How To Play Guide Apex Legends

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This page serves as a basic how to play guide for Apex Legends. While there is very little information available at this time, we urge you to check back often, as new information is being added all the time! Feel free to edit this guide with any tips, tricks, and suggestions.

Basic gameplay

Apex Legends is a battle royale game where 20 teams of 3 players each pick playable character classes called Legends and airdrop from a flying ship over Kings Canyon. On landing, they must search for weapons, gear, and other items to help them kill off the other teams. The last team still alive will be the winners.

Each Legend has 3 abilities unique to them: a tactical ability that can be periodically activated and has a cooldown between uses, a passive ability that is always active, and an ultimate ability that can be used once charged. Ultimate abilities charge over time or by finding consumable ultimate charge items.

Each player has 100 health, and when they take enough damage to reach 0, they will enter a downed state. While downed, they can move around and ping, and use a Knockdown Shield if they have one, but can not take other actions. A teammate can approach a downed player and spend 7 seconds reviving them. If the downed player takes enough additional damage or is not revived after enough time, they will be killed. Dead players can only return if one of their teammates collects a "banner" from their body and brings it to a respawn beacon, which will call in a dropship that they will jump out of.

Know Where You Are Dropping

Keep apprised of where you're dropping into the game when you first dive in. Like other battle royale games, Apex Legends lets you choose where you want to start the game when you jump from an airship down onto the map. Your team will have a "jumpmaster" that will determine where the entire team lands, so if you're not in that role, you don't have to worry where you're going to land. Just stick to your team and get started. If you do have the job you can give it to someone else. But if you decide you want to fly solo, you can too. Spreading out can be helpful, but it's not always the best move. Whatever you decide, make sure you let your squadmates know what you've decided.

Learn To Communicate Properly

This should go without saying, especially if you're using voice chat to speak with your teammates, but sometimes you won't want to use that method of communication. If you opt not to or play with a group that doesn't use mics, you'll want to make use of the game's built-in communication system. You can use it to mark locations where you've seen an enemy, answer in the affirmative or negative in reply to other players, mark item locations, and more even when you've been taken out by the enemy. Get to learn the signals here and make sure you use them at all times, even in tandem with voice chat to make things even more efficient. Things can get confusing in the heat of battle.

Take Advantage of The No Fall Damage Mechanic

In so many games, you can take damage when your character makes too big of a jump or falls from a great height. Apex Legends isn't like that at all. Instead, you can just drop from any height down to just about wherever, and you won't take any damage. This makes it way easier for you to make a quick escape or just jump off into the abyss to get away from gunfire or act as a decoy for the rest of your team. This means you can make wild, strange choices about how best to defend yourself when you need to exit in the opposite direction without making a quick calculation on how you're going to land and deal with the extra health you lose when you land.

Make Copious Usage of Wall Running At Every Opportunity

Apex Legends has taken a page out of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare's book and has opted to adopt acrobatic moves that will give you an edge over the competition. One of those moves includes wall running. Wall running will help you get out of sticky situations incredibly quickly, and this combined with not taking fall damage, this will let you accomplish some out of this world moves. All you have to do is jump toward a surface and climb while running. The game makes it simple for you to start zipping along across the wall, and will automatically jump over any gaps in your way. You can use this technique to work your way up to higher areas and pick enemies off or get out of danger quickly, and you should use it as often as possible.

Don't Waste Time on Executions

Executions may look awesome, but you don't really need to use them. When you take the time to do one, you're actually leaving yourself exposed longer than you need to be. There's a very long animation you have to worry about running its course before you can control your character again, meaning if someone happens to run by you and decide to kill you while you're doing it, you'll just be straight up taken out of the game.


These controls are for the default control scheme. Keyboard users can rebind most of these however they like.

Action Keyboard Xbox One PS4 Notes
Move W/A/S/D Left Stick Left Stick
Sprint LShift (hold) Left Stick (Toggle)
Jump Space A
Crouch (toggle) C B
Crouch (hold) LCtrl
Tactical Ability Q LB
Ultimate Ability Z LB + RB
Interact/Pickup E X
Alternate Interact X X (hold)
Inventory (toggle) Tab Menu
Map (toggle) M Windows
Attack Left RT Also hold to activate Knockdown Shields while downed
Toggle Fire Mode B Left
Aim Down Sight (toggle) Right
Aim Down Sight (hold) LT
Melee V Right Stick (Toggle)
Reload R X
Cycle Weapon Middle (scroll) Y
Equip Weapon 1 1
Equip Weapon 2 2
Holster Weapons 3 Y (hold) You run faster while weapons are holstered
Equip Grenade G Right Hold to open grenade wheel
Use Selected Health/Shield Item 4 Up
Health Wheel Up (hold)
Extra Character Action H Down Controls context pings, and Gibraltar Shield
Inspect Weapon N Left (hold)
Ping Middle RB Hold to open ping wheel
Ping (Enemy Here) F RB
Push to Talk (Hold) T
Text Chat Enter

Tips and tricks

  • Don't forget to make use of your abilities. It can be easy to get caught up in pure gunfights while neglecting your abilities that could give you a crucial advantage.

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