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Apex Legends 1.71 update patch notes: Arenas abandonment penalty, pride badges, more

Respawn Entertainment has fixed the Arenas mode, as well as introduced other changes to Apex Legends in the 1.71 update patch notes.

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Apex Legends 1.71 update patch notes

The Apex Legends 1.71 update has finally fixed some of the issues in the Nintendo Switch version of the game and re-enabled Arenas leavers penalties. Here’s everything included in this new patch.

Respawn Entertainment often brings various updates to Apex Legends to make the game feel fresh. These tend to include new weapons, characters, and various bug fixes in the update patch notes.

The 1.71 update re-enables abandonment penalties for those who leave games early in Arenas. Respawn is also celebrating Pride Month by adding Pride badges that you can wear in the game.

Here’s everything in the update patch.

Apex Legends 1.71 update patch notes

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The Apex Legends update went live on June 3, 2021. This is a relatively small one, so there are no official patch notes for it. The developers have brought a few small additions to the battle royale.

The 1.71 update mainly focuses on fixing issues with the game’s Arenas mode and the Nintendo Switch console version of the battle royale. You can take a look at these changes in the tweet below.

Re-enabled Arenas abandonment penalty

The 3v3 Arenas mode was one of the most notable additions in the Legacy update, but there was an exploit that kept players that abandoned games from losing their win streaks, much to the chagrin of other players.

Respawn responded to this by introducing an abandonment penalty similar to the one “applied in Ranked BR games.” However, this was also applying to players that were accidentally disconnected from games due to a bug.

This came to the attention of the developers, who then made a few changes to the penalty system before re-enabling it in the 1.71 update. Now, leaver penalties can take up to 24 hours to activate.

Pride badges for players

Respawn Entertainment has decided to celebrate Pride Month with this new update by providing players with a neat-looking Pride badge. This will be available to you the next time you log in to the game.

Quite a few of the Legends are from the LGBT community. This includes Gibraltar, Loba, Bloodhound, Mirage, and Valkyrie.

So, this login reward has is a nice little addition that has been mostly well-received by Apex Legends players. Respawn also showed off a Bangalore banner with this badge on Twitter.

Pride badge and Bangalore banner in Apex Legends

Voice chat fix for Apex Legends on the Nintendo Switch

Two years after its subsequent release, Apex Legends finally made its debut on Nintendo’s dual-function system near the start of Season 9. However, it had a messy launch, with players labelling it as “unplayable” due to performance issues.

Some of the most prevalent issues on Nintendo Switch consoles were with the voice chat. Fortunately, the developers have issued a fix for this in the latest update, and this problem won’t persist from this point onwards.

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That covers everything that’s included in the 1.71 Apex Legends update. Hopefully, these changes will provide a more pleasant experience for players in the 3v3 Arenas mode, as well as to Switch users.

For more on Apex Legends, check out the best team comps for Ranked in Season 9 Legacy, and stay tuned to Charlie INTEL!

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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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Are Apex Legends servers down? Current server status

We’ve found a great way to check Apex Legends’ server status for all regions so you can see whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down.

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Like any other popular multiplayer game, Apex Legends has its fair share of bugs and server issues. However, we’ve found a great way for players to check their region’s Apex Legends server status, so let’s get into how you can check if the servers are down.

Apex Legends is nearing Season 12, which looks to bring new content to the game such as a Collection Event and map updates. Previously, big updates have caused server issues for the devs, however, in recent times, the game has been fairly smooth for players.

Although the servers have been relatively stable recently, players encounter these issues reasonably often and may even wonder whether it’s an issue on their end.

If you encounter any server issues, we have an excellent way for you to check the Apex Legends server status.

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Are Apex Legends servers down?

Currently, there are no issues being reported about mass server outages or problems. Apex hasn’t had many significant updates since the launch of Season 11, but we expect players to experience some instability, perhaps when Season 12 drops.

Whenever you are experiencing server issues, there are many ways for you to check the server status for Apex Legends, so that you can figure out the root cause.

How to check the Apex Legends server status

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One of the most obvious ways to stay updated on whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down is by following updates on Apex Legends Twitter account and the development team at Respawn.

Usually, one of those accounts will be updating and communicating to players about any server issues going on. Further, you can also follow our dedicated Apex Legends Twitter account, alphaINTEL, which is a great place to stay updated with anything Apex-related.

If you don’t have Twitter or have checked and haven’t seen any update on whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down, perhaps the problems you are experiencing are that of your setup or region.

How to check Apex Legends server status

There is a great way to check the regional Apex Legends server status for these specific problems so that you can see whether the issues you are experiencing are regional or due to your internet service provider.

The way to do so is through a handy website called apexlegendsstatus, which will give you a breakdown of server status in all the available regions, as well as all the platforms you could be playing the game on.

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The website will even tell you how much latency (ms) in each server, indicating its stability.

Further, you can also report issues if there isn’t too much notice about the issue on the website, which will be added to a live report map you can check to see if people in your region are also experiencing the issue.

So, if you’re having issues, check this website to see whether it’s the platform or server you are playing that is having problems, or if these are all up and running, you can put it down to your setup.


Well, there you have it. This is the best way you can check the Apex Legends server status. For more on Apex, check out the teased map changes coming in Season 12.

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