It’s October yet again, and Halloween is almost upon us! That means it’s time for our yearly Halloween event in Apex Legends: Fight or Fright! Skins both new and old have come to the game. We get some new limited-time weapon cosmetics. And, most importantly, we get three limited-time modes to enjoy!
But just what are these limited-time modes? How does each of them play in the game? What are some tips and tricks for these LTMs? And is Shadow Royale back? We’ll be covering that and more in our guide on Apex Legends‘ Fight or Fright 2022 Event!
What is the Fight or Fright Event?
Let’s start by getting the basics out of the way. The Fight or Fright event is a limited-time collection event that has added several things to the game. First is the return of old Halloween skins from years past, now with different color schemes! We also have access to some brand-new skins and items that were not available in years past. These are all available for purchase from the Apex Item Store.
More interestingly, however, is that this new event comes with three limited-time modes stretched out over four weeks, lasting from October 4 to November 1.
- Week 1 (October 4–10): Shadow Royale, a fan favorite mode returning from last year.
- Week 2 (October 11–17): Gun Run, a mode that Call of Duty fans should recognize as Gun Game.
- Week 3 (October 18–24): Control, an objective-based big team mode.
- Week 4 (October 25–November 1): Shadow Royale
As you can see, it’s quite a diverse setup of game modes, and you’d be wise to check in every week to see which mode you enjoy playing the most.
Fight or Fright 2022 Game Modes Explained
With that basic introduction of the event and its schedule out of the way, let’s get right into the game modes themselves! We’ll also be covering some tips and tricks for you to get the most out of the game.
Shadow Royale is pretty similar to the regular Battle Royale mode. You land with your squad of three on a big, open map. You scavenge for weapons, armor, and other items. Then you fight and kill other squads, with the last team standing being the winner. However, this time around, when you or a squadmate dies, they will respawn as a “shadow.” Shadows lose access to their guns and armor.
To make up for your low health and firing power, you get a few unique benefits. You’re now significantly faster and more mobile — you’re able to sprint at very high speeds, double jump, wall run, and climb really high. Your melee damage is also boosted, allowing you to take down enemy Legends in fewer hits than normal. Finally, you also get a shadowy animal companion that will help you out in fights!
The major downside (besides the lack of guns) is that you still have very low health and can die quickly. Once you respawn as a shadow, you can keep playing in this state until every living/non-shadow member on your squad dies, at which point you will lose the game.
For all intents and purposes, this is a zombie-survival mode in Apex Legends! This is by far my favorite game mode that we’ve ever gotten, as it’s really fun to play. This game mode also has the unique benefit of taking place on Olympus at night time! It’s really great to see the shining city after dark, especially with all of the Halloween-esque changes to make it look more spooky and haunting.
Tips & Tricks for Shadow Royale
Play with at least one defensive Legend. This first tip is pretty straightforward, but still very important. I have found that it is a great idea to play with at least one defensive legend, such as Caustic or Wattson. Shadows are quiet and can sneak up on you without you noticing, and being alerted with a gas trap has saved me several times. Defensive legends are also great for holding down an area late game, which is especially important, as shadows are often aggressive and relentless.
Stock up on more ammo than usual. Many players probably have a set amount of items/ammo that they like to have in their inventory. While one setup may be fine for regular Battle Royale, you might want to drop a few of your usual items in exchange for more ammunition in this game mode. You’ll be burning through it a lot, and you don’t want to be caught with an empty gun in a dark alleyway.
Use at least one SMG or a similar hip-fire-based weapon. The shadows are almost always up and in your face, so it’s a good idea to have a close-quarters weapon that allows you to spray and pray. Automatic SMGs like the R-99 are best for this, as you don’t need to be very accurate to dish out a lot of damage up close. The EVA-8 is a decent alternative if you can’t find an automatic SMG.
This next game mode is another fan favorite. Gun Run is a team deathmatch game mode in which four squads of three are pitted against each other. Every player starts out with the same weapon, but “rank up” and unlock a new weapon with each kill. Once they get a kill with that weapon, they gain yet another weapon, and so on.
This all culminates with the final weapon being a throwing knife. Once a player gets a kill with a throwing knife, they win the game for their squad! This is a very fast-paced and intense game mode that is a lot of fun to play with friends.
The maps are around the same size as the arena maps, but they have more players packed into them, so they feel much more alive and hostile. The Fight or Fright event has three separate maps: Skulltown, Fragment East, and Estates After Dark. This gives us a nice number of set pieces to play on, and it keeps each game mode fresh.
Tips & Tricks for Gun Run
Don’t bother picking Lifeline — play an aggressive Legend instead. In this game mode, you’re killed instantly when your health reaches 0, and you cannot be revived by your squadmates. While Lifeline can still heal and use her ultimate, her main benefit is the auto-revive. This ability is completely negated here, so it’s better to pick an aggressive Legend like Wraith or Revenant. You need to get as many kills as fast as possible to win, so playing a Legend with offensive capabilities is your best bet.
Use your microphone to call out enemies. This tip is useful in pretty much any team-based game mode in Apex Legends, but especially this one. You’ll run into enemies much more often than in Battle Royale, and you’ll be dealing with three different squads instead of just one like in Arenas. All of this makes calling out enemy locations and asking for help much more important.
Let the other squads fight each other directly if you can. This tip is a bit tricky to pull off. In my experience, it’s best to lay low and let two squads fight each other directly while you third-party them and pull off as many kills as you can from a distance. They will be distracted fighting one another one-on-one while you can deal damage to both of them to get the kills needed to win the game.
For our third and final game mode, we have Control! This game mode was introduced relatively recently in Apex Legend’s lifespan. It’s an objective-based game that pits two large teams against one another with the ultimate goal of dominating a large, open battlefield.
When the game begins, you spawn alongside your team and are tasked with seeking out and capturing three zones scattered around the map. Once you take control of a zone, your team will begin to slowly accumulate points to fill up a meter shown on the screen. The more zones you control, the faster the meter will fill. The first time to reach 1,250 points wins the game!
An interesting thing about this game mode is that you can swap out your Legend for someone else mid-game. Once you die, you get to switch your current Legend and choose where you’d like to spawn on the map. You can also choose one of several pre-selected loadouts.
While I don’t personally play much of this mode, I understand why everyone loves it so much. It’s a very fun game mode that gives us a glimpse into what a large-scale team deathmatch-style mode could look like in Apex Legends.
Control Tips & Tricks
Pick up your teammates in a trident. At the location where you spawn at the start of the game, there should be at least two tridents nearby. These are fast and agile transportation vehicles that can fit one driver and two passengers. I recommend grabbing one of these at the start of the game, picking up two of your teammates, then rushing toward the point in the center of the map. This is a very great way to secure some points early on before the enemy team has a chance to get there.
Play a defensive Legend (or any Legend that isn’t Lifeline). Probably the best type of Legend for this game mode (generally speaking) is the defensive character type. These Legends are great for holding down the zones that you need to capture and keeping them out of enemy hands. Lifeline’s passive is still pretty worthless in this game mode. Options like Wattson and Rampart are my personal favorites — Rampart especially because of her amped cover, which helps hold off enemies before they can control a zone.
Pick your loadout based on the map and Legend you’re playing. As previously mentioned, all players will have access to several different loadouts they can choose from. These loadouts can affect gameplay quite a bit, so it’s good to pick an option that’ll best utilize your surroundings and character choice. Hammond Labs, for example, is a good place for camping with a sniper rifle. If you choose to go with Rampart, taking an LMG as the primary weapon lets you take better advantage of her passive. Feel free to play around with the different options to see what works best for you!
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That’s it for our guide to the Fight or Fright game modes in Apex Legends — thanks for reading! Are you going to play all of these game modes? Let us know, and be sure to subscribe to our weekly newsletter for more regular content! We offer features on all the best games, including more Apex Legends.