Best Light, Medium & Heavy builds in THE FINALS

Best Light, Medium & Heavy builds in THE FINALS
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Written by 

Coleman Hamstead

Last updated 

10th Jan 2024 10:53


THE FINALS uses a slightly different class system from other shooters of its kind, in that it asks players to choose between a Light, Medium, and Heavy build - so we're here to bring you the best builds you'll want to use.

Not only does this build system affect your player's speed, total health, and physical size, but it also decides which weapons and equipment you can bring with you into the game. There are plenty of different ways that you can spec out your contestant builds, but there are certain combinations of equipment that stand head and shoulders above others.

Best Light build in THE FINALS

  • Specialisation: Grappling Hook
  • Weapon: V9S
  • Gadgets: Flashbang, Thermal Vision, Smoke Grenade
  • Pros:
    • Focus on stealth gameplay
    • Great for map control with traversal and sniping potential
    • Move faster than other classes
  • Cons:
    • Much less health so can be downed quickly

As the designated hit-and-runners, the Light build can move quite fast, but they have much less health than the other classes. Due to the nature of the build, the best Light builds focus on maximising mobility while providing the user with plenty of tools to escape unfavourable situations.

Contestant screen in THE FINALS with a loadout
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For starters, the Grappling Hook is a must-have for almost any Light build. You can use the Grappling Hook offensively to chase enemies or defensively to retreat and regroup.

As for gadgets, the Flashbang is great for breaching buildings and getting the jump on your foes. Then, when it's time to escape, toss a Smoke Grenade and make your getaway. 

However, thanks to Thermal Vision, you can use Smoke Grenades offensively, too! Thermal Vision allows you to see the heat signatures of other contestants. So, if you combine the two gadgets, you can sit in your smoke and fire out at enemies, and if they don't have Thermal Vision themselves, they won't be able to do anything but run away and take cover or fire back blindly. This is a popular strategy for Bangalore users in Apex Legends.

Finally, the V9S is the best all-around weapon for the Light Build. While you can definitely craft some interesting Light Builds focused on the SR-84 Sniper Rifle or the Sword, the V9S is by far the most well-rounded and flexible of the weapons available to the Light Build.

On the surface, the V9S looks like a basic sidearm, but this semi-automatic pistol is deceptively powerful and excels in close, medium, and occasionally, long-range engagements. One of the most underrated aspects of the V9S is its ammo capacity. With 24 bullets in the mag, you can fire off what feels like an endless number of rounds before you need to think about reloading.

Best Medium build in THE FINALS

  • Specialisation: Healing Beam
  • Weapon: AKM
  • Gadgets: Defibrillator, Jump Pad, Zipline
  • Pros:
    • Jack-of-all-trades
    • Healing can be powerful in tense situations
    • Can revive players
  • Cons:
    • Middle-of-the-road health and movement
    • Underwhelming gadgets outside of Defibrillator

The Medium build is a jack-of-all-trades that can assist its allies with healing, scanning, and/or support-based specialisations and gadgets. Furthermore, the Medium build boasts average movement speed and health, making it the most all-purpose class in THE FINALS.

screenshot showing a Medium Build in The Finals
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The Medium build can fulfil all sorts of roles, but it's at its best when it prioritises healing by equipping both the Healing Beam specialisation and the Defibrillator gadget. The Healing Beam functions like Mercy's Caduceus Staff from Overwatch, snapping onto teammates and continuously restoring their health from up to 15 metres away. And if a fellow contestant ever dies, you can use a Defibrillator to bring them back to life instantly.

These healing-based tools alone make the Medium build a valuable ally, but the Medium build is arguably the best offensive class in THE FINALS, too! Pairing the Jump Pad and the Zipline gadgets gives the Medium build mobility that rivals that of the Light build. Movement is the skill gap in THE FINALS, so you want access to all the movement-enhancing specialisations and gadgets!

Like the Medium build itself, the AKM is a Jack-of-all-trades and undoubtedly the best weapon available to the class. The AKM is an all-arounder that performs amazing up-close and from afar. The FCAR is a decent alternative, but the mag size of the AKM gives it the edge.

Best Heavy build in THE FINALS

  • Specialisation: Charge ‘N’ Slam
  • Weapon: M60
  • Gadgets: RPG-7, Barricade, Explosive Mine
  • Pros:
    • Huge health pool
    • Powerful specialisation
    • Highly destructive and can change environments
  • Cons:
    • Slow movement speed

As the name of the class suggests, the Heavy build sports the most HP of all the builds, but it's also the slowest. Essentially the tank of THE FINALS, it leads the charge on Cashout Stations and controlling objectives with its diverse toolkit.

screenshot showing the best Heavy Build in The Finals
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The Heavy build is lethargic and slow for the most part, but the Charge ‘N’ Slam gives it some much-needed manoeuvrability. You can use the Charge ‘N’ Slam to propel forward and break through walls and obstacles and deal damage to enemy contestants, or you can activate it mid-air to smash the ground in an area-of-effect assault.

Equip the RPG-7 to give the Heavy build yet another offensive-oriented tool. The RPG-7 is a must-have for any Heavy Build, thanks to its ease of use and sheer explosive power.

Lastly, the Barricade and the Explosive Mine allow the Heavy build to defend objectives single-handedly. You can set up Barricades at entry points to block opponents, and if they do get by, a well-placed Explosive Mine will make them regret their decision to set foot into your territory.

Unless you're trying your hand at a meme build or just messing around in THE FINALS, the M60 is probably your best bet regarding which weapon to use with the Heavy build. The M60 LMG is the best all-around weapon available to the Heavy build, capable of mowing down hordes of enemies at varied ranges of combat. Using the Sledgehammer or the Flamethrower with the Heavy build can be fun, but it's not exactly viable against competent contestants.

Now that you know the best builds in THE FINALS, be sure to check out our THE FINALS homepage, where we've got a weapon tier list and every game mode explained. Need to know what the best crosshair is? We've got you covered there too.

Coleman is a freelance journalist at GGRecon. While gaming has always been his passion, it wasn’t until he worked as a Sports Journalist at the Community College of Baltimore County that he found his enthusiasm for writing. In the time since Coleman has had his work featured in publications such as The Washington Post/Launcher and ESTNN. Coleman is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in Sport Management and Business Administration.

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