The highly anticipated season 10 of Apex Legends is finally here and it introduced a new legend Seer who is already becoming a permanent part of the character meta in the game.
In season 10, Respawn decided to change the character meta once again and reverted some nerfs to characters like Horizon and Caustic. Therefore, both of them are finally back to their past self and are quite popular among players in the current meta.
Furthermore, Respawn also responded to the Revenant third party meta and gave this killer robot some much-needed nerfs that should make it slightly more difficult to execute third parties.
And finally, in terms of buffs, Fuse finally received some love from Respawn as they gave his utilities a healthy buff. These changes should make him a lot more prevalent in the season 10 character meta. Also, this tier list is basically tailor-made for returning players who don’t have any idea about which legend is currently in the meta.
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How do we rate legends in Apex?
For measuring a character’s tier in Apex Legends, we take multiple variables into consideration like the ease of use in ranked as well as normal matches, how their ability impacts the game, how easy are they to counter, pick rate, popularity, and much more.
We put Apex characters into four distinct tiers. For example, S-tier, A-tier, B-tier, C-tier. Basically, S-tier legends are must-pick legends or legends that are really dominant in the current meta. Furthermore, A-tier legends can hold their own in matches but can get bested by S-tier legends.
And B-tier legends are basically slightly cut-down versions of A-tier. Lastly, we have C-tier legends. In short, they are the bottom of the barrel when it comes to pure pick rate and their impact in the game.
As with any other tier list, this one is really subjective and only viable for the season 10 update of Apex Legends. This list will also be updated in the future based upon the introduction of new Legends.
Apex Season 10 Character Tier List Summary
- S-Tier Legends: Seer, Horizon, Wraith, Octane, Valkyrie
- A-Tier Legends: Caustic, BloodHound, Lifeline, Revenant, Gibraltar
- B-Tier Legends: Loba, Crypto, Bangalore, Pathfinder
- C-Tier Legends: Wattson, Fuse, Mirage, Rampart
Seer is the new legend that Respawn introduced as their new addition to the game in season 10. Following his release, he has already garnered a lot of devoted players who are willing to dump their main and switch to him.
As his utilities are just an upgraded version of both BloodHound and Revenant, he has become a must-pick character in the current meta of the game. It’s really hard to find a squad that isn’t running him as a part of their squad at the moment.
With the introduction of Seer, we can safely assume Respawn has finally moved on from their usual tactic of releasing weaker legends and buffing them later. Instead, every new legend release has been really good so far.
Horizon took the very top spot back in season 8 of Apex Legends. But her pick rate saw a massive downturn following some very consequential nerfs to her tactical ability in season 9. Fortunately, that is no longer the case as her nerfs were reverted in season 10. Consequently, she is slowly going back to her past self as a top-tier competitor.
Wraith has been at the top of every Apex Legends character tier list from day one. In a way, she is the face of Apex Legends. Very few Legends in this list have held their top position even after the recent 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.
Since Respawn finally removed the low-profile perk from the game in the Legacy update, she is no longer handicapped in most combat scenarios. She is still an excellent choice in most cases. And that is still the case in season 10 as well.
Octane received some slight buffs back in season 5. Later, Respawn gave him the ability to use double jumps. Back 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 rather high.
In season 8, Octane received some massive buffs. And as a result, he became really popular in almost all skill buckets. His mobility paired with auto-heal has garnered a lot of new fans. And in season 10, Respawn decided not to fix anything that was not broken. Therefore, they left Octane unchanged.
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. This paired with her ultimate ability, which is a must-have for entering the zone from far distances or flying over squads that are gatekeeping zones. And now in season 10, Respawn didn’t make any changes.
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-teir overnight.
Since every recon character can scan the next ring’s location via the survey beacon, Bloodhound’s usability has skyrocketed in the game. Bloodhound still remains a top contender in the season 10 update. However, with the introduction of Seer, their popularity has suffered a lot.
Lifeline also received some rework/buffs back in season 5. Even before all those buffs, she was actually pretty decent in terms of balance. However, her new abilities like being able to revive two players at the same time have made her really 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. As she is in quite a stable place right now, Respawn decided to keep it that way in season 10.
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. Only after players shared their frustration with how underwhelming new legends feel, Respawn seriously started to buff Revenant.
Since his ultimate has unlimited range, he was dominating in the legacy update. Now in season 10, Respawn decided to give him subtle nerfs that might make it slightly harder to execute a perfect third party.
Gibraltar has been a part of the new meta since season 4. In the new season, Respawn didn’t make any changes. Consequently, he is now a pretty balanced legend. Additionally, his popularity has gone up. And his usage rate is now in a pretty decent stage right now in season 10.
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.
Fortunately, he did receive quite a powerup in the season 10 update. And that brought him closer to his past self in season 7.
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 really low 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 in different skill levels.
In the season 10 update, Respawn introduced Seer who is a new recon character. And that made Crypto obsolete in a sense.
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. Turns out, that still is not 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.
Bangalore has one of the most balanced kits in the arena. Not too overpowered not too basic. Although in the new meta she is just average. Even Respawn devs have agreed that she is in an OK state as of now in the season 10 update.
Loba made her debut into the Apex games back in season 5. Initially, she was pretty popular with the Apex community. However, 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 gave her the ability to Loot inside unopened care packages as that is now visible with Eye for Quality and accessible through the Black Market Boutique. Even after all that buff, she is still not that viable since her tactical ability is littered with bugs and didn’t work properly most of the time.
In the season 10 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.
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 huge gains in a short amount of time. Back 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 in high skill level, he is far behind other legends. Unfortunately, Respawn didn’t make any changes to this trickster in the season 10 update.
Wattson used to be a part of the competitive meta for a long time, but her public match usage rate tells another story. Her fences along with her ultimate meant she used to be a no-brainer for pros in the high ELO ranked games. However, that is no longer the case as newer legends have taken her place in the current Apex Legends meta. Sadly, she didn’t receive any love from Respawn in season 10.
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 10, this larger-than-life character finally received some buffs to his utilities. Even after that, his impact in a match remains fairly low compared to other legends.
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 really useful at later stages of the game but can be frustrating to set up properly.
Back in season 7, Respawn gave her some slight buffs by decreasing the time it takes to properly set up her utilities and in the subsequent season she also received more buffs. And now in the season 10 update, she didn’t receive any changes. Many fans think she definitely deserves some sort of rework or buffs to make her more viable in the current character meta of Apex Legends.
However, her impact can only be felt in the Arenas game mode where she truly shines.
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