Apex Legends: Best Offensive (Assault) Characters, Ranked

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Apex Legends: Best Offensive (Assault) Characters, Ranked

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale that gives players access to a vast variety of different characters to play as. You have access to a whole host of different skill sets and abilities that let you play the game however you see fit. Additionally, the game divides its legends into classes so you can easily find the ones that fit your playstyle.

These classes are assault, defense, recon, and support. But even if one of these classes piques your interest, how do you narrow it down even further? How do you decide which legend to play? We’ll be giving you a helping hand by ranking every character in Apex Legends by class!

Assault legends are without a doubt the most abundant and most popular legends in the game. They are designed with aggressive plays in mind and are meant to be used offensively. Many players are attracted to this kind of playstyle, so it really shouldn’t be surprising that there are so many of them in Apex Legends. But out of all the assault legends, which ones are the best to play?



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Ranking at spot number 1 is what will likely be a controversial pick: Revenant! Revenant is one of my mains, and after playing all the other characters I have to say I think he is really underrated. His tactical ability is a Silence Bomb that will deal a small amount of damage to enemies but disable their abilities! His ultimate is a “Death Totem” that can be interacted with by him and his team. It will turn them into shadows, meaning that when they die they will respawn back at the totem,

His passive ability allows him to move silently when crouching, and he can climb up walls faster and at an unlimited distance. Revenant is the perfect legend to counter the other legends in the game. His tactical can disable Gibraltar’s gun shield, it can stop Pathfinder and Wraith from escaping with their tacticals, and it can prevent legends from using their ultimate abilities.

His ultimate is really really good when combined with something like Ash’s phase tear or Octane’s jump pad as you can quickly attack the enemy a second time after respawning. And I’ve used his passive to sneak up on enemies countless times! If you’ve been sleeping on Revenant, you should give him a try. Especially if you have a well-coordinated team, as that is the environment where his abilities work best in.



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For our next spot, we have Wraith. Wraith is one of the most popular legends and is widely considered to be the poster child of Apex Legends. Her tactical allows her to phase out of existence, making her immune to damage and giving her a speed boost. Her ultimate lets her send out a two-way portal that can be used by teammates and enemies alike. And her passive (when it works) notifies her when an enemy is aiming at her or when a trap is nearby.

Wraith is fantastic for competitive play due to her having one of the smallest hitboxes in the game (even with recent adjustments). Her tactical is a great get-out-of-jail-free card and it’s good for escaping enemy traps. And her ultimate is good for setting up ambushes for enemies and re-positioning your team quickly. Her passive is pretty hit or miss, but when it does work it’s very useful.



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Ash is one of my favorite legends in the game in terms of their lore. She is a returning character from Titanfall 2, which made her pretty popular upon release. Her tactical ability allows her to pin enemies down to one position, leaving them vulnerable to attacks by enemy squads. Her ultimate is similar to Wraith’s, but it deploys much faster and is a one-way portal instead. And her passive ability shows her the location of death boxes on the map.

When interacting with a death box, it will show the location of the killer. This is useful for tracking down enemy players. Ash is a good legend if you know how to use her properly. Her tactical is pretty slow-moving and can be easily avoided if thrown from a great distance. But if you manage to trap an enemy it can be deadly for them. Her ultimate is great for repositioning, even if it’s not as versatile as Wraith’s portal.



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Next up we have Horizon! Horizon is a not-so-mad scientist with a specialty in anti-gravity technology. Her tactical ability allows her to send out a device that lifts all players inside it up to a higher elevation quickly. Her ultimate is a miniature black hole that can suck in all nearby enemies! And her passive lets her jump from a high distance and keep moving without being stunned like all the other legends.

Horizon is a really good legend for verticle maps. Her passive helps you keep moving and removes the debuff you take after landing from a high drop. And her tactical can be used both for getting out of danger and getting up from hard-to-reach areas fast. Her ultimate can be destroyed easily just by shooting at it. But if you have a well-coordinated team you can easily deal some damage before that happens.



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About halfway through out list for assault legends, we have Octane! He’s a high-speed daredevil first released back in Season 1. He is without a doubt one of the most-fun legends to play in the game, even if his kit is fairly basic. His tactical is a stim pack that gives him a quick boost of speed at the cost of some health. His ultimate is a jump pad that can be used to quickly jump to another location. And his passive is a slow but effective health regeneration.

Octane originally was a legend with a lot of solo value and hardly any team value. His health regen and stim pack don’t offer that much utility for the squad. However, due to a buff to his ultimate many seasons ago, he is one of the most versatile mobility legends for getting your team around.

He and his squad can double jump after being launched into the air, allowing you to re-position more easily. And the height and distance you can travel with the jump pad vary depending on how you enter it. If you walk into it you’ll go very high vertically, if you slide into it you’ll go farther horizontally, and if you sprint into it you’ll get a mix of both.



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Bangalore takes our next spot. Another OG legend, she has been fairly common to see in lobbies, but less so recently due to all the more meta-defining legends there are. Her tactical lets her send out some smoke grenades which are perfect for hiding yourself when reviving a squadmate. Her ultimate lets her call down an artillery strike that can damage and slow enemies caught in its blast. And her passive lets her move faster when being shot at by enemy players.

She is a good legend, but definitely not the best compared to some of the others in the game. Her tactical is really nice for getting across an open area without taking damage from enemies. And if you are smart with it, you can trick enemies into thinking you went a different direction when you are being chased! Her ultimate is good, but not great. The missiles do not detonate immediately when landing. This makes it fairly easy to avoid, especially if you are a mobility-based legend such as Octane.


Mad Maggie

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Now for our next one, Mad Maggie. Mad Maggie is a pretty decent legend all things considered. Her tactical ability lets her shoot out a drill that can tunnel through walls and defenses to deal damage to enemies on the other side. Her ultimate is a wrecking ball that deals damage to enemies and leaves out boost pads to buff other players’ speed. And her passive allows her to move faster with shotguns and it will temporarily highlight enemies when they are shot.

Maggie is a very good legend for countering defensive players. Her drill is great for taking a shot at Rampart, Caustic, and Gibraltar players as well as players in general camped up in a certain spot. Her passive I think is pretty good, as it allows you to move the same speed as you do when holstering your gun. Movement is everything in Apex Legends, and being able to move faster with your weapons out is a god send.



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Taking the next spot, we have Fuse! Fuse is one of the most underrated legends in my opinion. His tactical ability allows him to send out a cluster grenade that can stick to enemies and deal a good amount of damage. His ultimate is a cannon that launches a projectile that creates a ring of fire around enemies, trapping them in place and scanning them. And his passive allows him to carry two grenades in one slot and throw those grenades much farther.

Let’s get this out of the way: Fuse’s ultimate is pretty weak. It can be easily countered by many legends in the game. And it does no damage to the enemies inside it. But Fuse is a great legend for dealing out damage with his tactical and passive. His true utility comes when he is used alongside other legends. If you throw a Horizon ult down or use Ash’s tactical, Fuse can spam the same target with grenades for a guaranteed knockdown!



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Lastly, on our list of assault legends, we have Mirage. Mirage may be one of the best legends in terms of humor and personality… But when it comes to his abilities he isn’t anything special. His tactical allows him to send out a holographic copy of himself to fool enemies. His ultimate lets him send out a whole group of holographic decoys! This is great for getting out of a tight situation fast.

And his passive ability allows him to turn invisible when reviving, respawning teammates, and when getting knocked down (for a brief moment). Mirage is a pretty good legend if you know how to use him properly, but he just doesn’t compare to some of the other legends in the game. Hopefully, they will buff him sometime in the future, as Mirage really needs it.

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