Horizon’s Under Appreciated Passive Ability
According to the official description, Horizon’s passive Space Walk increases “air control and reduces fall impacts”. That is fairly vague and doesn’t sell the passive particularly well. While the ability sounds underwhelming given Legends don’t take fall damage, it is far from it.
When a character hits the ground after a jump there is a delay before they can draw their weapon. This is due to the fact that they soak up the impact from the landing. Horizon’s Space Walk removes that delay completely. This allows her to fire onto a target from midair and continue firing immediately on landing without holstering her weapon. Meanwhile, the increased “air control” means you can adjust your position mid-air. This makes Horizon harder to track and you should do that whenever possible. Space Walk is easily one of the strongest passives in Apex Legends and synergizes beautifully with her tactical ability Gravity Lift.
Making the Most of Horizon’s Gravity Lift
The momentum you have as you enter Gravity Lift will determine how easily and swiftly you can escape the vortex at the top. Once at the peak of Gravity Lift the ability will gently pull you towards the center. This is theorized so that you are most likely to avoid players accidentally falling off. The slight pull also means you can actually remain at the peak of Gravity Lift to snipe or fire. This allows you to fire while still being able to strafe to dodge incoming fire. When rising in the Gravity Lift, your accuracy is the same as if you were stationary. This is not the case for other movement abilities in Apex Legends. This means that Horizon can pull off deadly snipes while rising. A feat like no others in Apex Legends.
If you wish to escape Gravity Lift’s central pull, you can break free easily by pushing in any outward direction. When you do so, Horizon will receive a movement boost when you do so. Unlike Octane’s Launch Pad, Gravity Lift activates instantly. So there is no stress to throw it in front of you and wait for the setup time. To gain height as quickly as possible throw Gravity Lift directly at your feet. After that, perform a 180 mid-rise and it will enable you to leave the ground floor of a building and quickly ascend to get an advantage. A great location to do this is on the Grow Towers on the new map Olympus. If you care about style points, you can also wall jump before placing your Gravity Lift to look like a baller.
If you are looking to move quickly horizontally, to escape the circle, then slide first before throwing the ability at your feet. Horizon’s movement mid-air is far smoother than other legends due to her passive. So diagonals, spins, and strafes will make you a much tougher target.
The cooldown on Gravity Lift is 15 seconds. Remember that the ability refreshes when the ability is cast NOT when it expires after 10 seconds. This means that there is only a five second window where you do not have it available. Horizon has a tactical advantage because of her low cooldowns in comparison to the other legends. This means that you will be able to use your tactical multiple times during an engagement. This will be key in team fights and 1v1’s.
Disrupt Enemies to Buy Critical Seconds
While you will use Gravity Lift primarily to scale and traverse terrain, it is also great on the defense. Placing Gravity Lift in a doorway is superb for discouraging enemies from storming your position. This will allow you to regroup, reposition with teammates or heal. To stop enemies from descending, the ability can be positioned at the bottom of a lift zipwire.
Taking into account what we said earlier about weapon accuracy in Gravity Lift, if the enemy has a sniper and you suddenly give them height, you might end up giving them an easier headshot, so bear that in mind. Finally, if you fancy trolling your friends, you can drop Gravity Lift on your allies to give them a shock. This is perfect for securing the care package for yourself if you want first dibs and they are closer.
Horizon’s Black Hole is Third Party Goldust
Horizon’s Ultimate creates a micro black hole via her bot NEWT that pulls enemies towards its center. After the 12 second duration, enemies are hit with what the developer simply called a “graviton blast”. The graviton blast is essentially a pushback but it does not deal damage, so it’s up to you to make the 12 seconds count.
When thrown on enemies affected by Black Hole, Ordinances are god tier. You should encourage your team to launch them. Thermite Grenades and Arc Stars will be the quickest to land, but if you think you have the four seconds to land an 100 damage grenade, then do so. While all players will be affected by the pull of the Black Hole, grenades and bullets are not.
An important point that still has eluded many players is that Black Hole can be destroyed. Yes, really. Horizon’s bot NEWT at the center of the Black Hole has 200 HP and when killed will end the Black Hole. Remember that Black Hole’s can be destroyed by enemies – it’s not guaranteed.
Black Hole is an extremely versatile ultimate and the distance you can throw it is immense. Because of this a prime time to use it is when you are third partying as it sets you up to clean out the survivors of the two battling squads. To stop a push, use Black Hole to buy you time to a heal or to ress an ally. This is similar to her ability Gravity Lift. Black Hole is still an ability that strikes fear and you can use it as a deterrent for you to reposition or escape, as well as to reign down on your enemies. The recharge time of Black Hole is 120 seconds so picking up an ultimate accelerant here or there might not be a bad idea.
Horizon is perfectly suited to players who are a fan of movement-centric legends such as Pathfinder or Octane. She’s a lot of fun if you enjoy overwhelming unsuspecting enemies. The new map Olympus, her former home, is tailor-made for Horizon as there are a lot of two or three story structures you can quickly ascend or soar over thanks to her tactical ability Gravity Lift. Definitely the best legend alongside Rampart to be released over the last five seasons, Horizon is here to stay and we hope this guide will help you get the most out of her skillset.