With Season 9 and the Legacy update for Apex Legends, new Legend Valkyrie has arrived with a high-mobility kit and recon skills that make her a great scout character. She is able to release a missile swarm, fly high above the ground with her jetpack, and can act as an improvised jump tower to rapidly redeploy the whole squad.
Valkyrie is the 17th Legend to be added to Apex Legends and arrived with the new permanent 3v3 Arenas mode and the Bocek Bow weapon. Valkyrie is also the daughter of one of Titanfall 2’s boss characters, Viper, and her kit takes a lot of inspiration from her father’s Northstar Titan.
Much like Horizon and Octane, Valkyrie is a highly mobile character thanks to her passive jetpack ability that allows her to rapidly ascend buildings without the need to climb or mantle. She can also deploy her Missile Swarm ability to lock down an area with stunning explosives and can set herself up as a special jump tower to dive into a fight or make a quick escape. To round out her kit, which combines the flight capabilities and missile armaments of the Northstar Titan from Titanfall 2, she also gets a few recon abilities to reveal enemy positions and more.
Passive Ability – VTOL Jets:
Valkyrie’s Passive Ability is already one of the best in Apex Legends. By tapping the jump button while in the air, Valkyrie players can activate her VTOL Jets to fly high into the sky. Players can use it for enhanced movement by getting over obstacles and cover, and climbing up buildings very quickly. The height that players gain from flying with the jetpack also allows them to scout large areas of the new Infested Olympus map, World’s Edge, and the Arenas maps.
Importantly, Valkyrie players cannot use any weapons or grenades while using the jetpack. The only thing Valkyrie can do while her jets are active is use her Missile Swarm ability. However, Valkyrie players can move and look around normally to get a full 360-degree view from the air. The jetpack also provides constant upward thrust, so Valkyrie players will keep going up unless they turn off the jets or hold the aim button to activate level flying which will hold players at steady height. The jetpack does provide a massive increase to movement speed to players can be quite vulnerable to snipers using weapons such as the new Bocek Bow.
The jetpack runs off its own fuel which is represented by a green bar on the right of the screen which will empty as fuel is used. When players activate the jetpack, a chunk of fuel will be instantly consumed, but regular flight will consume fuel at a constant rate. There is enough fuel for around 7.5 seconds of continuous flight from full to empty. When fuel starts to get low, the bar will turn red, and players will be able to hear the jets start sputtering. Fuel starts to regenerate after eight seconds and takes about 10 seconds to fully regenerate.
Another excellent use for Valkyrie’s jets is to break falls to avoid the recovery animation that prevents Apex Legends players from moving fully and drawing their weapons after falling from a great height. Just before hitting the ground, a quick double-tap of the jump button with briefly activate her jets and slow her down enough to avoid the movement penalty. Because Valkyrie cannot use her weapons while flying, this does mean that using the jetpack to break a fall will prevent players from being able to keep their weapons drawn, unlike Horizon with her Spacewalk Passive Ability.
Players can change how Valkyrie’s jets are activated from being the default ‘toggle’ option, to ‘hold’ instead. Switching to ‘hold’ means players will have to hold the jump button in mid-air to activate and maintain using her jetpack. Releasing the hold button will then deactivate the jetpack.
Mouse and keyboard players may want to try this out, but controller players should stick with the default ‘toggle’ option as this allows them to easily return their thumb to the right stick for airborne movement and aiming control.
Tactical Ability – Missile Swarm:
Missile Swarm is great ability for controlling enemy movement through zoning and stunning. The swarm itself is a barrage of 12 missiles arranged in a three-by-four grid. Each missile has a small blast radius and hits only deal 25 damage plus a little extra from stuns, but the entire grid covers a large area. Missile hits also inflict an Arc Star-like stun on enemies which massively slows their movement for a for a short time.
Valkyrie players can hold the Tactical Ability button to produce holographic targets that show exactly where the 12 missiles will hit, allowing for extremely fine aiming. Although, once the missiles have been launched, all Apex Legends players will then be able to see the missile targets, which means enemies can easily get out of the blast area.
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