Apex Legends offers a wide selection of playable characters to choose from. While none of them are necessarily bad choices (they all have some utility in a battle), some are better than others. Season 9 provides more options to pick from than ever before with the introduction of Valkyrie. Here are some of the best characters to play in the game. These selections are in no particular order.
After reading about the best Legends in Season 9 of Apex Legends, you can also find out about the best weapons to use.
One of the most popular characters since the game’s launch is Wraith, who excels at repositioning not only herself but the rest of her team as well. Her Tactical, Into the Void, gives her invulnerability, which allows her to find cover when caught out of position. This makes her great at flanking. Furthermore, it’s hard to catch her off guard due to the Passive ability, Voices from the Void. This power alerts you if an enemy is scoped in on her.
A reason for her popularity pertains to her great team play through the use of the Ultimate ability, Dimensional Rift. While other Legends, such as Pathfinder, Valkyrie, and Octane, have movement abilities that provide their allies with a means of escape, only Wraith’s portal lets them retreat to cover without risking damage from opposing squads.
The removal of Low Profile at the start of Season 9 has increased her effectiveness as well. This was a perk that increased damage done to small hitbox Legends by 5% (these included Wraith, Wattson, and Lifeline before the Season 9 update). Wraith is a great choice for any number of team comps.
Gibraltar is the human fortress of Apex Legends. Using his Tactical ability, Dome of Protection, enemies will find it difficult to finish off his squad. This shield not only protects his team from enemy gunfire and ordnances, but it also gives them the time necessary to revive fallen allies and heal up before an attacking squad can close in on their location.
Beyond keeping his team alive, Gibraltar is challenging to knock in a battle. Despite having a large hitbox, he comes equipped with the Passive, Gun Shield. This shield absorbs 50 damage before breaking. This 50hp often can be the difference between winning and losing close 1v1 gunfights. This ability is even more powerful early game before other players manage to find good armor and weapons. In addition, he has the perk, Fortified. This means he takes 15% less damage compared to the smaller characters in the game. He also isn’t slowed by enemy bullets.
If these powerful abilities weren’t enough, his Ultimate, Defensive Bombardment, drops an airstrike on a large area. While this Ultimate can be used offensively against enemy teams, it works great as a zoning tool as well. Dropping an airstrike between you and a hostile squad can stop their advance. This creates space for your team to reposition when in tight situations. This impressive list of defensive and offensive abilities that aid not only Gibraltar but also his teammates make him one of the best Legends in Season 9 of Apex Legends.
The expert tracker of the game, Bloodhound, provides an impressive amount of intel for their team. Unlike Crypto, who requires his Drone for reconnaissance, you don’t have to take yourself out of the fight when scanning for enemies as Bloodhound.
His Tactical ability, Eye of the Allfather, scans a large region in front of you. This scan highlights enemies, traps, and Loot Ticks that might otherwise be obscured from your view. What makes this ability indispensable is that your allies can see the objects that are picked up with the scan. In addition to this powerful ability, their Passive, Tracker, reveals signs left by your enemies. This provides you with the chance to get the jump on opposing squads.
The Ultimate, Beast of the Hunt, provides essential knowledge of your surroundings for you and your teammates. In addition, the scan has its cooldown reduced from 25 seconds to 8 seconds while in this mode. This Ultimate works well for pushing the attack on an opposing squad as the ability increases your speed by 30%. It feels like a disadvantage when your team doesn’t have a Bloodhound. The critical information they provide for the entire team often means the difference between winning or losing a fight.
The first Legend added to the game after its initial launch; Octane started out as a weak character. Over the following seasons, the developers improved his kit, making him a viable option in the game. His Passive, Swift Mend, gives him the ability to heal himself over a period of time. This ability to regenerate health means that you don’t need to carry as many syringes and medkits. This frees up your inventory to carry additional ammo, shields, or grenades.
Octane did receive a nerf at the beginning of Season 9, however. His Tactical ability, Stim, allows him to move over 30% faster for 6 seconds. While the cooldown between stims has been reduced from 4 seconds to 1 second, the damage incurred from using the ability has increased from 12hp to 20hp. This change forces you to be more mindful when deciding to use Stim, as using it multiple times in quick succession rapidly depletes your health.
Nevertheless, his Launch Pad still makes him a valuable asset to a team. When first released, the ability only gave players one jump. In the current state of the game, it allows you to double jump. On top of this, you can choose the trajectory that you fly from the pad. If you slide into the pad, it will launch you further and at a lower trajectory compared to running over it. However, if you simply run over the pad, it will send you higher into the air, but you will travel a shorter distance.
This Ultimate allows not only him, but the rest of his team to make a quick getaway. It can also be used in conjunction with other Legends’ abilities, such as Revenant’s Death Totem. This tactic lets your team push into a fight quickly, catching a squad by surprise. If you or your teammates are sent back to the Totem, the Launch Pad gives your allies an opportunity to jump back into the action before your opponents have a chance to heal up and/or revive knocked players. Despite a recent nerf, Octane possesses a kit that creates opportunities for his squad to seize the offense in skirmishes. This makes him still one of the best Legends in Season 9 of Apex Legends.
Horizon was accused of being OP upon release in Season 7. It’s not hard to see why players thought she was breaking the game. With a kit built around obtaining height seemingly at will, she is an excellent choice for repositioning during a fight.
Respawn did target her with a nerf in Season 9. This nerf addresses her Tactical, Gravity Lift. This ability creates a temporary updraft that allows any character stepping on the current to be lifted into the air. Before the recent nerf, players could use this power to fly into the air to avoid taking damage (it’s difficult to hit a player while they’re strafing in her lift). This gave them time to heal before going back into the fight. The new update to Horizon reduces the speed of the lift by 30%. In addition, you will be knocked off the top of the lift after 2 seconds, and the cooldown has been lengthened from 15 seconds to 20 seconds.
Undoubtedly, these nerfs weakened her power, but she still has a lot to offer on the battlefield. Her Tactical gives her squad the chance to grab the high ground. Furthermore, a well-coordinated use of her Ultimate, Black Hole, which sucks enemies together, can render a squad defenseless.
The newest playable character, Valkyrie, is surprisingly balanced after launch. (Season 8’s Legend, Fuse, was extremely underwhelming.) Valkyrie introduces the Apex community to a number of abilities similar to those found in Titanfall 2.
Valkyrie is another character that excels at taking the high ground. Using her Passive, VTOL Jets, she is able to fly through the air until her fuel is depleted. You can conserve fuel and stay in the air longer by holding down the button/key used for her Tactical ability, Missile Swarm. While she won’t be able to move as fast, fuel for her jetpack will diminish at a much slower rate. This has the potential to be an effective strategy for reconnoitering an area.
Speaking of her Tactical, Missile Swarm lets her launch a salvo of rockets similar to those used by the Northstar Titan from Titanfall 2. These missiles inflict 25 damage. This is a great option to use against teams trying to escape, as players hit by the rockets are slowed for a period of time. However, you need to be careful when flying in the air to launch your missiles, as she is an easy target to hit while in the sky.
The best part of Valkyrie’s kit is her Ultimate, Skyward Dive. Using her jetpack, she and the rest of her team can launch into the sky and redeploy to another area of the map. Not only does this make rotating into difficult zones easier, but nearby hostiles are also highlighted on her and her teammates’ screens while redeploying. This radar system also works when diving into the arena when the game first starts.
Probably the most controversial selections on this list of the best Legends in Apex Legends, but Mirage has become a viable pick over the past few seasons. His Passive, Now You See Me…, gives him the power to cloak when reviving allies and using respawn beacons. He also turns invisible for a brief time after getting knocked. While a Gibraltar dome or Lifeline drone can also revive downed teammates with relative safety, they don’t have the same level of survival skills.
It’s hard to knock Mirage due to the many holograms at his disposal. His Tactical, Psyche Out, lets him deploy a decoy to bait out enemy shots and provide a distraction for him to reposition. Life of the Party, his Ultimate, takes the deception to a whole new level as he deploys an army of decoys surrounding himself. While this can be used to get out of a bad situation, it can also be used when initiating a fight. Often, opponents will shoot the wrong Mirage, allowing you to get the first shot advantage in a 1v1.
At the start of Season 8, Respawn added footstep sound effects to his decoys. These aren’t as loud as the ones for the real Legend, but they do make it more challenging to identify the actual Mirage from his host of impostors. While there are picks that offer more utility for their teams, Mirage’s trickery makes him a great solo queue pick. You don’t have to rely on the rest of your team to get out of tricky situations.
Respawn changed a number of aspects to Lifeline’s kit with the release of Season 9. While her Passive, Combat Revive, no longer deploys a shield, it gives her the power to revive 2 allies at the same time. In addition, she is another Legend that benefitted from the removal of Low Profile. With this perk gone from the game, she is harder to knock in a fight.
Her Tactical, D.O.C. Heal Drone, provides healing for her allies. This ability received a buff to its healing rate as well. Players using the drone now regain health at 8hp per second instead of 5hp.
Respawn also tweaked her Ultimate, Care Package. This ability lets you call down supplies for your team. This can give you a huge advantage as it introduces the possibility of receiving a purple Evo Shield. Its cooldown has been shortened from 6 minutes to 5 minutes as well. Positioning as Lifeline is vital. You need to stay alive during a fight if you’re to use her Tactical to revive fallen teammates. If played correctly, she is a great support character to have on a squad.
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