The recent addition of Titanfall 2’s Stalkers to the IMC armories located on Apex Legends’ Storm Point map has made it the heaviest PvE map in the entire game, and with the exception of the Flyers, every single NPC on the island is out to get you . But taking on AI foes in the ring certainly has its advantages, as the spiders of Carthage and the Prowlers on Storm Point leave behind excellent goodies. The Stalker-class robots now lurking within the IMC arsenals in tropical paradise are similar, but they do not drop loot, but killing them will unlock special containers within the IMC armory itself, with bespoke loot for each loaded squad member.
These ruthless robots have made several appearances in Apex YouTube videos, first when they attacked Loba in the Season 5 launch trailer and then when Pathfinder took on one in Stories from the Outlands: Fight Night. While joining an IMC armory can give your team an edge over the competition, taking on the AI army in combat can also have some downsides, and if you’re not careful, you could find yourself in a box of death. But with the right preparation, taking down these man-made monsters can be a breeze. Follow these three tips and you’ll be kicking your ass in no time.
Know what to expect
Once you’ve spotted (or stumbled upon) an IMC arsenal and made sure the coast is clear of any enemy players, go inside and activate the terminal with the big screen. Be sure to give your squadmates a chance to enter before engaging the enemy, because once the terminal is activated, the Armory will close itself and begin unleashing its army of artificial predators on anyone who stays inside.
Attacks come in waves and if you find yourself running out of ammo (or just plain dissatisfied with your current weapon), you can swap it out for one of the many firearms on display inside the armory. Fortunately, Stalkers aren’t particularly smart, so it’s pretty easy to get behind them and take them down one by one. Just make sure to be careful of your surroundings – while they may not be as smart as the Prowlers, they do have weapons.
Go out in style
After killing the last Stalker, an announcer will inform you that you have cleared the security and, assuming you live to tell the story, the supply containers along the sides of the Armory will unlock, giving you and your team access to high-level equipment. This is also an excellent opportunity for Lifeline to heal her teammates, for Loba to use her black market, or for Bloodhound to scan and see if there are any enemies nearby, without those enemies having access to the armory.
Once you’re done getting ready, log back into the terminal and the armory door will open. But one of the things that makes these loot depots so special is that they also double as redeployment beacons. After killing all the Stalkers and opening the door, a series of green rings will appear on a bright green square on the ground. Climb on it and you will be launched high into the air, allowing you to skydive to a different POI of your choice.
Choose the right legend
One of the keys to surviving a fight with the Stalkers is teamwork, but you can’t always rely on them (and there’s always a chance they’ll spend half the game in a death chest), so it’s important to choose. a legend with skill that most benefits you.
With 21 legends to choose from, there are plenty of options, but the ones we’ve found to be the most useful so far include:
- Lifeline, who can easily revive downed teammates and heal herself and her team.
- Caustic and Wattson, both of which are good choices for keeping trigger-happy robots at a distance.
- Mirage, thanks to his ability to disappear and generate multiple calls that can distract enemy fire from him and his team.
- Wraith, who can quickly teleport teammates across the room and enter a state of invulnerability when relocating, an incredibly valuable skill within the IMC Armories.
- Ash, who, like Wraith, can quickly reposition herself and her team (even if only in one direction), and can also throw an Arc Snare to keep the enemy right where she wants them, perfect for close-range battles.
- Horizon is another good choice, as its max is good at keeping multiple enemies grouped together.
Legends like Valkyrie and Fuse are, for the most part, useless when it comes to IMC armories: Fuse can easily detonate or burn herself using her skills in such cramped environments, and Valkryie’s VTOL Jets are useless in a room with a ceiling, not to mention that the Armory itself will mimic its ultimate ability once you’ve cleared all the Stalkers and activated the redeployment beacon. Likewise, Pathfinder’s grapple is also not of much use inside the Armory.
As long as you enter the well-equipped and knowledgeable IMC Armory, you should have no problem taking out the evil robots and claiming that sweet loot for yourself.
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