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How to spot real Mirage from the decoys in Apex Legends

Published: 15/Jun/2020 11:30

by Jacob Hale

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Mirage has become an incredibly popular and helpful Legend in the Apex Games since his introduction to the title, with the ability to dupe opponents with his holographic tricks.

Mirage has been in the game since day one as an unlockable character, though at first, the bamboozling legend wasn’t quite as useful as he is now.

That said, since his Season 5 rework, Mirage has become arguably a top-tier Legend in the game, and his Ultimate ability – Life of the Party – truly lives up to his Holographic Trickster moniker.

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Mirage’s Season 5 buff was a welcome change to Apex Legends.

Life of the Party lets Mirage throw out six decoys completely identical to himself that also mimic his movements after granting the user one second of invisibility.

Obviously, it’s great for throwing off enemies – but if it gets used against you, how can you distinguish the real Mirage from his decoys?

There are several tricks you can use to identify the real Mirage, including this very handy Bloodhound trick that points him out among his decoys, but here are some things you can do if your team doesn’t have a Bloodhound.

The list, compiled by lionsroar89, says to look out for these hints:

  1. The Mirage is actively trying to escape – This is a fairly obvious one, here. If one of the Mirage clones is trying to escape, they’re probably the real one, as the others traverse around the area with no real end goal.
  2. They are looking right at you – If Mirage uses his Ultimate, and then one of them is looking right at you, you’ve probably found the real one.
  3. Using gas or explosives – If a Mirage is actively trying to avoid things that will cause them damage, it’s likely the real one.
  4. Just shoot them – Perhaps the most obvious of them all, just shooting at the clones until you deal damage to one is a safe bet… but means you’ll be lower on ammunition and much more likely to invite enemy gunfire.
  5. Listen to them – If you’re standing near the real Mirage, you’ll hear them walking around. If you’re next to one, and they’re silent, it’s a decoy.
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Mirage is fast becoming one of the most important Legends in the game.

So, there you have it. They’re fairly simple tips but will grant you a little extra room to plan your actions next time you face off against a Mirage using his ultimate.

If you’re still not fully clued up on Mirage’s rework, we’ve written up a helpful guide that will let you know exactly what changed with him, and explain why he’s now a top-tier Legend in the game.

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How to master Crypto in Apex Legends: Tips & Tricks

Published: 1/Dec/2020 13:20

by Alex Garton

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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.

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Crypto’s kit revolves around his tactical ability ‘Surveillance Drone’.

How to use Crypto’s abilities best

Passive: Neurolink

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.

Tactical: Surveillance Drone

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

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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

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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

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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

Here’s my two biggest tips on how to be a good Crypto. Lots of people say they’ve never seen a good Crypto but I think that’s because nobody knows how to use him! from r/apexlegends

These tips are courtesy of u/EhWhateverOk and showcase two simple Crypto tricks that a lot of players are unaware of.

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.