Apex Legends Season 8 – Legends Tier List18.08.2019
From teleportation to air strikes, gas traps to jump pads, Apex Legends has many unusual ways to humiliate and dominate your opponent. Its lineup of legends is now 16-strong with the addition of Fuse in Season 8, and they’ve all got their quirks.
While the design or kit of a legend can be enough to convince players to use them, many stick with their legend for one reason and one reason only: they’re bloody great at picking up kills and securing wins with them in the battle royale. But as we head into the new season, which not only introduces Horizon but also a brand new arena to battle in with Olympus, which legends are the best?
Well, here we’ll try to answer that question. Obviously, some players will be more comfortable and effective with the abilities of certain legends, but there are a select few that are pretty hard to beat in most situations. This tier list does take into account our opinions of which legends are the best, but we’ve also weaved some science in there too with stats on pick rates and kills.
So come on in and find out which legends you should be maining, especially if you want to climb up the Apex Legends ranks.
These are our top picks for Apex Legends Season 8. All three of these legends are must-haves for any squad heading into Kings Canyon, World’s Edge, or Olympus.
Caught in a sticky spot and need to dash off to do some healing? Want to head into a gunfight but need a quick way out if it all goes south? Want to know when an enemy has you in their sights? Then Wraith is the legend for you.
While none of her abilities are necessarily attack-minded, Wraith is arguably the legend that is best at keeping you alive if you overstep, allowing you to play aggressively but always have a safety blanket.
According to Apex Tracker, which monitors the top Apex Legends players, Wraith is the most played champion with an 11.4% usage rate. She also leads the way in terms of kills per match, getting players an average of 2.7 eliminations.
- Voices from the Void (passive) – A voice warns you when danger approaches. As far as you can tell, it’s on your side.
- Into the Void (tactical) – Reposition quickly through the safety of void space, avoiding all damage.
- Dimensional Rift (ultimate) – Link two locations with portals for 60 seconds, allowing anyone to use them.
Many may be surprised to see Bloodhound this high up an Apex tier list. However, thanks to a generous buff to their Eye of the Allfather scanning ability in Season 6, Bloodhound has seen a resurgence in people playing them. They’ve also been utilised heavily by professional Apex esports teams for their compositions.
As well as being a great recon legend, their ultimate grants them boosted movement speed for when you’re hunting down an enemy squad.
Bloodhound currently stands as one of the most played legends with a usage rate of around 11%. While their kill per match stat is poor, Bloodhound’s true value is as a strategist that will make their teammates’ lives much easier.
- Tracker (passive) – See the tracks left behind by your foes
- Eye of the Allfather (tactical) – Briefly reveal hidden enemies, traps, and clues in structures in front of you
- Beast of the Hunt (ultimate) – Enhances your senses, allowing you to move faster and highlighting your prey
We think these A-tier legends are great picks, but aren’t essential components for an Apex Legends squad.
Good ol’ Gibby has always been a fan-favourite in Apex Legends, but he’s seen his play rate drop slightly over recent seasons. However, he is a popular pick for teams in Apex Legends esports, and here’s why.
Gibraltar is, quite literally, a bullet sponge. His Gun Shield and Dome of Protection can block bullets from both himself and his teammates, while his hidden ability Fortified allows him to take 15% less damage than regular legends.
Moreover, if you’re still in the process of healing up somewhere or waiting for a care package to come in, his Defensive Bombardment can buy you some time by discouraging any teams looking to push you.
His usage rate may have slumped to around 6%, but with close to 2 kills per match on average and the ability to draw fire away from his teammates, he’s still a solid pick.
- Gun Shield (passive) – Aiming down sights deploys a gun shield that blocks incoming fire
- Dome of Protection (tactical) – Throw a dome shield that blocks attacks
- Defensive Bombardment (ultimate) – Call in a concentrated mortar strike on a marked position
He may be one of the most infuriating legends to play against, but Caustic is a great addition to any Apex team. The mad scientist’s gas grenades and traps recently received a slight damage increase, but at the expense of vision blurring being removed. The disorientating vision blur on enemies is what made Caustics gear such a pain to come across, and with this gone, many thought his strength in Apex would crumble.
However, Caustic still sees a lot of competitive play, and it’s a common sight to see a final circle filled with the Caustic gases of two or three different teams. For his endgame usefulness alone, Caustic has risen the ranks of this tier list, but his abilities are great for assaulting fortified enemies and bunkering down in your own position.
- Nox Vision (passive) – Allows you to see enemies through your gas
- Nox Gas Trap (tactical) – Drop canisters that release deadly Nox gas when shot or triggered by enemies
- Nox Gas Grenade (ultimate) – Blankets a large area in Nox gas
If “Who wants to ride on a zipline?” doesn’t fill your tiny little gamer hearts with joy then I don’t know what will. But aside from being an adorably polite and very memeable android, Pathfinder is a solid pick for aggressive Apex players whose strengths lie in movement.
Pathfinder is probably the legend that has been reworked, nerfed, buffed, and tweaked the most since Apex released, but Respawn seems to have finally got him in a relatively stable place for Season 8 that still makes him a top legend.
His grapple provides manoeuvrability and speed that is only really paralleled by Octane, and his Zipline Gun ultimate is useful for your team to quickly cover long distances or head up to high ground.
Pathfinder is a perfect blend of both team player and solo aggressor, and while he has had his hitboxes increased slightly for Season 8, he is still a top pick for any Apex squad. He had a 10.4% usage rate and averages 2.4 kills per match in Season 7. Both those stats are second only to Wraith.
- Insider Knowledge (passive) – Scan a survey beacon to reveal the ring’s next location.
- Grappling Hook (tactical) – Grapple to get to out-of-reach places quickly
- Zipline Gun (ultimate) – Create a zipline for everyone to use
After spending a bit of time with Apex’s new champion, we’ve popped Horizon in the middle of the deck for now. Her tactical ability is useful for traversing the buildings of Olympus, sure, but her ultimate hasn’t been effective in game as it looked on paper. That’s our experience, at least.
When used in tandem with a backpack full of arc stars and grenades or maybe a Caustic Nox Gas Trap, it can be useful, but we’ve found that it acts more as a way to stall the enemy and as an escape mechanism than as an attacking ultimate.
She’s an absolute hoot to play with, but Horizon certainly doesn’t challenge any of the meta-defining legends at the moment.
- Spacewalk (passive) – Increase air control and reduce fall impacts with Horizon’s custom spacesuit.
- Gravity Lift (tactical) – Reverses the flow of gravity, lifting players upward and boosting them outward when they exit.
- Black Hole – Deploy NEWT to create a micro black hole that pulls players in towards it, and hits them with a graviton blast at the end.
These are some useful legends, but are locked into B-tier for now as they can often be quite situational.
Season 8’s new legend Fuse slots into B-tier. While his kit is an absolute blast to use (especially his passive ability that can yeet grenades like an NFL quarterback) Fuse is only really useful in certain situations, rather than across the board like the legends above him in this list.
His ultimate, which herds up enemies into a ring of fire for easy pickings, is great for catching rotating teams unawares. However, when it comes to the end game with everyone hunkered down in buildings, it’s close to useless.
While there’s certainly worse options to have on your squad, there’s definitely better ones too.
- Grenadier (passive) – Stack an extra grenade per inventory slot. Fire grenades farther, faster, and more accurately.
- Knuckle Cluster (tactical) – Launch a cluster bomb that continuously expels airburst explosives on impact
- The Motherlode (ultimate) – Launch a bombardment that encircles a target area in a wall of flame.
The very best Apex Legends team compositions all feature a Lifeline. Why? Well, she’s the game’s only healer for a start. With no other legend doing what Lifeline can do, she is one of the most played legends with a usage rate of 10.5%.
Surprisingly for a support-orientated player, Lifeline is also the third best legend for kills per match, clocking up an average of 2.3.
Not only can Lifeline patch you up after a gunfight or come and revive you out in the open thanks to her D.O.C. health drone, but she can also provide some sweet extra loot from blue supply bins and her Care Package ultimate.
- Combat Medic (passive) – Deploy D.O.C. to revive teammates, leaving you free to move and defend
- Heal Drone (tactical) – Call D.O.C. to automatically heal nearby teammates over time
- Care Package (ultimate) – Call in a drop pod full of high-quality defensive loot.
Mirage is something of a one-trick pony. He’s here for the bamboozles, and not a whole lot else.
However, he continues to be a relatively common pick in Apex Legends. Thanks to his decoy holograms scrambling the brains of the opposition, Mirage can often come out on top in clutch situations and has a decent 1.8 kills per game on average.
His decoys also received a positive tweak last season. They will now all have a base health of 45, meaning it will take longer to clear them out and see which Mirage is real one.
- Now You See Me (passive) – Automatically cloak when using Respawn Beacons and when reviving teammates
- Psyche Out (tactical) – Send out a holographic decoy to confuse the enemy
- Life of the Party (ultimate) – Deploy a team of decoys to distract the enemy
While he isn’t much of a team player (although his Launch Pad can be useful), Octane is arguably one of the most aggressive legends in the battle royale, with his Stim turning him into a rapid attacker.
Now though, his base health regeneration from his passive ability is going to be considerably quicker thanks to a buff in Season 7.
He will now regain health at a rate of one per second, meaning you can get back the health investment into his speed-boosting Stim shot in just ten seconds.
For aggressive players, Octane is definitely still a decent pick.
- Swift Mend (passive) – Automatically regenerate health over time
- Stim (tactical) – Move 30% faster for six seconds. Costs health to use.
- Launch Pad (ultimate) – Deploy a jump pad that launches teammates through the air
There is arguably no other legend you’d rather have on your team in the late game than Wattson. When that ring is closing and you’re hunkered down in your spot, unable to rotate, Wattson can be a massive factor in securing a victory.
Not only do her electrified perimeter fences deal damage to any legends that try to pass through them but her Interception Pylon ultimate is super useful too. Acting as both a healing aid for teammates and as a trophy system that will destroy grenades that are lobbed into your hidey hole, she has an elite setup for holding onto prime bits of real estate around the map.
The only reason she has fallen out of A-tier in our list is that her play rate has surprisingly dropped, both in public matches and ranked, and in the competitive Apex scene.
- Spark of Genius (passive) – Ultimate Accelerants fully charge your Ultimate Ability
- Perimeter Security (tactical) – Connect nodes to create electrified fences that damage and slow enemies
- Interception Pylon (ultimate) – Place an electrified pylon that destroys incoming ordnance and repairs damaged shields
Loba is often placed quite low down in Apex Legends tier lists, and we’re struggling to see why. Her passive ability and extremely quick ultimate charge rate means she is a diamond for securing your favourite weapon and some high-tier loot in the early game.
Last season’s buff will also see players be able to pull as much ammo from her Black Market Boutique as they can carry, meaning your squad will rarely be short on bullets.
Her Burglar’s Best Friend teleporter is also brilliant for reaching high ground or zipping behind enemy lines. While she rarely makes an appearance in Apex’s esports scene, we think she is a great pick for squads chasing high-kill games.
- Eye for Quality (passive) – Nearby legendary and epic loot can be seen through walls
- Burglar’s Best Friend (tactical) – Teleport to hard-to-reach places or escape trouble quickly by throwing your Jump Drive bracelet
- Black Market Boutique (ultimate) – Place a portable device that can teleport nearby loot into your inventory. Each player can take two items maximum
In Apex Legends, these C-tier picks are not really going to do much to help you secure a win. They’re either only helpful in very specific situations, or have received recent nerfs.
There’s no denying that Bangalore’s smokes can be incredibly handy for getting out of tight spots or distracting enemies, but this OG legend’s problem has always been her ultimate. It just kinda sucks, right?
In Season 7, Rolling Thunder received a slight buff, reducing its insanely long wait time from eight seconds to six. However, this is still plenty of time for opposition legends to react, and Gibraltar’s similar mortar strike ability seems far more effective.
With new legend Horizon being able to suck enemies into a central position, perhaps Rolling Thunder could be effective in partnership with the bonnie astrophysicist? However, that’s a play a few Arc Stars and Thermites could replicate to be honest.
- Double Time (passive) – Taking fire while sprinting makes you move faster for a brief amount of time
- Smoke Launcher (tactical) – Fire a high-velocity smoke canister that explodes into a wall of smoke on impact
- Rolling Thunder (ultimate) – Call in an artillery strike that slowly creeps across the landscape
The general consensus has always been that Crypto is an annoying and relatively useless legend to encounter in Apex. And to be honest, that’s still half true – we really hate those stupid drones.
However, while his play rate is very low in public matches and ranked, Crypto has wormed his way into many teams in the esports scene recently. During the Autumn Circuit of the Apex Legends Global Series, Crypto cropped up in around a quarter of teams in some regions, whereas previously you would be hard-pushed to see him make an appearance.
This is due to his Drone EMP being a great counter to Gibraltar’s dome shields.
So while for us mere mortals there are plenty of better picks than Crypto, he has been pulled out of the bottom tier of our list by his very circumstantial usefulness.
- Neurolink (passive) – Enemies detected by Surveillance Drone within 30 metres are marked for you and your teammates to see
- Surveillance Drone (tactical) – Deploy an aerial drone that allows you to view the surrounding area.
- Drone EMP (ultimate) – Your drone sets off an EMP blast that deals shield damage, destroys traps, and slows enemies
These legends are bottom of the pile and really won’t add much to your Apex Legends experience.
Apex’s most sinister legend is, unfortunately, about as sinister as a child in a Halloween costume when it comes to his strength on the battlefield. Revenant’s Death Totem is an intriguing ultimate that gives you the confidence for an initial aggressive push, but it’s so easy to sabotage if the enemy team knows where you placed it.
His ability to climb higher than most can be beneficial, but with Octane, Pathfinder, and Loba all capable of reaching rooftops without using the stairs too, it’s hardly a unique skill.
- Stalker (passive) – You crouch walk faster and climb higher than other legends
- Silence (tactical) – Throw a device that deals damage and disables enemy abilities
- Death Totem (ultimate) – Drop a Death Totem that protects those who use it from death for a set amount of time. Instead of being downed, users will return to the totem.
Season 6 addition Rampart looked absolutely terrifying when she was first revealed – a mounted minigun on a defensive barricade just sounded ridiculously overpowered. However, in practice, Rampart has failed to make much of an impact on the Apex meta.
If she does have Sheila mounted up in a prime position behind her barricade and catches you by surprise she can be problematic. However, with so many legends that can now move positions quickly to avoid her storm of bullets like Pathfinder or Loba, she becomes a very situational legend.
She is still a good laugh to play, but if it’s Ws you’re after, she may not be the strongest choice. Rampart is also currently the least picked legend with just a 2.2% usage rate.
- Modded Loader (passive) – Increased magazine capacity and faster reloads when using LMGs and Sheila
- Amped Cover (tactical) – Build a crouch-cover wall, that deploys a full-cover amped wall which blocks incoming shots and amps outgoing shots
- Emplaced Minigun ‘Sheila’ (ultimate) – Place a mounted machine gun that anyone can use. High ammo capacity, long reload time
So there you have it, our part-opinion, part-science Apex Legends tier list for Season 8. Keep tuning in throughout the season to see if any of the legends climb up or slide down our list as players take to Kings Canyon and Olympus in Apex Legends ranked.