'Apex Legends' Tips & Tricks - Cross Platform Play, Best Guns & More

Apex Legends released Monday afternoon, which means many players are likely just getting started in Respawn's new battle royale shooter. Below, we'll answer some of the biggest questions about the game and offer some helpful tips for success. Who's the best Legend? What are the best guns? We've got you covered.

Does Apex Legends feature cross-platform play?

No, but its developers at Respawn Entertainment are heavily invested in changing that in the future. In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Lead producer Drew McCoy said the team "plans to allow players to play with their friends on other platforms." It's unclear if this feature will initially be exclusive to Xbox One and PC or if Apex Legends will squeeze its way into Sony's limited crossplay beta as well.

Apex Legends map gameplay
'Apex Legends' will support cross-platform play eventually, but not now. Respawn Entertainment/EA

Respawn has also confirmed, however, that cross-progression won't be part of the suite even after cross-platform play becomes a reality. That means you won't be able to use a single account on the same system like you can with Fortnite. If you want to play on Xbox One and PC, you'll need to have seperate accounts for each platform.

Can you play Apex Legends solo?

Not right now, but, considering the game already has menus that feature options for multiple queues, we assume that will eventually be a reality. In its early days, Respawn wants to emphasize Apex Legends' three-man squad concept.

What's the best gun in Apex Legends?

Deciding what the "best" gun in the game might be is sort of a matter of preference, but here are some guns that feature the highest overall stats. At the very least, you should be able to use these numbers to find a weapon class that suits your style.

This isn't every gun in the game, which should help you zero in on the very best options. If it's not here, it's probably not great.

Assault Rifles

R-301 Carbine [Light]

  • Body 14 damage
  • Head 28 damage
  • Barrel, Optic Mag and Stock

Hemlock Burst [Heavy]

  • Body 18 damage
  • Head 24 damage
  • Barrel, Optic Mag and Stock

VK-47 Flatline [Heavy]

  • Body: 16 damage
  • Head: 32 damage
  • Optic, Mag and Stock


Triple Take [Energy Ammo]

  • Body: 69 damage
  • Head: 138 Damage
  • Barrel, Stock and Hop-Up

Kraber .50-CAL Sniper [Heavy]

  • Body: 125 damage
  • Head: 250 damage


Prowler Burst PDW [Heavy]

  • Body: 14 Damage
  • Head: 21 damage
  • Optic, Mag, Stock and Hop-Up


M600 Spitfire [Heavy]

  • Body: 20 damage
  • Head: 40 damage
  • Barrel, Optic, Mag and Stock


Peacekeeper [shotgun rounds]

  • Body: 110 damage from 11 shells
  • Head: 165 damage from 11 shells
  • Optic, Mag and Hop-Up

Mastiff [shotgun rounds]

  • Body: 144 damage from eight shells
  • Head: 288 damage from eight shells


IMozambie Shotgun [Shotgun rounds]

  • Body: 45 damage
  • Head: 66 damage
  • Optic and Mag

Wingman [heavy]

  • Body: 45 damage
  • Head: 90 damage
  • Optic, Mag and Hop-Up

Tips & Tricks for Success

Apex Legends map
Use green hearts on the map to locate revive points. Respawn Entertainment/EA
  • Use your pings: Use your bumper to ping everything from weapons to enemies and desired supplies. Apex Legends has one of the best communication systems for folks without headsets, so use it wisely.
  • Color coding: Like most looter shooters, Apex Legends has a color system to denote the effectiveness of its gear. It does not, however, have any ties to weapon effectiveness.
    • White: level 1 armor
    • Blue: level 2 armor
    • Purple: level 3 armor
    • When you shoot enemies, the color of your damage indicator shows which kind of armor your foe has. If you see red, there's no armor at all.
  • Jump boost: If you're trying to reach a high-up area, press forward while you jump. You get a bit of a boost that way. You also don't take fall damage, so don't worry about heights.
  • As far as starter Legends are concerned, one of the best options for first-timers is Lifeline. She can deploy Heal Drones and Care Packages that help you survive in the line of fire.
  • Compliment your trio. As you get better, you may want to start thinking about squad composition. If your squad already has a support Legend, like Lifeline for example, maybe grab a bruiser like Gibraltar or Bangalore and balance it out with a sight-based Legend like Pathfinder.
  • Follow your squadmates: Because Apex Legends is a squad-based game, you seriously won't get anywhere on your own. Stay with your team and take down other squads as a group.
  • Respawn: Especially as players dig deeper into the meta, the ability to respawn your squad is going to play a big factor. During matches, you'll collect Banner Cards for your teammates. These cards can be dropped off at Respawn stations that are marked by green hearts on your map. Drop in the Banner Card and then use it to bring back dead teammates later on. Respawn can only be used once, and teammates spawn with no weapons or gear.

Those tips should help get you on the right track. We'll keep adding more as we learn more.

Apex Legends is available now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

What are your thoughts on Apex Legends so far? Do you have any extra tips to share? Tell us in the comments section.