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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.[1]
Surveillance Expert
Real Name Tae Joon Park (박태준)
Alias Hyeon Kim
Gender Male
Age ≥22[2]
Weight 130 lbs (59 kg)
Height 5'9" (175 cm)
Home World Gaea
Legend Type Recon.svg Recon
Tactical Ability Surveillance Drone.svg Surveillance Drone
Passive Ability Neurolink.svg Neurolink
Ultimate Ability Drone EMP.svg Drone EMP
Real-world Info
Voice Actor Johnny Young

Crypto is a Legend introduced in Season 3.svg Season 3 that is locked from the base game. He can be unlocked using digital currency: either Legend Tokens 12,000 or Apex Coins 750, or by buying the Champion Edition.

A Recon.svg Recon Legend, Crypto takes to the skies with his Surveillance Drone.svg Surveillance Drone, revealing enemies for Crypto and his squad using Neurolink.svg Neurolink. If he finds that the enemies have already hunkered down, he can activate his Drone EMP.svg Drone EMP to break their defenses and slow them before he comes out of the shadows and makes his move with his squad.


Surveillance Drone[]

Surveillance Drone.svg Tactical Q/LB/L1/LB
Surveillance Drone
Description Deploys an aerial drone. 40-second cooldown if destroyed.
Cooldown 40 seconds

  • 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 MapIcon Survey Beacon.png Survey Beacons and MapIcon Respawn Beacon.png Respawn Beacons instantly. It must be within 7 meters to do these.
    • If you have Vault Key.svg 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 following is everything that the Surveillance Drone can Ping:
  • You can manually ping and use the ping wheel while in drone view.
  • Pathfinder's Grappling Hook.svg Grappling Hook can attach to the drone.
  • Fuse’s Knuckle Cluster.svg Knuckle Cluster can stick to the drone.
  • The drone cannot pass through Wraith's Dimensional Rift.svg Dimensional Rift.

  • Crypto is completely vulnerable while in drone view. Find a safe place to stay while operating the Surveillance Drone. You can crouch while entering drone view to force Crypto to stay in this stance while using it, making it easier to hide him.
  • Holding the tactical button allows Crypto to deploy the drone and immediately exit from the drone view.
  • Deploying the drone while sliding allows Crypto to keep sliding while the drone deploys. You can slide into cover and/or save time this way when moving into new areas via downward slopes.
  • Although your squad can see the drone's automatic Neurolink.svg Neurolink pings, the range is very limited. Remember to manually ping the enemies you see that the drone doesn't automatically detect.
  • The drone's ability to see the number of nearby enemy squads is very powerful information. Communicate this information to your squad often to make decisions about when/where to move, which fights to take, and avoid being caught by surprise third parties after winning a fight.
    • The 200-meter squad detection radius is approximately the same size as your minimap.
  • You can use the drone as a decoy to distract enemies while your squad is either flanking or escaping.
  • Because enemy drones appear with an orange aura, flying it outside The Ring will cause it to visually blend in with the orange ring effect and its partial opacity, making it harder for enemies to spot. The drone does not take Ring damage.
  • If your squadmates have died, you can use the drone to safely retrieve your squadmates' banners. Try to fly the drone in from a different direction rather than directly from yourself to reduce the likelihood of being caught doing this. Carrying Mobile Respawn Beacon.svg Mobile Respawn Beacons in your survival slot is naturally more valuable for Crypto.

  • The Surveillance Drone can sometimes take more shots to destroy than intended despite only having 60 health. This doesn't include weapons that can one-shot it.
  • Sometimes when the drone is hacking a Survey Beacon, the next ring is not revealed on the map unless you hack the beacon when facing its front, despite the hacking sound effect playing.
  • The drone cannot fit through certain windows.
  • Attempting to deploy the drone while crouching too close to a wall or cover can cause it to become stuck.
  • In Arenas, one charge is used when the drone is deployed and another is used when it is destroyed. If all three charges are bought and the drone is destroyed, only one charge will be left.

  • Neurolink[]

    Neurolink.svg Passive
    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.

  • Mirage cannot be detected while cloaked from Now You See Me....svg Now You See Me....
  • Mirage's decoys can be scanned but won't be highlighted as an enemy.
  • Enemies won't be highlighted if Gibraltar's Dome of Protection.svg Dome of Protection comes between them and the drone.
  • If Crypto is inside enemy or friendly Bangalore smoke while in recon mode your screen will start to become fuzzy.
  • Enemies cannot be detected through Bangalore’s smoke or Caustic’s gas.

  • The Drone EMP.svg Drone EMP and Neurolink can be used even when Crypto is not directly controlling the drone. This allows Crypto to actively stay in the fight while gathering information on what enemies are doing.
  • The Surveillance Drone is noisy and its automatic enemy detection will warn enemies of its presence. If you don't want them to know your squad is nearby, you can manually ping them from a distance.
  • Many maps have glass surfaces that the drone can detect enemies through. Park your drone on one side so that it can safely scan enemies on the other side.
  • If you're struggling to find enemy squads, flying around with the drone through buildings and covers and looking through glass might cause them to be spotted by the drone's enemy detection, even if you didn't notice them.

  • The drone may not highlight certain general things that are supposed to be highlighted.

  • Drone EMP[]

    Drone EMP.svg Ultimate Z/LB+RB/L1+R1/LB+RB
    Drone EMP
    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.

  • The following is everything that the Drone EMP will destroy:
  • The following is everything that will take 50 damage from Drone EMP:
  • EMP will deal 100 damage instead of 50 to the following:
  • EMP disables the Tridents on Olympus for 5 seconds.

  • The radius of Drone EMP is the same as Neurolink.svg Neurolink's tracking radius. If an enemy is highlighted in orange, you know they'll be caught in the blast.
  • You can activate EMP from where you last left the drone, even when you are not in drone view. This way, you can set the drone in one spot, leave the drone view, prepare for an ambush, activate the EMP, and push immediately.
  • Keep in mind that you and your drone are still vulnerable to damage while EMP is charging.
    • 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.
  • EMP is very good for ending fights quickly and lessening the chances of your squad getting third partied.
    • 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.svg Evo Shield very quickly.
    • Using EMP on single enemies can be worth doing to can 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.
  • It's very useful for Crypto to carry at least 1-2 Ultimate Accelerant.svg Ultimate Accelerants to quickly recharge EMP.
  • Offensive, agile Legends make good squadmates for Crypto, as they can easily hunt down enemies after an EMP.

  • On Kings Canyon, using a Charge Tower when your ultimate is fully charged, then activating the EMP exactly 2.5 seconds before the charge tower activates will remove the cooldown completely after every activation until the drone is destroyed. Note: you must have a teammate to do this.

  • Recon[]

    Recon.svg Perk
    Description Scanning MapIcon Survey Beacon.png 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.

  • A survey beacon can be used again when the next round starts.

  • Lore[]

    Crypto specializes in secrets; he knows how to uncover them, and how to keep them. A brilliant hacker and encryption expert, he uses aerial drones to spy on his opponents in the Apex Arena without being seen.

    Orphans raised on the streets of Suotamo, Tae Joon and his foster sister Mila Alexander escaped a life of squalor by becoming computer engineers, designing drones used by the Syndicate to transmit the Apex Games throughout the Outlands. But two years ago, 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 into hiding after he was framed for her murder. With his reputation destroyed, and the Syndicate after him, he gave up his identity, his face, and his family in order to facilitate his redemption.

    Wanting to get closer to the people who framed him, Tae Joon planned to join the games but thought he wouldn't be able to pass the games' qualifiers. He then hacked into the games' mainframe and put himself in their records as a legend, but not before blowing up Kings Canyon's Repulsor Tower to serve as a distraction.[3] This allowed the entry of hostile wildlife on Kings Canyon and disruption of the games.

    Now joining the games as the combatant known as Crypto, he seeks justice - and revenge.

    Cosmetic Items[]


    There are a total of 63 Legend skins for Crypto; 18 Legendary, 6 Epic, 23 Rare and 16 Common.


    1. Included in the Prince of Darkness Bundle.

    Story of Crypto:

    1. 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.

    • PlayStation+ Pack Arctic Plates - May 2020
    1. Included in the Iced Out Bundle.


    Main article: Finisher



    Main article: Emote
    • Game Over - Crafting Metals 1,200
    • Swordplay - Crafting Metals 400
    • Fistbump - Default

    Skydive Emotes[]

    Main article: Skydive Emote


    Main article: Holo-Spray

    Music Pack[]

    Main article: Music Pack

    Loading Screens[]

    Main article: Loading Screen

    Voice lines[]



    • Crypto was teased for an entire season before his official reveal:
      • Crypto's first appearance was in the trailer for Season 2.svg 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[4][5].
      • Among the Legends, he has so far only revealed his real name and reasons for joining the Apex Games to Wattson, to earn back her trust after the events of The Broken Ghost left her shaken and newly aware of just how little she truly knew him.
    • Crypto's age is officially listed as 31[6] but it was seemingly retconned to be about 22-23 via a motion comic released in Season 9.svg Season 9. Tom Casiello refused to comment on this.[7]
      • His real name, age, home planet, etc were labeled as [Error] until season 5[8].
    • 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.[9]
    • 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."[10]
    • 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. They could have potentially made him famous if he wasn't a fugitive.