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How to play Pathfinder in Apex Legends: Abilities, tips, more

Published: 21/May/2021 16:44 Updated: 26/May/2021 14:45

by Alex Garton

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If you’re a fan of finding elevated power positions as well as using the environment to your advantage, Pathfinder is the perfect legend for you to pick up in Season 9.

Season 9 of Apex Legends certainly had a significant impact on the game’s meta and the way people play the title. With a brand new weapon to master, a high-flying Legend joining the roster, and a chaotic 3v3 game mode for players to enjoy, Legacy is definitely Apex’s biggest update yet.

Despite all of the new content, there’s no better time to learn how to play another legend in-game, and who better to pick up than the Forward Scout, Pathfinder.

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Never failing to put a smile on everyone’s face, Pathfinder’s kit allows him to reach high-up power positions and push enemies from unique angles. Without ado, let’s check out exactly how to play Pathfinder and make the most of his abilities.

How to make use of Pathfinder’s abilities

Passive: Insider Knowledge

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Pathfinder is a MRVN robot designed to specialize in scouting and surveying.

Pathfinder’s Passive ability, Insider Knowledge, allows him to scan Survey Beacons located across the map that indicate the location of the next ring.

While Survey Beacons are also usable by Crypto and Bloodhound, Pathfinder will receive a 10-second cooldown reduction to his Ultimate throughout the whole game for each beacon he scans. On top of this, after using a beacon, Pathfinder’s Ultimate will become available to use right away!

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Tactical: Grappling Hook

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Pathfinder’s Tactical ability is his Grappling Hook.

Pathfinder’s Tactical ability is his Grappling Hook and it’s one of the most fun abilities to use in Apex Legends. It’s also one of the hardest to master will require you to spend a lot of time in the Firing Range if you want to use it effectively in every possible scenario.

Not only can this ability be used to reach power positions, but it can also be perfect for pushing an enemy team aggressively from a unique angle.

Keep in mind, the cooldown of Pathfinder’s Grappling Hook is based on the distance that he travels which ranges between 10-30 seconds total.

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Ultimate: Zipline Gun

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Pathfinder’s Ultimate gives him the ability to create a zipline.

Pathfinder’s Ultimate ability allows him to deploy his very own zipline on the map and is on a 120-second base cooldown. This can be particularly useful when you’re attempting to make it into the ring as quickly as possible.

Although this ability can be used aggressively, it does make you an easy target when traveling across a straight zipline. So, make sure you’re aware of your enemy’s position before you go zip lining into battle.

Pathfinder tips and tricks

1.  Use power positions to your advantage

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Pathfinder’s grapple allows him to exit and enter fights extremely quickly.

Every single map in Apex Legends is filled with ledges, buildings, and outcrops that can be used to catch an enemy squad off-guard. As Pathfinder, you are one of the few Legends who can access these areas and even use your zipline to allow your team to as well.

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In a final circle scenario, positioning yourself above the enemy could be the difference-maker in your squad taking home the win. Make sure you’re using Pathfinder’s dynamic movement to your advantage and putting yourself in the best position to pick up the victory.

2. Don’t stray too far from your team

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Pathfinder is classified as a ‘Recon’ Legend.

If you’ve played Pathfinder, you’ll know his Grappling Hook is one of the most dynamic and fun abilities to use in Apex Legends. Once mastered, players can use it to traverse the map and propel themselves long distances.

However, it’s easy to get caught up using Pathfinder’s movement abilities and become isolated from your squad. This can result in you getting taken down with no support from your team.

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So, make sure you’re always keeping tabs on the position of your teammates, and don’t swing yourself into inescapable danger.

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3. Use your hook to pull in enemies

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Pathfinder’s hook can be devastating when used with a shotgun.

Although Pathfinder’s Grappling Hook is amazing for traversing the maps of Apex Legends, it can also be used aggressively on enemies. Carrying a shotgun like the Mastiff on Pathfinder is recommended as you can aim your grapple at opponents and pull them in for a devastating amount of damage.

This can incredibly useful in intense close-range encounters and could completely catch an enemy off-guard.


Hopefully, this guide has provided you with everything you need to know about the Forward Scout, Pathfinder. It won’t be long before you’re propelling yourself to victory and making some incredible highlight-reel plays with your squad.

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