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Apex Legends devs confirm Valkyrie jetpack nerfs in May 27 update

Respawn Entertainment have confirmed a major nerf to Valkyrie’s VTOL Jetpack in an upcoming Apex Legends update.

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Respawn Entertainment has confirmed that Valkyrie’s VTOL Jetpack is getting nerfed in a future update due to many players using it to hover in the air for extended periods of time.

The Apex Legends Legacy update added a plethora of new content to the battle royale, including the 3v3 Arenas modenew weapons, a fresh Battle Pass, and of course, a new Legend – Valkyrie

This character comes with her own VTOL Jetpack that allows her to soar over her opponents. Now, Respawn has confirmed that she’s set to receive a nerf after a few players took advantage of this ability to fly extended distances.

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John ‘JayBiebs’ Larson, the Associate Live Balance Designer at Respawn Entertainment, addressed his issue on Twitter. Many players are using the VTOL Jetpack to hover above their enemies for extended periods of time.

This is particularly during the final fights of competitive matches, since she becomes more difficult to hit. While she can’t fire her weapon from the air, she has an unfair advantage that lets her avoid elimination.

Larson confirmed that they’ll nerf this ability in a new update on May 27. The upcoming changes will make it so that hovering in the air will consume the full amount of fuel.

“Valk’s “tac hover” was designed to consume fuel at 10% of the normal rate. With ALGS ramping up, we figured we should remove this exception,” he said. “We found Valks would often take coffee breaks above the final fight in scrims. This will go live on Thursday.”

Some players feel that the change wasn’t needed since Valkyrie can’t draw her weapon in the air. “Why would you remove it if it’s easy to counter by looking up and beaming them as they are incredibly slow,” wrote one user.

Since is the issue is players using her VTOL Jetpack for too long, some suggested changing it so that the ability only consumes slightly more fuel rather than the full amount.

Despite this, it seems that the developers are willing to go ahead with the nerf as they’ve planned it on Thursday. Be sure to check our guide for collecting the Valkyrie skin in the Apex Legends Legacy Pack in Season 9.

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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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Who owns Apex Legends battle royale?

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale that’s available across all platforms, but who owns Apex Legends?

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Apex Legends has gained a lot of popularity over the last year, and with new players getting to grips with the game every day, some may be wondering who the developers are.

Apex Legends is about to enter Season 12, with the game releasing way back in February 2019.

With the recent news regarding Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision, players may be wondering what it means for their favorite games, like Call of Duty and Apex Legends.

As well as this, some players may just want to know the identity of the developers who own Apex Legends, as new players are joining every day. Luckily, we have the answer covered for you.

Who owns Apex Legends?

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Apex Legends is developed by Respawn Entertainment, a development studio under EA founded by Jason West and Vince Zampella, who originally co-founded Infinity Ward, the development studio behind multiple Call of Duty games, with its latest being Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019).

Ultimately, Respawn Entertainment have no affiliation with Activision, and so the recent Microsoft deal doesn’t affect the ownership of the game at all.

Respawn Entertainment is also the studio behind the Titanfall franchise, which is very closely connected to Apex Legends, as the battle royale game takes place in the Titanfall universe.

Further, Respawn isn’t just known for creating FPS games, but the development studio also created Star Wars: Fallen Order, a story game held in high regard.

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One thing Respawn Entertainment is great at is communicating with the community and keeping players informed with news and updates through social media.

Apex Legends is constantly being updated with fresh content for players keeping the game fun and drawing new players in, which is a testimony to how hard the team at Respawn Entertainment work.

With four battle royale maps, 19 Legends, exclusive maps for the Arenas mode, and a consistent flow of cosmetics, Apex Legends offers loads for players, and Respawn Entertainment is the team behind it all.


For more on Apex Legends, check out our recent piece on when the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions will be released.

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