Respawn’s New Battle Royale Game Apex Legends Guide to Character Classes
With the official announcement of Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment reveals the first playable characters for their free-to-play shooter that takes place in in the Titanfall series. There are currently 8 playable Legends available, each with a unique set of skills and abilities to bring to the battlefield. Some keep secrets close to their with deceiving holograms and fancy machinations, while others are prepared to take you down with old-fashioned brute strength. With a free-to-play title like Apex Legends, there are bound to be more incoming. For now, here are the first eight:
Bangalore the Professional Soldier
Born into a military family where she, her parents, and her four older brothers all served in the IMC Armed Forces, Bangalore has been an exceptional soldier since she was young. She was top of her class at the IMC Military Academy and the only cadet who could take apart a Peacekeeper, equip it with a Precision Choke hop-up, and put it back together in under twenty seconds – blindfolded.
Tactical | Smoke Launcher
Fire a high-velocity smoke canister that explodes into a smoke wall on impact.
Passive | Double Time
Taking fire while sprinting makes you move faster for a brief time.
Ultimate | Rolling Thunder
Call in an artillery strike that slowly creeps across the landscape.
Bloodhound the Technological Tracker
Bloodhound is known across the Outlands as one of the greatest game hunters the Frontier has ever seen – and that’s about all anyone knows. Their identity is a mystery wrapped in layers of rumors: they are fabulously wealthy, a bloodthirsty murderer, a Goliath whisperer, a former slave, half bat, and a dozen other things depending on who’s doing the whispering.
Tactical | Eye of the Allfather
Briefly reveal hidden enemies, traps, and clues throughout structures in front of you.
Passive | Tracker
See tracks left behind by your foes
Ultimate | Beast of the Hunt
Enhances your sense, allowing you to move faster and highlighting your prey
Caustic the Toxic Trapper
Before there was Caustic, a scientist named Alexander Nox worked at Humbert Labs, the Frontier’s leading manufacturer of pesticide gases. With a glut of pesticides needed to protect the growing Frontier colonies’ crops, Humbert Labs was constantly on the hunt for better and stronger formulas. Nox was one of their brightest scientists and worked day and night developing new gases. But to make sure they worked, he needed to test them on more than just inert tissue: he needed something living.
Tactical | Nox Gas Trap
Drop canisters that release deadly Nox gas when shot or triggered by enemies.
Passive | Nox Vision
Allows you to see enemies through your gas.
Ultimate | Nox Gas Grenade
Blankets a large area in Nox gas.
Gibraltar the Shielded Fortress
Gibraltar is a gentle giant with a wild side. The son of two SARAS (Search and Rescue Association of Solace) volunteers, he has always been skilled at getting others out of dangerous situations that are common in the Outlands. However, he only began to understand the value of protecting others when he and his boyfriend stole his father’s motorcycle, took it on a joyride, and got trapped by a deadly mudslide. His parents saved them, and his father lost an arm in the process. Gibraltar has never forgotten that sacrifice and has devoted his life to helping those in need.
Tactical | Dome of Protection
Throw down a dome-shield that blocks attacks for 15 seconds.
Passive | Gun Shield
Aiming down sights deploys a gun shield that blocks incoming fire.
Ultimate | Defensive Bombardment
Call in a concentrated mortar strike on a marked position.
Lifeline the Combat Medic
Ajay Che, aka Lifeline, isn’t someone you would expect to find in the Apex Games. Once the child of wealthy war profiteers, she left home when she learned of the damage her family had caused and enlisted in the Frontier Corps, a humanitarian organization that aids Frontier communities in need. She’s since devoted her life to helping others and joined the Apex Games to fund the Frontier Corps with her winnings.
Tactical | D.O.C. Heal Drone
Call your Drone of Compassion to automatically heal nearby teammates over time.
Passive | Combat Medic
Revive knocked down teammates faster while protected by a shield wall. Healing items are used 25% faster.
Ultimate | Care Package
Call in a drop pod full of high-quality defensive gear.
Mirage the Holographic Trickster
Mirage is the kind of guy who likes to stand out. The youngest of four brothers, he perfected the art of fooling around to get attention. The one thing he took seriously was Holo-Pilot technology: introduced to the illusion-creating tech by his engineer mother, he poured over the mechanisms and learned all he could about them. Even when his brothers went MIA during the Frontier War, Mirage and his mother continued to develop holo devices, and the work brought them closer.
Tactical | Psyche Out
Send out a holographic decoy to confuse the enemy.
Passive | Encore!
Automatically drop a decoy and cloak for five seconds when knocked down.
Ultimate | Vanishing Act
Deploy a team of Decoys to distract enemies while you cloak.
Pathfinder the Forward Scout
Pathfinder is the picture of optimism, despite his circumstances. A MRVN (Mobile Robotic Versatile eNtity) modified to specialize in location scouting and surveying, he booted up decades ago in an abandoned laboratory with no idea who created him or why. With only his MRVN designation to hint at his identity, Pathfinder set off in search of his creator.
Tactical | Grappling Hook
Grapple to get to out-of-reach places quickly.
Passive | Insider Knowledge
Scan a survey beacon to reveal the ring’s next location.
Ultimate | Zipline Gun
Create a zipline for everyone to use.
Wraith the Interdimensional Skirmisher
Wraith is a whirlwind fighter, able to execute swift and deadly attacks and manipulate spacetime by opening rifts in the fabric of reality — but she has no idea how she got that way. Years ago, she woke up in an IMC Detention Facility for the Mentally Ill with no memory of her life before. She also began hearing a distant voice whispering in her mind that would keep her awake for days on end. Despite nearly driving her insane, once she started to listen and trust it, the voice helped her harness her newfound power of void manipulation and escape the facility.
Tactical | Into the Void
Reposition quickly through the safety of void space, avoiding all damage.
Passive | Voices from the Void
A voice warns you when danger approaches. As far as you can tell, it’s on your side.
Ultimate | Dimensional Rift
Link two locations with portals for 60 seconds, allowing your entire team to use them.
For more information on each character’s ability sets, check out the respective hyperlinks above! What do you think about Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment releasing a free-to-play game Apex Legends? Are you a fan of the Titanfall series? Which of these heroes are your favorite? Let us know what you think in the comments section below or start a conversation on Don’t Feed the Gamers Facebook page. To stay up to date on gaming and entertainment news as it happens, follow us on Twitter! Here are some of our latest:
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