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Apex Legends rarity guide for attachments, shield and more

Published: 6/Feb/2019 18:48 Updated: 23/Feb/2019 17:16

by David Purcell

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Apex Legends has a tonne of equipment and attachments scattered across its huge map, so we thought we’d put together a guide to help you understand which color rarities are much more effective than others in battle. 

Much like other popular battle royale games, Apex Legends has brought in its own color-coding system for many different items and getting used to all of the free-to-play game’s new features can take some time. 

Knowing just how powerful the equipment you’re holding or attachment you’re using is going will help you out a lot in combat and this guide will put you on the right path to picking up some victories and dominating your opponents. 

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Getting to know the rarities 

The four main brackets of rarity are: Common, Rare, Epic and Legendary – with Common items found all over the King’s Canyon map, while the other rarer items can be picked up in Apex Packs as you level up – or if you decide to purchase them with Apex Coins, the in-game currency. 

Common items are gray, Rare are blue, Epic are purple and Legendary are gold – and that’s in rank order, with the latter being the most powerful. For those that have played Fortnite, this will be slightly easier to get to grips with than beginners, who may need more guidance. 


Main attachments

What do you get from the main attachments in the game, when they’re Common, Rare and Epic? Well, let’s take a look at the differences. 

Attachment Common Rare Epic
Backpack +2 Inventory Slots +4 Inventory Slots +6 Inventory Slots
Magazine + Ammo Capacity ++ Ammo Capacity
+ Faster Reloads
+++ Ammo Capacity
+ Faster Reloads
Shotgun Magazine  + Fire Rate ++ Fire Rate +++ Fire Rate
Barrel + Reduced Recoil ++ Reduced Recoil +++ Reduced Recoil
Stock + Reduces Aim Drift
+ Handling
++ Reduced Aim Drift
++ Handling
+++ Reduced Aim Drift
+++ Handling


Do Legendary give you the upper hand?

If you’re still unsure about the difference between different rarities and colors, one of Respawn Entertainment’s designers Chad Armstrong recently posted an explanation to Twitter. 

“Gold equipment has the same stats as Purple equipment, but with a bonus perk” he explained. 


Impact of Optic attachments

While Armstrong describes the differences between the rarity of equipment in the game, getting to know which attachments work best for your weapons will give you a big boost. 

Below you can find a list of the Optic attachments that can be found in Apex Legends, as well as the impact they can have on your weapon. 

  • 1x Holo – All
  • 1x-2x Variable Holo – All
  • 1x HCOG (Classic) – All
  • 2x HCOG (Bruiser) – All
  • 2x-4x Variable AOG – Snipers, LMGs, AR, SMGs
  • 3x HCOG (Ranger) – All
  • 4x-8x Variable Sniper – Sniper Rifle
  • 4x-10x Digital Sniper Threat – Sniper
  • 6x Sniper – Sniper

However, that’s not all. There is also a number of ‘Hop-Up’ attachments which can be used to have a pretty useful effect on your weapon, too. 

  • Devotion – Reduces your spin-up time
  • Digital Threat – Shotgun, SMGs, Pistol
  • Longbow – Increases headshot damage
  • Peacekeeper – Reduces projectile spread
  • Prowler – Switch between fire modes
  • Triple Take – Reduces projectile spread
  • Wingman – Increases headshot damage

With speculation building about a $50,000 tournament potentially just around the corner for Apex Legends, both competitive and casual players will be looking to get up to speed with all of the game’s features in order to be ready to compete – if the opportunity arises. 


Which other items are rarer than others?

These rarities span across a much wider span than just weapons, however, and below you can also see which of the other obtainable items can be found in other colors: 

  • Banner Frames – Common, Rare, Legendary
  • Banner Poses – Rare, Epic
  • Banner Stat Trackers – Common, Rare
  • Crafting Metal – Common, Rare, Epic, Legendary
  • Intro Quips – Common, Rare
  • Kill Quips – Common
  • Legend Skins – Common, Rare, Epic, Legendary
  • Legend Finishers – Legendary
  • Weapon Skins – Common, Rare, Epic, Legendary

These cosmetics can also fall under the special ‘heirloom’ category of item that you have a one in 500 chance of finding in an Apex Crate. However, if you have the cash, buying 500 crates will guarantee you a character’s heirloom set once you hit open on crate number 500.

Having a clear understanding of in-game rarity, the best equipment and attachments will give you a better chance of picking up a win and becoming an Apex Champion!

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Best Legends to use in Winter Express LTM in Apex Legends

Published: 5/Dec/2020 12:44

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends’ Winter Express LTM is chugging along as a part of the Holo-Day Bash event, but if you’ve never dropped in and want some tips on which legends to use, we’ve got you covered. 

With the Holo-Day Bash event returning for the 2020 holiday season, Respawn Entertainment have also brought back the Winter Express limited-time mode. Though, some fans criticized them for “recycling modes, this year’s iteration does include some interesting changes.

The mode is completely different from the typical battle royale gameplay you’re used to in Apex. Your team has to take control of the train that used to chug its way around World’s Edge – all while dealing with preset loadouts and enemies who are contesting for control. Plus, there are a few issues with friendly fire now, too. 

As it’s so different, your usual main Legend might not be as useful here, so here are a few tips and the best characters to use, to help you pick up more wins.

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Winter Express is back, and its as enjoyable as ever.

In terms of the best Legends to use, you may have to switch things up from who you would usually use in the battle royale mode. For example, Lifeline is great in duos/trios, but she’s not really needed in Winter Express as her healing abilities are rather useless here.

Caustic is probably the best legend to use, given that his gas is an absolute killer in the tight spaces. Similarly, Rampart’s amped walls are useful too, especially if you’re camping the train. 

Wraith, as always, is a stellar choice because her portal can get you out of a sticky situation – of which there are plenty in Winter Express. Additionally, Crypto and Wattson are good choices. Crypto because the drone can be used to auto-scan enemies, while Wattson’s interception pylon nullifies everyone’s stack of grenades.

Best Legends for Winter Express LTM

  1. Caustic
  2. Wraith
  3. Rampart
  4. Wattson
  5. Crypto
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Caustic is a tier 1 legend when it comes to Winter Express.

Don’t head right for the train

While the name of the game is capturing the train, that doesn’t have to mean you need to land there. You can easily land just off to the side for a cleaner start to looting, and then work your way over. 

Plus, if you do so, you can annoy enemies who try to capture it right away by disrupting their progress on the capture. 

Additionally, if you are going for the train, it’s best to attack from the front. Players will be expecting attacks from the side and the back, but the front is often forgotten about. So, use it to your advantage. 


Of course, you might have your own tactics for dominating the LTM, but there are some general tips everyone can follow, which you can find right here

The Winter Express and Holo-Day Bash event are set to run for another month, until January 4, so you’ve got plenty of time to hone your skills and pick up wins.