How to play Lifeline in the new blockbuster battle royale game.
Our Apex Legends Lifeline guide contains tips and strategy advice for using each ability to maximum potential.
There are support roles in Apex Legends, and then there’s Lifeline. This character provides pure healing support to everyone on the team, and represents the game’s principle healer. It doesn’t hurt that this Legend can also dish out a pretty decent amount of damage as well!
However you look at it, Lifeline’s abilities are all firmly built around the concept of supporting other friendly players. Most notable of all here is the healing drone ability, which can prove particularly useful in the early game if your group has struggled to gear up with defensive items.
As for a passive ability, Lifeline can bring downed allies back to life much more quickly than any other Legend can. As matches wear on and firefights become more frequent, this can make an astonishing difference to your teams odds of securing the overall victory.
More support comes in the form of Lifeline’s ultimate ability, which summons a supply pod that’s stuffed with high quality defensive items.
Put all this together and you’ve got a Legend that has rapidly become a must-pick for any team that wants a serious shot at success. If no one else has chosen Lifeline in team selection and you’re up for the task, definitely consider flexing into this role to help the squad out.
To help you get to grips with this vital Legend, we’ve put together a Lifeline guide that explains how each ability works, and added in some tips so you can be sure you’re using them correctly. We’ll keep updating this guide over time, but let us know in the comments if you have any Lifeline tips of your own.
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Passive – Combat Medic
Lifeline is able to revive knocked down teammates much faster, and while protected by a shield wall to boot. Healing items are also used 25% more quickly.
In our opinion, we’d rate this as one of the handiest passive abilities in the game. While it’s no playmaking tool, it’s incredibly useful for getting your allies back into battle faster, or topping your health pool up just a touch quicker than everyone else.
If you’re playing Lifeline, it’s worth going for the revive yourself rather than letting another teammate do so, as you’ll be able to get the job done much faster.
With this in mind, we’d recommend staying within range of your team at all times so you can pull them back up quickly if they fall in combat.
A quick word of positioning before you bring your buddy back to life though.
The shield that’s generated by this ability will be placed in the direction you’re facing at the time you make the play. Make sure you’re dropping it between your revive target and any enemy fire if it’s at all possible to do so.
Tactical Ability – D.O.C Heal Drone
Activate this ability and you’ll call in a Drone of Compassion which automatically heals nearby teammates over time.
In a similar vein to the point above, you’ll want to stay close to your teammates to increase your chances of healing them up with this ability.
As the team’s primary medic, you don’t want to be going for mega-flanks, or positioning yourself far from your allies (unless there’s a great reason for doing so) as this nullifies the usage of your Heal Drone.
As it’s a static drone, you’ll want to stay in a position where you and your teammates can safely heal up. We definitely don’t recommend using this ability out in the open, as it’ll leave you vulnerable to attack.
You can also drop the drone next to an ally who is constantly peeking and looking for shots on the enemy, as any scrapes they take will automatically be taken care of.
Although Heal Drone will provide some protection against the closing storm, it’s not going to keep you and the team sustained for very long.
It will, however, provide at least some protection while you make your escape plans. Be ready to drop it quickly if you’re team has lingered in the current area for too long.
UItimate Ability – Care Package
Lifeline’s ultimate calls in a drop pod filled with high-quality defensive gear.
This powerful ability can give your team a major advantage at every stage of the game, and there’s even the potential to get attachments along with the other items too.
Before you call the pod in, make sure you’ve selected a safe position for it to drop. This will allow you and your allies to loot it without being peppered by bullets.
Be aware that making use of this ability is not very subtle – it’s an ultimate, after all – and so if you want to avoid giving your location way try to use it as discretely as possible.
If you’re playing with friends, call out what loot’s been dropped so you can distribute items to those who’d actually benefit from them the most.
Caught in a firefight? Have one team member hoover up all the loot and distribute things later on down the line when everything’s calmed down a bit.
Make sure the area is clear before you call it down too, as enemy teams are also able to loot the drop pod! The last thing you want to do is gift your opponents an easy advantage…
One final extra thing that’s worth keeping in mind. If it looks like a teammate is about to drop, hold off on dropping the Care Package until you can reach them.
Once you’ve revived them – faster than normal, remember – you can drop the package right by them so they can quickly get geared up with defensive items.