Pathfinder Guide

Pathfinder Abilities:


Passive – Insider Knowledge
Scan a survey beacon to reveal the ring’s next location.

Tactical Ability – Grappling Hook
Grapple to get to out-of-reach places quickly.

Ultimate Ability – Zipline Gun
Create a zipline for everyone to use.

“Pathfinder is the picture of optimism, despite his circumstances. A MRVN (Mobile Robotic Versatile eNtity) modified to specialize in location scouting and surveying, he booted up decades ago in an abandoned laboratory with no idea who created him or why. With only his MRVN designation to hint at his identity, Pathfinder set off in search of his creator.

Pathfinder has learned much in his travels since then (like how to make a mean Eastern Leviathan Stew) but hasn’t come any closer to finding his creator. Still, he’s never given up hope, and has joined the Apex Games to gain a following–and hopefully draw the attention of his maker. In the meantime, he remains enthusiastic and helpful, always ready to make new friends (then shoot them).” – Apex Legends

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Meet Pathfinder

I think it is safe to say that most people have a sense of humor, and enjoy getting some comedic relief in any video game they play. Pathfinder is Apex Legend’s comedic relief. He’s a friendly (not-so-friendly if you’re against him) robot that has some hilarious one-liners. When playing with Pathfinder, I am unsure if his sound queues play over the other legends sound queues, but it certainly sounds like it. Either way, Pathfinder is going to turn your frown, upside down. Oh, and btw, don’t forget to breathe!

How To Best Use Pathfinder’s Passive Insider Knowledge

Pathfinder’s Insider Knowledge is an ability that I don’t think is too often used in the current meta. Pathfinder himself, honestly, is used very much right now. The meta is too pub-stompy which tends to favor Bloodhound, Bangalore, and Wraith. However, I believe in a competitive setting, or perhaps a setting where you are simply focusing on wins, this ability will be hugely beneficial. It has the opportunity to feed you information as to where the next circle is going to be which will allow you to get the best possible position for the next circle, and figure out where you can zone teams off from rotating in.

How To Best Use Pathfinder’s Tactical Ability Grappling Hook

Grappling Hook is hands down, one of the most fun abilities to use in Apex Legends. It has so many different uses. Escaping, flying in to flank, vaulting over obstacles to help with your parkour, you name it. It has the ability to turn the tide of any fight, as soon as you use it. The only issue with it, is how difficult it can be initially to use. If you’re familiar with grappling in Titanfall, it is almost exactly the same.

At first glance, you’d think the best way to use the grapple is to shoot it directly at where you want to go. While that is true for a lot of cases, it isn’t always the best way to use it for what you actually want to do. For example, if you’re trying to advance forward as quickly as possible, simply grappling the nearest obstacle in front of you likely isn’t the fastest way to do it, and it is sort of hard to explain.

To make sure you’re getting the best use out of it, if you’re trying to fling yourself forward, you need to make sure that you’re looking to the left or right of where the grapple is actually landing. This will essentially throw Pathfinder wide as opposed to flying forward. From there, if you add in some additional A + D keys depending on the direction you’re going, and a jump, you’re going to start moving around the map like it’s no one’s business. Once you do it the one time, you’re going to figure out how to start doing it every time. We highly recommend that you use Grappling Hook on cooldown until you’re able to master it fully. It’s going to be the difference between a mediocre, and a top tier Pathfinder player.

The easiest, and most effective way to use grappling hook is by using it to achieve higher elevation. This is especially helpful when near the desert section with the various bones spread across the badlands. These are going to provide another layer of vision for you and your team, as well as confuse the hell out of enemy players. It can be pretty aggravating when you cannot physically get to players in the game because of how up close and personal Apex Legends combat generally is. Use that to your advantage as Pathfinder.

Check out the below guide video to further master the grappling hook.

How To Best Use Pathfinder’s Ultimate Ability Zipline

Pathfinder’s Zipline is the best mobility ability in Apex Legends. To achieve maximum effectiveness with this, you need to be using it ON COOLDOWN. By the time you’ve used your zipline to traverse the terrain, and have landed on your feet on the other side, your ultimate is likely going to be at 10-20% again depending. That said, each time you save it for the perfect moment, is time that you’re losing on getting the maximum amount of uses of it each drop. How do you know that now isn’t the perfect moment? It is super easy to prepare yourselves for rotations with a little bit of coordination. Loot X Y Z, rotate back here for zipline to next area. This can increase the speed of the game for you significantly in a solo, or team setting, but it typically performs better with your team’s assistance. It can be slightly scary traveling so far alone.

One of the best uses my friends and I have found for the zipline is prior to engagements. You drop this bad boy directly away from the fight so that once you engage, if you need to dip, you can do so immediately. I can’t count how many times this has saved us on both my hands, and feet. Well, I can, but you’d have to add at least another 10 fingers and toes. The reason this is so important, though, is because of the nature of Apex Legends. The game is so fast-paced, and when you hear gunshots, what do you typically do? Do you run away from, or run directly towards them? If your answer is run away from, then I think you’re playing the wrong game. I think PUBG is better suited for your style of play. Point is, third-partying happens quite often so having the ability to Zipline out of a fight if need be, is a huge advantage.

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Additionally, Zipline is a fantastic way to get characters that normally wouldn’t be able to get elevation, some elevation. Pathfinder is really the only one through both his zipline and grapple hook that can get to higher places, so having the ability to translate that over to your entire team is a game changer. Height has such a huge advantage in basically any shooter. You don’t have to account for bullet drop, and it is significantly easier to aim down than it is to aim up. Also, having the choice to drop down onto someone to ambush them is quite the advantage.

It will be interesting to see how the competitive meta comes together when they (hopefully) release a ranked mode. Could you imagine a Pathfinder ziplining your team across the badlands, into a Wraith’s portal for additional movement?

Ideal Legends To Pair With Pathfinder

Pathfinder sort of fits into any team comp, but it seems like adding more of what you already have is the best bet in Apex Legends. That said, adding in a Wraith is an absolute must. The synergy between Zipline, and Dimensional Rift is absolutely incredible. You can travel a few hundred meters in just a few seconds, and you can’t match that with any other combination in the game. I would also add a Bloodhound into the mix. Giving him the ability to zipline, and portal across the world into his ultimate, is going to mess up someone’s day. At the end of the day though, if you provide any good players with additional movement through your legend-specific abilities, they’re going to get the job done.