Apex Legends

How to Counter Newcastle in Apex Legends

"Get behind me and you're untouchable, slick."
"Get behind me and you're untouchable, slick." / Courtesy of Respawn Entertainment

Wondering how to counter Newcastle in Apex Legends? We've got you covered.

The latest name to join Respawn Entertainment's roster of Legends in the ever-popular battle royale, Newcastle is a Defensive-class character whose kit revolves around protecting allies from gunfire and reviving teammates in safe positions. For those who have no idea what to do when going against him for the first time, here's a breakdown of how to counter Newcastle in Apex Legends Season 13: Saviors.

Firstly, it's important to understand Newcastle's kit:

  • Retrieve the Wounded (Passive): Drag downed allies while you revive and protect them with your Revive Shield.
  • Mobile Shield (Tactical): Throw a drone that creates a moving energy shield.
  • Castle Wall (Ultimate): Leap and slam to a target, ally or area and create a fortified stronghold.

By far, the most interesting ability Newcastle brings to the table is his Castle Wall ultimate, which allows him to quickly navigate as needed to promptly drop a wall and reset a fight or save a teammate who just got caught out.

The Castle Wall has three tall sections and two short sections, giving its users options to hide or peek out for pop shots. Each section has 756 health and can be taken down individually via gunfire or two melee attacks. Lastly, the wall is also electrified on placement, meaning that, like Wattson's Perimeter Security, it will damage and stun enemy players who touch it.

Ultimately, the best commonly available ways to deal with Newcastle's walls are simply chucking 'nades over it and finding angles on its sides.

The absolute best way to stop Newcastle's ult, however, has to be Horizon's Black Hole, as it stops the walls from being placed altogether.

For Newcastle's Mobile Shield, simply treat it like a much weaker version of Gibraltar's Dome of Protection. Although it can move and can't be shot through, its two sections only have 350 health each and leave its users vulnerable from the top and sides.

Lastly, it is important to note that Newcastle has the Fortified Perk just as Gibraltar and Caustic do. However, it has just been nerfed so that it doesn't reduce 15% damage to the head anymore, so aim for the dome when facing the tanks.