Pathfinder, Wraith, or Horizon for an incredibly quick and mobile team. At launch, it was mainly Pathfinder who it was difficult to keep up with as a teammate, but he's certainnly found his match in Octane. Throw Wraith's Portals and Phases and Horizon's Gravity Lift into the mix and you've got an incredibly quick and versatile team comp.
That's pretty much everything we've got on Octane for now, so hopefully you've learned a thing or two about how best to utilise his unique skillset. For full details and opinions on all of the characters together, take a look at our Apex Legends characters guide for fully updated details.