Apex Legends players who learn to adapt to Battle Royale’s mobility-focused gameplay are usually rewarded with better results. The key to achieving this is to remember the basics – to gain ground when possible, reposition effectively and block the enemy’s advance. If that sounds like a role you’d like to fill in a squad, you’ll probably want to check out Horizon.
Horizon is an excellent choice for those who like to quickly gain height and get the drop on opponents. Her tactical abilities can get her and her squad to the top of cliff faces and structures quickly, while her passive – which negates the speed penalty after falling – makes her an extremely deadly combatant when she drops onto someone. Read on for some tips to get the most out of this space-walking legend.
Abilities to go up, abilities to come down
Horizon is a master at picking up on enemy troops, while she can also drop onto them just as easily without being slowed by her fall. Because of this, she is a good choice for anyone who wants to constantly move up and down to throw off an opposing team.
Horizon’s passive ability is Space walk, which increases her air control while avoiding the speed penalty that comes from falling from heights. This allows you to get on top of people quickly when they are below you.
Her tactical abilities Gravity lifting is one of the game’s most powerful mobility tools, allowing you to create a 10-second boost that can help you and your teammates reach higher positions very quickly. This can be exceptionally useful in areas with a lot of vertical structures and can turn the tide of a battle in a matter of moments.
Her ultimate ability Black hole throws a device that creates a, well, black hole for 12 seconds that pulls in nearby enemies and highlights them. If deployed perfectly, it can be combined with grenades and heavy fire to crowd your enemies and make quick work of them.
You are a great specialist in the middle class
Because you’ll be focused on keeping the height of your enemies, you’ll often find that your engagements will take place in the mid-range. This makes you a perfect fit for weapons like the R-301 or Flatline, as well as marksman and sniper rifles, like the 30-30 Repeater, G7 Scout or Triple Take. But if you’re more of an aggressive player or just like to be prepared for anything, you can also carry something like a Wingman or CAR, as both of these are excellent for both mid and melee.
The Gravity Lift can be used as a diversion or obstacle
While using the Gravity Lift to reach high places may be its intended use, you might be surprised at how much benefit it can actually bring to the table in other situations. For example, when approaching an enemy troop in crowded areas, you can throw it in the opposite direction from where you are heading to create a visual diversion. It won’t work every time, but when it does, it can be quite nice to mow down your opponents from behind as they aim for your unused lift.
Additionally, you can use it in doorways to create an obstacle that will serve as a way to block your enemies or disorient them and throw off targets if they choose to pass. As they bounce around, you have an opportunity to aim at them and unload some bullets. This can result in some fun situations that show how diverse Horizon’s set can be.
You don’t get slowed down by falling – use it to your advantage
When other characters land on the ground, they are slowed for a short time and cannot start shooting immediately. This makes them easy targets that will often be eliminated. Horizon’s passive ability allows her to negate this annoying effect when you land, meaning you can drop from any height and immediately start shooting your enemies. Considering you’ll be hanging up high as often as possible, this passive can be great when you need to drop and chase down an enemy with low health and then quickly use a Gravity Lift to regain altitude.
Enemies can use your elevator
Using Gravity Lift to gain higher ground is an important part of Horizon’s kit, but because the ability lasts for a while, always make sure you’re monitoring your enemy’s movements as well. Any enemies left below can quickly jump into the elevator and pay a surprise visit if you’re not watching. To alleviate some of this concern, do your best to use the elevator to take the high ground before you actually reach your opponent’s current location. This way you don’t have to worry about them wanting to be below you and potentially get a free ride up to you.
Your wool is a little clumsy, so be careful
Horizon’s Black Hole ability can be used in a number of clever ways, but it’s also a bit clumsy to cast. It comes out a little slow, making it a little difficult to land just right sometimes – but more importantly, it can bounce off even the smallest obstacle and completely ruin your throw. Because of this, it is usually best to save for areas with a lot of clearance. Don’t throw it near trees or other environmental clutter unless you want to throw it away and find yourself sitting in the middle of it instead of your opponents.
Carry grenades to throw into a black hole
You can use your ultimate to flush out enemies or block paths, but due to the slow deployment, most decent players will be able to escape the actual pull of the Black Hole. That said, a very well placed Black Hole will suck your enemies into the center, making them a prime target for an onslaught of grenades. While they’re being pulled in, throw in a handful of bow stars or thermite grenades to deal heavy damage before unloading a clip into them. It may be a rare occasion to catch them so well, but when it happens, it will feel like a feat.
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