Published on October 13, 2020
Updated on August 27, 2022

Apex Legends Crypto Guide - Lore, Abilities & Best Gun Loadouts

Crypto is one of those Legends that prioritize information over straight forward fighting. Although he belongs in the Recon Class he is the slowest to play with, since his Skillset requires you to stay behind cover and scout the area.

His abilities are Surveillance Drone which is his tactical and it allows him to remotely use his drone. His passive Neurolink gives him and his team all the information they need like scan enemies, items or used doors and his ultimate Drone EMP that slows his enemies and damaging their shields.

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Crypto Lore

Crypto, Surveillance Expert, Apex Legends

Crypto, Surveillance Expert, Apex Legends

Gender: Male
Heirloom: N/A
Voice Actor: Shantel VanSanten (@JohnnyYoung115)

Crypto specializes in secrets; he knows how to uncover them, and how to keep them. A brilliant hacker and encryption expert, he uses aerial drones to spy on his opponents in the Apex Arena without being seen.

Orphans raised on the streets of Suotamo, Tae Joon and his foster sister Mila Alexander escaped a life of squalor by becoming computer engineers, designing drones used by the Syndicate to transmit the Apex Games throughout the Outlands. But two years ago, Tae Joon and Mila accidentally discovered a prediction algorithm used by the Syndicate to rig bets for the Apex Games, leading to Mila’s mysterious murder – and the framing of Tae Joon for it. With his reputation destroyed, and the Syndicate after him, he gave up his identity, his face and his family in order to facilitate his redemption.

Wanting to get closer to the people who framed him, Tae Joon planned to join the games, but thought he wouldn’t be able to pass the games’ qualifiers. He then hacked into the games’ mainframe and put himself in their records as a legend, but not before blowing up Kings Canyon’s Repulsor Tower to serve as a distraction.[1] This allowed the entry of hostile wildlife on Kings Canyon and disruption of the games.

Now joining the games as the combatant known as Crypto, he seeks justice – and revenge.

Crypto Abilities Guide

Tactical Ability – Surveillance Drone

Surveillance Drone Tactical
Cooldown 40 seconds
Description Deploys an
aerial drone.
if destroyed.
  • The drone can be deployed and flown up to 200 meters away from Crypto. If the drone is 240+ meters away from Crypto, it’ll automatically be recalled.
  • The drone can ping items as long as they are within 12 meters. Enemies can be pinged up to 125 meters.
  • When not being piloted manually, the drone can be parked in midair or recalled to Crypto. The recall takes 3 seconds.
  • The drone has 60 health, and only heals damage when recalled.
  • The drone can be used to open doors and supply bins, pick up teammates’ banner cards, use survey beacons and use respawn beacons instantly. It must be within 7 meters to do these.
  • Banners through the drone vision will show the number of enemy squads within the Named area that appears on the left side of the screen upon entering said area with Crypto not with his drone and they have to be 200m away from him.
    • Crypto can warn teammates about the number of nearby squads by pinging banners while in drone view
  • Crypto is left stationary while piloting the drone. Taking damage while in drone view will force Crypto out of it, if the Ring damages Crypto while he is outside of it he will be forced out but if he uses his drone inside the Ring Crypto will remain in drone view.
  • While in drone view Weapons automatically reload, starting with the currently equipped weapon. Reloads take the same amount of time as they would normally except for the Mastiff which takes as much time as reloading one bullet regardless of how empty it is.
  • The following is everything that the Surveillance Drone can Ping:
    Regen items
    Map Features
  • The user can manually ping and use the ping wheel while in drone view.
  • Pathfinder’sGrappling Hook can attach to the drone.
  • The drone cannot pass through Wraith’sDimensional Rift.
  • The drone can be used to pick up team banners, respawn teammates at a respawn beacon, open doors/supply crates/care packages and can open the vault if the player has a Vault Key.
  • Crypto will reload his weapons automatically when using his drone.
  • The drone can immediately scan for the next ring on a survey beacon.
  • Although your team can see the Surveillance Drone’s automatic pings, the range is very limited. Remember to manually ping the enemies you see that the drone doesn’t automatically detect.
  • Crypto is completely vulnerable while in drone view. Find a safe place to stay while managing the drone. You can also crouch while entering the Surveillance Drone to force Crypto to stay in this stance while using it, making it easier to hide him.
  • You can also use the Drone as a decoy so the enemies will be distracted to shoot it, while your team is either flanking or escaping.
  • If your squadmates have died outside the ring and you’re inside the ring, you can use Surveillance Drone to safely retrieve your squadmates’ banner.
  • Crypto can recall the Surveillance Drone anytime, even while shooting, healing or executing other actions.
  • Holding the tactical button allows Crypto to deploy his Surveillance Drone and immediately exit from the drone view.
  • Because enemy drones appear with an orange aura, using it outside The Ring will cause it to visually blend in with the orange ring effect and its partial opacity, making it harder for enemies to spot. The Drone does not take Ring damage.

Known Bugs: The Surveillance Drone can sometimes take more shots to destroy than intended despite only having 60 health. This doesn’t include weapons that can one shot it such as the Wingman.

Sometimes when Crypto’s Surveillance Drone hacking Survey Beacon, the next ring is not revealed on the map unless you hack it when facing its front.

You can drop attachments off your own weapons while in drone view and with a full inventory, doing so will drop the attachments off the drone.

How to Use Surveillance Drone

The first thing you need to do when using Crypto’s drone is to look for any nearby banners and make sure if there are any other squads around. Ping the banner let your team know as well.
Crypto can only see how many squads are in the area he is inside, to make sure you are in the area keep an eye out for the name at the left side of the screen.

Crypto is a ping machine so ping everything, your job is to gather as much information as you can and share it with your team, that’s his number one priority.

As a Recon Class Crypto is the most supportive one which means more utility and less fighting, he is one of the hardest Legends to master so if you’re planning to play with him you need a lot of patience.

Always remember, when you are going to use your drone you must find a place to hide,
preferably inside buildings or small tight dark places if you are outside the map.

Another thing to consider is, when you use your drone it appears right next to you so you should move it fast away from you because if an enemy sees where it came from you will be a sitting duck.

You can also bring your drone out while moving and then exit from drone view, then go hide and then start using it to scout around.
If you keep holding down the tactical button your drone will appear but you will be back to Crypto’s view instantly.

Never recall your drone while in drone view, it is much slower and you are more vulnerable to attacks, what you should do is recall it from Crypto’s view.

The drone is very useful for attracting bullets so if you’re planning on playing Crypto a good way to make your enemies waste ammo is to fly around them provoking them to shoot it down.
Just remember not to let the enemy destroy your drone so keep an eye out on its health and recall it before it’s gone.

Also don’t forget, Crypto’s drone can pick up his teammate’s banner, respawn them and use Survey Beacons.

Crypto can reload his weapons while in drone view making him great for sniper use.

For end game fights the drone is extremely useful when placing it outside the ring, the green aura you see on Crypto’s drone is orange in the eyes of the enemies so if you place it outside the ring it will make it harder for it to be spotted.

Passive Ability – Neurolink

Neurolink Passive
Cooldown N/A
Description Crypto and his
teammates see
what the
Surveillance Drone
detects up to a
30-meter radius.
  • The drone will highlight nearby doors, supply bins, traps, and enemies in its line of sight. Enemies are more noticeably marked with a triangle.
  • Enemies highlighted by the drone will see ‘DRONE DETECTED’ on their HUD.
  • Mirage cannot be detected while cloaked fromNow You See Me….
  • All Mirage’s decoys can be highlighted even friendly ones.
  • Enemies won’t be highlighted if Gibraltar’sDome of Protection comes between them and the drone.
  • If Crypto is inside enemy or friendly Bangalore smoke while in recon mode your screen will start to become fuzzy.
  • Enemies cannot be detected through Bangalore’s smoke or Caustic’s gas.
  • TheDrone EMP and Neurolink can be used even when Crypto is not directly controlling the drone. This actively allows Crypto to stay in the fight or gather information on what the enemy/enemies are doing.
  • The Surveillance Drone is noisy and its automatic enemy detection will warn enemies of its presence. If you don’t want them to know your squad is nearby, you can manually ping them from a distance.
  • If you’re struggling to find enemy squads, flying around with the Drone through buildings and covers and looking through glass might cause them to be spotted by the Surveillance’s Drone enemy detection, even if you didn’t notice them.
Recon Passive
Cooldown N/A
Description Scan a survey beacon
to reveal the Ring’s
next location.
  • Allows you to access the 12 survey beacons available on the map in any given match to determine the circle location after the currently marked circle.
  • The interaction with the survey beacon takes 7 seconds, during which you are vulnerable.
  • A survey beacon can be used again when the next round starts.

How to use Neurolink

Neurolink allows you and your team to process the information Crypto’s drone is seeing, it can highlight doors, supply bins, traps, and enemies but for enemies a triangle will appear on screen and a distinct sound will be heard.

Crypto’s Neurolink is always on, that means if you leave his drone in a certain spot and enemies pass through they will be seen by you and your team.

Be careful when you detect enemies as they will get a warning knowing they have been detected.

While you will be able to see enemies going through smoke and dome of protection the drone will have a harder time detecting them so it’s better to just ping them.

If you are in Crypto view and move 250 meters away from the drone it will automatically be recalled but if you are in drone view the maximum distance for controlling it is 200 meters.

Ultimate Ability – Drone EMP

Drone EMP Ultimate
Charge Time 180 seconds
Description Charge up an EMP blast
from your drone.
Deals 50 shield damage
slows players
and disables traps.
  • Takes 3 seconds to charge before detonating.
  • The drone can be destroyed before completing its detonation.
  • Affects all players (and Crypto himself) in its 30-meter radius, even through walls and cover. Teammates take no shield damage, but are slowed.
  • The slow lasts roughly 1-2 seconds.
  • The following is everything that the Drone EMP will destroy:
    Gibraltar’sDome of Protection
    Lifeline’sD.O.C. Heal Drone
    Wattson’sPerimeter Fences
    Caustic’sNox Gas Trap
    Mirage’sLife of the Party
    Enemy Crypto’sSurveillance Drone
    Cargo Bots
  • The following is everything that will take 50 damage from Drone EMP:
    Body Shield orEvo Shield that players dropped.
  • EMP will deal 100 damage instead of 50 to the following:
    Wattson’sInterception Pylon
    Octane’sLaunch Pad
  • The radius of the blast is the same asNeurolink’s tracking radius. If an enemy is highlighted in orange, you know they’ll be caught in the blast.
  • You can activate EMP even when you are not in the drone view. The EMP will be activated where you last leave the drone. This way, you can set the drone in one spot, leave the drone view, prepare for an ambush, activate the EMP, and rush immediately.
  • Keep in mind that you and your drone are still vulnerable to damage while EMP is charging.
  • Be mindful that your drone is easier to spot while EMP is charging. Try to activate EMP in a tough to reach/aim spot to keep your drone safe.
  • Using the EMP on enemies who are fighting or escaping outside The Ring can be effective as the slow effect can potentially be enough for the ring to knock or eliminate them.
  • Using EMP on single targets is well worth doing. This can take an enemy out of the team fight for a few seconds if you solo EMP them rather than their team to group up. Solo EMPs also have more chances of being successful than it getting shot down.
  • EMP is very good for ending team fights quickly to and lessening the chances of your team getting third partied.
  • As a Crypto main, it’s best to carry at least 1-2Ultimate Accelerant in your inventory to quickly build another EMP.
  • When paired with Wraith, having her create aDimensional Rift as you follow her while manually piloting the Drone to EMP. Take the portal to force a team fight as well as having an escape route back to safety just encase the team fight is failing.

How to Use Drone EMP

One of the most important things to do when using Drone EMP is to keep the drone moving before you initiate it because when you activate it the drone will slow down making it a very easy target.

Crypto’s ultimate is very important for him and his team as it slows down for 1-2 seconds and deals 50 shield damage to enemies, most of them will immediately try and heal back so this creates a window of opportunity for him and his team to push.

While this may be the case most of the time, experienced players will push you instead when they get hit by Drone EMP and there’s good reason behind it.
A lot of players will not expect this to happen because Crypto’s ultimate is intimidating, so the first thing they will have in mind is “Ok now that i’ve slowed them i have to push them fast and eliminate them before they find cover and heal”.
So when you use your ultimate on enemies there’s a chance they will ignore their shield HP and push you instead surprising you and your team which might get you at a disadvantage.

Drone EMP is very useful for farming damage for your EVO Shield but in order for it to have decent results you should have some Ultimate Accelerants in your backpack.

When you’re approaching a fight and you’re ready to use EMP the moment you activate it move the camera around so it will face you, that way you will be able to see the enemies that will try to come over to you.

Best Weapon Loadouts For Crypto

Triple Take, Ghillied as Charged, Apex Legends

Triple Take, Ghillied as Charged, Apex Legends

Mastiff Shotgun/EVA-8 Auto& R-301 Carbine/VK-47 Flatline

This is the most basic combo suitable for every Legend.
It provides a good balance between close range and mid range making Crypto versatile enough to provide covering fire, suppressive fire and even take out some enemies on his own.

A good way to use this loadout effectively is to know your enemies whereabouts by using the drone and deal as much damage as you can with the R-301 or the Flatline, but remember do not push in if you manage to knock one, be patient and wait for the enemy to go for the revive, by then you will have your weapons reloaded and an opportunity to use the Mastiff or the EVA-8.

The EVA-8 can equip a “Double Tap” Hop up which allows the weapon to fire two shots with each click.

It is recommended to use either a 2x HCOG Bruiser, a 1x-2x Variable Holo for the R-301 and Flatline, for the shotguns you can use a a  1x Holo or a 1x Digital Threat.

NOTE: The “Double Tap” Hop Up has been removed from the loot pool for Season 8.

NOTE: The “Anvil Receiver” Hop Up has returned to the loot pool for Season 8.

NOTE: The “Anvil Receiver” Hop Up has returned to the loot pool for Season 8. It can be equipped on the Flatline and R-301.

NOTE: Peacekeeper is back on Season 9 and is a good equivalent for the Mastiff or EVA-8.

NOTE: The “Anvil Receiver” Hop Up is vaulted for Season 10.

R-99/Volt SMG/ Prowler SMG& G7 Scout/Havoc

This loadout is all about close range DPS and long range poking.
The Prowler and Volt can cover Crypto in close quarter combat very well and the Scout or the Havoc can deal devastating damage from long range, but can also be very useful as backup weapons for close range.

If you decide to go with this loadout then you should use your Havoc or Scout first as cover fire for your teammates, try and help them for knockdowns and eliminations.
As for the SMGs it’s best to keep them loaded and ready for close range fights in case someone tries to push you.

Havoc is very useful in Crypto’s hands because it can equip a “Select Fire” Hop Up which can make it fire powerful single shots.
It can also equip a “Turbocharger” Hop Up making it fire without delay.

The Scout can equip a “Double Tap” Hop up enabling a second fire mode for the weapon to fire two shots with one click, this weapon is great for crypto as it deals devastating damage and is useful for helping his team but also get a knockdown.

Both SMGs can equip a 1x Digital Threat most players prefer a 1x HCOG Classic but for the Volt most people prefer the 2x HCOG Bruiser or the 1x-2x Variable Holo.

As for the Havoc and Scout 2x HCOG Bruiser or the 1x-2x Variable Holo are very good choices and the 3x HCOG Ranger is very useful on them as well.

NOTE: Since the Prowler SMG has gone into the Care Package rotation as of Season 6, the R-99 has returned but since it’s an SMG everything mentioned above works for this one as well.

NOTE: The “Turbocharger” Hop up is back in the loot pool for Season 8 and can be used on the Havoc and the Devotion.

Hemlok Burst AR/Wingman & Charge Rifle/Triple Take

This loadout is best played from a distance, it’s mostly long range but the Hemlok’s Burst fire mode and the Wingman can perform good enough even in close quarters.
The Triple Take is a solid close quarter weapon as well but the Charge Rifle is best used for long range combat.

Using the right weapon depends on yours and your team’s positioning, for example if your team is pushing hard in a closed area it’s better to take out the Hemlok or Wingman first and if you have the Triple Take use it as a back up.
If you are in an open area and your team is fighting from a distance then you should use the Triple Take or the Charge Rifle at first, and try and deal as much damage as you can.

The Hemlok and the Wingman can equip a 2x HCOG Bruiser, a 1x-2x Variable Holo and while the Wingman can take a 1x Digital Threat most players prefer a 1x HCOG Classic.

The Triple Take and Charge Rifle can use all optics but the most recommended ones are the 3x HCOG Ranger, 6x Sniper the 4x-8x Variable Sniper and the 4x-10x Digital Sniper Threat.

The Triple Take has a secondary fire mode built in, it’s called the “Precision Choke” which chokes the barrel and compresses the spread of the bullets.

NOTE: After Season 7 a new hop up for the Wingman has been introduced, it is called “Quickdraw Holster” Hop Up which increases the speed of your ADS, Weapon Swap, and reduces Hip Fire spread.

: The “Skullpiercer” has been removed for Season 9.

NOTE: The Triple Take has been entered in the Care Package Rotation a good weapon to replace it is the newly added Bocek Compound Bow (Which can take two Hop Ups, “Shatter Caps” allowing your weapon to work like a shotgun and “Deadeye’s Tempo” that increases the rate of fire of your weapon when you firing at the perfect moment.

NOTE: The “Quickdraw Holster” Hop Up has been vaulted for Season 10 and is replaced by the Boosted Loader” Hop Up which can be equipped by Wingman and Hemlok, this new hop up features a reload function that adds more ammo in the weapon if the player chooses to reload it before near the end of the magazine but not at 0.

How to play Crypto

Crypto, Deadly Byte, Apex Legends

Crypto, Deadly Byte, Apex Legends

Crypto is probably one of the hardest Legends to master and the reason is that all of his abilities are used from his drone.
This means that you have to keep an eye on him and his drone.

A good way to learn how to play Crypto is by going to the firing range and get used to the range of the drone and the area of effect of his ultimate.

One of the best tactics you can do when things go down fast and enemies are pushing you is to hold your tactical button, doing so will make Crypto’s drone appear but you will not go into the drone view.
Using this technique allows you to set up a quick trip wire that detects any enemy that passes through there.
Just don’t go too far, stay close enough in case someone decides to shoot down your drone, then you can push them and go for the knock since they will have wasted their bullets.

Another useful technique is when you fight from lower ground, you can use your drone to find the enemy position but don’t leave it in the air.
What you should do is place it right below them to a point where it will be hard for them to shoot at it but can also detect them if they jump down.
Don’t forget, Crypto has no disengagement skills so once he gets caught it’s over.
You have to play smart be patient and force the enemies to come to you.

If your teammates are eliminated and their deathbox is outside the ring…. and they haven’t left the match, you can use the drone to grab their banner an bring them back, especially useful for late game, but that depends on a lot of things like if there’s gonna be a respawn beacon nearby.

Placing the drone outside the ring makes it harder to spot cause from the enemy’s view it emits an orange aura and since ring has the same color it will make it a lot harder for it to be seen.

Neurolink not only gives info to you but to your team as well.
When you are scouting the area with the drone use your ping system and let your team know if there have been enemies there, if it’s clear to go, spot enemies or items that might be useful.

If you’re planning to use Crypto’s ultimate then you should calculate your movements before flying your drone between your opponents.
Have it hidden in a corner and once you believe it’s time to activate it keep flying and don’t stop, it takes a 3 seconds for the ultimate to deal damage and if your enemies get a chance to destroy, they will.

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Release Date
Feb 4, 2019
Respawn Entertainment
Electronic Arts
Country of Origin
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