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Apex Legends May 24 update patch notes: Wattson and Valkyrie fixes, Arenas abandonment penalty, more

Respawn Entertainment finally fix Wattson and Valkyrie ability bugs as well as more in the Apex Legends May 24 update patch notes.

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An Apex Legends May 24 update has finally fixed issues with Wattson and Valkyrie’s abilities and some other bugs introduced in the latest patch notes. The new 3v3 Arenas mode has also received a leavers penalty which many players will be happy with.

Apex Legends hasn’t received many updates since the release of Season 9: Legacy back on May 4, which saw new Legend Valkyrie enter the roster and a host of changes in the patch notes. The biggest update since was the changes made to the Bocek Bow, which definitely released on the slightly overpowered side of weapons in Apex Legends.

The devs have now addressed the Valkyrie and Wattson ability issues in a new update, fixing the backpack problem players were noticing. Further, the update also introduces an abandonment penalty for those who leave games early in Arenas.

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Apex Legends May 24 update patch notes

The update will take effect at 10 AM PT, with a smaller late afternoon update that includes some firing range and XP patches.

The update includes a whole list of interesting changes that players can take a look at in the tweet below.

Now, let’s get into the details of the most important Apex Legends Season 9 updates from this patch by Respawn Entertainment.

Wattson fix

On the release of Season 9: Legacy, Respawn Entertainment decided to nerf the popular Ordnance, the Arc Star. The nerf essentially prevented the Arc Star from giving players a movement penalty when they were struck by one.

This unfortunately also affected Wattson’s fences, potentially containing similar code to the Arc Stars due to their electric nature. This was, of course, devastating for Wattson mains and stopped other players from trying out her kit.

However, Wattson remained strong, retaining a high win/rate despite her accidental nerf, but this could be because the only ones who continued playing her were the experienced Wattson mains.

Regardless, the devs have now officially reverted the accidental nerf, and Wattson’s fences should now slow on hit, making those who main her happy, as well as enticing new players to try her kit.

Valkyrie fix

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Valkyrie is the new Legend for Season 9: Legacy, featuring a very interesting mobility-based kit that allows her to effortlessly glide around the map and help the team rotate with her ultimate.

Valkyrie’s kit comes with its ups and downs, making her a pretty difficult character to master and learn. On top of this, players were also experiencing a very annoying bug that caused Valkyrie’s teammates to get stuck under the map when they didn’t have “vertical clearance” during her Skyward Dive ultimate.

Skyward Dive allows Valkyrie and those teammates who wish to join her to take to the skies and relocate like a portable redeploy balloon, a very useful ability for team rotation. However, just like most new content in games, it didn’t arrive without its issues.

The devs have worked on this issue and released a fix in this new update, allowing Valkyrie’s Skyward Dive to work much more smoothly, especially for her teammates.

Loot pool fix

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Lastly, Respawn Entertainment has also confirmed that the update contains a fix for the loot pool problems players have been experiencing in Season 9.

In the Season 9: Legacy update, the Apex Legends developers decided to make a huge change to the game by introducing the starter kit. Unlike in any other season, players now drop into the map with a white shield, white helmet, and even some meds.

This change was initially made to free up the floor loot of white shields and less rare items so that players would ultimately find better loot, enhancing the experience. Unfortunately, this change actually affected the loot pool negatively and prevented players from finding certain items, especially backpacks.

@alphaINTEL confirmed that Respawn have pushed a fix for this issue:

“Respawn have confirmed that fixes for the loot pool (especially backpacks) will also be in today’s update.”

Arenas abandonment penalty

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Arenas has received a lot of love since its release with Season 9, however, a recent exploit that prevents players from losing their win streak by abandoning games has been creating a lot of controversies.

Reddit user DavidTenebris posted a screenshot of the leaver’s penalty from Titanfall 2, which is, of course, another game from Respawn Entertainment. The caption reads, “This is what Arena needs.”

It seems the developers have finally listened to the players and have introduced an abandonment penalty similar to the one “applied in Ranked BR games,” which also fixes win streaks not being broken by leaving.

However, one thing to note is that this penalty doesn’t apply to players who are affected by a leaver who isn’t in their party. If your random teammate leaves, they will receive the penalty, while you can go at no extra cost.


That’s it for the latest Season 9 update. For more on Apex Legends, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on the best controller layout for Legacy.

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Apex Legends players slam “joke” $10 Holospray

Apex Legends players are slamming the developers for introducing an “overpriced” Holospray in the battle royale.

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Respawn Entertainment often introduce new cosmetic items in Apex Legends, but players aren’t happy with a new Holospray that they consider to be overpriced.

There are various unique characters and weapons to choose from in Apex Legends, and you can customize these with some neat cosmetics, including new skins, heirlooms, and Holosprays.

Some of these items are more popular than others, and a few of them sometimes leave players scratching their heads. Now, a new Holospray has been revealed and Apex fans aren’t happy with it.

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Reddit user the_best_wraith_main showcased a new Apex Legends Holospray that’s available for purchase. It seems to be Nessie wearing a golden crown while sitting on top of a throne.

While this is a fun little cosmetic, the player was upset about the high price of the item. “10 dollars for this Holospray? Is this some joke that I can’t understand?” asked the Redditor.

Many of the commenters were in agreement that $10 seems a bit too pricey for a simple Holospray and began slamming the developers for this decision.

Many players were quick to blame EA for this and mentioned that you could previously get much more for this price. “Remember when 10 pounds allowed you to get prime titans,” wrote one user.

Other commenters stated that these decisions are made by Respawn and not EA while advising players to not buy overpriced items. Despite this, a few users still appreciated the art on the Holospray.

There was also a little Nessie emote in Season 9, and you could actually see the monster come out of the water in the original King’s Canyon map. So, it’s fitting that developers made a Holospray for the beast.

For more Apex Legends, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL and check out our article on when cross-progression is coming to Apex Legends.

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When is cross-progression coming to Apex Legends?

Apex Legends has crossplay for Xbox, PC, and PlayStation. Find out if can transfer your progress around all the systems and platforms.

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Apex Legends has crossplay available on pretty much every platform, with a Mobile version soon to be released publicly. Now there is one thing on players’ minds – Apex Legends cross-progression, and can you do it?

Since the original launch of Apex Legends in February 2019, the game has made many strides towards catching up with competitors Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone. First, it began with its cosmetic store & seasonal battle pass system, capitalizing on its free-to-play status with microtransactions for players.

Next up, it launched its crossplay system on October 6, 2020 – uniting players across consoles and PC. The crossplay system is different from competitors since PC players will only still be placed against other PC players.

Forwarding to the present, players are merging across platforms, but can they also merge their accounts and progress across different platforms?

What is cross-progression in Apex Legends and does Apex have it?

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So for players jumping across platforms, will your progression follow you? The short answer is no. Currently, there is no way to have your Apex Legends rank, profile, cosmetics, Legend unlocks, and skins follow you to another platform.

The only exception is changing between the Origin launcher to Steam on PC, where you will have your data transfer over.

Potential release date for Apex Legends cross-progression

There is good news for players who are still waiting for cross-progression to come to Apex Legends. It still appears to be on the developer’s to-do list, with Respawn’s Game Director Chad Grenier commenting on the subject in a Reddit post.

“It’s something we are very passionate about, and we’re looking at our options available. Much harder post-launch since users may have multiple accounts to merge or use. Easier with Steam because it’s at launch. We’ll give an update when we have something to talk about” said Grenier.

Reddit post discussing cross-progression in Apex Legends

Based on Grenier’s comment, it appears that Cross Progression has a chance to come in the future, but it is currently a difficult task for the team due to users who have multiple accounts across platforms.

For those cases, it looks like Respawn might offer an account merge option of some type, which may be tricky for them to implement back end.

Since these comments, there has been a further update on the situation by Chad Grenier, who stated in another Reddit AMA that “it’s still a ways off.”

Hopefully, the devs can figure out how to implement cross-progression into Apex Legends. This would make life much easier for those who wish to change the platform without sacrificing their account data.


Also, make sure to check out everything we know about Apex Legends Season 11 so far.

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Apex Legends finally release patch to fix lag and teleporting issues

Fans have been suffering from serious lag in Apex Legends recently. Luckily, Respawn has shipped a patch looking to ease the problems.

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Wraith skin in Apex Legends Evolution Collection

The Apex Legends Evolution Collection event added plenty of fresh content to Respawn’s battle royale, but it also brought with it some serious connectivity issues. The devs have now launched a patch to “meaningfully address” the issues.

Apex Legends Season 10: Emergence has been a hit among the community, with streamers like Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff even leaving Warzone in favor of Reswpan’s take on the battle royale.

But the latest season hasn’t been without its problems. The Evolution Collection event accidentally introduced a number of connectivity issues in the game.

After a lengthy wait, the developers have announced that a patch to help ease the issues is now live.

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Ever since the Evolution Event came to the game on September 14, players began reporting issues with the connection in their lobbies that were making the game “unplayable.”

Server issues have been causing players to lag in matches, and in some cases even be teleported to completely different parts of the map. There have also been reports of extremely high pings when joining a game, as well as packet loss.

Respawn confirmed on their Twitter page that a patch is now live to tackle the problems. While they don’t claim that the update will completely fix all connection issues, it will make noticeable improvements.

Many Reddit users have confirmed a much more stable experience since the update was launched.

The developer also mentioned that they are aware of a new problem where animated banner poses are causing games to crash. A solution for this, as well as other general fixes, is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21.

In a later tweet, Respawn thanked the community for its patience while they worked on fixing the issues plaguing the game. They added that they were “making progress” in solving the “higher-than-normal” crashes being reported.

As always, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for the latest news on bugs and patches.

For more Apex Legends, check out the most popular characters in Season 10, and everything we know about Season 11.

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