The ultimate Apex Legends solo queue tier list to help win your pubs
As more and more legends enter the games, here’s how we rank the legends as per their strength and utility for a solo queue player.
While Apex Legends is primarily a team based game, the reality is most players don't queue up with a full team. This Apex Legends Tier List focuses not on which legends are the best for a sweaty 3 stack, but instead for playing solo. This could be either playing with randoms, or even playing no fill.
This considers what legends allow you to protect yourself, and which legends require more coordination and team play to be successful. Of course, all legends have their uses in Apex and you will sometimes run into good players with microphones and a brain - but this Apex Legends tier list is primarily assuming you are going to have to fend for yourself.
With every Apex Legends tier list, there's always a bottom rung. These legends absolutely have power as part of a team environment (besides one...) but when you are flying solo - there are far better choices.
Look - Mirage sucks. You could have a team, no team, or even a team of 6. Mirage is always going to be hanging out near the bottom of an Apex Legends tier list. His abilities are weak, his best ability which is to go invisible when he revives is surpassed by other legends and he doesn't really help you out in almost any situation.
There are some very talented Mirage players, and you can on occasion break some ankles with a good bamboozle. However, anyone who is good on Mirage could be even better on another legend.
Crypto is a legend with a lot of power - he's used by some of the most successful Apex Legends Pro teams in ALGS. So why does he sit next to Mirage in this Apex Legends tier list?
It's simple. No other legend in the game requires flawless team play like Crypto does. Everything he provides is just weakened without coordination and cohesion. In a solo environment this is weaker still. His ability to remote revive or gather banners is useless if you are playing no fill. If your solo queue teammates are just brawling around the map, who's protecting you while you are sitting in zone? How do you communicate the information you gather without speaking to your team?
Revenant suffers in a similar way to Crypto. The best part of the silent assassins kit is his 'Death Totem'. This relies on coordination. Too many times you will see a Revenant use his totem and his two teammates don't even enter Death Protection with him - making it a total waste.
Revenant is also a lot better when paired with Octane, and you'd either have no teammates or no control over what legends they choose so cannot guarantee this combination.
The C Tier in this Apex Legends tier list represents legends that offer at least something for solo players. However, there are better choices and these legends aren't exactly mindblowing options.
Ash does have some decent solo play abilities. In particular her passive is helpful for avoiding other teams if you are in survival mode, but it is hard to use this ability in a coordinated way without team comms. Her portal might feel like a good escape tool. Yet, this is deceiving. Her portal is short range and easily followed, so not the get out of jail free card it can seem.
Fuse is a legend that is pretty average regardless of your team status. His strength relies on access to grenades. Fuse is at his best when you are able to siege a team playing a small space, which in the current aggressive meta is a rare occurrence.
Lifeline does have some decent value for a solo player. Her drone does allow you to double heal (popping a bat at the same time as healing your flesh). Further, her care package delivers you guaranteed upgrades and will help you loot up.
Where Lifeline falls away is in fights. She has no real escape mechanism and if you are caught out on Lifeline you rely on help from your teammates. This makes her a much weaker solo queue choice than a range of other legends.
Mad Maggie sits in the C Tier of our Apex Legends Tier List as well. Like Fuse, she is pretty mediocre teamed or teamless. Thinking from a solo perspective, her ball can provide a bit of a getaway. Yet, when there are legends who provide something similar as a tactical it is hard to suggest Maggie as a top tier pick. Her passive is really underwhelming and her Drill is very limited.
For team play, Newcastle is a fantastic legend. Where he excels is at protecting his teammates. There is a really high skill ceiling on his Castle Wall in particular. But, this ceiling can only really be reached with teamplay and coordination. Communication on when to leap to a teammate, communication on someone positioning themselves so they can be leaped at. In a solo situation Newcastle becomes a slow legend with abilities that can buy time, but not really save you unless you get lucky with a teammates position and you have your ultimate.
Wattson is excellent at holding down a building. With her Pylon you can rotate at lightning speed, grab a great spot in zone and wait out the rounds. Teams in the ALGS rely on Wattson heavily and she has been in meta almost as much as any other legend. Yet, she sits in the C Tier of this Apex Legends tier list because she lacks selfish power. She is very vulnerable in fights, and to excel with Wattson you need to commit to her playstyle. Your randoms are highly unlikely to want to sit in a building in pubs or ranked.
These B Tier legends start to offer something that can help you survive and thrive in your pub games without help from your team. They aren't exactly get out of jail free cards, but you can make an impact on these legends for sure.
If anyone ever doubted the use of Bangalore in a solo queue situation, just look to ShivFPS. The infamous solo queue warlord is an exclusive Bangalore abuser. Of course, any legend is a lot more useful when you have incredible mechanics and thousands of hours in game - but what does Bangalore bring to the table?
She has a lot of protective abilities. Her smokes can help you move around or escape from a situation. Her passive gives you extra speed in fights, helping you turn a corner to either escape or push your enemies. Then her ultimate can buy time, earn space or even counter attack opponents.
Why does Bangalore only sit in B Tier in this Apex Legends tier list then? Compared to some other legends she takes more skill to make the most of her abilities in a solo situation. You only get two smokes at a time. These can be countered by Bloodhound, Seer, Crypto or 'Digi' scopes. Her ultimate is hard to execute perfectly and her passive only does so much.
Catalyst, the latest legend to join the Apex games, is a bit of a wildcard. It usually takes the Apex community a while to make the most of a new legend, so there could be some secret tips and tricks that we don't know about yet.
But as it stands, Catalyst is a decent choice when solo queuing. Her wall is a pretty handy escape tool, and now that it blocks Seer's scans as expected it is significantly more powerful. Crucially; her ability to reinforce doors or refill doorways can be huge in solo situations. Buying yourself the time to heal and reload is a gamechanger.
Why is Caustic ranked above Wattson in this Apex Legends tier list? On paper they have very similar abilities, and therefore similar weaknesses. Where Caustic really surpasses Wattson is in delaying fights and winning 1v1s.
A barrel can block a door, and the damage from the gas is a lot harder to avoid than the damage from a Wattson fence. Furthermore, Caustic's ultimate can really help you win a 1v1 situation. Throw it at your feet and you will be doing extra damage. Combine that with your fortified passive and you can absolutely take someone down in no time at all.
Where Caustic does get limited to only B Tier is his weakness in open spaced and his chunky hitbox.
The advantages of Loba for solo queue players are simple. Her bracelet is a decent escape tool when needed. It's easy to follow and has a poor cooldown, but it can get the job done when needed. Throwing it through windows or small gaps is a pretty underrated feature, so keep that in mind!
Then, her ultimate is a really great way to get the last few items you need. Solo players might not have teammates who respect the dibs, or ping useful items they don't need. Loba can help you snag these items and get ready to fight quicker.
Rampart is a pretty similar situation to Caustic. She is vulnerable in the open but she has abilities that can delay fights and her Shiela can really help you in those 1v1 situations. Blocking a door with her wall can buy you those crucial few seconds to pop some heals and spin up your minigun - shooting the door off can catch people by surprise and be a real game changer.
Vantage also sits in the B tier of this Apex Legends tier list. She can be a decent choice for a solo operator because having a sniper as an ultimate allows you to cover all three ranges with your weapons. A close range SMG, a mid range AR or LMG and then the sniper for long distance engagements. Her echo relocation is okay in a pinch but you are very one clippable as you woosh through the air. It's better used for positioning rather than escaping. If you are ratting in ranked her passive is especially helpful to give you extra info on who is in your area, is it a solo you could fight or a whole team?
Wraith used to be the absolute go-to legend for Apex players, so why is she in the B Tier? There are two main reasons. One, her abilities just don't suit the newer maps. Her phase and portal are both great at escaping rough situations - but now that maps are bigger the impact is just not the same. Plus, we've all chased down a Wraith in her phase and killed her easily. Secondly, there are legends with better movement and escape abilities in the game now. Put simply, Wraith has lost her crown!
The five choices here are all great picks for solo queue play and absolutely warrant a try, especially if the two S Tier legends are already taken or you haven't got the legend tokens to unlock them yet!
Bloodhound might seem a strange inclusion in the A Tier of this Apex Legends tier list. But, while they don't offer easy escape abilities they can help build team coordination even without verbal communication. The Bloodhound scan provides easy information that your whole team can see. It is simple for everyone to understand. Of course, it's never a negative to have wall hacks in any situation!
Plus, the Beast of the Hunt ultimate can help you catch up to a fight, win a fight or remove yourself from a situation asap.
Big Gibby might also feel like an odd choice, the largest legend in the game isn't being saved by any superglides or tap strafes if caught in the open. What sets Gibby into the A Tier is his bubble and arm shield. The bubble can protect you, not just by having you play inside it - but also through cutting off angles. Taking disadvantaged fights in a bubble is also a lot easier than in the open, especially once you master bubble fighting mechanics. His arm shield also gives you some extra health, never a bad thing to have!
Horizon is one of the strongest legends in the game. Her ultimate ability is a really powerful tool when paired with grenades. But where everyone's favourite space mom excels in a solo queue setting is her passive and her tactical. The gravity lift is a really flexible ability. It can be used to block doors, to escape, to reposition or even to generate a new angle in a fight.
Her passive can really get you out of danger too, there is some ridiculous movement potential if you learn some of the more advanced mechanics and exploits.
Pathfinder has one of the most selfish kits in the game - which makes him a really solid choice for solo play. His zipline is pretty average as movement abilities go, you can be shot off it pretty easily. On Broken Moon it might as well not even be an ability.
Where Pathfinder earns his right to be in the A tier is with his grapple. There isn't a better way to escape a situation in the game. Once you are competent with the grapple you can get out of lots of situations, and even very advanced players will struggle to do noticeable damage while you are moving. He also allows you to play aggressively and close the gap to opponents (or teammates that ran off!) quickly.
When triple stacking, Seer is arguably the best legend in Apex right now. His ultimate is insane for getting a fight over quickly, and being able to cancel revives and heals really is an incredibly powerful ability.
Just like Bloodhound, his scan and ultimate helps bring your team together. Especially when using the ultimate, the extended period of full scans will ensure that you minimise the impact of not having team communication beyond in game pings.
In a totally solo situation Seer doesn't have any fancy movement mechanics but cancelling a heal or a revive is such a game changer that it can help you flip a fight on it's head and clutch up. His heartbeat sensor also helps you maximise your awareness, which compensates for not having constant communication from teammates in game.
No Apex Legends tier list is complete without an S Tier. These legends just are a step above the rest, providing great individual play that will help you excel no matter who's on the team with you, if anyone!
Octane was almost designed as a solo legend. All three of his abilities are a major help to you as an individual, and with short cooldowns you are never really caught out. His stim allows you to get in, or out of a situation. If we are going full selfish you can even stim past your teammates to yoink that purple shield! His passive lets you heal your flesh health without syringes, helpful if you had to dash into zone to escape. His pad is also a great tool for escaping or pushing a team. Like Horizon, Octane really benefits from learning some of the more advanced movement techniques like tap strafing too.
Valkyrie has it all. Scan beacon, check. A movement ability, check. A damage ability, check. A way to escape sticky situations, check.
What's not to love? The jetpack is the best passive in Apex for positioning or escaping a tricky situation. The real thing that sets Valkyrie in the S Tier is her Skyward Dive ultimate though. Being able to just launch into flight and either escape, chase or bypass a team will always be incredibly useful in Apex Legends.
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From the UK, Tom is an experienced semi-professional Apex Legends player having competed in the ALGS Challenger Circuit over multiple seasons. He is a specialist in the competitive scene, with deep knowledge of ALGS. He has worked on several notable tournament broadcasts, as both an observer and caster.