All the intel a Champion needs.

Apex Legends’ surprise launch early last week took the gaming community by storm, crossing the 25-million player mark within the first seven days alone. It’s been a busy couple of weeks for our guides team, as well, putting together all the tips, tricks, and strategies we can to help you become champions of King’s Canyon. Using a combination of traffic, comments and user feedback and search inquiries, we’ve been able to see what’s been most important to players jumping into the Apex arena these past two weeks.

The Best Weapons

There are currently 19 weapons that can be equipped in Apex Legends. Based on our experience, here is our take on the best to worst guns to use in Apex Legends:

  • The Best of the Best: Mastiff (Shotgun), Kraber .50 (Sniper), Peacekeeper (Shotgun) w/ Precision Choke
  • Really Damn Good: Wingman (Pistol), VK-47 Flatline (Assault Rifle), Spitfire (LMG), G7 Scout, Prowler (SMG) w/ Select Fire upgrade
  • Good: Devotion (LMG) w/ Turbocharge, EVA-8 Auto (Shotgun), R-301 (Assault Rifle), Longbow (Sniper), Hemlock (Assault Rifle), R-99 (SMG)
  • Okay: Alternator (SMG), Triple Take (Sniper)
  • The Rest: Basically anything else you find you’ll want to swap out ASAP. This includes the P2020 and RE-45 pistols and the Mozambique shotgun.

You can also have a look at what the best weapons in each weapon class are, or check out weapon tier lists from the community.

The Best Legends

Of course, the big question is going to be “Who’s the best character?”. This largely depends on your personal play style, but here’s our ranking of the best legends so far.

While our in-house experts may disagree on the overall order, the clear favorites are:

  1. Lifeline: Between her care package ultimate and healing drone, Lifeline provides exceptional support and is the best addition to any squad.
  2. Wraith: With her Void Run ability allowing her to both escape dangerous situations or flank unsuspecting enemies, Wraith is both a highly effective combatant and a very survivable Legend.
  3. Bloodhound / GibraltarWho ranks third depends on your style of play or the needs of your squad. Bloodhound’s tracking abilities are excellent for teams that want to hunt down their competitors (or avoid them all together), while Gibraltar’s defensive capabilities pair excellently with Lifeline’s healing skills to protect the squad.

Best Landing Spots

The big question at the start of every match, though, is always “where to land?” The weight of being the jumpmaster is a heavy one, but here are our recommendations on the best landing spots in King’s Canyon:

  • ThunderdomeIt may not be a massive settlement, but it will almost always have enough loot for your entire squad to get a good start without being an exceptionally hot LZ.
  • Supply ShipYou’ll almost definitely end up in a hectic firefight if you aim for the supply ship, but you’re also likely to get some excellent gear if you survive.
  • Relay: Another great choice for those who like to loot in peace, then go looking for trouble.
  • Water TreatmentAs one of the larger structures in the south of King’s Canyon, the treatment plant offers a bunch of loot along with great hiding spots to duck out of the way of incoming enemy fire.

Top Tips

On top of all there, there are some tips and tricks you should know if you want to be a Champion Legend.

  • Damage Color: When attacking an enemy, you’ll notice that the numbers ticking off the damage you’re doing may differ depending on the enemy your targeting. This color indicates what quality armor your opponent is wearing: purple for Level 3, Blue for Level 2, White for Level 1 and Red if they have no armor at all.
  • High ClimberYou can climb up surfaces considerably taller than you may expect for an FPS. Jump at a tall ledge or wall and hold forward to scramble up it – you can typically climb up to a ledge one story above you.
  • Door Destroyer: You don’t necessarily need to “open” a door – you could just melee it into nonexistance instead!
  • Streamlined HUD: Turn on Compact Loot Prompts in the options menu for a less cluttered UI once you’ve familiarized yourself with all the pickups.
  • Wear a Helmet: Helmets, unlike armor, do not require consumables to recharge. They simply reduce incoming headshot damage for as long as you’re wearing it.
  • On the Lookout: You can ping empty slots in your inventory to have your friends keep their eyes peeled for useful loot you could equip or carry.

For more on Apex Legends, check out our interactive map of King’s Canyon or our favorite squad combos – and be sure to keep up to date on all the latest patches and updates!

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