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Apex Legends Halloween event hints at next BR map

The upcoming Apex Legends Halloween event, Monsters Within, may be hinting at the theme for the next battle royale map.

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The upcoming Apex Legends Halloween event just may have hinted at the next battle royale map for the free-to-play shooter, as the new Arenas map shares similar themes to previous leaks.

For those that don’t know, Apex Legends have officially announced their upcoming Monsters Within Halloween-themed event, which brings new content such as the Shadow Royale LTM to the game for players to get in the spooky spirit.

As well as showing off some new scary skins and cosmetics, players also got a glimpse at the new Arenas map that will be coming with the update, “Encore,” which may be hinting at the theme of the next battle royale map.

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The new Apex Legends Halloween Event will be a fresh update for players, which will hopefully release without the server issues that were so devastating in the previous Collection Event.

Although this event isn’t a Collection Event, there will still be a significant amount of content arriving.

The biggest piece of content being introduced through the event is definitely the new Encore map, which possesses a tropical theme similar to what has been leaked about the upcoming BR map.

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As we get closer to Season 11, many believe it will indeed be the season that players will receive a brand new battle royale map. Many leaks have suggested this new map will possess a tropical theme, which seems to also be present in the new “Encore” Arenas map.

From the new Monsters Within Event trailer, players got a closer look at “Encore,” which is based on Seer’s home planet, Boreas. Although this is not the planet many suspect the new map will be based on, as that planet is called Gaea, the tropical theme is definitely present.

Encore takes on a darker map with a slightly sinister vibe. The terrain is sandy and rocky with tropical trees, conveying the planet’s hot temperature. This may be very similar to the tropical island map we may be seeing in Season 11.

Perhaps Respawn Entertainment is getting players used to the tropical atmosphere in time for the new BR map.

Nothing is confirmed and this is just speculation, but we wouldn’t put it past Respawn to hint at future content like this, as they have done it many times in the past.

For more on Apex Legends, check out the game’s most popular characters with our top Legend pickrates in Season 10.

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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 10 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 10 is well into its stride, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 10 of Respawn’s battle royale?

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Season 10 now has many Apex Legends characters in, arguably, its biggest-ever season. But who has the top Season 10 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 rival 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, Apex Legends Season 10 is quite possibly the biggest ever!

There are now a whopping 18 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. The newest one is Seer, and after a dominating start to Season 10, the 1.78 update saw him receive a significant nerf. This completely changed the game’s pick rates and made the Season 10 meta open again.

Between the Arenas mode and Ranked Leagues to compete in, thousands of matches have already been logged in Season 10, and we will break down and find the Legends with the highest pick rates in Season 10.

Apex Legends Season 10 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 more.

Here is every Apex Legends pick rate in Season 10 ranked, as of October 15, 2021, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Octane – 14.2%
  2. Wraith – 11.6%
  3. Bloodhound – 11.3%
  4. Pathfinder – 9.1%
  5. Lifeline – 7.1%
  6. Valkyrie – 6.3%
  7. Bangalore – 4.9%
  8. Caustic – 4.7%
  9. Horizon – 4.6%
  10. Loba – 4.3%
  11. Fuse – 3.5%
  12. Seer – 3.4%
  13. Gibraltar – 3.4%
  14. Mirage – 3.2%
  15. Revenant – 3%
  16. Rampart – 2.2%
  17. Wattson – 1.7%
  18. Crypto – 1.5%

Most picked legends in Apex Legends Season 10

5. Lifeline – 7.1%

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Just clocking in at the number five spot is Lifeline. Everyone’s favorite healer takes up 7.1% of the Apex Legends’ picks, and for good reason too.

One of the big things that separates Apex Legends from other battle royale games is its lenience towards reviving – specifically Knockdown Shields. It provides lots of time to revive teammates and Lifeline can take advantage of this.

Her Drone of Compassion (or D.O.C) abilities can heal players over time and even revive them without needing Lifeline to do it. Her Care Package Ultimate is a bit weak, but overall, she is a great addition to any team.

4. Pathfinder – 9.1%

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Pathfinder has slowly climbed his way up the rankings and gain many fans to become a part of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 9.1% and counting.

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.

3. Bloodhound – 11.3%

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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 10.

With nearly a 12% pick rate at the beginning of Season 9, Bloodhound has dipped a bit to 11.3% but still remains the third-most picked Legend. Their pick rate is rising slowly thanks to the alterations to Seer, meaning that Bloodhound is the top Recon class to use in Apex Legends.

Their tracking tools and skills are incredible, and the fleet of foot provided by their Beast of the Hunt Ultimate is priceless. His 2nd place ranking has been helped largely by the Bloodhound Chronicle event going on at the moment.

2. Wraith – 11.6%

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Another starting legend, Wraith possessed a very high pick rate of nearly 14% during Season 9 and is still currently well-selected backed at 11.6%.

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 10.

1. Octane – 14.2%

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The king is back on his throne as the game’s number one pick. Although his pick rate isn’t quite in the 20% region like in Season 9, his still undisputedly the primary selection, and rising, at 14.2%.

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.

You can use this to sneak attack players, reach high-up spots for beacons, escape battles, or use it as a way to get back into the playing zone.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 10. As always, buffs and nerfs will come and go throughout the season, affecting 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 tier list of every Apex Legends weapon. Also, read about the potential incomings in Apex Legends Season 11.

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Apex Legends devs respond to frustrating “oversight” with Big Maude shop

The Apex Legends developers have responded to fan complaints about an oversight in the shop at the Big Maude POI.

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Apex Legends players noticed a particularly frustrating oversight from the Vend-it machines in the new Big Maude POI in Season 10, and Respawn has responded to their complaints.

Rampart’s Town Takeover added a brand-new POI early in Apex Legends Season 10. Big Maude’s shop is a place that players can visit in order to craft fully-kitted weapons with Vend-it machines.

While these machines can be pretty helpful, players have noticed that the weapons they get from them can be stolen by teammates, leaving the player empty-handed after spending their Crafted Materials.

Now, Respawn has addressed this issue.

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Reddit user dstay10 posted about this problem in the Apex Legends subreddit. The clip they posted showcased their teammate stealing the fully-modded R-99 that they crafted in one of Big Maude’s Shop machines.

“The replicator delay should work at Big Maude too,” they said. This led to many responses from other users who consider this to be a huge omission by the developers since it shouldn’t be possible for your teammates to steal your crafted weapons.

This problem hasn’t escaped the developers’ attention. After this thread went up, Respawn’s Live Technical Designer, who goes by ‘exgeniar,’ reassured fans that they would be looking into the problem.

“This feels like an oversight, I’ll bring it up to the design team,” exgeniar said.

The machines at Big Maude’s shop are similar to the in-game Replicators, but those don’t have the problem of players being able to steal their teammate’s weapons. Hopefully, Respawn will ensure that the Vend-It machines work just as smoothly.

While we don’t know when the fix will come precisely, it’s reassuring to know that the developers are at least aware of the problem and are investigating it. Hopefully, the fix will come in the next update patch.

For more Apex Legends, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, and check out our guide on every teaser so far for Apex Legends Season 11 and everything you need to know about the Shadow Royale game mode.

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Apex Legends Season 11: Every teaser so far

Respawn Entertainment have been teasing many aspects of Season 11 recently, so let’s take a look at the hints for what to expect.

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Apex Legends Season 10 is nearing its end, with the season officially culminating on November 2. With that being said, there have been many teasers for Season 11, so let’s take a look at them all.

Apex Legends Season 10 has had mixed reviews due to server issues, but the developers are looking to win the players back once the fan-favorite LTM Shadow Royale is brought back during the Monsters Within Event.

Having said that, fans have a lot to look forward to when it comes to Season 11, which has been hinted at and teased in-game for some time now.

Apex Legends Season 11 teasers

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Parachute Pod POI in Apex Legends

As well as many leaks concerning Season 11, such as the Wattson Heirloom, new map, Legend, there have also been some cheeky hints put in by Respawn that may validate these leaks.

For starters, Respawn put in a brand new parachute pod just outside of Gardens on Olympus when the evolution Collection Event dropped. This pod isn’t hard to miss either. It’s a pretty big teaser to add and hints at what players can expect next season in terms of lore and potentially the new map.

Players recently got an update to this parachute pod, which is supposedly going to continue giving hints towards Season 11 right until Season 10’s end.

The most recent update to the teaser added more dialogue and details for Bangalore when she interacts with the laptop sitting on one of the beds inside the pod, referencing her brother who went MIA, as well as an incoming storm which many believe is a teaser for the future map that is codenamed in the game’s files as “storm point.”

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Further, many also believe the new Arenas map called “Encore” introduced in the Monsters Within update is also a hint at Season 11’s new map.

Those familiar with game development will know that game designers will often reuse assets to save time. The vibe is very tropical in the Encore map, with palm tree-like plants scattered across the map and sandy terrain.

This theme correlates to the tropical one many dataminers have suggested the new map for Season 11 will have.

Could Ash be the Season 11 Legend?

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Lastly, something has been going on with Ash’s hologram in Arenas, as players can see it glitching out way more than it used to. This could be because Ash is glitching in and out of her human form and may continue doing so until she is introduced as the Season 11 Legend.

Remember, we have also had some pretty detailed leaks concerning Ash’s abilities as a Legend, and it is expected for her to become one soon, so why not Season 11?

That’s all for the current in-game teasers for Season 11. For more, make sure you check out our guide on how to complete the Monsters Within event challenges.

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