Apex Legends Season 8 is here, and with it comes some major buffs and nerfs to the roster of Legends.
Season 8 of Apex Legends has overhauled the classic Kings Canyon map, introduced new Legend Fuse, and made significant changes to the available pool of Legends.
The full patch notes for Season 8 details all of the buffs and nerfs given to Apex Legends characters. Wraith has been further adjusted, and the buff to Mirage which was accidentally included in the Fight Night patch notes, has finally been added.
Apex Legends Season 8 nerfs and buffs
Wraith’s hitbox has been adjusted again, and Horizon’s Gravity Lift has seen a further nerf. Also, after beating Caustic, you no longer have to painfully wait for his smoke to disappear.
We’ve broken down every character buff and nerf in Apex Legends Season 8 below.
Wraith has gone through a few changes throughout her time in Apex Legends. She has a history of being either too powerful or having broken hitboxes, and the developers have to repeatedly “fix” her.
Rather than messing with her abilities again, the Season 8 update has increased Wraith’s hitboxes in a similar way to how Pathfinder was adjusted previously.
Her hitboxes, specifically around the legs and upper torso have been slightly enlarged, “but the changes stay true to her model.”
She now has a larger hitbox than the other smaller legends, but Respawn assures players that “Wraith remains small and hard to hit,” and will retain the Low Profile perk.
Many Apex players know about Octane’s super-jump, but this was made unreliable after the double-jump was added.
For Season 8, Respawn Entertainment have created “Launch Pad Remastered,” where they have added new “launch options that are better defined than the old super-jump.”
- Hitting the jump pad from a standing position will launch players along a high arc (the speed and trajectory of the old super-jump).
- From a crouched position, players will launch along a low arc, meaning they’ll fly lower but farther in the horizontal direction.
Horizon has won over fans ever since she joined the roster in Season 7. Her unique abilities have made her a powerhouse with a huge record of wins, despite the nerfs she has received to her Gravity Lift.
- Read more: How to get Legend tokens in Apex Legends
In Season 8, Horizon’s Gravity Lift has been nerfed further by adjusting the cooldown:
- Gravity Lift effective cooldown increased from 21s to 25s. The 15s cooldown timer will now start when the Gravity Lift disappears.
They will monitor these changes to see if they have a significant effect on her win rate and pick rate.
Data pooled by Respawn Entertainment has found Rampart, who was released with Season 6, “at the bottom” of their performance metrics. Her gear is meant for setting up a defensive position, but with how fast paced Apex can be, devs “determined her walls should have some reactive power as well.”
In a move to increase Rampart’s viability in Season 8, Respawn has:
- Increased Sheila angle from 120° to 180°
- Increased wall health in build phase from 1hp to 45hp (sniper rounds still pierce through)
They assure fans that they are “keeping a careful eye on this one.”
- Removed ability to stick arc stars to friendly drones.
- Loot inside unopened care packages is now visible with Eye for Quality and accessible through the Black Market Boutique.
- All gas now dissipates as soon as Caustic’s team is eliminated.
- Mirage decoys create footstep sounds.
Expect more Legend tuning over the course of Season 8, so keep an eye on Charlie Intel for details on all future updates.
Image Credit: Respawn Entertainment
How to check Apex Legends item shop without being in-game
If you’ve ever wanted to check the Apex Legends item shop without actually being on the game, we’ve got a great tip for you.
We’ve found a great way for you to check the Apex Legends item shop without actually being on the game. So let’s get into the details.
Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale that contains an in-game store for players to purchase various cosmetics. Apart from collection events and special sales like the recent ALGS Animal Kingdom bundle, the Apex Legends item shop will rotate cosmetics and put recolors up in the exclusive section of the store.
If you’ve ever wanted to see what is in this item shop without actually having to go on the game, there’s an easy way for you to do so.
However, for those looking to get a specific skin or recolor, you may constantly be checking the item shop when it refreshes stock to find that exclusive skin you’ve been waiting for.
If this moment comes when you aren’t able to check the store in-game, there is a handy way to do so without having to boot up Apex Legends.
How to check the Apex Legends item shop
The best way to find out what is in-store on the Apex Legends item shop is through a handy website called apexitemstore.
This website will give you a breakdown of the current items in both the “Featured” section and “Exclusive” section of the item shop, as well as how long they will be in the store.
Featured items are those that can be purchased with Apex Coins and are already in the game. However, although they are in the game, the only way players can obtain these items is through crafting them or in Apex Packs.
Crafting these items takes a lot of Crafting Materials that take a long time to get. Further, getting a specific item in a pack leaves it down to luck, meaning you might have to spend a decent amount of money before getting what you want.
Therefore, the store’s featured items give those players a chance to get a specific item that they want on a one-time purchase with Apex Coins, which is a lifesaver for those who really want a certain skin, especially if it is for a recolor.
Exclusive items are on the right side of the store and are generally called “recolors,” as they are different colorways of already present skins in the game. To purchase exclusive items, players must have the original item of the recolor, which they can purchase with Apex Coins.
Not only does this give players a chance to get a specific skin they have wanted with Apex Coins, but it also throws in a recolor they can purchase with Legend Tokens, which is the game’s free currency that is passively obtained just by playing.
The website also allows players to check out every Legend and weapon skin ever released, recolors and all, which is great for those interested in seeing past items that may become available in the future.
That’s how you can check the current item shop contents in Apex Legends without being in-game. For more, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our recent article on how to unlink and link Apex Legends and EA accounts.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment/apexitemstore
How to unlink and link Apex Legends and EA accounts
Here’s how you can link your EA account to your Apex Legends profile in order to play the game, or switch the account you play on.
Apex Legends is developed by Respawn Entertainment, a studio under Electronic Arts, or EA. In order to play the battle royale you will need to link your active account to your EA account, so here is how to do so.
Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale developed by an EA studio, Respawn Entertainment. This means that to play the game, your platform account will need to be linked to your EA account in order to play online and save your progress.
While there is cross-platform play on Apex Legends, cross-progression is not yet available, which means you won’t be able to play on the same account on multiple platforms. So, for those who have switched platforms and now need to link their EA account once again, here’s how to do so.
How to link your Apex Legends to your EA account
On your platform
- Open one of our games on your PlayStation®, Xbox, or Switch.
- For Google Stadia, you can use the account linking page.
- Some games ask you to log in at the start, while others prompt you to sign in to EA servers when you try to access online modes.
- Enter the email address and password for your primary EA Account when you’re asked to log in.
- Once you’ve signed in, your accounts will be linked.
On EA Help
- Click Log In at the top of this page, or any page on help.ea.com.
- Choose the option to sign in using your platform credentials.
- Fill in the login details from your platform in the pop-up.
- All set! Your accounts are linked.
How can I check if I’ve linked my account?
You can check if you’ve linked your accounts before by checking your About Me page on myaccount.ea.com.
Any Xbox Gamertags and PlayStation™Network Online IDs that are linked to your EA Account will show under Connected Accounts. Connected Switch Accounts and Stadia Accounts won’t show here.
Can I link multiple platform account IDs?
An EA Account can only have one of each platform account linked at a time. This means that you can’t link an EA Account to two PlayStation™Network IDs, for example. Instead, you’ll need to create a new EA Account to link to your additional platform accounts. If you try to link additional accounts, you’ll get a message that says Linked accounts found.
If you already have multiple platform accounts linked to an EA Account, they’ll stay linked, but you won’t be able to add more. We suggest choosing your preferred accounts when you link them together.
How to unlink your EA account from your platform account
You can unlink your platform accounts from your EA Account if you want to link them to a different EA Account, as long as your EA Account has never had the same account type linked to it before.
All your EA game progress is linked to your EA Account, not your platform account. That means if you do end up deciding to unlink your persona from one account to link it to another, you’ll lose your game progress.
If you’re having trouble doing any of this, head over to the EA website for further help.
Well, there you have it, that is how you can link, or unlink your EA account to your Apex Legends account. For more, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our recent article on the devs teasing some potential Evo shield changes.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
How to add friends on Apex Legends cross-platform play
Cross-platform play lets you play with friends across different platforms in Apex Legends, and here’s how you can add friends in it.
You can play Apex Legends with your friends between PlayStation, Xbox, Origin, Steam, and Nintendo Switch. Here’s how you can add friends through the cross-platform play feature.
Many multiplayer games these days come with cross-platform capabilities. These allow you to invite or join your friends in matches, even if they’re playing on a different console or device than you.
Respawn added this feature to Apex Legends in Season 7, and you can use it to play with your buddies between PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Origin, and Steam. Here’s how you can add friends to play with in cross-platform play.
How to use cross-platform play in Apex Legends
If you play Apex Legends on the PC, then you can only match with other PC players during normal matchmaking. However, it’s a different story for console players.
If you’re on a PlayStation, Switch, or Xbox, then you’ll be paired with other players on consoles. You can still use your system to play with friends on PC, but you’ll need to already be in a party with them before the matchmaking begins.
If you are partied up with a PC player, you will be thrown into lobbies with both console and PC users, so keep this in mind before you complain about controller aim assist or cracked mouse and keyboard aim.
How to add friends in Apex Legends cross-platform play
You can search for players on different platforms through their usernames. Here’s what you need to do:
- Start up and log in to Apex Legends
- Open up the friends menu from the main lobby screen
- Click the Find Friend option
- Enter the player’s in-game name and select search
That’s all you need to do when searching for and adding players. You will have to make sure that you have the username that matches the platform they are playing on.
If you want to change how players can search for you then visit privacy settings, and select “Allow users to search for me by.” You can choose to let others find you through your:
- Email address
- PSN Online ID for PlayStation 4 and 5
- Xbox Live gamertag for Xbox One and X|S
- Nintendo Nickname for Nintendo Switch
How to disable cross-platform play in Apex Legends
You can turn cross-platform play on and off by heading to the settings menu. Disabling this feature will will reduce the number of potential players that you can find during matchmaking.
However, limiting the number of players that you can join a match with will also lead to longer waiting times in the lobby. For that reason, we recommend that you keep cross-platform play enabled.
Is there Cross-progression in Apex Legends?
You can use the same EA account to play Apex Legends on your PC and Xbox by connecting it to your Microsoft account, but you can’t share the progression between those two platforms. So you won’t have any of your unlocked items when playing on another system.
However, Respawn understands the benefits of cross-progression, and they have expressed interest in bringing it to the game in the future. Hopefully, we’ll see it added in an upcoming season.
For more Apex Legends news, stay tuned via Charlie INTEL, and check out our recent article on Respawn teasing Evo Shield balance changes.
Image credits: Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts
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