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Apex Legends guide: Who should you play as?

Apex Legends’ characters all add something unique to the fight

Wraith in Apex Legends Electronic Arts / Respawn
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Apex Legends is a hero-based battle royale game. Players select from a pool of characters before every match. Legends are unique, and each has its own passive, tactical, and ultimate ability.

Only one specific Legend can exist on each team at once, and squads cap out at three, meaning you’ll need to have at least three Legends you’re comfortable with if you want to succeed.

The Legends in Apex Legends all bring something to the table, and will continue to do so as new weapons and Legends are added over the next year. But for now, that should be everything you need to know before hoping into a game with your chosen Legend.

In this guide, we’ll detail each of the Legends to give you some insight into how each plays and which will fit your playstyle best.


Bangalore is the de facto soldier Legend in Apex Legends. Everything she has affords her a better chance to kill or quickly escape. If you’re into running, gunning, and playing aggressively, Bangalore is a good pick for you.

  • Passive: Double Time

When being shot or shot at, Bangalore’s movement speed increases.

  • Tactical: Smoke Launcher

Bangalore’s active ability launches a cloud of smoke that covers an area and conceals enemies and allies inside.

  • Ultimate: Rolling Thunder

Bangalore calls in an artillery strike that blankets a large area in missiles over a long period of time.


Bloodhound is the scout class, able to see through walls and track enemies for their allies while giving enhanced information about the environment. Bloodhound is perfect for the cautious player, someone who wants to have all the information about a fight before going into it.

  • Passive: Tracker

Bloodhound sees footprints on the ground where enemies recently walked.

  • Tactical: Eye of the Allfather

Bloodhound scans in a small area, revealing the shapes of enemies through walls.

  • Ultimate: Beast of the Hunt

Beast of the Hunt lets Bloodhound go into a frenzy, allowing them to see through objects in real time and move faster. Enemies are highlighted.


Caustic is the poison expert of the Apex Legends crew. He can set smoke traps down to catch enemies in an area or slowly poison them to death. Caustic is for the patient player, someone who wants to sit back and set a trap, rather than seek out a firefight.

  • Passive: Nox Vision

Caustic sees enemies through his Nox gas.

  • Tactical: Nox Gas Trap

Caustic drops a canister of gas on the ground, which you can shoot to create a poison cloud.

  • Ultimate: Nox Gas Grenade

Caustic throws out a Nox grenade that covers a large area in poison.


Gibraltar is a wall against his enemies and a shield for his allies. He’s a defense-focused character capable of fighting for a long time without going down. Gibraltar is perfect for someone who wants to be the frontline and take attention away from his more fragile friends.

  • Passive: Gun Shield

When aiming, Gibraltar creates a shield in front of him that absorbs gunfire.

  • Tactical: Dome of Protection

Gibraltar throws down a bubble shield that blocks all incoming enemy attacks for 15 seconds and protects anyone inside.

  • Ultimate: Defensive Bombardment

Gibraltar activates a short range, focused mortar strike that blows up nearby foes.


Lifeline is Apex Legends’ medic character. She can provide battlefield healing to her allies, as well as spawn in powerful items for survival. Lifeline is ideal for someone more interested in supporting allies than racking up kills. She can be a competent fighter and great aim will always help, but she’s the perfect choice for players just looking to help out the team.

  • Passive: Combat Medic

Lifeline revives her allies faster than other characters while a shield protects her.

  • Tactical: D.O.C. Heal Drone

Lifeline drops a healing drone that sits stationary and pumps health into a single nearby ally.

  • Ultimate: Care Package

Lifeline calls a drop pod down from the sky filled with medkits, armor, and other defense-oriented items.


Mirage is Apex Legends’ trickster character. Full of personality and himself, Mirage can make decoys that travel the world and fool allies. Mirage is for the player who likes to get in the heads of their enemies. If you want to try to out-think the competition, Mirage is your man.

  • Passive: Encore!

When Mirage is knocked down and bleeding out, he spawns a decoy of himself nearby and also cloaks for five seconds — making him invisible.

  • Tactical: Psyche Out

Mirage creates a duplicate of himself who’ll run forward and hopefully confuse nearby enemies.

  • Ultimate: Vanishing Act

Mirage turns himself invisible while sending out many copies of himself to confuse enemies.


Pathfinder is a kindly robot scout who moves around the map quickly. He uses grappling hooks and can scan parts of the map to reveal the circle. His verticality also makes him tougher for enemies to spot. He’s a great hybrid for someone who wants to move fast and be hyper aggressive.

  • Passive: Insider Knowledge

Pathfinder locates survey beacons in the world, scan them, and learn where the circle’s location will move to next.

  • Tactical: Grappling Hook

Pathfinder shoots out a grappling hook that latches onto nearby structures and reels him in.

  • Ultimate: Zipline Gun

Pathfinder creates his own zip line that any of his teammates can use.


Wraith is all about escaping, moving quickly, and repositioning safely in fights. She can move around the battlefield easily to surprise enemies. Wraith is great for players who want to weave in and out of fights, who know when they’re bested and when to push the advantage.

  • Passive: Voices from the Void

When an enemy is aiming at her, Wraith receives a warning.

  • Tactical: Into the Void

Wraith warps out of existence — becoming invisible and invincible — for a few seconds.

  • Ultimate: Dimensional Rift

Wraith opens up a portal connecting two locations. She and her allies can use them to jump between areas for a short time.