In Apex Legends, recon characters are a special type of character that specializes in tracking enemy movements and helping your squad navigate around the map. Whether that is through scanning enemies directly or by hacking survey beacons, you’re going to want one on your team if you want to get the drop on your next target. These are some of the best legends to play in my opinion due to how powerful their scans can be, and how great that is at tracking where enemies are.
Seer takes spot number 1 for recon legends on our list of every character in Apex Legends ranked by class. Seer’s tactical ability is a scan that isn’t as widespread as Bloodhound and is instead more directed and focused in one direction. While this is more limited in scope, when you do scan an enemy it reveals much more information. You can see their health and armor bars, which is very good for choosing which targets to prioritize and deciding when to push.
And his ultimate ability is very good as well. When you throw it down, it will create a big bubble that will scan all enemies within it when they sprint or shoot their weapons. A downside of it is that it can be destroyed, but this isn’t an issue if you know how to throw it in a spot where its hard to see. And Seer’s passive ability lets him detect where players are when aiming down sights, which is great when getting ready to send out his tactical ability to scan.
Valkyrie is next on our list. Like Pathfinder, she is more of a mobility legend than a recon legend in terms of her kit and abilities. Her tactical allows her to shoot out several missiles at enemies. When hit, enemies will be stunned momentarily and take damage. Her ultimate is essentially a mobile Jump Tower. She can link up with her two squadmates and launch into the air, moving them to other locations on the map. When she is skydiving, she will scan all nearby enemy legends on the ground!
Her passive is the most interesting in my opinion. It is a jet pack that allows her to easily get up to hard-to-reach places. It doesn’t move as fast as some of the other legends’ abilities, but you do have a lot more control over where she goes. While this passive is fun to have, you can’t use guns while doing it as well as a second after you stop using it, which leaves you vulnerable to attacks.
Bloodhound is an OG legend who has been in the game since Season 0, and because of this and other reasons, they are a popular character. Their tactical ability allows them to scan the area in front of them in a wide cone of effect. Additionally, the ability will tell you the location of nearby enemy traps. Their ultimate gives you a big boost of speed and allows you to use their tactical much, much more often.
And their passive ability allows you to see the footsteps/markings left behind by other enemies. You can ping them for your squad and inform them of what happened in the area before you arrived, which is incredibly useful for tracking down enemy squads. Overall, Bloodhound is an excellent legend with a good amount of versatility in their kit, even if their scans don’t reveal as much information as Seer does.
Next up, we have Pathfinder. Let me get this out of the way: based purely on fun factor, Pathfinder is #1 by a longshot. His tactical ability allows him to swing around the map with ease using his grappling hook, which is great for escaping poor positions and traveling to new POIs. His ultimate allows him to send out a zipline that can be traveled by him and other teammates. And his passive allows him to recharge his zipline ability faster and faster every time he scans a survey beacon.
Aside from the ability to scan survey beacons (which is something that EVERY recon legend has), it’s hard to call Pathfinder a recon legend. He is still useful for scouting out areas ahead and helping move your teammates around the map, however.
Next up we have Crypto! Crypto is a hacking-based legend who was introduced back in Season 3. His tactical allows him to send out a drone that acts as a mobile camera, allowing him to scan other for other squads. His ultimate is a powerful EMP blast that can deal lots of damage to shields on enemy squads, leaving them vulnerable to an attack. And his “passive” allows him and his teammates to see what his drone detects. Yeah, it’s not really a passive.
He does have the unique ability being able to tell how many enemy squads are nearby, which has its uses. Crypto would be higher on this list as his drone gives out a good amount of information, but he cannot defend himself when controlling the drone, making it easy for him to get knocked down if discovered by an enemy. The EMP blast is great, but you need to be pretty skilled to use it without it getting shot down.
Lastly, we have the newest recon legend in Apex Legends, Vantage. Vantage is a sniper-based legend, and her tactical allows her to send out her pet bat to a location of her choice. She can then launch toward her bat, making it easy for her to relocate to other areas. Her ultimate is a custom-made sniper rifle with good stopping power that will scan enemy legends when hit and give a damage bonus to your squad if they are shooting at them.
Her passive ability lets her see where the bullet with drop on her sniper rifle. Sadly, this isn’t that useful if you are already very skilled with sniper rifles. Vantage is a pretty fun legend to use if you like sniping, but she doesn’t have all that much team value aside from the damage bonus dealt to enemies with her ultimate.