Apex Legends Pathfinder character guide: How to master the robot Spider-Man

In Apex Legends, Pathfinder is easily the happiest character you can play as. His carefree attitude can turn anyone's frown upside-down, as he dives into battle reminding people with respiratory systems to breathe. If you want to get good with this happy-go-lucky robot in Apex Legends, you better put your theoretical Spider-Man costume on because our Apex Legends Pathfinder character guide will tell you exactly how to become a robotic Apex champion.

We've also got an overview of all the best Apex Legends characters, along with detailed guides for each one individually below.

Apex Legends Pathfinder ultimate & abilities explained

Apex Legends Pathfinder ultimate & abilities

While Pathfinder is in the support class alongside Lifeline, it can't offer any healing benefits. Pathfinder's support comes in other forms, such as Insider Knowledge; a passive ability that allows it to scan small beacons to reveal where the next safe zone will be after the existing zone has shrunk. There's only 10 of them on the map (although Respawn are increasing this to 12 with the Apex Legends battle pass Season One update) so you can't do this frequently.

Pathfinder's tactical ability is where it shines, because it has an immensely high skill ceiling. Called Grappling Hook, it... well, it's pretty obvious what it does. The range isn't too long so you can't zoom across the map in one shot, but there is a lot to learn with it. You can easily grapple onto roofs and around corners, but when you learn the intricate mechanics of the Grappling Hook is when Pathfinder becomes an incredible Legend. More on that shortly.

Zipline Gun is Pathfinder's ultimate, and this is where the team support comes in. Just like the plethora of ziplines found around the map, you can place a custom one that will attach to anywhere, as long as there's no obstacle in-between that you may crash into. This means you can reach otherwise inaccessible locations, and it stays there permanently, so your team can get up there with you. Keep an eye on your behinds though because of course, this means enemies can use it too.

How to play Pathfinder in Apex Legends - Tips & tricks

Apex Legends Pathfinder Zipline

  • Scan beacons right after the previous circle has just shrunk - Insider Knowledge can be very useful in the right situations, but to make the most of it, try to scan the beacons as soon as the safe zone has shrunk so your team has the most time to reach and set up in the new area.
  • Use the Zipline Gun frequently - Pathfinder has one of the quickest regenerating ultimate abilities, so you can deploy ziplines often. Don't be afraid of saving the ultimate if you need to just zip across a short distance into battle - you'll have it back in no time at all.
  • Propel yourself forward with the Grappling Gun - One technique that isn't too tricky to learn with the Grappling Gun is how to propel yourself forward when you're sprinting along. Firing it directly at a wall is for noobs; instead, aim at the furthest spot on the ground in front of you that it'll reach, then fire and jump right before it connects. You'll get some serious airtime and cover much more ground.
  • The grapple breaks when you look more than 90° away - You can essentially swing forever on your Grappling Hook, as long as you never look more than 90° away from where it's connected. Use this to your advantage and if you're swinging round a corner, look away at the peak of the swing to fly much further that you otherwise would.
  • Never look directly at your grapple point - This works because you'll always move in the way you're facing, so if you do want to fly through the air like a majestic gazelle, never look directly at the point of contact with your grapple because you'll just zip straight toward it.

How does the Pathfinder hitbox compare to other legends?

Despite having a slim frame, Pathfinder's hitbox is the third largest in the game. For one, it's a tall robot so it somewhat makes sense... but it's also totally unfair. This is covered in our Apex Legends hitboxes guide, but Pathfinder's hitbox is actually larger than the character model itself. This means that if you shoot slightly to the side of where the model is, it will still register as having hit Pathfinder.

It seems to be a serious oversight from Respawn though and they've clarified that when the Apex Legends battle pass Season One begins, Pathfinder - alongside Gibraltar and Caustic - will be getting hitbox adjustments. For now though, be aware that your hitbox is larger than the character itself if you're playing as Pathfinder.

Apex Legends Pathfinder voice actor - Chris Edgerly

Apex Legends Pathfinder voice actor - Chris Edgerly

If you're wondering who does the robotic voice that well, Chris Edgerly is your man. He's mainly known for voicing various characters across 173 episodes of The Simpsons, along with 31 episodes as Gobber the Belch in Dreamworks Dragons. When it comes to other video games, he also voiced Havharo in Final Fantasy XII, Cid Highwind in Kingdom Hearts II, and Dennis Carradine in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Who's ready to fly on a zipline?!

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