Apex Legends Wattson Guide: How to Play, Unlock, More
Apex Legends released to critical and commercial success, rising to become one of the most popular games on the planet, in part due to its strange announcement and release. The battle royale game was announced and released on the same day, filling fans with excitement.
The basic premise of Apex Legends is familiar to anyone who’s played a battle royale game in the last two years: Join together with two teammates and fight other squads until one team is the last one standing. But what this game adds to the mix is its legends.
The legends in Apex Legends are heroes with unique abilities similar to that of Overwatch and League of Legends. Each character plays vastly differently and fills a different role on the battlefield. With 10 characters now in the game with the addition of Apex Legends Wattson, there is a lot of variety to choose from in terms of playstyles and classes.
This is what sets Apex Legends apart from the rest of the numerous battle royale games, as players have so much choice in how they want to play the game. It also helps that this is a less gimmicky game than Fortnite, making it more appealing to shooter fans.
But the massive popularity for Apex Legends didn’t last too long. Viewership on Twitch went down, the player base shrunk, and the community lamented the poor design decisions that plagued the game. It was sorely in need of a revive and, thankfully, Apex Legends Wattson is here to do just that.
The launch of season two of Apex Legends saw the release of its 10th hero in the roster and only its second one to join after the game’s launch. Apex Legends Wattson is the answer to many players’ prayers as she is a one-of-a-kind character that every team should have.
In this guide, I am going to go over everything that you need to know about Apex Legends Wattson. From how to unlock her, to how to use her abilities, and even her backstory in the game, this is where you start if you’re looking to play as her.
And even if you aren’t going to play as Wattson, it’s great to know how she works so you can successfully team up with Wattsons in the future.
Who Is Wattson?
Let’s begin with the origins of Apex Legends Wattson. Developer Respawn Entertainment has taken a page from Blizzard’s Overwatch and created some rich lore surrounding the heroes you’ll play as in this battle royale game, and Wattson is no different.
Natalie “Wattson” Paquette is known as the “Static Defender” and is aged 22, making her one of the youngest legends in the group thus far. She hails from her home world of Solace and is a familiar face to the other participants in the Apex Games.
This is because Wattson and her father, the lead electrical engineer of the battle royale game, designed the very ring that you play in. At least, that was until the day the ring was unveiled, which was the same day that her father passed away.
Carrying on his legacy, Wattson finished The Ring as it would be called and orchestrated the Apex Games on behalf of the Syndicate. Having studied electricity since a young age alongside her father, she is one with it and uses it to her advantage on the battlefield. No one knows the arena better than her.
Apex Legends Wattson is a defensive class character, joining the ranks of Gibraltar and Caustic. Though Gibraltar is defined as a defense character, he is able to be more on the offensive than the other two. In this way, Wattson is more like Caustic as a pure defensive support hero.
She is not one that goes guns blazing into a fight, and she shouldn’t be played like that. Quite frankly, Wattson isn’t for everyone, and she is one of the more complex characters because of this. If you like blasting through the arena like Octane, then you won’t like playing Wattson.
Wattson is meant for a certain type of player who likes to look at the battle royale match as a chessboard of sorts. You are the type of person who likes to think ahead and is two or three steps ahead of the opponents and your teammates alike.
The players who will excel at Wattson the most are the players who don’t mind moments of respite during a match as you plan for what’s coming next and strategize accordingly. And when the plans don’t go the way that you were hoping, you aren’t bummed out either.
You simply move right into plan B, C, and D when appropriate since you never stop planning. The utmost goal of a Wattson player should be to keep their team alive by using any means possible. To do this, though, you will need to unlock her first.
How to Unlock Apex Legends Wattson
Before you can enjoy all of the interesting abilities that Wattson has to offer, you’ll need her in your roster of characters. Though there are just 10 characters in the game in total, only six of them are available for free right from the start.
You have to unlock Caustic, Mirage, Octane, and Wattson using real money or currency if you want to play as them. Of those four, Wattson is the best of the bunch by far, so it’s well worth saving up the cash to spend on unlocking her.
You have two options for doing this. The first is using the Apex Coins, which you need 750 of to unlock Wattson. This currency requires real-world money to purchase, so only do this if you have no in-game currency whatsoever, really want to play as her, and have the cash to spare at this time.
Otherwise, you’re going to want to go with the second option and use the Legend Tokens. Like with the other three unlockable heroes, you need 12,000 Legend Tokens to unlock Wattson. This can take quite a few levels to reach, so you will need to make sure you’ve accumulated enough.
When you are ready to purchase Wattson, what you need to do is first head to the main lobby of the game where you start each match. From there, you are going to want to tab all the way over to the store tab where you purchase items.
Then, tab all the way over in the store to the Legends tab at the end. This is where you will find all of the characters that are available for purchase. All you need to do now is select Wattson and spend the currency you wish to use, and voila, she’s yours to play as.
Wattson’s Abilities Explained
Once you have Wattson on your team, I recommend hopping into the training mode to get a feel for what her abilities are like and testing them out before heading into real matches. Like the other heroes, she has two main abilities that you can use as well as one passive ability that is always active.
All of Wattson’s abilities revolve around her deep knowledge of electricity and pylons. The first ability, the main one that you will be using throughout a match, is the tactical ability called Perimeter Security. When you use this ability, you place a node on the ground.
At the start of the match, you can place up to four nodes at once, and they will connect to one another when placed in close proximity. The nodes, when connected, create an electrical fence that harms any enemy who passes through it and also slows them down.
From there, Wattson’s ultimate ability is also focused on defense. Called Interception Pylon, you place down an electrified pylon on the ground that serves two key purposes. The first is that it recharges the damaged shields of you and your teammates as long as you are nearby.
The second is that it blocks any incoming attacks from anything that isn’t a bullet. This means missile strikes, grenades, and everything else that an enemy team might throw at you. This ensures that you can guard from surprise attacks and get ready for a counterattack.
Last but not least is Wattson’s passive ability called Spark of Genius that makes her ultimate and tactical abilities even more useful. The Ultimate Accelerant item will completely recharge her ultimate to instant use rather than take off a fraction of the cooldown time.
In addition, when near the Interception Pylon ultimate, Wattson has reduced cooldown on her tactical ability Perimeter Security. This allows you to use the abilities in tandem and not have to worry about cooldowns as much.
How to Play as Wattson Solo and as a Team
Now that you know how Wattson’s abilities work, it’s time to figure out how you play as her within matches online. All of her abilities are built for defensive purposes, with each one having little to no offensive capabilities. This is a stark contrast to every other character in the game.
As such, you are going to want to play as a team when using Wattson or having a Wattson in your squad. She is not the type of character like Wraith or Octane that is versatile at doing both. Because of this, you should strive to ensure that you aren’t left alone as her.
Apex Legends Wattson Solo Playstyle
But if you are playing solo as Wattson for whatever reason, there are a few key points worth keeping in mind. Wattson works best solo as a trapper of sorts so, while less desirable to some players, camping is the best solution for playing by yourself.
You are going to want to use the element of surprise to catch your opponents off guard. You will want to make sure to pick a great hiding spot that is within the next circle and begin setting up your electrical fences using the tactical ability.
From there, wait until the last possible moment to use the ultimate ability to protect yourself from incoming attacks. The preferred method is lying in wait until an enemy team walks into your fence trap and then unleashing all of the explosives and bullets you have on you or running away if you are outnumbered with no way to fight back.
Wattson’s Team Playstyle
As you can see, solo is far from the most optimal way to play Wattson. The best way is as a team. She excels at the beginning and end sections of matches where the most action happens. When you first jump into a match, you are able to use up to four nodes at once to make a rectangular fence or even a triangular one.
You are going to want to use this to your advantage with your team at the start by choosing a strategic location to land and immediately going into building your fences. The best places to create the electrical fences are where you know enemies will be passing through.
This means doorways, large openings in buildings, entrances to towns and named areas, and so on. Basically, if you passed through it to get there, that’s a solid place to start. The general idea is to plan ahead and prepare for where the enemy will appear.
You always want to lead off with the fences since it will damage the opponents some and slow them down. This gives you and your team a chance to swoop in and finish off what’s left of them. This is the same idea that you will want to rinse and repeat throughout matches.
Where your ultimate comes in is when you are in a more desperate situation like another team getting the drop on you. You can lay down up to three Interception Pylons at one time, and these are best used as a last resort or in the endgame when the circle is small.
This will protect you from Bangalore and Gibraltar’s ultimate abilities as well as explosives. You want to use this to force the enemy to come to you, which is then where your fences come in. You want them to fall into your trap so that your team can take them out.
Who Wattson Pairs Best With
Since Wattson focuses so much on defensive abilities, she works best with almost any hero in the roster with the exception of a couple. She’s better off not teaming up with Gibraltar and Caustic as they fill similar purposes that she can handle all on her own.
In addition, Bloodhound (and Octane to a lesser extent) isn’t the most useful for Wattson since Bloodhound is a hunter that is built to go after its prey. Beyond that, Mirage isn’t a good character period, so you’re better off avoiding him altogether.
When it comes down to it, Wattson works best with support characters or those who are more focused on offensive abilities. This means Lifeline, Pathfinder, Wraith, and Bangalore. Lifeline and Pathfinder work well with Wattson since they have the recovery that she lacks.
On the other hand, Wraith and Bangalore are some of the most aggressive characters, allowing them to finish off enemies who fall into Wattson’s traps. Wraith is able to go invisible and zip around temporarily, which is useful for when enemies walk into your fences.
Bangalore’s ultimate that sends down missiles is fantastic for using against enemies who just used the same ability against you. Throwing down the Interception Pylon protects you from the incoming ultimate while your Bangalore goes around and gives them a taste of their own medicine.