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Apex Legends dev confirms Wraith is no longer the most popular legend

Published: 21/Feb/2021 11:24

by Joe Craven

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Respawn’s Lead Game Designer working on Apex Legends has confirmed that Interdimensional Skirmisher Wraith is no longer the game’s most popular character, for “pretty much” the first time since launch.

While much has changed across Apex Legends’ eight seasons, the popularity of Wraith has been one constant. The Legend possesses the ability to open rifts between different locations, as well as hearing ‘voices from the void’, which warns her when danger is approaching.

These abilities, paired with her smaller hitbox, have resulted in her being at the top of the Apex Legends’ roster, in terms of popularity and strength.

Despite the addition of Low Profile (and Fortified for larger legends), she has retained her popularity and left Respawn scratching their heads as to how to balance her sufficiently.

Wraith with a gun smiling in APex Legends
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Wraith has long been an immensely popular character in Apex Legends.

As part of their strategy to make her more balanced, Respawn chose to slightly increase her hitbox at the beginning of Season 8. It appears that these nerfs had a serious impact on her position in Apex Legends.

During a discussion focusing on Caustic’s balance, Klein revealed that the Wraith nerf has seen her drop from the most picked character by some distance, to the fourth-most popular choice.

“[Caustic’s] pick rate had always been a solid middle of the pack one,” he said, “but with the introduction of Fuse and the Wraith nerf shaking pick rates up a bit (Wraith went from highest, where she’d been for pretty much all of Apex’s existence, to fourth highest!), Caustic now sports the 5th highest pick rate as well.”

Daniel Klein Reddit Response
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Klein’s response show’s Caustic’s increase in popularity, coinciding with a drop in Wraith’s pick rate.

One can assume, then, that Fuse, Wraith and Caustic occupy three of the top five most picked legends. Lifeline, Gibraltar, Bloodhound and Horizon seem like candidates to be in or around the top five, but we won’t know for certain unless Respawn choose to disclose a more detailed list.

Horizon will undoubtedly be right near the top, likely number one overall. Meanwhile, out-of-favor characters like Rampart wallow at the bottom, but Respawn have confirmed more buffs are coming.

What is certain, though, is that Wraith’s popularity has finally taken a significant hit thanks to her Season 8 nerf.

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How to master Octane in Apex Legends: Abilities, tips, more

Published: 23/Feb/2021 11:55 Updated: 23/Feb/2021 11:58

by Alex Garton

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Season 8 has introduced a set of impactful buffs to Octane’s kit making his ultimate ability more reliable and effective. Of course, this means there’s no better time to master the Adrenaline Junkie and take over the Apex Games as Octane.

The launch of Season 8 of Apex Legends brought a range of new content to the game for players to experience. From the new Legend Fuse to the 30-30 Repeater, and of course, the introduction of the reworked King’s Canyon map.

On top of this, a host of buffs and nerfs were applied to existing Legends within the game, with Octane being the recipient of a number of significant changes.

Buffs to the Adrenaline Junkie’s Ultimate ability have made his kit more reliable in high-pressure situations and easier to control. So, mastering Octane in Season 8 could be a great way to win more games and dominate your matches.

If you want to find out how to master any of the weapons in this list, then check out our guides below:
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How to make use of Octane’s abilities

Passive: Swift Mend

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Octane’s passive automatically allows him to restore health.

Octane’s Passive ability Swift Mend allows him to automatically regenerate health over time. When out of combat, the Adrenaline Junkie will restore one health per second, giving him a great source of sustain between fights.

Swift Mend will even continue to work when Octane is knocked down but keep in mind it will not prevent him from bleeding out. Although the ability isn’t an auto-revive, it does mean that if one of your teammates can get you up in a gunfight, you’ll be able to jump into the skirmish a lot quicker than other Legends.

Of course, Octane’s passive won’t significantly impact any aggressive skirmishes, but for drawn-out gunfights, it can be an incredible ability.

Tactical: Stim

Octane stim
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Octane’s Stim is his most iconic ability and the source of his speed.

Octane’s Tactical ability Stim allows him to increase his movement speed significantly for a short period of time. Once activated Stim will increase his sprint speed by 40% and his normal run speed by 30% for six seconds. Keep in mind this ability does cost Octane 12 health per-use, but due to his Passive ability, it doesn’t take Octane long to regenerate that back.

Although Stim can be useful for simple rotations, don’t underestimate the ability’s power in aggressive pushes. Octane is capable of closing the gap on an enemy incredibly quickly, allowing you to catch them off-guard and take them out. Of course, try not to be overly reckless with his movement speed – but it’s definitely a tool that can be used to your advantage.

Finally, keep in mind Octane cannot kill himself with the health cost from his Stim ability, so don’t be afraid to use it if you’re low on health and desperate for a way out.

Ultimate: Launch Pad

Launch Pad Octane
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Every member of a squad can use Octane Ultimate ability.

Octane’s Ultimate Launch Pad gives him the ability to put down a device that propels him into the air and even gives him a double jump to shift direction. Compared to other Ultimate’s in the game, Octane’s Launch Pad is on an extremely low cooldown of 60 seconds, meaning players can regularly use it to make plays and push opponents.

It’s worth noting that in the Season 8 patch, Octane’s Launch Pad was reworked to give players more control over the direction that they fly. So, if you’re looking to fly in a horizontal direction, hit the pad while crouching. However, if you’re looking for a high-arc jump, head onto the pad in a normal standing position.

Although these changes are nothing huge, they do give Octane players more control over how they want to approach a fight using his Ultimate.

Octane tips and tricks

1. Don’t be afraid to use Stim

Octane Stim
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Octane’s Stim ability has a two-second cooldown.

For a lot of new Octane players, using the Stim ability can feel strange as you’re losing health while it’s active, but as Swift Mend is available out of combat, it’s key you use Stim a lot.

Having access to a significant movement speed increase as soon as you drop into the map is incredibly powerful, especially in the early game. So, make sure you’re using Stim while looting to get geared up as quickly as possible. As the ability is on a two-second cooldown, you can afford to spam it and use Octane’s speed to your advantage.

Of course, there’s always a chance you get caught with lower health than an opponent, but Octane is a high-risk Legend that rewards an aggressive playstyle, so play to his strengths.

Look for flanks on enemies

Octane tricks
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Octane has some of the best movement-based abilities in Apex, so make the most of them.

With Octane’s Launch Pad and Stim, you have all the tools to look for some amazing flanks. Whether you fly over the top of the gunfight with his Ultimate ability or use his tactical Stim to run around the side to find a devastating flank, it’s key you make the most of Octane’s movement-based kit.

Of course, this tip comes with the caveat that a flank is not always the right decision in a skirmish. Assess where your teammates are positioned and whether your solo mission may put them in harm’s way. If so, it may be better to take a standard approach and stick with your team.

Use his movement abilities as a getaway option

Octane guide
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Don’t be afraid to use Octane’s Launch Pad as a means of retreat

Although Octane rewards an aggressive playstyle, not every gunfight will go to plan, so having a means of escape is key. For the Adrenaline Junkie, his aggressive abilities are also his defensive ones, so don’t be afraid to use his Ultimate to get out of a sticky situation.

The same applies with Stim, although it costs 12 health to use, the movement speed boost may be the difference-maker in you getting out alive.


Hopefully, this guide has given you plenty of tips and tricks to completely master Octane, the Adrenaline Junkie. Before long, you’ll be dominating the Apex Games and Stimming your way to victory.

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