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Perfect Octane buff would make him a team player in Apex Legends

Published: 28/Mar/2020 11:26

by Joe Craven


One Apex Legends player is tired of Octane’s self-serving abilities, and so has devised a unique overhaul of the adrenaline junkie that would see him become much more of a team player.

Since his introduction way back in Season 1, Octane has been a fairly popular legend thanks to his incredible speed and the unique ability to heal when he is not taking damage. This allows him to continually stimulate his performance with adrenaline, giving him a major, albeit temporary, speed buff.


However, despite his relative popularity, it has been widely acknowledged that the abilities of other legends are far more beneficial to a team. Lifeline, for example, can heal members of her team very regularly, or can call in a care package to provide an armor upgrade.

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Octane’s ultimate ability sees him throw down a springy launch pad.

It seems like one Apex Legends fan has grown tired of Octane’s selfish abilities, devising an overhaul for the speedster to make him much more of a team player.


The Octane main describes the legend’s ultimate as a less favorable version of Pathfinder’s zip-lines, as well as pointing out how dependent his tactical and passive are on one another. His current tactical is the stim-shot, while his passive enables him to heal the small portion of damage done by the stim.

In order to improve Octane’s ultimate, the proposal sees it change from a ‘Jump Pad’ to a ‘Launch Pad’. This would allow those using the pad to re-deploy and properly glide in mid-air, similar to dropping in at the start of a game.

My proposal for an Octane buff. Feedback is appreciated. from r/apexlegends

This buff to Octane’s ultimate ability would enable players to completely reposition during a skirmish, gaining the higher ground where they previously might not have been able to.


Similarly, it would enable massively increased mobility around the map, similar to the existing balloons that allow re-deploy. However, players would no longer have to risk their lives in order to make it to a balloon and then scale up it.

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Octane’s current abilities in Apex Legends.

Finally, the player proposes a buff to Octane’s passive. The ability to heal would remain the same, but the adrenaline-junkie would not be slowed by enemy equipment, such as Wattson’s fences or Caustic’s traps. This would keep his speed as a major counter, giving him a wide buff against a number of legends.

Despite the awesome buff concept, it is not entirely clear whether Respawn are considering a buff for Octane. It is certainly true that the speed demon’s abilities are more self-serving than other legends, but this may have been a conscious choice from Respawn. We’ll have to wait and see how they play this one.

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How to use Apex Legends Gravity Lifts: Locations, keycard, challenges

Published: 14/Oct/2020 11:08

by Matt Porter


With Horizon officially confirmed as the next character coming to Apex Legends, players can use the new Gravity Lifts to boost themselves into the air and rotate around the map. Here’s everything you need to know about the machines, including every location and how to activate them.

Respawn Entertainment added a monitor to the Firing Range on October 13, which started to play videos featuring Dr. Mary Somers, who will become the Apex Games’ ninth Legend under her alter-ego Horizon, likely when Season 7 launches.


Before she starts competing though, Horizon has some special experiments she needs you to complete. By finishing these challenges, you can use the new Gravity Lifts that have been installed in both Kings Canyon and World’s Edge, which shoot you up into the sky and give you a new rotation option when in the heat of the battle.

You will need Horizon’s activation keycard to access these machines though, so make sure you complete the challenges provided by Apex Legends‘ newest character before you head to their locations.


How to activate Horizon’s Gravity Lifts

Before you actually use the Gravity Lifts, you’ll need to grab the keycard to make them work.

First, you’ll need to head to the Firing Range and interact with the monitor, which will then play a special message from Horizon. Leave Firing Range, and you’ll receive a notification that three new challenges have been unlocked, which you need to complete as the next step in the process.

Thankfully, these challenges aren’t too difficult so you should be able to tick them off in a couple of games, as you just need to deal with damage in mid-air, get knockdowns, and outlive opponents. The three challenges are:

  • Deal 10 damage while mid-air
  • Get 10 knockdowns
  • Outlive 120 opponents

Once you’ve finished these, head back to Firing Range, and you should now be able to open the Supply Bin that sits beside the monitor. Inside, you’ll find the keycard you need to boot up the Gravity Lifts.

Horizon's monitor in Apex Legends' Firing Range.
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The Supply Bin sits to the right of the monitor.

Apex Legends Gravity Lift locations

Now that you have your keycard, it’s time to use it to activate the Gravity Lifts. There are two of these machines on each map, so no matter if you’re playing on World’s Edge or Kings Canyon, you’ll be able to make use of the devices.

Both of the Gravity Lifts can be found in the north of World’s Edge, with one sitting in Skyhook, and the other found inside Refinery. When you reach them, you simply interact with the machine and a blue beam of light will shoot out of the pad on the floor, that will rocket you into the sky.

Map showing Gravity Lift locations on World's Edge.
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Both of the lifts can be found in the north of World’s Edge.

The Gravity Lifts are on opposite sides of Kings Canyon, with one located at Airbase on the west, with another sitting in the east, just outside Repulsor.

Map showing Gravity Lift locations on Kings Canyon.
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The Gravity Lifts are on opposite sides of the map.

The Gravity Lifts are an extremely handy rotation tool, allowing you to exit an area if the circle is closing, or giving you an escape route if you’re under attack.


They won’t remain active for long after use, so other teams likely won’t be able to follow in your beam. The machines also have a cooldown which should give you time to get away.