Apex Legends Ballistic Guide: All Abilities & How to Unlock

How to play Ballistic in Apex Legends? Learn the story behind this refined gunslinger, his abilities, and how to best use him.

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Apex Legends’ Ballistic is the new Assault Legend coming in Season 17: Arsenal, and there’s a lot of experience behind the gray hair of this senior. Beware of old men in a profession where men die young is a saying that certainly applies to this legend. Learn more about who Ballistic is, his abilities, and how to play him with this guide.

Ballistic, whose real name is August Brinkman, was the sole owner of the Brinkman fortune, which was built upon shady deals. His parents died due to their criminal activities, leaving August an orphan billionaire with a self-destructive tendency, which led him to turn to the Thunderdome Games in his youth for excitement.

The next time we see him, Ballistic is feeling right at home in the Apex Games, showing the youngsters that he’s got more than enough to take them all on.

All Ballistic Abilities

Ballistic is an Assault legend whose abilities center around suppressing enemy teams. He’s a weapon specialist with an arsenal of tools on his person that he carries with him at all times.

Listed below are all of Ballistic’s abilities:

  • Sling (Passive Ability) – Ballistic is the only Legend capable of carrying three weapons instead of just two lie the others. He can access his third weapon by bringing up his inventory or using his character utility action. While this weapon can be used like any other, the tradeoff is that it cannot use any attachments.
  • Whistler (Tactical Ability) – Ballistic pulls out a special gun that can shoot enemies causing their weapon to overheat. Overheating causes damage to them and you can lock on to enemies by holding the tactical button which can curve through obstacles.
  • Tempest (Ultimate Ability) – When Ballistic uses his Ultimate, he gives nearby teammates faster reload speeds, movement, and even infinite ammo. His sling weapon will automatically be upgraded to gold and equipped.

How to Unlock Ballistic in Apex Legends

You can purchase Ballistic for 12,000 Legend Tokens or 750 Apex Coins to unlock him as a playable Legend. This can be done by going to the Legend tab in the Lobby just after logging into the game.

Legend Tokens can be acquired by levelling up your Apex Legends account. Save up to 12,000 and you’ll be able to unlock any legend of your choosing. Apex Coins are more premium and can cost real life money to acquire or by opening Apex Packs. Any of these two can be used to unlock Ballistic.


That’s the Apex Legends Ballistic character guide. Let this article be the one to help you master the Season 17 legend. Check out more of our Apex Legends guides.

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