Apex Legends Mirage Guide – Tips & Abilities – In just three days after its near surprise release, Apex Legends found itself with ten million players. After a week, that number more than doubled as it reached 25 million players. No one could have predicted its meteoric rise in popularity. Maybe it’s because gamers were fatigued from PUBG and Fortnite. Maybe it’s cause it’s set in the same universe as the Titanfall series. Whatever the reasons, it has amassed an unexpected amount of both critical acclaim and fanfare.
Apex Legends gives you a pick of eight different characters. Two of them are locked and can be unlocked through the game’s in-game currency. One of these characters happens to be Mirage.
Mirage is a trickster geared towards offensive play. He uses decoys to confuse and trick enemies. He can use his tactical ability, ‘Psyche Out’, deploys a holographic decoy that turns in the direction that the player cast the skill. This ability could be extremely useful in the game. For instance, you could use it to scout and lure enemy players out. You could also use it to cover a flank. The ability also has a very low cooldown period, granting Mirage the power to create decoys almost at will.
Mirage’s ultimate ability, ‘Vanishing Act’ allows him to deploy a number decoys that stand still around him, while he turns completely invisible for a short amount of time. Mirage can work synergistically well within the dynamics of his team by using his decoys as a tool to draw enemy fire. This can inform the rest of his team as to the positioning of his enemies. He’s an excellent fragger due to the quality of his kit.
If you’ve unlocked Mirage and have decided to choose him as your main legend, then this article will show you how he’s best utilized. Alternatively, if you’re only thinking of choosing him and want to weigh your options, this article should help you with that too. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Mirage : Bio and Character Information
Favourite Moto: “I don’t take myself too seriously. I don’t take myself anywhere. I need to get out more.”
Mirage’s formal class designation is Holographic Trickster
“Mirage is the kind of guy who likes to stand out. The youngest of four brothers, he perfected the art of fooling around to get attention. The one thing he took seriously was Holo-Pilot technology: introduced to the illusion-creating tech by his engineer mother, he poured over the mechanisms and learned all he could about them. Even when his brothers went MIA during the Frontier War, Mirage and his mother continued to develop holo devices, and the work brought them closer.
While working as a bartender to make ends meet, Mirage heard amazing stories from his patrons about the Apex Games and the wealth and glory that came with victory. As good as both of those sounded, he knew he couldn’t risk leaving his mother childless – until she gave him a set of customized holo devices and told him to follow his dream. Mirage is now the life of the Apex Games, outwitting opponents and charming audiences across the Outlands.”
Real Name: Elliott Witt
Home World: Solace
Voice Actor: Roger Craig Smith
Roger Craig Smith is an American voice and former stand-up comedian. In terms of voice work, he has an extensive resume. His most notable voice work in video games includes Chris Redfield in the Resident Evil series and Ezio Auditore da Firenze in the Assassin’s Creed games.
His voice work isn’t limited to just video games, he’s also done some work for anime and animation. Notable works include Deidara in the hit anime Naruto: Shippuden, Thomas, and others in Regular Show, Shinji Hirako in Bleach, Martin Reest in Monster, Percy and Belson in Clarence, Bruce Wayne / Batman in Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman Unlimited, and Batman Ninja.
Smith originally began his career as a stand-up comedian, performing stand-up comedy in the mid-90s in film school before getting into voice acting in 2000, his stand-up routines also helped him influenced his voice over career. Smith’s voice work has been called upon by companies including Disney and Disney Television Animation, Cartoon Network, Microsoft Game Studios, Sony, Wal-Mart, Baskin-Robbins, E! and TLC.
Apex Legends Mirage Guide & Abilities
Apex Legends Mirage Guide – Passive Ability: Encore
“Automatically drop a decoy and cloak for five seconds when knocked down”
Mirage probably has one of the strangest passive abilities in the game. It’s designed to confuse your enemies. This passive allows Mirage to automatically generate a hologram for five seconds after he is knocked down.
This will allow the player to crawl away to safety after successfully tricking your enemy into thinking you’re not downed. This may actually save the player from being completely killed and having to respawn.
Other than that, it doesn’t really do much for you.
It won’t work on players that already know Mirage’s tactics. It works best if you’ve been knocked down from afar or if you’ve got some cover nearby.
2. Apex Legends Mirage Guide – Tactical Ability: Psyche Out
Send out a holographic decoy to confuse the enemy.
This is one of the most enjoyable tactical abilities you’ll find in the game. Mirage basically sends out a holographic decoy of himself to trick enemy players.
The decoy will run in the direction you’re aiming, so you have to ensure that you have your tactics well planned before deploying it. The decoy will also start interacting with whatever it ends up running into.
For instance, if you send it to a resurrection beacon, it will actually start miming that action. What this means is the decoy is thoroughly convincing. It can be used to scout out any enemies who’ve laid a trap or are trying to snipe you from afar.
So since you’ll be using it to confuse your enemies, send it around corners or from cover while you head in the opposite direction. It’s an incredibly versatile ability that can be used to trick even some of the most seasoned players if you use it creatively enough.
3. Apex Legends Mirage Guide – Ultimate Ability: Vanishing Act
Deploy a team of Decoys to distract enemies while you cloak.
Mirage’s ultimate ability allows him to create a set of decoys around him while he turns invisible. It should be noted that it doesn’t turn you completely invisible and cloaking only lasts for a few seconds.
However, it’s great for making your escape out of a tricky situation. Just don’t be reckless once you’ve cloaked yourself, it’s not that hard to see Mirage’s silhouette while he’s cloaked, especially when he’s moving fast.
Still, if you ever feel like you’re in a situation that has the potential to become fatal, don’t hesitate to activate this ability. Through its decoys, it may give you a chance to escape and live to fight another match.
You can also use this to confuse and unsettle an enemy team while approaching them from the flank. If they spot you while you’re approaching them, use this ability to throw their aims off while repositioning yourself on the field. This will keep them guessing and unsure of where to aim.
We don’t recommend using Vanishing act out in the open though. You’ll have no place to gain cover.
More Apex Legends Mirage Guide, Tips and Tricks
In this section, we like to summarise some of the tips we’ve gathered while playing the game and scouring the internet. We’ve put this list in a bullet point list to make it easier for players to reference it and use it as a guide. As we find more tips, we’ll add more content to this list.
- You can send your decoy in a lot of different ways. If you point down it will place the decoy directly under you, have it stop in front of a wall, or send it to a beacon before you resurrect a player to make sure no one is watching you!
- Your decoy can be made to creep forward if you are crouching, you can also send a sliding decoy if you are sliding.
- You can send a decoy out while you are healing, this is good to buy you a few more seconds to complete the heal.
- The decoy can be deployed while gliding in the air, either after you launch at the beginning of the game or from a relaunch balloon. This gives you the potential to avoid enemy fire while they focus on the decoy.
- If your decoy is shot at or hit it will briefly place a marker where the enemy was when they fired. You can also use this if someone throws a thermite grenade! Send the decoy through the fire, and it will display a marker of the player that threw it.
- Use the decoy to send it outside of cover to see if any potential enemies are nearby. If the thing gets obliterated, you can generally tell where the shots came from.
- If you are in close quarters combat, you can send the decoy around one side of an object and then run out from the other to confuse your target.
- Send the decoy out frequently, it has a 10-second cooldown and should be used a lot during a fight.
- Your ultimate makes you invisible (cloaked really, you are semi-visible) and increases your run speed, make sure to put away your weapon to cover the most terrain.
- You’ve got multiple options when you pop your ultimate. You can escape and look for a place to hide and regroup, or you can go in for a flank. Just know you can’t fire your weapon until the invisibility is over with.
- The decoys that pop from the ultimate aren’t super useful, but they do cause confusion and can block some incoming fire.
- Decoys can be sent to trip Caustic traps if for some reason you can’t shoot them on the bottom to disable them.
- Send a decoy out when you’re crossing a doorway to tease out a few shots and give away an enemy’s position.
- Send a decoy one way through a smoke grenade to divert attention, while you appear elsewhere and take the enemy by surprise.
- If you’re in cover then you can send a decoy out in one direction and quickly leg it in the other direction to reposition.
- You can send out a decoy when plummeting from the sky at the start of the game and trick players into thinking there’s an enemy in the area.
- Send a decoy towards a dead enemy’s stash and it’ll look like you’re looting them.
- Try standing still when throwing out a decoy if you’ve been caught in a particularly vulnerable spot. It’s a bit risky but there’s a chance you’ll trick the enemy into shooting your clone and give you a second or two longer to counterattack.
- Aim at the ground, shoot your decoy and it’ll stand still.
How to Unlock Mirage in Apex Legends
As we’ve said in the introduction, Mirage can be purchased from the Legend’s store. You have a choice of using two different in-game currencies to unlock him. You can either use Apex coins, which are obtained by purchasing them with real-world money or you can use Legend Tokens which are earned by levelling up in the game. Mirage costs 750 Apex Coins unlock. Alternatively, you can grind and purchase him with 12,000 Legend Tokens.
What we love most about Mirage is he makes the game feel like a game. He makes it fun to play cause of all the creative uses you can come up with for his abilities. If you have to choose between buying Mirage or Caustic first, we recommend that you choose Mirage. If you have any tips or opinions of your own, please leave a comment in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you. As always, thank you for reading and happy gunning.