How to play Horizon in Apex Legends: Abilities, tips & more

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Apex Legends’ Horizon is one of the most popular Legends in the game and for good reason, the Gravitational Manipulator is powerful as well as fun to play. So, there’s no better time to pick her up and master her kit completely.

Scottish scientist extraordinaire Horizon has become one of Apex Legends’ most beloved characters, but equally, she can be a real nightmare to play into.

Despite Season 9 nerfs to her Gravity Lift, coming into Season 10 Respawn have decided to give her ability a little love.

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She remains an incredibly powerful pick and can still dominate her opponents if played correctly. So, without further ado, let’s check out exactly how to master Horizon in Apex Legends.

How to make use of Horizon’s abilities

Passive: Spacewalk

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Horizon’s abilities give her incredible movement options.

Horizon’s Passive Space Walk increases air control and reduces fall impacts with her custom spacesuit. Although this may seem like a rather insignificant passive, in conjunction with the rest of her kit, it’s incredibly powerful.

Space Walk allows Horizon to push enemies aggressively while falling from heights without any interruption to her gunfire or movement. This aspect of her kit makes her a great Legend for players who love to push enemy squads.

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Tactical: Gravity Lift

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Horizon’s Gravity Lift can be used as an offensive or defensive tool.

Horizon’s Tactical ability reverses the flow of gravity, lifting players upwards and boosting them outwards when they exit. The Gravity Lifts lasts for 8 seconds and only has a cooldown of 20 seconds, so make sure you’re using this ability whenever you can.

Gravity Lift is perfect for both aggressive and defensive plays, depending on the situation. Paired with her passive, Horizon can push an enemy squad from the air and catch them completely off-guard.

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However, if you’re in a spot of trouble, don’t be afraid to use her Tactical to buy you and your team some time to heal up.

Finally, look for hiding spots and vantage points that you can access with her Gravity Lift. There’s plenty of high-up vantage points on ever map, so make the most of them!

Ultimate: Black Hole

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Horizon’s Ultimate has a 2-minute cooldown.

Horizon’s Ultimate deploys N.E.W.T. to create a micro black hole that pulls players in towards it and hits them with a graviton blast at the end. The Black Hole has a cooldown of two minutes and is a perfect zoning tool in gunfights.

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A great use of the Ultimate is to throw it at an enemy squad before a push and follow it up with a barrage of throwables, putting out some guaranteed damage. This will weaken your opponents before you arrive and give you a huge advantage in the skirmish.

On top of this, don’t be afraid to use it as a retreat mechanism to block off enemy squads. The ultimate is perfect for blocking off doorways and small corridors so if push comes to shove, it may help you get out of a rough situation.

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Tips for playing Horizon in Apex Legends

1. Combine Gravity Lift with a sniper

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Horizon was released alongside the Season 7 update.

Horizon’s Gravity Lift may be perfect for jumping into the middle of a skirmish with an enemy squad, but don’t underestimate its ability to look for long-range picks.

As Horizon can sit at the top of the Gravity Lift for 2 seconds, suspended in mid-air, you can use the height to look for takedowns with a sniper. This is a great strategy for when you’re not completely ready to commit to a full push and want to weaken a squad before you head in.

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With the new Season 10 buffs increasing her lift speed back up to 9.1 (not as high as during Season 9, but a lot better than her current values), it’s going to be much easier to pick off opponents again. Just make sure you’re effective with the time you have, and land all of your shots.

2. Use Horizon’s Ultimate to pull enemies out of cover

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Horizon’s ultimate can be used with a grenade to secure some guaranteed damage on an opponent.

Although catching a full squad in Horizon’s Ultimate is great, using it on singular targets can completely turn a gunfight. Throughout skirmishes in Apex, players constantly look for cover to get shields and heals off.

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Instead of pushing directly, throw the Black Hole beside the cover and pull enemies out of hiding, allowing your squad to pick up some easy kills. It may not be a highlight-reel play, but it gets the job done and maybe the reason you pick up the victory.

3. Air-strafe using Gravity Lift

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Be wary of your teammates when using your Tactical, particularly if they’re healing.

Of course, Horizon’s Tactical is amazing for gaining some height over a set of enemies before a fight but soaring towards your opponents directly isn’t usually the best strategy.

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Sliding into Horizon’s Gravity Lift and maneuvering yourself mid-air makes it incredibly hard for enemies to hit you. It’s key you curve and twist while in the air to keep your enemies guessing and give yourself an advantage in the gunfight.

The Season 9 nerf reduced how fast Horizon could strafe, but this has been partially reverted, so you can strafe a bit faster now. Just make sure you’re familiar with the changes to her Gravity Lift by hopping into the firing range.

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There you have it, that’s everything you need to know about Horizon and her incredibly fun kit. Make sure you use these tricks in your games to dominate your opponents and pick up more wins. Make sure you follow @alphaINTEL for all the latest Apex Legends news and updates.

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