Win more matches with our guide to using Mirage.
Mirage had a substantial buff in Season 5: Fortune’s Favor of Apex Legends, and by substantial we really do mean substantial.
The dev notes by Respawn Entertainment explained Mirage’s rework: “now it’s a party! Your favourite trickster has learned a few new tricks to bamboozle his enemies in this new rework for Season 5.”
Mirage came into his own as a real Holographic Trickster this season, and his abilities were buffed to a magnificent standard. Mirage’s pick rate has increased over time, and from the launch week of Season 5, his pick rate percentage (on PC) shot up from 1.81% of players to 6.82% picking the Decoy master.
Mirage appears in Tier A of our Apex Legends characters tier list, being bumped from Tier C due to his ability buffs. The main reason being the powerful mimicking capabilities Mirage can now employ, from Decoys to his Ult, as well as his new “ultimate combat medic” status; cloaking when downed AND when reviving downed teammates.
Before we go into how to successfully use Mirage in Apex Legends in his current state, let’s delve into his abilities.
Passive: Now You See Me…
- In addition to cloaking when downed, Mirage also cloaks while using a respawn beacon and reviving a teammate (the teammate is also cloaked).
Tactical: Psyche Out
- Pressing the character utility action button allows Mirage to gain control of his decoy.
- When controlling the decoy, it will mimic Mirage’s every move.
- Decoys now last for 60 seconds.
- Releasing another decoy will remove the previous decoy.
Ultimate: Life of the Party
- Mirage deploys a team of decoys that mimic his every move (think “Emergency Dance Party" from DUMMIEs Big Day).
- Cooldown 60 seconds.
Mirage is undeniably fun to use. His swagger and hilarious voice lines make him endearing to say the least, and using him in battle in Apex Legends can be lethal for your opposition. Learning the tips and tricks to best use Mirage, instead of just having a laugh with the Trickster, can be the key to being announced as the Champion of your Apex match.
Mirage is an unlockable Legend, so if you don’t already own the character, you can unlock him with 12,000 Legend Tokens (earned via XP) or 750 Apex Coins (the Apex Legends currency).
Passive Ability: Now You See Me…
This is Mirage’s new and improved passive. Where in the past, Mirage would merely cloak when downed himself, and act out a dramatic death scene for his enemy, he now does all that and more. When reviving a downed teammate or using a respawn beacon, Mirage cloaks himself and the teammate in question, allowing for tactical mid-engagement rezzing. Where Lifeline has her rez shield, Mirage has his invisibility powers, which some may view as incrementally more powerful.
Using the passive properly is the key to using Mirage to the best of his abilities. Make sure you crawl out of sight when downed, using your brief invisibility to find a safe place to retreat and be revived.
On the flip side, reviving as Mirage is so viable in mid-combat situations. If your teammate can make it around a corner or into a building without being spotted, you can quickly revive them stealthily and be back in the fight before you know it. Make sure you don’t begin the revive in the midst of the chaos, as the enemy can hear the resuscitation sound cue, and based on that, will probably shoot wildly in your direction.
- Read More - How to Use Wraith in Apex Legends
Tactical Ability: Psyche Out
Releasing a decoy in the past would send out an uncontrollable puppet of Mirage, that would run until it hit an obstacle, then disappear. If shot by an enemy, it would also disintegrate. The inability to control the decoy was a bone of contention for Mirage mains in Apex Legends, as they were pretty easy to spot as a decoy from an enemy’s perspective and would mainly be ignored.
Now Mirage can control the decoy, pressing the utility button to lose and regain control for a maximum time period of 60 seconds, mimicking his every move.
As his Holographic Trickster description would suggest, using Mirage to get the drop on your enemies is Mirage’s real skill, and he can be used defensively and offensively. Using the Tactical Ability as often as you can is key, and the cooldown of 15 seconds helps.
Use Psyche Out when rotating positions and passing choke points in the map to lure enemies into shooting your decoy (as it’s being controlled) that way you know where they are, and can change course or fight – that part is up to you.
Baiting enemies with Psyche Out is also easily done, as Mirage can control the decoy to be in his exact position, including kneeling and aiming, you can lure enemies into revealing their position by pretending to open a Supply Bin or Care Package.
Ultimate Ability: Life of the Party
Deploying a full five-man team of controllable decoys is Mirage’s Ultimate Ability, all mimicking his every move to confuse the enemy beyond belief. In the past, the Ultimate would spawn 5 decoys who would merely stand there, while Mirage turned invisible, giving him a chance to escape. Now, the controllable decoys can really bamboozle the opposing teams. Utilise movements such as skidding and aiming down sights, as well as crouching.
- Read More - Best Apex Legends Weapons Tier List
Initiating a fight from this Ultimate can be really devastating for the enemy, as they’re so focused on trying to figure out which decoy is real, that you can jump in with your Mastiff before they have a clue where to aim.
Defensively, this Ult comes in handy too. Popping this Ult in the middle of a third-party is your best chance to slip away unnoticed, while your decoys party.
Images via Respawn Entertainment