With the Chaos Theory update, Apex Legends continues its excruciatingly slow crawl towards a proper solo mode. The update will add a no-fill option, meaning that players will finally be able to drop without a squad, albeit in normal duos or trios lobbies. With that in mind, here are some baseline tips to help you win solo games in Apex Legends!
Pick the right legends
It goes without saying that you should use the legends you like and are comfortable with. However, some legends are strictly better for solo play than others. Octane is a notable example, as he has good combat success rate but low squad winrate, meaning he is best used as a solo. Conversely, legends with support-focused kits like Gibraltar and Lifeline are not a good pick for your no-fill games.
As a solo player you can basically drop anywhere and still find enough loot to properly outfit yourself. My advice for you is to figure out some good, low traffic areas and make them your go-to drop spots.
Use burst damage weapons
When playing solo against squads in Apex Legends, you need to be able to knock players quickly to even out the playing field. Your ideal engagement starts by downing an enemy player before their squad has even spotted you. To that end, you should always carry a high burst weapon, like a Triple Take or Longbow.
Get ahead of the ring
As a solo you should always aim to be in the next ring first. That way you can ambush people as they approach the area, rather than getting ambushed yourself. Playing as a recon legend helps.
The odds are stacked against you if you play Apex Legends solo. The game is not fair, so why should you play it that way? To win, you will need to be a ruthless opportunist. Third party people as much as you can, ambush them as they try to respawn their squad mates, and don’t shy away from camping. Find yourself a hard-hitting sniper rifle and stake out locations squads are bound to end up in, keeping an eye on choke points and bridges.
Depending on your legend of choice, you can be nasty in different, inventive ways. As Loba, you can set up your Black Market Boutique in a nice open spot as bait, and then bracelet-jump yourself on a near-by roof to watch over your trap. With Caustic or Wattson you can make access to Respawn Beacons more difficult (since you won’t be using them yourself.)
There are plenty of other ways to be a pain in everyone’s side as a solo in Apex Legends – have fun discovering them!