An Apex Legends technique increases your attack speed with the melee attack, improving your chances in a head-to-head fist fight.
Anyone who’s spent any time playing Apex Legends – or any battle royale, for that matter – will have experienced the unfortunate scenario in which you drop directly beside another group, but are unable to find a weapon.
Perhaps the enemy got there first, or you select a building only to find attachments and ammo, or maybe you simply start fighting immediately and never have time to gear up. Whatever the reason, play Apex long enough and you’ll inevitably find yourself having to resort to melee attacks for survival.
Whether you’re in a fair one-on-one boxing match or outgunned and outnumbered, being able to maximize your melee damage could be the difference between survival and elimination – or at least enabling your team-mates to clean up the fight.
Sometimes you just can’t find a weapon in time.
If you do find yourself reduced to beating your enemies to death, however, there is still a way you can gain an advantage.
The animation for a melee attack changes depending on what movement you’re making at the time. By default it’s a straightforward punch, but if you slide towards someone it’s more of an upper-cut, and if you’re in mid-air, either falling or jumping, it’s a kick instead.
The difference isn’t entirely cosmetic, however. The animation for the jump-kick takes less time, and therefore allows you to get more hits in quicker than the regular melee attack.
Each melee attack does 30 damage, so if your enemy starts at full health with no shields, as will often be the case if you begin a game with a melee showdown, it takes four hits to knock them down.
As can be seen in the head-to-head comparison at the end of the video, using a jump kick rather than just punching will mean you get your fourth hit in first, enabling you to guarantee victory in a head-to-head fight if your opponent isn’t using this technique.
Crypto isn’t the most popular character in Apex Legends, but that’s only because most players don’t know how to use him properly. Here’s how to play as Crypto, the Surveillance Expert who specializes in scouting opponents and obtaining key information for your squad.
Crypto’s kit is unique and unlike any other Legend on the Apex roster. His ability to scout ahead and maintain an awareness of his surroundings can be an incredible tool in the right player’s hands.
However, when utilized poorly or at the wrong time, it can hinder you and your squadmates significantly. This is partly why Crypto has garnered a polarizing reputation among the Apex Legends community.
There’s no doubt Crypto can be a staple part of any squad, but he’s a much more cerebral character – less about flashy plays, and more about intelligent ones. Let’s check out his abilities and a few tips and tricks to help you master Crypto.
Crypto’s kit revolves around his tactical ability ‘Surveillance Drone’.
How to use Crypto’s abilities best
Crypto’s passive is interconnected with his tactical Surveillance Drone. Enemies detected by the drone within 30 meters of Crypto are marked for you and your squadmates to see. This allows you to constantly maintain an awareness of your surroundings and potential threats.
Crypto’s kit is completely centered around his Surveillance Drone, so it’s imperative you know when and how to use it effectively. The ability allows Crypto to deploy an aerial drone that can scout the surrounding area. If the drone is destroyed, there is a 40-second cooldown before another device can be deployed. It’s key you’re utilizing the drone to scout the surrounding area for enemy squads and their exact position, Then, you can use that information to plan an organized push or make a quick escape.
Ultimate: Drone EMP
Drone EMP is Crypto’s ultimate ability and allows him to activate an EMP blast that deals shield damage, slows enemies, and disables traps. The position of the EMP can be controlled via his drone making it possible to use from a distance. This makes the ability incredibly effective before an orchestrated push with your team. After the EMP, an enemy squad should be sufficiently weakened, giving you and your teammates a huge advantage.
Crypto tips and tricks
Utilize the banners located across the map
Crypto can use the banners located around the map to gain key information for his squad.
Crypto’s Surveillance Drone is incredibly useful for scouting enemy squads, even when you can’t see them. Flying your drone up to one of the digital banners will show you exactly how many enemy squads are in the area. This allows you to stay prepared and prevents an enemy squad from sneaking up on you. Make sure you keep your drone hovering in front of a banner so you can flick back and forth from drone view and keep tabs on any enemy squads in the area.
Crypto’s drone can collect squad banners
Crypto’s drone makes him the best Legend for recovering player banners.
Crypto can collect fallen teammates’ banners with his Surveillance Drone. This means he has the most consistent and safest method of collecting player banners out of any Legend on Apex’s roster. It’s worth noting he can even use his drone to collect banners that are outside of the radius of the safe area, as his drone is not affected by ring damage.
Don’t overuse your drone
Crypto’s drone can be an amazing tool but it can also be his downfall.
As useful as Crypto’s Surveillance Drone can be, it is also the reason why he has reputation for being an underwhelming Legend. When you’re inside drone view, you are isolating yourself from your squad with the positive being that you are providing information. A key skill for Crypto players is knowing when to leave drone view and assist in gunfights. It’s extremely easy to stay in your drone for too long, resulting in your squad being at a huge disadvantage. Remember, just because the drone is available doesn’t mean you always have to use it.
Deploy drones without entering drone view and reduce EMP radius
By holding down the tactical button, players can deploy a drone without entering drone view. This allows Crypto’s to keep up with their team and avoid putting their squad at a disadvantage.
Finally, Crypto’s EMP ultimate has a spherical hit radius. This means if you fly the drone upwards, the hit radius of the EMP is reduced and will often prevent the ability from hitting you and your teammates.
Hopefully, this guide has helped you pick up the basics of Crypto and taught you a few tips and tricks that you might not have made use of. If you don’t play him often, or haven’t tried him in a while, it might be the perfect time to give him another shot.