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Apex Legends: How to make Knockdown Shields actually useful

Published: 26/Sep/2019 18:38 Updated: 27/Sep/2019 1:41

by Alan Bernal


Apex Legends gives players tons of tools to fight back but using the Knockdown Shields effectively could be the difference between a Champion banner or a grey screen.

But some players are finding it hard to use the equipment item to its fullest extent, especially when it seems like enemy fire goes right through the Knockdown Shields as if it wasn’t even there to begin with.

Instances like these can make a lot of people question the shields’ purpose since baffling kills can easily lead to building frustrations. But there are a few ways to get the best use out of the item for it to actually help out during games.

via AllthingsEven with the gold Knockdown Shield buff, some have hard time of best utilizing the shields.

In a Reddit post, user ‘Cassiopeia93’ highlighted a puzzling death in which a healthy purple Knockdown Shield barely had an effect for stopping incoming bullets.

“Are Knockdown Shields ever going to become useful?” they said after getting eliminated with over 500 hp left on their barrier. “Right now they’re just a way of showing off your favorite color before you die.”

Are knockdown shields ever going to be come useful? Right now they’re just a way of showing off your favorite color before you die. from r/apexlegends

While it seems like the player was finished off because of a bug or due to the fact they were moving while using the shield (which can expose a limb or two), the thread prompted the Apex Legends community to swoop in to give their take on how to get the best use out of the shields.

“Knockdown shields are extremely useful, so long as your teammates are handling their business while you hold on,” user ‘Venku_Skirata’ said.

Respawn EntertainmentProtective barriers come in many sizes in Apex, and Knockdown Shields might not always be so forgiving to use.

A few main tactics players need to keep in mind is that the shields need to be used with a teammate in mind. Whether using it as a stalling tactic in order to wait for reinforcements to protect them before reviving, or using the shields to protect other teammates.

Even though a player is down for the count, their Knockdown shields can be invaluable for another squadmates to fend off incoming attackers. Downed players can use their shields to provide a movable cover that teammates can use to crouch behind and fire over.

On the other hand, using a Knockdown Shield out in the open can lead to a quick death, so downed players should prioritize getting to a cubby or corner before popping their barriers.

While the equipment item has its niche uses, Apex Legends routinely rewards players for their creativity which can definitely be applied to the Knockdown Shields.

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Apex Legends is adding a no-guns LTM in Season 7: Olympus Preview

Published: 30/Oct/2020 18:52 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 21:23

by Tanner Pierce


If you saw the new Apex Legends map called Olympus and thought to yourself “I’d like to explore that without having to deal with annoying enemies”, then Respawn Entertainment has the perfect solution: a no-weapon LTM called Olympus Preview.

With the start of Season 7, Respawn Entertainment is adding a brand new map to Apex Legends called Olympus. After being rumored for quite a while now, the developers finally confirmed the news during the Season 7 trailer, and gave fans an even deeper dive into the map during the gameplay reveal.

While that’s all well and good, being forced to jump into a map that you don’t know and immediately fight other players trying to experience the same thing is always a bit annoying in battle royale games. Luckily, the developers seem to have a solution, and it’s a cool concept.

New Olympus Preview LTM

With the start of Season 7, Respawn will be including a new limited-time mode called Olympus Preview, which will allow players to explore and experience everything the new map has to offer without having to deal with other opponents that immediately try to kill you.

The new 30-player mode will give fans an opportunity to jump into the map and test it out to their heart’s content. They’ll even be able to test the circles.

When a new map gets added to a battle royale game, not just Apex Legends, a lot of players just want a few matches to explore and experience it before having to fight others, so this helps solve that problem.

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Soon players will be able to jump into the new Apex map thanks to a weapon-free mode called Olympus Preview.

It also helps fans familiarize themselves with it so that they aren’t jumping in completely blind. The first Ranked split will be on Olympus too, so if you’re a competitive player, this new LTM comes highly recommended.

It’ll be interesting to see Apex continues this trend as time goes on. Obviously, that would require them to keep adding new maps but, nevertheless, it’s a fun concept to say the least.