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Published: 25/May/2021 13:20 Updated: 26/May/2021 9:43by Calum Patterson
The release of Season 9 of Apex Legends has added yet another Legend into the mix. Now, with 17 Legends to choose from, it can be tricky to find out which ones reign supreme. Here’s who you should opt for within the latest Season of Apex!
Respawn Entertainment has done a marvelous job at keeping their battle royale fresh every season. Whether this comes in the form of adding a new map or Legend into the mix as they have done with the release of Valkyrie.
If you are looking for what Legends to use in Arenas, then we’ve got a separate list for that here. This tier list is strictly for the battle royale mode.
The new Season has also implemented some meta changes for current Legends, and there has been an ample amount of debate into who are the best of the best now. So, we’ve ranked all 17 Legends within Apex Legends based on their performance within Season 9.
Bloodhound is, in our opinion, the very best Legend in Apex Legends. Although their abilities won’t do any damage, their tracking abilities are unmatched, and if you don’t have a Bloodhound on your squad, you’re at a disadvantage.
Bloodhound was one of the only Legends to barely receive any changes with the release of Season 9; and they remain well balanced, despite being top of the pile. They are still as strong as ever when it comes to team composition and scouting out enemies.
Bloodhound’s scan is the core of their kit, allowing not just you, but your teammates too, to see enemies in the area highlighted through walls. The only downside to the scan is that enemies will know they’ve been scanned, and therefore know you are close by – but the advantage is still in your favor.
Beast of the Hunt, the Ultimate ability, turns Bloodhound into a killing machine for a time, highlighting enemies in red like a digital threat, and seeing enemy movements on the ground. This is aided by the passive, showing where enemies have been recently.
Support characters are the backbone of your team, and Gibraltar has encompassed a new role within teams thanks to the ample amount of buffs the developers have laid upon him.
His Ultimate ability has enough potential damage to zone the enemy away, 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 from getting inside.
The gun shield has been nerfed a bit, as damage will now bleed through to Gibby, but it’s still a big help to have when first engaging opponents.
Overall, Gibraltar is one of the best characters, but he’s still a big, tanky character who is hard to miss. Some players will definitely find a more nimble character beneficial. With that said, he’s a powerful asset on any team.
Having a Lifeline on your squad can literally be a lifesaver, as she shines in supportive abilities. But, in Season 9, her res shield was removed, meaning teammates are now exposed when being revived by the Drone.
But, Lifeline can still revive two players at once, while she herself continues fighting. Also, her drone now heals faster, at 8HP per second.
Lifeline’s Ultimate was also massively improved in Season 9, as it now guarantees to drop an upgrade to your gear. Having the chance to capture a Legendary or Epic piece of equipment can be the deciding factor in a lot of Apex matches, and Lifeline is still one of the best characters to have on your team.
Since the release of Apex Legends, Wraith has undoubtedly been one of the best Legends each season. This is in large part due to her ability to create chaos on the battlefield with her abilities.
Whenever you and your squad are engaging in team battles, you will often find Wraith sneaking into the backlines or trying to flank her opponents with her Tactical Ability ‘Into the Void’. This enables Wraith to seemingly avoid all damage while getting a better position on the enemies you are battling.
Wraith continues to be at the top of the Apex realm, and was improved even more in Season 9, as Low Profile was removed. This means she will no longer take 5% more bullet damage.
The Season 9 Legend, Valkyrie, is a high-flying Legend that reminds us of Pharah from Overwatch, as they both offer the ability to reign fire down on their opponents from up in the sky. In fact, Valkyrie’s abilities are inspired by her father’s titan, Northstar.
Her Ultimate Ability is Skyward Dive; which enables you and your teammates to launch to the sky and redeploy. You will also see teammates in your line of sight highlighted as you are in the air.
Her main passive, the jetpacks, allow Valkyrie to reach almost any spot on the map, and instantly get the high ground, but, they are very loud, which is one of the big drawbacks. You also can’t fire weapons while using the jetpack, making you a sitting duck.
The tactical fires a swarm of mini rockets, which don’t deal much damage, but will stun enemies, making them an easy clean up kill.
Whether Valkyrie becomes truly meta and moves into the S tier is unlikely, but she’s definitely one of the strongest newly released characters.
Loba is one of the select Legends that did receive some significant changes for the new Season. And, it’s been a few seasons in the making. Loba’s popularity dipped massively because of her unreliable tactical.
Respawn has adjusted her Burglar’s Best Friend ability, as players will be able to slide/move and shoot at the full speed when the bracelet is equipped. A significant change that should see fans flock to her, as well as it being much less buggy.
But, on the flip side, they did increase the cooldown for her Black Market Boutique from 90 seconds to 120 seconds; but this is not that big of a deal, considering it’s still a short cooldown compared to most other Ultimate abilities.
The changes to her bracelet are the main reason that she moves up to the S tier, and is now truly one of the most powerful characters.
The speedy trickster Octane is definitely one of the most fun Legends to play. Running super fast with his stim, soaring over enemies with the jump pad, and healing on the move makes him a joy to play.
His stims will now damage you by 20HP though, so you have to be a bit more careful, opposed to the previous 12HP. The cooldown is now reduced too, meaning you can pretty much instantly spam the stim again – but you’ll be down to very low health quickly if you do.
The jump pad is one of the best movement abilities in Apex, and the whole team can use it – but so can enemies.
He’s not quite as good as the S tier characters, and his abilities won’t help you win many gunfights, but if you’re all about speed, Octane is the Legend for you.
Horizon has been one of the most prominent Legends since she was introduced in Season 7. But, by the time Season 9 came around, her dominance in the meta was getting too much, and nerfs were needed.
Her Gravity Lift was targetted, as it was too easy for players to get instant high ground and beam down on foes from above. Now, players will strafe much slower on the lift, making you a much easier target. You will also be kicked off the top after 2 seconds, so you can’t sit up the top beaming down.
The ability is still useful for getting up high or making a quick escape, but it’s not useful as an offensive tool anymore.
Horizon is still one of the best characters within the game, but the recent changes to her see her finally drop out of the ‘S’ tier, but should be a popular pick still.
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.
Thankfully, a rework has made him much more tricky to play against, and masters of Mirage will argue he should be in A tier. Certainly, with enough practice, and in the right hands, he can be a menace.
But, his abilities are still very one-dimensional, and he doesn’t offer a lot to a squad in terms of team play, outside of his ability to cloak when reviving.
Mirage’s Ultimate will definitely get you out of a tight spot, especially if you’re playing against less-skilled players who are more easily ‘bamboozled’. We still think Mirage could do with some more power though.
Wattson is a great team-based Legend, and in the right hands, can be deadly too. Her Ultimate ability destroys enemy throwables and allows a squad to hold down a position. Your shield will recharge too in the vicinity.
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, she certainly isn’t the best pick.
Removing low profile is a big plus, and her pylons are a direct counter to all of Horizon’s abilities. Not to mention, you will slowly regen shield over time as Wattson – but the rate is half of Octane’s health recharge.
Wattson is a Legend we do not often see as much as we would like, and fans of the character will definitely be hoping for some buffs.
You think that a Legend with the ability to cover the Battlefield with smoke grenades would normally be at the top of any Apex Legends tier list. But, in the case of Bangalore, she has been flying under the radar since the game was released.
Her smoke is certainly useful, but more often than not it’s used for trying to escape from a tight spot – and there are other characters that are better for this (Loba, Octane, Wraith). If you can use her smoke offensively though, with digital threat scopes, it’s a huge advantage.
Despite being relegated to B tier, Bangalore is still a viable pick in any squad, and players who main her regularly will become proficient at the best time to use her abilities. Double Time is also one of the best passives in the game, and one that often goes overlooked.
Her Ultimate ability, Rolling Thunder, is a mixed bag, because it doesn’t do as much damage as Gibraltar’s missiles, but, you can use it to cover your back or soften up opponents before moving in for the kill. Enemies will be slowed and stunned, if they don’t get out the way in time.
Pathfinder was once among the best Legends to use within the game, but successive nerfs see him drop to the ‘B’ tier. But, he’s still one of the most fun to play, and if you can master his grapple, you can move like no other character.
The Grapple can still be used to make a quick escape or to push up on weak opponents before they get the chance to heal. But, now, Wraith – or even Loba – might be better to make those quick escapes. In fact, Mirage’s Rework might be another reason for Pathfinder’s decline, as those pesky decoys are very useful.
His movement is still unrivaled on paper, and the Zipline Ultimate works similarly to the Wraith’s portal, getting your team out of a tight spot, or to get to hard-to-reach locations. Of course, enemies can also use it, so you need to watch your back.
Caustic is a big Legend physically, making him a bigger target, and nerfs to his gas abilities have pushed him out of the upper tiers.
His gas traps were at the receiving end of some significant changes during the Chaos Theory update, now dealing less damage, and players have been picking him less and less since. That’s not to say his traps are useless, but they don’t invoke the same level of fear as they once did. The same goes for his Ultimate, which covers a large area in his toxic gas
Caustic is still powerful in the right hands, but until his gas becomes a meaningful deterrent again, it is hard to justify a rank up to the ‘A’ tier.
Added in Season 4, Revenant has had ups and downs in the Apex meta. Currently, he’s getting better and better, and is a more common sight in Ranked play.
Where this deadly Simulacrum Assassin shines is his Ultimate ability, which allows him (and his teammates) to escape death temporarily.
His Passive ability, Stalker, allows him to crouch walk faster and climb higher up walls. However, Respawn perhaps overlooked that this ability pales in comparison to someone like Pathfinder or Horizon. These two can scale pretty much any building, of any height, instantly.
Revenant’s Tactical, Silence, is incredibly powerful on paper. It deals a portion of damage and prevents all enemy abilities. But, it only works for 20 seconds, after which the enemy squad can use their abilities as they would normally. Perhaps this needs a buff, to reset charges on abilities instead.
Respawn has commented on the Legend, noting that they are going to change certain aspects of him later down the line. So, we see no reason to adjust his spot on the list, as he can still prove viable in most scenarios.
Fuse joined in Season 8, and has some very strong abilities on paper. Being able to stack two grenades per slot, and then slingshot them out, means he can deal a ridiculous amount of explosive damage, very fast.
His ultimate isn’t the best though, as it’s very easy for enemies to escape the ring of fire he puts down.
Respawn has adjusted Fuse’s Knuckle Cluster this Season, as he now has two charges and a reduced cooldown for each charge of 20 seconds. As well, they have noted that they are going to be making more changes to Fuse in the near future but they “want to be very careful how we buff him so that he doesn’t just become the Legend that kills you with his abilities.”
So, expect Fuse to make a jump in the near future to the ‘B’ tier of Legends, as Respawn seems committed to enhancing the usage of the Fuse.
Crypto can actually be one of the best Legends in the game – but only when used by skilled Crypto players. For the majority, you’ll be better with a more explosive character. With team coordination, the Surveillance Expert has the potential to be great. He predominantly suffers from the rest of the team constantly pushing it and being outnumbered, but coupled with a great team he can be a great support legend.
In Season 9, devs added the ability for Crypto’s drone to hack enemy care packages, while removing the feature allowing you to ‘hijack’ a Respawn Beacon. His 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. The Ultimate is also greatly useful for scouting ahead, and to break shields.
Unless we see more buffs to Crypto’s overall loadout, it is hard to justify his position at any higher tiers on our list. But, we are hopeful these changes could be coming soon later down the line.
Season 6’s Quick Witted Modder, Rampart, has potential. But, unfortunately, you need too much notice to make the most of this Legend. A defensive Legend primarily, she is able to create multiple heavily armored protective barriers. This sounds great on paper, but in action, often falls short.
In Season 8, Respawn gave Rampart some much-needed buffs. Shiela now has a wider angle of firing, and the Amped Cover get 45 health while building. Is it enough to make her a strong pick though? No. Even though players were not satisfied with the changes last season, devs have not adjusted her anymore for Season 9.
Her ultimate leaves you vulnerable to flanking, and even with the extra health, placing down the Amped Cover mid-fight will still get destroyed in seconds. This means that in general, Rampart has been floundering with one of the lowest pick rates in Apex.
If you are set up in time for a fight, though, there is a good chance for a great advantage with her. Unfortunately, that is something that doesn’t happen as much as being ambushed does. Because of this, her inconsistency places her down in the C-Tier.
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.
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