Apex Legends

10 high-IQ tips and tricks to help you master Caustic in Apex Legends

Published: 8/Jan/2020 0:20

by Albert Petrosyan

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Caustic is one of the least popular Legends to use in Apex Legends, but popular YouTuber ‘The Gaming Merchant’ has come up with 10 tips and tricks that can help players use the character much more effectively.

When ranking their favorite Legends to use, most Apex Legends players will have Caustic towards the bottom of their lists. Many simply don’t believe he is viable enough when compared with some of the other more powerful Legends, especially when it comes to ultra-competitive play in the ranked mode.

Like every other character, the Toxic Trapper has three abilities at his disposal:

  • Tactica Ability: Nox Gas Trap – drop canisters that release deadly Nox gas when shot or triggered by enemies
  • Passive Ability: Nox Vision – allows you to see enemies through your gas
  • Ultimate Ability: Nox Gas Grenade – blankets a large area in Nox gas
Respawn EntertainmentCaustic’s abilities all focus around his deadly Nox Gas.

However, just because a lot of players may agree that Caustic isn’t the best Legend doesn’t mean he’s useless. In fact, when using his abilities to their maximum potential, he becomes quite potent.

Below you can find 10 tips and tricks that The Gaming Merchant suggests to always keep in mind when looking to be successful with the Legend.

How to be successful with Caustic in Apex Legends

1. Throw Gas Traps when searching through buildings

Gas Traps get triggered if an enemy player is around it, so they can be a good tool to clear out buildings when searching through them.

Always throw them in rooms and hallways before advancing so that you can know if someone is there or not. If there is an enemy hiding, the Gas Trap will not only let you know but it’ll damage them a bit to boot.

2. Constantly pick up your Gas Traps

Caustic can deploy up to six Gas Traps at once, but you never have to worry about running out if you always keep picking them up. If you’re throwing them to clear out rooms and hallways, as soon as you see no one is there just pick them up because you always want to keep your stash maxed out.

Respawn EntertainmentCaustic’s Nox Gas Traps can be extremely deadly if used correctly.

3. Always shoot Gas Traps to activate them

You don’t have to wait for an enemy play to come around to activate your Gas Traps, you can do so yourself simply by firing at them.

If you’re about to engage an enemy team, throw your trap ahead of time and then shoot at it so that it’ll begin to release the gas. Even if that doesn’t directly damage your opponents, it’ll give them something to think about and stir confusion in the gunfight.

4. Use Gas Traps for cover

Nox Gas Traps provide cover in more ways than one – they can be used to release Nox Gas that opponents can’t see through and they’re also physical objects that Caustic can hide behind.

Use this to your advantage by staying close to the traps in gunfights, as you can see through the gas to keep track of enemies and use the traps as a barrier between yourself and enemies.

5. Combine Gas Traps to gain access to loot

If you want to loot through a Death Box that’s in an open area, deploy two or more Gas Traps and shoot at them so that they’ll activate. The gas they release will give you 10 seconds to loot through the box without anyone potentially catching you off guard.

Respawn EntertainmentShooting Gas Traps will activate them, which can catch enemy players off guard.

6. Throw Gas Traps in front of Wraith portals

If you are fighting a Wraith who tries to activates a portal, put a Gas Trap in front of the portal’s entrance and shoot at it, just in case she tries to bamboozle you by coming back.

If she does, the already-activated trap will confuse her and deal instant damage, opening up an opportunity for you to win the gunfight.

7. Control doors with Gas Traps

A lot of Caustic players will make the mistake of putting Gas Traps directly in front of doors. While this may help trap enemies, it’ll also prevent your from escaping if things don’t work out as your had planned.

A good idea is to still place Gas Traps in front of doors but just far enough so that you can get through the doorway, while not allowing the door to open from the outside.

8. Use Ult to bait enemies chasing you

A lot of aggressive players will try to chase you down after inflicting some damage, but you can effectively counter-attack them by seemingly running away into a closed area and activating your Ultimate Ability.

Once the chasing enemy team catches up to you, it’ll be too late for them as your Nox Gas Grenade will have them disoriented and blind, at which point you can wipe them all out with relative ease.

Respawn EntertainmentCounter aggressive players and teams with Caustic’s Nox Gas Grenade Ultimate Ability.

9. Combine your Ult with Jump Towers

If there are enemy teams fighting each other in an open area where there is a Jump Tower nearby, a very strong tactic is to ride the Tower and then throw your Nox Gas Grenade right when you reach the top.

This will allow your Ult to hit the enemy teams and activate right before you land, at which point no one will know who’s who except you, thanks to your Nox Vision.

10. Stockpile your Gas Traps

As mentioned above, Caustic can have up to six Gas Traps deployed at once, but even if all of them are placed down, the Legend will still have three in reserve that can’t be placed.

This brings your total number of traps to nine, which you can stockpile if you’re engaging at enemies from long distances and don’t need to use any right away. Simply place three down next to you and still hold six in reserve.

For a visual demonstration of all of these tips and tricks, check out The Gaming Merchant’s video below:

Hopefully these tips and tricks will inspire you to use Caustic more in Apex, because he can still be a very viable Legend against a lot of less-experienced players!

Apex Legends

Apex Legends drops first teaser for Season 8 Legend and new planet

Published: 16/Jan/2021 10:30 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 11:36

by Calum Patterson

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Apex Legends is in the final stretch of Season 7, now gearing up for Season 8. That means Respawn are starting to roll out teasers for the next Legend, possible new modes, and even another planet.

On January 15, Apex Legends released a new version of the classic Kings Canyon map out of the blue. On it, Mirage Voyage was back, but there was also some interesting teasers in the sky.

Then, later that same day, they posted on social media what looks to be our first clue about what’s coming in Season 8.

This new teaser mentions Salvo, which we’ve heard about before in Apex Legends. It also features a handshake – and the hands are potentially our first look at the Season 8 Legend.

Season 8 teaser

This teaser wasn’t in-game, but instead posted on the official Apex Legends Twitter and Instagram accounts. It was captioned ‘New Blood’ – possibly a hint at ‘new blood’ joining the Apex games.

In the teaser, we see a handshake between someone representing the planet Salvo, and someone representing the Syndicate. If you’re unaware, the Syndicate are the people behind the Apex Games.

The text reads “The Syndicate and Salvo… Unified at Last. Approved by the Committee of Unification Board.” If you’re confused about what this means we’ll explain below. The image is then stamped with the logo of Salvo M.C. (presumably Salvo Motorcycle Club).

What is Salvo in Apex Legends?

Salvo is another planet in the Outlands, and one that has been independent of the Syndicate, up until now. The most important information we have about Salvo comes from a letter that was on Wattson’s desk. The letter read:

“I am writing to inform you that Salvo – which rejected the Mercenary Syndicate’s position to join Syndicate Space in 2722 – is now being guided by new leadership sympathizers to the cause of peace within the Outlands.

Talks with this new administration was prolonged, but ultimately fruitful; as of today, the Mercenary Syndicate Treaty has been amended, and Salvo will become the seventh world to join Syndicate Space.

Salvo brings with it [redacted]. In the coming [redacted] Office of Public Relations will be rolling out a social [redacted] to dispel inaccuracies about [redacted] to create an appropriate [redacted] for their integration into the Syndicate, [redacted] including exciting new developments within the Apex Games.

At this time do not correspond with the Legends regarding this matter. Expect further instructions [redacted] our office in the days to come.”

Salvo on Wattson's desk
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The letter on Wattson’s desk told us about Salvo and the Syndicate.

Is Salvo a new map?

This is unlikely, at least for the time being. We just got a new map for Season 7 after all. Salvo is a planet too, rather than a singular location (e.g. Olympus is a city on the planet Psamathe).

Season 8 Legend

More likely, Salvo is the home planet of the new Legend, who data miners believe will be called Fuse, and whose abilities will be about explosives (which would actually tie into the name ‘salvo’.)

Another hint is the spaceship we can now see above the map on Kings Canyon and Olympus. The ship has a message which reads simply ‘Salvo Joins Syndicate.’

Expect to see more teasers about Season 8, Salvo and the new Legend in the coming weeks. Season 8 is due to begin in early February, to tie in with the two-year anniversary of Apex Legends.