One of the most popular Legends in all of Apex history is the lovable adrenaline junkie, Octane. This speedy daredevil is known throughout the Outlands for his love of extreme sports and his reckless need for speed. The players of Apex Legends, however, know him for his incredibly fun abilities.
Whether it’s his incredible speed boost, his jump pad, or his passive ability to regenerate health, Octane is a useful Legend with plenty of different tricks up his sleeve. But just how can you make the most of his kit? We’ll be covering everything you need to know in this article for the ten tips and tricks for Octane in Apex Legends!
10 Tips & Tricks for Apex Legends’ Octane
So without any further delays, let’s hop right into it!
1. He Can’t Die from His Stim
When using Octane’s stim to give yourself a boost of speed, you’ll lose a small chunk of health as a trade-off. One thing new players might not be aware of is that you can’t die from using your stim too many times. If you use it when you have almost no health, you’ll still be able to gain a speed boost. You’ll only be knocked down from taking enemy damage.
You should still be careful with this, however. Being very low on health is never a good thing, even if you have full shields. It’s best to avoid using your stim when you’re lower than half health unless it’s an emergency and you need to outrun the ring.
2. Move From Side to Side When Sprinting
Using Octane’s speed boost makes it harder for you to be hit. This can be great for traveling across large open fields without any cover, or just when you’re running away from an enemy team. An even more effective way to dodge enemy fire, however, is to move from side to side when you’re sprinting.
Alternate between turning left and right as you’re moving to your destination. Opponents will find it even more challenging to land their shots on you. This is most useful when you are being shot at from behind. I’ve often seen players run away from me in a straight line, and that makes it all the easier for me to hit them.
3. Use His Jump Pad to Move Downed Teammates
One useful tip that I don’t see mentioned very often is that your downed teammates can use Octane’s jump pad. If you’re trapped in a tight position under enemy fire and it’s too risky to revive your teammate out in the open, simply throw down a jump pad and let your teammate crawl onto it.
This will spring him away from your position and to a (hopefully) much safer area. You can then run over there (or finish your current fight first) and they’ll be waiting for you to revive them. It’s also great if your teammate gets downed outside the zone or there’s another squad approaching your position. The farther you can get away from danger, the safer it is to revive your teammates.
4. Use Jump Pads to Block Doors
One of the most common sights in public lobbies nowadays is to see one of Octane’s jump pads blocking a doorway. This is a great strategy to use if you don’t have a Caustic or a Wattson on your team and need a way to defend your position/make it harder for enemies to push you.
When you or an opponent tries to walk through the doorway, they will be sent flying around. This makes it a lot harder for them to aim at you and gives you the opportunity to rain fire down on them. It isn’t a huge advantage, but every little bit helps.
Additionally, if you do find yourself in a position where a jump pad is blocking your way, you can shoot it to destroy it. Every jump pad has 200 health when it’s first deployed. 200 health is the equivalent of a player with full health and a purple armor shield.
5. Save Jump Pads for Escaping Enemy Traps
There are many Legends in the game who can use their abilities to trap or inconvenience you and your team. Bangalore can send a hailstorm of missiles raining down on you. Fuse can trap you in a ring of fire. Wattson can fence you in. Using your jump pad is the best way to get you and the team out of trouble and into a better position. Obviously.
One thing that’s less obvious, however, is this. If you know that a fight is coming up, it’s best to save your jump pad until you really need it. I’ve often found myself using my pad to get the high ground or to get towards an enemy squad faster, only to be entrapped by a Fuse ult with no way out.
6. Use His Stim To Flank Enemies
Perhaps one of the most obvious features of Octane’s tactical ability is how useful it is for re-positioning yourself. You can use this to chase after enemies, scout ahead, or quickly re-group with your teammates.
One of the best ways to re-position yourself, however, is to use it to run around big areas to get behind the enemy team. You can communicate with your team and tell them to push once you’re in position. Then you’ll be able to attack your opponents from both the front and back!
7. Don’t Go Too Far Ahead
Speaking of repositioning, let’s talk about one thing you definitely shouldn’t do when playing as Octane. Being so fast, it can be tempting to rush ahead of your teammates to get the best loot or to scout areas ahead. This is good in certain circumstances, but use it wisely. You don’t want to go too far from your squad.
If you run into an enemy team and get downed, your squad won’t have time to come and help you. You’ll be a sitting duck! If you feel like an enemy team is nearby, it’s best to re-group before something bad happens. The characters in Apex say a voice quip if the squad is too far apart, such as “We’re spread out quite a bit!” If this happens, it’s a sign you need to fall back on your team.
8. Use the Right Weapons
Octane is a fast-paced, offensive Legend that is best played aggressively. This means it’s a good idea to use the right weapons when playing as him. Personally, I like to go for duel R-99s or dual CAR SMGs when playing as him. The fast-firing, fully automatic SMGs are great for running and gunning, which is right up Octane’s alley.
A good secondary if you don’t like carrying two of the same weapons is a peacekeeper or mastiff shotgun. Shotguns are incredibly powerful in this game. They are really great for hitting enemies while you’re sliding through the map.
I just wouldn’t recommend something like a sniper rifle or a marksman rifle. Those kinds of guns are best reserved for recon legends and support characters.
9. Stim When Under the Slow Effect
There are several Legends in the game who have the ability to slow your movement if you’re caught in one of their traps. Caustic and Wattson are the two most obvious offenders. If you find yourself in a gas trap or walking through an electric fence, you’ll take a small amount of damage. Not only that, but you’ll suffer from a slow debuff that stops you from sprinting.
A great counter to this debuff is to use Octane’s stim to gain a boost of speed. This completely negates the slow effect and allows you to quickly rush to cover before the enemy team has a chance to kick you while you’re down.
But just to be on the safe side, it’s best if you don’t trigger those traps to begin with.
10. Use Jump Pads with Other Abilities
Most Apex Legends players know that you can combine Octane’s jump pad with other Legends’ abilities for more combat effectiveness. The most popular legend to use with him is Revenant, who can use his Death Totem. When a player interacts with this totem, they became “shadow” versions of themselves.
This means that once they’re shot by enemies and lose enough health, they’ll respawn back at the totem. This allows you to play the game much more aggressively. It works even better when you place the totem next to a jump pad and use that to push enemies.
One thing many people don’t know is that you can throw down Caustic’s gas traps onto the jump pad and they’ll be sent hurdling towards enemies. Once they land, if they aren’t activated by enemies, you can shoot them yourself to cover an area in gas very quickly.
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