Apex Legends best landing spots for Season 17

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May 9, 2023: With Season 17 starting today, we've updated our guide with the very best landing spots to use for the season's map rotation.

Deciding on the best Apex Legends landing spots really depends on the type of player you are, but we're given the lot a fair shake to come up with, what we believe to be, the best options for the average player looking to make it into the final moments of an Apex Legends match in Season 17.

Believing in the best Apex Legends landing spots means understanding what they can offer. The dropship doesn't take the same path twice, meaning no area of the map is ever certain to be the target of every hot-headed player. Choosing the best landing spot means striking a balance between loot, safety, and proximity to the next circle. And it can get complicated.

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The best Apex Legends landing spots for Season 17

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Any blue ring

When you are waiting in the dropship to launch onto the map with your squad, you should check your map. When the initial timer ends, a blue ring should appear somewhere on the map.

This is a fantastic spot to land if you can make it there first. This ring indicates that there is a concentrated collection of extremely high-tier and rare loot.

In a similar fashion to care packages, grabbing loot first in these zones can give you a very high chance of becoming the champion - if you can survive the onslaught of every other squad that decides they're more deserving of the best loot.

Either come prepared for a fight or fly in with a fool-proof escape plan. Then again, you won't lose much time if you take the L here. Your reputation, though? It won't take too many of these hot drops.

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Here are our top two landing spots on Olympus currently. We will be sure to update this information as Season 17 continues to evolve.


Icarus is the crashed spacecraft on the edge of the Olympus Map. The ship itself is the definition of high-risk, high-reward. However, that's what makes it one of the best landing spots on Olympus for this season.

The location of the ship seems to mean that you can get a few rounds in where no one else drops there. This means that all of the sweet loot hidden inside can be yours for the taking.

There are several sections within Icarus. The main ship body, the cockpit area, and the cargo area. All three areas typically have mid to high-tier loot within them and plenty of loot bins for you to open.

Also, if you're not the only squad to land there, your survival chances are still quite high. When you compare the Icarus to other sections of Olympus, it's one of the largest. There are plenty of areas for you to hide from enemies and counter their attacks with a surprise ambush.

Alternatively, there are a few places on the ship that allow you to make a quick exit without being spotted. Overall, the Icarus is a great Battle Royale playground.

Hammond Labs

Surprisingly, Hammond Labs is still one of the best drop zones on Olympus. There is always a lot of loot inside the Labs themselves and plenty of high-tier stuff to sustain a team of three.

The layout and location of the Lab is how it has earned its place on this list. The Lab is almost in the middle of the Olympus Map. It may seem reckless to drop in the centre of the map as it seems to be an obvious choice, but not many teams do. It's a great place to drop because you can easily make your way to the ring for the second round no matter where it is.

The layout of Hammond Labs forces you to confront your enemies. The circular formation of the outer hallway and the small room at the centre of it gives you very little room to hide. If you're a confident squad (who has already taken all the high-tier loot), it can be a great way of getting easy kills. That being said, you still need to watch your back.

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King's Canyon

For Season 17, King's Canyon returns to the map rotation and as one of the more popular maps in the rotation, selecting the best places to land is a surefire way you make it to the final few circles. Here are our recommendations.

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The Cage

Located in the centre of the map, The Cage is a great starting point if you're feeling confident. Dropping at the top of the structure is a risk considering how many players you'll encounter but make it out alive, and you've got plenty of loot for the remainder of the game.

Landing at The Cage is also great for rotation. With Market, Labs, and Capacitor nearby, you've got plenty of options when contemplating your next move.

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Another place to begin your King's Canyon match in Season 17 is Salvage. This excavation site often comes with players looking to score some early kills so make sure you grab a gun and prepare for action.

With plenty of escape routes when things get too close for comfort, you can easily move around this area of the map and rotate to other areas with ease.

Crash Site

Crash Site features three explosive holds and huge amounts of loot inside bins and on the ground, making it one of the most popular King's Canyon landing spots for Season 17.

For the early game, it's excellent to build an inventory and ammo supply so you're prepared for any future battles.

World's Edge


Staging may not look like the best option a lot of the time, but it's a purely strategic choice that leaves plenty of options on the table for later in the match. It's situated in a spot where you're free to branch out to one of many different spots depending on where you think the original dropship path will cause players to flock to. By plotting a course with both that and the circle in mind, Staging should decently prepare you for whichever move you need to make. It's a high-tier loot location, so you should find plenty of options here.


Big Maude

Added in Season 10, Big Maude is still a terrific place to drop. It's often highly populated if that's your thing, but with good reason: boosted guns. These stronger-than-average equips will get you far if you're able to peel them off the bodies of those who manage to drop before you. You'll want the ship to get close to this one, but if you notice you're going over it, it's well worth trying.

Lava Siphon

A fairly unpopular choice these days, Lava Siphon is a good option for those who'd rather not face fierce competition at the start of the match.

It's a balanced play all things considered: limited players, decent gun choices, and situated reliably along almost and drop path. If you're not too confident in your early-game, Lava Siphon should give you time to come into your own.

And that's all we have on the best drop locations for Apex Legends Season 17 right now. As we wait for any map changes to worm their way into the recommendations, check out our weapons tier list to find out which ones are the best for the current season.

Originally written by Kelsey Raynor with upkeep by Jon Nicholson

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