“Power is everything. You only think you have it.”
Natalie “Wattson” Paquette is a familiar face in the Apex Games, though for a different reason than most. Daughter of the Games’ lead electrical engineer, she studied his manuals to stay close to him, and discovered her calling at a young age. Though she could be completely distracted one moment and hyper-focused the next, electricity grounded her – its ordered, predictable flow made sense in a way the rest of the world didn’t.
She devoured every book she could on the subject, and eventually became such a skilled engineer that she was commissioned to build the Apex Games’ Modified Containment Ring. Unfortunately, her father died the day it was revealed, leaving her alone. At her lowest moment, a group of competitors invited her to return to the arena with them, assuring her she would always have a home. She now fights alongside her friends in the arena she helped build, destroying incoming missiles, recharging shields, creating fences, and using her pylon to silence fights that get too loud. Nobody knows the arena better than Wattson – anyone who underestimates her is in for a shock. – Apex Legends Wattson Biography
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How To Unlock Wattson In Apex Legends
Similar to Mirage and Caustic as the original unlockable champions of season 1, Wattson must be unlocked through the store before being available to play. She can be unlocked either with Apex Coins at a price of 750 coins (which is a $7.50 value, though you’ll have to spend $10 for the lowest package if you do not have the coins leftover from the battle pass of season 1), or alternatively with Legend Tokens, the free currency awarded to players for leveling up in the game, in which case players will need to spend 12,000 Legend Tokens before being able to play Wattson.
How To Best Use Wattson’s Passive – Spark of Genius
Wattson has quite an interesting passive in that it doesn’t actually do anything itself, but rather is essentially an on-demand ultimate provided you have an Ultimate Accelerant and the 8 seconds to consume it. Given how powerful Wattson’s ultimate is, and the ways in which in can completely prevent a 3rd party attack or turn the tide of a fight, we recommend carrying an Ultimate Accelerant at all times if possible. Sorry Lifeline, but there is some competition for accelerants now. Look for opportunities to play behind cover in a supportive role for your team where you can deploy your ultimate, use an accelerant, and deploy the ultimate a second time consecutively to throw your opponent off and turn the fight in your favor.
How To Best Use Wattson’s Tactical Ability – Perimeter Security
Perimeter Security is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Wattson is capable of dropping a series of electric fences to secure a perimeter around your team and stop enemies from pushing you. Think of Caustic’s gas barrels, except they don’t suck. Perimeter Security fences require Wattson to connect the fence together in two locations, creating an electric field between them. This fence is a bit smarter than Caustic barrels though, or perhaps Wattson is just less likely to view her teammates as test subjects. If a teammate passes through the fence it will automatically deactivate for about 1 second, allowing the teammate to pass through without harm. However, if an enemy passes through the fence, they will take 25 damage and suffer a slow, similar to the effect of being hit by an Arc Star. Talk about easy pickings.
Best utilized defensively, Wattson’s tactical ability provides the capability of true area denial. These Perimeter Security fences are nothing to trifle with, passing through one is near certain death for enemies due to the slow they provide. We recommend setting these primarily in natural chokepoints on the map. Bunker of course is a great opportunity, but any door or staircase can work wonders. Narrow corridors in terrain, bridges, any kind of natural chokepoint is ideal for Wattson to work her magic.
Wattson’s Perimeter Security fences can also be deployed in the chaos of battle. If you find yourself in the typical ring around the rosie engagement on a rock or other piece of natural cover, try to drop a fence to block one side of the rotation from your enemy. That allows you, or your team, the ability to create distance from the enemy and take the fight from a more favorable angle. Alternatively, you may find yourself against an impatient opponent who will charge directly through the fence, eating the damage and hefty slow, in which case you should enjoy your free kill.
The main thing to be considerate of with Wattson’s tactical ability actually comes from your teammates. Due to the fact that the fences will flicker off momentarily when passed through by a teammate, you need to communicate well with your team to ensure they are not allowing enemies to chase immediately behind them through the fence unharmed. Try to setup intentional misdirects, have a teammate climb in through the window of a building while running in a fight, place a fence on the door, and when the opponent comes in to chase from the other angle, they will be slowed and easy to take down. While these fences are quite obvious on the map, the element of surprise and placing them in unpredictable locations will allow Wattson to truly shine and control the pace of battle.
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How To Use Wattson’s Ultimate Ability – Interception Pylon
Before we get into how to use Wattson’s ultimate, there is a key thing to note about it. Wattson’s Interception Pylon is a permanent structure, lasting until it is destroyed. However, there is a maximum of three Interception Pylons that can be deployed at a time. This means that you can set up a stronghold of sorts in an area to comfortably take fight after fight with ease. Standing near an Interception Pylon also supercharges Wattson’s tactical ability, allowing her to place electrical fences with Perimeter Security much more rapidly. Combine these elements together, and you have an on-demand fortress that can be near impossible to attack into.
Using Wattson’s ultimate can be dead simple, or it can be pretty tricky. Ultimately (pun intended), mastering the use of Wattson’s ultimate is what will separate the great Wattson players from the average or bad players. Wattson’s ultimate has so much going on, from the ability to block ordinance strikes, intercept grenades, heal up during a fight, chaining ultimates, and so on. It will take time for players to truly master how to control the arena, but it is certainly possible.
The first and most obvious situation where Wattson’s ultimate comes in handy is when fighting a team with a Gibraltar or Bangalore. If they call in their ordinance ultimates to bombard your team, Wattson can simply counter with an ultimate of her own. This removes the immediate threat and typical dislocation and ensuing chaotic fight that Bangalore and Gibraltar cause. By counteracting their ultimates in this manner, you can throw the enemy team immediately off from their plans and take the fight to them on your own terms. Timing is crucial here, you want to delay as long as possible before deploying Wattson’s ultimate, particularly when countering a Bangalore ultimate, to get the maximum uptime against the ultimate and any following grenades. A second’s difference is all it takes to turn a fight on its head, so timing will be key.
The second major use of Wattson’s ultimate ability is to provide safety from 3rd party engagements. We’ve all been there, you’re fighting a team, you have them almost wiped but they are trying to hide and the fight gets drawn out, and all of a sudden it is raining grenades on you from behind. There’s a saying in Apex Legends, “If you’re fighting a team, there’s a team behind you” more often than not, it’s true. Wattson is great in these situations. Her ultimate can prevent the grenade spam that 3rd parties will typically engage with, allowing you to finish the initial fight you were in before turning to face the next team. By preventing the grenade spam, you prevent chip damage and can take the back to back fights from a position of strength, rather than off the back foot. Speaking of fighting from a position of strength, let’s get to the 3rd use case.
Wattson’s ultimate passively regenerates shields for Wattson and her teammates in the area of effect. This means that while countering a Bangalore or Gibraltar ultimate, or stopping grenade spam, you are healing up your team as well. This allows for Wattson and her team to chain together fights with more confidence as they will not be sitting without shields after a single engagement. This passive regeneration and damage prevention means you can often take a 3rd party situation that would otherwise result in death, and turn it into six quick kills.
Lastly, on the note of taking enemies by surprise, remember Wattson’s passive. If you can find cover to safely consume an Ultimate Accelerant, you can chain together multiple ultimate uses. This chain protection and shield regeneration can throw a serious wrench in any plans the enemy may have, allowing your team to easily take them out.
Ideal Legends To Pair With Wattson
Think of Wattson as the first true support of Apex Legends, there really isn’t a bad legend to pair her with. You could argue Lifeline is the first true support, but with her faster healing through her passive, we consider Lifeline to be more useful as a brawler than support. That being said, you may not want to pair Wattson up with Caustic where you would be doubling up on proximity defenses, but that could be a fun (albeit annoying) strategy in some cases as well. Outside of that, Wattson should do just fine with any other legend in the game. The defensive nature of her kit is a welcome sight on any team, whether you will be playing fast and aggressive, or slow and methodical.
Personally, we feel that Wattson is best paired with a combination of Lifeline and Bangalore. This team offers incredible teamfight capabilities. Wattson and Bangalore can combine to protect your flanks through electric fence proximity defenses and smoke grenades to control lines of sight for engagement. Meanwhile, Wattson and Lifeline team up to provide passive healing to both your health and shields, keeping the team topped off during engagements. This is a tanky team that looks to take fights early and often, control the pace of the fight, and has solid defenses against 3rd party interference or unfavorable engagements.
Remember, if you’re playing with a Wattson on your team, ping those Ultimate Accelerants for her.