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Apex Legends • Feb 14, 2019

Apex Legends map guide - Locations, loot tier, jump balloons and respawn points

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One of the most important aspects of Apex Legends, just as with almost every other battle royale title, is the map and all of the points of interest it contains.

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The Apex Legends map features a beautiful combination of lush environment and technologically advanced structures, all blended together in the stunning King's Canyon. 

There are multiple levels to the map, ranging from underground tunnels and areas all the way up to heavily stocked supply ships that can be found floating across the sky, alongside the clever Hot Zone system that can boost your chances of winning. 

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Overall, the map currently features 17 named points of interest, and these are the locations that players will want to land at to be virtually guaranteed of finding proper loot.

However, players do not have to land at any of these locations and can instead take their chances with smaller unnamed outposts that may not have as much loot but can be safer and less crowded areas to land. 

The Apex Legends map which highlights respawn points, jump balloons and high/medium tier loot

Points of Interest

  • Slum Lakes (medium tier)
  • Artillery (high tier)
  • Relay (high tier)
  • The Pit (high tier)
  • Cascades (medium tier)
  • Wetlands (medium tier)
  • Runoff (high tier)
  • Bunker (high tier)
  • Bridges (medium tier)
  • Swamps (high tier)
  • Airbase (high tier)
  • Hydro Dam (low tier)
  • Thunderdome (high tier)
  • Skull Town (medium tier)
  • Market (medium tier)
  • Water Treatment
  • Repulsor (high tier)

There are obviously a lot of choices to choose from in terms of landing areas, but some of the best ones are Thunderdome, Relay, and Bunker, as they not only contain good amounts of loot but offer strategic ways to go about playing the rest of the match. Interestingly, Hydro Dam is listed as low tier loot, our personal experiences suggest it is higher than this.

Keep in mind that this also makes these areas popular landing spots for other players, so keep the eyes on the back of your head open whenever landing at any of these areas. 

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Hot Zones

What makes the Apex Legends map unique from other battle royales' is a mechanism which randomly picks a location at the start of each match and designates it as the Hot Zone, which gets marked on the map with a small blue circle. 

Players who go to the Hot Zone have a much greater chance of finding higher quality loot and possibly even a fully kitted out weapon, which would be a huge boost at the start of a match.

This reward does not come without risk, however, since a lot players like to try and land at the Hot Zones and it can prove to be a difficult place to survive at the start. 

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Supply Ships

As mentioned above, another unique feature of the Apex Legends map is the fully stocked supply ship that can be seen floating around the sky at the start of each match.

Players can maneuver their initial drop to land on the supply ship and find some high quality loot, and with there being no fall damage, it's very easy to get down to the ground, even from that kind of height.

Those who don't want to land directly on the ship can wait for it to come down to the ground, and the location where it's set to land is always marked at the beginning of each match.

However, both that area and the ship itself are popular locations for players to traverse to, so if you decide to pursue the ship then make sure you're prepared for a fight.  


Respawn Beacons

Also dotted around the map are Respawn Beacons, which can be used to bring fallen teammates back into the game.

Repsawn Beacons can be seen on your map as a green dot, and players who take an eliminated squad member's Banner to these beacons can bring their teammate back to life, giving you a better chance at securing victory. These are also shown on the map above.

Players can use Respawn Beacons to bring back eliminated teammates.

Jump Balloons

A popular feature in Apex Legends has proven to be jump balloons. This addition is not only fun to utilize but they can get you out of a tricky situation.

On top of getting out of trouble, they give you the opportunity to identify enemies around you. There are 15 across the map.

You can check out our Apex Legends Guide Hub for our other guides and info articles, including ones for weapons, Legends characters, map and locations, micro-transactions, and much more. You can also check out our guide to some of the best and worst landing spots in Apex Legends.

If there are any other guides you want to see us make, you can let us know by tweeting us @Dexerto with your idea!