Respawn Entertainment officially reveals the new Legend, Valkyrie, and her abilities for Apex Legends Season 9 through Stories from the Outlands – “Northstar”.
For months, the Apex Legends community has been anticipating the reveal of the new Legend and their abilities, with leaks and rumors pointing towards a certain “Soaring Aviator”.
Finally, with the latest release of the Stories from the Outlands series over on the Apex Legends YouTube channel, fans got to see what they had been waiting for.
After many teasers and rumors, it became obvious the new Legend would indeed be Valkyrie, the Soaring Aviator. Valkyrie was teased in the celebration video for 100 million players. She was shown towards the end of the trailer floating above Mirage, teasing surely some powerful aerial abilities.
Valkyrie has also been teased across the Apex Legends social media pages. Respawn began releasing images with hidden lore all over the place, hinting at Valkyrie’s backstory and even her Japanese nationality.
The video is titled “Northstar,” an obvious reference to the Titanfall series, which had a playable Titan with the same name. The Northstar was a Titan made by Hammond Robotics during the Frontier War, which was the setting for the Titanfall series.
In the Titanfall campaign, the Northstar is manned by Viper, an Apex Predator with connections to Kuben Blisk and Ash, further linking the lore together.
In the prelude to the trailer, Rampart is shown working on Viper’s Northstar. It is unclear how she obtain the Titan, but perhaps Valkyrie gave it to her to work on, potentially using its parts to modify so that Valkyrie can use the Northstar’s features and abilities in the Apex Games.
To prove to herself, Blisk, and her father, Valkyrie will now enter the Apex Games to gain her own legacy and make something out of her life other than vengeance.
In the video’s final image, we see Valkyrie with the shadow of the Northstar’s wings behind her, which Rampart has modified to become part of her apparel in Apex Legends.
Leaked Valkyrie Apex Legends abilities
The Northstar featured a VTOL Hover tactical ability, which is one of the abilities many dataminers have leaked as Valkyrie’s own. The Northstar also had a Cluster Missile, another feature that many have also associated with Valkyrie, as it has been seen in her abilities kit by dataminers.
- Tactical – Cluster Missile: Fire a rocket that explodes multiple times.
- Passive – VTOL Jets: Hold jump to initiate VTOL Jets – allows hovering in the air.
- Ultimate – Skyward: Press once to prepare for launch. Teammates can interact with Valk to join the launch. Press again to launch into the air and skydive.
Valkyrie and her abilities are set to release March 4th, along with Season 9, infested Olympus, and a new weapon, the Bocek Bow. For more on Apex Legends, stay tuned on Charlie Intel and check out our article on how to activate the Season 9 teaser.
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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 11 pick rates
Apex Legends Season 11 is well underway, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 11 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?
Season 11 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 11 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 players jumping ship to Respawn’s game in Season 10, Apex Legends Season 11 has benefited from continued support from gamers and streamers alike.
Before Maggie comes in and shakes up the meta, let’s take a look at the current Legend pick rates in Season 11, which provides an idea of who the most popular Legends are.
Apex Legends Season 11 pick rate ranked list
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 11 ranked, as of January 28, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:
- Wraith – 12.6%
- Octane – 12.3%
- Bloodhound – 10.1%
- Pathfinder – 8.8%
- Valkyrie – 7.7%
- Lifeline – 5.8%
- Bangalore – 5%
- Ash – 5%
- Horizon – 4.4%
- Loba – 4.4%
- Fuse – 3.8%
- Gibraltar – 3.8%
- Caustic – 3.7%
- Mirage – 3.2%
- Revenant – 2.5%
- Seer – 2.1%
- Wattson – 2%
- Rampart – 1.5%
- Crypto – 1.5%
Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 11
5. Valkyrie – 7.7%
With Ash being knocked out of the top 5 most picked Legends since her release at the start of Season 11, Valkyrie has officially taken her spot with a 7.7% pick rate.
Valkyrie is great in Season 11, with unbelievable mobility thanks to her passive Jet Pack. This allows her to reposition and get in and out of situations with ease, arguably having the best potential to survive out of all Legends due to great mobility.
Valkyrie’s Ultimate is great for maps like Storm Point, as there are no Jump Towers and so her Skyward Dive offers useful rotations. Her Ultimate is great for getting the team into a spot for final circles, as you’ll be able to fly above and past enemy teams rotating into the zone.
4. Pathfinder – 8.8%
Pathfinder has consistently been one of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 8.8%, 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. Bloodhound – 10.1%
Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 11.
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Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark as a season goes on, and they currently stand at 10.1%. 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.
2. Octane – 12.3%
With a 12.3% pick rate, the speed demon takes the number two spot, continuing his reign as one of the most popular Legends in Season 11, 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.
1. Wraith – 12.6% – Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 11
Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number one spot with a whopping 12.6% pick rate in Season 11.
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 11.
That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 11. 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 the recent Apex Legends 1.87 update patch notes.
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Apex Legends Lunar New Year Sale 2022: Leaked start date & bundles
Leakers have revealed that Apex Legends’ Lunar New Year event is coming, with eight sale bundles full of cosmetics.
Sale time is always fun for Apex Legends players, giving us a chance to grab awesome character skins at a discount. The good news is that the next event is just around the corner, with the Lunar New Year sale on the way.
Apex Legends has 19 different characters for players to choose from, each with their own abilities and unique looks. On top of that, players can purchase skins to truly make their Legend stand out from the crowd.
Some of these skins can be expensive though, with players sometimes unable to part with their hard-earned cash for a new look. Thankfully, Respawn runs sale events multiple times a year to give players to grab cosmetics on the cheap.
2022 is set to get its first sale event of the year in the near future, with the Lunar New Year sale leaked by data miners. Here’s everything we know about this upcoming event.
Leaked Apex Legends Lunar New Year sale start date
Apex developers Respawn have yet to confirm when the Lunar New Year sale will start, but thanks to leaker KralRindo on Twitter, we do have an idea of when it will go live.
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According to the data-miner, the Lunar New Year sale will start on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. It’s important to note that this is a rumor though, so it may not be totally accurate. Still, we expect the sale will start somewhere around this date.
Apex Legends Lunar New Year sale bundles
KralRindo has revealed eight skin bundles that are set to be included in the Lunar New Year event. Unfortunately, we don’t have official confirmation about the items included in these bundles just yet.
We also have no idea about possible prices, but based on previous events, we expect they’ll cost between 2100 and 3000 Apex Coins. You can view the names of the eight bundles below.
- Going Dark Bonus Bundle
- Mortal Coil Bonus Bundle
- Royal Huntmaster Bundle
- Solaris Bundle
- Warlord Bonus Bundle
- Woad Warrior Bonus Bundle
- Good Fortune Bundle
- Wish You Wins
It’s widely expected that the Lunar New Year sale will be the last event of Season 11, with Apex Legends Season 12 scheduled to start on February 8.
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Apex Legends 1.87 update patch notes: Treasure Packs & bug fixes
Here are the Apex Legends 1.87 update patch notes detailing all the new changes, including a Treasure Packs fix.
The Apex Legends January 27 update patch has brought some performance improvements along with a Treasure Packs fix, and here are the 1.87 update patch notes.
Apex Legends frequently receives update patches to fix the battle royale title’s most glaring bugs and glitches. As the Season 12 launch draws near, Respawn are addressing the current season’s issues.
The 1.87 update was released on January 27 across all platforms. It includes fixes for some frustrating bugs, like the one with Wraith’s Ultimate, as well as some performance improvements.
Apex Legends 1.87 update patch notes
Repsawn Entertainment haven’t officially revealed the full 1.87 update patch notes. However, we do know about some noticeable bug fixes and other changes that have arrived in Apex Legends.
Here are the Apex Legends 1.87 update patch notes:
- Addressed a bug where Wraith Ultimate disappearing when deployed close to Harvester wall
- Addressed an issue where some players are reporting that the final day Treasure Pack is not granting any of the items
- Fixed bugs related to Rampage charging VFX, UI inconsistencies
- Addressed stability and performance issues
- Other minor fixes
As you can see, this latest update is a relatively small one. It doesn’t bring a large collection of changes and mainly addresses issues like the Treasure Packs not working along with a few glitches.
Respawn Entertainment are currently preparing the battle royale title for the Season 12 launch which will bring plenty of changes. So, it’s reassuring to know that they’re still making time for Season 11’s issues.
At the time of writing, these are the only changes that have arrived in the game. We’ll keep checking to see if the 1.87 patch has brought any additional updates and will update this article.
For now, check out everything you need to know about Mad Maggie in Apex Legends Season 12 and the best Apex Legends weapon skins to craft for clean iron sights.
Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment
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