The Tracer of Apex Legends but without a charming British accent, Mirage is an Apex Legends character best suited for those looking for high kill games without as much focus on teamwork — or at least that’s how most of his mains play him.
He’s one of the DLC characters for Apex Legends, so you will either need to cough up real money to purchase Apex Coins (750, to be exact), or grind towards unlocking Legend Tokens through levelling up, though they are quite the significant premium at 12,000 Legend Tokens. The most economical way of unlocking Mirage quickly is to purchase the Starter Pack and Founder’s Pack, which will also give you enough to purchase Caustic.
Apex Legends Mirage Bio
Real Name: Elliott Witt Age: 30
“Mirage is the kind of guy who likes to stand out. The youngest of four brothers, he perfected the art of fooling around to get attention. The one thing he took seriously was Holo-Pilot technology: introduced to the illusion-creating tech by his engineer mother, he poured over the mechanisms and learned all he could about them. Even when his brothers went MIA during the Frontier War, Mirage and his mother continued to develop holo devices, and the work brought them closer.
“While working as a bartender to make ends meet, Mirage heard amazing stories from his patrons about the Apex Games and the wealth and glory that came with victory. As good as both of those sounded, he knew he couldn’t risk leaving his mother childless – until she gave him a set of customized holo devices and told him to follow his dream. Mirage is now the life of the Apex Games, outwitting opponents and charming audiences across the Outlands.”
Apex Legends Mirage Legendary Skins
Apex Legends Mirage Abilties
Passive Ability:Encore! – a handy little trick to bamboozle inexperienced players, a theatrical decoy will distract other players while your knocked self tries to crawl to safety.
Tactical Ability:Psyche Out – something that everyone will probably fall for until the end of time, Psyche Out sends out a decoy to misdirect opposition players. Will show the location of players who shoot at it.
Ultimate Ability:Vanishing Act – an unusual Ultimate in that it’s only really useful to backtrack if you find yourself overwhelmed. Use Vanishing Act to reposition backwards (i.e. a tactical retreat) rather than forwards as you always appear at the center of the huddle of your decoys so enemy players will know where to shoot.
It’s not officially listed, but Mirage also has the ability to send out two decoys during landing, whether from the starting ship or off a balloon, to make other players think there are more enemies than there actually are and to possibly dissuade them from landing in the same area.
How To Play As Mirage In Apex Legends
Mirage is a bit of an oddity in Apex Legends because, compared to pretty much every other Legend, he doesn’t really have abilities that promote teamwork. Sure, his bamboozling can help a little during engagements, but there’s nothing in his arsenal that can clutch it for the team, unlike say Bangalore or Gibraltar.
For this reason, Mirage is best utilised as a scout, someone who leads the line and reports back to the squad what’s ahead, his Ultimate giving him some security to slip back to the rest of the team if he encounters a full enemy squad. Most Mirage mains tend to work like this from my experience — they go off on their jollies and expect you to be at their heels regardless of your own situation.
Mirage can be a pretty dangerous Legend if you know how best to utilise his abilities. His Tactical Ability has a very kind cooldown so you can use it often and should be utilised to misdirect the opposition so you can either heal up or attack the blindside. One of the best strats is the “Kansas City Shuffle”: they look left, you go right. Send out your decoy to go in one direction and then attack the opposite. This works great when there are structures in front of you, such as a big rock or a corner.
It’s also a decent tool for recon: if you can get the decoy on a straight path without obstructions, they can travel a fair distance. In addition, the decoy will temporarily show enemy players if they mistakenly shoot at it. A lot of players take more than a second to register that they are shooting a decoy despite there being no damage numbers, so take advantage of that.
As previously mentioned, Mirage’s Ultimate is one that I would use for defensive rather than offensive purposes. This is because he can still be viewed against dark backgrounds despite going transparent and cannot shoot when it is activated, so if you’re pushing someone after using Vanishing Act, you may just end up getting yourself knocked. Use his Ultimate if you need to drop back and heal up.
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