Season 3 of Respawn’s battle royale shooter is in full swing, and it brought with it the game’s second map.
World’s Edge is a whole different ball game from King’s Canyon with a “fire and ice” aesthetic. It does away with the first map’s supply ship and replaces it with a surprisingly large train.
The map also feels more open and spacious than its predecessor, which means that the game’s meta is changing up quite a bit, and that’s before you even consider the new characters, balance changes, and weapons.
As is always the case in battle royale, if you want to start winning some matches with your team, you’re going to need to know where the best places to drop are, and we’ve got you covered with this guide.
Apex Legends Season 3: Best drop locations
There are some nuances to consider that we’ll get into below, but without further ado, here are the best drop locations for World’s Edge in Season 3:
- Capitol City
- The Train
- Fuel Depot
- The Tree
Consider your playstyle
The fun thing about Apex Legends and other battle royale games is that they allow for some diversity in the strategic approach you take to each match. Players with higher technical skills in the game are probably more eager to get into firefights and will therefore seek out drop locations where they’re likely to see some action right out of the drop ship.
Other players might have more success dropping into less populated areas of the map where they can avoid immediate firefights and gear up a bit before engaging other players.
There’s an inherent tradeoff in each approach, and one isn’t necessarily better than the other. Hotly contested zones of the map are more likely to contain higher-tier loot than the less populated areas, and more frequent combat encounters often improve your odds of picking up good gear from defeated opponents.
But dropping near the outskirts of the map may also enable you to more effectively third-party teams as you work your way towards the circle. That kind of strategy sometimes gets a bad rap, but it’s kind of the name of the game when it comes to battle royale.
So consider a few things. First, which approach do you find helps you perform best in your matches. And, second, which do you find the most fun.
With those in mind, let’s talk about those drop zones.
Capitol City—Mid Tier Loot
Capitol City’s an interesting drop zone because it nearly always attracts multiple teams, but it’s loot isn’t really all that good. That said, the location’s tall buildings are bound to provide some basic weaponry and good sniping vantage points from which to pick off late arrivals if you can get there first.
This is a great location for players who want to see some action immediately, and it’s not a bad place to hole up for a bit before venturing out in search of better gear.
The Train—High Tier Loot
World’s Edge ditched King’s Canyon’s slow-moving supply ship (the “tugboat,” as my friends and I liked to call it) in favor of a marginally faster train. Conceptually, the two unmanned vehicles are largely the same in that both feature good loot, they spawn in random locations around the map, and they’re almost always sure to attract multiple teams.
Unlike the supply ship, the train moves along a static line of tracks, although its original spawn location varies from match to match. Players can also stop the train from moving altogether if they make it to the front cart and activate a switch found there.
What makes the train a great drop location is that you’re bound to find phoenix kits and weapons, provided you can make it to them before other players. If you’re able to snag that loot immediately out of the drop ship, you’ve got a leg up on the other teams that’ll inevitably drop in with you, which means you can snag some early-game kills almost immediately.
Fuel Depot—Mid Tier Loot
The Fuel Depot is small, near the very center of the map, and not a particularly hot location. In my experience, you’ve got a solid chance of being the only team to land here, despite its central location, and you typically walk away with a moderately well-equipped team.
And you’re almost always within a reasonable distance of the circle. The flip-side is that you’re also likely to be surrounded by opponents, so while you may avoid an immediate firefight, you may not necessarily be in the best position to win the one you’ll inevitably encounter just outside the depot.
Overlook—High Tier Loot
The wiki lists Overlook as a high tier loot location, although that’s not exactly how I’d define it. What I like about Overlook is that it’s on the fringe of the map and therefore out of the way, which means there’s not normally a ton of competition.
You can gear up near the train tunnel and then start working your way in towards the circle, and I find you’re typically more than prepared to handle your first firefight.
It’s the type of drop location that can get you into the top ten simply because it’s off the beaten path. That’s not necessarily my favorite way to play the game, but it’s frequently the most successful one for me, and I find Overlook can provide a nice change of pace.
The Tree—High Tier Loot
Look, I love The Tree. It’s visually striking, it’s got some solid loot at its base, and it’s near enough to all the action you could ever want but rarely attracts more than a single squad.
What are your favorite Apex Legends drop locations?
I assembled the list of locations above based on my own experience in the game as well as by looking at what the community was saying about the new map, but as players continue to grow more accustomed to World’s Edge, it’s very likely that behavior patterns will shift.
So tell us what your favorite drop locations in Apex Legends Season 3 are. Even better, create an account with us at Clutch to share your gameplay clips showing off where and how you like to drop into the game.