Our Apex Legends Gibraltar guide contains tips and strategy advice on how to play this Legend.
Everything about Apex Legend's Gibraltar screams out team defense.
He's got a shield which is projected whenever he aims down sights, a tactical ability that pops a shield dome on the ground to protect teammates, and an ultimate ability that delivers an airstrike against anyone daft enough to stand in its way.
His core strength lies really in tanking damage for his teammates, and providing defensive measures for his allies to benefit from, in other words. Because of this extra lasting power, it's already clear that Gibraltar is going to be a key member of just about any team.
He does have his weaknesses, it's important to note. He lacks a lot of the extra mobility other Legends get to enjoy as part of their survival package, and he has little in the way of extra offensive abilities that increase the team's attacking strength.
His role is clear, however. If your squad doesn't have a Gibraltar slotted in yet, and you're feeling flexible, then you should seriously considered stepping up to the plate here so that your team as a whole enters the next match with a serious advantage.
In our Gibraltar guide, we've outlined the basics of how his abilities work, and given a few tips in each case to help you get the most out of them. As we get more experience with this Legend, we'll be expanding on this article considerably.
UPDATE - 7th FEBRUARY 2019
We've completely overhauled our Gibraltar guide with some essential extra tips for getting more out of every one of his abilities. We'll have another update for you soon!
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Passive - Gun Shield
As we mentioned in the introduction, Gibraltar gains a passive ability which projects a shield in front of him whenever he aims down his sights. Although this shield can be chipped away at by the enemy, it will recharge if you wait long enough.
As has been discussed extensively elsewhere, this adds a surprising amount of offensive potential to this very tanky character.
Consider a situation where you're wielding a sniper rifle, for example, and can take a little more time to rattle off a well-aimed headshot without being instantly taken out yourself.
Do keep in mind, however, that the shield is front-projecting and so you're still vulnerable to attack from the back and the sides. It's not some all-enveloping protective bubble - that would be a bit too overpowered.
For that reason, you might want to consider positioning yourself with your back to a wall or other environmental object whenever the opportunity presents itself.
That way, you guarantee that no-one can fire at you from the rear, and you only have to worry about the side shots while you're shield's being projected forwards.
Tactical - Dome of Protection
Dome of Protection is a deployable defensive tool which is thrown into position. Once it's been dropped in place, a protective dome will spring up, allowing you and your teammates to take shelter within its radius.
You can use the dome to effectively isolate a single enemy and ensure that you can shoot each other inside the dome, but any of their teammates bullets will not enter.
It goes without saying that if you go down this route, you can expect your target's friends to show up in very short order...
Something else to consider is that if you're being attacked from distance, just throwing the dome ahead of you will put out something of a defensive wall.
You'll still want to get inside, but depending on the angle of fire it may still give you a safety barrier while you travel towards its interior.
When using the Dome of Protection, be extremely conservative with the cooldown at all times.
If you're about to engage the enemy, it's essential that you have this available - if you popped it needlessly a moment before then you're really going to regret it.
It's also enormously helpful when you're ambushed, buying your team some breathing space to gather themselves and mount a counter-offensive.
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Ultimate - Defensive Bombardment
Your airstrike Ultimate has to be directed with a grenade throw. The potential to do damage here is huge though, especially if you can catch an enemy team clustered together.
That's the big downside to it really. Smart players are not going to hang around long, just to get hit in the head with a barrage of missiles!
Alternatively you can use this pre-emptively to make sure any ambushing players are delayed in closing the gap to you and your team mates.
If your team has become a little fragmented, this also buys you a very brief opportunity to gather everyone together to take the fight straight back to the enemy.