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All Apex Legends Season 8 character buffs and nerfs

Apex Legends Season 8 is here, and Respawn Entertainment have given certain Legends some major buffs and nerfs.

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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 nerf

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.”

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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.

Octane buff

Many Apex players know about Octane’s super-jump, but this was made unreliable after the double-jump was added.

Octane Apex Legends

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 nerf

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. 

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.

Rampart buff

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.”

Rampart Apex Legends

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.”

Crypto nerf

  • Removed ability to stick arc stars to friendly drones.

Loba buff

Loba in Apex Legends
  • Loot inside unopened care packages is now visible with Eye for Quality and accessible through the Black Market Boutique.

Caustic nerf

  • All gas now dissipates as soon as Caustic’s team is eliminated.

Mirage buff

  • 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.

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What do Heirlooms do in Apex Legends?

Apex Legends’ Heirlooms are some of the most sought after items in the whole game, but what are they and what do they do?

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Problem Solver heirloom in Apex Legends

The Heirlooms in Apex Legends are very popular but rare items that all dedicated players wish to obtain. To understand the demand, let’s get into the details of what they are.

Apex Legends has some pretty cool cosmetics for players to obtain, including Legend and weapon skins. There are plenty of neat cosmetic items that you can use to stylize your weapons and characters.

Heirlooms are the rarest and most prestigious in-game items, and not every Legend has one of these. Let’s go into detail about what they are and what they actually do for you in Apex Legends.

What is an Apex Legend Heirloom?

Revenant Heirloom in Apex Legends

An Heirloom is a Legend-specific melee item that Apex Legends players can purchase with Heirloom Shards, which are obtained in Apex Packs.

The reason Heirlooms are so rare is because there is a 1 in 500 chance of receiving Heirloom Shards in an Apex Pack, and only on your 500th pack are you guaranteed the shards.

Further, Heirlooms usually come out during a Collection Event, where players need to collect every item in the event to receive the new Heirloom. However, these can be very pricey.

To calculate how many Apex Packs you have opened, check out our article on how to track your Heirloom progress.

What do Heirlooms do in Apex Legends?

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Heirlooms are strictly cosmetic items that are specific to Legends who currently have them available. They give you new melee animations and sounds, as well as something cool to hold while your weapons are holstered.

These items also have detailed animations when your weapon is holstered, as well as satisfying animations for moving between running, walking, sliding, and crouching.

All Heirlooms in Apex Legends

Apex Legends Rampart Problem Solver Heirloom

There are currently 11 Legends who have Heirlooms in the game, and each of these items is suited to their own distinct sets of abilities.

Here are of all the Apex Legends heirlooms:

  1. Rampart – Problem Solver
  2. Wraith – Kunai
  3. Bloodhound – Raven’s Bite
  4. Lifeline – Shock Sticks
  5. Pathfinder – Boxing Gloves
  6. Octane – Butterfly Knife
  7. Mirage – Too Much Witt
  8. Caustic – Death Hammer
  9. Gibraltar – War Club
  10. Revenant – Dead Man’s Curve
  11. Bangalore – Cold Steel
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At the time of writing, Rampart was the latest character to receive an Heirloom in Apex Legends Season 10. The Problem Solver arrived as part of the Evolution Collection Event.

The Collection Event’s update patch also gave data miners the opportunity to sort through the game files, and a leaked 3D model for Wattson’s Heirloom has revealed that the devs might give her one of these items soon.


For more Apex Legends, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, and check out when Apex Legends Season 11 will begin.

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Apex Legends Season 11: Start date, new map, new Legend & Battle Pass change

Season 10: Emergence has only just arrived, but players are already looking ahead to Apex Legends Season 11, and here’s when it should start.

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Screenshot of Seer from Apex Legends Season 10

Although Apex Legends Season 10: Emergence is still quite fresh on the mind, that doesn’t stop the community from getting excited at what the future holds. Here’s everything we know so far about Apex Legends Season 11.

Season 10 brought a whole host of exciting content into the game, including a new Legend in the form of Seer and the Rampart LMG.

On top of that, there is a fresh Battle Pass brimming with cosmetics for characters new and old.

Apex Legends has undergone a rebirth of sorts, with Season 10 as a large portion of the Warzone community. Even big streamers have switched to Apex. Respawn will look to continue this momentum with Apex Legends Season 11, and here are all the details we know so far.

Apex Legends Season 11 start date

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As a rule of thumb, every new season of Apex Legends will typically last for three months to allow players enough time to soak in the content.

The Emergence update landed on August 3, so it’s safe to say that it will end on November 2, 2021, with Season 11 beginning on November 3.

What time does Apex Legends Season 11 begin?

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As we are still so early in the current season, an official release time is yet to be announced by Respawn. However, we can look at the previous schedule and make a reasonable estimate. Based on past releases, Season 11 will drop at 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST / 5 PM GMT on November 3, 2021.

This is, of course, subject to any delays in development that could see the date pushed. But after 11 successful seasons, Respawn seems to be in the swing of turning around the new updates at a steady rate.

New Legend

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It’s been a while since a new Legend has hogged the spotlight so much, but that’s exactly what Seer did when he debuted. The first few weeks saw Seer become, easily, the most picked Legend in Season 10 thanks to his powerful recon abilities.

However, nerfs have lessened his impact and seen his following quickly drop off. Now, fans have reverted to old favorites, and we begin to look ahead to the next character to join the fray.

There haven’t been any hints about who we can expect, but we’ll update this once the details start to seep through for the Apex Legends Season 11 character.

New map

olympus map

One major thing that helps Apex Legends differentiate itself from other popular battle royale games is its three full maps to rotate between.

Whereas Fortnite has Fortnite Island, Warzone has Verdansk (and to a lesser extent Rebirth Island), Apex Legends has Olympus, World’s Edge, and Kings Canyon.

But it seems like three maps may not be enough to satisfy the hunger of the game’s devs as a rumored fourth map is in the works.

Data miners have found that “Tropical Island” has been in the game’s files for a long time now, and new coding has been discovered that further hints at some sort of tropical setting for the map.

Apex Legends players last got a new map with Olympus in Season 7, so it may be time to add more variety in Apex Legends Season 11.

The excitement for the possibility of a new map coming to the battle royale game coming in Season 11 was ramped up when a new POI was discovered on the Olympus map following the arrival of the Evolution Collection event update.

However, players will have to wait to see if this new Olympus POI is indeed a teaser for the Apex Legends Season 11 map for the time being.

Apex Legends Season 11 Battle Pass changes

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Battle Passes, in general, are transforming into something slightly more consumer-friendly to reward players who shell out the cash on them.

Fortnite popularized the concept by offering players the chance to pay a small amount to be able to unlock a slew of new cosmetics each season, usually consisting of 100 Tiers. Now, Battle Passes are changing in different games to suit the needs of the player better.

Halo Infinite has taken big steps to shake up the Battle Pass concept, and Apex Legends seems to be following suit in Season 11.

Here’s what the official FAQ regarding Battle Passes and Special Events says:

  • Battle Pass – Can be obtained during the specific event period by Battle Pass owners who reach the required level. These items may return in a future event or promotion (This applies starting with Season 11 and onwards). 
  • Event Limited – May return in a future event or promotion. (i.e. Collection Events, Themed Events).”

By the time November rolls around, the community will be eager to jump in and see what’s in store for Season 11 – whatever form it takes.

For more on Apex Legends, keep up to date with our dedicated Apex Legends news and guides.

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Apex Legends leak reveals Wattson Heirloom 3D model

Apex Legends dataminers have revealed the model for Wattson’s Heirloom thanks to the code introduced by the recent update.

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Apex Legends dropped their highly anticipated Evolution Collection Event update on September 14, not only giving players some new content to enjoy right now but also providing dataminers with the code for the Wattson Heirloom.

Apex Legends Evolution Collection Event update introduced some great new content for players. As well as “Big Maude” taking its place outside of Lava City on World’s Edge, players were also given a new collection of cosmetics along with Rampart’s Heirloom.

One thing every update provides is new code for dataminers to dig around and uncover upcoming content.

This time it’s Wattson’s Heirloom, which dataminers have actually found a 3D model for.

Apex Legends Wattson

Apex Legends Dataminers have been pretty accurate about upcoming content in the past, previously revealing Rampart’s Heirloom as a wrench and that it would be coming in Season 10.

The leaks for this season’s Collection Even update revealed Wattson’s Heirloom, which also hints that she will indeed be the next Legend to receive one.

Apex Legends Wattson Heirloom

Dataminer GarretLeaks is behind the Wattson Heirloom leak, as he posted an image of the 3D model and some suggestions for what it will be like.

Unfortunately, the current version of Wattson’s Heirloom doesn’t have any textures or details, but it still gives players a great idea of what they can expect when it releases, which could be as soon as Season 11.

The design has been compared to a Speedometer. The device Police units use to track the MPH of a vehicle. The Heirloom is obviously not going to be a Speedometer, but the similarities are quite amusing.

In Garret’s latest YouTube video about the Heirloom, it is interesting that he describes it as a “prodding taser type of thing.”

Further, another dataminer by the name of Shrugtal has provided further details about the Heirloom, presenting its name in the files and a work in progress inspect animation.

Shrugtal revealed the Heirloom is called “nessie_gadget” in the files and Wattson actually strokes and scratches it in some of the animations. Shrugtal believes the device will probably be “both a taser and a Nessie Tamagotchi that has Nessie AI on the screen that reacts to her actions.”

This is an exciting concept and definitely fits Wattson’s Nessie-loving personality. It is good to hear, especially if you’re a Wattson main that the Heirloom will be more than just a taser, but actually have a lot of her personality within it.

This gives her Heirloom a lot of depth. It seems the developers are moving more towards putting the Legend’s personalities into their Heirlooms, especially as Rampart‘s wrench emphasizes her love for bubblegum.

We’ll have to wait for more information and details regarding Wattson’s Heirloom as we edge closer to Season 11. Further updates will allow dataminers to see progress with the design.

For more Apex Legends, check out our article on Octane’s jump pad trick still working despite his nerfs.

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