Bangalore Guide - Apex Legends
Confuse, distract, and destroy.
Apex Legends' characters are all quite a bit different from each other, with each member of the title's roster having their own unique set of useful abilities. Combining all of those abilities together and working as a team is what sets Respawn Entertainment's battle royale apart from similar experiences and adds elements of hero shooters like Overwatch or Rainbow Six: Siege.
Assault specialist Bangalore is an excellent choice for players who prefer to take a full-on offensive approach to Apex Legends, as her abilities are great for distracting and splitting up enemy squads and taking away their capacity to fight. Her smoke grenades and airstrikes can stun and confuse opposing squads, and her increased speed when being shot at makes her incredible for getting in and out of trouble. Check out our tips below for a full rundown of everything Bangalore can do and some ways that you can make use of her abilities to get the upper hand against foes.
Abilities for aggression and distraction
Bangalore's abilities are mostly geared toward offense, so you want to play her pretty aggressively. It's definitely possible to drop her smoke grenades and added speed to help you escape, but they're more effective when used to help you take down squads. That doesn't mean you should act like an unstoppable killing machine as Bangalore--you're just as vulnerable as the professional soldier as with any other character--but her offensive capabilities can be formidable in battle situations, and if you play her too defensively, you'll miss out on those benefits.
Getting shot at can actually be good for Bangalore, as her passive ability Double Time makes her sprint faster when taking fire. That means you can quickly get away from being shot in a lot of cases, and it can even be used for closing range against an enemy squad before they can effectively deal with you, forcing them into a closer fight than they might want.
Bangalore can shoot a set of three smoke grenades with her Tactical ability Smoke Launcher, blanketing an area and greatly reducing visibility. Smoke arcs like any thrown grenade, which creates a big smokescreen that spreads out into quite a large area to make a thick wall.
For an ultimate ability, Bangalore can call in an airstrike called Rolling Thunder. It drops a series of missiles from the air that slam into the ground before exploding shortly afterward. The missiles that land do damage as well as stun anyone who's caught in them, which makes it possible to keep fighting in the midst of a strike and finish off enemies who are caught in it.
It's all about that smoke
Getting good with Bangalore is about learning how to get into the right position at the right time. Effectively combining smoke grenades to obscure your approach with the speed boost you get under fire can get you right up on top of an enemy squad before they can deal with you, and the same is true for escaping battle situations or getting around cover to flank enemies. Stay mobile and work on attacking enemies when they don't expect and you'll rack up the kills with Bangalore.
First for aggression...
Go nuts with the Smoke Launcher. Shoot it at enemies to mess with their ability to shoot at you, pop it near your squad so they can move around without being seen, or use it to block off visibility when crossing open ground. You can seriously hamper an enemy's ability to fight if you can take away their ability to see, and the cooldown on the Smoke Launcher means you can fire them pretty quickly even in a combat situation. Dump smoke into a fight to make it hard for enemy squads to combine fire on your teammates at range, and to even up the odds at close quarters.
...but also for defense
The Smoke Launcher can help you in defensive situations, too. Use smoke to help you get out from under fire and to revive downed teammates. As with other characters' abilities, dropping smoke where you don't plan to be can distract enemy squads. Launch a smoke grenade in the opposite direction from where you intend to go to keep your foes looking in the wrong direction.
Team up with scanning legends
Bangalore's smoke combines very well with abilities from Bloodhound, Seer, and other scanning legends. They can see through the smoke with their ultimate abilities, and working together you can effectively blind an enemy squad while tearing into them while they're defenseless.
Speaking of scanning, you can also see through the scope with any high-tier digital scope, if you can find one. Check supply drops for the best chances of finding these useful attachments.
Gotta go fast
The Double Time ability is great for crossing open ground quicker than other characters. If you can avoid getting killed, you can use Bangalore's speed to draw fire from an enemy squad while the rest of your team gets into position for flanking. Stay in communication to create smart tactical situations. You can also use Double Time and smoke to catch up to enemies quickly, or to get out of a bad situation and heal up. The speedier sprint is also handy for running through your own Rolling Thunder strike, allowing you to get to opponents while they're worried about staying alive.
Zone 'em out
Rolling Thunder is great for any battle situation, but be aware that it can stun your teammates (and you) as well as enemies. It's still best used in battle situations where it can mess with the enemy, allowing you to down them or finish them off quickly. Just be careful about when and where you throw it, and make sure your teammates are ready to deal with it.
Most importantly, do note that Rolling Thunder is an offensive ability that's meant to supplement your fighting, but not replace it. Warheads dropped in the strike don't explode right away and can potentially be avoided. Use it to flush people out of cover and out of position and sow confusion, or sprint through it to catch people running for safety when they're not ready for a fight. Most of all, it's a perfect tool for zoning out your enemies and giving your team time to escape from sticky situations.
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