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Apex Legends Gibraltar character guide: How to use the Shielded Fortress and win the game, brudda

Apex Legends Gibraltar

Apex Legends Gibraltar was much more in demand after a new passive was added to his arsenal, reducing the amount of incoming damage he would take from enemies to partly counteract the huge hitbox this absolute tank is working with. If you want to offer some decent protection to your Apex Legends squad then making the most of his defensive abilities is essential, which is why we're here to explain how to best use them. We've put in the hours with him already, so allow our Apex Legends Gibraltar guide to bring you up to speed.

As we mentioned, Gibraltar has a huge hitbox, and no that’s not a euphemism. Because of that, he is pretty damn easy to hit. So easy, that Respawn had to introduce a new passive called Fortified to his skillset. With Fortified, damage taken to Gibraltar is reduced by 15% and he doesn’t suffer slowdown when hit like other Legends.

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Apex Legends Gibraltar abilities & ultimate explained

Apex Legends Gibraltar abilities & ultimate

Gibraltar's kit is actually one of the strongest in the game, believe it or not. Starting with his passive, the Gun Shield is an automatically deployed shield for your gun. Crazy, right? Whenever you aim down the sights, the shield will pop up and absorb any incoming bullets to your face. It's quite bright though so if you're trying to be stealthy... maybe put it down.

His tactical is even more useful; the Dome of Protection is an enormous bubble shield that you can throw down to protect your teammates and block all gunfire for 15 seconds. It's great for when you need to revive someone and you're being shot at from distance, but watch out because it doesn't stop enemies infiltrating your ranks and passing through the shield to shoot you from inside it. Also, you can't shoot out of it either so it works both ways.

Defensive Bombardment is Gibraltar's ultimate, and if you've played as Bangalore a lot then this is essentially that but even better. The issue with Bangalore's ult is that players can escape the missiles before they explode, but Gibraltar's is a concentrated mortar strike that explodes instantly. If you throw down your Dome of Protection around your teammates then instantly call in your ultimate, you'll be protected and any enemies in the vicinity will be blown to smithereens.

How to play Gibraltar in Apex Legends - Tips & tricks

Apex Legends Gibraltar Dome of Protection

  • Drop your gun shield when playing stealthily - We briefly mentioned this above but seriously, if you're trying to play quietly and survive rather than engage, drop your gun shield. It's basically a big beacon on your head if people don't already know where you are, alerting them to your position.
  • Don't be afraid of head-on engagements - Thanks to the gun shield, if you and an opponent are equally matched, you'll always win head-on gunfights because your shield will absorb the first few shots to the face. Of course, the weapon you're using and how accurate you are factor in, but you don't need to flee and heal from fights as quickly as you do with other characters.
  • Combo the Dome of Protection with Defensive Bombardment - We covered this already too but we cannot overstate how well Gibraltar's ultimate and tactical abilities combo together. If you're in a sticky situation, throw 'em both down and watch the limbs fly everywhere. Figuratively of course, Apex Legends doesn't have much gore.

How does the Gibraltar hitbox compared to other legends?

Gibraltar's hitbox used to be the largest in the game - a staggering 140% bigger than Wraith - but once the first season of the Apex Legends battle pass got underway, he was made slightly smaller. We don't know the exact ratio to compare Gibraltar to the other Legends anymore, but he's much more in line with his character model and he's not quite the barn door he once was.

Apex Legends Gibraltar voice actor - Branscombe Richmond

Gibraltar voice actor - Branscombe Richmond

Branscombe Richmond is the man behind Gibraltar, and his filmography is long and varied with over 60 roles. In the late 1970s he featured in films like The Chicken Chronicles and The Kentucky Fried Movie, followed by the MacGyver TV series, Hawaiian Heat, and L.A. Bounty in the 80s. More recently he was in Batman Returns, Kindergarten Cop, The Scorpion King, and Mike And Dave Need Wedding Cakes.

Now get behind my shield, brudda!

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