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"Indeed, I'm a humble - and very well armed - man, trying to enjoy a quiet 5:00am cuppa tea in his favorite hole in the wall. And yet here they are, a testosterone of hooligans, thinking they can make a name by challenging mine."
Refined Gunslinger
Real Name August Montgomery Brinkman
Gender Male
Age 63
Homeworld Gaea
Class Assault Class Assault
Tactical Ability Whistler Whistler
Passive Ability Sling Sling
Ultimate Ability Tempest Tempest
Real-world Info
Voice Actor Robin Atkin Downes [1]

Ballistic Icon Ballistic is an Assault Assault Legend that can amplify his team's weaponry and cripple his opponent's. Ballistic's tactical ability Whistler Whistler shoots with his smart pistol that makes an enemy's gun overheat if they shoot too quickly. His passive Sling Sling allows him to store a third weapon. His ultimate Tempest Tempest buffs any nearby teammate's weapon, aswell as turning the weapon from his Sling Sling into gold. He was introduced in Season 17 Season 17 and is locked from the base game. He can be unlocked using digital currency: either Legend Tokens 12,000 or Apex Coins 750.

Abilities[ | ]

Whistler[ | ]

Whistler Tactical Q/LB/L1/LB
Description Shoots a projectile that heats up an enemy's gun as they shoot. Overheating causes damage. Hold the tactical to lock-on.
Cooldown 25 seconds

  • Deals 20 impact damage.
  • Applies the "Overheat" effect.
    • Effect lasts 8 seconds, during which time if the victim fires their weapon for too long, they will receive 30 damage and be unable to fire their weapon for 1 second. The effect is subsequently removed.
      • The impact damage can knock a player, however the overheat damage will not knock a player; if they have 30 HP or less, they will be reduced to 1 HP.
    • A visible heat meter will be displayed above the affected player, showing how close they are to overheating.
    • The heat meter will fill as the player fires their weapon.
    • After not firing for one second, the heat meter will gradually deplete again.
  • If the Whistler does not hit a target directly, it will temporarily stick to surfaces, creating a visible area-of-effect bubble that will cause the dart to hit an enemy if they get too close.
    • The bubble is visible through walls, but a player will only be affected by the dart if they enter the bubble while in line-of-sight of the dart.
    • If a player is hit by the bubble instead of being directly hit, they will receive 10 damage instead of 20. The overheat effect will still apply as normal.
  • Holding the Tactical button will delay the launch while enabling the auto-reticle; if locked on, reticle will turn from blue to yellow. Melee cancels the launch.
    • Autoaim can be acquired until 75m. If line-of-sight is broken, or goes beyond 75m, the lock will be maintained for another 5 seconds.
    • Once launched, the lock will be maintained; the bullet can make one turn in mid-air.
  • If a victim is locked on by Whistler, they will have a warning banner that say "missile locked."
  • Whistler can be used at the same time as other actions: firing, reloading, healing, etc.

  • Whistler can be used as a short-term deterrent for a localized area. Its damage is minimal, but if you fire a whistler dart at a doorframe it will be visible and serve as a moderate short-term deterrent against people going through that door.
  • As it is a left hand cast, as soon as you start some healing process, press and hold tactical to protect yourself in the off chance enemies come by.

Sling[ | ]

Sling Passive
Description Store a third weapon in the sling. Access either via inventory or Character Utility Action. The sling weapon cannot take attachments.

  • The weapon in the sling will be automatically equipped with all common atattchments, unless the Sling-Shot perk is taken at Level 2.
  • The weapon in the sling can be swapped out with one of the two primary weapons via the inventory screen.
  • Supply Drop Weapons and any tier Fully Kitted Weapons cannot be stored in the sling in Battle Royale.
  • Only Rare and epic tier Fully Kitted Weapons are temporary stripped as based weapons in Control and Team Deathmatch Mode.

  • You can use the sling to store a weapon for teammate, allowing you to either store a gun for a to-be-respawned teammate, or just be a mule for a teammate who is looking for a particular gun. Store relevant attachments in inventory.
  • Note that you will also have to carry ammo for the sling weapon. Alternatively, pick guns that utilize the same ammo type as your primary-secondary.
  • Decide whether you want to pick the sling weapon for general use (as a backup), or one that will benefit the most from Tempest Tempest.
    • For the former, shotguns are often a good choice, as their damage potential is often substantial without attachments, and all benefit quite strongly from the Shotgun Bolt Shotgun Bolt.
    • For the latter, it's best to carry a weapon that requires hop ups, has charge up mechanics, or generally benefits from being fully kitted, e.g. the Rampage LMG, HAVOC Rifle, EVA-8 Auto or RE-45 Auto.
      • Most automatic weapons are limited without attachments, due to recoil or low magazine sizes. LMGs tend to have a slow ready speed and ADS movement speed.
    • Snipers are considered a bad choice, as it is difficult to utilize them as a back up weapon without attachments (especially Optics, and Tempest is best used when pushing enemies.
  • If you find yourself using Snipers only occasionally but still feel the need to reach that range in the off-chance, Vantage can be better than Ballistic as a "Three-weapon Legend". Aside from ensuring you will have two good kitted guns, Vantage has good movement capability, and her ultimate doesn't require storage of sniper bullets.

Tempest[ | ]

Tempest Ultimate Z/LB+RB/L1+R1/LB+RB
Description When activated, nearby teammates get faster reloads, faster armed move speed, and infinite ammo. Ballistic's sling weapon will be equipped and upgraded to legendary.
Charge time 2 minutes

  • Takes 3 seconds to activate and lasts 30 seconds.
    • When Tempest is activated, pressing the "Ultimate" key will bring out the sling weapon
  • Duration is increased by 5 seconds per kill (by anyone affected by Tempest) during the activation period.
  • Affects teammates within a radius of 90 meters. Once they gain the autoloader effect, they can move beyond the radius while retaining the effect.
  • The faster armed move speed is identical to holster speed.
  • The sling weapon cannot be swapped to regular slot, nor disposed of, during the duration of the ultimate.
    • If the sling is empty, equipping a gun to the sling while Tempest is active will upgrade it to Legendary.

  • Sling weapon upgrades when Tempest activate:
    • Snipers will have a 4x-10x Digital Sniper Threat 4x-10x Digital Sniper Threat
    • AR/LMG/Shotguns will have a 2x HCOG Bruiser 2x HCOG "Bruiser"
    • Marksmans will have a 2x-4x Variable AOG 2x-4x Variable AOG
    • Amp/Rev-able guns (Sentinel, Rampage LMG) will cause them to become Sniper Ammo Amped Amped / Heavy Rounds Revved Up Revved Up/Amped.
    • Guns with a hop-up slot will gain the hop-up.
  • The speed boost stacks with other legends' speed boosts.
  • Once activated, not affected by Crypto's Drone EMP Drone EMP

  • Keep in mind it does have a small wind-up time. Activate it before fights.
  • Tempest is best used when pushing with your teammates, especially when paired with agressive legends such as Octane and Pathfinder.

Legend Upgrades[ | ]

Main article: Legend Upgrades

Legend Upgrades are special perks introduced in Season 20 to all Battle Royale modes. These add upgrades to a Legend's abilities as you level up your Evo Armor. Only one option may be chosen per level-up for a maximum of two perks total.

Level 2 Upgrades
  • Lasting Bullet: Whistler Whistler lifetime tripled.
  • Sling-Shot: Sling weapon levels up with each Upgrade selection. This means when your Evo is level 2, your sling weapon will be rare, as goes for level 3. Legendary, however, is reserved for Ballistic's ultimate, Tempest Tempest. At level 3, guns with Boosted Loader or Hammerpoint Rounds will receive those attachments, but Disruptor Rounds and Turbocharger guns will not.
Level 3 Upgrades

Lore[ | ]

Main article: Ballistic (character)

August was the sole heir to the Brinkman fortune, built on shady backroom deals. But when those deals caught up with his parents, August was left a billionaire orphan. Wealthy, furious and self-destructive, August joined the Thunderdome Games (the pre-Apex Apex Games). Here, he took the name Ballistic and became a sensation! His style was wild, reckless, and utterly selfish⁠, helping him become the very first Thunderdome celebrity.

He was famed for his iconic CAR (“Lady Grey”, for the tea). It was here, in combat, that August would meet the love of his life, Sok Leng. They would quickly marry and have a son, Nathaniel. Sok Leng and her brother Kit Siang were an inseparable duo of destruction, and with August now in their squad, they seemed unstoppable.

But nothing lasts forever. August’s crowd-pandering combat style meant he wasn’t paying attention to his team when they needed him, leading to Kit Siang’s death. Devastated by guilt, August retreated into himself, driving away his wife and son. For nearly two decades, August lived as a recluse, keeping busy with small tasks to distract a lonely mind. And so August was largely forgotten, though not by everyone. His son, Nathaniel, was both enamored with his father’s victories and determined to surpass them. When his son qualified to join the dangerous Apex Games, August went to the Syndicate with an offer: take me instead.

His son would be safe from the path that ruined him. What better way to use those skills than in selfless service? And if it just so happens to be his favorite activity, killing all who stand against him…That’s quite the fortunate coincidence.

Cosmetic items[ | ]

Skins[ | ]

There are a total of 45 Legend skins for Ballistic; 7 Legendary, 7 epic, 15 Rare, and 16 Common.

Finishers[ | ]

Main article: Finisher

Badges[ | ]

Emotes[ | ]

Main article: Emote
  • Conductor - Crafting Metals 1,200
  • Bang - Crafting Metals 400
  • Ballistic Icon Only Need One
  • Looking Sharp - Default

Skydive Emotes[ | ]

Main article: Skydive Emote

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Holosprays[ | ]

Main article: Holospray

Music Packs[ | ]

Main article: Music Pack

Transitions[ | ]

Main article: Transition

Voice lines[ | ]

History[ | ]

Teasers[ | ]

  • In game:
    • On April 13th, 2023, a single crate arrived in the Firing Range. On it was stenciled "ASSET MIGRATION INTIATIVE / Transfer to Dynamic Testing Facility, Solace / Max Weight - 40 KG / LOT #S17FR2K23RSPN / HANDLE WITH CARE". "S17FR2K23RSPN" is interpreted as "Season 17, Firing Range, 2023, Respawn"
    • On April 17th, 2023: More crates appear; as well as the arrival of a Widow cargo-ship.
    • On April 21st, 2023: One of the crates break open, revealing various printed magazines. Gibaltar, Mirage, and Rampart can interact with them and has voicelines reacting to the magazine, noting that Ballistic is coming back.
  • Twitter teaser
    • On 2023; April 21st, April 22, April 23, and April 25, pictures depicting the interior of Ballistic's mansion was released.

Datamined and Leaked Data[ | ]

Caliber Icon
  • When the Datamine and leaked data accidentally leaked all the next upcoming Legends back in Season 12, Ballistic was originally going to go under the name "Caliber" in the leaks, however it was later changed to "Ballistic" in the final version. He was originally a Support Support Legend whose character subtitle is "Apex Arms Dealer". He uses Fuse's Dark Depths Icon Broseidon skin as icon placeholder.

Trivia[ | ]

  • His tactical, Whistler, which is "Made in New West", is a reference to the Metro Vancouver region and Whistler Ski Resort.

Gallery[ | ]

References[ | ]