Apex Legends is highly regarded as one of the best live-service shooters out there. Its gameplay is fast and intense, and every gun feels great to use. But a first-person shooter can’t keep you entertained with good gunplay alone. Shooters need a wide variety of maps that are well-designed and fun to play.
Luckily for us, Apex Legends features not only great shooting mechanics, but a wide variety of fun maps for both Battle Royale and Arenas mode. How many maps are in Apex Legends? With nine unique maps in total, it can be hard to decide which ones are the best-designed and most fun to play.
In today’s article, we’ll be ranking every Apex Legends map based on aesthetics, overall design, and uniqueness. Without any further delay, let’s jump right into it!
Apex Legends Battle Royale Maps, Ranked Worst to Best
Let’s kick off our list with the best maps for Battle Royale mode. There are four in total, each taking place in a totally different environment. They’ve all gone through some intense changes over the Seasons (excluding Storm Point), but they’re still the same maps we know and love at their core.
To kick off our list, let’s talk about the shining city in the sky, Olympus. This is a beautiful-looking map with grassy fields and clean streets, and many unique points of interest. The color palette is incredibly vibrant — it’s no wonder the rich and powerful want to live here.
When one thinks of city maps, they likely picture a densely packed metropolis. Instead, Olympus contains wide open fields and only a few parts of the map that I would consider “urban.” This makes it feel similar to the other Apex Legends maps, all of which share a similar design of low-urban density and lots of open areas.
Additionally, these fields make it very easy for you to spot squads engaging with one another from far away. Third parties are incredibly common and have only gotten worse with the new Terminal POI to connect two halves of the map.
Speaking of POIs, there are some very unique ones on the map, such as Pathfinder’s Boxing Ring! This is one of my favorite places in the entire game, as it allows you to fist fight other players over some valuable loot.
Next up, we have the newest map in the game! Released just in Season 11, Storm Point is a tropical paradise located on the beautiful planet of Gaea. It’s the biggest map in all of Apex Legends, and features a huge variety of different points of interest for legends to land at.
While its size is one of the map’s best features, it’s also its greatest drawback. The map is so spread out that it can be hard to find other players, causing you to spend much of the game wandering around through empty buildings. Many players to simply hot drop at the start of the match, resulting in many people dying early on (thus making the problem even worse)!
Being the most recently released map, as of the start of Season 12, there are no town takeovers to speak of. The map isn’t that empty, however, as there are several PVE events you can optionally take part in. Prowler Den’s and Spider Nests are scattered everywhere, giving players an opportunity to level up their Evo-shields and make some valuable crafting materials!
Now for second place on our list of all Apex Legends maps in Battle Royale ranked, we have King’s Canyon! This is the oldest map in the game, having been available in Apex Legends since launch day. It’s a good mix of desert and forest, with plenty of unique POI’s to find scattered throughout the area.
King’s Canyon features the most town takeovers out of any other map. These locations include Octane’s Gauntlet, Crypto’s Map Room, Caustic’s Treatment, etc. Each of these locations offers something unique, which makes landing there always worthwhile.
Activate a terminal at Crypto’s Map Room and you can reveal the location of every player on the map! Interact with a similar terminal at Caustic’s Treatment for a chance to get rare and valuable loot. Just don’t fall into the toxic goo!
Even with all of these pros, there are a few things I don’t like about it. Being a small map, third parties are fairly common. There are also sections of the map that feature wide-open areas, making it easy for you to get picked off by snipers if you don’t have control of the ring.
Taking the gold medal for the best Battle Royale map in Apex Legends, let’s give it up for World’s Edge! While I personally prefer to play on King’s Canyon for the nostalgia, I have to admit World’s Edge is a better-designed map.
While third parties do happen here, they’re not nearly as common as they are on Olympus and King’s Canyon. The map is also small enough to find other players quickly, but big enough that it feels fun to explore. World’s Edge is also absolutely gorgeous, and features a huge amount of environmental variety. We’ve got snowy fields, flowering meadows, lava streams, and even dense urban areas!
It also has one of my personal favorite town takeovers — Bloodhound’s Trials. This is a PVE event in which you can activate a terminal to unleash a horde of prowlers onto you and your team. Defeat them all for the chance to earn gold loot! If PVE isn’t your thing, you can also stop by Rampart’s Big Maude. This is a weapon shop where you can purchase specially modified weapons with crafting materials.
Although the map is fantastic to play on, it has one small issue. Fragment East is the most popular landing spot on the map, and so many people land there that it can be challenging to find players later on in the game. My squadmates will often land here, leading to several games in a session where I land in the same location. Aside from this small setback, the map is well-designed overall.
Apex Legends Arenas Maps, Ranked Worst to Best
Now let’s talk about all the maps for Arenas mode! We won’t be including the maps shared with Battle Royale mode, as those aren’t really original. Arenas mode features five unique maps in total. They are all very similar in layout, but there are enough highlights to keep each of them interesting.
Let’s start off with Encore, which saw its debut in Season 10. Visually, this is my favorite map on the list. I love the desert-oasis vibe it gives off, and all the futuristic architecture looks fantastic.
Playing it, however, is a different story. This map isn’t bad or anything, it just doesn’t compare to some of the other maps on this list. The central point of the map is also a pain to defend from, as it’s located between two high points. This gives your enemies the high ground and puts you at a disadvantage if you find yourself forced to move there from the ring.
This next one is a personal favorite of mine. Party Crasher takes place on board the downed Mirage Voyage after Elliott crash-landed it. The Voyage is an excellent place for firefights, with lots of places to flank opponents and hide behind cover.
Aesthetically speaking, this place is really pleasing to the eyes. It takes place in a futuristic plaza covered in pink and blue lighting. The time of day is what really sets the mood, as this is one of the very few maps in the game we get to see during the night.
Next up we have Habitat 4, the most recent map to be released for Arenas mode! Taking place on the same planet as Storm Point, the island’s habitat is covered in tropical greenery, alien plants, and even leviathan bones.
The map is a little on the bigger side, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on who you ask. Personally, I think it’s the perfect size, and I’ve never had trouble finding enemies before. Both sides of the map are great for close-quarters battles, and if you happen to be on the side opposite of the enemy team, sniping is incredibly satisfying.
Another personal favorite of yours truly, Overflow saw its debut alongside the Thrillseekers Event during the summer of 2021. Taking place on the same planet as World’s Edge, it’s an industrial site overflowing with molten lava. Visually it’s very simple compared to the other maps, but the lava amid the futuristic industry is more than enough to turn heads.
The spot at the top of the map is wide open and is bridged with a single room featuring two sets of doors. Using these doors as cover, you can pull off some impressive plays with them. I have fond memories of throwing the door open to gun enemies down after they empty a mag into the door I’m covering behind.
At the number one spot for the best Arenas map in Apex Legends is Phase Runner! Introduced alongside Arenas mode itself back in Season 9, this map just cannot be outshined no matter how many other maps are released.
This is a sniper’s paradise, as there are many vantage points and wide-open spaces to hit your enemies where it hurts. If you’re looking for something more up close and personal, taking the map’s phase runner is an excellent way to teleport a short distance and get to the enemy team faster. Firefights are never boring on this map, as its layout accommodates all playstyles.
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