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How to drop faster in Apex Legends

Published: 31/Mar/2019 0:09 Updated: 31/Mar/2019 0:15

by Eli Becht


A big part to any battle royale game is making sure you get a good drop and Apex Legends is no different. Follow these tips to make sure you are able to hit the ground fast and get to looting.

Apex Legends is like other battle royales in a lot of respects but it also offers enough differences to set it apart from the rest of the pack.

One thing that Apex Legends does differently is that it makes the entire squad jump at the start of the match together, with the Jumpmaster leading the way.

Players are able to break away from the Jumpmaster and choose their own landing spot but that will oftentimes result in their death so it’s smart to stick with the group.

Respawn EntertainmentStart looting quickly as soon as you hit the ground.

There are a number of ways players can maximize their landing and this Reddit post has shown the best way to drop if you want to hit the ground before any other teams.

User Blake_Unlively created the graphic above and it shows when to drop, when the level, when to dive, etc. as you work to hit the ground as fast as you can.

He says your drop distance depends on the plane trajectory, elevation of the destination and if there are any mountains in your way as you descend towards the ground.

Tips for how to drop fast in Apex Legends.

It’s worth mentioning that your speed going directly down will the fastest if you’re high up in the air and the closer you get to the ground, the slower you will end up going.

Blake_Unlively suggests dropping straight down and then level out at 145-150m before diving again at around 140m, essentially you just rinse and repeat this method until you hit the ground.

Getting to the ground first is very important as that means you’ll be able to start looting before anyone else and that makes a huge difference in the early-game portion of Apex Legends. Using these tips will help you get that early edge which could end up being the difference between life and death.

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Apex Legends pro Snip3down’s best tips for controller looting & moving

Published: 29/Nov/2020 20:33 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 23:50

by Julian Young


The Apex Legends community constantly disagrees on which input device is king: mouse-and-keyboard or controller. While both have their benefits and downfalls, pro Apex player ‘TSM Snip3down’ has shared three ways that controller players can compete with mouse-and-keyboard users by moving while they loot.

The controller versus M&KB debate has raged on in the Apex Legends community since the game’s release. With many controller players seeing great success on Twitch and in the competitive scene, the arguments over the fairness of using controllers on PC have not slowed down.

Both options offer players distinct advantages and also suffer from unique limitations. One issue for controller players is they are largely unable to move while looting, which is something mouse-and-keyboard users can do with ease.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, Snip3down — a Halo veteran and one of the top controller players in the pro Apex scene — offered some advice for controller users to help avoid this limitation. Here are three ways that controller players can maintain their movement when looting death boxes.

Apex Legends ALGS
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Snip3down joined TSM’s competitive Apex team in October 2020 and has been competing for them in the ALGS.

Foot pedal method

The first method mentioned by Snip3down in his video is the use of foot pedals. This piece of hardware is an additional tool players can use to assign various actions to another device outside of their controller or keyboard.

In Snipe3down’s case, his pedals are configured to allow extra movement options while looting. He has mapped the left pedal to the ‘A’ key, and the right pedal to the ‘D’ key on his keyboard, allowing him to move back-and-forth with his pedals while looting with his controller.

While this is Snip3down’s preferred method, he recognizes that not all players want to invest in extra hardware like foot pedals. To address this, he also provides two alternative methods that controller players can use to move and loot.

‘Open-while-moving’ method

The second option Snip3down lists for looting and moving involves some precise timing on the part of the player. For this technique, one needs to hold whatever button they use to open death boxes, and when the action is almost complete, start sprinting forward.

When executed properly, this method keeps the death box open and allows the player to pick up items until they move out of range from the box. Snip3down demonstrates this by snagging a few items while he sprints forward before the death box closes.

While this combination of movement and button-pressing requires specific timing and practice, players do not need to buy and use additional hardware to accomplish their goal. Although it takes more effort to perfect, this method is more easily accessible for most players.

Apex Legends Controller Settings
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Controller players can switch out some of the default button mapping to access additional movement options.

‘Crouch-when-looting’ method

The final technique Snip3down identifies in his video involves players remapping buttons on their controller.  While Snip3down clarifies that he does not use this method himself, he knows of other players that utilize it effectively.

If players are comfortable with changing their controller settings, they can swap the button used to melee with the button they use to crouch. Changing the button mapping in this way will allow players to crouch while looting death boxes.

Controller players on PC who feel they are at a disadvantage when it comes to looting can use any of these methods to level the playing field. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @TitanfallBlog for more Apex Legends tips, tricks, and news.