Apex Legends | A Guide for Pathfinder, The Forward Scout

April 13, 2019
Apex Legends | A Guide for Pathfinder, The Forward Scout
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Due to some rescheduling here at the GameBuz office, this guide is running a bit late (actually it’s super late) and I apologize. But I’m finally back with another one and as you might have guessed from the title, this one is for Pathfinder, the Forward Scout.

So far I’ve covered Octane and Wraith, but unlike those two, Pathfinder isn’t so beginner friendly. He’s actually one of the more (if not the most) mechanically complex characters in Apex and today I’m gonna try to help you guys understand him a bit better. As usual, we’re gonna go over his abilities and then move on to some tips on how to use said abilities.

Passive - Insider Knowledge

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During every match in Apex Legends, these little survey beacons appear all over the map. Pathfinders passive, Insider Knowledge, allows him to transform his arm into this USB drive looking thing and plug into one of those survey beacons. Plugging into one of these bad boys will reveal the next ring location and mark it as a green ring on your map.

Tactical - Grappling Hook

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Pathfinder shoots out a grappling hook and pulls himself towards the anchor point. Your trajectory will depend on the direction you’re facing, and the ability has a 13-second cooldown. This ability is pretty simple, yet it has many uses, but more on that later.

Ultimate - Zipline Gun

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This one is pretty self-explanatory. Pathfinder pulls out his zipline gun and shoots, you guessed it, a zipline in any desired direction. This zipline can then be used by anyone (including enemies) and the ability has a charge time of 90 seconds.

How Do I Play Pathfinder?

Pathfinder is one of the most mobile characters in Apex Legends. I would even argue that he is the most mobile Legend with both of his active abilities being focused solely on movement. However, I've noticed that some people aren’t using his abilities to their fullest extent, especially the grappling hook.

A lot of people seem to be using this ability just to pull themselves towards something. This already makes Pathfinder pretty mobile, however, you can also use it to swing around objects or buildings and cover a lot of ground super fast.

As I mentioned earlier, your trajectory will depend on the direction you’re facing. So right after the hook attaches to something start turning your camera to get that nice swing arc, and launch yourself super far.

And remember, your momentum transfers to your wing and vice versa. So, say you’re jumping off a cliff and because you’re being chased. If you hook yourself to something while falling and before hitting the ground, all of that momentum you picked up during the fall will transfer to your swing. If you pull it off correctly, you’ll launch yourself pretty far.

Another way to get around super fast is to hook the ground in front of you (but not right in front of you) and right before the hook hits you press your jump button. This move will let you fly through the air and then follow up with a crouch to go into an extremely fast slide. As I said, momentum transfers over.

There are a few more things you should be aware of regarding the grappling hook. Enemies can be hooked as well and you will be pulled towards them, but I advise you to do so only if the enemy is running away from you. You can also hook onto ziplines which is extremely useful.

Now let’s talk about Pathfinders ult. You’ll mainly use the zipline to move your whole team somewhere or just to reach areas that are unreachable by the grappling hook. However, you can use it in other many other ways. One of my favorite things to do is run in front of my squadmates and scout. Then when I see enemies, I just launch my zipline into my team so they can get to me immediately.

The last thing I want to mention is about Pathfinders passive. Be careful when using the survey beacons since they will make a noise when being used which might attract nearby enemies.

And that’s everything I have for you guys. If you enjoyed the guide leave a like. If you think I left something out feel free to let me know down in the comments. And of course, for more stuff like this stay tuned to GameBuz.