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Apex Legends Valkyrie abilities and how to use

Here's all you need to know about the meta-breaking Recon unit Valkyrie in Apex Legends, including their abilities and how best to use them.

Apex Legends Season 9 delivers some of the most exciting new additions to the Apex Games, and that still holds true today. Having added a 3v3 Arena, as well as the Bocek bow, and the game-changing Valkyrie.

With revolutionary movement and powerful, explosive abilities, Valkyrie quickly became one of the strongest legends in the battle royale game – and that’s still the case despite several nerfs. If you’re trying to climb the Apex Legends ranks, Valkyrie is a strong pick.

Apex Legends Valkyrie abilities

Here are all of Valkyrie’s abilities in Apex Legends:

  • 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 12 mini-rockets in a rectangular grid, 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.
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Valkyrie’s kit is built around mobility, reconnaissance, and holding targets down. Alongside her main passive, VTOL Jets, she also has a couple of extra passives baked into her kit.

For example, when airborne, be it after using a Jump Tower, exiting a drop-ship, or using Skyward Dive, Valkyrie reveals the location of enemies in her line of sight to herself and her teammates. However, this means that, unlike Bloodhound’s tactical ability, this won’t reveal legends hiding away in buildings.

Additionally, as a member of the Recon class of legend, Valkyrie is able to scan Survey Beacons to reveal the next circle’s location.

Valkyrie offers teams movement to rival Octane, Pathfinder, or even Wraith, with enough damage and control to land her a high spot in our Apex Legends tier list. Whether you need to escape from the storm or quickly third-party a fight on your peripheries, Valkyrie’s Skyward Dive looks like it could be very powerful.

Apex Legends Valkyrie: A screenshot of the new Crash Site location on Kings Canyon in Apex Legends

Apex Legends Valk lore

Valk, which we now know is short for Valkyrie, is the daughter of Viper – or the pilot who rode in Viper, that is. If you played Titanfall 2, you’ll know that Viper was one of Kuben Blisk’s Apex Predators, before it was taken down by Jack Cooper and BT-7274.

Valkyrie blames Blisk for her father’s death but also feels guilty after her stealing a Titan chassis led to a near-death experience as her father saved her life. This is all detailed in the latest Stories from the Outlands lore video published by Respawn. You can watch the full thing here, and it’s far better than this simple explanation:

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Taking a look at this image of her messy desk also reveals a surprising amount about her character. The first thing you’ll no doubt notice is her sweet tooth, as snacks are littered across her desk. The statue on her desk is a replica of the one in Angel City in Titanfall 2 too. The “angel” part is also a connection to her name: Valk is short for Valkyrie, which could reference the supernatural angel-type figures of Norse mythology who may have inspired her design.

That’s everything you need to know about Apex Legends’ Valkyrie, now get out there, burn some fuel, and take the crown in your next match as the meta-breaking Recon character.