A new trick using Pathfinder’s grappling ability has been discovered, allowing players to literally swing into victory.
The trick was coined by Apex Legends content creator and Pathfinder main, Dirty Skirty, in a video uploaded to his YouTube channel on Jan. 28. Using this trick, players are able to exploit built-in mechanics against other players during a match and either leave them helpless or deal immense damage. While it is a bit difficult to master, the results of the maneuver are clear to see in the video.
New Pathfinder Grapple Tricks in Apex Legends
Dirty Skirty showed off two new tricks in his video: the Infinite Grapple and the Grapple Pause.
The Infinite Grapple is less about being able to use the grappling ability over and over and more about making sure it never ends. By hooking other players on the ability’s retraction, Pathfinder is able to pull them toward him—an obvious fact for longtime players. The trick is a twist toward the end of what would be a typical play.
Before the grapple ends, as the opponent is being drawn closer, players need to “fight against” the current of the grapple by turning sharply left or right. This makes the game believe it still needs to pull enemies toward Pathfinder, keeping the mechanic going indefinitely. While “grappling,” Pathfinder can shoot, switch weapons, reload, and throw grenades. The opponent, on the other hand, is essentially left frozen.
Obviously, this takes practice to master as turning too little, turning too much, falling over a ledge, and/or crouching will end the grapple. It does work on the dummies in the practice arena, however, so if players are looking for a place to test it out—look no further.
The Grapple Pause uses the same mechanic as the Infinite Grapple, just in midair. Players need to grapple their enemy in the air and, once the two collide, begin fighting against the current of the ability once again. As their opponent begins to melee attack them, the two will stay frozen in that exact position, giving Pathfinder time to sort out his next move and/or get into position for a “trick shot.”
Dirty Skirty ends the video by explaining how players can best use each trick during combat. For example, in one clip, players are able to use the Infinite Grapple to pull their opponent into a wall, triggering their climbing animation despite being frozen in a state of being pulled—leaving them completely helpless.
Respawn has yet to publicly comment on these uses of Pathfinder’s grapple in Apex Legends.