Apex Legends have released a trailer containing new gameplay of Valkyrie, showing off her abilities and even teasing some of the new Arena maps.
In light of the new Apex Legends season, Legacy, Respawn Entertainment has finally revealed gameplay of Valkyrie’s abilities and some details on her background, and even new clips of the Arena maps.
Even though the video is short, it answers many players’ queries surrounding the limitations of her abilities and how players will be using her.
As fans found out in the Northstar Stories of the Outlands short, Valkyrie, or Kairi Imahara, is the 30-year-old daughter of famous Apex Predator pilot, Viper. Her new character trailer shows off what her dad’s altered Northstar Titan jetpack can do.
- Passive: VTOL Jets – Press Jump while in the air to engage jetpack. You can switch between hold and toggle in the options menu.
- Tactical: Missile Swarm – Fire a swarm of mini-rockets that damage and disorient the enemy.
- Ultimate: Skyward Dive – Press once to prepare for launch. Teammates can interact with Valkyrie to join the launch. Press again to launch into the air and skydive.
Apex Legends Valkyrie VTOL Jets
In the character trailer, the VTOL Jets are shown, and it seems they will limit how much you can do while they are active. While Valkyrie is hovering, an animation is shown whereby her hands are occupied controlling the jets.
During this animation, it seems Valkyrie is unable to shoot or throw grenades. However, as soon as Valkyrie lets go of her jets and the player begins falling, there is a chance to pull your gun out and fire.
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During this sequence where Valkyrie’s VTOL Jets are in action, the video shows her dodging Gibraltar’s ultimate, showing how useful her passive will be in countering area of damage ultimates like the Defensive Bombardment, Fuse’s Motherlode, and Bangalore’s Rolling Thunder.
Apex legends Valkyrie Missile Swarm
The Missile Swarm is then shown next, presenting the most effective ways to use it. Firstly, Valkyrie is shown flying towards Rampart, who has her shields up and Shiela placed.
Usually, Rampart is difficult to deal with when she has her shields set up. However, Valkyrie glides over, places the Missile Swarm on the barricaded Rampart, giving her enough time to swoop in and get over the shields.
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The Missile Swarm is then shown again towards the end of the video, where Valkyrie uses it mid-air. The Missile Swarm is the only exception to Valkyrie’s VTOL Jets as she can place and fire it at the same time as hovering.
Valkyrie hovers above Fuse in the trailer, uses the Missile Swarm to stun him, and finishes him with a well-placed Bocek Bow shot while falling from the sky after deactivating her jets. It seems her Missile Swarm will be used more like a stun than damage ability, giving Valkyrie time to get off her shots.
Apex Legends Valkyrie Skyward Dive
Skyward Dive is Valkyrie’s ultimate ability that allows her and the squad to fly up and rotate much like a redeploy balloon.
The trailer showed players what to expect from the ultimate in terms of animations and the situations in which Valkyrie can use it.
Skyward Dive can be used aggressively or defensively. Whether you are in a sticky situation or you need to hunt someone down, use the ultimate to fly up and redeploy to a different position.
As well as all of this we also got to see some further details of the new Arena maps and Infested Olympus.
Check out the trailer for yourself to see the abilities of Valkyrie in action and also get a sneak peek at the upcoming maps in Apex Legends Legacy.
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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?
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.
Before Maggie comes in and shakes up the meta, let’s take a look at the current Legend pick rates in Season 11, which provides an idea of who the most popular Legends are.
Apex Legends Season 11 pick rate ranked list
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 28, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:
- Wraith – 12.6%
- Octane – 12.3%
- Bloodhound – 10.1%
- Pathfinder – 8.8%
- Valkyrie – 7.7%
- Lifeline – 5.8%
- Bangalore – 5%
- Ash – 5%
- Horizon – 4.4%
- Loba – 4.4%
- Fuse – 3.8%
- Gibraltar – 3.8%
- Caustic – 3.7%
- Mirage – 3.2%
- Revenant – 2.5%
- Seer – 2.1%
- Wattson – 2%
- Rampart – 1.5%
- Crypto – 1.5%
Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 11
5. Valkyrie – 7.7%
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 7.7% 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%
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 – 10.1%
Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 11.
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Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark as a season goes on, and they currently stand at 10.1%. 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%
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 – 12.6% – Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 11
Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number one spot with a whopping 12.6% 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 recent Apex Legends 1.87 update patch notes.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
Apex Legends Lunar New Year Sale 2022: Leaked start date & bundles
Leakers have revealed that Apex Legends’ Lunar New Year event is coming, with eight sale bundles full of cosmetics.
Sale time is always fun for Apex Legends players, giving us a chance to grab awesome character skins at a discount. The good news is that the next event is just around the corner, with the Lunar New Year sale on the way.
Apex Legends has 19 different characters for players to choose from, each with their own abilities and unique looks. On top of that, players can purchase skins to truly make their Legend stand out from the crowd.
Some of these skins can be expensive though, with players sometimes unable to part with their hard-earned cash for a new look. Thankfully, Respawn runs sale events multiple times a year to give players to grab cosmetics on the cheap.
2022 is set to get its first sale event of the year in the near future, with the Lunar New Year sale leaked by data miners. Here’s everything we know about this upcoming event.
Leaked Apex Legends Lunar New Year sale start date
Apex developers Respawn have yet to confirm when the Lunar New Year sale will start, but thanks to leaker KralRindo on Twitter, we do have an idea of when it will go live.
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According to the data-miner, the Lunar New Year sale will start on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. It’s important to note that this is a rumor though, so it may not be totally accurate. Still, we expect the sale will start somewhere around this date.
Apex Legends Lunar New Year sale bundles
KralRindo has revealed eight skin bundles that are set to be included in the Lunar New Year event. Unfortunately, we don’t have official confirmation about the items included in these bundles just yet.
We also have no idea about possible prices, but based on previous events, we expect they’ll cost between 2100 and 3000 Apex Coins. You can view the names of the eight bundles below.
- Going Dark Bonus Bundle
- Mortal Coil Bonus Bundle
- Royal Huntmaster Bundle
- Solaris Bundle
- Warlord Bonus Bundle
- Woad Warrior Bonus Bundle
- Good Fortune Bundle
- Wish You Wins
It’s widely expected that the Lunar New Year sale will be the last event of Season 11, with Apex Legends Season 12 scheduled to start on February 8.
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Apex Legends 1.87 update patch notes: Treasure Packs & bug fixes
Here are the Apex Legends 1.87 update patch notes detailing all the new changes, including a Treasure Packs fix.
The Apex Legends January 27 update patch has brought some performance improvements along with a Treasure Packs fix, and here are the 1.87 update patch notes.
Apex Legends frequently receives update patches to fix the battle royale title’s most glaring bugs and glitches. As the Season 12 launch draws near, Respawn are addressing the current season’s issues.
The 1.87 update was released on January 27 across all platforms. It includes fixes for some frustrating bugs, like the one with Wraith’s Ultimate, as well as some performance improvements.
Apex Legends 1.87 update patch notes
Repsawn Entertainment haven’t officially revealed the full 1.87 update patch notes. However, we do know about some noticeable bug fixes and other changes that have arrived in Apex Legends.
Here are the Apex Legends 1.87 update patch notes:
- Addressed a bug where Wraith Ultimate disappearing when deployed close to Harvester wall
- Addressed an issue where some players are reporting that the final day Treasure Pack is not granting any of the items
- Fixed bugs related to Rampage charging VFX, UI inconsistencies
- Addressed stability and performance issues
- Other minor fixes
As you can see, this latest update is a relatively small one. It doesn’t bring a large collection of changes and mainly addresses issues like the Treasure Packs not working along with a few glitches.
Respawn Entertainment are currently preparing the battle royale title for the Season 12 launch which will bring plenty of changes. So, it’s reassuring to know that they’re still making time for Season 11’s issues.
At the time of writing, these are the only changes that have arrived in the game. We’ll keep checking to see if the 1.87 patch has brought any additional updates and will update this article.
For now, check out everything you need to know about Mad Maggie in Apex Legends Season 12 and the best Apex Legends weapon skins to craft for clean iron sights.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
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