|“||Focus. Fight. Win.|
|Real Name||Dr. Ashleigh Reid|
|Age||~46 (as a human)|
~75 (as a simulacrum)
~121 (total age)
|Tactical Ability||Arc Snare|
|Passive Ability||Marked for Death|
|Ultimate Ability||Phase Breach|
|Voice Actor||Anna Campbell|
Ash is a high-precision Legend. Her tactical ability, Arc Snare, throws a device that deals damage and temporarily snares enemies. Her passive ability, Marked for Death, allows her to locate the squad that killed a player by interacting with their Death Box. Her ultimate ability, Phase Breach, opens a linear one-way portal between two locations.
- 1 Abilities
- 2 Lore
- 3 Cosmetic items
- 4 Voice lines
- 5 History
- 6 Teasers
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Gallery
- 9 References
|Description||Throw a spinning snare that damages and tethers the first enemy that gets too close.|
- Throws a slow-moving projectile. Upon landing, creates a spherical snare trap with a radius of 4 meters.
- The first enemy to enter the radius takes 10 damage and is snared for ~3 seconds.
- Deals double damage to shields.
- Lasts up to ~5 seconds if no target is snared.
Marked for Death
|Passive||H// on a deathbox|
|Marked for Death|
|Description||Ash's map shows the location of recent deathboxes. Presson a deathbox to mark surviving attackers (once per box).|
- Ash can interact with the Death Box of any player (including your own squadmates) killed by another squad to find that squad's current location. If the attackers are dead, it will return "No Living Attackers".
- You can use this ability on your own squadmates' death boxes to find their attackers.
- The location of the attackers are marked on the map with the Enemy Here ping for ~8 seconds.
- For ~4 seconds, Ash is told the number of marked enemies. Those enemies are notified "POSITION REVEALED BY ASH" on their HUD.
- Ash's map screen displays a marker over every Death Box that is less than 180 seconds old. She can use these markers to ping them from any distance.
|Description||Tear open a one-way portal to a targeted location.|
|Charge time||2 minutes|
- Ash immediately enters the phase tear upon activation.
- Maximum range is 62.5 meters.
- Lasts ~15 seconds.
- Use this to your advantage by immediately walking backwards after exiting your phase to take any enemies who follow you by surprise.
|“||Born in the unforgiving Frontier, Dr. Ashleigh Reid - still very much a human - learned early that the only person who was going to look out for her was herself. One day, she was hired by a mercenary group for a delicate job: steal an experimental fuel source being researched in the Outlands city of Olympus. It was the perfect job for Reid, who infiltrated and psychologically manipulated the researchers for years. When the lab self-destructed, she died.
Her brain was put in a simulacrum shell, but in the process, she lost years of memories, and the trauma of her “death” caused her personality to fracture. Ash is the embodiment of the cold, perfectionistic, power-hungry side of Dr. Reid. But behind that confident facade, something sinister is simmering. After an encounter with Horizon that overrides Ash’s simulacrum programming, the framework that kept the vulnerable--yet intelligent--Leigh personality dormant has begun to crack. Ash joins the Games to prove she has transcended all humanity. Leigh’s determined to prove her wrong.
Dr. Ashleigh Reid was born in 2613 somewhere in the Planets_and_systems#The_Frontier Frontier. She was eventually hired by the Apex Predators mercenary group for a daunting task - infiltrate a group of scientists on Psamathe and steal branthium, the experimental fuel source they were developing.
Unbeknownst to the Apex Predators, branthium wasn’t a simple fuel source - it was a brand new element that had been hypothesized by famed astrophysicist Dr. Mary Somers. According to Somers’ calculations, branthium could only be gathered on the accretion disk of a black hole. To prove this right and avert an imminent energy crisis, Somers and Reid departed in 2646 on a mission to a black hole to gather this mysterious element.
Upon arriving, Somers set out in a small shuttle and successfully gathered a sample. After sending it back to their main spacecraft, however, Reid betrayed Somers, disconnecting their tether and seemingly leaving her to die. Reid later returned to Psamathe and delivered the branthium to the scientists, collectively known as the Group, for refinement and replication.
In the absence of Somers, Reid served as a mentor figure for Newton, her son, who interned under her and the other scientists during their research on branthium. Unbeknownst to Reid, Somers had survived, and would return to the Outlands 87 years later due to time dilation.
During the Group’s research, Reid often came to blows with Dr. Amelie Paquette, the resident geologist.
Initial tests of branthium as a power source repeatedly failed. On January 2, 2658, the reason for this was discovered: the refinery chamber used to process the element required constant calibration, and the conditions inside are too inhospitable for a human to operate the controls. While brainstorming a solution, Reid suggested that the Group repurpose a MRVN for the task. The other scientists agreed, and Reid offered to reach out to her connections at Hammond Robotics for suitable components. Construction and modification of the MRVN components lasted for just over a month, and finally concluded on February 4, resulting in the “birth” of a MRVN that the Group christened as “Pathfinder.”
On December 25, the Group had completed the refinement of their first batch of branthium and prepared to distribute it through a phase runner. That day, Reid decided to finally put her plan into motion. Not wishing to get Newton caught up in the events, she released him early for the day. As the Group celebrated, Reid entered with a contingent of Apex Predators soldiers and rendered her fellow scientists disarmed and bound - though not before Paquette locked down the site’s security systems.
Reid struggled to break through, as activation required the handprints of two staff members. Paquette bravely stood up to her former colleague, though Reid responded by brandishing a sword and slicing off her hand. With this, she was able to access the systems and redirect the phase runner to Gridiron. She received some brief interference from Pathfinder - programmed as the Group’s failsafe - who engaged the soldiers. Reid killed Dr. Anastasia Oliveira, another of the Group’s scientists, and disabled the MRVN with two shots from her Mozambique. Almost immediately, she was stabbed through the chest with her own sword by Paquette. Pathfinder redirected the phase runner to its original destinations and activated the facility’s self-destruct sequence, preventing the branthium from falling into the wrong hands.
Reid’s dying body was recovered from the aftermath. She agreed to have her mind uploaded into a robotic shell, despite the mental trauma this would cause. As a result, Dr. Ashleigh Reid became the simulacrum known as Ash.
Battle of Typhon
As the IMC’s ARES Division sought to protect a mysterious device known as the Fold Weapon on the planet Typhon, General Elias Marder solicited the help of the Apex Predators, paying a hefty sum to gain their support. Ash deployed to the surface of Typhon, alongside Predators Kane, Richter, Viper, Slone, and their leader, Kuben Blisk.
During the Frontier Militia’s initial assault on Typhon, multiple Apex Predators Titans engaged esteemed Militia Pilot Tai Lastimosa and his Vanguard-class Titan, BT-7274. Ash quickly worked to disable BT-7274, using her phase dash to get up close and remove the Titan’s batteries. The Militia Titan was quickly subdued, and Lastimosa was killed.
After this skirmish, Ash retreated to the IMC’s Dynamic Testing Facility, where she spent her time sadistically forcing captured Militia soldiers into combat with experimental Reaper combat drones. When Militia Pilot Jack Cooper and the now-repaired BT-7274 entered the facility in their search for one of their comrades, Ash captured the Titan using construction equipment. Cooper pursued, with Ash leading him through the construction facilities of the World Foundry and into a simulation dome, where he quickly subdued Ash’s Reapers and escaped. Afterwards, Blisk would reprimand Ash for wasting time toying with the Pilot. In response, she decided to scuttle the facility, activating its self-destruct sequence despite the presence of hundreds or thousands of friendly IMC soldiers.
After reuniting with his Titan, Cooper made his way through the collapsing facility and encountered Ash in her Ronin-class Titan. The two fought, and Cooper came out victorious, crushing the simulacrum’s body with his Titan’s hand.
Ash’s remains were later recovered and rebuilt by the arms manufacturer Vinson Dynamics. She would then serve as a commanding officer for their mercenary corps. She additionally led raids against the Remnant Fleet, a splinter fleet of the IMC navy formed by Vice Admiral Spyglass after the Battle of Demeter, as she believed she would be able to learn about her past from them.
Eventually, Ash reunited with Blisk. The two made some kind of deal where Ash’s head was to be thrown into an alternate dimension. A reason for this was never given, with the closest explanation given by Blisk was something about “being thorough.” Ash’s head arrived in the Shadowfall dimension and was split into nine parts.
The Broken Ghost
After Loba joined the Apex Games, she solicited the assistance of the other Legends (sans Revenant) to hunt down pieces of an “artifact” located on an alternate Kings Canyon, in the Shadowfall Dimension. The pieces of the artifact were buried beneath the island, so the Legends were sent on combat operations to unearth and recover each piece. These pieces were to be built together by Crypto and Wattson. Upon completion, the parts became a robotic head.
After the head was assembled, it was taken to a hidden IMC vault beneath the surface of Kings Canyon. At its center, Ash’s broken, headless body rested, attached to a machine of some sort. Mirage placed her head on her shoulders, reactivating the simulacrum. A reborn Ash then stated “Welcome to Olympus,” causing Octane and Lifeline to become perturbed at the mention of their childhood home.
The First Ship
As per Loba’s deal with Hammond Robotics, Ash was delivered to them in exchange for information about the location of Revenant’s source code. Once she was in their custody, Ash was rebuilt and had the access codes for the floating city of Olympus extracted from her memory. She was subsequently discarded in a dumpster on Solace, where she was discovered by Pathfinder, who gave her a place to stay and began calling her his “girlfriend,” much to her chagrin.
Shortly after meeting Mirage and Rampart, she suffered a surge, and Pathfinder escorted the other two Legends away. Having regained the memories she had lost since her disposal by Hammond, she was contacted by Blisk. The two reunited, and Blisk told Ash that an “old friend” of hers had returned. Ash then departed from Pathfinder’s warehouse. She left a note thanking the MRVN, stating that, despite not liking gratitude, she still felt it towards him.
Some time after this, Ash underwent an overhaul, receiving heavy modifications to her chassis.
Decrypt the Passcode
The Legacy Antigen
After the outbreak of the Medusa epidemic on Olympus, Ash approached Horizon, asking for a status update on her curtailment of the spread of the Medusa vines. The two argued, with Ash seeking a redistribution of resources and attention toward the preservation of an Arenas site, and Horizon wishing to prioritize the lives at stake. During their engagement, parts of the room’s ceiling broke loose, and Ash shoved Horizon out of the way, saving her life. Before departing, Ash stated that Newton would be proud of her work, leaving Horizon dumbfounded as to how she knows the name of her son.
Ash’s words weighed heavily on Horizon’s mind. One night, she has a dream where Peck tells her the exact words spoken to her by Ash. Talking with Pathfinder about this, he tells her that Ash held the access codes to Olympus, which were seemingly only known to Peck. Believing Ash to be a reconstruction of Peck, she began work to release her original personality, obtaining special codes from Crypto to do just that.
Traveling to Ash’s base of operations, she met the simulacrum and apologized about her fate. Ash’s ego retention system, however, censors the word “simulacrum” as “Pilot.” Before she could fully respond, Horizon began reading the codes and Revenant attacked her, fracturing her faceplate in an attempt to euthanize her and stop the pain of waking up.
With her ego retention system now broken, Ash entered an internal dialogue with the now awake personality of Dr. Ashleigh Reid (henceforth known as Leigh). Now aware of the presence of her original self, she placed the blame for all of her past failures on her weaker, more compassionate side.
Leigh, in a brief moment of lucidity, is able to take control of the simulacrum. Horizon, however, is astonished to hear the voice of her attempted killer. Leigh tells her that she knows what happened to her son. Before she can continue, however, Ash regains control, suppressing Leigh.
Face to face with Horizon, she realized that this is what Blisk meant when he told her that an “old friend” had returned during their meeting on Solace. She explained her fractured personality to Horizon - with Ash as the cruel, perfectionistic persona, and Leigh as the “weaker” side. Horizon pressed her for answers, but she simply admonished her in return. She walked away as Horizon despairingly wept.
Ash then joined the Apex Games to prove her superiority - not just to the other Legends, but to Leigh as well.
Trouble in Paradise
After joining the Apex Games, Ash began searching the various arenas for IMC sites, wishing to destroy the blade that killed her human body in an attempt to suppress Leigh. During a match on Olympus with Gibraltar and Pathfinder, she attempted to search the site of the Phase Runner accident, now known as the Rift. However, her teammates informed her that nothing present at the time of the incident is retrievable. Pathfinder then mentioned that Wraith and Wattson are both conducting similar searches.
During a later match on Storm Point, Ash used a Phase Breach to intercept a squad consisting of Wattson, Crypto, and Horizon, as the former two have been searching for IMC components on the island. She interrogated Wattson about this, who once again directs the simulacrum to Wraith.
Ash arrived at a small facility on Gaea, containing the personal belongings of The Group that were recovered from the aftermath of the Rift. In one such container, she found the sword she was searching for. Before she could act, Horizon arrived, intent on striking down the simulacrum. However, this causes Leigh to surface, who tells her former colleague that Newton did not die during the Phase Runner Incident. Ash, regaining control, shatters the blade. Looking at the next of kin listed near each scientist’s name, she sees “Natalie Paquette,” whom she knows as Wattson. She then left, intent on killing the Legend to quash Leigh.
Ash reached the Lightning Rod on Storm Point, where she found Wattson stripping it for rare parts. Declaring her intent to sever the Paquette bloodline, Ash attacked, knocking her into a ravine. Staring down, she uttered “Let us begin, Natalie Paquette” before walking away.
Some time after, Ash approached Crypto, proposing a partnership. Crypto affirmed his wish to find information against the Mercenary Syndicate, and the simulacrum declares him a fine pupil. The two then depart.
There are a total of 48 Legend skins for Ash: 7 Legendary, 9 Epic, 16 Rare and 16 Common.
Chain of Command[note 1]
- Included in the Ash Launch Bundle.
Endless Labyrinth[note 1]
- Only available in Escape Starter Pack
- Dancer of Death - 1,200
- Murder in Motion - 1,200
- Living on the Edge - 400
- Sharper Image
- Focus - Default
Fortified And Relentless[note 1]
- Only Available in Ash Launch Bundle
While Ash was introduced to the game in Season 5 as a non-player character cameo originally from Titanfall 2, it was not until the teasers for Season 7 appear that Ash's human identity started to be teased, before the reveal -- as well as her being playable -- in Season 11.
- At the end of "The Broken Ghost" quest, Ash says several inexplicable things, seemingly pulled randomly from her memories, that turns out to be words Ashleigh would have experienced as a human, as shown in Pathfinder's Quest and other out-of-game media:
- Just a wee bit of betrayal before breakfast, eh, dearie? (imitating Horizon's Scottish dialect, and also directly spoken by her in an audio transmission)
- X equals the temperature of the negative space, NOT the specimen itself. (also said by Dr. Lillian Peck in a letter to Somers inviting her and Reid to Olympus to help solve the energy crisis)
- Duardo! Darion! (refers to Eduardo Silva and Darion Che, who would play rambunctiously in Peck Labs as children)
- Fail-safe, fail-safe... who's got the fail-safe? (spoken by Dr. Anastasia Oliveira as a taunt to Reid, who failed to shut down the fail-safe implemented in Pathfinder, which foiled her plan of deactivating the Phase Runner)
- All roads lead to Branthium. (spoken by Dr. Milly Delgado, one of the members of the Group)
- Who doesn't like ice cream? Every kid likes ice cream. (the first words spoken by Pathfinder, which was created by her along the rest of the Group; the line was likely influenced by Dr. Armen Fletcher who loved ice cream)
- "Six. Eight. Two. Four. One." "Oh. Eight. Six. Nine. Two." "Four. Four. Two. Oh. Eight." "One. One. Oh. Nine. Five." "Two. Seven. Eight. One. One." (68241-08692-44208-11095-27811 is the code sequence that, when spoken in such order by someone else, allows Ash to fully awaken her true self.)
- In "The First Ship" quest, Blisk tells Ash that "an old friend of hers is back", with Horizon resurfacing at almost the same time. Season 11's quest confirms that Blisk was indeed referring to Horizon.
- In both the videos "Promise" and "The Truth", Ashleigh's voice was not credited.
- Ashleigh was skilled with a sword similarly to Ash, as she quickly drew out one from a nearby mercenary and sliced off Dr. Amélie Paquette's right hand, catching it before it fell.
- Ashleigh was working for the Apex Predators as a commander during her betrayal.
- During Decrypt the Passcode, if the player is playing as Horizon, Ash will say "Do you think you have what it takes to impress me, [glitch] dearie?" instead of "Do you think you have what it takes to impress me, Legend?"
- While checking up on Horizon's Progress to resolve the Medusa Vines, Ash brought up the topic of her son Newton, despite Horizon not having said his name to her previously. Wattson proposed though that Ash may have learned it through the inscription on Pathfinder's statue.. At the end of of the Medusa Vine crisis, Ash reminisces about Lillian Peck with Horizon before walking away.
- On October 11, 2021, the "Finding a Path" comic was released. It was shown that originally only Lillian Peck had the Olympus Access Code, yet Ash somehow also has it. Furthermore, both she and Lillian reiterated the phase "You're never alone".
- On October 13, 2021, the "How to Wake Up" comic was released.
- On October 15, 2021, the "You're Not alone" comic was released. It was here Horizon spoke the 25-digit code that was first mentioned in "The Broken Ghost" quest, which allows Ash to fully awaken her true self.
- On October 18, 2021, the video Stories from the Outlands - “Ashes to Ash” was released, officially establishing Ash as Ashleigh Reid as well as being the next Legend for Season 11.
- "Ashleigh Reid" is named after Ashley Reed, a lead writer at Respawn and one of the first writers to work on Apex Legends. She joined Respawn after the release of Titanfall 2, so the character Ash came first.
- Ash's abilities are derived from her old Ronin from Titanfall 2 the Arc Snare is based on Ronin's Arc Wave (although it also resembles Northstar's Tether Trap), and Phase Breach is based on its Phase Dash. The sword she wields is also very similar to Ronin's sword.
- The logo of Lastimosa Armory and the label "PHASE BREACH" is printed on both sides of the hilt.
- The actual blade of "PHASE BREACH" appears to be etched like Damascus.
- Ash is the first confirmed combat-certified Pilot to become a playable Legend.
- Wraith was a Pilot but a "Senior Science Pilot," so it is unclear if she was combat-certified. Even if she was, Wraith has lost her memories.
- Valkyrie was a "pilot" in the sense of piloting ships as a smuggler, and though she piloted her dad's Northstar-class Titan as a kid (and currently uses it as a jetpack), she never became a combat-certified Titan Pilot.
- She and Newcastle are the only known combat-certified Pilots to compete in the Apex Games.
- Due to the trauma of her “death” and the process of being made into simulacrum, Ashleigh's personality fractured into two: Ash, her cold, calculating, perfectionistic, and power-hungry side of Dr. Reid, represented by her robotic visage; and Leigh, her more vulnerable and intelligent side, represented by her human visage. In addition, she lost years of human memories.
- Ash/Ashleigh has the highest confirmed amount of deaths and rebirths: Killed by Amélie Paquette, revived as a simulacrum; destroyed by Jack Cooper, rebuilt by Vinson Dynamics; dismantled and hidden in an alternate dimension by Kuben Blisk, rebuilt by the Apex Legends, physically fully restored by Pathfinder, original identity unlocked by Horizon.
- Ash's mask is based off porcelain "death masks", taken as a cast of the deceased's face in some cultures around the world. As artist Joel Emslie describes, "We were thinking she wears a death mask from her past human self on her current robot body."
- Ash appears to had practice martial arts or yoga, but this is unknown if it was during her time as a human or as as a simulacrum. One of her multiplayer introductions in Titanfall 2 is giving a Chinese palm-to-fist salute and bow to the Pilots on her dropship, while another shows her performing the tree pose (Vrikshasana) or the "invisible chair" exercise before opening the dropship's hatch.
- When taking her down with an execution at the end of the fight against her in Titanfall 2, she will be crushed by in BT's hand and what appears to blood will be sent flying out. This is clarified in the "Ashes to Ashes" trailer, in which only her torso was crushed.
- Ash and Revenant shares many similarities, aside from being simulacra:
- They are currently the only two known simulacra to have fully regained the memories of their human selves, the former thanks to Horizon successfully inputting the code to do so.
- They both acts as announcers in special modes as well as being a Legend themselves.
- Ash has a pet rat, which has no name in lore, as Ash doesn't show affections or care about naming her rat. Nonetheless, it still shows how Leigh leaks through and betrays her vulnerability and human side. As Lead Writer Amanda Doiron stated, "Training and controlling the rat, on some level, is Ash showing the control she maintains over her fallible humanity who she fights, at all times, to keep down."
- Even in real life the rat has no name as a request from the animation department, in order so the work done doesn't bleed through into the finished animation.
- Ash is currently the only legend with unique melee animations despite not having an Heirloom or being visible in first person.
- Ash's face-plate is removable, as seen in the Escape Gameplay Trailer and her banner poses.
- While Ash doesn't like anyone specifically in the games, she does comment on some abilities. For instance, she finds Loba's Black Market "Remarkable," and Mirage's decoys "Pitiful."
- Respawn on Twitter
- Stories from the Outlands - Promise
- Stories from the Outlands - Ashes to Ash
- The Truth
- Pathfinder's Quest Chapter 11 - "The Truth"
- Titanfall 2 Campaign Chapter 2 - "BT-7274"
- Titanfall 2 Campaign Chapter 4 - "Into the Abyss"
- Titanfall 2 Multiplayer - Vinson Dynamics faction description
- The First Ship Page 6 - "The Second Time Around"
- The Broken Ghost Prologue - "The Duplicitous Snake"
- The Broken Ghost Chapter 8 - "The Unwavering Protector"
- The Broken Ghost PVE Mission - Quest End
- The Broken Ghost Epilogue
- The First Ship Page 4 - "Dinner For Four"
- The First Ship Page 3 - "High Five and Make Up"
- The First Ship Page 7 - "The First Ship"
- Season 9 Launch Trailer
- Decrypt the Passcode
- Apex Legends on Twitter - "Red flags."
- The Legacy Antigen Epilogue
- Trouble in Paradise Chapter 1 - "The Two Halves"
- Trouble in Paradise Chapter 3 - "One Step Forward, Three Steps Back"
- Trouble in Paradise Chapter 2 - "The One Who Walked Away"
- Trouble in Paradise Chapter 4 - "Two Can Play"
- Trouble in Paradise Chapter 5 - "Zero-Sum Game"
- Trouble in Paradise Chapter 6 - "One Last Piece"
- Trouble in Paradise Epilogue - "Zeroes and Ones"
- The Art of Titanfall 2 - Page 54
- Escape Gamplay Trailer
- ArtStation - APEX LEGENDS: ASH, Cristina Laviña