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Apex Legends Season 12 patch notes: All buffs & nerfs for Legends & weapons

With Apex Legends Season 12 being released soon, players may be wondering what kind of changes the update will bring to the game.

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Apex Legends Season 12 is set to launch very soon and we have all of the details on every change the update will bring to the game.

With every new season of Apex Legends, players expect a heap of changes to come and bring some excitement to the game.

Apex Legends Season 12 is almost here, and as it is launching soon we thought it would be a great idea to detail all the changes coming in the new update that we know about.

Here are the patch notes for Season 12, including every buff and nerf for both weapons and Legends.

Apex Legends Season 12 patch notes

Legend changes

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New Legend – Mad Maggie

Mad Maggie will be an Offensive classed Legend with a kit that is built for being fiery and aggressive.

If you’re interested in Mad Maggie’s abilities and lore, make sure you check out our piece on who is Mad Maggie?

Crypto

  • Added gamestate (e.g. Ring information, round timers), minimap, killfeed, team status, and ping information to the Drone’s HUD.
  • Repurposed the Drone HUD’s old Crypto health/shield presentation into displaying the health of the Drone itself.
  • Survey Beacon markers are now displayed in-world while piloting the Drone (same as when controlling Crypto himself).
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  • Neurolink changes:
    • Increased the Neurolink detection FOV from 160 -> 240 degrees.
    • Neurolink detection is now disabled while the Drone is being recalled.
  • Survailance Drone changes:
    • The deployment of the Drone has received a rework:
    • Pressing the Tactical button causes Crypto to send the Drone flying in a straight line in the direction of Crypto’s view for a few seconds.
    • If thrown to a wall (or other geo), the Drone will hit the wall and re-orient itself so that it’s facing away from the wall.
    • Crypto no longer immediately accesses Drone View after deploying his Drone in this way.
    • Pressing and holding the [Tactical] button will launch the Drone forward in the same way, but then Crypto will immediately access Drone View.
    • Reduced Drone health from 60 -> 50.
    • The HUD marker for the Drone has been tweaked to increase visibility.
    • The HUD marker for the Drone is now always displayed on-screen while the Drone is deployed (instead of only when the Drone was off-screen.

Caustic

  • Nox Gas Traps are now destroyable after detonation.
    • 150hp
    • Detonated traps will expire at 11s (instead of 12.5s)
    • Gas effects linger for two seconds after barrel destruction or expiration (gas particles still linger a bit longer as they dissipate)

Weapon changes

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  • Flatline & Longbow
    • Starting in Season 12, these weapons will no longer be available in ground loot, but will have to be replicated by players instead.
    • Further, the Flatline’s damage has been reduced from 19 to 18 per bullet.
  • Triple Take 
    • Removing projectile growth from bullets.
    • Damage reduced from 23 to 21 per bullet.
  • Fully Kitted Rotation
    • Added: RE-45, Triple Take, Peacekeeper, Prowler, Havoc.
    • Removed: Mastiff, 30-30 Repeater, R-301, CAR, Longbow.

Care Package weapons

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Starting from Season 12, the Volt will replace the Alternator in the Care Package. This is the only change happening when it comes to Care Package weapons, meaning the Spitfire, Kraber, and G7 Scout will all remain in the Care Package.

Season 12 Hop-Ups

Season 12 will introduce a brand new Hop-Up called “Kinetic Feder,” which is available for the Peacekeeper and Triple Take. This Hop-Up will reload rounds and reduce charge time while sliding.

Further, we will also see the return of Hammerpoint rounds for the P2020, Mozambique, and now for the first time, the RE-45.

Olympus changes

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Season 12 will also be bringing some changes to the beloved Olympus map. Since arriving in Season 7, Olympus hasn’t seen many significant changes.

The EA blog on Sabotaged Olympus exposed all the changes coming to the map, which span from minor tweaks to massive new POIs and spaces.

New POIs

  • Phase Driver
    • There will be a new POI called Phase Driver, as well as various other changes across Olympus. Most of the changes taking place will be around Bonsai Plaza and Hammond Labs.
  • Terminal
    • Terminal is also a new POI that will act as a “new central routing area for the map,” as it runs within the centre of the Phase Runner tube that spans across the map.

New LTM “Control”

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Players will finally be getting a brand new LTM in Season 12 called “Control.” This LTM will see teams of nine players battle it out to take control of three objective points on either Hammond Labs or Barometer.

Players will team up as three sets of three against each other in a battle for points. Owning objectives will earn team points, much like Call of Duty’s Domination game mode. The team that reaches the point limit wins.

The mode features unlimited respawns and objective-based spawning like Battlefield. Players will queue up as three individual squads, which means there is a chance that teams will have multiple of the same Legends.

This mode will be available for the first three weeks of Season 12, but many believe the mode will eventually become permanent, using the three weeks as a playtest. If you want a more in-depth look at Control, check out our guide on how to play the new LTM.


That’s all for the changes coming in Apex Legends Season 12. For now, be sure to check out the most popular Legends in the current season.

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Apex Legends pro claims Season 13 ranked changes will make you a better player

An Apex Legends pro has come out in support of the Season 13 ranked changes, claiming it will make players better.

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After receiving backlash, Apex Legends pro Mac ‘Albralelie’ Beckwith has shared his thoughts on the new Season 13 ranked system, claiming it will improve players.

Apex Legends Season 13 brought some drastic changes to the ranked system, changing the way players gain points and grind through the ranks.

Previously, the system had been more focused on kills, but the new system places emphasis on placement. This has made it harder for players to earn points and level up, as the lobbies have become much more competitive in the final zones.

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In Apex Legends Season 13’s Ranked Leagues, players are encouraged to stay alive and play for the win, rather than getting a load of kills. This had led to more squads and players being alive in final circles, making it harder to gain points.

While the community hasn’t been particularly fond of these changes, seasoned Apex Legends pro Albralelie gave his opinions on this new system, supporting the dev’s changes while making some controversial comments.

In a recent stream, the Apex Legends pro shared his feelings towards the changes, believing the new ranked changes are healthy for the game, which is contrary to the community’s reaction.

Ultimately, the pro feels as if the new changes are going to make players better at the game. Albralelie says that the new system “caters to you being able to actually improve as you climb…don’t get defeated.”

The streamer and Apex pro also made some interesting comments on solo players while answering a question about whether solo players should be able to reach the higher ranks.

The pro makes a controversial statement: “should a solo player be able to reach Masters in a team-based competitive BR? Just because it happened before doesn’t mean it was supposed to happen, right?”

It’s interesting to hear a professional Apex Legends player’s take on the new ranked system, especially as casual players have been pretty upset with the changes. All in all, the pro feels it will make players better, and even if players are now in lower ranks than they’re used to, they should use it as motivation to improve.


For more on Apex Legends, check out the best landing spots on Storm Point for Season 13.

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Clever Apex Legends trick reverts Kraber nerfs

With this clever trick, Apex Legends’ Kraber Sniper Rifle becomes a one-shot machine yet again, even after nerfs.

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Apex Legends players have found a way to make the Kraber Sniper Rifle one-shot kill yet again after the Season 13 nerfs.

Apex Legends Season 13 brought some pretty huge changes to the game, especially when it comes to the Legends and weapon meta.

As well as some major Valkyrie nerfs and the introduction of Newcastle, Season 13 also nerfed the only one-shot kill weapon in the game, the Kraber.

This combined with the Helmet buffs caused a change in the weapon’s one-shot headshot potential, but this new trick reverts the changes.

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Prior to the nerfs, the Kraber would one-shot any Legend as long as it was a headshot. This made the weapon extremely powerful and useful in end-game situations, as just one shot could change the tide of a fight.

Now, in Season 13, as long as players have the correct armor requirements, the Kraber is no longer a guaranteed one-shot kill.

Having said that, thanks to Apex Legends content creator RossTheeSquirrel, there is indeed a way for players to one-shot any Legend with the Kraber even after the Season 13 patch.

By shooting through Rampart’s Tactical ability, Amped Cover, players actually gain an increase in damage as the shielded wall “amps outgoing shots.”

This increases the Kraber’s headshot damage to revert the Season 13 nerfs, making it a one-shot headshot against any Legend no matter what armor they are wearing.

While Rampart hasn’t been considered the most popular Legend in Apex according to the pick rates, she received a buff in Season 13 and players seem to be more interested in giving her a try.

Now, she also has this added benefit of being the only Legend that has the capabilities to make the Kraber a one-shot kill again, perhaps those who love the Kraber will give her a chance.


For more on Apex Legends, check out Newcastle’s overpowered technique for getting teammates’ Banners.

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Apex Legends players want Pathfinder Passive from mobile

Apex Legends players are calling for the devs to give Pathfinder a new Passive seen in the mobile version of the battle royale.

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Apex Legends players on PC and console have wanted a new Passive for Pathfinder for some time now, and the mobile version of the battle royale may have the answer.

Apex Legends Mobile has hit the ground running, with loads of content at launch including an exclusive Legend, Fade, who has some great abilities.

PC and console players have been slightly jealous about some of the features seen in Apex Mobile, wanting them included in the main version of the game despite getting an exciting new Legend in Newcastle.

Now, some are even suggesting that one of Pathfinder’s mobile-exclusive abilities should become his new Passive on PC and console.

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For those who are unaware, Pathfinder’s Passive has been extremely underwhelming for some time now, as the ability to scan Survey Beacons and reveal the next zone.

This is something that all Recon Legends can do, so the community has been calling for Pathfinder to have something more personalized for the Legend.

The devs did expand on this slightly, as now Pathfinder gets his Ultimate back after scanning, which isn’t the case for all the other Recon Legends.

Popular Apex Legends content creator TheGamingMerchant put out a video suggesting an idea for Pathfinder’s Passive, which is inspired by Apex Legends Mobile.

In Apex Legends Mobile, every Legend has a perk system that gives them new abilities and added benefits. One of Pathfinder’s is the ability to pull downed teammates with his grapple, which is called “Friend Reunion.”

TheGamingMerchant thinks this would be a great Passive for Pathfinder in the main game. This would give Pathfinder an added role of support, pulling downed teammates in to cover for a safe revive.

We’ll have to wait and see what the devs do to Pathfinder’s Passive in the future, as it’s unlikely that changes will be coming for the Legend anytime soon.


For more, check out whether or not the mobile-exclusive Legends will be coming to the PC and console versions of Apex Legends.

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