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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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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 13 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 13 is well underway, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 13 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?

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Season 13 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 13 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 battle royale offering. The game suffered a notable lull when Call of Duty: Warzone launched, but with many popular streamers such as NICKMERCS and Dr Disrespect continuing to support the game, Apex has grown expeditiously.

There are now a whopping 21 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. With Season 14 on the horizon, players are set to gain yet another Legend in Vantage, making the decision even harder.

Let’s see how the current roster’s pick rates are looking to give us an idea of the most popular Legends in Apex Legends Season 13 before the new Legend arrives to shake it up.

Apex Legends Season 13 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.

Here is every Apex Legends pick rate in Season 13 ranked, as of August 5, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Octane – 11.3%
  2. Wraith – 10.1%
  3. Valkyrie – 9.5%
  4. Pathfinder – 8.6%
  5. Bloodhound – 8.5%
  6. Horizon – 6.1%
  7. Bangalore – 5.4%
  8. Lifeline – 4.8%
  9. Seer – 4.4%
  10. Loba – 3.8%
  11. Fuse – 3.6%
  12. Ash – 3.2%
  13. Mirage – 3%
  14. Caustic – 2.9%
  15. Wattson – 2.6%
  16. Revenant – 2.6%
  17. Gibraltar – 2.5%
  18. Rampart – 2%
  19. Mad Maggie – 1.8%
  20. Crypto – 1.6%
  21. Newcastle – 1.6%

Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 13

5. Bloodhound – 8.5%

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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 13.

Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark as a season goes on, and they currently stand at 8.5%. They are easily the top Recon class to use in Apex Legends, thanks to their tracking tools and incredible skills, plus, their Beast of the Hunt Ultimate is priceless.

4. Pathfinder – 8.6%

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Pathfinder has consistently been one of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 8.6%, and counting, for quite some time now.

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. He consistently manages to stay in the top 5 as a result.

3. Valkyrie – 9.5%

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Despite false nerf rumors, Valkyrie is the third most popular Legend for Season 13 with a 9.5% pick rate. The movement Queen’s Jetpack Passive allows players to escape any kind of situation, which is crucial to surviving.

As well as her Passive, her Skyward Dive Ultimate is also great for mobility. This ability is the best rotational tool in all of Apex Legends, as it allows her and the team to relocate from a bad position or situation, into a good one.

Lastly, Valkyrie’s Tactical is also extremely useful for being aggressive and getting enemies out of camping spots, so long as you have enough room above you to launch the Missile Swarm.

2. Wraith – 10.1%

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Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number two spot with a 10.1% pick rate in Season 13.

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 13.

1. Octane – 11.3% – Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 13

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With an 11.3% pick rate, the speed demon takes the number one spot again, continuing his reign as one of the most popular Legends in Season 13, fluctuating between the top two places.

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.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 13. As always, buffs and nerfs will come and go throughout the season, altering 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 guide on the best Legends to choose in Season 13.

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Apex Legends Charge Rifle set for nerf — but not in Season 14

Apex Legends Season 14 will see a variety of buffs and nerfs, but it seems the Charge Rifle is not a priority for the devs.

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The Apex Legends devs have revealed information regarding the Charge Rifle, which is set for a nerf, but not in Season 14.

Apex Legends Season 14 is set to bring a variety of changes to the game, including various buffs and nerfs to weapons and Legends. This has players excited, with Apex pro ImperialHal even feeling like Season 14 will be “broken” but in a good way.

The new Legend Vantage is sure to spice things up, along with the Laser Sight attachment, which could bring a close-range SMG meta to the battle royale.

While the long-range playstyle of Vantage gave the devs some fears, during a press event, Senior Game Designer Eric Canavese also touched on the Charge Rifle and its strength, mentioning that nerfs for the weapon are in the works.

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According to The Loadout, Canavese said that there are “no plans to do anything about the Charge Rifle in Season 14.”

Eric Canavese also made it clear that the developers are looking at the Charge Rifle and keeping tabs on its strength:

“We understand some of the issues with the Charge Rifle… We know how it spikes a bit differently… So, we are thinking about it, we’re working on it, but we have nothing to announce and no plans we can talk about at the moment.”

Clearly, there are no Charge Rifle changes coming in Season 14, but it does seem like it’s on the developer’s radar, as Eric states they are “working on it.”

Perhaps the introduction of Vantage will be the breaking point for the Charge Rifle, as her Passive is greatly beneficial when using Snipers, so we may see it used more.


Only time will tell, but for now, check out why NICKMERCS wants Call of Duty: Warzone to copy Apex Legends.

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Apex Legends pro believes Season 14 will be “broken”

Apex Legends pro Phillip ‘ImperialHal’ Dosen believes Season 14 of Respawn’s battle royale will be the most broken yet.

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Apex Legends Season 14 is set to introduce a variety of buffs and nerfs which has pro TSM player ImperialHal believing the update will be broken.

Apex Legends Season 14 is almost upon players, and as we edge closer to the release date, EA have been trickling information about Vantage, buffs and nerfs, and Level Cap increase.

Players are excited for the update, especially after Apex has suffered from a noticeable lull towards the end of Season 13, with games like Fall Guys becoming more popular on Twitch.

With that said, Apex Legends pro ImperialHal has expressed his opinions on the new season, believing the season could be “broken,” but in a good way.

During a stream, ImperialHal stated that while he hasn’t seen all of the Season 14 changes, he has seen the Wingman, EVA-8, and the Care Package changes.

These changes are leading ImperialHal to feel excited about Season 14, stating that “it seems like next season is like turning into, like, what I kind of wanted in Apex, where, like, everything is kind of broken.”

The main reason for this is because he feels that the devs are putting so many guns on the ground that are “OP,” putting all of the less favorable guns in the Replicator and Care Package.

Ultimately, this is something that ImperialHal is looking forward to, feeling as if it’s better to have strong weapons available on ground loot rather than nerfing everything.

We’ll have to wait and see just how spot-on this opinion is after Season 14’s release, but the new Laser Sight attachment may also contribute to a close-range meta.

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