In this article, we’ll go through every Recon character in Apex Legends for Season 17 and rank them from worst to best.
Apex Legends is currently one of the best Battle Royale titles out there. The game is a playground for more than 130 million people, and the player count keeps increasing with the release of every new season. The game is gaining more and more traction daily due to Respawn’s seamless integration of the hero shooter concept into the battle royale environment.
Upon the game’s initial release, Apex Legends only had 8 Legends. But, starting from Season 1, Respawn has added a bunch of new characters to the game. And every season except for Season 16 saw the debut of a new character with unique abilities.
Right now, there are 24 unique Legends in the game. Ballistic was the last character to take a spot in the Apex Legends roster. Every Legend in the game has different abilities and characteristics. Similarly, they have different roles to perform.
Although the game started with four classes: Assault, Recon, Support, and Defense, Respawn figured it was almost impossible to fit all the characters into these four groups. So, in Season 17, Apex Legends underwent a massive Legend-class rework across all Legend categories.
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New Legend Classes Explained
As mentioned earlier, there has been a massive Legend class overhaul in Season 16. Respawn introduced a new Legend-class called Skirmisher. On the other hand, the developers changed the Defense class to Controller. In addition to that, Gibraltar and Newcastle now fall under the Support Legends class.
In Season 16, Respawn also added unique perks for all Legend categories. These perks will allow all Legends to have specific traits apart from their main three abilities. The perks are:
- Assault: More ammo/stack in the inventory. And they can access Red Supply Bins’s secret compartment, which will give them weapon attachment upgrades.
- Skirmisher: Reveals Care Package weapons upon looking at them.
- Recon: Survey Beacon scanning. Upon scanning the Beacon, the team can see all enemies’ locations on the radar for a brief period.
- Controller: Controller Legends can scan Ring Console. Upon scanning Ring Console, they can see the next circle.
- Support: Support Legends can now craft dead teammates’ Banners from a replicator. Additionally, all Support Legends can now open the secret compartment of the Red Supply Bins, which gives them extra health items.
What is Recon Class Legends?
Recon Legends are the reservoir of information. These Legends possess unique skills that give their team crucial data about enemies’ whereabouts. They can scout and assist their squad with valuable knowledge that can be used to take better positions, fight more efficiently, or even flee from the scene.
Moreover, because of their new class perk, Recon characters can interact with Survey Beacons and reveal enemies’ positions, giving you their exact locations for 30 seconds on the minimap.
How Many Recon Legends are there in Apex Legends?
Currently, in Season 17, there are 4 Recon Legends in the game. They are Bloodhound, Crypto, Seer, and Vantage. Aside from the common Recon perk, each Recon Legend has its own set of abilities.
All Recon Legends Ranked
In this section, we’ll rank every Recon Legend from worst to best. We’ll put these characters in order based on their popularity and effectiveness in the current meta of the Battle Royale environment.
Vantage is a decent Legend in Season 16 with a huge fanbase. She was introduced in Season 14 and is the latest Recon character in the category. Currently, she is the only Recon Legend without any kind of modifications since her debut.
She is the only one with mobility advantage among all the Recon Legend, thanks to her Tactical: Echo Location. She can take high grounds and scout for enemies and good playable positions. Her Spotter’s Lens is a pretty neat Passive that allows her to see a bullet drop indicator to determine where the shots will land for snipers and marksman rifles.
As for her Ultimate: Sniper’s Mark, Vantage carries a custom sniper rifle to mark enemy targets which applies a damage bonus for you and your team. The sniper comes with a 3x-8x optic and deals 50 base damage.
Despite having pretty good abilities, Vantage does not fit very well in the current meta. Moreover, her abilities are only useful in the early to mid-game. As a result, most players prefer to opt-in for other Recon Legends than Vantage in most scenarios.
Bloodhound is the oldest Recon Legend and has been in the game since Apex Legends’ launch. Bloodhound is one of such characters who has undergone massive modifications to their abilities and kits.
Similarly, in Season 16, Respawn made many adjustments to Bloodhound’s abilities. Although the Tactical: Eye of the Allfather and Passive: Tracker have mostly remained the same, their Ultimate: Beast of the Hunt was significantly modified, forcing Bloodhound players to approach the game quite differently.
The introduction of the white raven seemed like a reasonable addition to Bloodhound’s kit in the Revelry Patch Notes. However, after the final version came out, players figured out that the character was heavily nerfed.
Bloodhound is still a good Legend, thanks to their powerful scanning power. However, because of Seer’s more useful abilities, players prefer him more over Bloodhound. Nonetheless, both characters have their pros and cons.
Crypto is a high-risk, high-reward Legend introduced in Season 3. Since his release, the Legend has undergone several changes to his abilities. He was formerly a subpar character in comparison to the other Legends in the game. Therefore, most of the modifications that were made to his kits were upgrades.
Right now, Crypto is in a pretty balanced state. However, Crypto’s usefulness comes down to the user. Skilled Crypto users can use Surveillance Drones to cause fear in enemies’ minds. It is a multi-purpose Drone that can scan Survey Beacon, scan enemies, retrieve fallen teammates’ banners, and Respawn them instantly.
For casual matches and low-ranked lobbies, Crypto isn’t a very popular choice. But, in high-level ranked matches and tournaments, many players prefer Crypto over other Recon Legends.
As Seer’s utilities are just an upgraded version of Bloodhound and Revenant, he was a must-pick character in the legend meta in season 11. It was tough to find a squad that wasn’t running him as a part of their squad before his post-launch nerf.
Shortly after his release back in season 11, he dropped from the limelight following the nerfs. However, starting from Season 14, Seer’s popularity skyrocketed due to his performance in ALGS. Despite the fact that Seer has been heavily nerfed over the seasons, no other Recon Legend can provide as much value to the team.
As scan meta is still prevalent in Apex Legends, Seer is still the best Recon Legend in the game. Although it may change in the future, for now, Seer is the go-to Recon Legend who can ensure you the most success during a match.
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Every character has unique and useful abilities in Apex Legends. If utilized properly, any Legend can lead you to a foolproof win. However, some Legends are always preferred over others for particular maps, game modes, and situations. This list is based on the Legend’s abilities and how well they fit in the current meta. So try them out, and see what works best for you.