Now in its eighth ‘Mayhem’ season, Apex Legends acted as the wildcard option for Battle Royal fans. Old players from Top remember the original cast of characters and probably still one or two of them to this day. Octane was the first unlockable character in Apex Legend’s debut season. Since then he has been a staple of every successful squad. You can still unlock Octane today for 12,000 Legend Coins (in-game currency) or 750 Apex Coins ($ 7.50). Here’s everything you need to know about the speedster van Apex Legends, Octane.
According to his official biography, Octavio “Octane” Silva is the heir to the CEO of Silva Pharmaceuticals, who often succumbed to boredom. To entertain himself, he recorded himself “performing deadly stunts and posting holovids of them in front of his fans staring at them.”
One of those stunts was frag boosting by the Gauntlet you saw in it Titanfall 2In fact, it seems Respawn was inspired by the current world record holder in the Gauntlet, as Octane also threw and used grenades to run and jump faster. Unfortunately he misjudged the finish and ruined his legs. Fortunately for him, his friend Lifeline helped him out with a bionic leg fake job. The high-tech legs gave him unique healing abilities and also made him run faster. Knowing he could succeed, the 24-year-old decided to try his luck at the Apex Games.
Octane’s capabilities match his need for a constant adrenaline rush. Like all legends, Octane has a passive, tactical, and ultimate ability:
Passive: Swift Mend
Octane has one of the best passive skills of the bunch. Swift Mend gradually lets Octane restore his health as long as he doesn’t take damage. It’s a bit of a slow infusion though, as you only recover one health point every second. The other benefit of Swift Mend is that it saves inventory space as you don’t have to carry that many health items. Plus, you can give your non-recovering teammates more.
Octane’s tactical ability is a perfect encapsulation of how much he’s willing to risk going fast. Activating Stim increases your movement speed by 30 percent for six seconds. That may not sound like much, but you can overtake fast fleeing players or run yourself. Using Stim takes 10 percent of your health, so it’s best to use it only when you’re protected and away from death.
Ultimate: launch pad
Octane’s ultimate ability uses a launch pad that you and your teammates can use to launch into the air. It doesn’t send you as high as the red balloon ziplines, but you can jump on relatively tall buildings and clear them. The problem with Octane’s Ultimate is that it’s not super practical. Wraith’s portals are more versatile and useful, and even Pathfinders zipline allows you to travel with more direction and less conspicuousness. It’s fun to use though, and Octane is all about stunts.
Octane’s speed-oriented abilities make him an ideal legend for those who prefer to deal their damage up close. His tactical ability is incredibly useful in buildings and building complexes. Let’s be honest. It’s pretty hard to get the upper hand on someone if they are moving faster than you. Octane’s tactical ability achieves just that, allowing you to overwhelm opponents. The 10 percent sacrifice is worth it, since after you kill your target, you’ll restore your health anyway. After all, speed kills.
This means that Octane can be an absolute machine with weapons such as shotguns, SMGs, automatic rifles, and even side weapons. Any weapon that is most effective near the mid-range is ideal for Octane’s abilities. Octane’s speed of movement via tactical ability and his health recovery also make him a great option for healing. No, it is not a substitute for Lifeline, but it provides an interesting set of skills for your team.
As for his Ultimate, you and your squad can use it to stalk an unsuspecting team through the air, but Octane’s best ability is Stim. When used effectively, you get a unique advantage.
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