Apex Legends players are starting to get spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a legend in the pre-game lobby. From jump pads and teleportation, to gas traps and airstrikes, there are a lot of reasons why you should make sure you’re picking the right legend before your next game. So, that’s where this Apex Legends tier list comes in. We have everything you need to know about who to pick and why.
For a lot of players, the design of a legend and their character as a whole is enough to sway them with which one to choose. However, a lot of people pick their legend and stick with them for one reason and one reason alone: they’re bloody good at racking up kills and securing wins. Newcastle is the newest face on the roster, and a hit with fans character-wise, but does he deserve a spot at the top of our Apex Legends tier list just yet?
Well, we’ll try to answer that question and justify it in the list below. Of course, everyone has the legend they’re comfortable with and we know there are some which suit certain playstyles, but… There’s also a meta and some legends are just too tough to beat.
So, without further ado – let’s get stuck in. If you want to climb the Apex Legends ranks, you’re going to want to use the following legends…
Apex LEgends tier list
This is our tier list for Apex Legends Season 13’s battle royale mode. Read on to find out how we’ve scored each legend, giving you the best chance to secure a win.
|Top tier||Wraith, Valkyrie, Bloodhound, Gibraltar, Newcastle|
|A-tier||Ash, Lifeline, Caustic, Seer|
|B-tier||Octane, Pathfinder, Horizon, Wattson, Rampart, Loba|
|C-tier||Maggie, Revenant, Bangalore, Crypto, Fuse|
These are our top picks for Apex Legends Season 13. These legends are must-haves for any squad heading into World’s Edge, Olympus, or Storm Point.
Caught in a sticky spot and need to dash off to do some healing? Want to head into a gunfight but need a quick way out if it all goes south? Want to know when an enemy has you in their sights? Then Wraith is the legend for you.
While none of her abilities are necessarily attack-minded, Wraith excels at keeping you alive if you overstep, allowing you to play aggressively but always have a safety blanket.
Wraith has consistently been one of the most-played legends every season, and for good reason.
- Voices from the Void (passive) – A voice warns you when danger approaches. As far as you can tell, it’s on your side.
- Into the Void (tactical) – Reposition quickly through the safety of void space, avoiding all damage.
- Dimensional Rift (ultimate) – Link two locations with portals for 60 seconds, allowing anyone to use them.
Entering the fray in Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy, Valkyrie has taken some time to find her own place in the meta. We’re placing her in the top tier for a number of reasons. Her ultimate ability is great for making an early rotation – or getting out of a sticky situation – and can be used in-tandem with Ash’s abilities for devastating effects.
Valkyrie’s Missile Swarm is great for creating pressure too, as it stuns opponents – if you’re looking for a character with great mobility and handy abilities, she might be the best option for you. Oh, and she has great voice lines about snacks.
- VTOL Jets (passive) – Press [space] while in the air to engage jetpack. You can switch between hold and toggle mode in the options menu
- Missile Swarm (tactical) – Fire a swarm of mini-rockets which damage and disorient the enemy
- Skyward Dive (ultimate) – Press once to prepare for launch. Teammates can interact with Valkyrie to join the launch. Press again to launch into the air and skydive
Like Wraith, Bloodhound is consistently one of the most popular legends in Apex, and continues to boast a high pick rate. The slew of information gained from their kit can provide a huge advantage to their squad.
As well as being a great recon legend, Bloodhound’s ultimate grants them boosted movement speed for when you’re hunting down an enemy squad.
- Tracker (passive) – See the tracks left behind by your foes
- Eye of the Allfather (tactical) – Briefly reveal hidden enemies, traps, and clues in structures in front of you
- Beast of the Hunt (ultimate) – Enhances your senses, allowing you to move faster and highlighting your prey
Good ol’ Gibby has always been a fan-favourite in Apex Legends, but he’s seen his play rate drop slightly over recent seasons. However, he is a popular pick for teams in Apex Legends esports, and here’s why.
Gibraltar is, quite literally, a bullet sponge. His Gun Shield and Dome of Protection can block bullets from both himself and his teammates. Moreover, if you’re still in the process of healing up somewhere or waiting for a care package to come in, his Defensive Bombardment can buy you some time by discouraging any teams looking to push you.
With Wraith and Octane sporting the highest play rates in the game right now, having a bubble to cover a portal or jump pad can be a game-changer in ranked play. Though not the glitziest of legends, Gibby is still an S-tier pick.
- Gun Shield (passive) – Aiming down sights deploys a gun shield that blocks incoming fire
- Dome of Protection (tactical) – Throw a dome shield that blocks attacks
- Defensive Bombardment (ultimate) – Call in a concentrated mortar strike on a marked position
Apex Legends’ newest face shoots straight into the top tier of our list – and not just because we like him! Newcastle’s defensive kit is exceptional at keeping your team alive in a tight spot and he’s proving to be popular among players – boasting one of the highest pick rates as we continue through Season 13.
Dancing the line between a support legend and a defensive legend, Newcastle offers the best of both worlds for players looking to help their team more than rack up kills – although, he’s pretty good at that too.
- Retrieve the Wounded (Passive) – Drag downed allies as you revive and protect them with your Revive Shield
- Mobile Shield (Tactical) – Throw a drone that projects a moveable energy shield
- Castle Wall (Ultimate) – Leap to an ally or target area and slam down, creating a fortified stronghold
We think these A-tier legends are great picks, but aren’t essential components for an Apex Legends squad.
A fan-favourite villain from Titanfall 2, Ash has left the Apex Legends Arenas behind to seek out victory for herself. This is only her second season, but she’s comfortably one of our A-Tier options.
Ash is an incredibly versatile legend who can provide intel to her team, lock down single targets, and help her whisk her team away from any unpleasant situations.
With so many strings to her bow, she’s seen a solid amount of pro play since her release – especially when combined with Valkyrie for speedy movement.
- Marked For Death (passive) – Ash’s map shows the location of recent deathboxes. Interact with a deathbox to mark surviving attackers (once per box).
- Arc Snare (tactical) – Throw a spinning snare that damages and tethers the first enemy that gets too close.
- Phase Breach (ultimate) – Tear open a one-way portal to a targeted location.
A lot of Apex Legends team compositions you come across will feature a Lifeline. Why? Well, she’s the game’s only healer for a start. With no other legend doing what Lifeline can do, she is one of the most played legends.
Not only can Lifeline patch you up after a gunfight or come and revive you out in the open thanks to her D.O.C. Heal Drone, but she can also provide some sweet extra loot from blue supply bins and her Care Package ultimate.
However, Lifeline has had a serious rework in Season 9: her D.O.C. no longer deploys a shield while reviving allies, which seriously impacts Lifeline’s usefulness, but the heal rate has been increased from 5hp to 8hp per second. Furthermore, she can revive both teammates with her drone at the same time.
Despite her declining pick rate, we still think Lifeline is an excellent choice for a squad looking for a support. So, she retains her place in this tier.
- Combat Medic (passive) – Deploy D.O.C. to revive teammates, leaving you free to move and defend
- Heal Drone (tactical) – Call D.O.C. to automatically heal nearby teammates over time
- Care Package (ultimate) – Call in a drop pod full of high-quality defensive loot
Caustic is an Apex Legends character that’s tough to play against if you’re not paying attention. His Nox Gas is an important deterrant and an effective distraction that can make him a scourge to the most skilled squads.
His Nox Gas Grenade has also had its cooldown slashed, meaning Caustic has crept up the order in this tier list. He is also still a consistent pick for teams competing at the highest levels of Apex Legends esports.
- Nox Vision (passive) – Allows you to see enemies through your gas
- Nox Gas Trap (tactical) – Drop canisters that release deadly Nox gas when shot or triggered by enemies
- Nox Gas Grenade (ultimate) – Blankets a large area in Nox gas
Season 10’s new legend was absolutely S-tier on launch thanks to his over-tuned numbers. Acting as a rival to Bloodhound, Seer as all about detecting enemies. All three of his abilities are catered to this.
His passive is particularly impressive, with Seer able to hear enemy heartbeats when aiming down the sights of a weapon.
His ultimate also casts a huge dome of his microdrones out, and any enemies moving or firing their weapons within it will be lit up for Seer to, erm, see.
Although Seer was hideously strong on launch, Respawn has since tuned him down slightly. His pick rate may have subsequently dwindled, but Seer’s still a very serviceable pick.
- Heart Seeker (passive) – Hear and visualise the heartbeats of enemies when aiming down sights.
- Focus of Attention (tactical) – Summon microdrones to emit a delayed blast that goes through walls, interrupting and revealing enemies.
- Exhibit (ultimate) – Create a sphere of microdrones that reveal the location of moving or firing enemies within.
These are some useful legends, but are locked into B-tier for now as they can often be quite situational.
While he isn’t much of a team player (although his Launch Pad can be useful in tandem with Revenant’s Death Totem), Octane is arguably one of the most aggressive legends in the battle royale, with his Stim turning him into a rapid attacker.
While Octane has been consistently tweaked – the majority of them nerfs – over his lifespan, he remains a firm favourite among players, and who can blame them?
- Swift Mend (passive) – Automatically regenerate health over time
- Stim (tactical) – Move 30% faster for six seconds. Costs health to use.
- Launch Pad (ultimate) – Deploy a jump pad that launches teammates through the air
If “Who wants to ride on a zipline?” doesn’t fill your tiny little gamer hearts with joy then I don’t know what will. But aside from being an adorably polite and very memeable android, Pathfinder is a solid pick for aggressive Apex players whose strengths lie in movement.
Pathfinder is probably the legend that has been reworked, nerfed, buffed, and tweaked the most since Apex released, but Respawn seems to have finally got him in a relatively stable place.
His grapple provides manoeuvrability and speed that is only really paralleled by Octane, and his Zipline Gun ultimate is useful for your team to quickly cover long distances or head up to high ground.
Pathfinder is a perfect blend of both team player and solo aggressor.
- Insider Knowledge (passive) – Scan a survey beacon to reveal the ring’s next location.
- Grappling Hook (tactical) – Grapple to get to out-of-reach places quickly
- Zipline Gun (ultimate) – Create a zipline for everyone to use
Horizon is one legend still finding her place in the meta. She received a small buff in Season 10, reversing her Season 9 nerf, and has been tweaked a lot since. In the right hands, she’s a useful part of the squad – but, her potential can be wasted and players should be cautious going into a game without knowing her kit.
Her Black Hole ultimate is also a very unique ability within the battle royale’s roster of legends, and still has plenty of use in the late game. Horizon is a strong but situational pick.
- Spacewalk (passive) – Increase air control and reduce fall impacts with Horizon’s custom spacesuit.
- Gravity Lift (tactical) – Reverses the flow of gravity, lifting players upward and boosting them outward when they exit.
- Black Hole – Deploy NEWT to create a micro black hole that pulls players in towards it, and hits them with a graviton blast at the end.
There is arguably no other legend you’d rather have on your team in the late game than Wattson. When that ring is closing and you’re hunkered down in your spot, unable to rotate, Wattson can be a massive factor in securing a victory.
Traditionally, Wattson has been a very situational legend, with a low pick rate despite boasting one of the highest win rates in the game. Respawn is seeking to address this with a whole host of changes in Season 11 which should help make the legend’s strengths more visible to the average player.
The changes proved effective and potent enough to have subsequently shifted the Static Defender up a tier. However, her pick rate is still one of the lowest, as mentioned above, so it’s clear that more work needs to be done to balance her with her peers.
- Spark of Genius (passive) – Ultimate Accelerants fully charge your Ultimate Ability
- Perimeter Security (tactical) – Connect nodes to create electrified fences that damage and slow enemies
- Interception Pylon (ultimate) – Place an electrified pylon that destroys incoming ordnance and repairs damaged shields
Season 6 addition Rampart looked absolutely terrifying when she was first revealed – a mounted minigun on a defensive barricade just sounded ridiculously overpowered. But for the longest time, and despite a series of buffs, she failed to make a splash on the Apex Legends meta.
However, a change in Season 10 to her minigun, ‘Sheila’ made it so that Rampart can now also lug around her turret of death and destruction. It’s also been buffed for Season 13 – however, not enough to get her up a tier in the list.
- Modded Loader (passive) – Increased magazine capacity and faster reloads when using LMGs and Sheila
- Amped Cover (tactical) – Build a crouch-cover wall, that deploys a full-cover amped wall which blocks incoming shots and amps outgoing shots
- Mobile Minigun ‘Sheila’ (ultimate) – Wield a mobile minigun with a single high capacity magazine. Place it down for anyone to use as a stationary and reloadable turret
Loba is often placed quite low down in Apex Legends tier lists, and we’re struggling to see why. Her passive ability and extremely quick ultimate charge rate means she is a diamond for securing your favourite weapon and some high-tier loot in the early game.
In Season 9, her previously troublesome and frustrating Burglar’s Best Friend bracelet was improved massively, meaning she is much more agile to use before and after teleporting.
Her ultimate did receive a nerf to its cooldown time, but Loba is still a useful and fun legend to use.
Loba also saw some surprising picks in the Apex Legends Global Series, with Fire Beavers and Third Impact showcasing her abilities, with the latter taking her to take second place in the EMEA tournament. See, she is competitively viable!
- Eye for Quality (passive) – Nearby legendary and epic loot can be seen through walls
- Burglar’s Best Friend (tactical) – Teleport to hard-to-reach places or escape trouble quickly by throwing your Jump Drive bracelet
- Black Market Boutique (ultimate) – Place a portable device that can teleport nearby loot into your inventory. Each player can take two items maximum
In Apex Legends, these C-tier picks are not really going to do much to help you secure a win. They’re either only helpful in very specific situations, or have received recent nerfs.
Playing as Maggie is fun, but she’s just not got what it takes to make it any higher in our tier list. She’s a great aggressor, but her Riot Drill is too situational and her Wrecking Ball is just too weak when compared to what else is on offer.
She also has one of the lowest pick rates in Season 13, with a fairly low average rank too. So, it’s clear that there are some issues here that Respawn Entertainment need to address.
- Warlord’s Ire (passive) – Temporarily highlight enemies you’ve damaged, and move faster with a shotgun
- Riot Drill (tactical) – Fire a drill that burns enemies through obstacles
- Wrecking Ball (ultimate) – Throw a ball that releases speed-boosting pads and detonates near enemies
Apex’s most sinister legend is, unfortunately, about as sinister as a child in a Halloween costume when it comes to his strength on the battlefield. Revenant’s Death Totem is an intriguing ultimate that gives you the confidence for an initial aggressive push, and works very well with Octane’s jump pad. It is, however, so easy to sabotage if the enemy team knows where you placed it.
The Revenant and Octane combo is a classic – as Alliance’s John ‘Hakis’ Håkansson explained to The Loadout – and can be deadly in the right hands.
Revenant’s been on the receiving end of some serious buffs in the Genesis collection event, however, and despite his Death Protection being reduced by a few seconds, his hitbox has been slimmed down and his Stalker ability has been improved. Like, really improved.
Look at my boy Revenant climbing 😭 pic.twitter.com/SnFavnKBOx
— RSPN_Pav (@RSPN_Pav) June 24, 2021
Oh yeah, and he’s also got an awesome heirloom. Aside from that though, Revenant still remains an off-meta pick.
- Stalker (passive) – You crouch walk faster and climb higher than other legends
- Silence (tactical) – Throw a device that deals damage and disables enemy abilities
- Death Totem (ultimate) – Drop a Death Totem that protects those who use it from death for a set amount of time. Instead of being downed, users will return to the totem.
There’s no denying that Bangalore’s smokes can be incredibly handy for getting out of tight spots or distracting enemies, but this OG legend’s problem has always been her ultimate. It just kinda sucks, right?
In Season 7, Rolling Thunder received a slight buff, reducing its insanely long wait time from eight seconds to six. However, this is still plenty of time for opposition legends to react, and Gibraltar’s similar mortar strike ability seems far more effective.
When used in tandem with Horizon’s ultimate, which can suck players into one spot, Rolling Thunder can be useful. However, that’s a play a few Arc Stars and Thermites could replicate, to be honest.
- Double Time (passive) – Taking fire while sprinting makes you move faster for a brief amount of time
- Smoke Launcher (tactical) – Fire a high-velocity smoke canister that explodes into a wall of smoke on impact
- Rolling Thunder (ultimate) – Call in an artillery strike that slowly creeps across the landscape
The general consensus has always been that Crypto is an annoying and relatively useless legend to encounter in Apex. And to be honest, that’s still half true – we really hate those stupid drones.
However, while his play rate is very low in public matches and ranked, Crypto has wormed his way into many teams in the esports scene recently. During the Autumn Circuit of the Apex Legends Global Series, Crypto cropped up in around a quarter of teams in some regions, whereas previously you would be hard-pushed to see him make an appearance.
This is due to his Drone EMP being a great counter to Gibraltar’s dome shields.
So while for us mere mortals there are plenty of better picks than Crypto, he has been pulled out of the bottom tier of our list by his very circumstantial usefulness.
- Neurolink (passive) – Enemies detected by Surveillance Drone within 30 metres are marked for you and your teammates to see
- Surveillance Drone (tactical) – Deploy an aerial drone that allows you to view the surrounding area.
- Drone EMP (ultimate) – Your drone sets off an EMP blast that deals shield damage, destroys traps, and slows enemies
Season 8’s legend Fuse slots into C-tier. While his kit is an absolute blast to use (especially his passive ability that can yeet grenades like an NFL quarterback) Fuse is only really useful in certain situations, rather than across the board like the legends above him in this list.
His ultimate, which herds up enemies into a ring of fire for easy pickings, is great for catching rotating teams unawares. From Season 10 onwards, it will also now reveal enemies.
A buff to his Knuckle Cluster in Season 9 and another in Season 10, however, does little to make Fuse more viable. While there’s certainly worse options to have on your squad, there’s definitely better ones too.
- Grenadier (passive) – Stack an extra grenade per inventory slot. Fire grenades farther, faster, and more accurately.
- Knuckle Cluster (tactical) – Launch a cluster bomb that continuously expels airburst explosives on impact
- The Motherlode (ultimate) – Launch a bombardment that encircles a target area in a wall of flame.
These legends are bottom of the pile and really won’t add much to your Apex Legends experience.
Mirage is something of a one-trick pony. He’s here for the bamboozles, and not a whole lot else.
However, he continues to be a relatively common pick in Apex Legends. Thanks to his decoy holograms scrambling the brains of the opposition, Mirage can often come out on top in clutch situations and has a decent 1.8 kills per game on average.
His decoys also received a positive tweak in Season 7. They will now all have a base health of 45, meaning it will take longer to clear them out and see which Mirage is real one.
- Now You See Me (passive) – Automatically cloak when using Respawn Beacons and when reviving teammates
- Psyche Out (tactical) – Send out a holographic decoy to confuse the enemy
- Life of the Party (ultimate) – Deploy a team of decoys to distract the enemy
So, there you have it – our part-opinion, part-science Apex Legends tier list for Season 13. Keep checking it out throughout the season to see if any legends change positions – we’ll keep this updated with each title update released.