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Weapon buffs and nerfs in Apex Legends Legacy

With the full Apex Legends Legacy patch notes released, we finally have an understanding of the potential weapon meta for Season 9.

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The full patch notes have been revealed for Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy, with many changes coming to the current Season 8 update, lets take a look at how the weapon meta will change.

Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy will add lots of content to the game, including a new Legend, weapon, and 3v3 Arena mode.

The official patch notes presented not only Legend changes but also the weapon buffs and nerfs that could potentially see a whole new meta for Season 9: Legacy, so let’s get into it.

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Assault Rifles

For the Assault Rifles, it seems the R-301, Flatline, and Havoc will all be getting a nerf like the Hemlock in the last update, as Respawn have decided to reduce their headshot multiplier from 2.0 to 1.75.

This will make things more interesting in the weapon meta for Apex Legends, as both the Flatline and the R-301 have been very dominant in Season 8.

Havoc

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Further, the Havoc has also been buffed to balance out the headshot nerf, with increased recoil controllability early in the pattern. This could potentially make the Havoc very competitive, as it is the only Assault Rifle to receive a buff in the Legacy patch.

SMGs

In general, the SMGs remain the same with no nerf or buff added to any weapon in the class. The only slight change is that the R-99 is now in the golden weapon loot, which will be very strong.

As the SMGs have received no nerf, could we see weapons like the Volt, R-99, and Alternator be more dominant than ever? The Alternator was buffed in season 8, where it was already very competitive and even had a higher win rate than the R-99, so keep an eye on it for Legacy, as it could be meta.

LMGs

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Most of the LMGs in Legacy are untouched from Season 8, however, the Spitfire has received a well-needed nerf.

Spitfire

The initial start-up recoil has been increased for the Spitfire, which the devs believe could help people fight against it. The idea is that someone with a more close range, fast fire rate weapon will hit more shots than someone with a 55 round Spitfire.

The devs are aware that the Spitfire was extremely strong in Season 8, and so are prepared to make further changes if need be.

Snipers

Longbow

To balance out the loss of Skullpiercer, the headshot multiplier has been increased from 2.0 to 2.15. The Longbow was great in Season 8, but without Skullpiercer, it can never truly reach the damage output of the Sentinel and the Charge Rifle, unless you’re an extremely good shot with it.

Triple Take

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Many Triple Take fans will be disappointed to know that it has now entered the Airdrop, replacing the Peacekeeper.

The Triple Take has therefore been buffed slightly to make it a strong care package weapon, increasing the fire rate from 1.2 to 1.3, reducing the time for a full precision charge from 1.1 to 1, increasing movement speed while ADS, and also increased spread while airborne and aiming down sights.

Marksman Rifles

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Apex Legends Legacy also brings about a new weapon class known as Marksman Rifles. This is a class for medium-ranged weapons such as the 30-30 Repeater, G7 Scout, Bowcek Bow, and even the Triple Take.

All weapons in this class will no longer be able to equip any sight larger than the 3x, which is a big nerf for anyone who enjoys the 2x – 4x scope.

However, weapons in this class did receive a slight buff, as movement speed while aiming down sights has been increased for every Marksman weapon, which is faster than snipers but slower than ARs.

30-30 Repeater

The 30-30 will be a very strong gun in Legacy, as the patch notes revealed a leg-damage multiplier increase from 0.75 to 0.85. This could bring it more in line with the G7 Scout and actually make it a competitive mid-ranged option.

G7 Scout

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The G7 Scout has been the most versatile weapon in Apex Legends for many seasons, being able to perform up close with an accurate hip-fire, and from far especially with a 2x – 4x scope.

It seems Respawn is taking away some of its versatility, reducing its hip-fire accuracy by increasing the hip fire spread. This could see the 30-30 Repeater take its place, as its hip-fire will now be better than the G7’s.

Shotguns

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It seems the shotguns will be fairly untouched this season, with the Mastiff being nerfed in Season 8, it seems the Eva 8 and possibly the Peacekeeper will be the strongest options.

Peacekeeper

Legacy will see the Peacekeeper back in the floor loot, with some relative nerfs to bring it back in line after being a very strong care package weapon.

Although it comes with a Precision Choke by default, the damage has been reduced from 10 to 9, the reload and rechamber times have both increased, and the pellet spread has also been increased for all charge levels. The Peacekeeper will also lose charge quickly after leaving ADS.

Despite these nerfs, the Peacekeeper is sure to come back with a bang and be a strong, viable option for close-range engagements.

Pistols

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Wingman

Much like the Longbow, the removal of Skullpiercer means the headshot multiplier has been increased from 2.0 to 2.15, which is more of a nerf than a buff as it loses a great Hop Up.

P2020

The removal of Hammerpoint Rounds is also a big hit to the P2020, making it much less viable. It did also get a buff in return, increasing its bullet damage from 15 to 18, however, this won’t replace the strength of Hammerpoint Rounds.

Further, Respawn noticed most players were not taking advantage of the fast fire rate, so they decreased it from 8.5 to 6.25, along with the buffed damage this should make the P2020 easier to use.

Mozambique

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The Mozambique has received a nerf and buff in Legacy, increasing the clip size from 4 to 6, but also the removal of Hammerpoint Rounds means it won’t be anywhere near as useful or powerful.


That’s all for the buffs and nerfs on all weapons for Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy, which players will be able to enjoy today when it releases at 10 AM PDT (6 PM BST).

For more on Apex Legends stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on all of Valkyrie’s Legendary & Epic skins.

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How to do Valkyrie’s portal trap in Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy

Apex Legends’ Valkyrie has more to her play than expected, as players find an alternative use for her ultimate in the form of a trap.

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Apex Legends players have found an extremely amusing trap with new Legend Valkyrie in Season 9: Legacy.

Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy has seen a lot of new content come to the game. Most notably, Arenas and Valkyrie, who players are still learning the extent to which you can utilize her abilities.

It seems some players have taken it upon themselves to find out if you can combine Valkyrie’s ultimate ability, Skyward Drive, with some of the other Legends.

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Players have found that they can combine Valkyrie’s Skyward Dive, which is essentially a portable redeploy balloon, along with other Legend’s abilities to maximize potential.

One great example of this is Valkyrie and Revenant. We’re sure you’ve heard of Revenant and Octane combining their ultimate abilities to essentially push a team and third-party fights without worrying about positioning or elimination.

This was considered very powerful in Season 8, as teams would use Revenants Death Totem and Octane’s Launch Pad to traverse huge distances and save time while in shadow form.

However, soon after Valkyrie’s launch, players found they could perform a similar routine with the Skyward Dive instead of the Launch Pad, which effectively took the team in shadow form across huge distances.

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Apex Legends Valkyrie portal trap

One combination some players found success with is Wraith, combining her Dimensional Rift/Portal ultimate with Valkyrie’s Skyward Dive to trap unsuspecting enemies.

The trap is simple:

  • Activate Valkyrie’s Skyward Dive
  • Wait for Wraith to activate Dimensional Rift and join the Dive
  • Valkyrie will then launch and fly over a hazardous part of the map
  • While over this part of the map, Wraith will end her portal leaving anyone who takes it doomed

Although this trap is best for Olympus due to the many gaps and holes in the floating city, this can also be done off the side of any map or even into the lava in World’s Edge.

There is so much potential with this trap, as you can also pull it off without dropping enemies off the map.

Say you have a Wattson, Caustic, or Rampart set up, and you place a portal directly above where these characters have placed traps. Unsuspecting enemies will take the portal and land in a very stick situation.

That’s all for this cool Valkyrie and Wraith portal trap. For more on Apex Legends, keep it locked on Charlie INTEL, and check out our article on the average K/D ratio for Apex Legends.

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What is the average K/D ratio for Apex Legends?

Interested in finding out the Apex Legends average KD and how it compares to others? Let’s look at the benchmark and see where you stand.

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Curious to see how your Apex Legends stats stack up compared to others? Or maybe you just want to find out if your KD is above or below the average. Let’s find out by looking at the Apex Legends average KD.

How many times have you hesitated when someone has asked what your KD ratio is on Apex Legends because you’re unsure what the average is and whether yours is good or bad.

Whether it’s the guns you’re using, or the Legend, here at Charlie INTEL, we don’t judge. However, we can show you what an average KD looks like in Apex Legends to ease your mind or make you work harder to achieve better.

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Apex Legends average KD

KD, or kill to death ratio, has always been a big part of measuring skill in multiplayer FPS games. However, due to the recent obsession with battle royales, SBMM, and the addition of Ranked Leagues, KDs have become more inconspicuous and really depend on what type of lobbies you’re playing in.

The general consensus is that any KD just above or below 1.0 is considered an average KD on Apex Legends. This means that for every death you have, you will have at least secured one kill.

If your KD is lower than 1.0 and looks more like 0.80 or lower, this would be considered below average as you are dying more than you are killing. To increase your KD back up more towards the average, you will need to start killing more people before you are eliminated.

If your KD happens to be above 1.0 and looks more like 1.5 or higher, this would be considered above average in Apex Legends as you will be killing more than one person every game before dying.

How to check your KD

You can check your lifetime battle royale KD by pressing your username above the Legend on the lobby screen. This will take you to a page full of your player stats. In th middle will be your lifetime stats, and the right will be your current season stats.

Players can also see stats via each season or even ranked by pressing the title above the stats on the right side, giving you an option to select any season you would like to see your personal stats in.

Alternatively, you can also use websites like Apex Legends Tracker to see your KD and any other stat you might be interested in finding out, including your recent performances.

That’s it for average KDs on Apex Legends. For more, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on ranked Arenas.

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How to get Valkyrie Punk Rocket Twitch Prime skin in Apex Legends

The ‘Punk Rocket’ Twitch Prime Gaming skin for Valkyrie in Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy is now available for players to add to their collections.

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Learn how you can redeem the Punk Rocket Valkyrie Twitch Prime skin for free in Apex Legends before the deal ends.

Every new month brings another installment of Twitch Prime loot to Apex Legends, and this month it’s time for the newest Legend to receive a new skin.

Along with the new content brought into Apex Legends through the Season 9: Legacy update, which included a new mode, weapon, map update, and even third-person emotes, even more content is available for those with a linked Twitch Prime Gaming account.

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How to redeem Valkyrie’s Apex Legends Twitch Prime skin

Kairi Imahara, code name Valkyrie, is the latest Legend to enter the Apex Games and receive a new Twitch Prime skin.

The description over on EA’s website reads:

One day, Valkyrie was doing some self-reflection and was likeIs my energy chaotic enough? I mean, yeah sure I’ve got a jetpack and rocket launchers, but what if I really upped the ante here with like… a studded belt. YES.

To redeem this skin, you must access the Prime Gaming website and link your active Amazon Prime membership account to your EA account, or you can start a free trial with prime to claim it without an active membership. Here’s the full process:

  1. Log in to the Prime Gaming website
  2. Visit the Apex Legends section
  3. Click “Claim Now” on the Punk Rocket skin
  4. Link your Prime and EA accounts to complete the claim
  5. The skin will then become available in your in-game inventory

After you enter your Amazon account details, you will then be redirected to EA to link your Prime account with your Apex Legends account. Once you have completed this, you will be redirected back to the Prime Gaming website, where you will be informed that the skin has been successfully claimed.

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The next time you boot up Apex Legends on the EA account you linked with Prime Gaming, you will receive a notification upon passing the main menu that will inform you of your claim.

When in-game, head over to Legends, select Valkyrie if you have her unlocked, and you will find the ‘Punk Rocket’ among her collection. Make sure to grab this skin as it is only available for a limited time between May 12th – June 21st.

You still have time to redeem the previous Twitch Prime skin for Caustic as well, which will end on May 14th.

For more on Apex Legends, keep it locked on Charlie INTEL and check out our recent article on Ranked Arenas.

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