The highly anticipated patch notes for season 14 of Apex Legends are finally here. Respawn made quite a change with the characters. As a result, the whole character meta in the game has been affected by this change.
Respawn does not haphazardly put new characters into the game and let the players figure it out. Instead, they observe many aspects such as Legends’ pick-rate, their ability to perform in casual, ranked, and tournament matches, and so on. After analyzing so many elements of the game, Respawn brings changes to the Legends in every season.
A new legend named Vantage has emerged. She has interesting abilities that make her a good legend for long-range fights. Like in previous seasons, Respawn also made some exciting changes to the characters in Season 14. First of all, After the hyped ALGS, the Gibby, Valk, and Caustic meta might come to an end because Valkyrie is receiving a huge nerf in Season 14.
On the other hand, Newcastle is receiving a huge buff because of his underwhelming pick rate at the end of Season 13. Apart from these two massive changes, some other legends such as Horizon, Wattson, Revenant, Mad Maggie, Rampart, Caustic, and Mirage are also undergoing changes in Season 14.
Apex Legends Season 14 Legend Tier List
For measuring characters in Apex Legends, we consider multiple variables like the ease of use in ranked and regular matches, how their ability impacts the game, how easy they are to counter, their pick rate, and their popularity within the player base, and much more.
We put Apex characters into three distinct categories: S-Tier, A-Tier, and B-Tier. S-Tier legends are must-pick legends or legends that are dominant in the current meta. Just below them are the A-tier legends, as they can hold their own in a match but can get bested by S-tier legends.
At last, we have B-tier legends. In short, they are at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to pure pick rate and their impact in the game. Simply put, they are average within the current character meta.
As with any other tier list, this one is subjective and only viable for season 14 of Apex Legends. Also, this list will be updated in the future based on the introduction of new Legends.
|Best (S-Tier)||Gibraltar, Seer, Caustic, Newcastle, Wraith, BloodHound, Horizon|
|Good (A-Tier)||Wattson, Ash, Rampart, Valkyrie, Pathfinder, Bangalore, Crypto, Loba|
|Average (B-Tier)||Vantage, Octane, Fuse, Mirage, Lifeline, Revenant, Mad Maggie|
Gibraltar has been a part of the new meta since season 4. In the new season, Respawn didn’t make any changes to Gibraltar. Consequently, he is now a pretty balanced legend. Additionally, his popularity has gone up. And his usage rate is now in a pretty solid stage right now in season 14, even after the introduction of Newcastle.
As his 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 really hard 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. Since he is in a very good state right now, Respawn has decided not to change his kit in season 14.
Season 7 Caustic was so effective that Respawn had to nerf him in the mid-seasonal update. And in season 8, Respawn also gave him some additional nerfs. Following these nerfs, his effectiveness was reduced quite a bit.
Surprisingly, he received a major nerf in the season 12 update as he dominated the season 11 meta. Also, the introduction of Newcastle has affected Caustic’s player base by a noticeable margin. However, he still remains an S-Tier legend in Season 14.
Newcastle is the newest addition to the current Legend roster. This legend is known popularly as the hero of Harris Valley. But behind his mask, he is not the fallen warrior that everyone knows of. Instead, he is Bangalore’s long-lost brother, William Jackson.
Even though Newcastle’s pick rate skyrocketed at the beginning of Season 13, his popularity among the players decreased as time passed. As most players have figured out how to counter Newcastle, and he dropped in popularity at the end of Season 13.
Newcastle got his predestined buff in Season 14 because of his lower pick rate. His buffs made him one of the strongest defensive legends, especially in open maps like Kings Canyon and Storm Point, which will be the two maps for ranked Splits in Season 14.
From day one, Wraith has been at the top of every Apex Legends character tier list. In a way, she is the face of Apex Legends. Very few Legends in this list have held their top position even after many nerfs.
However, in the last few seasons, Respawn made some additional hitbox and ability changes which caused her to drop from the top spot. However, even after all that nerf, she is still really effective at most skill levels.
Bloodhound received the S-tier status after season 6’s balancing update. As Respawn finally gave recon characters huge buffs, characters like Crypto and Bloodhound became S-Tier overnight.
Since every recon character can scan the next ring’s location via the survey beacon, Bloodhound’s usability has skyrocketed in the game, meaning Bloodhound still remains a top contender after the season 14 update.
Horizon took the very top spot back in season 8 of Apex Legends. But her pick rate saw a massive downturn following some consequential nerfs to her tactical ability in season 9. Fortunately, that is no longer the case since her nerfs were reverted in season 10.
Consequently, she is in a pretty balanced state right now in season 14. Even though Respawn made little changes to her Ultimate in Season 14, she is still a good legend to use because of her other abilities. So, she still remains an S-Tier legend.
Wattson received the most attention from Respawn with the previous seasonal update of Apex Legends. They gave her a decent rework and buffed almost all of her abilities while adjusting her hitbox model slightly.
All of her powerups combined have made her a decent character in the current fast-paced character meta in the game, meaning she is no longer an average legend. However, she had her limelight in Season 12. Because of Newcastle’s entry and Rampart’s major buff, Wattson has again fallen from the A-Tier status in Season 14.
Ash was the new addition to the game in season 11 of Apex Legends. Even though she was introduced to the game back in season 5 with the broken ghost quest, fans of the Titanfall franchise knew her from the old Titanfall 2 days.
Unsurprisingly, all of her kits are inspired by her Ronin titan. Her tactical provides area control capability while her ultimate creates a oneway portal similar to Wraith. Her abilities combined have made her versatile and a nightmare to deal with in the current meta.
Also, her passive mark for death that provides the location of nearby players via the death box is just icing on the cake. In short, she is in a pretty good state right now in season 14.
Rampart was not that useful in season 6 because her abilities would sometimes take an eternity to fully set up. Her amped cover alongside her ultimate “Sheila” can be handy at later stages of the game but was frustrating to set up properly.
Back in season 7, Respawn gave her some slight buffs by decreasing the time it takes to set up her utility properly, and in the subsequent season, she also received more buffs.
Following all the feedback, Respawn listened and gave her a solid rework back in the Evolution collection event. To add more, Respawn has given her more buffs to her Sheila and Amped cover. As a result, she is finally in a state to become a strong competitor to other defensive Legends in the current character meta.
Valkyrie joined the Apex games with the highly anticipated Legacy update. Superior mobility and reposition capability have made her quite essential for most squads. As she is a recon class character, she can also provide the team with the ring location.
On top of that, her passive highlights enemies from far distances. Her passive can also work in conjunction with her ultimate ability to enter the zone from far distances or fly over squads that are gatekeeping zones. In season 13, Respawn slightly changed her spinning ability during skyward diving. However, it did not have a major impact on her pick rate.
In Season 14, Valkyrie received a significant nerf, making her an underwhelming character compared to her previous state. She is still good in terms of her abilities. However, she will not be a meta character anymore.
In season 5, Respawn decided to give Pathfinder a huge nerf. Even after that nerf, players would still choose Pathfinder for its ability to scan survey beacons for the next ring’s location. Since that is no longer exclusive to Pathfinder, this friendly Robot was no longer a part of the new meta in season 6.
But in season 7, MRVN did receive some buff with a variable 30-sec cooldown. However, it turns out that it still wasn’t enough. This friendly Robot has been dropped from the character meta.
This won’t change any time soon since Respawn didn’t make any changes to this Robot in the new season 14 update. Even though Pathfinder is not a very effective character in the ranked and competitive environment, he is still a versatile Legend for all sorts of situations.
Bangalore has one of the most balanced kits in the arena. Her kit is neither overpowered nor basic, meaning she is just average in the new meta. Even Respawn devs have agreed that she is in an ok state as of now in the season 14 update.
Even though Crypto was released back in season 3, players actually started to use this legend in season 5. Before all the little buffs he received, he was pretty much useless at mid to high-level Apex games.
As a result, his usage rate was meager among all the other Legends in the game. However, in season 6, everything changed as he received some massive buffs. And back in the Legacy update, he was an A-tier legend. His kits were really useful for different skill levels.
In the season 12 update, Respawn finally gave Crypto his long-awaited rework. Now he can use his tactical drone on the fly while playing alongside his squad. Unsurprisingly, this has made his popularity rise among the Apex community, and he is one of the most effective Legends in Season 14.
Loba made her debut in the Apex games back in season 5. Initially, she was pretty popular with the Apex community., but as the season passed by, her popularity died down quite a bit. Back in season 7, Respawn gave her ultimate the ability to scoop up all the ammo in range.
Since that wasn’t enough, Respawn allowed her to loot inside unopened care packages as that is now visible with Eye for Quality and accessible through the Black Market Boutique.
In the season 14 update, Respawn decided not to make any new changes to her as she is in quite a balanced state right now following the update the devs made in season 9.
Vantage is the newest legend introduced in Season 14. While her abilities are intriguing to use, she is only a good character for long-range use. Her abilities do not actually provide much value for close-quarter combats. Because of Seer being in the meta, Vantage will have a hard time climbing on top of the pick rate in Season 14.
Octane received some slight buffs back in season 5. Later, Respawn gave him the ability to use double jumps. In season 7, Respawn buffed him by doubling his healing rate from 0.5 hp/s to 1.0 hp/s. In public matches, his usage rate is relatively high.
Back in season 8, Octane received some massive buffs. And as a result, he became popular in almost all skill buckets. His mobility, paired with auto-heal, has garnered a lot of new fans. And in season 14, Respawn decided not to fix anything that was not broken. Therefore, they left Octane unchanged.
Fuse was added in season 8, but players quickly realized he isn’t actually that overpowered as he seemed at first glance. In the Legacy update, Fuse received massive buffs similar to how Respawn buffed Revenant just a couple of seasons earlier. In season 14, this larger-than-life character has been left unchanged.
Mirage’s rework in season 5 really made the character click for many players. His usage rate among Apex fans grew as his utilities in the game saw some considerable gains in a short amount of time. In season 7, Respawn buffed him by adding 45 health to his decoys.
Back in season 8, Respawn added footstep sounds to his decoys which made him more annoying to deal with. However, in terms of his usability at a high skill level, he is far behind other legends. Respawn made subtle changes to this trickster in the season 14 update. However, it did not affect much on Mirage’s pick rate.
Lifeline also received some rework/buffs back in season 5. Even before all those buffs, she was actually in a pretty decent state in terms of balance. However, the abilities that allowed her to revive two players simultaneously have made her too useful in almost all stages of the game in season 6.
Back in the Legacy update, Respawn removed shields from her passive revive ability as most players felt really frustrated while dealing with her shields. But on the upside, her ultimate ability ensures an upgrade to the player’s current loot.
Lifeline received a major buff in Season 13. As a result, she is a more viable character in the game. She can fully heal her teammates without stopping. Her Care Package gives quite an upgrade to the gears. As a result, she is a good character to use in Season 14.
Revenant was released back in season 4. Initially, players avoided him because he was pretty underpowered. Back then, Respawn liked to launch a new character in a pretty neutral state. After players shared their frustration with how underwhelming new legends feel, Respawn seriously started to buff Revenant.
Since his ultimate has unlimited range, he dominated the legacy update. Now in season 13, Respawn decided not to touch him as he is a solid pick in the current state.
Mad Maggie joined the Apex game with the season 12 update, bringing a lot of energy with her to the new character meta. Her tactical ability made hiding behind a cover more difficult. On top of that, her passive and ultimate ability pairs well with shotguns, making her a force to deal with in end-game scenarios.
She hasn’t been that popular since her launch. However, after two long Seasons, Mad Maggie finally received some quality buffs that made her a good legend to use in Season 14. Because of her buffs, we can see more Mad Maggies in the Outlands.
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