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Complete guide to Apex Legends map – Loot, balloons, respawns and more

Published: 26/Mar/2019 14:59 Updated: 26/Mar/2019 16:12

by Joe O'Brien


The Apex Legends map is a complicated mixture of loot tier zones, points of interest, and respawn points, and getting to know its intricacies is one of the most important aspects of improving your game.

The Apex Legends map is known as Kings Canyon, and like any good battle royale map it contains a variety of terrains, buildings, and most importantly, loot.

Getting to know the map is crucial to success. Not only will the various details and features of Kings Canyon influence where you decide to drop upon first entering a game, they’ll also play a part in helping you decide how you move from then on – subject to the gradual closing of the ring, of course.

Not all areas of the Apex Legends map are made equal. As well as the geographical variations, different areas of the map also offer different quantities and qualities of loot.

To help you set yourself up for success in every game of Apex Legends, here’s everything you need to know about Kings Canyon.

Respawn EntertainmentApex Legends players drop into King’s Canyon to battle to become champions.

Points of Interest

The major locations in Kings Canyon are named areas, known as points of interest, of which there are 17. These areas have enough unique features to stand out as distinct locations, and generally speaking dropping at any of them will ensure a decent selection of loot, assuming another group doesn’t beat you to it.

While you can never guarantee what loot you’ll find, however, not all points of interest offer equal chances at gear. Some are high-tier loot locations, meaning a greater chance of rare gear, while others are mid-tier, though there should still be enough items to outfit your squad relatively comfortably for the early game.

The only point of interest that should really be avoided is Hydro Dam, which alone of the 17 named locations is a low-tier loot zone and therefore won’t offer much high-quality gear.

High-Tier Loot Zones

  • Artillery
  • Relay
  • The Pit
  • Runoff
  • Air Base
  • Bunker
  • Swamps
  • Repulsor
  • Thunderdome
  • Water Treatment

Mid-Tier Loot Zones

  • Slum Lakes
  • Wetlands
  • Cascades
  • Bridges
  • Market
  • Skull Town

Low-Tier Loot Zones

  • Hydro Dam

In addition to the points of interest, there are other unnamed areas that will also offer varying quality loot, such as the buildings on the east side of Bunker or to the south of Skull Town. All of the loot zones can be seen on the map below.

Supply Ships and Hot Zones

While the quality of each loot zone remains the same in every game, there are other factors that might impact your drop choice which vary in each match.

At the start of every game, one area will be designated the “Hot Zone”, denoted by a blue circle on the map. These don’t necessarily have to be points of interest, the Hot Zone can also be located on one of the smaller outposts.

The quality of the loot at the Hot Zone will be higher than normal, but it’s also likely that as a result you’ll have to fight to claim it as Hot Zones are very rarely uncontested.

Meanwhile, at the beginning of each game a Supply Ship will also enter the map and fly towards its destination. Supply Ships have a selection of high-quality loot, although if you’re aiming to drop onto them bear in mind that you’ll need to account for its trajectory, and also consider where you’ll end up once you jump off as chances are you’ll still need to loot more even if you claim everything the Supply Ship has to offer.

Respawn EntertainmentSkull Town was voted the most popular drop location in Apex.

Popular Drop Zones

While every match is different, on average there tend to be certain points of interest that are more popular than others. Depending on what your objective or play-style is, then, you might want to take this into account when choosing a place to drop.

If you’re looking to fight as soon as possible, a high-intensity area like Skull Town, with plenty of buildings to loot but also almost a guarantee of multiple other groups to fight, might be your preference.

On the other hand, if you prefer to loot in peace before you go hunting for victims on your own terms, you might prefer the likes of Swamp or Thunderdome, which offer high-tier loot but are typically less likely to be overrun with multiple groups. Of course, whether or not you end up alone will depend on the particular game.

It’s also worth taking into account the path of the drop ship, which changes each match, as areas that are further away from its trajectory may be less popular, while in most games several groups will simply dive immediately for the closest point of interest.

To help give a sense for the relative popularity of different locations, Apex Legends ran a series of polls in which over 1 million votes helped decide the most popular drop zone, the results of which can be seen below.

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Respawn Points and Jump Balloons

Though it may be the most important, loot isn’t the only feature of the Apex Legends map. Also dotted around Kings Canyon are two other major interactive features – respawn points and jump balloons.

If one of your squad is eliminated but at least one manages to survive, it’s possible to respawn the “dead” members by collecting their respawn beacon and taking it to one of the respawn points. Doing so will see them returned to game by a drop ship, although they’ll once again start with no gear.

Respawn EntertainmentRespawn points can be found in various locations around the map.

However, respawn points can only be used once per game, so if you or another squad have used the ones nearby it’s worth having an awareness of where the other options are. Equally, if you hear a drop ship flying in, knowing exactly where a respawning player will be landing might let you get the jump on a squad with at least one player lacking any means of defending themselves.

Jump balloons, meanwhile, can be used to quickly traverse the map or scout for information. Climbing to the top of them will send you flying off using the same boosters that are engaged for your original drop.

Climbing a jump balloon is the only way to reactivate these boosters, and doing so can let you travel a long distance quickly.

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10 tips and tricks for dominating new Winter Express LTM in Apex Legends

Published: 25/Nov/2020 9:35

by Albert Petrosyan


There is a new Limited Time Mode called Winter Express in Apex Legends’ returning Holo-Day Bash event, and we’ve got 10 tips and tricks to help you dominate matches.

Launching on December 1 and running through until January 4, the Holo-Day Bash in-game event adds a lot of holiday-themed content in Apex Legends, one of which is the Winter Express LTM.

As you can probably guess from the name, Winter Express puts all of the focus on the in-game train, which was decked out in holiday decorations for this in-game event.

How does Winter Express LTM work?

In each match, three teams of three players each face off against each other with the objective of capturing the train.

The train can be captured in one of two ways – either by filling out the capture bar without being contested by enemies or being the last team alive. The match ends when one of the teams manages to capture the train three times.

There are, however, some aspects of this mode that are different from how regular Apex matches go:

  • Players spawn in with a pre-determined loadout of weapons and items, which are different for each Legend. Loadouts change on a daily basis.
  • Respawning is enabled. Once a player is eliminated, they can join back.
  • The radius of the train’s patch is reduced so that players are never too far from the action.
Respawn EntertainmentHow the new Winter Express LTM works.

10 tips and tricks for Winter Express LTM

1. Find the best loadout available

Each Legend has its own pre-determined loadout, so make sure to check them all out to find the one with the best and most powerful combination of weapons and items.

For a mode like this, prioritize the loadout over your preferred Legend of choice, because having a better setup is more important.

2. Mix and match attachments with teammates

Attachments can be dropped in this mode, so it would be a good idea to strategize with teammates and swap attachments to maximize all of the weapons’ potentials.

For example, the EVA-8 shotgun comes with a red-dot sight that would be of better use on another gun, or moving an extended mag to a Devotion LMG to turn it into a death machine.

Respawn EntertainmentEach Legend has their own Loadout, so make sure to scout them and pick the strongest one.

3. Use the Lifeline’s Care Package to get better loot

The Lifeline’s Care Package Ultimate Ability can be activated in this LTM, which means you and your team might end up getting access to powerful items that aren’t normally available, such as purple armor or thermal scopes.

4. Don’t forget about unlimited heals

For whatever reason, whether because of a glitch or intentional design, you have unlimited heals in this mode, even though your healing inventory will indicate only one syringe and one shield cell.

Make sure to take advantage of this feature because it can really make a difference between staying alive and getting eliminated.

5. You don’t have to land on the train

Most players’ initial instinct in this mode will be to land directly on the train, which is why a good strategy would be not to. Instead, aim to land on high structures near the train and pick off enemies from there.

Remember, there are three teams all fighting against each other, so you can always third party enemy players by getting the high ground and shooting at them away from the train.

Respawn EntertainmentUse Lifeline’s Care Package to gain access to better loot, like purple armor.

6. Stay close enough to stop teams from capturing

While not landing on the train right away is a good move, it’s also important to not be too far away from the action. If one of the two other teams gains control, it’s imperative that you and your team are close enough to jump down and contest the capture, otherwise you will lose the round.

7. Ditch the train after winning a round

In line with the last tip, it’s always a good idea to get off the train as soon as you win a round because most players spawning back in will go straight for it.

Treat the start of each round like a new match – aim for the high ground so that you can pick off gung-ho players who aggressively go for the train.

8. Attack from the front

Most players who are on the train will expect to be attacked from either of the two sides or the back, but never the front. They also forget that the front side of the train is now open.

This is why it’s a good strategy to land in front of the train, albeit a good distance away, and make your way towards it, shooting at the enemies on board who will most likely be looking the wrong way.

Respawn EntertainmentYou don’t always have to land on the train when spawning into a Winter Express match.

9. Play the stalemate game if necessary

When finding yourself in a situation where winning a round is too difficult to manage, focus your efforts on making sure the two other teams don’t either

Remember, each round is timed, and when the timer hits zero and no one’s captured the train, the next round starts. Sometimes the best play is to make sure no one captures by the time that happens.

10. Multi-task with jump pads

In order to help players reach the train quickly, a bunch of jump pads were placed at various points on the tracks. You can use these not only to get to the train quickly but also to reach certain areas of the map, especially high ground, positioning yourself to take down enemies below.

Furthermore, when using these jump pads, you are actually afforded enough time to pop a shield cell, so you can definitely save time by doing so.