Apex Legends is a hit battle royale set in the Titanfall universe. It features satisfying gunplay, large and diverse maps, and a huge roster of characters for you to toy around with. One of the most well-known and iconic legends of the game is the enigmatic Wraith, who has been here since the very beginning.
During the early days of Apex Legends, she was by far the most popular character. While she has lost some of her popularity since then, she is still a pretty common pick. In today’s guide, we’ll be going over her abilities as they stand in Season 13 and providing some tips on how to play her.
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Apex Legends Overview: Wraith
Before we begin, we should first go over some brief information about Wraith’s character and her backstory before joining the Apex Games. Her full name is Renee Hope Blasey, and she is a 32-year-old human from the planet Typhon. She was a former titan pilot and scientist working for the IMC.
She volunteered herself to partake in a scientific experiment involving inter-dimensional technology. The experiment ended with Wraith gaining amnesia and waking up alone in a strange facility wearing some kind of straightjacket. She began hearing voices in her head that made her question her own sanity.
It was only after being visited by a strange figure — revealed to be an alternate version of herself — that she learned how to listen to these voices and use them to her advantage. These voices were actually different versions of her from other universes, guiding her and warning her of dangers that lay ahead.
Eventually, she was able to escape the facility that imprisoned her, retreating to a new dimension. In this reality, the Apex Games were being held and was looking for new contestants. She joined up with the intention of raiding old IMC facilities that dotted the arena’s landscape. To this day, she wishes to learn more about her past and who she was before she underwent those horrible experiments…
Much of the information here was sourced from the official Apex Legends website.
Abilities & Playstyle
As previously mentioned, Wraith is an assault-class Legend. This means she’s best played aggressively due to her kit and abilities. She can also use her abilities to get around the map faster, and can even provide some support to her teammates in the right circumstance. While her kit is easy to learn, it is tricky to master. Her three abilities are as follows:
Passive: Voices from the Void
A voice warns Wraith if there’s something dangerous nearby. This voice clip will play if an enemy aims a gun at you, if there’s an enemy trap nearby, or if there are many enemy players in the area. Once the voice has triggered, you can press a button to warn your teammates about the danger.
Tactical: Into the Void
When pressing the tactical button, Wraith briefly phases out of existence. Once in this state, you’re invincible to damage and have an increased movement speed. This allows you to retreat to cover very efficiently.
Ultimate: Dimensional Rift
Wraith can open up a two-way portal from her current location to a nearby location of her choice. She needs to manually place each end of the portal. Once it is placed, any player in the lobby can use this portal to travel between two different locations. When inside, you will be immune to enemy damage.
Wraith has a fairly small hitbox compared to some of the other Legends in the game. This means she’s less likely to be hit when someone is firing a gun at her. While this has been increased in recent seasons, it is still one of the smaller ones in the game. For more information on Wraith and her abilities, check out this page from the Apex Legends Wiki here!
10 Tips & Tricks For Wraith, in No Particular Order
So without any more delays, let’s get right into this article for the top ten tips and tricks for Wraith in Apex Legends!
1. Use Wraith’s Tactical Ability for a Boost of Speed
Several seasons ago, Wraith’s tactical ability was reworked to make it require more skill to use. Previously, it was an instant get-out-of-jail-free card. You would press the button and instantly phase, which made mistakes more forgiving. The rework made it so it now takes 1.25 seconds for the phase to activate after the button is pressed. To compensate for this, they buffed Wraith’s speed while phasing.
This is a great little ability for helping you get around the map quicker. If you know there isn’t a squad nearby, you can press the button and use it to move forward faster. This allows you to get to locations quicker, meaning you’ll get first dibs on the loot before your squad does. Just make sure to use it carefully — you don’t want to unphase right onto an enemy player you didn’t see before!
2. Don’t Over Rely on Her Passive Ability
Wraith’s passive is great for getting out of risky situations and warning you of other players. When it works, that is. Apex Legends is an online game — lag, bugs, and glitches are all fairly commonplace. Because of this, Wraith’s passive has never been 100% reliable in a match.
There are plenty of clips you can find online of people getting totally shredded by an unseen enemy offscreen, only for Wraith to say immediately afterward, “They’re aiming right at you!” If you want to avoid such a tragedy, you’ll first want to keep in mind that lag is a thing and sometimes there will be a delay when the quip will come to you.
Only use this passive if you have to, and use your eyes and ears first and foremost. Don’t do anything too risky, and don’t expect it to work all the time. Being mindful of this will prevent you from falling victim to this occasional issue.
3. Use Your Ultimate to Help Downed Teammates
Wraith is a good Legend for both solo players and team players. One such instance where she makes a great ally for your team is with her ultimate ability. If there is a downed teammate in a tight spot — such as in a spot with little cover — you can put down a portal and invite them to come through. This allows you to quickly reposition a teammate on the fly so they can be revived.
This also comes in handy if one of your teammates is trapped in a place they can’t get out of. Sometimes I’ve found my teammates have glitched through the map or are stuck on the side of a cliff at the edge of a map and can’t escape. All you need to do to help them is place down one side of your portal where you’re standing and drop down with them to place the other side.
4. Use the Correct Loadout
Wraith is a great Legend for close-quarter combat due to her small hitbox and ability to phase out of trouble. It’s only fitting that you carry around the right weapons for her. You should bring an SMG in your primary slot and either another SMG or a shotgun in your secondary slot. This ensures you’re properly prepared for CQB-style combat, which is how you’ll want to play Wraith.
A good SMG to run is the Volt. This is a versatile energy SMG that’s good for both close range and some medium encounters. A good alternative is the Prowler SMG. This has a five-round burst with a very high DPS. It’s also good for medium ranges, as well as short ranges. For a shotgun, you can go with either the lever-action Peacekeeper or the Eva-8 auto. Both are great guns, and it’s really down to preference.
5. Go Ahead of Your Squad (But Not Too Far!)
Due to Wraith’s passive ability, you’re able to sniff out danger before it even hits you. This is a great ability for countering sneak attacks or avoiding fights altogether. Because of this, Wraith makes a great character to play for scouting ahead. If you’re near any traps or groups of enemies, you can warn your teammates of the upcoming danger. This saves them from taking unneeded damage.
Just make sure you don’t go too far ahead of your team. You’ll want to be leading the pack, of course, but you shouldn’t get so far ahead that they can’t help you if you get into trouble. Just make sure you ping to your squad where you’re going and what you’re doing next so they’re sure to stay close to you. Communication is key!
6. Create Traps Using Your Portals
One of the more creative plays you can pull off with someone like Wraith is setting up traps for your enemies. You can do this by placing down a portal in an area where an enemy can see it. Then place the other end of the portal in a dangerous location. It can be over the edge of a cliff or into a small room where your squad is waiting for them. Not everyone will fall for it, but when they do, it’s worth it!
If the enemy is foolish enough to take the bait, you should be able to either kill them or deal lots of damage (depending on what kind of trap you laid for them). It’s a good idea to jump in the air before placing down the other end of your portal. This forces the enemy to drop a short distance, which leaves them unable to move around. This means it’s harder for them to dodge your shots.
7. Play Wraith with Caustic, Wattson, or Revenant
One of Apex Legends’ best features is the ability to combine Legends together to create unique strategies and plays. If you want to take the previous tip a step further, you can combine Wraith with other Legends’ abilities to create even deadlier traps.
Caustic and Wattson are both great picks for this. Just throw down your portals like previously described, leading into a small room. Then fill it up with gas bags and/or fences to give your enemies an unpleasant surprise! It’s a really great way to rack up some kills and to give you the advantage you need to ensure a fight ends in your favor.
Another great Legend you can combine Wraith with is Revenant. Revenant’s ultimate allows you to gain a second life, meaning if you get knocked down, you’ll respawn at the totem with only some of your health missing. You can place down a Wraith portal and activate the totem before going through. Then you’ll instantly respawn and can take the portal, allowing you to get right back into the action.
8. Use Your Portals to Hide from Enemies
Next up, we have one of the lesser-known tips on this list. If you happen to be in need of a hiding spot, you can place down one of your portals in the corner of a room and stand behind it to hide from enemies. Once in place, you can either wait for the enemy team to walk into the room. You can then spam them with grenades and blind fire at them for a surprise attack.
This also makes a great way to hide from the enemies if you’re outmatched and want to lay low. Just place down a portal somewhere and put the other one in a corner. Hide behind it and watch as the enemy walks right past! Depending on where you put the first one and whether or not they saw you place it, they might even assume you went through it and will go through, throwing them off your trail.
9. Activate Wraith’s Tactical at the Right Time
As mentioned earlier in this article for the top ten tips and tricks for Wraith in Apex Legends, Wraith used to be a very different Legend. Her old tactical allowed you to instantly phase into another plane and avoid all damage. Now the tactical takes a little over a second to activate. Just be sure to keep this in mind the next time you head into a firefight.
If you know that the battle looks grim and you’re likely to get downed, it’s a good idea to press the button sooner rather than later. If you hear a voice quip from Wraith saying there’s a sniper aiming at you, you should press the tactical button instantly. There’s still a chance you could get knocked down, but that chance is minimized the sooner that you press the button.
10. Place Down a Portal to Block Off an Area
Probably one of the best tricks that I have seen used by Wraith mains is this. If you want to block off an area and prevent the enemy team from getting through, simply put a portal in the way to prevent them from accessing it. They will try to move forward but be teleported away! This makes a great way to block off an area if you don’t have a Caustic or a Wattson on your team.
The most common place I’ve seen this trick used is in doorways. Say your team needs to heal, but the other squad doesn’t want to give you a break. Once your teammates head inside a building, you can pop a portal down and head inside, giving you the time needed to recover. Just make sure your squad gets through before you put the portal down, otherwise, they’ll be the ones to teleport away!
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