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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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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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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 11 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 11 is well underway, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 11 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?

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Season 11 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 11 pick rates in Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale shooter?

Apex Legends hit the ground running when it launched with eight different characters to choose from in its battle royale offering. The game suffered a notable lull when Call of Duty: Warzone launched, but with many players jumping ship to Respawn’s game in Season 10, Apex Legends Season 11 has benefited from continued support from gamers and streamers alike.

There are now a whopping 19 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. The newest one is Ash, she debuted alongside the new Storm Point map.

Between the Arenas mode and Ranked Leagues to compete in, thousands of matches have already been logged in Season 11, and we will break down and find the Legends with the highest pick rates in Season 11.

Apex Legends Season 11 pick rate ranked list

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This is our complete list of every character pick in Apex Legends, and we’ve ranked them in order to let you know which are favored.

Here is every Apex Legends pick rate in Season 11 ranked, as of January 21, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Wraith – 12.5%
  2. Octane – 12.3%
  3. Bloodhound – 10.3%
  4. Pathfinder – 8.8%
  5. Valkyrie – 7.4%
  6. Lifeline – 6%
  7. Bangalore – 5.1%
  8. Ash – 4.9%
  9. Loba – 4.4%
  10. Horizon – 4.2%
  11. Fuse – 3.7%
  12. Gibraltar – 3.7%
  13. Caustic – 3.7%
  14. Mirage – 3.2%
  15. Revenant – 2.6%
  16. Seer – 2.1%
  17. Wattson – 2%
  18. Rampart – 1.6%
  19. Crypto – 1.5%

Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 11

5. Valkyrie – 7.4%

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With Ash being knocked out of the top 5 most picked Legends since her release at the start of Season 11, Valkyrie has officially taken her spot with a 7.4% pick rate.

Valkyrie is great in Season 11, with unbelievable mobility thanks to her passive Jet Pack. This allows her to reposition and get in and out of situations with ease, arguably having the best potential to survive out of all Legends due to great mobility.

Valkyrie’s Ultimate is great for maps like Storm Point, as there are no Jump Towers and so her Skyward Dive offers useful rotations. Her Ultimate is great for getting the team into a spot for final circles, as you’ll be able to fly above and past enemy teams rotating into the zone.

4. Pathfinder – 8.8%

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Pathfinder has consistently been one of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 8.8%, and counting, for quite some time now.

As a Recon class, Pathfinder simply excels in movements and traversing the game’s various maps. His Grappling Hook and Zipline Gun are simply invaluable assets that will help any team in a pinch – either because of the circle or a third-party situation. He consistently manages to stay in the top 5 as a result.

3. Bloodhound – 10.3%

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Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 11.

Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark as a season goes on, and they currently stand at 10.3%. They are easily the top Recon class to use in Apex Legends, thanks to their tracking tools and incredible skills, plus, their Beast of the Hunt Ultimate is priceless.

2. Octane – 12.3%

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With a 12.3% pick rate, the speed demon takes the number two spot, continuing his reign as one of the most popular Legends in Season 11, fluctuating between the top two places.

Aside from his amusing quips, he is the perfect balance of offense and defense. Despite being regarded as an offensive Legend, Octane can greatly increase his sprint speed which is useful for both attack and running away.

But most Octane users thrive on his Launch Pad Ultimate which can send him, and friendly players, high up into the air.

1. Wraith – 12.5% Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 11

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Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number one spot with a whopping 12.5% pick rate in Season 11.

Wraith’s stand-out features are her ability to get out of trouble very quickly – teammates included. Her abilities allow her to sense danger, become temporarily invulnerable, and create portals to escape predicaments. It’s easy to see why Wraith continues to be an absolute fan-favorite in Apex Legends Season 11.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 11. As always, buffs and nerfs will come and go throughout the season, altering the game’s meta, and subsequently, Legend pick rates.

We’ll be sure to keep this updated regularly so you can stay on top of the in picks and don’t forget to check out the best Apex Legends weapon skins to use.

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Best Apex Legends weapon skins with the cleanest iron sights

Apex Legends has some great weapon skins for players to craft, but some actually offer better iron sights than others.

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Some of the Apex Legends weapon skins offer a cleaner iron sight compared to others, here are some of the best you can craft.

Apex Legends is well known for its cosmetics, with new Twitch Prime skins coming out every month, as well as various events every season that offer new Legend and weapon skins.

As well as this, the game offers skins for players to craft without having to go to the store. These skins are available all year round and can be found in the “Legends” and “Loadout” categories of the lobby screen.

Some of these craftable weapon skins actually offer players an advantage, especially the skins for the best weapons in the game.

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While it isn’t a huge advantage, the weapon skins in this list offer players a more clear iron sight that takes up less of the screen compared to the default.

Luckily, Reddit user mnkymnk has posted a video showcasing some of the best weapon skins that players can use in Apex Legends for a better iron sight. As well as these, we’ve also thrown a few more in for other weapons.

Best Apex Legends weapon skins for better iron sights

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The following list is the best weapon skins for players to use in Apex Legends. Keep in mind that not every weapon is on the list, as some weapon skins don’t actually offer any better craftable iron sights.

For example, the best Flatline skins for better iron sights are from a previous Battle Pass and the store, which can not be crafted.

  • Prowler – Dark Fright
  • Longbow – McFly or Pharaoh’s Curse
  • 30-30 Repeater – Wild West or Bullet Train
  • Wingman – The Death Ray or Merciless Wing
  • R-99 – The Kill Switch or Outlands Avalanche
  • Peacekeeper – The Lonestar or The Superstar
  • Sentinel – Biomechanics or Golden Spine
  • The Alternator – LED Rez or The Galvanizer

All these skins will offer players a more clear visual, reducing the amount of space the weapon’s iron sights take up on your screen. In theory, with these skins you should be able to see more of your target while aiming down sights, thus improving your performance.

These skins will require you to craft them with Crafting Metals. As these are all Legendary skins, they will cost your 1,200 Crafting Metals to obtain.

Make sure you check out our guide on Crafting Metals so you know how to get the skins you want.

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How to get Apex Legends Twitch Prime Gaming rewards: January 2022

Here’s how you can get Apex Legends Pathfinder Core Crafted Prime Gaming bundle during January, as well as all its contents.

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A new skin is available to Apex Legends players with a Prime Gaming subscription in January 2022. Here’s how you can get Pathfinder’s “Core Crafted” Apex Legends Twitch Prime bundle for yourself.

Respawn Entertainment and Amazon have a collaboration that involves releasing a set of Apex Legends Prime Gaming skins throughout the game’s seasons. These are available exclusively for Twitch Prime members. 

Every new month brings another skin for fans to enjoy, and it’s Pathfinder’s turn to get one for the month of January. If you have a Prime Gaming subscription, then you can get the “Core Crafted Bundle.”

Here’s what you need to do to get the newest Apex Legends Twitch Prime skin.

Pathfinder Core Crafted Bundle release date

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Pathfinder’s Core Crafted Prime Gaming bundle will release on January 19, 2022, and be available all the way through to February 17.

Players will then have roughly a month to claim the skin and cosmetics before the next Legend gets an exclusive Prime Gaming bundle in February.

What’s in Apex Legends January Prime Gaming bundle?

Pathfinder’s January Prime Gaming bundle will contain an Epic Legend skin, Rare weapon skin, and a Rare Legend Banner Frame.

  • Core Crafted – Epic Pathfinder skin
  • Magma Core – Rare Devotion skin
  • Iron Forged – Pathfinder Banner Frame

From the promotional video, we can see that Pathfinder and the Devotion will receive a unique lava-inspired design.

How to claim Pathfinder’s Core Crafted bundle in Apex Legends

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Pathfinder’s new Apex Legends Twitch Prime skin will be available for free to Prime members throughout January. All you need to do is visit the Prime Gaming website and link your active Amazon Prime membership account to your EA account.

Here’s the full process:

  1. Log in to the Prime Gaming website.
  2. Make sure your Amazon Prime and Twitch accounts are linked.
  3. Visit the “Apex Legends” section.
  4. Click “Claim Now” on the Pathfinder “Core Crefted Bundle” when you see it.
  5. Link your EA and Prime Gaming accounts if asked.
  6. Load up the game and you should get a notification letting you know you have claimed the bundle.

Alternatively, you can start a free trial with Prime to claim it right away. This way, you won’t need to have an active membership to get your hands on the Apex Legends Prime Gaming skin.

Simply follow these instructions, and the new Pathfinder skin, Devotion skin, and Banner Frame will all become available in your in-game inventory.


For more Apex Legends news, keep it locked on Charlie INTEL, and be sure to check out the teased map changes coming in Season 12.

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