With so many legends in Apex Legends, Who should I pick?

When starting a new class based game the question always becomes who should I main? Who is the strongest? Who is meta? What would I like? This guide is here to attempt to answer those questions.

While any character can use any and all items there will be certain passives and kits that synergize better with specific items.

First off let’s check playstyle. In a game like apex legends working with your team is key and finding a character that accentuates your skills can lead to more wins. Below I will be going over each character explaining their strengths and weaknesses giving you more of an understanding of what you may want to play.

Bangalore

Strengths

  • With Bangalore’s passive we have a lot of extra movement speed in fights making close range optimal, adding the smoke grenade to that we have obscured vision from long range allowing her to speed through the smoke killing all inside.
  • Smoke allows her to both engage and disengage from most situations.
  • Her ultimate allows her to zone the enemy, kill downed enemies, or buy time for movement or a quick revive.

Weaknesses

  • Bangalore’s smoke can sometimes be a detriment offering the same cover to the enemy and without a threat scope you may be putting yourself at a disadvantage.
  • Her ultimate while being a great zoning tool will rarely kill skilled players, allowing them to regroup as a team and re engage.

Synergies

  • The threat scope 1x will be super powerful on bangalore if you see it, pass it up for her.
  • Caustic can see through her smoke just like his gas.
  • Mirage can send his decoy through the smoke for a quick ping on the enemy if they panic shoot it.
  • Smoke can cover a cheeky portal from wraith if you decide to reposition your team.
  • Bloodhound’s ultimate can see through smoke.

All in all bangalore is an amazing close to mid range combatant with quick movement great cover and zoning tools. Play her if you think you want a deep movement based close range style.

Preferred load-out based on synergies.

  • Peacekeeper w/choke and 1x threat scope
  • Wingman w/skullpiercer and 1x threat scope
  • Arc stars for shield popping and movement cripple seem to be the most effective grenade on her.
  • Basic synergy with armor and helmet.

Gibraltar

Strengths

  • With gibraltar’s passive he will be strongest from long to mid range using his shield to win out in shot to shot sniper battles.
  • His Shield dome can be used in many ways including dropping it to force a close range fight for your team, reviving a teammate from a safe distance, blocking other ultimates such as bangalore ult, other gibraltar ect.
  • His ultimate is one of the most potent killers in the game, you can use this to wipe a squad you have pinned down or use it on your own shield dome to prevent anyone from entering.

Weaknesses

  • He has one of the biggest hitboxes in the game making it much harder to fight close range shotgun duels or even fights that have a SMG involved.
  • His abilities feel very situation and while they are he can still be very effective.

Synergies

  • Using shield dome with caustic can be a great way to allow caustic to kill an approaching squad, as it won’t kill you or your team they have to go into it to do any damage.
  • Shield dome can buy time for a wraith to reposition your whole squad with her ult.
  • Your ult mixed with bangalore smoke can cause quite a mess.

Gibraltar while feeling a little weak up close can really shine in team situations and sniper duels. If you like long range, teamplay, and absorbing hits for your squad gibraltar is for you.

Preferred load-out based on synergies.

  • Longbow w/sniper scope for long range
  • Wingman or R-301 for close to mid range
  • Golden helmet on gibraltar lowers his shield and ult cooldown and with one of the most potent ults in the game it’s really good to have on him.
  • With golden armor he’s probably the only character that can almost safely execute someone so it may be stronger on him.

Lifeline

Strengths

  • Heal drone can be super potent early and late.
  • She can stay alive outside of the zone for an amazing amount of time.
  • She can revive people mid combat with her revive shield.
  • Her passive allows her to heal much faster with all healing items thus allowing you to outsoak your opponent.
  • She has one of the smaller hitboxes allowing her to be very effective at all ranges.
  • Her ultimate allows your team to make it to endgame with more defensive items such as armor/helmet/meds Sometimes offensive stuff too like scopes/hop ups.

Weaknesses

  • You have to be very careful on how you play, if you’re too far from your team you’re not utilizing your kit if you’re too close to a fight you may die thus voiding your whole purpose as a healer.
  • Her heal drone takes a while to heal sometimes this puts your team in a bad position making you predictable.
  • Her revive can prompt a player to rush you and if you don’t account for this it may get you killed.
  • Her ultimate gives away your position, without careful thought you may draw too much attention.

Synergies

  • She’s great with long range teams as her revive shield is much harder to get through from range.
  • Sometimes her ult gives the 1x or 10x threat scope which is super helpful in a bangalore squad.
  • You can throw Gibraltar shield on her drone and push it around letting you make a mobile shield for a short time. (works better if you have people to heal as it will keep the drone alive longer)

Lifeline is an excellent support and if you enjoy showing up right on time for the quick revive or healing your team back to full this is the character for you.

Preferred load-out based on synergies

  • Eva-8 auto shotgun for close range
  • Longbow/tripletake/scout for long range.

You want to be right next to your team with this character, you often won’t have time to midrange with her as you may be running to revive someone thus needing a close range gun or picking up someone far away thus needing a long range gun.

Golden helmet early game on her is amazing for more drops, Give this to a combat based character when it gets down to top 5-3 as you won’t be needing the drops as much as the other character may need their ultimate.

Normal armor synergy

Golden backpack, with this item you can stay alive in all zones including the last one with your drone + healing items. With enough expertise you can win games off of the zone.

Bloodhound

Strengths

  • Bloodhound is the ultimate fight starting character with their ability to track and find the nearest enemy this character always comes into a battle with an advantage.
  • Their ultimate is super potent giving movement speed and outlining all characters in red it makes her a super powerful up close character.
  • Their ultimate can see through smoke.
  • Their scan allows her to know exactly where someone is inside a building before she pushes in allowing for a more knowledgeable prefire.

Weaknesses

  • Bloodhound is often the first person into a fight thus making you the target.
  • Bloodhound can give away their position with the scan if used incorrectly.
  • Their ultimate is super loud and fairly threatening meaning most players will focus on you when you pop it.

Synergies

  • Bloodhound can see through caustic smoke and bangalore smoke with their ult.

Bloodhound is a fantastic character all around you can play close or long range depending on how you use your tracking but their strengths lie in abusing the scan system which tends to lend itself to close range play.

If you like leading the team and finding exactly where the action is at choose Bloodhound.

Preferred load-out based on synergies

  • Peacekeeper w/choke since you know where an enemy is when you peek a corner you can get a full body shot from a prefire.
  • Long or mid-range gun for the second (Wingman, R-301, Longbow, G7 scout.)
  • Golden helmet allows you to scan and ult more, extremely helpful for Bloodhound.
  • Normal armor synergies.

Pathfinder

Strengths

  • Pathfinder can reposition his entire team with his ultimate.
  • He is a cute robot.
  • His mobility is second to none with the grappling hook.
  • He can find where the next circle is going to be, giving you a leg up on the race to the safest spot.

Weaknesses

  • He has one of the biggest hitboxes in the game spanning wider than his actual model.
  • Mobility is the only offensive tool in his kit.
  • Your ult can get your team killed if you place it in a bad spot.
  • He is a cute robot.
  • He can’t shoot while grappling.

Synergies

  • He can get to high ground and other unreachable places with his ult allowing people like gibraltar to shine.
  • Caustic can place gas traps at the end of his zipline.

If you like movement and keeping your team in the optimal place pathfinder is the character for you. With a hybrid of movement based abilities and supportive abilities he wants to stay near the team but flank and fly around when it’s optimal.

Preferred load-out based on synergies

Peacekeeper since grapple allows you to get in close.

  • Long or mid range gun for the second since he can reach heights no other character can (Longbow, G7 scout, Triple take).
  • Golden helmet allows him to grapple around much more often making it quite the powerful tool on him.
  • Golden backpack – Since he can grapple away quite well you can get around corners and heal before the enemy reaches you.
  • Normal armor synergies.

Wraith

Strengths

  • The only complete invulnerability in the game with her into the void.
  • Portals allow tons of different gameplay paths both offensive and defensive.
  • She can hear when someone is aiming at her allowing you to make sure you team hasn’t been spotted.
  • Very small hitbox.
  • Edgy

Weaknesses

  • The portal can be a double edged sword getting you or your team killed, It shrinks the distance you’ve made from your enemy artificially if you’re running thus making it a dangerous tool.
  • Her into the void ability has a trail showing where you are, if you use it too close you’re destined to get shot when you exit.

If you like being the get out of jail free card this character is great. With her amazing main ability and ultimate she is an asset for early and final circle fights.

Prefered loadout based on synergies

  • Peacekeeper for portal play when someone follows you out of it, you can get a free shot and then hop back through if you wish.
  • Wingman for mid range.
  • For sniping: Triple take, Longbow, G7 Scout.

Caustic

Strengths

  • Can see through his own gas
  • Can block doors with gas canisters
  • Has immense outplay potential
  • Can scout behind with his gas traps
  • Is unmatched in building fights
  • He can see through smoke
  • He can pick up his unused traps
  • Other caustics can’t hurt him with gas

Weaknesses

  • One of the biggest hitboxes in the game making him weaker in gun duels
  • Gas slows and blinds your teammates making it hard for them to help you in close quarters combat.
  • He feels slow even though he’s the same speed as the other legends.

Synergies

  • With Gibraltar, you can make a gas bubble to either revive players or fight close range
  • Closing off doors with your caustic traps really helps force a fight where you want it
  • You can use the traps as boosters for your team to jump higher
  • You can place gas traps at the start and end of portals for Wraith
  • You can place gas traps on zipline start and end points for Pathfinder

Caustic is one of the most entertaining tanks because he requires a lot of thought. If you can learn to use the traps effectively he can be one of the most powerful characters in the game so if you want a harder playstyle but more rewarding try caustic.

Preferred load-out based on synergies

  • Eva-8 or peacekeeper for building duels
  • Mid range guns: Wingman, R-301
  • You will find his large frame makes it much harder to snipe or duel out in the open so the close range weapons around corners or in buildings is where he shines.

Mirage

Strengths

  • Clones are tricky he likes to be tricky
  • Bamboozlin
  • Funny
  • Through proper use the clones can give you an up in every fight you take
  • When he gets downed he summons a decoy and while it doesn’t seem too powerful it can sometimes change how people react to you.
  • Decent hitbox

Weaknesses

  • His stealth from his ult is lackluster any decent player can see him.
  • Good players won’t shoot mirage if he’s running in a straight line, use it to your advantage. (kind of a strength?)

Synergies

  • You can send mirage clone through doorways to take shots for your friends.
  • You can distract with clones as you revive your team.
  • You can send mirage through bangalore smoke to pinpoint enemies inside of it.

If you’re an open minded player mirage is for you. With the proper use of clones you can do lots of tricks such as sitting next to a clone on a perch both crouching with snipers to leaving a clone where you are and sprinting forward to make your enemy think you sent a clone. Mirage is a tricky boy and it takes tricky people to master him.

Preferred load-out based on synergies

  • Peacekeeper load-outs will make people panic when you send the clone around a corner.
  • Sniper load-outs work well with the clone because if you can get it shot it will pinpoint the enemy.
  • Helmet synergy is great with mirage, you can have two clones out with the golden helmet.
  • Normal armor synergy.

Conclusion

Every character in Apex: Legends has it’s place, this guide is to help you find your place within the game, whether you’re the gas dropping Caustic, the bamboozling Mirage, or the puffy haired healer, this game has something for you. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little look into what I think are the strengths and weaknesses of the characters and I hope to see you on my next guide!