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Apex Legends 13.1 update patch notes: Release date, ranked changes, buffs & nerfs, more

The Apex Legends 13.1 update is set to arrive soon, brining a fair few updates to the game, including ranked changes and Lifeline buffs.

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The Apex Legends Season 13 mid-season update is almost upon us and is set to bring a variety of changes to the battle royale. Here are the patch notes for the Apex Legends 13.1 update, including the release date, Lifeline Town Takeover, and more.

Apex Legends will be getting a fresh new update for the mid-season point of Saviors: Season 13. Update 13.1 is set to bring some new content and various changes to the game, including buffs and nerfs for Legends and the Awakening Collection Event.

For those interested in what to expect for the Apex Legends 13.1 update, here are the full patch notes.

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When is the Apex Legends 13.1 update?

The Apex Legends 13.1 patch update is set to be released on June 21, 2022, at around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST.

Respawn confirmed this date with their recent blog on the Awakening Collection Event, which will bring Valkyrie’s Heirloom to the game.

Apex Legends 13.1 update patch notes

Lifeline’s Clinic

The Apex Legends 13.1 update will bring a new Town Takeover to Olympus for Lifeline called “Lifeline’s Clinic.” This new POI is “a new place to heal up and chill out. This new state-of-the-art building is nestled between Gardens and Grow Towers, in the northeast corner of Olympus.”

In the center of the Clinic’s main floor stands the Med-bay. With it, legends can take advantage of the most refined automated healing system in the Outlands. Whenever injured legends are standing on the platform, a heal tether will activate and attach to them. If the Med-bay is charged, they will get continuous healing. Additionally, the Med-bay’s holo-displays will indicate if someone is healing, or if the Med-bay is recharging.

If you want better loot, just head to the “Emergency Platform” at the back and use the Care Package console located there. Make sure to reach it first as you can only use the console once per game.

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Apex Legends 13.1 balance changes

Like any major update, the Apex Legends 13.1 patch will bring some buffs and nerfs for Legends and various other balance changes:

Crafting

  • R-301 and Rampage removed from crafting and added back to floor loot.
  • Wingman and CAR SMG added to the crafting and removed from floor loot.

Out of Bounds

  • Weapons and Abilities will now only stow in an OOB trigger when the player is on the ground (OOB timer will still tick up).

Bocek Bow

  • Optic on Gold version defaults to the 3x Ranger.

Mirage

  • Can now use decoys from Valk Skydive Re-Deploy.

Lifeline

  • Combat Revive
    • Moved revive cancel option from Lifeline to the player that’s getting revived.
  • D.O.C. Heal Drone
    • Healing pool increased from 150 to infinite (still lasts 20s).
    • Doubled the healing radius.
  • Care Package
    • Cooldown reduced from 5 minutes to 3.5 minutes.
    • The weapon attachment panel now comes with a Shield Battery instead of two Shield Cells.
    • No blue beam on initial drop (will still show up after the Care Package lands).

These Lifeline buffs are set to make positive changes to all parts of her kit, but mostly to her healing drone.

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IMC Armory updates

  • Fixed an exploit allowing players to throw grenades or use an Ash ult to enter through a hole in the collision mesh of the Armories roof (Hotfix).
  • Fixed an issue where you would become unable to mantle after using the teleporter under the Armory (Hotfix).
  • Prevented Tridents from landing on top of Armories.
  • Removed Gold Loot Roller reward at Wave 8.
  • Decreased chances of hop-ups spawning through the Smart Loot system. Base hop-up spawn rate is now 50% with Gold hop-ups further reduced to 20%.
  • Smart Loot is no longer generated for teammates outside the Armory.
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Ranked changes

Split Reset

This split’s reset is softer

  • 13.1 Split Reset: 6 → 4 divisions

Entry Cost

Lower entry cost

  • -10 RP across all divisions and tiers.

Diminishing Kill Values:

More RP for high elimination counts

Currently the first three eliminations are worth about 100%. The subsequent three are worth about 80%, and anything after that is worth about 20%. We are changing it so each squad is worth about 20% less, while maintaining a minimum of 20%.  This will give winning teams with high eliminations about 40 to 60 more RP.

Collection Event

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A brand-new Collection is arriving for the 13.1 Apex Legends update. This Collection Event is called Awakening, and it features a Kaiju theme.

There are 24 cosmetics up for grabs and Valkyrie’s Heirloom for those who complete the collection.

For more details, make sure you check out our full guide on the Apex Legends Awakening Collection Event.

Apex Legends 13.1 update brings Control back

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The fan-favorite LTM Control returns in the 13.1 patch with some major changes. Not only will the mode now be played on World’s Edge, but there are many quality of life updates listed in the blog.

Check out our piece on the Control changes for more information, for now, here are the full patch notes:

  • Turned the match Time Limit back on, and have new logic for determining when the match should end which should fix the issue where matches were ending early
  • Give players a full ult on respawn if they had one when they died
  • Tuned down the Ratings given when you spawn on homebase from 75 percent to 50 percent to the next tier.
  • Fixed issue where players on the end of match podium would be in random positions instead of grouped together in their squads.
  • Decrease Spawn wave times…
    • Max Deathscreen time old: 20 secs new: 15 secs.
    • Spawn Wave Max Time Old: 12 secs New: 10 secs.
    • First Wave Spawn Max Time Old: 20 secs New: 15 secs.
  • Turned off enemy highlights and enemy vehicle highlights.
  • Force players to drain neutral point capture progress before starting to gain capture progress for their own team; if capture progress was made on a neutral point by the enemy team.
  • Increase capture rate on Objectives based on the number of players capturing
    • 1 = x1
    • 2 = x1.5
    • 3 = x2
    • 4 = x2.25
    • 5 = x2.5
    • 6 = x2.75
    • 7 = x3
    • 8 = x3
    • 9 = x3
  • Moved the turbo charger for the Havoc back to Purple Tier.
  • Allow players to equip 3x Scopes on LMG’s and Assault Weapons in the Loadout Selection Menu.
  • Allow players to equip 4x-8x Scopes on Snipers in the Loadout Selection Menu.
  • Merged the Marksman and Sniper Loadouts into a single Long-Range Loadout, Added a Specialist Loadout Category to give players more Med-Close Range options.
  • Updates to Spawning Logic to try to prevent players from spawning near enemies.
  • Players now gain Ratings for team actions like Zone Neutralization or Capture even if they participated in the action and got personal Ratings out of it as well ( previously the player would get one or the other ).
  • Players will no longer get the Playing With Squad Ratings bonus for Ratings gained from Lockout being broken, and Bonus Capture Timed Event being completed.
  • Removed the Squad Wipe Ratings Bonus when killing an enemy.
  • Added a HUD message when Lockout is no longer available in the match ( displays again if Lockout conditions are met when Lockout is not available).
  • Control: Moved the scoreboard to the inventory as the first tab. Changed the scoreboard button to be the same button as the inventory on the respawn screen.
  • Arenas: Moved the scoreboard to the second tab in the inventory and added new tracked player information( assists, and crafting materials), and round wins for the team.
  • Scoreboard added as a tab while spectating in Arenas
  • Scoreboard added as a tab at the end of the game for both Arenas and Control
  • Updated the art and position of the shields regening UI on the HUD to sit above the players unitframe

Game bug fixes

The update will also bring the following game bug fixes:

  • Crypto can now scan Survey Beacons with his Drone while riding the Trident.
  • Fixed bug for cases where Newcastle could get stuck in the air for a few seconds when using his Ultimate while ensnared by Ash’s tactical. 
  • Fix for Newcastle bug where players are able to fill Revive Shield instantly by throwing a Knockdown Shield and picking it back up.
  • Fix for Newcastle bug where players are unable to reload while the “Destroy Wall” prompt is onscreen.
  • Fix for Newcastle bug where using his Ultimate would deploy longer than intended.
  • Fix for cases where Legends [Newcastle / Seer] could get inside locked Vaults by placing a Totem on Mobile Shield.
  • Fixed bug where Wraith was able to create a portal while in Revenant Ultimate and have the portal appear next to the totem after being sent back
  • Add soundFX for Newcastle when he enters a Trident. 
  • Fix UI bug where Legend info would not display in the Firing Range.
  • IMC Armory fix for situations where players could camp and block spots not intended to be with Wraith Portals and Tridents.
  • [PS5] – Fix for bug where a player’s friends list does not properly update after putting the console in rest mode.
  • Fix for cases where some larger Legends were sometimes unable to enter Containers on Storm Point when approaching them rapidly at an angle.
  • Fix for Rampage/Sentinel for cases where the charging animation would show but they won’t charge when aiming down sites.
  • Fix for cases where Bloodhound and Seer scans would persist after the user leaves the game.
  • [Caustic] – Fix for bug where players could still see the enemy’s red highlight while they are in or behind the gas they deployed.
  • Blood splatter VFX no longer appears when Ash gets shot.
  • Fix cases where Amped Up” UI persists after Seer uses Heart Seeker passive.
  • [Control Mode] – Fixed bug for when the enemy team will continue a capture point’s progress without needing to flip or undo the other team’s progress.
  • [Control Mode] – Fix for UI bug where the Abandoned Game Penalty is actually longer than the display warns.
  • [Control Mode] – Fixed bug where picking up a weapon in Control always shows a full mag.
  • Fix for cases where players appear to keep their thermite grenade after equipping it while using it on an explosive hold.
  • [PS4 Pro / Xbox One X] – Fixes to improve frame rate issues during gameplay on some areas on Olympus.
  • [PS4] – Fix to improve performance issues on grassy areas on Olympus.

That’s all for the Apex Legends 13.1 patch, for more, check out mobile Snow Grenade which has PC and console players jealous.

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When did Apex Legends come out?

Apex Legends has become one of the most popular battle royale games in the world, but when did it first release?

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Apex Legends is one of the most popular battle royales in the world, but when did it come out? Here’s everything you need to know about the game’s original release date.

From PUBG to Fortnite, Apex Legends to Warzone, the battle royale genre has truly dominated the gaming scene for the last five years. In fact, the mode has become so important to shooters that games that launch without one are viewed as missing a vital component.

Each battle royale brings its own spin to the genre, capturing the imagination of players looking for new experiences. For Fortnite, building set it apart from its opponents, while Warzone’s use of class loadouts made it different from anything else on the market.

For Apex Legends, the use of characters with special and unique abilities meant that nothing else on the market could match its high-octane action, and unsurprisingly, thousands still jump on and play years after its launch. But when did Apex Legends actually release?

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When did Apex Legends release?

Apex Legends released on February 4, 2019, and was available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

Since then, the developers have released next-gen versions of the game for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, offering upgraded graphics and performance thanks to the power of the new consoles.

Developers Respawn Entertainment also targeted the portable gaming market too, releasing Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch on March 9, 2021.

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When did Apex Legends Mobile come out?

Apex Legends Mobile was released on May 17, 2022, and is available on both iOS and Android devices.

After finding huge success on consoles and PC, Respawn decided it was time to let Apex players fight victories wherever they are. The game was first released in a limited number of regions but is available worldwide now.

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Apex Legends 1.99 patch notes: Lifeline’s Clinic Easter Egg, bug fixes, more

Apex Legends has a brand-new 1.99 patch which brings bug fixes and new interactive Easter Egg for Lifeline’s Clinic.

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Respawn Entertainment have dropped a new patch for Apex Legends Season 13, which includes a variety of changes and even interactive objects for Lifeline’s Town Takeover.

In addition to the ranked split which occurred on June 28, Apex Legends has received a brand-new patch for Season 13, bringing a variety of bug fixes and updates to the game.

The Apex Legends 1.99 patch is small, but for those who are interested, here are the patch notes for the update.

Lifeline’s Clinic Easter Egg

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This patch is very small, and Respawn Entertainment haven’t actually revealed patch notes for what the update actually brought to the game. However, thanks to dataminer Kralindo, we have information on what the update has done.

One of the most interesting changes in the patch is the addition of interactive objects in Lifeline’s Town Takeover.

In Lifeline’s Clinic, players can now play the drums, guitar, and more. Interacting with these objects will play audio, which is a little Easter Egg for Lifeline’s previous occupation as a punk band drummer, hence her drum sticks Heirloom.

Apex Legends 1.99 patch notes

Although there are no official patch notes for the Apex Legends 1.99 patch, luckily Kralindo has gone through the game’s code and figured out some of the changes.

There may be more changes server-side, but here are all the changes Kralindo managed to see:

  • Some small Newcastle tactical changes, most likely bug fixes
  • Lifeline town takeover interactive objects activated
  • 500 Apex Coins enabled in the store (via playlist)
  • Really small change for the Replicator

That’s all for the Apex Legends Season 13 1.99 patch. For more, check out how the ranked reset works.

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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 13 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 13 is well underway, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 13 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?

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Season 13 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 13 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 popular streamers such as NICKMERCS and Dr Disrespect continuing to support the game, Apex has grown expeditiously.

There are now a whopping 21 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. With Season 13 now underway, Newcastle is the latest to join the roster.

Let’s take a look at how the new Legend has shaken up the roster by looking at the current Legend pick rates in Season 13, which provides an idea of who the most popular Legends are.

Apex Legends Season 13 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 13 ranked, as of June 30, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Octane – 11.4%
  2. Wraith – 10.2%
  3. Valkyrie – 10%
  4. Pathfinder – 9.5%
  5. Bloodhound – 8.4%
  6. Horizon – 6.1%
  7. Lifeline – 4.9%
  8. Bangalore – 4.6%
  9. Ash – 3.9%
  10. Fuse – 3.6%
  11. Loba – 3.3%
  12. Caustic – 3.2%
  13. Seer – 3%
  14. Mirage – 2.8%
  15. Gibraltar – 2.5%
  16. Wattson – 2.4%
  17. Rampart – 2.4%
  18. Revenant – 2.2%
  19. Newcastle – 2%
  20. Mad Maggie – 1.7%
  21. Crypto – 1.7%

Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 13

5. Bloodhound – 8.4%

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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 13.

Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark as a season goes on, and they currently stand at 8.4%. 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.

4. Pathfinder – 9.5%

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Pathfinder has consistently been one of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 9.5%, 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. Valkyrie – 10%

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Despite getting some nerfs, Valkyrie is in the top 5 Legend pick rates for Season 13 with 10%, as she is the movement Queen. Her Jetpack Passive allows players to escape any kind of situation, which is crucial for survivability.

As well as her Passive, her Skyward Dive Ultimate is also great for mobility. This ability is the best rotational tool in all of Apex Legends, as it allows her and the team to relocate from a bad position or situation, into a good one.

Lastly, Valkyrie’s Tactical is also extremely useful for being aggressive and getting enemies out of camping spots, so long as you have enough room above you to launch the Missile Swarm.

2. Wraith – 10.2%

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Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number two spot with a 10.2% pick rate in Season 13.

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 13.

1. Octane – 11.4% – Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 13

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With an 11.4% pick rate, the speed demon takes the number one spot, continuing his reign as one of the most popular Legends in Season 13, 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.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 13. 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 our guide on the best Legends to choose in Season 13.

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