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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.

apex legends may 24 update patch notes

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

season 9 loot pool

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

apex legends season 9 arenas

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.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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When is cross-progression coming to Apex Legends

Apex Legends is cross platform for Xbox, PC and PlayStation. Find out if your progression will follow you around all the systems here.

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Apex Legends has cross-platform play available and is now 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.

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 cross-play 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. However, console players can still queue with PC friends, but they will, in turn, be exclusively placed against PC players.

Apex Legends cross-progression

Forwarding to the present, players are merging across platforms. Many console players are making the jump to the PC platform due to the recent performance jump of the RTX 3000 graphics cards, and some Xbox players are jumping to PlayStation and vice versa.

When is cross-progression coming to Apex Legends?

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 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.

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.”

Apex Legends cross-progression

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.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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Apex Legends leak claims Revenant will get Heirloom in Season 9

A new leak suggests that Revenant will be the next character to get their own Heirloom in Apex Legends Season 9, not Crypto.

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While it was initially believed that Crypto would receive his very own custom Heirloom in Apex Legends Season 9, a new leak suggests that Revenant will be getting one instead.

Heirlooms are some of the rarest cosmetic items in Apex Legends to this day. These are basically unique melee weapons that are suited to specific Legends. Bangalore’s Cold Steel in the Chaos Theory event was the most recent one.

Heirloom for Crypto was also previously leaked, but that has yet to arrive in the game. Now, some new leaks have emerged which suggest that Respawn are planning to give one to Revenant in Season 9.

Revenant in Apex Legends

According to notable Apex Legends data miner ‘GarretLeaks,’ a new LTM that’s arriving on June 29 may also bring Revenant’s Heirloom to the battle royale. The leaker states that there’s a “high chance” of this happening.

A previous leak revealed what Revenant’s Heirloom will look like. It appears to be a scythe that’s compartmentalized and attached by a wire. Once the Legend gives it a shake, it will form the sharp end of the two-handed weapon.

So far, nine of the Legends have their own Heirlooms in the game, and Revenant will be the tenth if these leaks are accurate.

This might be disappointing to Crypto fans that were excited to see his ‘Jikdo’ item arrive. That leak was apparently a “fake”, and Garret stated that there are currently only two Heirlooms in the Apex Legends game files.

Keep in mind that we don’t know for sure if this is the next Heirloom that will be joining the game since Respawn’s next lineup hasn’t been revealed yet. So, it’s worth taking this news with a grain of salt.

If you’re interested in more cosmetics for this Legend, then you can also pick up June’s Revenant Prime Gaming skin. For more Apex Legends news, keep it locked on Charlie Intel, and check out the Legend pick rates in Season 9.

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How to check Apex Legends item shop without being in-game

If you’ve ever wanted to check the Apex Legends item shop without actually being on the game, we’ve got a great tip for you.

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We’ve found a great way for you to check the Apex Legends item shop without actually being on the game. So let’s get into the details.

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale that contains an in-game store for players to purchase various cosmetics. Apart from collection events and special sales like the recent ALGS Animal Kingdom bundle, the Apex Legends item shop will rotate cosmetics and put recolors up in the exclusive section of the store.

If you’ve ever wanted to see what is in this item shop without actually having to go on the game, there’s an easy way for you to do so.

Apex Legends item shop

Although we are yet to see a collection event for Season 9: Legacy, we have seen some new cosmetics enter the game through the Arenas Flash event and Battle Pass.

However, for those looking to get a specific skin or recolor, you may constantly be checking the item shop when it refreshes stock to find that exclusive skin you’ve been waiting for.

If this moment comes when you aren’t able to check the store in-game, there is a handy way to do so without having to boot up Apex Legends.

How to check the Apex Legends item shop

The best way to find out what is in-store on the Apex Legends item shop is through a handy website called apexitemstore.

This website will give you a breakdown of the current items in both the “Featured” section and “Exclusive” section of the item shop, as well as how long they will be in the store.

apex legends item shop featured

Featured items are those that can be purchased with Apex Coins and are already in the game. However, although they are in the game, the only way players can obtain these items is through crafting them or in Apex Packs.

Crafting these items takes a lot of Crafting Materials that take a long time to get. Further, getting a specific item in a pack leaves it down to luck, meaning you might have to spend a decent amount of money before getting what you want.

Therefore, the store’s featured items give those players a chance to get a specific item that they want on a one-time purchase with Apex Coins, which is a lifesaver for those who really want a certain skin, especially if it is for a recolor.

Exclusive

apex legends item shop exclusive

Exclusive items are on the right side of the store and are generally called “recolors,” as they are different colorways of already present skins in the game. To purchase exclusive items, players must have the original item of the recolor, which they can purchase with Apex Coins.

Not only does this give players a chance to get a specific skin they have wanted with Apex Coins, but it also throws in a recolor they can purchase with Legend Tokens, which is the game’s free currency that is passively obtained just by playing.

The website also allows players to check out every Legend and weapon skin ever released, recolors and all, which is great for those interested in seeing past items that may become available in the future.

That’s how you can check the current item shop contents in Apex Legends without being in-game. For more, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our recent article on how to unlink and link Apex Legends and EA accounts.

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