Apex Legends' Newest Character, Crypto, is Already Breaking the Game

Apex Legends' Newest Character, Crypto, is Already Breaking the Game

Crypto's drone can basically gives you a sixth sense.

Apex Legends kicks off its third season on October 1 with a new map and a new Legend, the hacker Crypto. Respawn Entertainment hasn't released patch notes with all slated balance changes just yet, but one YouTube creator who got to play Season 3 early noticed something particularly powerful about Apex's new Legend: while piloting Crypto's drone, the drone is actively hacking screens on the map to tell the player when other teams are nearby.

Spotlighted by prolific Apex Legends and Titanfall video creator Frothy, Crypto's screen hacking is a rather big bonus to his drone's considerable list of primary uses. All of Crypto's three main abilities—a Passive, a Tactical, and an Ultimate—are tied to his drone. His Tactical ability lets you pilot the drone, which can be flown around the arena while Crypto remains still. You can toggle back to Crypto's view while leaving the drone up, and any enemies within a 30m range of the drone will be pinged to Crypto and his teammates. With his Ultimate, Crypto can detonate the drone like an EMP grenade, dealing 50 shield damage, destroying nearby traps, and slowing opponents temporarily.

These tools alone make Crypto useful in many combat situations, but the always-on screen hacking can be a huge boon throughout a whole game of Apex. Frothy's video points out that while in the drone's view mode, the in-game screens that normally display player banners are hacked to display the number of enemy teams within a certain range of you and your teammates. This means you can train your drone on a screen, try to sneakily traverse the map, and periodically check the drone's screen view to see if there are other teams in your area.

This adds a whole new layer to the game's meta that players will have to adjust to while also learning their way around the new World's Edge map. Even if a team is hiding in a building, Crypto players can quickly figure out that someone is nearby and sniff them out. Then, even if they're holed up with defensive traps laid by Caustic or Wattson players, Crypto can eliminate them at a safe distance with the EMP.

We'll get a better sense of how Crypto changes the flow of Apex Legends after Season 3 is in players' hands. For more information on what's changing with tomorrow's launch, check out USG's Apex Legends Season 3 guide.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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