So last week I did a guide for Wraith, and I told you guys that I’ll be doing a guide on all the Legends. I decided to make it a weekly thing because it gives me some time to play the Legend and learn them myself.
And for this week I’ve prepared a guide for Octane since he’s been recently added to the game.
Just like in the last guide I’ll go over all the abilities, how they work, and then I’ll give you guys some tips and tricks. So without further delay let’s get started with the abilities.
Passive - Swift Mend
Octane’s passive is called Swift Mend. While not taking damage, Octane automatically recovers health over time. Now, contrary to what the name implies the heal isn’t really that swift. Octane recovers 1 health point every 2 seconds so don’t think you can just run around all willy-nilly with no medkits.
The ability will also take a few seconds to kick in after you get shot so keep that in mind. I couldn’t find any info on how long that little cooldown is but I think it’s around 5 seconds. I also feel like I should mention that the passive will not heal you while you’re outside the circle. Remember, the ability only activates when you’re not taking damage.
Tactical - Stim
A little fun fact for you guys, this ability was based off of the ability of the same name in the Titanfall games, but it works a little differently. So how exactly does it work? Well, it gives you 30% more movement speed for 6 seconds at the cost of 10% of your current health. Some people seem to think that the cost is 10 health points, but I’m pretty sure it’s 10% of your current health.
Now, the ability supposedly has a 1-second cooldown if you trust the in-game counter, but it’s actually 2 seconds. There’s a slight delay after the ability ends and before the counter starts for some reason. Also, you should know that your passive won’t heal you while you’re using Stim, it’ll kick in after the speed boost wears off.
Ultimate - Launch Pad
And lastly, we have Octane’s ult, Launch Pad. This one is super straight forward, you throw down a Launch Pad that launches you, your teammates, and anyone else that steps on it, into the air. Oh, and the charge time is 1 minute and 30 seconds. Moving on.
How Do I Play Octane?
Like Wraith, Octane is a pretty beginner friendly Legend in my opinion. His abilities are pretty straight forward and not too complex. Regardless, I have a couple of tips for our fast boi here. His passive is super simple so there will be no tips for it, you just heal over time. That’s it.
His tactical isn’t that complicated either, but I do have some tips for this one. It’s great for pretty much any situation. While running around, looting, shooting, it’s good for anything. You can charge into a fight, Peacekeeper with a choke in hand, and just wreck someone’s day. You can also use it to run away from a fight or reposition quickly, it’s pretty versatile.
I also urge you to use it in fights as much as possible. Hitting a Bangalore while her passive is active is pretty difficult, now imagine that, but you can turn it on whenever. It might be counterintuitive to use it in a fight since it costs health but trust me, the movement speed is worth it. You’ll also strafe faster while aiming down sights, so there’s that too.
And finally, we have some Launch Pad tips. So what are some good ways to use this ability? Well, let’s start with the obvious ones. You can reach high places with it super fast, almost any rooftop or zipline is within your reach when you have your ult ready. It’s also super useful for moving your team really fast from one location to another (like Pathfinder’s ult, for example).
Surprisingly though, you can also use it in combat to great effect. For example, if you’re in a fight and you’re behind cover, you could drop a Launch Pad behind said cover, and while the enemy is reloading, you can quickly reposition to some high ground. And I think we all know the importance of having the high ground (insert Obi-Wan meme here).
You can also launch stuff off of your Launch Pad. All throwables can be launched off of it, including some abilities like Gibraltar’s shield. What’s really cool is that downed teammates can be launched too. That’s obviously awesome for getting your friends out of danger, especially if your team is getting third partied. You can also spin that situation around and use the Launch Pad to engage a fight and be the third party.
And that’s everything I’ve got for you guys. I’ve had a lot of fun playing Octane and preparing this guide for you, so I hope you enjoyed and learned something from it. Also, big shout-out to my friends Dan and Dusty for helping me out with making this guide. I’m not sure what Legend I’ll do next but if anyone has a suggestion feel free to leave it in the comments below. Also, if you think I missed something you can write that down in the comments as well. And as always, for more guides, gaming news, and pretty much anything gaming related stay tuned to your favorite pc, console and mobile games news site - GameBuz.