How To Play Pokemon Games On PC

Did you know there are many ways to play Pokemon games on a PC? Whether you want the classic Fire Red, or something entirely different like the Pokemon Trading Card Game, they can all be played online.

To learn how to play Pokemon games on a PC, you’ll need to brush up on your knowledge on emulators for both the DS and Gameboy first.

How To Install An Emulator For Pokemon

If you want to play the official Pokemon games, there are two routes you can take. You can either use a Nintendo DS emulator to play games from 2006 to 2017, or use a Gameboy emulator for games before 2006. 

The choice is down to you, so we’ll be making a guide for both options. 

How To Play Gameboy Pokemon Games On PC

There are two components for playing a Gameboy Pokemon game on your PC. The first part is the emulator software that can mimic the Gameboy operating system and software.

The second part is the Pokemon game to play on the emulator. To begin with, you can start by downloading a good emulator. We’d suggest VBA-M – it’s open source and the most frequently updated.

Once you have downloaded VBA-M, extract the downloaded .zip file to a location you’ll remember. After, double click to run visualboyadvance-m.exe.

Your emulator will now be ready to play Pokemon. But now you’ll need to find the correct ROMs online. A ROM is essentially a virtual version of the game that needs to be loaded into the emulator.

If you’re curious about the legality of downloading emulators, and Nintendo’s stance, you can read up on it on their website. You can find a variety of ROMS for Pokemon and other Nintendo games on Emulator Games

Click on a game you’d like to play and then click Save Game. A ROM will be downloaded to your PC inside of a .zip file. Do not extract the .zip file.

Next, return to Visualboyadvance-m and click File > Open. Navigate to the downloaded .zip file and double click it to open it. The game will now run on the emulator and you can play the game freely. 

Saving games on an emulator works a little differently. Saving your game using the built-in save system won’t work. Instead, you’ll need to click File > Save State and then choose an empty slot.

When playing in the future, you can use File > Load State to load up the game from exactly where you last saved it.

How To Play Nintendo DS Pokemon Games On PC

Playing Nintendo DS Pokemon games on your PC is achieved through the same steps as above. However, you’ll need a Nintendo DS emulator instead. We suggest deSmuME, which is easily the most frequently updated and supported Nintendo DS emulator.

Once you’ve downloaded the emulator, open the DeSmuME.exe file on your PC. The exact file name will depend on your downloaded version. Next, visit Emulator Games again and find a DS Pokemon game to download.

Once you’ve clicked on a Pokemon game, click the Save Game button and wait for it to download.

Next, return to DeSmuME and click File > Open ROM. Navigate to the downloaded .zip file and double click to open it in DeSmuME.

To save your progress whilst playing, you must click File > Save State and click an available slot. In the future, use File > Load State to open previously saved games.

How To Play Pokemon Games Without An Emulator

If you’d prefer to play a Pokemon game on PC that doesn’t require an emulator, you’ll be happy to hear there are many options available. Some are official releases from Nintendo, and others are third party games.

Pokemon Trading Card Game – Official

If you like the physical Pokemon trading card game, you’ll love the online version too. In fact, with each purchase of a physical Pokemon trading card pack, you’ll get a code card which can be used to open a pack online too.

The Pokemon trading card game features online battles with strangers, friends, and AI, and there are frequent new pack collections released to keep the gameplay and meta interesting.

PokeMMO – Unofficial

PokeMMO is a fan made unofficial Pokemon multiplayer game that’s free to play. You can meet up with other friends in the world and progress through missions, catch Pokemon, and defeat gym leaders together. You can trade Pokemon and battle others, too.

PokeMMO combines four different regions and brings all of the Pokemon from those regions with it and uses graphics similar in style to Pokemon Black and White.

Pokemon-Planet – Unofficial

Pokemon-Planet is another fanmade unofficial Pokemon game you can play online. It features a fan made world that’s bigger than any other Pokemon game. Hundreds of Pokemon from different regions are included and you can catch, train and evolve them just like in the official games. You can build a team in Pokemon-Planet and form a clan of Pokemon trainers and go head to head with others online.

Emulator Games – Unofficial

The same website we suggested for downloading emulators for Pokemon can also be used to play emulators straight from within your browser. 

Simply click the link above and find a game you’d like to play. On the game page, click Play Game Online.

The game will load in a small window and you can then play it freely. To save your progress, you must click the Download State button. Keep that saved file safe. In the future, you’ll need to open the emulator online again and click Upload State and choose your save file.

With that last suggestion in mind, you now have many options available to you to play Pokemon games on PC.

If you need any help or advice on using these emulators or Pokemon games, feel free to leave a comment.

9 Best Free Calling Apps For Unlimited Calls & Texts

Keeping in touch with your loved ones shouldn’t have to be expensive, and if you look in the right places, it certainly won’t be. We’re of course talking about free calling apps that offer unlimited texts and calls. It’s not easy to run a service like this for free, which means it can be hard to find such an app, but we’ve listed the best options that really do offer calls and have carefully explained any potential cons like in-app ads or regional restrictions.

It’s important to distinguish the difference between apps that can make free external SMS texts and calls, and those that let you send messages to other users on their app.

Some apps will give you a free temporary number that you can call other numbers with, and they won’t need to install any apps themselves. These apps, with the exception of Google Voice, include in-app ads to help support their operating costs. 

There are also free calling apps that let you make free calls and texts, but only to other users. So for example, you can make free calls on WhatsApp or Viber, but only when calling other WhatsApp or Viber users via WiFi or mobile data. We’ve included both in this article and created a different section for each.

Free Calling Apps For SMS Texts & Calls

We would highly recommend you ask your contacts to install a chat app like WhatsApp or Viber to make calling and communicating effortless and free, but if you can’t do that, the following options may appeal to you.

Google Voice (Android & iOS)

If you’re in Canada or the US, this may be the best free calling app available. You are given a free number and can call, text, and receive the same from any number even if others don’t have the app installed. Coming from Google, you’re free from any frustrating ads that many other apps in this list do feature. 

There’s also some other neat features, such as direct text transcriptions of your voicemails, so you can see what people have said instead of just hearing them. Whilst free calls are available to US numbers, you can also pay to make outgoing international calls.

The UI is clean, you can record your calls, and backup any important messages or calls. Google Voice isn’t available in countries outside of the US and Canada for now.

Dingtone (Android & iOS)

Dingtone offers free calls, texts, and a free number to go with it. Upon sign up, you’ll get 15 credits which can be used to call and text others within the first 48 hours of using the app. You can also claim a free phone number from a variety of regions. 

After that, you can get more credits by completing mini games. It’s a fun way to reward users with more in-app activity. You’ll find more free credits by opening the app each day, watching ads, inviting friends, and completing offers.

You can also purchase credits, and there’s an option to remove ads for 1 month, which costs just $0.99, far cheaper than other alternatives in this list.

We highly recommend Dingtone as the best ad-supported free text app if you can’t use Google Voice. After this, apps start to get more intrusive with ads.

TextMeUp (Android Only)

TextMeUp is another free SMS and calling app available for most regions. You can pick between multiple local numbers to organise your communications, for example one number for work and one for contacts you may have abroad.

Access may vary depending on your region, but you can often claim one free local number and purchase international numbers too.

To give you access to some free calls and texts, TextMeUp throws in a bunch of ads, some of which can be quite intrusive.

Thankfully you can choose to remove all ads and get a monthly/weekly package of call minutes. Some regions are more limited too, for example, in the UK you can only get 4 credits upon sign up and more credits must be purchased.

A Note on Text Me Inc apps: You may notice a large number of apps with similar names such as TextMeUp, TextMe, or FreeTone. These are all essentially the same app so duplicates have not been included in our list.

TextPlus (Android & iOS)

TextPlus is an app that allows you to make free texts and calls by implementing ads on the call screen, and pretty much anywhere else that they can fit them. You can also watch video ads or complete offers to earn credits. Finally, there’s an option to purchase credits, or subscribe, which will remove ads completely.

You can also get a free custom phone number, but the number may change if you don’t pay to secure it. Once you’ve got a number though, others will be able to call you. For the most part TextPlus works when you really need to make an important call or send a text, but the excessive ads are frustrating to deal with.

Free Calling Apps For Texts & Calls To Other Users

It’s time to look at the apps you can use to make free calls and texts to users that also have the app installed. These apps offer a far superior experience to the previously listed apps.

WhatsApp (Android & iOS)

Owned by Facebook, WhatsApp is one of the most popular apps in the world for making calls and texts for free. It has built in end-to-end encryption to keep your messages private.

You can send photos, gifs, videos, and voice messages quickly to others, and all you need is a number in your contact list for WhatsApp to recognize them on the platform. This means that you can quickly add new contacts to chat to. Just make sure they also have the app installed.

You can send other users your location too, and if you are stuck without a phone, you can log into your account with the WhatsApp web app straight from your computer.

Viber (Android & iOS)

Viber is another text and calling app that comes with a variety of features to sync up your communication between devices. You can set up free backups so that all of your messages are always saved. You can log into a new device by simply scanning a QR code, and all of your past messages, saved photos, and shared videos will be sent to your new device too.

You can add other Viber users by importing them from your contact list, because Viber will use phone numbers as an identifier for users, similarly to Whatsapp. Viber also features video chat and group calling.

You can also buy credits to call other real numbers across the world, although if you already have somebody added to Viber you can do that for free.

Skype (Android & iOS)

Owned by Microsoft, Skype is a very popular app that’s often used on desktop, but the mobile version is filled with features too. Skype is popular for instant messaging and video calls, and it’s sometimes used for making group conference or business calls too.

Skype also has its own credit system for purchasing minutes to call real numbers across the world, so you don’t have to add somebody by their username. 

You can also share videos, photos, and links with others, making it a great place to share memories or important details.

Messenger (Android, iOS) & Messenger Lite (Android, iOS)

Built from the messages feature from within Facebook, Messenger brings dozens of great messaging features to your smartphone. With Messenger, you can message, call, and share to anybody you have added to your Facebook account. You can also add new people straight through Messenger now too.

Messenger features a variety of extra chat functionality you don’t really see elsewhere, including fun mini-games, polls, custom group colors and themes, rooms that support up to 50 people, and so much more. 

If you don’t like how much of a memory hog Messenger can be, you can get a stripped back version called Messenger Lite, which comes with basic text and call functionality.

Should You Use a Free Calling App?

All of these apps offer free calls and texts, but the functionality differs between each app. It’s up to you to decide which app is most suited for you, but we’d recommend Viber, Whatsapp, and Skype first, then Google Voice, before considering the ad-supported alternatives like Dingtone and TextMeUp.

What Is Adobe Creative Cloud & Is It Worth The Cost?

We all know about Adobe, but what is Adobe Creative Cloud and is it worth paying for? Adobe Creative Cloud is a set of more than 20 desktop and mobile apps designed for creativity, design, UI, UX, and video work. 

Adobe Creative Cloud is also packed with other features, such as font packs, online storage and backup. 

There are different bundles available for Adobe Creative Cloud, so whether it’s worth it for you will come down to your own needs and whether there are suitable enough free alternatives in the market.

The Full Adobe Creative Cloud Package – 20+ Apps For $52.99/month

Let’s take a closer look at the full Adobe Creative Cloud package first, which costs $52.99 per month and features more than 20 apps, alongside other features.

Before we get into each app and their functionality, Adobe’s pricing needs to be explained further. Whilst advertised as $52.99 per month, this is the offer price if you take out an annual plan. This means that if you do not cancel during the 14 day refund period, the only way to get out of paying monthly is to pay the remaining annual fee.

There is a month by month fee that can be cancelled at any time, similar to most other online subscription services. However, this costs $79.49 per month. Thankfully you can buy individual apps for $20.99/month on an annual plan or $31.49 monthly on a month-by-month basis. There are also savings for students and teachers.

Ultimately though, Adobe Creative Cloud is on the expensive side of things and unlike the past, there’s no way to just outright buy a one-time license for their software. 

So, what apps are included in Adobe Creative Cloud? 

Photography & Design

The following photography and design apps are included in the full Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.

  • Photoshop – Create graphics, photo, and art.
  • Illustrator – Create illustrations and vector art.
  • Adobe XD – Design and prototype website/app UX.
  • Dimension – Create realistic 3D images and product branding.
  • InDesign – Page design and layout for print.
  • InCopy – Allow copy editing in tandem with InDesign.
  • Spark – Create custom graphics and web pages quickly.
  • Animate – Create interactive vector animations for video or games.
  • Dreamweaver – Create responsive website designs.

In some cases, there will be apps in this list that are crucial for your work, but if you just need general graphic design and editing then Photoshop can do most tasks here with some practice. There are also some free alternatives to Photoshop such as GIMP or Paint.NET.

Even so, Photoshop can’t be beaten in many ways. Adobe has worked on the app for two decades, so they’ve really refined themselves in the industry.

Photoshop isn’t a necessity – you can get the basics with other apps for free, However, many would argue Photoshop is the number one option. Photoshop also has the largest support for official and community tutorials.

Animate shares a similar story, being one of the best options for vector animation work, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t free alternatives that can be used for basic work. 

The other apps in the bundle may be worth considering, for example if you need better tools for animation, or UX design. Even then, there are always free alternatives too. For example, Canva is a great free alternative to Spark, which can be used to create eye catching posters, social posts, images for web design, and much more. Google Web Designer could be a great free web design alternative to Dreamweaver. 

Ultimately it’s a case by case basis with Adobe’s photography and design apps. Sometimes you can get by with a free alternative, and sometimes Adobe really is the best choice. It will depend on your specific needs but with how the annual commitment can work with Adobe, it’s always worth trying the free alternatives first before committing to a full Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.

Video & Audio

Adobe Creative Cloud also comes with a number of great tools for video and audio editing. Here is a brief overview of what’s available.

  • Premiere Pro – Professional level video and film editing.
  • Premiere Rush – Fast video editing and sharing tool.
  • After Effects – Create great visual effects for video.
  • Audition – Audio recording and mixing.

Let’s first start with Premiere Pro – it’s one of the most well known video editing tools in the industry. Perfect for everything from clipping together a YouTube video to creating fully fledged films. Fortunately this is a very competitive market, which means you can find free video editing alternatives

There are also other great paid video editing suites such as Sony Vegas Pro.

Sony Vegas Pro can be purchased with a one-time license which can be appealing to some. 

To many, it’s the inclusion of After Effects that makes it worth sticking to Adobe Creative Cloud. After Effects is the most powerful tool out there for creating great visual effects and learning After Effects can take your video production to the next level. If After Effects already costs $20.99 per month on an annual plan, throwing in Premiere Pro, Photoshop, and every other app for a grand total of $52.99 suddenly doesn’t seem so far fetched.

The Extra Functionality

Besides the apps and their individual functionality, subscribing to Adobe Creative Cloud gives you access to more features. For example, you get 100GB cloud storage which is perfect for both backing up your creative work and making it easier to collaborate with others in real time.

Adobe Fonts allows you to get free access and commercial usage to thousands of fonts, all of which can be used across all Creative Cloud apps. You also have tools for showcasing your creative work through Adobe Behance and you can save and collaborate on assets such as brushes, materials, and designs through Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries.

Is Adobe Creative Cloud Worth the Price?

Adobe Creative Cloud can be worth the price, but is it worth it for you? That all comes down to your individual needs. In most cases, a free Photoshop and free Premiere Pro alternative could suffice, but sometimes the individual apps will be far superior.

We would suggest starting with free alternatives first, and if you can’t get access to the features you need, consider paying for Adobe Creative Cloud after.

How To Add a Background To a Green Screen Image In Photoshop

To add a background to a green screen image in Photoshop you will need to learn how to use a few default tools available in the toolbar.

If the background isn’t perfectly green or well lit, you’ll need to take a few extra steps. Feel free to try your hand using the example image below.

We’ll take you through the easier method first, but afterwards, you can attempt the second method for images that don’t have a perfect single green background.

How To Add a Background To a Perfect Green Screen Image in Photoshop

For our first section, we will guide you through how to add your own background when the green screen is perfectly lit or a single shade of green is used throughout. You can find good royalty-free green screen and background images online if you haven’t already.

  • First, find your image, right click it and click Open With > Adobe Photoshop.
  • In Photoshop, you must right click the layer at the bottom and then click Layer from Background… 
  • Click OK when prompted. This will allow you to edit the image you’ve just opened.
  1. Next, click Select in the top panel and then click Color Range
  1. If the image uses a perfect green screen, you should see the outline of your image in the window that appears. If you do not see a clear outline, you may want to try the next step. We still advise you to try this step first, as it’ll help you to learn crucial tools that can be used later.
  1. Next click on the green screen itself and the dropper tool will pick out that color. After, click OK and the green screen area will be highlighted.
  1. You must now perform two more steps to ensure your image doesn’t have a green outline. Click Select and then click Modify > Expand. Choose to expand by 2 pixels and then click OK.
  1. Next, click Select, then Select and Mask. On the new window that appears on the left, put the feather size to 1 px
  1. Click the Output Settings dropdown box and make sure it is set to Output To: Selection. Next click OK
  2. Press delete on your keyboard and your green screen will be removed.

The next step is to get a background image you’d like to use. You can use your own background or anything online. If it’s for commercial purposes take a read through our guide on Creative Commons, which will help you find relevant images for free, commercial use.

Once you have your image, find it on your PC and click and drag it into your Photoshop window. You may need to resize it, but after simply press the enter key. You must now drag the new layer underneath your green screen layer so that it appears as the background.

You’ll now have your green screen image in Photoshop with a new background. You can then export or save your image as you would usually.

How to Add a Background To a Badly Lit Green Screen

Many green screen images aren’t perfectly lit, which means cutting out the green screen itself can take more effort. You can follow the steps below if you’re unable to fully remove the green screen with the steps mentioned above.

  1. First, open your photo with Photoshop. Next, press L on your keyboard to access the Lasso tool. Click and hold to draw an outline around the subject you’d like to move to your background. Try to make it as close as possible to the subject itself. 
  1. Let go of the mouse button and you’ll have a selection around your object. Next, right click and click Select Inverse
  2. Press the Delete key on your keyboard and the area around your object will be deleted.
  1. Next, right-click the Magic Wand Tool and click the Quick Selection Tool. Use Mouse Scroll Wheel Up + Alt to zoom in as close as possible to your subject. 
  2. With the Quick Selection Tool active, use Shift + Left Click to highlight areas of your subject, and Alt + Left Click to highlight areas of the green screen.
  1. This process can take some time but the goal will be to highlight the entire object. Once completed, press Ctrl + X and then Ctrl + V
  1. A new layer will be created, so you’ll need to hide the previous layer. Click the eye icon next to the layer that contains the green screen. After, find your background image in Finder or Windows Explorer and drag the image into your Photoshop window. 
  2. Drag the background layer under the green screen layer and you’ll have completed your task.

Note that some images won’t have perfect results – the lower quality the green screen image in Photoshop, the more effort and care you’ll need to take to cut out any green pixels, and sometimes it’s almost impossible to do it without removing part of the object itself.

Summary

That brings us to the end of our guide on how to add a background to a green screen image in Photoshop. If you need more help, you can leave a comment below.

The 12 Best Characters In Apex Legends

Struggling to choose the best characters in Apex Legends? You can use this guide to learn the abilities, playstyles, and ranking for each legend in the game.

Think of this as the ultimate guide for getting to grips with the characters and deciding who you want to play.

Apex Legends Season 4 Character Tier List

As of Season 4, Apex Legends has 12 different characters. We’ve listed them based on their abilities, gameplay potential, and their hitbox size.

Wraith

Wraith is amongst the best characters in Apex Legends. She has everything going for her. Wraith is a legend with a range of skills perfect for positioning. Wraith also has the smallest hitbox in the game, making her very hard to hit.

What Are Wraith’s Abilities?

With Wraith’s passive, Voices From The Void, the player can get warnings from Wraith when a player is aiming at her, which she can share to her teammates.

  • Into The Void: Allows her to disappear from sight. She cannot take damage during this time, but a trail of light will follow her position.
  • Dimensional Rift: Lets her create two portals that link together. It’s perfect for escaping dangerous situations.
  • Low profile perk: Because of her small hitbox, Wraith takes 5% extra damage.

What Playstyle is Suited For Wraith Players?

Wraith’s abilities offer great escape opportunities, making her a great legend for aggressive players.

Pathfinder

Pathfinder is one of the best characters in Apex Legends for many of the same reasons as Wraith. Pathfinder has a tactical ability focused on personal mobility and an ultimate ability focused on moving teammates quickly. Pathfinder also has a very small hitbox.

What Are Pathfinder’s Abilities?

  • Insider Knowledge: Allows Pathfinder to scan survey beacons in the world to reveal the next ring’s location.
  • Grappling Hook: Can fling Pathfinder in any direction. This ability can be mastered and it’s the best movement ability in Apex Legends.
  • Zipline Gun: Can create a large zipline that anybody can travel on at increased speed, perfect for entering or escaping fights.

Due to his small hitbox, Pathfinder also has the low profile perk.

What Playstyle is Suited For Pathfinder Players?

Pathfinder is an excellent legend for anyone that wants to play aggressively. You can push into a fight with your ultimate and use your grapple at any time to escape, and you’ll never have to worry about somebody catching up with you.

Gibraltar

Gibraltar is the third best character in Apex Legends, despite having the biggest hitbox. This is thanks to the gun shield that blocks most of his upper body when he aims down sights. Gibraltar’s healing and protection abilities also make him a strong team player.

What Are Gibraltar’s Abilities?

  • Gun Shield: Creates a shield around his upper body when aiming down sights. The shield can block 50 damage.
  • Dome of Protection: Gibraltar can place a dome shield that can block all damage. Players in the dome shield can use healing items 25% faster and Gibraltar can revive teammates in the dome shield 25% faster.
  • Defensive Bombardment: An air strike will fall on your position. The missiles from the airstrike will deal 40 damage each.
  • Fortified Perk: Gibralter takes 15% less damage and cannot be slowed by bullets when shot at like other legends.

What Playstyle is Suited For Gibraltar Players?

Gibraltar is a great legend for players that want to support their team. But don’t get it wrong, Gibraltar is excellent for playing aggressively too.

Wattson

Wattson is another legend with a small hitbox, but she also has great abilities for setting up camp. She’s the perfect defensive legend.

What Are Wattson’s Abilities?

  • Spark of Genius: Allows her to fill her ultimate charge with just one ultimate accelerant. She can also get faster tactical recharge time when standing near her ultimate.
  • Perimeter Security. Wattson can place fence poles that, when placed together, will create an electric fence. Enemies that walk through the fence will take damage and slow.
  • Interception Pylon: Wattson can place a pylon down that can destroy any incoming ordnance and will repair shields slowly over time.
  • Wattson also has the low profile perk.

What Playstyle is Suited For Wattson Players?

Wattson is the perfect legend for those who like to play defensively. She’s an excellent option for ranked players because she can hold down areas well.

Bangalore

Bangalore has abilities that give her great positioning power and fast movement. She also has a small hitbox, but doesn’t have the low profile perk.

What Are Bangalore’s Abilities?

  • Double Time: Boosts her speed by 30% for a short time every time bullets land near her.
  • Smoke Launcher: Can be used to cloud an area with smoke. You get two charges and each charge takes 30 seconds to replenish.
  • Rolling Thunder: Can call in an artillery strike. It blankets an area with missiles that slowly explode. It’s great for repositioning in dangerous fights.

What Playstyle is Suited For Bangalore Players?

Bangalore is a great legend for those who like to outplay enemies with smart repositioning. You can use all of her abilities to quickly confuse enemies and start an attack from another position.

Lifeline

Lifeline is a legend perfect for supporting players. She has great healing abilities and a loot packed airdrop as her ultimate. Unfortunately, Lifeline lacks any repositioning or defensive abilities, making her weaker than most other legends ranked above her.

What Are Lifeline’s Abilities?

  • Combat Medic: Allows her to revive teammates 25% faster. When reviving, a shield wall will appear in the direction she’s facing. Lifeline can also personally use healing items 25% faster.
  • D.O.C Heal Drone: Allows Lifeline to place a small drone that can heal Lifeline and her teammates when standing nearby.
  • Care Package: Allows Lifeline to drop a care package. It will have three utility or healing items inside.
  • Lifeline also has the 5% increased damage low profile perk.

What Playstyle is Suited For Lifeline Players?

Lifeline is a great legend for those who want to support their team. Unfortunately, many of Lifeline’s perks can be found on Gibraltar, potentially making him a better option for the same role.

Crypto 

Crypto is a unique legend with powerful recon skills. You can use Crypto to control a drone that can be used for checking an area for players.

What Are Crypto’s Abilities?

  • Neurolink: Allows Crypto and his teammates to see the outline of players that are scanned by his drone.
  • Surveillance Drone: Allows Crypto to control a drone that can survey the area. The drone will scan enemies within 30 meters.
  • Drone EMP: Will charge up a large EMP blast that will do 50 shield damage, slow enemies, and disable traps.

What Playstyle is Suited For Crypto Players?

Crypto is perfect for those who like preparing a more tactical approach before engaging in a fight. Because Crypto has to stay still when activating his drone, he can be very vulnerable. You need good situational awareness to use Crypto successfully. 

Bloodhound

Bloodhound is another recon legend, like Crypto, but tracking skills are far more active. Use Bloodhound to scout areas and know exactly where people are before starting a fight.

What Are Bloodhound’s Abilities?

  • Tracker: Will leave clues such as player footsteps on your screen.
  • Eye Of The Allfather: Will briefly reveal enemies, traps and clues within a large radius in front of Bloodhound. All enemies are tracked through walls too.
  • Beast Of The Hunt: All players are highlighted, your vision goes dark, and you can move 30% faster for 35 seconds. If you knock down a player during your ultimate, the timer will increase by 5 seconds.

What Playstyle is Suited For Bloodhound Players?

Bloodhound is excellent for hunting down players, so they’re an excellent pick for those who struggle to understand the environment through other, more subtle clues. 

Caustic

Caustic is a great defensive legend that’s hard to master. While not considered amongst the best characters in Apex Legends, he can definitely outplay other legends with some practice.

What Are Caustic’s Abilities?

  • Nox Vision: Allows Caustic to see the outlines of any enemies that move through Caustic’s gas.
  • Nox Gas Trap: Allows Caustic to place up to 6 gas canisters that automatically release gas when an enemy is nearby or when shot.
  • Nox Gas Grenade: Allows Caustic to throw a grenade that blooms into a large area of gas at the location thrown.
  • All of Caustic’s gas damage stacks over time, and only deals directly to health, ignoring shields. Caustic also has the fortified perk, which means 15% less incoming damage and no slows from bullets.

What Playstyle is Suited For Caustic Players?

Caustic is a powerful defensive legend, but he takes a lot of skill to master. He’s suited for those who have patience but want to master a character that can force one versus one fights against players with his gas.

Octane

Octane is a legend that makes us believe he can move fast, but those abilities put him in danger. Octane may be a fun legend to play, but he isn’t viable competitively. 

What Are Octane’s Abilities?

  • Swift Mend: Allows Octane to gradually regain health over time when not taking damage.
  • Stim: Allows Octane to move 30% faster for 6 seconds. The stim costs 10 health to use, but it can be used every two seconds. Sounds fun, but Pathfinder’s grapple is still faster, and Bloodhound’s ultimate moves at the same speed with no risk to health.
  • Launch Pad: Deploys a jump pad that can launch players in the air. This ability can be good for getting to high places.

What Playstyle is Suited For Octane Players?

Octane is a legend that’s there for those who want to recklessly push fights, have fun, and not worry about the consequences. There are better legends that fit this role, so consider Pathfinder or Bloodhound before taking Octane.

Mirage

Mirage is a trickster who can create clones of himself to confuse enemies or use holo technology to hide. Unfortunately, Mirage’s abilities only work when others are fooled, making him difficult to use against experienced players.

What Are Mirage’s Abilities?

  • Encore!: With this, you will go invisible for 5 seconds and create a fake decoy of yourself when you get knocked down.
  • Psyche Out: Will send a decoy of yourself in the direction you point.
  • Vanishing Act: Will make a ring of decoys appear on your position and you’ll also go invisible.

What Playstyle is Suited For Mirage Players?

Mirage is great for those who just want a bit of fun with his trickster themed abilities. He’s not particularly useful for the team and lacks any mobility.

Revenant

Revenant may be the newest character in Apex Legends, but he has a big hitbox problem, making him easy to hit. His abilities offer some potential for flanking unaware players, but they need serious work before Revenant can rank higher.

What Are Revenant’s Abilities?

  • Stalker: Allows Revenant to climb walls higher and crouch walk higher. You are almost completely silent when crouch walking.Silence: Allows Revenant to throw a device that can damage players and disable their abilities for 10 seconds.
  • Death Totem: Lets Revenant place a totem. When a player activates the totem, they will enter shadow mode. In this mode, you’ll only take health damage. If all of your health damage depletes, you’ll appear back at the totem.

What Playstyle is Suited For Revenant?

Revenant is great for players who want to sneak up on their enemies or set up calculating flanks. There’s no other legend like Revenant, but you should be aware of his flaws before playing him.

Summary

That wraps up our look at the best characters in Apex Legends. Do you agree with our list? Disagree? Share your own thoughts in the comments section.