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Apex Legends dev details Olympus changes & Icarus POI for Season 9: Legacy update

Apex Legends developers have released a blog featuring details on the new POI and some smaller map changes coming in Legacy.

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As we edge closer to the Apex Legends Legacy update, Respawn Entertainment’s lead level designer provided fans a more detailed look into Infested Olympus and the new POI, Icarus.

Respawn Entertainment has been pumping out news around Apex Legends recently, with the official gameplay reveal of the new season, Legacy.

On top of a whole new mode, weapon, and Legend, Apex Legends has also just released a walkthrough of all the changes coming to Olympus in Apex Legends: Legacy.

Apex Legends Legacy Icarus

Apex Legends: Legacy is set to be the biggest season released by Respawn Entertainment since its launch back in 2019. Legacy isn’t just bringing meta changes, a new Legend, and the Arena mode, it is also bringing a huge change to Olympus with Icarus.

Last week players saw ships in the sky on Olympus, teasing what’s to come in Legacy. Apex Legends developer Dave Osei has officially revealed the details behind these invading ships and how they will be changing Olympus.

Dave Osei starts by stating their goals for Olympus in Legacy, and how they wanted to change it for the better: “we knew Olympus launched with fewer points of interest (POIs) than our previous maps, so we wanted to tackle that first and lay the seeds for future content.”

This is also something that we saw with World’s Edge, as after its introduction in Season 3, we saw a huge amount of updates to the map, adding numerous POIs and content through the following seasons.

Apex Legends Legacy: Icarus POI

The Icarus POI will be located between Bonsai Plaza, Solar Array, and Orbital Cannon, replacing the unnamed smaller buildings the developers are calling “Crossroads.”

This location is currently a bit of an odd spot, as it almost acts as a stop-off point in between the surrounding locations, sometimes spawning a beacon for survey characters to scan.

The Apex Legends developer doesn’t fully explain why they chose this location specifically, however, it seems they may have felt Crossroads had too many long lines of sight to multiple locations.

The Icarus will block most of these lines of sight, perhaps reducing the number of third parties in the area, although players will still be able to take advantage of the height outside of Bonsai Plaza.

Apex Legends Legacy bridge Keycard

The Icarus will house an abundance of loot, with “four large rooms” full of items. On top of this, the Icarus will also feature a locked room at the front of the ship filled with high-tier loot much like the vaults in World’s edge.

To access this room players must find the “Bridge Keycard”, which will spawn randomly on one of the leftover scientist’s bodies aboard the Icarus.

Inside this room, players will also be able to gain a great vantage point over Solar Array, allowing squads to plan their rotation effectively. Dave Osei does warn players that the keycard can be stolen from your deathbox, so be wary of ambushes.

Smaller changes to Olympus

Dave Osei also went through some of the smaller changes they decided to implement for Olympus in the Legacy update, including the removal of certain redeploy balloons.

The devs feel as if the Trident, Olympus’ exclusive vehicle, is a powerful rotation tool allowing them to remove some of the redeploy beacons in an attempt to reduce third parties.

Apex Legends Legacy trident

The redeploy beacon outside of Gardens has been removed as David describes it as “too powerful of a rotation option with few drawbacks,” allowing players to drop on unsuspecting enemies in multiple locations.

The other balloon to get removed is the one outside of Orbital Cannon, which is in light of the new POI Icarus, as it has increased its potential in terms of rotating to a third party. This balloon was considered fine when the map still had Crossroads in it, but since the Infested Olympus change the devs wanted to get players focussing on the two Tridents located there rather than the redeploy balloon.

Lastly, the redeploy balloons at Solar Array and Energy Depot have been reduced in height to again reduce third-partying and increase intentional rotations.

For more on Apex Legends Legacy update, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on the Season 8 ranked rewards and split dates for Legacy.

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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.

Apex Legends Valkyrie portal trap

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.

Apex Legends Valkyrie portal trap

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.

Apex Legends average KD

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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