|“||You can only trust those who you know are liars. I used to think differently back when I was working as a simple computer engineer. A straight-edge job with no bumps - I would go in, do what I was asked, and leave. I rarely doubted the loyalty of those who worked alongside me, I didn't really care, until the contract came in... a service order from: Q.W. Initials. That's all I know of the person who took my life away from me. And that is why I am here now. That is why I did what I did to get into the Games.|
|Real Name||Tae Joon Park (박태준)|
|Weight||130 lbs (59 kg)|
|Height||5'9" (175 cm)|
|Tactical Ability||Surveillance Drone|
|Ultimate Ability||Drone EMP|
|Voice Actor||Johnny Young|
A Recon Legend, Crypto takes to the skies with his Surveillance Drone, revealing enemies for Crypto and his squad using Neurolink. If he finds that the enemies have already hunkered down, he can activate his Drone EMP to break their defenses and slow them before he comes out of the shadows and makes his move with his squad.
- 1 Abilities
- 2 Lore
- 3 Cosmetic Items
- 4 Voice lines
- 5 History
- 6 Teasers
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Gallery
- 9 References
|Description||Deploys an aerial drone. 40-second cooldown 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.
- Hold ADS to conduct level flight while looking around.
- When not being piloted manually, the drone can be left parked in midair.
- Crypto is left stationary while piloting the drone. Taking damage while in drone view will force Crypto out of it.
- Crypto can recall the drone at any time, EXCEPT when reviving a teammate who is down, as this will interrupt the revive on the downed teammate. The drone can, however, be recalled without interruption while shooting, healing, while knocked down, or executing other actions. The recall takes ~2 seconds.
- The drone has 60 health, and only heals damage when recalled.
- The drone can be used to open doors/Supply Bins/Care Packages, pick up squadmates' banner cards, and use both Survey Beacons and Respawn Beacons instantly. It must be within 7 meters to do these.
- If you have Vault Key in your inventory. You can use the drone to open the Vault.
- The drone can ping items as long as they are within 12 meters. Enemies can be pinged up to 125 meters.
- Champion Banners seen through the drone's vision will show the number of enemy squads within a 200-meter radius of Crypto (not the drone).
- Crypto can warn teammates about the number of nearby squads by pinging these banners while 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.
- The 200-meter squad detection radius is approximately the same size as your minimap.
|Description||Crypto and his teammates see what the Surveillance Drone detects up to a 30-meter radius.|
- The drone will highlight doors, supply bins, care packages, traps, and enemies with a direct and uninterrupted line of sight within 30 meters. Enemies are more noticeably marked with a triangle.
- Enemies highlighted by the drone will see 'DRONE DETECTED' on their HUD.
|Description||Charge up an EMP blast from your drone. Deals 50 shield damage, slows players, and disables traps.|
|Charge time||3 minutes|
- Takes 3 seconds to charge before detonating. The drone can be destroyed before the detonation, cancelling it.
- Affects all players (and Crypto himself) in a 30-meter radius, even through walls and other obstacles. Squadmates take no shield damage but are still slowed down.
- The slow lasts roughly 1-2 seconds.
- Gibraltar's Dome of Protection
- Lifeline's D.O.C. Heal Drone
- Wattson's Perimeter Security nodes and Interception Pylon
- Caustic's Nox Gas Trap
- Mirage's decoys produced by Psyche Out and Life of the Party
- Loba's Black Market Boutique
- Rampart’s Amped Cover's amped part
- Seer's Exhibit
- Enemy Crypto's Surveillance Drone
- Cargo Bots
- The drone is easier to spot while EMP is charging. Try to activate EMP with your drone in a safe spot or while flying it around to avoid it being destroyed.
- Using 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 large groups of enemies can rack up damage for Crypto's Evo Shield very quickly.
- Using EMP on single enemies can be worth doing to take them out of the fight temporarily, rather than letting their squad group up.
- Since squadmates do not take shield damage from EMP, a risky tactic in a pinch is to activate EMP even if Crypto and his squad will be caught in the blast, giving your team an opportunity to attack or escape while the enemy recovers.
|Description||Scanning Survey Beacons reveals the next circle's 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.
|“||Crypto specializes in secrets. A brilliant hacker and encryption expert, he uses aerial drones to spy on his opponents in the Apex Arena without being seen. He also has a secret of his own: his name is Tae Joon Park, and he joined the Apex Games to find the people who framed him for murder.
An orphan abandoned at a young age, Tae Joon escaped a life of squalor by becoming a computer engineer for the Mercenary Syndicate, along with his foster sister, Mila Alexander. One day, Tae Joon and Mila stumbled upon an algorithm that could predict the result of any Apex Games match, hidden away in the Games’ own computer systems. That caught the attention of the wrong people - the next day, Mila disappeared, and Tae Joon was forced to into hiding after he was framed for her murder. He’s now joined the Games to clear his name - because sometimes the spotlight is the best place to hide.
Tae Joon Park was born on Gaea, and was eventually orphaned on the streets of Suotamo. One night, Katerina Ticacek “Mystik” Nox, despairing at the death of her husband and apparent death of her son, sat on the ledge of a bridge in the city. This bothered a twelve-year-old Park, who angrily shouted in Korean that he was trying to sleep. Mystik soon adopted Park, as well as his foster sister, Mila Alexander. 
In 2727, Park met with Bangalore, who was searching for information regarding her brother, Jackson. Acting as an informant, he gave her a flash drive and directed her to Singh Labs on the island of Kings Canyon. 
To escape a squalid life, Park became a computer engineer and completed jobs for the Mercenary Syndicate , working alongside Mila on many of these. He additionally invented the drone cameras used to broadcast the Apex Games. 
On November 25, 2731, Park and Mila received a work order from a Syndicate representative with the initials Q.W., who asked for work on the Apex Games’ broadcast system. While working on one of its security protocols, the pair uncovered a prediction algorithm for the Apex Games. Mila placed a drive in Park’s computer, wishing to copy the algorithm and use it to find a fresh start for her and her step-brother. However, Park refused, wary of what would happen if the Syndicate found out.
The next morning, he awoke to news of Mila’s abduction and apparent murder, as well as Syndicate agents at his door. Purging the data on his computer and grabbing a jacket, a family picture, and his camera drone, he fled through his window, eventually escaping the agents in a chase through Suotamo. Adopting a new style and a device to modify the shape of his face,  Park went off the grid, swearing revenge on the Syndicate for framing him for his sister’s killing. 
He was later believed to have been seen in Suotamo. Mystik was briefly taken into custody for information, but was soon released. 
Season 2 Launch Trailer
In his first act of revenge against the Syndicate, Park hacked into and detonated the Repulsor Tower on Kings Canyon, allowing local wildlife such as Prowlers and Leviathans to enter and disrupt the area. The Apex Games were put on hold during this incursion, and were later relocated to a new arena on Talos - World’s Edge. 
Park could later be seen hacking into the computer systems of Singh Labs. 
Park later silently inserted himself into the Apex Games under the alias “Hyeon Kim.” His false persona cleared all background checks, but those within the Syndicate were suspicious that someone like “Kim,” with an entirely clean record, would be entering a bloodsport such as the Apex Games.  He survived his first match, suffering only some broken ribs. 
Season 3 Launch Trailer
On the dropship en route to a match, Mirage, happy for a change of scenery, jokes that he needs to “find whoever took the tower down and buy them a drink.” Gibraltar and Lifeline suggested that he ask Park, who “knows everything about everything.” As Mirage approaches, Park mistakes him as someone suspicious and grapples him. Park and Mirage are later placed on the same team for an Apex Games match, where the pair give each other the respective nicknames of “kid” and “old man.” 
After the collapse of Skull Town, various IMC bunkers were revealed across Kings Canyon. Park, upon investigating them, found encrypted messages from Mila. She revealed that she is in fact alive, but in hiding. She was questioned by the Syndicate and placed in a secure location, but she was able to escape by overriding the doors’ security systems. She then warns Park that somebody is watching him from inside the Syndicate. 
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 on an alternate Kings Canyon, in the Shadowfall dimension. Park and Wattson were enlisted to assemble the artifact’s pieces. 
Eventually, Wattson is injured during a mission in the Shadowfall dimension. While she recovers, Revenant arrives to harass and threaten the Legends.  After he leaves, Bangalore states her belief that someone is feeding him information. Park offhandedly accuses her of being mole, to which she dismissively brushes the comment off. 
Park and Wattson continue to reconstruct the artifact while the latter recovers. During one of their sessions, Revenant returns, this time within the systems of Park’s (seemingly unhackable) drone. While frightening Wattson, Revenant reveals that there is in fact a mole among them. Blame is immediately placed on Park, as his drone was the current vessel for Revenant.  Caustic offers his own argument to corroborate this accusation: as Park and Revenant both want revenge against the Syndicate, it would make sense for them to work together to bring it down. Park rebutts that Caustic must be the mole, as it was clear that the latter’s speech was prepared. During this fight, a distressed Wattson departs with Wraith, stating that she can’t trust someone she doesn’t know. 
After a long period of mistrust, Park invites Wattson to a meeting to clear the air. Referencing her statement about trusting someone she doesn’t know, he reveals his true identity to her, as well as the fact that somebody within the Syndicate is after him. Despite Wattson’s confusion about him revealing this knowing her heavy involvement with the Syndicate, the two make up.  She promises to keep his secret, but often slips up and calls Park by his real name in public. 
Around this time, Mirage pranked Park by gluing his face to the ground. 
The Legacy Antigen
After the outbreak of the Medusa epidemic, the Legends met to discuss a search for a cure. Caustic sadistically opposed, stating that he would not miss an opportunity to watch hundreds of people die. However, Park changed his mind with the revelation that Mystik, their mother, was recently admitted to a hospital with the condition.  The Legends quickly departed for Gaea to hunt for Carthage spiders, which contain an agatoxin that could counteract the disease.  
Park and Caustic reluctantly band together during their hunt. During a discussion about how much Mystik misses her sons, Caustic reveals to Park that he hasn’t returned to her because he is afflicted with cancer, and he believes it should have killed him by then. Letting their guard down, the two are captured by a Carthage spider and ensnared in its den, alongside Valkyrie and Loba.  Caustic breaks free and, despite his wish to leave him for dead, frees Park, as he needs someone to look after his mother after he dies. The four Legends return to their ship with the captured spiders in tow.  
Returning to Psamathe, the spiders are delivered and a cure is quickly developed and administered. A doctor approaches Park and Caustic and reports that a recovering Mystik is to be transported to Gaea. Additionally, visitors are accepted, but they must only be from family. Park allows Caustic to go in his stead, allowing for a long-overdue family reunion. 
Later, Park and Wattson deliver a spider to Caustic so that he may use it to find a cure for his cancer. 
Trouble in Paradise
During an Apex Games match on Storm Point, Park is placed on a team with Horizon and Wattson. He and Wattson had been scouring the arenas for IMC-produced parts in order to repair a communications unit. After finding a part, the two are suddenly ambushed by Ash, who interrogates them as to the meaning of their hunt. Wattson directs her to Wraith, as Ash is conducting a similar hunt. 
At some point after, Park met with Ash, beginning a partnership with the Simulacrum to find information to help him against the Mercenary Syndicate. 
There are a total of 65 Legend skins for Crypto; 18 Legendary, 8 Epic, 23 Rare and 16 Common.
- Included in the Prince of Darkness Bundle.
Story of Crypto:
- Inconspicuous: Before Tae Joon Park was a wanted man, he was a gifted programmer and engineer. The drone cameras that broadcast the Apex Games were originally his creation. In another life, they may have made him famous.
- Included in the Iced Out Bundle.
- Crypto was teased for an entire season before his official reveal:
- Crypto's first appearance was in the trailer for Season 2, where he was responsible for destroying the Repulsor tower.
- Crypto's logo appears in "Voidwalker" when an alternate Wraith hacks into an abandoned IMC base.
- Crypto was the source of several "glitches" in Kings Canyon, including distorted lines from the announcer and hacked banner displays showing his attempts to get login information.
- Crypto appeared in an inaccessible room behind glass in Singh Labs, getting info on the space elevator at World's Edge. When a player got near, he and his drone would flee.
- Crypto's logo appears on the Night Light Prowler Burst PDW skin.
- Crypto's voice actor, Johnny Young, is an active streamer on Twitch, where he is known to do custom voice lines after the character he plays.
- When he hacked himself into the Apex Games as a competitor, he registered himself as "Hyeon Kim", from Solace.
- Crypto's age is officially listed as 31 but it was seemingly retconned to be about 22-23 via a motion comic released in Season 9. Tom Casiello refused to comment on this.
- His real name, age, home planet, etc were labeled as [Error] until season 5.
- Only two other legends (Caustic and Wattson) currently know Tae Joon's true identity, with Wattson being the only legend Crypto has willingly revealed it to.
- Mystik is both Caustic's biological mother and Crypto's adoptive mother. This technically makes the two step-brothers.
- Crypto shows his opinions about the other Legends very clearly in coded messages/letters to Mystik, his adoptive mother:
- He shows a strong disliking for Mirage, despite acknowledging Mystik's adoration for him. He finds Mirage to be a cocky idiot; despite that, they've developed something of rivalry/friendship over the course of the seasons.
- He assumes Caustic is nothing more than a sociopath and seems to avoid him out of intimidation. With further reveals, it could also be due to Caustic knows his real identity
- He thought nothing of Gibraltar, but upon closer inspection, found him to be one of the few with morals.
- As explained by writer Tom Casiello, the device around his jawline/ear alters his face, so he doesn’t look like himself from the past.
- Tom Casiello also said that the Hype Beast skin is "his innermost desires come to life. He wants to scream his identity to all within earshot. Because that would mean this nightmare is over."
- Crypto's "Rising Phoenix" and "Masked Dancer" Legendary cosmetic skins are interpretations of outfits used in the Korean (both North and South) Lion Dance, meant to rid a location of evil spirits.
- Crypto is canonically terrible at naming things. For example, the drone is named "Hack," his Town Takeover on King's Canyon in called "Map Room," and his security system was literally called "security" before Wattson named it "Lassie," after a guard dog from earth.
- The inscription, "0's & 1's 4 Lif3" along with Crypto's logo is found within "Hack". The logo and inscription can be seen if "Hack" is deployed or when Crypto is selected in the beginning of the match.
- Crypto owns, and is shown with, a data knife in his banner pose "pre-kill", a tool commonly owned by Titan Pilots with the Combat Certification.
- Crypto is from Gaea, one of the two planets (the other being Psamathe) in the Syndicate Space with its own police force. It is for this reason he could be framed for murder, as it is legal to kill on other planets in the Syndicate Space.
- Crypto and Mila are the creators of the camera drones used to broadcast the Apex Games, having constructed them as independent contractors under the alias Mystik-2. They could have potentially made him famous if he wasn't a fugitive.
- Crypto's Devil's Advocate skin appears to be based on Dante, the protagonist of Capcom's Devil May Cry series.
A coded message from Crypto to Mystik.
Concept art of Crypto.
Concept art for the drone.
Concept art for the drone's remote.
- Crypto Loading Screen Text "It Takes a Liar"
- PlayApex on Twitter
- The Legacy Antigen Side Story - "Wrong Wraith"
- Inconspicuous skin lore blurb
- Pathfinder's Quest Chapter 9 - "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?"
- Stories from the Outlands - Forever Family
- Season 3 Loading Screen - "Streets of Suotamo"
- Season 2 Launch Trailer
- Season 3 Loading Screen - "Codename Crypto"
- Season 3 Loading Screen - "Books and Covers"
- Season 3 Launch Trailer
- Loot Bunker Crypto/Mila messages
- The Broken Ghost Prologue - "The Duplicitous Snake"
- The Broken Ghost Chapter 2 - "The Detached Chaperone"
- The Broken Ghost Chapter 3 - "The Liberated Narc"
- The Broken Ghost Chapter 6 - "The Oblivious Mole"
- The Broken Ghost Chapter 7 - "The Shattered Spirit"
- The Truth
- Crypto/Wattson Season 7 interactions
- Season 7 Loading Screen - "A Change in Character?"
- The Legacy Antigen Part 3 - "She Blinded Me With Science!"
- The Legacy Antigen Part 4 - "Getting the Band Back Together"
- The Legacy Antigen Part 5 - "Haunted by Broken Ghosts"
- The Legacy Antigen Part 7 - "The Terrible Truth About Alexander Nox"
- The Legacy Antigen Part 8 - "Abandonment Issues"
- The Legacy Antigen Part 9 - "Retribution"
- The Legacy Antigen Part 11 - "Legacy Found"
- The Legacy Antigen Epilogue
- How to Wake Up
- Trouble in Paradise Chapter 3 - "One Step Forward, Three Steps Back"
- Trouble in Paradise Epilogue - "Zeroes and Ones"
- Loading Screen - Codename Crypto
- Tom Casiello on Twitter
- Tom Casiello on Twitter
- Tom Casiello on Twitter
- Hethe Srodawa on Twitter
- Danny Gardner on Artstation
- Danny Gardner on Artstation