Apex Legends Season 5: Characters Ranked And Tier List Guide
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Apex Legends Season 5: Characters Ranked And Tier List Guide

Ben Sledge
12 May 2020

Some characters are simply better than others. Find out who the best Apex Legends are in the latest season here.

With Apex Legends entering its fifth season, we've had a number of new characters join the roster for Respawn's battle royale.

As time has passed, legends have been reworked and fallen out of favour.

We've ranked the best and worst legends for you to get the best experience possible.

S Tier - The best of the best

Apex Legends Wraith

Wraith

Wraith has always been one of the most dominant characters to use especially for those who prefer to rely less on their teammates and more on their own skill.

She's great for solo play due to her small hitbox and its tactical ability, Into The Void, which is great for escaping scary situations. Long story short, her movement abilities mean she outranks most of her compatriots.

Abilities:

  • 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.

Apex Legends Gibraltar

Gibraltar

Gibraltar was once the least used character in Apex Legends, his hitbox was massive compared to other characters. However, a series of buffs put him at the top of the pile.

His main strength is the fact that he is Fortified - introduced to make up for his larger hitbox - which means he takes 15% less damage. Combined with a 75HP Gun Shield, he's a bulky boy.

However, his Dome Shield received a big nerf in Season 5, as now lasts for 12 seconds, whereas it previously protected teammates for 18. We'll see whether this change affects his viability and ranking.

Abilities:

  • 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 18 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.

Apex Legends Pathfinder

Pathfinder

The friendly robot we all know and love was neglected heavily when Apex Legends first released, as Pathfinder's special abilities did not offer any direct damage only movement. Not to mention its strange hitbox.

Now, Pathfinder is viewed as one of the core characters to use in competitive play and public matches. The ability to lay down zip-lines and propel yourself behind enemies for better angles is without a doubt one of the best aspects of Pathfinder.

Plus, that larger hitbox that was the bane of early players' lives now gives the Fortified boost, meaning he takes 15% less damage.

Unfortunately, Pathfinder suffered the biggest nerf in Season 5, as his Tactical Ability Grappling Hook now has a huge 35 second recharge time, more than double the 15 seconds it used to be. For the moment, they cling onto the S Tier, but Pathfinder could drop to A Tier thanks to this substantial change.

Abilities:

  • Insider Knowledge - Scan a survey beacon to reveal the ring's next location.
  • Grappling Hook - Grapple to get to out-of-reach places quickly.
  • Zipline Gun - Create a zipline for everyone to use.

 

A Tier - All Good Options

Apex Legends Lifeline

Lifeline

One of the most essential characters, Lifeline is still the only true healer the game has, making her a crucial part of any Apex Legends trio.

The number of Lifeline Supply Bins has been increased, and the quality of their extra loot improved, so she's going from strength to strength thanks to her Season 5 buff.

Despite the team utility abilities, she actually translates well into solo play. Being able to use healing items 25% faster can potentially make a huge difference in a clutch situation, even though her Lifeline Package serves as a beacon to opponents and lets them know exactly where you are.

Abilities: 

  • Combat Medic - Revive knocked down teammates faster while protected by a shield wall. 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.

Apex Legends Wattson

Wattson

Wattson is one of the heavyweights when it comes to defence in Apex Legends. A true team player, she is found in most competitive squads but can feel a little lacking when playing Solo.

Setting up Interception Pylons can be vital for defending a position, especially if the circle is looking small in the latter stages of a game. Her Perimeter Security does a small amount of damage to enemies, but more importantly lets you know exactly where they're pushing from. Information is king, and Wattson is the info queen.

Abilities:

  • 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 slows enemies.
  • Interception Pylon - Place an electrified pylon that destroys incoming ordnance and repairs damaged shields as long as it stands (Max: 1).

Apex Legends Loba

Loba

We'll come back and check on Loba's rank after a couple of weeks of Season 5, but we're putting her in A Tier based on how effective we think her abilities will be.

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's most powerful is her Tactical Ability, which allows her to instantly teleport wherever she can throw her bracelet.

However, she has a large profile - around the size of Bangalore - meaning she'll likely miss out on low profile boosts and a Fortified boost.

Abilities:

  • 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.

Apex Legends Caustic

Caustic

Caustic thrives in close-quarter engagements, his multiple gas traps along with his special cluster gas grenade deal immense damage up close.

Thanks to a Season 5 buff, his gas no longer slows teammates and traps are no longer triggered from behind doors, which helps his team play immensely.

Caustic has the benefit of being the only one able to see through the gas - flummoxing opponents and allowing for easy kills. The residual damage isn't to be sniffed at, either.

Abilities:

  • 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.

 

B Tier - Fun Choices, But Situational

Apex Legends Bloodhound

Bloodhound

Bloodhound received a slight buff in Season 5, now their Tactical ability lasts for four seconds rather than three, and has a cooldown of 25 seconds rather than 35. This adds a little usefulness, but Bloodhound remains a niche pick.

Although Bloodhound's Passive ability doesn't serve much help during matches, their ultimate ability is rather cool. Acting as a Digital Threat of sorts, the best part is the speed boost and the fact that the timer for your Beasthood is increased by 15 seconds for every knock you get.

Using Bloodhound's Tactical Ability can be useful for identifying threats in new areas or after dopping hot, plus they have some of the best skins in the game!

Abilities:

  • Tracker - Foes leave behind clues for you to find.
  • Eye of the Allfather - Briefly reveal enemies, traps, and clues throughout all structures in front of you.
  • Beast of the Hunt - Transform into the ultimate hunter. Enhances your senses, allowing you to see cold tracks and move faster.

Apex Legends Revenant

Revenant

Everyone's favourite Simulacrum enters the fray in the B Tier due to the situational usefulness of his abilities. His Passive doesn't help a lot but could help you out when you really need to get the higher ground.

Revenant's Tactical Ability is probably his most useful, as it gives your teammates the edge in a fight when they can use their abilities but opponents can't.

The Death Totem can be incredibly useful if you're headed into a firefight, but if a third party camps by your totem, you will respawn with low health into a crossfire of certain death - this time for good.

Abilities:

  • Stalker - You crouch-walk faster and climb higher than other Legends.
  • Silence - Throw a device that deals damage and disabled 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 Bangalore

Bangalore

Although there are better options than Bangalore, her smoke ability 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. Bangalore is a useful starting Legend, but once you've got the ropes, it's best to move on.

Abilities:

  • 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.

Apex Legends Mirage

Mirage

Mirage has had some serious reworks for Season 5, so many that we've already upgraded him to B Tier!

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.

Abilities: 

  • 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.

 

C Tier - Needs Improvement

Apex Legends Octane

Octane

Besides the mobility options Octane offers to the player, this character does not offer a lot of options offensively or defensively. The reduced cooldown time for his jump pad in Season 5 will do little to make him viable.

Launch Pads can come in handy, but any team with Wraith or Loba will be mobile enough without the need for Octane's speed.

Abilities:

  • 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.

Apex Legends Crypto

Crypto

There was a lot of hype around Crypto's release, but he fulfils a much more niche role than expected. The slight buff to his drone in Season 5 is not enough to move him from the bottom tier.

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.

The information you can gather from his drone is useful, but little else. Team up with some of the best Legends to have any chance of success with Crypto.

Abilities: 

  • 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.

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