This article will help have you playing Wraith like a pro in no time. Wraith is an Interdimensional Skirmisher as she can use abilities such as teleports and shadow step to maneuver herself, and her teammates around enemies. While Wraith’s abilities clearly provide her with great mobility, she is also used as a scout to call out and find enemies for her team.
Like most legends in Apex, her full potential is rarely reached by the average player. The goal of this article is to get the most out of your Wraith gameplay, and to have you all playing Wraith like our Apex Legends boosting squad.
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Wraith has an extremely useful skirmisher and mobility kit that I will cover in-depth below and teach you all the tricks regarding each ability.
Passive Ability: Voices From The Void
As Wraith, whenever you are scoped in at by an enemy or you see any traps nearby you are warned with a voice. Your character will say a voice line similar to “You are being aimed at / Traps nearby” This voice line alerts you that the enemy has scoped in at you. Your teammates will be able to hear the voice line if they are nearby, however, you can select the button that pops up to warn teammates. (Down on the D-Pad for console players).
This ability is extremely useful when you're in an area that you don't know has enemies there, after one of them aims at you, you get the signal that there are squads here.
Tactical Ability: Into the Void
Your tactical is a shadow step ability that sends Wraith in another dimension for the duration of 4 seconds. During the 4 seconds, you cannot be shot and will walk 30% faster. The enemies will be able to see which direction you are going as you leave a trail, however, they will not be able to damage you until you come back out of the Void. Wraith slows down by 20% a little during casting the ability and after the ability ends, she also cannot shoot during the casting or the whole 4 seconds of the ability.
This ability is mostly used to survive an imminent death during a fight. However, it's crucial that you escape in a creative way behind a cover or back to your team because the enemies will try to chase you down. Be creative with your jukes and try to trick the enemies. Remember that there's a slight delay between pressing the button and you actually disappearing, I have died countless times because the animation didn't have time to complete. Use it on time.
Another example of using this ability would be when trying to use your ultimate to have your team escape to safety while you're being shot at, you will not only be safe for a couple of seconds while creating a portal. It's worth noting that you cannot open doors but you can climb walls or ride a zipline.
In case there's another Wraith also using the ability, you will be able to see her, and she will be able to see you.
Ultimate Ability: Interdimensional Rift
Wraith’s Ultimate Ability is one of the most effective ultimate abilities in Apex Legends. When triggering the ability Wraith drops a portal. This portal does not become active until the other end is dropped. You will have increased speed while you run to a spot that you would like to place the portal exit. The maximum distance is around 75 meters.
During this time your rift energy will be displayed on the screen showing how much time you have left to place the other end of the portal down. You can place the portal by pressing the primary fire button, or if not pressed the portal is instantly placed down when the rift energy has run out. Due to the increased speed boost of Wraith during her ultimate. The energy will be used on every meter crossed even if you're just running around in a circle.
One thing to note is that during this portal animation you cannot shoot enemies, however, you can get shot at. As you are running very fast (25% faster) it will be hard for enemies to land multiple shots on you and confirm a kill. When being shot at I would suggest continuing running as far as possible before setting the portal down as there will be a slight delay before dropping the portal and entering safely through the other end. This time you will slow down and it will be easier for the enemy to shoot you.
It's worth noting that you can open doors and climb walls during the portal creation. Also, your enemies can use the same portal as you can. Also, if you use less than 4.72% of the energy and press the button again to place it, it will be canceled and you keep your ultimate charge.
Effective Ways to Use the Portal
As previously stated, Wraith’s portal can be one of the most effective Ultimates in Apex Legends when used correctly. Listed below are some creative ways to get value out of your portal.
Running From the Storm (Circle)
Wraith’s portal allows her to run very quickly. This particularly comes in handy in the storm. If your teammates are running through the storm it may be effective to set up a portal and instruct teammates to wait for you to place the other end of the portal. It will both give you increased speed when running through the storm, but it will also allow your teammates to cover more ground, then if they were to continue to run through the storm on their own.
However, be careful, in one of the latest patches, Wraith's portal now disappears after 4 seconds if both ends are outside of the circle.
Returning a Downed Teammate
Just like Lifeline
has an amazing shield that helps with ressing teammates, Wraith has her own couple of aces as well. Your teammates can use the portal even if they are downed. As Wraith a good strategy is to set a portal next to a downed teammate and set the other end in a safe area.
This allows your downed teammate to crawl through the teleporter and be safely revived at the other end. If possible, it would be smart to have the other teammate camp the portal as enemies could catch on and try to come through. If your other teammate is scoped in at the portal he will have a major advantage in a gunfight, and may even kill the enemy before he could escape, or do significant damage to your team.
Respawning a Teammate
We’ve all been in the situation where we get respawned, and having no gun in the middle of the game can be very dangerous. After collecting a teammate's tags have your Wraith deliver the tags to the Respawn Beacon. After hitting the respawn beacon he can create a portal right next to the respawn point, leading the other end in the direction of a looting area. Keep in mind the best looting area may be his death box. Be sure to communicate your strategy with your teammate so he waits for the portal, and can direct you to his death crate if it is in a safe area.
Creating High Ground
High Ground advantages are huge for your team in a team fight, particularly in late-game situations where teams may have no choice but to commit. Wraith can quickly take high ground for your team and set a portal for your teammates to go through and join you while making sure the area is safe.
Scout for Enemies
In late-game situations, it may be beneficial to create a portal and run around the map to find enemies. You will still receive a warning when you are scoped in at allowing you to quickly place your 2nd node down and go through the teleport to call out where the enemies are. When their position is spotted you can set up your position to have an advantage on where the other team is.
This scenario can also be used to provide an engagement during early-mid game scenarios. Wraith’s ultimate ability charges very fast, so it is viable to set a portal down when you hear gunshots or suspect a team may be close ahead. You can set a portal down so if things get hectic you can portal back to safety. This is particularly best to attempt to third party an enemy team fight.
This third-party strategy involves your squad attacking another squad mid-team fight. This gives you a major advantage and typically yields your team loot of two or more squads. You can instruct you and your teammates to go through the portal when it is best to go on the attack. This time would most likely be when players get downed. You can tell this by looking for the red-down arrows on the kill feed at the top right of the screen.
Best Weapons for Wraith
While Wraith may see her share of long-range combat, she is very effective at close and medium range. When I’m playing Wraith I would prefer a setup with medium and close-range weapons.
It can be effective as Wraith to fire the magazine (Yes, clips are what civies use in their hair, this is a magazine! - © Bangalore
), then use your tactical ability to get behind cover and be able to reload quickly. This allows Submachine guns and Assault Rifles to be used at maximum potential. However, I prefer saving the tactical for near-death situations and rather slide out to reload.
Therefore, a combination of Wingman + R-99 or Wingman + Shotgun or R-99 + Shotgun or Volt + Shotgun would be ideal in most cases.
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Common Mistakes as Wraith
The first and most common would be holding on to your portal for too long. You have one of the fastest charging ultimate abilities in the game and the portal is ever so valuable. Make sure you don’t hang on to it as there are so many uses for it! You should be getting several of these out per game.
Be careful when using Wraith’s tactical ability offensively. Most people do not realize that they cannot see enemies in this form. They run away thinking it is safe and come out without checking their surroundings. Enemies could (and usually are) following you from the beginning of your ability, so make sure not to caught off guard.
One viable strategy to use if you cannot get to cover in time is to go change directions. If you have a feeling that you are being chased, try to go back the way you came. If you keep the same trail the enemy might not notice, and you may get his back for an easy kill.
When placing down portals keep in mind that enemies can also travel through them. Do not think you are completely safe! It is wise to designate at least one person to keep an eye on the portal for this. Your teammates will most likely take the portal instantly after you set it down.
Make sure that if you set in down in a dangerous area to get out that you instruct your team not to take the portal. It would be wise to at least warn that you are being aimed at if there is no communication between you and your teammate this way they can see you used your portal as an escape and not a transportation route.
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Wraith is an extremely viable legend and is personally my favorite. Her abilities can be very useful to both yourself and teammates, particularly to increase your team's mobility. Communication is key when directing your team around! Be sure to communicate the purpose of all of your portals, warnings, and shadow steps. Your team will likely not be on the same exact page as you, especially if they are not advanced Wraith players, so even the simplest of callouts can help convey your strategies or be a refresher to some.
As a scout player it is so important to be able to communicate the enemies you see, and paths you take to properly fight them. Be sure to take advantage of her quick ability cooldowns and be sure to use her abilities FREQUENTLY. If you have particular struggles or questions on things in this article or something that may have been left out feel free to comment or reach out.
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