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How To Play Octane In Apex Legends (Season 18 Guide)

Here's your guide to playing Octane in Apex Legends, from his abilities to how to use them.
How To Play Octane In Apex Legends (Season 18 Guide)
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As Apex Legends' speediest Legend, able to zoom around the map to make aggressive moves on opponents or get his team away from danger. While his rapid movement is his greatest strength, it can also take some getting used to when playing this character. Let's take a look at how to play Octane, from his abilities to the best tips and tricks for making use of them.

12 October 2023 - Page updated and checked for accuracies. This Apex Legends guide will be updated again following the start of Season 19.

Octane Overview

  • Real Name - Octavio Silva
  • Age - 26
  • Home World - Psamathe
  • Class - Skirmisher
  • Tactical Ability - Stim
  • Passive Ability - Swift Mend
  • Ultimate Ability - Launch Pad

All Octane Abilities In Apex Legends

Octane is a Skirmisher Legend with abilities that allow him to zip around the map speedily, as well as heal himself up while he does so. Like all Legends in the game, Octane has his own passive, tactical, and ultimate abilities, with his ultimate ability being the strongest of the three.

Passive Ability: Swift Mend

  • After avoiding damage for 6 seconds, Octane restores 1 health per second.

Tactical Ability: Stim

  • Increase walk speed by 30% and sprint speed by 40% for 6 seconds. Costs Health to use. Reduction to slows while active.

Ultimate Ability: Launch Pad

  • Deploy a jump pad that catapults anyone through the air. Press the jump button to double jump.
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Octane can use his Launch Pads to move quickly. (Picture: Respawn Entertainment)

Tips To Master Octane In Apex Legends

1. Limit Health Items

Octane has his own healing ability that's pretty effective through Swift Mend, so you won't want to fill up your backpack with Syringes and Med-kits. Instead, keep only one or two healing items, and instead stock up on other things you need. Your ability has you covered when it comes to healing, save for in the middle of combat, where you might need to rely on Support teammates to help you out. 

2. Use A High-Speed Loadout

Octane is a high-speed Legend so you'll want an equally high-speed loadout on your side. You won't be able to effectively aim using weapons that don't fire rapidly or can't aim at ease, so stick with shotguns or the Hemlok for the highest efficiency in battle.

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Octane is a Skirmisher Legend, meaning he's quick and good in combat. (Picture: Respawn Entertainment)

3. Use Launch Pads Often

Octane's Launch Pad ability recharges every 90 seconds, so you'll be able to deploy Launch Pads fairly often - and you should. Not only can they help you traverse the map with ease, but they're great for getting you to high ground where you can take a defensive approach when entering any new area.

4. Don't Spam Stim

While it might be tempting to spam your Stim ability to keep up your speed, this is not the best approach to making use of Octane's powers. Stim takes some of your health, so, while you'll be able to regenerate it with Swift Mend, it's still pretty risky to use regularly. Save your Stim ability for when you really need it, or when you know you're safe to lose that 20 health.