Apex Legends is now up to its eleventh character with the addition of Crypto for Season 3, meaning we now have more choice than ever – but who are the best legends to use if you want to rack up wins and dominate the opposition?
Respawn has done a commendable job balancing out the various characters in the game to ensure that each of them are viable, particularly for some of the lesser-used legends like Gibraltar.
Some of these legends felt noticeably more cumbersome, and their larger character model meant they were an easier target too. Respawn tweaked this by essentially giving them extra health, with Gibraltar and Caustic both having 15% increased damage resistance.
The more nimble characters like Wraith, Lifeline and Pathfinder actually now take more damage (5%) to account for their smaller hitboxes.
However, how much has this changed which characters you should choose? Here's a breakdown of the best legends, based on versatility, their abilities and composition in a team.
The legends are placed into loose 'tiers', to represent their relative position against each other. Of course, this doesn't mean you can't master a particular character and become an expert with it.
No surprises here, Wraith has consistently been among the most powerful legends in the game, thanks to a number of inherent advantages she has.
Not only is her character model very small, her Tactical Ability, named 'Into the Void', grants her temporary invisibility and invincibility to damage. This ability charges up fairly fast too, and is an absolute lifesaver in numerous situations. It's quite often the difference between life and death.
Her Ultimate, the Dimensional Rift is great for team play too, to help your squad get to safety and escape enemies or the storm. You do have to be careful to avoid enemies using it too though.
The 5% increase in damage taken isn't enough to knock Wraith out of the S Tier, and she remains a massive asset to any squad.
Pathfinder is beneficial in many of the same ways as Wraith. The Tactical Ability 'Grapple' can be used to make a quick escape or to push up on weak opponents before they get the chance to heal.
The Zipline Ultimate works similarly to the Wraith's portal, getting your team out of a tight spot, but it can also be used to get to hard-to-reach locations, and instantly get high ground against your opposition. Again, you do have to be careful of enemies also using your zipline, but they're an easy kill if you catch them while on it.
One of Pathfinder's biggest advantages though isn't the abilities, but the very slender hitbox. Bullets seem to slide off the robotic frame, and can make you a very slippery target.
Lifeline might not be the most powerful legend from an offensive perspective, but everyone loves having a Lifeline on their squad. The ability to have healing at the press of the button is another lifesaver, and the quick revives and Revive Shield are a massive help in those intense fights.
The Care Package ultimate is great too, especially if one of your team is lacking a strong weapon, backpack or shield, when it might come in clutch.
As an added benefit, Lifeline also uses healing items like syringes and shield cells faster, allowing you to get back in the fight extra fast. Combine this with a gold shield and you'll be popping shield batteries in record-breaking time.
Mirage started off life in Apex Legends as a very underpowered character. His ultimate ability was pretty useless, and his Tactical felt a bit gimmicky compared to many of the others.
However, a major buff to his ultimate in Season 2 has seen Mirage fly up the rankings, with the ability to go completely invisible an incredibly powerful advantage. Although many might think this is best used to escape unseen, it's actually even better when used aggressively, to attack unsuspecting opponents.
His passive ability – invisible for five seconds when knocked – will save your life plenty of times too, allowing you to slink off behind cover until your teammates can reach you.
Bangalore is one of the more underrated legends who just manages to sneak into the A Tier. The problem with this militaristic character is that many players don't know how to properly utilize her ultimate ability.
Unlike Gibraltar's Defensive Bombardment, Bangalore's Rolling Thunder won't really do enough damage to kill opponents outright, but it will severely hamper the movement and vision. If you know the rough location of the enemy team, soften them up with the Rolling Thunder, then move in for some easy kills.
Her Tactical – smoke bombs – are great for both escaping and attacking. To attack with smoke, make sure you and your teammates have Digital Threat sights attached, and you'll have a massive advantage against an enemy squad in the chaos of the smoke. However, if you notice they're managing to hit you, they may also have Digital Threat scopes.
Bangalore's passive is also excellent and can make you a hard target when being shot, as she gets a slight movement speed increase.
Caustic is a big legend physically and lacks the mobility of those in the S and A tier, but the damage output of his noxious gas is a game-winner in enclosed locations.
If you manage to get into a building, throwing down seemingly endless gas traps will infuriate the enemy team, hurting them, slowing their movement and obscuring their vision. If your teammates have Digital Threat scopes too, it works similarly to Bangalore's smoke grenades.
Having a Caustic on your team can earn you a very easy win, provided the traps and canisters are used effectively in the end game.
Wattson is actually a great team-based legend, and in competitive Apex Legends you'll see a Wattson in almost every team, thanks to her Interception Pilon especially, which destroys enemy throwables and allows a squad to hold down a position.
Combined with her Perimeter Security traps, if you're playing as a team, Wattson can be a great squadmate to have. However, she can't be placed any higher on this list because as a solo player, or if just playing more casually and going for high kill games, Wattson certainly isn't the best pick.
This is a good example of Respawn's balancing of the legends, where some work better in an organized team composition, whereas others will work better if you're queuing solo and can't rely on teammates to work with you.
Bloodhound is very much a middle of the pack Legend, which you will either love or hate. The tracking ability can prove very useful if you remember to pay attention to it, especially in the late game, as you'll be able to follow opponents' movements more easily.
Bloodhound's ultimate isn't necessarily the best all-round, but it can be a very effective counter to Bangalore's smoke or Caustic's gas, allowing you to see enemies highlighted in red. You can also use this with a Bangalore teammate to smoke out and then wipe out an enemy team.
The tactical, Eye of the Allfather, definitely has its uses, but enemies don't remain tagged through walls for very long, and it also somewhat gives away your own position, as they will know you are now closeby.
Octane is a very fun character to use, even if not necessarily 'the best', thanks to his added mobility and quirky voice lines. Unfortunately, he doesn't offer a lot in terms of either attacking or defending. His jump pad ultimate can be useful to reach high places or to push up on weak enemies, but it also charges fairly slowly considering it's not the greatest ultimate in the game.
The stim to give you a speed boost is great for escaping the incoming storm, but not so much for evading enemies, as unlike wraith, or even Bangalore's smoke, you're still very visible.
Perhaps Octane's strongest asset is the ability to heal over time, meaning you never have to worry about running out of syringes after escaping the storm or a fight. You'll still need to ensure you have shield cells and batteries at least though.
Gibraltar has come a long way since the early days of Apex Legends where he was almost always avoided by players due to his large hitbox and cumbersome movement. Thanks to some much-needed buffs (including added damage resistance), Gibby is now a much more viable choice.
It doesn't necessarily mean that he lines up along the very best in the game, but his Ultimate ability has enough potential damage to wipe out a squad if you can place it well, and the dome shield can be a lifesaver for not just you, but your whole team. You do have to watch out for enemies using it too though, as there's nothing stopping them getting inside.
Gibraltar's passive, the Gun Shield, is a bit of a double-edged sword. On one hand, it will help you eat some extra damage in a straight-up gunfight, but it also gives away your position, as it's big and bright, meaning enemies will be able to spot it from some distance off.
Overall, Gibraltar is much better these days, but he's still a big character who is hard to miss, and you'll find playing as a more mobile character is often beneficial.
Crypto may be the exciting new legend added for Season 3, but after all the hype has died down, we have to be realistic and say that he is a lower-tier character overall.
His abilities are certainly useful, but they're simply not going to be 'game-winners' as much as many others on this list. Crypto's biggest downfall is his inability to defend himself, whereas other legends with often have either a) a way to escape quickly, or b) a form of defense against damage.
Crypto's ultimate, the EMP blast, can be useful but only if you time it expertly, meaning it is a much less useful ability in general gameplay than most others, and unlike many, it's not going to help you get a free kill. Some players have suggested that Crypto could do with a serious buff sometime soon.
That's our current ranking of the characters in Apex Legends – but this list will change as future updates happen and new legends are added over the course of the game's lifecycle.