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Apex Legends tier list: the best characters in Apex Legends Season 13

Who are the best Apex Legends characters in Season 13?

Which is the best character in Apex Legends? As of Season 13, there is now a grand total of 21 characters in Apex Legends. Each of the Legends have access to three abilities: one Passive, one Tactical, and one Ultimate. And while at the end of the day a fight is won with good aim and gunplay, each Legend's abilities also play a large part in determining the victor.

Below you'll find our up-to-date Apex Legends tier list of the best characters in the game as of Season 13: Apex Legends Saviors. We'll talk about each Legend in turn, along with our opinion on the best Legend to use in different situations.


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Apex Legends tier list for Season 13

On the whole, Respawn have done a fantastic job of balancing the different Apex Legends characters between seasons. Sure, there have been periods where the meta has been dominated by a new character (looking at you, Seer and Horizon), but overall, you can happily take any of the 21 Legends on offer and beat out everyone else to claim your victory royale.

But there's always a meta that emerges once the dust settles on a new Season. Below is our current tier list of the best characters in Apex Legends as of Season 13 and the arrival of Newcastle.

Apex Legends tier list of best characters:

  • S-Tier (Best): Bloodhound, Gibraltar, Octane, Valkyrie, Wraith
  • A-Tier: Ash, Bangalore, Horizon, Pathfinder, Seer
  • B-Tier: Caustic, Crypto, Loba, Newcastle, Revenant
  • C-Tier: Lifeline, Rampart, Wattson
  • D-Tier: Fuse, Mad Maggie, Mirage
From an Apex Legends cinematic: Ash crouches over a dead Legend and uses her passive ability to find out where their killers are.

Who is the best character in Apex Legends?

So, who is the best character in Apex Legends? It depends on exactly what you mean by best. Each Legend has their own strengths and weaknesses, and the best ones will all excel under different circumstances and in different game modes.

  • The overall best character in Apex Legends is probably Wraith. Her high mobility, tiny hitbox size, and powerful survival-based abilities have made her the most popular Legend in every single Season of Apex Legends so far.
  • The best character for ranked play has to be Gibraltar. His Dome of Protection has shaped the ranked meta for many seasons now, providing teams with a safe space for healing, reviving, and avoiding otherwise inescapable damage.
  • The best character for situational awareness is absolutely Bloodhound. Their Tactical provides them with key information on nearby enemy positions, and their Ultimate gives them extreme speed while dramatically reducing the cooldown of their Tactical for use during fights.
  • The best character for pushing enemies is Octane. Octane's Launch Pad is the most powerful team pushing ability in the game, and once Octane lands he can use his Stim to greatly increase his speed for chasing enemies and strafing to avoid gunfire.
  • The best character for fighting while outnumbered is Valkyrie. A good Valkyrie is an absolute nightmare to face as long as there is cover or a building nearby, because she can use her Jetpack to reposition in ways that other Legends simply cannot emulate.
  • The best character for looting is Loba, for sure. Loba's Black Market Ultimate is a game-changer for her entire team, giving them access to limitless ammo and upgraded gear at any stage of the game depending on where it's deployed.
  • The best character for Arena mode is probably Rampart. In Arena, whoever has the ability to take shots at enemies from safety and dwindle their healing supplies has the upper hand, and Rampart's walls are the best tool in the game for this.

As you can see, there are lots of Legends in Apex that can claim to being the best character depending on the situation. So the best thing to do if you want to master the Legend meta is to get a clear idea of every single character's abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. To that end: let's take a closer look at each Legend in turn.


Apex Legends characters list

Newcastle in Apex Legends runs towards the camera, away from a Bangalore Ultimate.

Newcastle (new character)

  • Class: Defensive
  • Passive: Treat The Wounded - Can use Knockdown Shield while reviving and can drag a teammate over a short distance.
  • Tactical: Mobile Shield - A projected energy shield that moves forward across the battlefield. Blocks all weapon fire damage and deflects grenades. Can be thrown while sprinting and redirected after deployment.
  • Ultimate: Castle Wall - Leap to a target ally or area and slam shield into the ground to create a fortified castle wall.
  • Pros: Decent mobility, fast-acting defences.
  • Cons: Limited effectiveness indoors, defences aren't as strong as rivals.
  • Complexity: Medium

New Legend Newcastle combines mobility and defence with his Castle Wall, which allows him to cover great distances to leap towards an ally in need and slam down a large-scale protective wall in front of them. He can also deploy a Mobile Shield that he can direct to move where he wants it, making him very strong at creating cover out of nowhere.

Why is Newcastle B-Tier? It takes time for a new Legend to find their true place in the meta, but for now I'm placing him in B-Tier. His abilities are strong and can certainly save lives, but they all have some pretty big counterplay and weaknesses built-in. Compared with Gibby's Dome, Newcastle's defences really aren't that powerful. He sacrifices protective strength for the added mobility that comes with his Ultimate.

If you want to learn more about Newcastle's abilities and how to make the most of them, check out our dedicated Apex Legends Newcastle guide.

Official art of Bloodhound, one of the Apex Legends characters.

Bloodhound

  • Class: Recon
  • Passive: Tracker - Foes leave behind clues for you to find.
  • Tactical: Eye of the Allfather - Briefly reveal enemies, traps, and clues through all structures in front of you.
  • Ultimate: Beast of the Hunt - Transform into the ultimate hunter. Enhances your senses, allowing you to see cold tracks and move faster. Knockdowns extend duration.
  • Pros: Top-tier tracking abilities and situational awareness.
  • Cons: No true repositioning or survival-focused abilities.
  • Complexity: Easy

Bloodhound is a phenomenal scout and tracker, thanks mainly to their Tactical ability - a long-range conical scan which highlights enemies through walls for a short time. Their Ultimate feeds into this tool, dramatically reducing the cooldown of their Tactical, and also giving Bloodhound increased speed to help during fights. They are a top-tier Legend for keeping track of enemy movements during encounters with enemy teams.

Why is Bloodhound S-Tier? Their scan delivers such an amazing amount of information in a split second, particularly when combined with their Ultimate. Information like that wins fights in Apex. That's why Bloodhound is one of the most popular Legends both in general play and in ALGS tournaments.

Learn more about Bloodhound's abilities and how to use them with our detailed Apex Legends Bloodhound guide.

Official art of Gibraltar, one of the Apex Legends characters.

Gibraltar

  • Class: Defensive
  • Passive: Gun Shield - Aiming down sights deploys a gun shield that blocks incoming fire.
  • Tactical: Dome of Protection - Blocks incoming and outgoing attacks.
  • Ultimate: Defensive Bombardment - Call in a concentrated mortar strike on a position you mark with smoke.
  • Pros: High damage resistance and best-in-class team defence ability.
  • Cons: Large hitbox, no mobility tools.
  • Complexity: Medium

Gibraltar has one of the highest win rates in Apex Legends, and it's not difficult to see why. He is, after all, the tankiest Legend in the game thanks to his Fortified trait and Gun Shield Passive ability. His Tactical and Ultimate may look like opposites (defensive vs offensive), but they're actually both extremely powerful tools for controlling the battleground and saving yourself from third parties and flank attacks.

Why is Gibraltar S-Tier? Gibraltar's Dome of Protection ability is so powerful it has defined the ranked meta for several seasons now. The ability to create invulnerable cover from nowhere is just too powerful to ignore, and while inside the Dome, Gibby can revive downed allies 33% faster. The undisputed champion at keeping the team alive in messy situations.

To learn more about the tankiest Legend in the game, consult our Apex Legends Gibraltar guide.

Official art of Octane, one of the Apex Legends characters.

Octane

  • Class: Offensive
  • 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.
  • Ultimate: Launch Pad - Deployable jump pad that catapults users through the air.
  • Pros: Extreme mobility, great pushing potential.
  • Cons: Can easily be caught away from teammates and at low health.
  • Complexity: Easy

Octane has near-unrivalled mobility. His Stim Tactical is an endlessly spammable speed boost at the cost of some health, which is quickly regenerated thanks to Octane's Passive health regeneration effect. His Ultimate, Launch Pad, is also one of the most flexible and shortest-cooldown team repositioning tools in the game.

Why is Octane S-Tier? In fights Octane is harder to hit than nearly any other Legend thanks to his Stim, and his Launch Pad is a fantastic team repositioning ability which allows teams to easily capitalise on third-party opportunities, escape, or simply reposition with ease.

For tips on mastering this high-win-rate Legend, check out our Apex Legends Octane guide.

Promotional Apex Legends screenshot of Valkyrie hovering in the air with her jetpack.

Valkyrie

  • Class: Recon
  • Passive: VTOL Jets - Use your jetpack to reposition or reach high places.
  • Tactical: Missile Swarm - Fire a swarm of mini-rockets which damage and disorient the enemy.
  • Ultimate: Skyward Dive - Take to the skies to reposition your team a long distance across the map.
  • Pros: Unparalleled vertical mobility, great team repositioning Ultimate.
  • Cons: Tricky to master, vulnerable while in the air.
  • Complexity: Hard

Valkyrie's claim to fame is her Jetpack passive - a versatile and disruptive ability which allows for unparalleled vertical mobility that other Legends cannot follow. Combined with her team repositioning Skyward Dive Ultimate, this makes her one of the most mobile Legends on offer. Her skillset allows her to rival Octane as the prime pusher and third-partyer in Apex Legends.

Why is Valkyrie S-Tier? The mobility afforded by Valkyrie's jetpack is just so important at every level of play. She's hard to master, but a good Valkyrie is an absolute nightmare to try and pin down. Her Ultimate is a great tool for the entire team to reposition, escape, or push.

Head over to our Apex Legends Valkyrie guide for details on each of her abilities.

Official art of Wraith, one of the Apex Legends characters.

Wraith

  • Class: Offensive
  • Passive: Voices from the Void - You hear a voice that warns you when an enemy is aiming at you.
  • Tactical: Into the Void - Reposition quickly through the safety of the 'void' space, avoiding all damage.
  • Ultimate: Dimensional Rift - Link 2 locations with portals for 60 seconds.
  • Pros: Small hitbox, great mobility and survival tools.
  • Cons: Flashy abilities that attract attention.
  • Complexity: Medium

Wraith has always been one of the strongest Legends in the game. Her Tactical is great for repositioning and her Ultimate is a potentially game-saving mobility tool that can be used by the whole team. She has an extremely high skill ceiling, and her small hitbox makes her a terror in close-quarters engagements.

Why is Wraith S-Tier? Wraith's skillset is startlingly versatile, allowing her to get both herself and her team in and out of danger at will. But her strongest asset has to be her small hitbox, which gives her an edge in straight 1v1 firefights.

To learn how to take advantage of Wraith's abilities, be sure to check out our Apex Legends Wraith guide.

A close-up of Ash's face from an Apex Legends cinematic.

Ash

  • Class: Offensive
  • Passive: Marked For Death - Recent deathboxes appear on Ash's map. Interact with a deathbox to mark surviving attackers.
  • Tactical: Arc Snare - Throw a spinning snare that damages and tethers the first enemy who gets too close.
  • Ultimate: Phase Breach - Tear open a one-way portal to a targeted location.
  • Pros: Fast repositioning, versatile skillset.
  • Cons: Effectiveness of abilities depends on situation.
  • Complexity: Medium

Unlike many recently released Legends, Ash's set of abilities is very versatile, dipping into tracking, mobility, initiating attacks, and disrupting enemies. Her Passive gives her team great information about enemy locations across the map, and her Ultimate is a potent tool for fast and unexpected team repositions.

Why is Ash A-Tier? Like Bloodhound, Ash gives her team a great deal of enemy positional awareness, but for Ash it's more useful before fights than during fights. Her skillset gives her a decent response to any situation, though it can be quite difficult to use her abilities very effectively.

If you want a closer look at Ash's abilities and how they work in greater detail, check out our Apex Legends Ash guide.

Official art of Bangalore, one of the Apex Legends characters.

Bangalore

  • Class: Offensive
  • Passive: Double Time - Taking fire while sprinting makes you move faster for a brief time.
  • Tactical: Smoke Launcher - Fire a high velocity smoke canister that explodes into a smoke wall on impact.
  • Ultimate: Rolling Thunder - Call in an artillery strike that slowly creeps across the landscape.
  • Pros: Versatile skillset, strong synergy with scanning Legends.
  • Cons: No team repositioning ability.
  • Complexity: Easy

Bangalore will always be a very well-rounded Legend. Her Passive helps her survivability in gunfights; her Smokes can save her team's life and pair beautifully with Bloodhound's scans; and her Ultimate is great for zoning large areas and punishing enemies that are out of position. A great Legend who can happily slot into any team.

Why is Bangalore A-Tier? When playing against a competent Bangalore it can be very hard to force her into a bad engagement, because she can block your vision with Smokes, zone large areas with her Ultimate, and move and slide very fast to dodge bullets and escape thanks to her Passive. She's the gold standard when it comes to "solid but not overpowered" characters.

Check out our Apex Legends Bangalore page for tips and tricks on mastering this Legend.

Official art of Horizon, one of the Apex Legends characters.

Horizon

  • Class: Offensive
  • Passive: Spacewalk - Increase air control and reduce fall impacts with Horizon's custom spacesuit.
  • Tactical: Gravity Lift - Reverses the flow of gravity, lifting players upwards and boosting them outwards when they exit.
  • Ultimate: Black Hole - deploy NEWT to create a micro black hole that pulls players in towards it.
  • Pros: Great mid-air movement and vertical mobility.
  • Cons: Black Hole can be tricky to use effectively, no good horizontal mobility option.
  • Complexity: Medium

Once the best Legend in the game, Horizon has levelled off into a solid choice for most teams. Her Black Hole can be situationally excellent for disrupting the enemy team, particularly when combined with grenade spam. But her strongest ability is her Gravity Lift, which the whole team can use to ascend buildings and other obstacles, or simply to make oneself a much harder target to shoot during firefights.

Why is Horizon A-Tier? Despite her nerfs a few seasons ago, Horizon's Gravity Lift is still a powerful tool that she can use to gain high ground or a good vantage point on an enemy, and make herself very hard to hit in the process. Her Ultimate, while often destroyed too quickly to deal real damage, can decimate teams if applied effectively alongside grenade spam.

For more tips and tricks with this Legend, check out our Apex Legends Horizon guide.

Official art of Pathfinder, one of the Apex Legends characters.

Pathfinder

  • Class: Recon
  • Passive: Insider Knowledge - Scan a survey beacon to reduce the cooldown of Zipline Gun.
  • Tactical: Grappling Hook - Grapple to get to out-of-reach places quickly.
  • Ultimate: Zipline Gun - Creates a zipline for everyone to use.
  • Pros: High mobility and unpredictable movement.
  • Cons: Very hard to master, easily separated from team.
  • Complexity: Hard

Pathfinder's unusual hitbox and the extreme mobility afforded by his Grappling Hook combine to make him one of the most difficult Legends to land hits on as an opponent. His Ultimate is a decent team repositioning tool, but most of the time Pathfinder is less of a team player and more of a solo flanker and pusher. This is his greatest strength and his biggest vulnerability, as he can often be caught away from his teammates.

Why is Pathfinder A-Tier? In skilled hands, a Pathfinder can run rings around you thanks to his versatile and unpredictable Grappling Hook. It is by far the strongest part of his skillset, although as mentioned it does mean he's away from his team a lot during fights, because allies simply cannot follow Pathfinder's crazy movements.

For more tips on playing as everyone's favourite robot Legend, take a look at our Apex Legends Pathfinder page.

Promotional art of Seer, an Apex Legends character.

Seer

  • Passive: Heart Seeker - Hear and visualise the heartbeats of nearby enemies when aiming down sights.
  • Tactical: Focus Of Attention - Emit a delayed blast that goes through walls interrupting and revealing enemies.
  • Ultimate: Exhibit - Create a sphere that reveals the location of enemies moving quickly or firing their weapons within.
  • Pros: Oppressively strong scanning and disruption abilities.
  • Cons: No mobility, and avoidable abilities.
  • Complexity: Medium

Seer was utterly overpowered when he was first introduced in Season 10. Nowadays he's not nearly as strong as he was, but he's still a real threat thanks mainly to his Tactical, which he can use to target enemies through walls to scan them and disrupt their heals and abilities. His Ultimate and Passive are also great tools for getting some awareness of nearby enemy whereabouts.

Why is Seer A-Tier? If you have to fight Seer in a confined indoor location, it can be very hard to catch him unawares, because he can use any one of his abilities to gain a decent idea of where you are. A well-placed Tactical from Seer can also minimise the enemy's chances of bouncing back after a bad engagement.

Gain the upper hand in any fight with our Apex Legends Seer guide covering each of his fascinating abilities.

Official art of Caustic, one of the Apex Legends characters.

Caustic

  • Class: Defensive
  • Passive: Nox Vision - gain threat vision on enemies moving through your gas.
  • Tactical: Nox Gas Trap - Place up to 6 canisters that release deadly Nox gas when shot or triggered by enemies.
  • Ultimate: Nox Gas Grenade - Blanket a large area in Nox gas.
  • Pros: Extremely effective at fortifying positions and punishing enemies for pushing.
  • Cons: Large hitbox, no mobility tools.
  • Complexity: Hard

Caustic is one of the most unpleasant Legends to go up against in a confined area (anywhere indoors, basically). His abilities all revolve around the use of Nox Gas, a powerful poison which disorientates, slows, and delivers high damage over time to enemies within the area of effect. His Nox Gas Grenade Ultimate is also a strong panic button when aimed at the floor in front of him, particularly indoors.

Why is Caustic B-Tier? Caustic is very powerful in the right circumstances, because his Nox Gas is just so oppressive. But he can only truly excel in confined indoor locations, and his large hitbox is a bit of a liability when it comes to straight-up firefights.

Learn how to play Caustic effectively with our Apex Legends Caustic page.

Official art of Crypto, one of the Apex Legends characters.

Crypto

  • Class: Recon
  • Passive: Neurolink - Crypto and his teammates see what his Surveillance Drone detects up to a 30m distance.
  • Tactical: Surveillance Drone - Deploy an aerial camera drone. 40 second cooldown if destroyed.
  • Ultimate: Drone EMP - Charge up an EMP from your drone which deals damage, slows players, and destroys traps.
  • Pros: Powerful recon tools, great initiation ability with Ultimate.
  • Cons: Very hard to use well, Crypto is vulnerable while piloting Drone.
  • Complexity: Hard

Crypto's abilities revolve around the use of his Surveillance Drone, which he can remotely pilot to provide a tactical view of his surroundings. Under the right circumstances his Drone can provide more valuable information even than Bloodhound's scans; and it also has the benefit of being able to remotely detonate an EMP charge which slows and damages the shields of players caught inside the blast.

Why is Crypto B-Tier? Crypto's Drone is very difficult to use effectively, as you're effectively having to quickly switch between control of two characters: the Drone, and Crypto himself, to keep him out of harm and catch up with his teammates. But for those who can master it, you've got a startlingly powerful information-gatherer and fight-initiater.

If you can juggle the responsibilities of Crypto and his drone correctly, he can become a superbly powerful team player. To help you with this, we've prepared an in-depth Apex Legends Crypto guide.

Official art of Loba, one of the Apex Legends characters.

Loba

  • Class: Support
  • Passive: Eye for Quality - Nearby epic and legendary loot can be seen through walls.
  • Tactical: Burglar's Best Friend - Teleport to hard-to-reach places by throwing your jump drive bracelet.
  • Ultimate: Black Market Boutique - Place a portable device that allows you and others to teleport nearby loot to your inventory.
  • Pros: Peerless at keeping her team well-stocked and ready for fights.
  • Cons: Abilities are attention-grabbing and Tactical isn't a great escape tool.
  • Complexity: Easy

Loba is the very best looter in Apex Legends. Her Passive allows her to see high-level loot through walls nearby, which is great for early-game scavenging; and her Ultimate is a game-changer for the entire team, providing practically unlimited supplies of ammo and some much-needed loot for everyone. Her Tactical is also situationally useful for quick repositions and careful flank attacks.

Why is Loba B-Tier? Loba's Ultimate truly is immensely powerful for any team depending on where you place it down. This alone makes her an asset to many teams. Where she falls short is her Tactical, which just isn't a very strong escape tool when you compare it to similar abilities owned by Legends like Wraith, Ash, Octane, or Pathfinder.

Learn more about all of Loba's abilities with our in-depth Apex Legends Loba guide.

Official art of Revenant, one of the Apex Legends characters.

Revenant

  • Class: Offensive
  • Passive: Stalker - You crouch walk faster and can climb walls higher.
  • Tactical: Silence - Throw a device that deals damage and disables enemy abilities for 20 seconds.
  • Ultimate: Death Totem - Drop a totem that protects users from death. Instead of getting killed or downed, you will return to the totem.
  • Pros: Strong pushing potential, synergises with Octane Launch Pad.
  • Cons: No mobility, mediocre toolkit (minus the Ult).
  • Complexity: Medium

The intimidating Revenant's signature ability is his Death Totem. Place it down and all your teammates can be protected from death for a short time, instead zipping back to the Totem when you'd normally be downed. It's a very powerful tool that overshadows Rev's other far more modest abilities: a situational silencing ability, and a Passive that allows him to climb higher and crouch-walk faster.

Why is Revenant B-Tier? Revenant's Death Totem essentially provides the entire team with a free push on an enemy. Combine it with a repositioning tool like Octane's Launch Pad, and it becomes very hard to defend against. But without that synergy, Revenant is a real one-trick pony. Take away his Ult, and he doesn't really have much utility in his toolkit.

But Revenant is still a force to be reckoned with, particularly if you use the tips in our Apex Legends Revenant guide.

Official art of Lifeline, one of the Apex Legends characters.

Lifeline

  • Class: Support
  • 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.
  • Pros: Passive allows her to fight while reviving.
  • Cons: Lacklustre Tactical and Ultimate.
  • Complexity: Easy

Lifeline's strongest ability is her Passive, which allows her to deploy her Drone to revive teammates, leaving Lifeline herself free to continue fighting. This is a very powerful skill that can turn around an entire fight, as long as Lifeline can stay alive long enough to defend her downed teammate. She can also use her Drone to provide some extra Health healing to nearby team members, and occasionally improve the team's gear by calling down her Care Package.

Why is Lifeline C-Tier? Many players love Lifeline, and she's certainly a useful Legend to have on your team, particularly if you're knocked down. But her Tactical and Ultimate abilities really aren't that valuable, and her Passive, while very useful, isn't nearly as powerful as it once was. For this reason we've relegated her to C-Tier, despite the fact that she can absolutely win fights with this toolkit.

If you need help learning this Legend, check out our Apex Legends Lifeline page.

Official art of Rampart, one of the Apex Legends characters.

Rampart

  • Class: Defensive
  • Passive: Modded Loader - Increased magazine capacity and faster reloads with LMGs and the Minigun.
  • Tactical: Amped Cover - Build a crouch-cover wall, which deploys a full-cover amped wall that blocks incoming shots and amps outgoing shots.
  • Ultimate: Mobile Minigun "Sheila" - Wield a mobile minigun with a single high capacity magazine. Place it down for anyone to use as a stationary and reloadable turret.
  • Pros: Excellent at preventing enemy pushes.
  • Cons: Hard to master, defences take time to set up.
  • Complexity: Hard
  • Rampart's flexible Amped Cover Tactical can be used to fortify any position in a matter of seconds, lending a defensive and offensive advantage to the entire team. Her Ultimate is another very strong tool for punishing out-of-position enemies, provided you have the time to set it up and position yourself effectively.

    Why is Rampart C-Tier? Rampart's abilities are hard to use well. There's a lot you need to understand about how to use them, when to use them, how to draw fire from your walls while they're being set up, and so on. A good Rampart is surprisingly powerful, but she's certainly not one of the best characters in the game.

    Learn how to master this surprisingly effective Legend with our Apex Legends Rampart guide.

    Official art of Wattson, one of the Apex Legends characters.

    Wattson

    • Class: Defensive
    • Passive: Spark of Genius - Ultimate Accelerants fully charge Wattson's ultimate. Wattson can carry more Ultimate Accelerants. Wattson also regenerates 1 Shield HP per second outside of combat.
    • Tactical: Perimeter Security - Create electrified fences by connecting nodes. Fences damage and slow enemies.
    • Ultimate: Interception Pylon - Place an electrified pylon that destroys incoming ordnance and repairs damaged shields. Standing near Pylons boosts Wattson's tactical recharge rate (Max: 1).
    • Pros: Very strong at fortifying indoor positions.
    • Cons: Nothing to help her in straight-up firefights.
    • Complexity: Hard

    Like Caustic, Wattson excels at turtling. She can take an indoor position and fortify it with electrified fences to deter enemy pushes, and her Interception Pylon to counter grenade spam and provide some passive shield regeneration to herself and allies. In the right circumstances, she can be a powerful ally in battle.

    Why is Wattson C-Tier? Since Season 11, Wattson's fences have become snappier, easier to set up, and more punishing to cross; and her Interception Pylon bestows shields at a significantly higher rate. But these buffs don't change the fact that any good Wattson player could likely be even more effective as another character. Wattson's abilities are all preparatory, not reactive: there's nothing here that can help her when she needs it most, which is during an actual firefight.

    Master Wattson with our Apex Legends Wattson page.

    Official art of Fuse, one of the Apex Legends characters.

    Fuse

    • Class: Offensive
    • Passive: Grenadier - Stack an extra grenade per inventory slot. Fire grenades farther, faster, and more accurately.
    • Tactical: Knuckle Cluster - Launch a cluster bomb that continuously expels airburst explosives on impact.
    • Ultimate: The Motherlode - Launch a bombardment that encircles a traget area in a wall of flame.
    • Pros: Decent at expelling enemies from behind cover.
    • Cons: Abilities don't deal much damage.
    • Complexity: Easy

    Fuse's greatest strength is his Passive, which gives him the ability to hold more grenades and fire them further and more accurately. Sticking enemies with Arc Stars is much easier with Fuse. His Tactical and Ultimate are both damage-dealing area abilities meant for harrassing the enemy and forcing them out from behind cover.

    Why is Fuse D-Tier? Although sticking an enemy with an Arc Star can turn around a fight, you won't find many Fuses at high-level play because his abilities simply aren't strong enough. A good enemy team will know not to get distracted by the mediocre damage of Fuse's Knuckle Cluster or Motherlode during a fight.

    Find out more about this grenade-happy Aussie with our Apex Legends Fuse guide.

    A close-up of Mad Maggie's angry face in the Apex Legends Defiance launch trailer.

    Mad Maggie

    • Class: Offensive
    • Passive: Warlord's Ire - Temporarily highlight enemies you've damaged. Move faster with Shotguns.
    • Tactical: Riot Drill - Fire a drill that attaches to obstacles and burns enemies on the other side.
    • Ultimate: Wrecking Ball - Throw a ball that releases speed-boosting pads and detonates near enemies.
    • Pros: Decent with Shotguns, good vs wall defences.
    • Cons: No powerful abilities.
    • Complexity: Easy

    Mad Maggie tries to follow in Octane's footsteps as a speed demon. She can throw down her Wrecking Ball and follows its path for a speed boost, and she moves faster with Shotguns than other Legends. Her Riot Drill can also be used to flush enemies out from behind cover by piercing that cover with a Thermite-like flame attack.

    Why is Mad Maggie D-Tier? While Maggie's extra speed with Shotguns can make her decent in close-quarters engagements, her Wrecking Ball and Riot Drill just aren't very powerful abilities when compared with those of other Legends that can often change the dynamics of a fight when used.

    Official art of Mirage, one of the Apex Legends characters.

    Mirage

    • Class: Offensive
    • Passive: Now You See Me... - Automatically cloak when using Respawn Beacons and reviving teammates.
    • Tactical: Psyche Out - Send out a holographic decoy to confuse the enemy. You can control the decoy.
    • Ultimate: Life of the Party - Mirage deploys a team of controllable decoys to distract enemies.
    • Pros: Decent at expelling enemies from behind cover.
    • Cons: Abilities don't deal much damage.
    • Complexity: Hard

    Mirage's claim to fame is his army of tricky holographic decoys. With his Tactical he has a short-cooldown decoy which copies his moves exactly, and his Ultimate is a good panic button, sending decoys out in all directions to mirror his movements and cover an escape attempt. If an enemy shoots a decoy, their position is highlighted to Mirage's team.

    Why is Mirage D-Tier? Unfortunately, trickiness is not enough in most situations to consistently win fights and matches. His abilities are hard to use well, and it's become the norm to shoot decoys on sight even when you know they're decoys, just to reduce visual clutter on your screen. So as skillsets go, Mirage's is fairly weak.

    Master this trickster with the help of our Apex Legends Mirage guide.


    That's all 21 of the Apex Legends characters covered, along with our thoughts on the current best Legends in the game. To round off your knowledge, why not now check out our guide to the best weapons in Apex Legends? We've also got a list of the best loadouts in Apex Legends too. Or, for more general advice about the game, consult our Apex Legends tips and tricks.

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