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Apex Legends Season 13 patch notes: Release date, Newcastle, Storm Point changes, buffs & nerfs, more

With Apex Legends Season 13 rapidly approaching, here’s everything we know so far about what Respawn has planned for the new season.

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Apex Legends Season 13 has just been revealed, and for those interested, here’s all the changes coming in the patch notes for the battle royale game.

Apex Legends Season 12: Defiance is coming to an end, and with that, players are starting to look forward to the next season of content.

We finally have a great idea of what content we will be seeing in the Apex Legends Season 13 update, including the new Legend Newcastle and Storm Point map changes.

The new season’s update is a big one, so let’s get into all the changes detailed in the Apex Legends Season 13 patch notes.

Apex Legends Season 13 update release date

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The official release date for Apex Legends Season 13 is May 10 at around 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT.

Get ready for Apex Legends Season 13 by making sure you have at least 20 GB of free space, as these updates tend to be on the larger side. PlayStation players may be able to pre-download this update so stay on the lookout for that too.

Apex Legends Season 13 content

Season 13 Legend Newcastle

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Apex Legends Season 13 will bring a brand new Legend called Newcastle, who is a Defensive character with some pretty strong abilities. This new Legend is also the brother of Bangalore, who has a lot of questions for her brother regarding his disappearance.

Newcastle’s description on the EA Saviors blog reads: “The Hero of Harris Valley, Newcastle will need to shield his squadmates and his secrets to survive the Apex Games.”

You can check out more details on Newcastle including all his abilities in our recent piece called: Who is Newcastle? Abilities & more.

Storm Point map changes

The Tropical Apex Legends BR map Storm Point will also be getting some changes in Season 13. After leaks and teasers, the Season 13 reveal showed a battle between the Legends and a massive sea monster in which the Legends came out on top.

This sea monster will now be a part of the map as the “Downed Beast.” Players will be able to get inside the sea monster’s corpse, as well as on top of it, and the construction around it.

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The Season 13 trailers have also revealed the new IMC Armories and Specter AI that will be on the Storm Point map. These buildings will allow players to get some serious loot but not without a challenge.

If you wish to know more about the updates to the map, check out our guide on all the changes coming to Storm Point in Season 13.

Map rotation for Season 13

The maps that will be in rotation are also changing for Apex Legends Season 13. There will be three maps in rotation for pubs and two for Ranked.

Kings Canyon will be taking a hiatus for Season 13, leaving the following maps in rotation:

  • World’s Edge
  • Olympus
  • Storm Point

As for Ranked Leagues, Storm Point will be the map for the first split and although it hasn’t been confirmed, we expect World’s Edge to be the map for the second split of Ranked in Season 13.

Ranked Reloaded

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Apex Legends Season 13: Saviors will also be bringing changes to Ranked Leagues.

Season 12 has had a lot of complaints as players felt as if the Ranked system had become much worse. Thankfully, the devs have been listening and will bring some changes to the competitive space in Season 13.

Some of these changes include:

  • Tier demotion
  • KP & Assist Rule changes
  • New Tier

Make sure you check out our guide on all of the ranked changes coming to Apex Legends Season 13 so you know every change coming to the new Ranked Leagues system.

Modes

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During the press event for Season 13, the devs did say that they had learned a lot from Control and that it will be returning in the second half of the season. There will be changes to the mode and they are also working on a “join in progress” option.

They also confirmed that new LTMs are being worked on, so perhaps we will see one of these this season, like the leaked Uplink mode. An Apex Legends dev also teased a Season 0 LTM which would bring back the OG Kings Canyon map, base characters, and also the base weapons with their original stats.

Events

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As well as a new Saviors Battle Pass, Apex Legends Season 13 will also bring new events to the game. Season 12 brought the new Prestige Skins through the Anniversary Collection Event and an Heirloom with the Warriors Collection Event in the same season, however, this could have just been a one-off.

It’s likely we will just be seeing one Collection and one Thematic Event for Season 13, bringing an Heirloom and a Prestige Skin in the latter. This is currently just speculation, so as more information is released, we will update this piece accordingly.

Apex Legends Season 13 buffs & nerfs

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The patch notes will also bring a variety of buffs and nerfs for both Legends, weapons, and even Helmets.

Legend changes

Fortified Legends

  • Fortified no longer reduces headshot damage

Rampart Improvements

  • Sheila spin-up time decreased from 1.75s to 1.25s
  • Amped Cover deploy health increased from 45 to 120
  • Amped Cover deploy time decreased from 4.25 to 3.6

Valkyrie

  • Can no longer freely spin while launching during Skyward Dive

Unfortunately, this season’s patch brings no changes to Lifeline’s kit, which is disappointing for those who enjoy the Support Legend as Newcastle may be running her out of the meta.

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Weapon & Helmet changes

Helmets Buff

  • Blue helmet headshot damage reduction increased from 40% to 50%
  • Purple helmet headshot damage reduction increased from 50% to 65%

Gold Weapons

  • EVA-8, Bow, Flatline, P2020, Spitfire

Kraber

  • Headshot multiplier down from 3.0 to 2.0
  • Damage reduced from 145 to 140

Rampage

  • Increased reload time from  2.6 to 3.1
  • Slightly increased handling times

LSTAR

  • Reduced headshot damage multiplier from 1.75 to 1.5
  • Reduced headshot distance from 64m to 57m
  • Overheat cool-off time increased from 2.5 to 3.6
  • Slightly increased handling times

Devotion

  • Damage reduced from 16 to 15
  • Reduced headshot damage multiplier from 1.75 to 1.5
  • Reduced headshot distance from 64m to 57m
  • Increased reload time from 2.8 to 3.2
  • Draw time increased to 0.8 from 0.7
  • Holster time increased to 0.75 from 0.65
  • Raise time increased to 0.65 from 0.55
  • Lower time increased to 0.6 from 0.5

Havoc

  • Improved recoil at the start of the pattern

Dual Shell

  • Removed from floor loot and crafting bundles

Mozambique & Peacekeeper

  • Increased limb damage from 0.8 to 1.0

Spitfire

  • Damage decreased from 19 to 18
  • Purple & Gold Magazine capacity reduced from 55 to 50
  • Crouched hipfire spread increased
  • Removed barrel attachment slot
  • Reduced headshot damage multiplier from 1.75 to 1.5
  • Reduced headshot distance from 64m to 57m
  • Increased reload time from 3.2 to 3.4
  • Draw time increased to 0.8 from 0.7
  • Holster time increased to 0.75 to 0.65
  • Raise time increased to 0.65 from 0.55
  • Lower time increased to 0.6 from 0.5

Mastiff

  • Tightened blast pattern
  • Ammo capacity reduced from 6 to 4
  • Stockpile ammo: 28
  • Damage per pellet increased from 11 to 14
  • Increased pellet size
  • Fire Rate increased from 1.1 to 1.2

Replicator rotation

Apex Legends Season 13 is bringing some interesting changes to the Replicator, changing some of the options players will have when crafting.

In Season 12, we saw weapons put into the Replicator for the first time, the Flatline and Longbow. Now in Season 13, we are seeing two different weapons enter the Replicator, bringing the Flatline and Longbow back to floor loot.

The R-301 and Rampage will be going into the Replicator for Season 13, meaning that players will only be able to obtain these weapons by crafting them, as they will be taken out of the loot pool.

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Care Package rotation

Apex Legends Season 13 also brings some changes to the Care Package rotation.

The Spitfire will be returning to ground loot, and the Mastiff will be replacing it in the Care Package.

Arenas pricing adjustments

Thermites

  • 100 → 75

Charge Rifle

  • Lvl 1: 200 → 150
  • Lvl 2: 200 → 150
  • Lvl 3: 450 → 400

Longbow

  • Base: 400 → 300
  • Lvl 1: 250 → 200
  • Lvl 2: 300 → 250
  • Lvl 3: 400 → 350

Sentinel

  • Lvl 3: 400 → 350

Bocek Bow

  • Lvl 2: 250 → 200
  • Lvl 3: 300 → 250

Triple Take

  • Base: 600 → 500
  • Lvl 1: 250 → 200
  • Lvl 2: 300 → 250
  • Lvl 3: 400 → 300

Devotion

  • Lvl 1: 150 → 200
  • Lvl 2: 250 → 350

L-STAR

  • Lvl 1: 200 → 150

Havoc

  • Base: 350 → 400

Hemlok

  • Lvl 2: 250 → 200
  • Lvl 3: 350 → 300

Prowler

  • Lvl 2: 300 → 250
  • Lvl 3: 350 → 300
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Balance updates

Cells & Syringes

  • Cells and Syringe spawn rates have been lowered by about 18%

Out of Bounds

  • When going out of bounds the following will be disabled:
    • Legends Abilities
    • Weapons, Ordinances and Survival Items
    • Healing items (Will not cancel mid healing)
    • All Active Passives (e.g. Valks Jet Packs)

World’s Edge

  • Redesigned windows at Lava Siphon’s Control Tower to focus sightlines
  • Added some additional cover around Lava Siphon’s Lava Pit
  • Gondola loot has been tweaked. The chances of finding high-tier armor in them have been notably reduced. Climatizer and Lava Siphon will still remain as High Tier Loot POIs

New Custom Match system

Custom Match is replacing the previous Private Match system.

  • Custom Match QOL improvements:
    • UI & Design Improvements.
    • Custom Match now saves Team Names & Match Settings when returning from match to lobby.
    • Match flow improvements.
  • Added new launch parameters to pre-select viewing targets for Observer.
  • Updated the color pallet used by Observers when viewing teams (Map Overview + Highlights)
    • Additionally, fixed the color duplication issue previously seen on the map overview
  • Updated the Team Eliminated Text with a unique color for Anonymous Mode in Custom Match.

That’s all for the Apex Legends Season 13 patch notes. For more on Apex Legends, check out how you can pre-register for the Apex Legends Mobile launch.

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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 is continuing to grow expeditiously.

There are now a whopping 21 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. With Season 13 now underway, Newcastle is the latest to join the roster.

Let’s take a look at how the new Legend has shaken up the roster by looking at the current Legend pick rates in Season 13, which provides an idea of who the most popular Legends are.

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 May 20, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Wraith – 10.7%
  2. Octane – 10.2%
  3. Valkyrie – 9.4%
  4. Bloodhound – 8.7%
  5. Pathfinder – 7.8%
  6. Newcastle – 7.4%
  7. Horizon – 5.7%
  8. Bangalore – 4.5%
  9. Ash – 4.2%
  10. Lifeline – 3.9%
  11. Loba – 3.5%
  12. Fuse – 3.2%
  13. Rampart – 3.1%
  14. Gibraltar – 3%
  15. Mirage – 2.7%
  16. Caustic – 2.4%
  17. Seer – 2%
  18. Revenant – 2%
  19. Wattson – 2%
  20. Mad Maggie – 1.9%
  21. Crypto – 1.7%

Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 13

5. Pathfinder – 7.8%

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Pathfinder has consistently been one of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 7.8%, 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.

4. Bloodhound – 8.7%

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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 8.7%. 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.

3. Valkyrie – 9.4%

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Despite getting some nerfs, Valkyrie is in the top 5 Legend pick rates for Season 13 with 9.4%, as she is the movement Queen. Her Jetpack Passive allows players to escape any kind of situation, which is crucial for survivability.

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. Octane – 10.2%

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With a 10.2% pick rate, the speed demon takes the number two spot, 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.

1. Wraith – 10.7% – Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 13

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Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number one spot with a 10.7% 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.


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 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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