The latest Apex Legends patch introduced Octane, the game’s first post-release character since Apex burst on to the battle royale scene in February. Fans have quickly fallen in love with the legend, but there’s more to this Adrenaline Junkie than you might expect.
Octane, whose real name is Octavio Silva, hails from the world of Psamathe. Although Respawn hasn’t confirmed the character’s ethnicity, the surname “Silva” is generally of Brazilian or Portuguese descent. His ethnicity is still quite ambiguous, however, as several of Octane’s voice lines are in Spanish, and he has a tattoo that says “Plus Ultra,” a Latin phrase that is the national motto of Spain and translates to “further beyond.”
As a bored heir to the CEOs of Silva Pharmaceuticals, the Adrenaline Junkie lost his legs by using a grenade in an attempt to set a course record for a nearby Gauntlet. Turning to his friend Ajay Che, who’s most commonly known by her code name Lifeline, he convinced the combat medic to supply him with a new set of legs—a repairable bionic pair that would allow him to run faster than ever before.
Satisfied with his new set of limbs, Octane eventually set off to finally quell his need for adrenaline by entering into the Apex Games at 24 years old.
Although the Apex Legends developer hasn’t directly confirmed the inspiration behind the legend, Octane’s story closely follows that of a Titanfall 2 speedrunner who plays under the name of Cash Mayo. Cash Mayo locked down the Gauntlet speedrunning record of 12 seconds flat by using grenades to launch himself through the course.
Octane’s abilities in Apex Legends closely mimic his adrenaline-addicted persona. He uses his bionic legs as a speedup for his tactical ability while his ultimate ability drops launch pads to send players flying.
Fans of the game can try out the newest Apex Legends character for themselves by purchasing Octane for 750 Apex Coins or 12,000 Legend Tokens.