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How Much Health Do You Have in Apex Legends?

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale with a wide variety of playable characters to choose from. These Legends each have their own unique abilities and playstyles that add something a little different to the table. But aside from a few minor perks, all Legends have the same health and maximum amount of shields.

If you’re new to the game, you may be curious just how much health you have in Apex Legends. You may also be wondering how to heal, and what items you should pick up out on the field. What about shields? How do the different types of armor work? We’ll be explaining all of that and more in this article.

Let’s get started!

Apex Legends Health & Shields Explained

This game features two different “sets” of health bars. The first is your standard health, which can go up to 100 points. The second is your shields, which can go all the way up to a maximum of +125 points. Wearing the strongest armor gives you 225 health points in total.

Apex Legends Health & Shields Explained
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Healing/Regening Shields

You can restore standard health by +25 points with syringes (which take five second to use), and max health with medkits (which take eight seconds to use). You can restore shields with shield cells and shield batteries, which also heal +25 and max shields, respectively. The former takes three seconds to use, and the latter five seconds.

There’s also an item called a Pheonix Kit, which fully heals you and regenerates all your shields after a lengthy charge-up time of ten seconds!

Shields Explained

Apex features two types of shields: body shields and Evo-shields. Body shields are standard, and the amount of damage they block doesn’t change. You spawn with them in Arenas mode only. Evo-shields can be “leveled up” by doing damage to enemies, and are only found in Battle Royale.

Apex Legends Shields
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Both of these types of armor have their own rarities, and thus their own shield capacities. They are, in order from worst to best:

  • White/Gray: +50 points
  • Blue: +75 points
  • Purple: +100 points
  • Gold: +100 points (Healing with shield cells and syringes also gives you double shields/health)
  • Red: +125 points

If you’re playing Battle Royale, you always start out at 100 health with a Level 1 Evo-shield, giving you a total of 150 health points. However, you can also find better armor out on the field. In Arenas, all players have the same body shield rarity no matter what, and it only gets upgraded in later rounds.

Tips & Tricks

Before we end our article about health in Apex Legends, let’s go over some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your healing items.

Tip #1: Keep Shield Cells Highlighted

Shield cells take the shortest amount of time to use, so it’s best to have them highlighted for quick use in a firefight. When opening the menu to select healing items, make sure you highlight cells before closing them. You’ll know you did it right if you see the shield cell icon on your screen.

How to Keep Shield Cells Highlighted
Image: Respawn Entertainment via HGG / Koby Gibson Ross

If you do find yourself in the middle of a gunfight, you can quickly get to cover and simply tap the healing button. Your character will quickly regen an extra +25 shield points, giving you a slightly higher chance of coming out alive.

Tip #2: How to “Armor Swap

If you kill an enemy while they’re downed, you can go into their death box and grab their shield. If they were just killed, it should be at full health. Long-time players call this “Armor Swapping,” and it allows you to instantly gain a fully-charged body shield without having to use any of your items to heal!

Tip #3: Evo-Shields & “Poking” Enemies

If you have an Evo-shield and a sniper rifle, be sure to shoot as many enemies as you can find. You don’t have to kill them, just do damage to them. Gamers call “Poking,” and it’s a great way for you to quickly level up your Evo-shield without putting yourself at too much risk.

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