There are a lot of things to consider when wanting to advance your skill level in Apex Legends. If you’re just starting out, you’re going to be starting with these basics. And while the tips below may seem obvious, it’s well worth your time to understand and grasp the concepts to see improved game play. These small details are what makes the difference between a good player, and a better player.

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The game has some default settings in place when you start. These default settings are meant to be a jumping point for you to customize your game. You’ll need to fine tune and tweak your settings until you find what works best for you.


Adjusting the ALC (Advance Look Control) settings is essential when wanting to improve your game play and improve your aim in Apex Legends. This setting controls the viewing aspects of the game. Here’s how to enable it.

  • Go to Settings from the Main Menu (the gear icon in the lower right of the screen).
  • Click “Controller” at the top panel of options.
  • Scroll down and look for “Movement/Aiming.” The ALC option is at the very bottom.
  • Enable ALC Settings.

Once the ALC settings are enabled, you’ll have greater flexibility to control your aiming and sensitivity movements beyond the standard “default” settings. Within the ALC settings, there are even more options that you can adjust.

  • Deadzone
  • Outer Threshold
  • Responsive Curve
  • Per Optic ADS Sensitivity
  • Yaw Speed
  • Pitch Speed
  • Turning Extra Yaw
  • Turning Extra Pitch
  • Turning Ramp-up Time
  • Turning Ramp-up Delay
  • ADS Yaw Speed
  • ADS Pitch Speed
  • ADS Turning Extra Yaw
  • ADS Turning Extra Pitch
  • ADS Turning Ramp-up Time
  • ADS Turning Ramp-up Delay
  • Target Compensation
  • Melee Target Compensation

It’s highly recommended that you stick to beginner ALC settings until you become more comfortable with your game play. The best place to test these settings is in the Firing Range. In the Firing Range, you can easily switch and change your settings until you find what works best for you. 


Once you have adjusted your settings to your liking, it’s time to focus on another essential component of game play - movement.  Apex Legends is known for its game play movement compared to other FPS games on the market.

Apex Legends has different characters, each with their own unique abilities. However, every Legend can experience better game play when movement is mastered. Here are some basics that you need to know.


In the middle of a fight, you want to be able to shoot the enemy, but avoid being shot by them. Using paddles on the back of your SCUF, you can crouch behind cover, jump, and slide into a room while keeping your thumb on the thumbstick to have accurate aim while shooting.

Additionally, you can also hold down Interact when ziplining and then proceed to press Jump to hop up and down on the zipline without letting go; you’ll still be able to move and aim. This makes it harder to hit you if an enemy spots you when traversing the map.


Reloading during a fight can take some time, so the recommended alternative is to Switch Weapons during a fight to increase speed. There is one more thing you can do to make Switching Weapons work better and faster using Paddles. Fire your weapon until it runs out of ammo, hit Swap Weapons, and at the same time press Crouch to cancel the animation. You’ll immediately pull out your next weapon and you can continue holding R2 down to keep shooting during the switch with your thumb still able to aim. 

*Make sure Crouch is set to Hold in the Settings menu instead of Toggle.


Apex is all about speed, and shooting your enemy faster than they can get you while still being accurate is key. SCUF’s Digital TAP Triggers transform the triggers into a quick tap instead of a longer press, and feel similar to a mouse-click. The activation point will be engaged quicker, giving you the edge you need to take out the enemy faster. 

In addition, having the best thumbsticks for your playstyle will vastly improve your aim. Players who like to use weapons like the Kraber will want accurate pinpoint precision when aiming, so a Tall Domed Thumbstick will benefit them. Meanwhile players who prefer the Spitfire and Peacekeeper are going to want accuracy, but be able to react quickly, so a Short Domed Thumbstick will work better for them.


If you can’t seem to get enough momentum when traversing the map or find yourself unable to cross large gaps, start by Sliding, then Jumping, then Sliding again and chain these moves to build the most momentum. This works especially well when going down inclines, but also works on flat land. You can use this technique to catch up to enemy squads and outrun the ring. 


Increase survival when running away from enemies in buildings. Double tap Interact while running through a door to close it behind you to avoid being shot. You can also combine this with running up a wall after closing a set of doors to throw off an enemy; you’ll be able to jump down behind them to take them out instead.

Fine-tuning your settings and practicing your movement takes time and patience. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see instant results, because everyone is different and performs best with different settings.

As you become more comfortable and experienced, you’ll move into more advanced game play tips and tricks.