Apex Legends - A guide to Wattson, the static defender

Published: 21:48, 31 May 2020
Updated: 13:11, 01 June 2020
Wattson from Apex Legends
She is definitely my favourite. I annihilate with those fences.

Apex Legends continues to go from strength to strength, with an ever evolving meta, experimental new limited time modes, and a resurgence of interest. Here's some tips and tricks for using everyone's favourite French warrior, Wattson.

So much of Apex is geared toward encouraging forward momentum; everything, from zip lines, to that delightful sprint slide, pushes you inexorably to the next point of interest. 

When you factor in the tactical abilities of Octane, Wraith, Pathfinder etc..., it can make someone like Wattson feel like something of a contradiction. Her perimeter security and interception pylon are geared for locking down a set area. 

But, what her move set lacks in generating mobility is more than compensated by the critical role she plays when heading into the endgame. By the same notion, there's also plenty of scenarios where she can be invaluable from the moment you land, regardless of the map or game mode. 

Respawn Wattson and her father in Apex Legends She is my favourite. But she also designed that infernal ring. I'm so conflicted!

Up your fence game

We've encountered innumerable examples of ineffective fence deployment that painfully ignore the basics. Deploying the nodes behind door frames and walls, on the inside of a particular room you're defending, should be a given at this point. Don't make it easier for other teams to destroy your nodes. 

Simply throwing them down for the sake of blocking a single lane of movement, without considering potential flanking routes, will do nothing except alert enemy squads that you're likely nearby. 

However, as you're moving through either Kings Canyon or World's Edge, it's worth dropping a fence in tight spaces like the Bunker, or any of the various caves leading to loot vaults. Aside from giving other players an obstacle to overcome, their benefit as an early warning system cannot be overstated.

It's often overlooked that when a fence is crossed, or a node is destroyed, Wattson chimes in with a voice line and / or throws up an indicator on screen. This is a powerful and regularly underutilised quirk, providing encounter affecting intel that gifts you the opportunity to anticipate an incoming push. 

Don't ignore Ultimate Accelerants

So often the bane of looters that hoover with reckless abandon, the Ultimate Accelerant is a frequently ignored item that can transform Wattson's viability. Being able to charge her Ultimate with a single usage is a vital advantage, especially if you find yourself being on the receiving end of Bangalore or Gibraltar's bombardments. 

They're also fairly common floor loot, so stock up on them and keep moving. Although you're only able to place one pylon at a time, if you find yourself moving on to a new area, drop one down, let your shields passively recharge, and then rinse, repeat. 

The value of Wattson's Ultimate, especially when used alongside a friendly Gibraltar and / or Caustic, can be enough to tip the scales. 

Respawn Wattson giving a wave in Apex Legends. I can confirm that she is definitely my favourite. I keep forgetting to mention that.

Fake your defences

One cracking trick we've found with Wattson is creating what appears to be a solid defence perimeter around a building, whilst actually hunkering down and observing from another.

Not only are you able to lure a team into a kill box of your own making, but it creates flanking opportunities for you and your squad mates as your proximity to each node will deactivate the attached fence.

It's a win win scenario. If an enemy player breaks in to your "fortress", you'll get notified of their intrusion and can plan your attack accordingly. 

If they then decide to hold position inside your decoy hideout, their routes of escape will be limited and some well placed grenades will either force them out or send them tumbling into your fences in a panic. 

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