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Apex Legends: How to respawn teammates

Apex Legends’ most interesting feature is easier said than done

Apex Legends respawn beacon
A respawn beacon in Apex Legends.
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One of Apex Legends’ most interesting features is the ability to respawn allies who’ve died in battle.

In battle royale games, you want to stay alive as long as possible — to be the last player standing. But if you or your teammate gets knocked down, and can’t be revived in time, there’s still hope.

While not particularly complicated, this process can be tough to pull off in the heat of the moment. In this guide we’ll run you through the basics of squad revival.

Step 1: Grab the tag

Once a teammate goes down, you have a short period of time to revive them from their downed position. If they get executed or bleed out, you’ll then have 90 seconds to grab their tag before it expires.

Find your friend’s dead body, which is looks like a loot box. It should be pretty easy to spot on your HUD. Run up to their box and interact with it. Instead of immediately looting their stuff, you’ll grab their tag and your character will hold it up to the camera.

Feel free to rummage through their belongings now. They’re going to owe you in a second.

Apex Legends map
Apex Legends’ map. Respawn locations are marked with green dots.
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Step 2: Find a respawn beacon

Scattered around the map — usually in particularly open places — you’ll find respawn beacons. They look like red tripods with a green light shooting out of them. On the map they’re displayed as green dots. If you have a tag with you, you can also peer into the sky to find a pillar of light showing you the way.

Run up to one of these beacons, tags in hand, and interact with the beacon for a few seconds. Once the process is complete, your ally will fly back in with a dropship. But you aren’t done yet.

Step 3: Bring them back to speed

This is the toughest part. Big ships flying through the sky are easy to spit, and the beacons are in the open. It takes a few seconds for your ally to reach the ground, and they’ll have no gear when they touch down. If you don’t want them to go down again, you’ll need to defend yourself and them as soon as they land.

At this point it’s a wise idea to give the newly respawned member of your team some gear. If you’re still carrying the gear they had before, even better. If not, you may need to give them some of your own stuff so that they have a fighting chance. Otherwise they’ll have to do some looting, which, late in the game, can be a death sentence.

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