There is always room for improvement in a competitive game. Accepting that there is always someone who is better than you is a great platform to build upon. From there you can truly start to find out micro-steps or just make a general plan to improve and get better at your game of choice. In the case of Apex Legends, there is a lot you can focus on to make you a better player. No matter where you feel “stuck” in the game, there are a plethora of resources to help you get a grasp on improvement. Here are some ways I’ve learned over thousands of hours of playtime to become a better player.

Learn to Loot Faster

One of the biggest mistakes I see players making is taking too much time to loot. They drop too far out and by the time they get to where people are the game has dropped to six squads and the players get beamed by the first people they see. While there is a time to land that far out (if you’re playing placement for ranked) such as being on a losing streak and just sort of needing a mental reset. I strongly encourage landing if not at a hot drop, close enough to rotate in and get into the fight either as a third party clean-up or first engagement.

The same goes post-fight. You don’t need to loot every single box from every single person. When you are rotating and not in a fight open your backpack on occasion and just keep tabs on what you have. Do this so when the fight is over you can just grab the two stacks of light ammo or the batteries you need and move to the next fight. Keep tabs on attachments you want to upgrade but keep in mind if you have blue-level attachments those are better than nothing. It is okay to pass a box and not find a purple mag, it would be nice to have but it isn’t absolutely necessary to find. Odds are you will find another after the next fight.

The longer you sit there looting the easier it is to get third-partied or for more players to get killed off ruining your chances at higher kill games or wins. Yes, it is okay to pop into a box and swap to a stronger shield but if your team is ready to go on then move with them.

Keep a Mental Timeline in Your Head

Learn to fight ‘on the clock’. What I mean by that is every fight you take should last about fifteen to thirty seconds from start to finish. This is the perfect range to keep in mind. This allows your team to end the fight and start to move out before a third party can really get involved. This is especially true for locations like Fragment where several teams can hear you fight from multiple locations.

If the fight starts to take longer than that time it is absolutely a great idea to rotate out. You can always reengage the team later if you can’t get that quick play with a fast knock or two.

Learn an off Meta Legend

We’ve seen it with both Fuse and Rampart now, learning ‘off meta’ legends is a great way to keep the game fresh and potentially give you new ways of playing. When those legends get buffs you’ll already be familiar with them and at a better advantage than other players trying to learn them for the first time.

I went through this with Mirage. He was the least picked legend for a long time and my friends all tore him apart every time I picked him. Out of pure spite, I played him and became better and better over time. A few buffs and 12,000 kills later I was better off playing him than many people were just picking him up for the first time. In a lot of cases outplaying ‘Meta’ picks for the season. While these types of characters rarely get play above Plat 2 rank (that’s where you should start caring about meta anyway) it’s still a great idea to broaden your playstyle.

There is also a huge psychological aspect to playing off-meta. I’ve seen whole teams get overconfident when they see a Mirage or Rampart or whoever pre-buff and they just brain-dead push. They get so overconfident that you can absolutely dunk on them.

Become a Gunner

I’ve personally struggled with the annoyance of constantly getting kills taken. While Apex Legends is a team game to the core, it can be annoying to be on a roll and have kills taken through either miscommunication or blatant theft. Sometimes it genuinely feels like teammates can be actively stealing kills by jumping in front of you and blocking your bullets. On other occasions, I could initiate the fight and do a lot of damage to multiple people but as I reload/swap weapons a teammate comes in and snatches that last bit of damage getting the kill.

Another thing I see and I’ve fallen into this is, you put too much thought into what you are doing. You take rotations too wide in a fight, you hesitate and spend seconds doing these small things that stop you from finishing that last bit of damage on someone. Worse yet you decide to take that wider rotation expecting to help your teammates only to realize they finished the fight when you get back to them.

Sound familiar at all? The best thing you can do in this situation is set your ego aside. You aren’t entitled to kills in a match, you can’t control how other people play or act. By all means, if you are at 13 kills and have a real chance at a 20 bomb call it out to your team to see if they’ll fall in and help.

Learning to shelve your thoughts and play more on reaction and confidence in your choice will lead you to higher places in a game like Apex Legends. The best players in Apex Legends have a huge emphasis on their shots. Yes, there are flashy movements like wall bounces and zipline jumps but that stuff comes secondary to simply know how to hit a shot out of habit. Focus on hitting more shots and playing whatever cover is there and you will see that improvement come and see your kill count climb higher over time.

There is so much you can do to work and improve. Find some training for the firing range and start doing those drills. Practice your movement and keep in mind you can slide every few seconds in the game which is great to do to cover ground faster. I hope these things help you the way they have helped me. If you have any questions on how to improve or any other suggestions for getting better at Apex Legends let us know down below in the comments.

About The Author

Allen S
Editorial/Reviews Team, Manager

I started gaming when I was seven years old. I started my own game studio when I was twelve, went to school for game design. Now I work here and also on my own YouTube channel