Octane is without question one of the most memorable character designs in recent memory, adding a distinct flavour to Apex Legends with a personality befitting a racing daredevil. Here's our guide to using his freshly tweaked abilities.
Where characters like Gibraltar, Wattson, and Caustic favour static defences and hunkering down at a set location, Octane leverages the intrinsic movement opportunities peppered through Apex's two battle royale spaces. Zip lines, sliding down hills, and leaping to victory are totally within his wheelhouse, especially when combined with a shot from his Stim and that wonderful Jump Pad.
His Swift Mend ability and rapid pace will appeal to the risk takers, and those enamoured with the notion of pressing the attack and flanking at the drop of a hat. With a significant buff to almost his entire move set landing amid Season 5's Lost Treasure collection event, there has never been a better time to take this lovable rogue out for a spin.
The great escape
Octane's Stim injector gives him a decent running speed boost, but it tended to be a little on the weak side, especially if the person you're chasing puts their gun away, thus increasing their own sprint velocity.
It always lacked a certain oomph, but now, not only has the Stim been given an extra 10% overall kick in the speed department, but you can now use it to get out of a tight spot where movement dampening affects are applied. Think Caustic's gas, or Wattson's fences; Octane can now break free of their restrictive grasp and reposition for an effective counter.
Try avoiding using it during traversal outside of combat. It can be so easy to burn off when there's open ground to cover, but Swift Mend isn't exactly dripping with efficiency.
You don't want to wade into battle having compromised your own health for the sake of making it up that one hill slightly faster. Save your Stim shots for those tight escape moments. The added bonus here is you're less likely to wander off from your team mates as a result.
Invite your friends
The Launch Pad's new double jump applies to both Octane, and any other friendly legend who decides to launch themselves from it. It doesn't give much of an extra height advantage, but as a quick manoeuvring tool, it works a treat.
Always try deploying the jump pad from an already raised position; if you want sky high clearance and maximum flanking potential, you'll want to be able to quickly zip across to a nearby rooftop.
Its a more valuable tool than most realise, so hoover up those Ultimate Accelerants and keep yourself well stocked, because it can absolutely mean the difference between getting wiped out and making an efficient getaway.
Another best practice application of Octane's Stim ability is to dart horizontally between nearby cover points, repositioning constantly like a sort of fairground shooting gallery.
If you're engaging a team at medium range, it's a fantastic way to bamboozle (thanks Mirage!), and has the secondary benefit of serving as a delay / distraction tactic while your sneakier team mates engage in a dose of flanking.
Octane's value as a sort of canary down the mine cannot be underestimated, and if you find yourself getting pushed, there's always your Launch Pad to fall back on.