From best to worst characters, here is GGRecon's definitive Apex Legends tier list.
Apex Legends has 13 playable characters to date, each with their own strengths and weaknesses which contribute directly to their chance of victory and becoming the Apex Champions.
Apex Legends characters belong to four distinct categories; Offensive, Defensive, Recon & Support, so it makes sense that teams should include a variety of these options to succeed, or one Legend belonging to two if you’re queued up for duos.
GGRecon's definitive tier list ranks the best Apex Legends characters, down to the worst...
S Tier – Wraith, Lifeline, Mirage, Gibraltar
Widely known as the most powerful and useful Legends, these four Apex Legends characters make up our S tier. The range of movement these characters possess, as well as healing powers & ultra-damaging airstrikes, make up the top tier of Legends, for pure usability alone. As a quadruplet, these four are unstoppable, rotating around the map like it’s nothing, with Gibby’s ult ready to rain down some destruction at regular intervals, Mirage bamboozling his opponents at every turn, and Lifeline's D.O.C ready to revive at a moments notice. Let’s go over what makes these Legends the best characters in our Apex Legends tier list.
Wraith is one of the most popular characters for pro players – for good reason. She is perfect for pushing, retreating & rotating, making her an easy choice for S tier. Her tactical movement abilities are massively influential on matches, helping her escape tough engagements or third-partying, or to push teams at the drop of a hat (or the charge of an ultimate). In tournaments, you will always see a Wraith in every team, and it’s easy to see why. Her portals and void-walking are invaluable on any trio, as well as her low-profile stature. She’s the closest character type to a ninja that we’ve seen in Apex Legends. Even after her recent nerf, she is still the top-picked player at a whopping 26% pick rate.
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The Jamaican healer fills an important role on any squad, from her D.O.C healing drone to her care packages, and since her Lost Treasures buff, her OP dual-reviving mechanic. Those with the know-how can use Lifeline to their advantage, making use of her protective resurrection shield for fast combat rezzing, and leaving her heal drone to revive enemies in her place while she gets back into the fight. In recent Apex Legends news, Lifeline now has even more looting opportunities, with 20% of all supply bins being blue, meaning Lifeline can grab extra loot.
Mirage has been bumped up massively in this tier list - from Tier C to A, and now S. It's quite a move, but it isn't unwarranted. Where his decoys were unstrategic mannequins, they are now controlled by Mirage, mimicking his every move, and fooling the enemies into believing that's the real Hologprahic Trickster himself for a whole 60 seconds. His ultimate is now a bunch of Mirage Mimics, again, giving your team the real ability to confuse opponents, and allowing your Mirage to make an escape. The most effective new update to Mirage's abilities is his passive - "now you see me". Mirage is almost above Lifeline power levels when it comes to reviving teammates, as he not only cloaks when using a respawn beacon, but also when reviving, and that's not all - the teammate being revived is also invisible! In previous seasons, GGRecon suggested Mirage needed a big buff, and we definitely got one. Mirage's pick rate has risen substantially since his recent buff, from a minuscule 1.81% of PC players to 6.82%.
Gibby’s main strength is his Fortified status. Taking 15% less damage thanks to his rather large stature, he can charge into gunfights with relative ease. Pair that with his 75HP gun shield, which covers his whole torso, and you’ve got a recipe for success. His dome shield sig protects his team, while also providing faster revives & healing. He’s an all-rounder as well as a tank. Gibby has always been a mainstay in Apex Legends, and once again cements his position in Tier S of the best Apex Legends characters.
A Tier – Loba, Wattson, Caustic
While Wattson holds the low-profile ability, making her hitbox harder to hit (but taking more damage), the miniature lady doesn't quite boast as many useful abilities as their fellow Legends in S Tier. Loba, the newest Apex Legend, has already cemented her place in Tier A, with her amazingly useful looting abilities, as well as her jump drive bracelet, making her an asset on any squad. Caustic has been bumped, following a rise in usage, and players finding more tactical ways to use his gas abilities. They aren't quite the best Apex Legends characters, but they aren't far off.
The Transolocating Thief's teleportation abilities, as well as loot-spotting (and stealing), make her a necessity on any team who wants to get kitted-out to the max before entering the fight. Not only is Loba a friend to those who love high-tier loot, but her Jump Drive bracelet is also a powerful tool to escape, flank, or get into a scuffle. Her passive (Eye for Quality) allows Loba to spot purple and gold items through walls, meaning even when she isn't looking, the loot practically comes to her. Her Ultimate 'Black Market Boutique' however, is really the thing that lands her in Tier A. Imagine a scenario where your team is stuck in the middle of a fight, perhaps camping a building, and you're all low on ammo and heals. It's a bad situation, that is easily remedied by Loba's handy device, which when placed, allows everyone who uses it to take 2 items.
Wattson is one of the members you will always see included in any Apex Ranked or Apex Legends competitive team, and for good reason. Her electric fence ability holds positions to perfection, while her ultimate Interception Pylon destroys grenades and airstrikes that go anywhere near her teammates, while also charging their shields. In this way, she’s not only a Defensive character but also Support (although she isn’t canonically in this category). Finding out where teams are pushing from by securing the area behind you, or any nearby entry/exit points is invaluable. Camping or hiding and using your perimeter fences to defend an area is very useful, but Wattson herself isn’t the best Apex character.
Caustic is one big bad boy, with toxic abilities. This mad scientist makes the A tier for a few reasons. While his gas canisters can be annoying to pass by, they are easily spotted and taken care of with one bullet, and if you have a Wraith on your team, you’ll also be privy to an advanced warning of the gas’ presence. Caustic does have the Fortified buff (just like Gibby) but without a gun shield, meaning he’s still a huge target for SMG spray-downs. Caustic’s ultimate gas cloud is rather painful, dealing ever-increasing damage from 4 to 10 ticks. The gas clouds and canisters also slow enemies, as well as blurring vision, and since the recent buff that meant his teammates were no longer susceptible to the slowing elements of his attacks, he has been promoted to A Tier.
B Tier – Revenant, Bangalore, Pathfinder, Bloodhound
This bunch may seem like they do a lotta damage, but even Flex Tape can’t hold them together in certain situations. Poor Pathfinder has still not recovered from his devastating nerf, and he's being spotted less and less in Apex Legends matches. No Apex Legends tier list would be complete without these four.
His grapple is polished, and so is his gameplay. Or at least, it was. Pathfinder (affectionately known as Path) is the wholesome robot Legend just looking for his creator. His movement abilities were by far the most powerful of all the Apex Legends characters, again, allowing for ease of rotation across the map, and during engagements. In Apex Ranked, Path’s beacon passive still comes in handy for positioning in the final circles. His tactical grapple was recently nerfed (taking the cooldown from 15 seconds to massive 35 seconds) and severely affected his pick rate, dropping from 22% to 10.56%. Path just doesn't have what it takes anymore.
Bangalore is a starter character, a soldier with a solid base of abilities for anyone new to Apex to enjoy. Perhaps they’ve migrated over from COD and want a taste of that same military action. Her double-time passive is helpful to dart quickly away from a nasty gunfight, and her smoke grenades are pretty good for cover Her airstrike, although the name alone should strike fear into your heart, isn’t that powerful. ‘Rolling Thunder’ as it’s called, is not nearly as damaging as Gibraltar’s Bombardment, which rains down on opponents like hellfire, and takes some time to activate after the rockets drop into the terrain. Other Apex Legends with more tactical & super-power-esque abilities pip her to the post on making a higher tier.
Bloodhound’s recent buff to their scan range helped their level of usability increase significantly, as did the addition of 15 seconds per knock being added to the Beast of the Hunt ultimate. However, they still aren’t ranked highly enough (in our humble opinion) to reach A. The reasons for this are few but important. One is the large hitbox Bloodhound possesses, yet doesn’t get the Fortified buff, making them an open target on the battlefield. Another is the tracking passive, which doesn’t really help in any strategic way, apart from securing the knowledge that “someone walked here a bit ago”. Finally, Bloodhound is basically a human digital-threat scope and only becomes a bit more useful because of their speed during their ultimate duration. The scan range is now so large that you know if a Bloodhound is around a mile away, making the element of surprise, erm, not surprising.
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Even with recent updates to Revenant's abilities, he still can’t stack up to the S & A tier Legends. No one has found quite the right way to use the Simulacrum yet, but so far during his reign as the newest Apex Legends character, his abilities are leaving much to the imagination. Even given his last buff where his Silence ability was doubled, most opponents still find a way to continue the fights, even without phasing or grappling, so it doesn’t really pose much of a threat. Revenant’s Death Totem Ultimate ability provides his teammates with a second chance at life, and in a recent update, now adds more health and shields on resurrecting when returning to the totem after being ‘downed’. The totem itself must be placed in the perfect position for returning teammates, where another team can’t lay in wait for their arrival. You’re still left without full health, meaning enemies thirsty for kills can camp you out
C Tier – Octane, Crypto
These two Apex Legends Characters are in the bottom C tier for a reason. Octanes bring nothing to a team apart from selfishness & a penchant for high-tier items (you try keeping hold of that Gold Shield you dibsed when an Octane is around…), and Crypto is a heat-seeking camera with skin.
Crypto is one of the newest Legends and didn’t receive a warm welcome. His skills should translate into a meaningful teammate but miss the mark completely. His EMP Ultimate is very easy to recover from, and his drone (even with health added) can be taken down and won’t be able to be sent out again for a hefty 40 seconds. While his Recon skills may seem useful from the outside, in play they rarely amount to much more than learning the vital information; “there’s a team that’s going to kill us over there”.
Jumpy-runny man is part of C Tier for a reason. He’s fast and furious, sorry, he makes his teammates furious with his speedy stealing. He's incredibly fun to play, but as for his abilities; are they worthwhile? The self-healing is massively helpful, and the stim can be used effectively in scenarios where you decide to push at the last second or retreat defensively. The jump-pad is a movement ability the whole team can enjoy but isn’t as effective as a Zipline or Portal. The bottom line is; Octane is not helpful.
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