Apex Legends has a diverse roster of characters, with a range of different abilities and personalities. Whether you like picking the very best competitive options or someone whose voice lines you just can't get enough of, there are plenty of options. That's where we come in, with this Apex Legends tier list which shines some light on the best characters in the battle royale.
It's always worth checking in with the latest Apex Legends patch notes for any balance changes, buffs, or nerfs, but we'll keep this page up to date with the latest changes also. As Apex Legends Season 10 approaches, we could also see a new character join the ranks. Apex Legends' Seer will be joining the fray and we've put him in the middle of the pack for now - but we'll update his true tier once we've had a chance to play with him.
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Apex Legends Tier List: Season 10
You'll want to pick some of the better characters on this tier list if you're planning on climbing the Apex Legends ranked ladder - but nothing is stopping you from trying with your favourite, even if they're Rampart or Crypto.
Here's our Apex Legends tier list:
S Tier - The Best Legends in Apex Legends
These are the very best characters you can choose in Apex Legends matches.
Bloodhound has been a player favourite for a long time, not only are they one of the original legends but they also don't need to be unlocked.
Their abilities to scan opponents and reveal enemy positions is simply too good to give up, and any team will benefit from their wallhacks.
Despite a slight nerf in a recent patch, Bloodhound remains top of the pack. Their Ultimate Ability not only gives them a speed boost, but also means they can use their Eye of the Allfather Tactical scan more frequently, perfect for pushing multiple teams and informing teammates of potential flanks.
The ability to scan enemies so many times in such a small period is extremely strong.
Bloodhound's Passive isn't amazing, but their other abilities more than make up for it. There's also the added bonus as a Recon character, they can scan Survey Beacons to gain that sweet ring knowledge, too.
Tracker - Finds clues left behind by foes to help track their movements.
Eye of the Allfather - Briefly reveal enemies, traps, and clues throughout all structures in front of Bloodhound.
Beast of the Hunt - Transform into the ultimate hunter. Enhances Bloodhound's senses, allowing them to see cold tracks and move faster.
Wraiths sometime get a bad rep by other players but for the many toxic Wraiths you'll run into, you'll also meet some incredibly skilled teammates. She's best used as a forward scout, due to her Tactical Ability, Into The Void, which allows her to disappear and reappear nearby.
Wraith gets a bad name, due to many Wraith mains being notorious for going off on their own and quitting out of the game rather than waiting to get respawned when they are inevitably downed. However, that doesn't stop her from being a useful member of a team - with the right player at the keyboard of course.
Her Dimensional Rift portals are also incredibly handy for swift repositions and unexpected flanks, or getting out of a sticky situation. Many Wraiths are brilliant at getting downed teammates to safety using her portal.
Even with Wraith's hitbox getting some tweaks to make her a bit easier to hit, Wraith is still a formidable opponent on the battlefield.
Voices from the Void - You hear a voice when danger approaches. As far as you can tell, it's on your side.
Into the Void - Reposition quickly through the safety of "void" space, avoiding all damage.
Dimensional Rift - Link two locations with portals for 60 seconds.
Although you might not see many pick this legend in public lobbies, Gibraltar is the most-picked Legend in the Apex Legends Global Series, for good reason. Despite his massive hitbox, and the fact that it feels like he runs through treacle when you move (even though he runs at the same speed as everyone else, bar Octane), his abilities are invaluable for a successful squad.
Gibby mains can get a lot of slack initially but once they prove their worth they can be any absolute life saver with so many defensive abilities. His Gun Shield Passive ability adds a bit extra to his shields (on top of his damage-reducing Fortified boost), and his Dome of Protection Tactical ability is one of the best Tacticals in the game.
Want to make a risky rotation? Want to push an enemy squad but you don't have cover? Want to resurrect a teammate? Want to scan a Survey Beacon without getting sniped? Gibraltar's bubble is perfect for all those situations. Placing one down can lead to a bubble fight which entails players shuffling in and out of the area. Shotguns are best for these fights, so check out our Apex Legends best guns tier list to find the best choices.
And that's before we come to his Ultimate ability, which can put a stop to an opponent's push or force enemies into cover. Gibraltar really has great kit, but you might need to practice with him for a bit to get the hang of his hitbox and movement.
Gun Shield - Aiming down sights deploys a gun shield that blocks incoming fire.
Dome of Protection - Throw down a dome shield that blocks (allies and enemies) attacks for 12 seconds. Healing items are used 25% faster within the dome.
Defensive Bombardment - Call in a concentrated mortar strike on a position you mark with smoke
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A Tier - Good Options
These characters are great options who offer a lot to any team.
Originally Pathfinder was a common pick in competitive Apex Legends play during the first few months, but subsequent nerfs have adversely impacted his usability.
However, his movement is still really useful, and in a game where movement matters more than a lot of other skills, Pathfinder can still perform well.
His ultimate can be used to get a team out of a sticky situation or to ambush another team.
He's got an adorable backstory, a beautiful son, and a really weird hitbox. But most of all, we love his cheery voice lines and encouragement he gives to the team. That's got to be worth something, right?
Insider Knowledge - Scan a survey beacon to reveal the ring's next location. Scanning a beacon also decreases his Ultimate ability cooldown.
Grappling Hook - Grapple to get to out-of-reach places quickly.
Zipline Gun - Create a zipline for everyone to use.
Since we're talking about movement, let's introduce the fastest character in the game.
Octane is an incredibly popular character at the moment, favoured by those who love rushing into fights and tackling opponents head on. Unfortunately this can also lead to Octane mains getting a bad name, being viewed more as solo players rather than in a team.
His Stim got a nerf recently, dealing double damage to himself, but that only serves to make him an even more high risk/high reward character. He's very difficult to hit when running so fast, and his Passive Swift Mend does go some way to rejuvenating him after one too many stims.
His Launch Pad is also great for making rotations or exciting pushes. Combine with a Revenant totem for incredibly dirty plays, but any combination of offensive characters work well with his pad.
Swift Mend - While not taking damage, Octane restores health over time.
Stim - Move 30% faster for 6 seconds. Costs 10 Health to use. Reduction to slows while active.
Launch Pad - Deployable jump pad that catapults users through the air.
Revenant is undoubtedly the scariest-looking Legend in the game and his abilities finally live up to his terrifying aura. His Death Totem Ultimate ability can be incredibly useful when combined with Octane's Jump Pad, but beware of other teams camping at the totem to pounce when you're sent back in a weakened state.
His Silence can be useful for denying opponents' abilities, and it also has an unintended effect of obscuring vision like a flashbang. His Passive climbing received a huge buff in Season 9, however, allowing him to climb to heights never seen before.
Not only is this ability useful but it is unsettling for other players to watch, with Revenant scuttling up walls like some kind of nightmare spider. His climb is very loud, however, and will alert all nearby enemies to your presence, so don't expect a surprise attack.
Stalker - You crouch-walk faster and climb (much) higher than other Legends.
Silence - Throw a device that deals damage and disables enemy abilities for 10 seconds.
Death Totem - Drop a totem that protects those who use it from death for a set amount of time. Instead of being downed or killed, users will return to the totem.
Apex Legends New Legend - Seer
Although Seer isn't officially in Apex Legends yet we have no doubt he will be extremely strong once released, to the point that we expect Respawn will fairly quickly nerf him.
His abilities offer recon in a similar manner to Bloodhound, but he can't detect players moving at a regular walking speed - only if they run. This makes us think a Bloodhound rebalance is on the way, too, so we'll see what's in store for the recon characters in Season 10.
We'll likely see many Bloodhound and Crypto mains make the switch to the newest legend and it won't be a surprise, he has some extremely powerful abilities.
His tactical almost seems to be stronger than many legends' ultimates.
Focus of Attention - Seer summons his micro-drones to emit a delayed blast that goes through walls interrupting and revealing enemies.
Heart Seeker - Hear and visualize the heartbeats of nearby enemies when aiming down sights.
Exhibit - Create a sphere of micro-drones that reveal the location of enemies moving quickly or firing their weapons within.
Being the latest Legend added to the game, Valkyrie is seeing a lot of use as players figure out where she fits into the overall meta. A solid scout, Valk excels at finding opponents by using her (hidden) Passive ability, which highlights opponents on the map when you're flying through the sky. This isn't quite as powerful as Bloodhound's scans, Valkyrie must have line of sight to enemies to scan them, but this is a useful ability for a character who spends most of her time in the air.
Her VTOL jets are useful for getting over obstacles or taking high ground, but Valkyrie's best trait is her Ultimate ability, which allows her to strategically reposition your entire squad at will. She can be a bit of a sitting duck as she launches herself into the air, but if you survive the ascent, her rotation ability is great.
Unfortunately, her Missile Swarm is a bit too slow to be effective, working to flush enemy squads out of certain areas than actually damaging them. If it hits, it stuns opponents, but does little damage.
VTOL Jets - Press jump again while in the air to engage jetpack. You can switch between hold and toggle mode in the options menu
Missile Swarm - Fire a swarm of mini-rockets that damage and disorient the enemy
Skyward Dive - Press once to prepare for launch. Teammates can interact with Valkyrie to join the launch. Press again to launch into the air and skydive
Lifeline has had an interesting change in Season 9. She lost the shield that protects allies when they're being revived, but D.O.C. can resurrect automatically now. D.O.C. also aids as her when she uses her Tactical ability, healing you over time. Beware, as opponents can also utilise D.O.C. to heal themselves, too.
Lifeline's Care Package got a rework this season, too, so it should provide items that are more useful to your squad based on what you're already carrying. However, she still can't call in care package weapons, so this has limited usability - and it alerts enemies to your precise position.
Using one of Lifeline's Care Packages is a great way to trap enemies, use your ultimate but don't loot it, now find a hiding spot and wait for the enemies!
Combat Medic - Revive knocked down teammates faster using D.O.C. Healing items are used 25% faster.
D.O.C. Heal Drone - The Drone of Compassion will automatically heal those near it over time.
Care Package - Call in a drop pod full of high-quality defensive gear and medical supplies.
B Tier - Fun Choices, But Situational
We won't blame you for picking these characters - they're often a lot of fun, but there are better choices if you want to be competitive.
While seeing loot through walls and being able to set up the Black Market Boutique will help get the loadout you want, the latter can also aid clever enemies. Loba saw her first ever esports play during the Apex Legends Global Series Championship, proving incredibly useful for teams to grab shield swaps or pocket a bunch of grenades ahead of a big push.
Loba's most powerful is her Tactical Ability, which allows her to instantly teleport wherever she can throw her bracelet. Since being fixed in Season 9, it is a lot more accurate and fails less often, making it useful for a quick reposition or surprise flank.
Eye for Quality - Nearby Epic and Legendary loot can be seen through walls. The range is the same as Black Market Boutique.
Burglar’s Best Friend - Teleport to hard-to-reach places or escape trouble quickly by throwing your jump drive bracelet.
Black Market Boutique - Place a portable device that allows you to teleport nearby loot to your inventory. Each friendly or enemy Legend can take up to two items.
Horizon's abilities have proven to be solid on the battlefield, making her a top choice among Apex Legends players. However, a serious nerf reduced her powerful Tactical ability to just a movement boost, rather than a portable sniper tower.
It's worth grabbing a bunch of grenades to throw after your Black Hole Ultimate ability, as opponents will struggle to avoid the blasts. Horizon was a staple character rivalling Wraith at her height, but nowadays is a niche pick with limited usefulness.
Spacewalk - Reduces her fall impacts
Gravity Lift - Lift players up vertically, and give them a boost when they exit upwards
Black Hole - Draw nearby legends into one spot
Caustic thrives in close-quarter engagements, his multiple gas traps and Ultimate Nox Gas Grenade deal good damage up close.
Caustic took some severe hits to his abilities in Season 8, increasing charge times and decreasing the damage of his gas. Now, enemies can comfortably stand in - and see through - his gas without suffering too much damage.
He still has some utility when defending a position, but the nerfs to his gas damage make Caustic much less useful than in the past.
Despite this, he can be incredibly powerful in close quarters and buildings, if he manages to place multiple traps surrounding an enermy in a tight space, chances are the only exit is through Caustic.
Nox Vision - You gain threat vision on enemies moving through your gas.
Nox Gas Trap - Place up to 6 canisters that release deadly Nox gas when shot or triggered by enemies.
Nox Gas Grenade - Blankets a large area in Nox gas.
Mirage had some reworks for Season 7, and combined with previous boosts, he is a pretty good character. Unfortunately, he gets bumped down to B-tier due to more solid characters placing in higher tiers.
His upgrades include better cloaking when downed, respawning, and reviving teammates. His decoys also last longer and look more convincing - they are able to mimic his movements - and his Ultimate is similar to the limited-time Emergency Dance Party ability.
To also help his decoys seem more real, they will now carry 45 HP each. This should help disguise the real Mirage more easily, though they won't shield him or teammates, bullets will pass through them.
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).
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.
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.
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C Tier - Needs Improvement
These Legends are okay, but they could use some love from Respawn.
Although there are better options than Bangalore, her Smoke Launcher is excellent for escaping heavy pressure from enemies. On top of that, her Ultimate is useful if you can gather a bunch of enemies in a close space or if you want to leave some space between you and them to escape.
However, the Rolling Thunder does a fraction of the damage that Gibraltar's Defensive Bombardment does, and gives enemies plenty of time to clear the area - a decreased cooldown in Season 6 doesn't help it out a lot either, and the reduced fuse time in Season 7 was not enough for her, unfortunately.
Make sure you're kitted out with Digital Threats so you can see through your own smoke, or keep a Bloodhound on your team to scan opponents after you've smoked them.
Bangalore is a useful starting Legend, but once you've got the ropes, it's probably best to move on.
Double Time - Taking fire while sprinting makes you move faster for a brief time.
Smoke Launcher - Fire a high-velocity smoke canister that explodes into a smoke wall on impact.
Rolling Thunder - Call in an artillery strike that slowly creeps across the landscape.
There was a lot of hype around Crypto's release, but he fulfills a much more niche role than expected. However, he's had consecutive buffs which bring his usability up a bit.
Crypto sees a little bit of competitive play - more so than some Legends above him - but his role is simply too niche when in the hands of anyone but a pro player.
His drone now has twice as much health, and can immediately respawn teammates from Respawn Beacons. Now all Recon Legends can access Survey Beacons, use Crypto's drone to quickly get more ring information.
Despite his buffs, you'll still need to team up with some of the best Legends to have any chance of success with Crypto.
Neural Link - Squadmates can see what the Aerial Drone detects within a 30-meter radius.
Surveillance Drone - Deploys a surveillance drone that can be used to detect enemies and hack objects.
Weapon Drone EMP - Charge up an EMP blast from your drone that deals shield damage, slows enemies, and disables all traps.
D Tier - Probably Avoid
These Legends are kinda bad. Seriously.
Wattson has felt like she has been on a decline as of late, with her pick rates dropping and her uses feeling few and far between.
Here fences do not feel as effective as they once did, and Wattson mains are hoping for a buff sometime soon. Respawn's Daniel Klein, however, feels that she is in a strong place and has a high win rate, even teasing that she might be in for a nerf in Season 10.
Unfortunately, Respawn did her dirty with a recent "buff" to one of her emotes, allowing her to place more Nessies on the battlefield. Which is great, but it hardly helps in battle.
Spark of Genius - Ultimate Accelerants fully charge Wattson's abilities. Standing near Interception Pylons boosts Wattson's Tactical ability recharge rate.
Perimeter Security - Create electrified fences by connecting nodes. Fences damage and slow enemies.
Interception Pylon - Place an electrified pylon that destroys incoming ordnance and repairs damaged shields as long as it stands.
Fuse entered the Apex Games with a bang, but unfortunately his kit just isn't up to standard. Yes, he can yeet grenades to oblivion, but this comes with its own drawbacks (mostly not being able to loop a grenade to explode on impact). Carrying two grenades per slot is nice, but hardly a huge buff.
His Knuckle Cluster does very little damage, and is easy to avoid, and his Ultimate ability is pretty easy to escape, or run through without taking too much damage. Fuse just isn't on par with many other Legends, and that's why you won't see him grace World's Edge or Olympus that often.
Grenadier - Stack an extra grenade per inventory slot. Fire grenades farther, faster, and more accurately.
Knuckle Cluster - Launch a cluster bomb that sticks to targets and continuously expels airburst explosives on impact.
The Motherlode - Launch a bombardment that encircles a target in a wall of flame.
Rampart is the worst Legend in the game. Sorry to all her fans, but she's just not good enough. Most LMGs have plenty of ammunition already, so her Passive ability is fairly redundant, and Amped Cover does little to protect you when enemies have grenades and movement characters to flank with.
Sheila can do massive damage, don't get us wrong, but the chances of setting her up silently to catch enemies before they find cover is slim to none. Plus, the huge noise that she creates will attract numerous third parties which will ultimately spell your doom.
It's a shame as Rampart looked to be an interesting and fun character but unfortunately those expectations fall flat.
- Modded Loader: Increased magazine capacity and faster reloads when using LMGs and the Minigun.
- Amped Cover: Build a crouch-cover wall, which deploys a full-cover amped wall that blocks incoming shots and amps outgoing shots.
- Emplaced Minigun "Sheila": Place a mounted machine gun that anyone can use. High ammo capacity, long reload time.
Apex Legends Legend Tokens
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