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Apex Legends Season 14 patch notes: Release date, Vantage, Kings Canyon, Level Cap, more

Apex Legends Season 14 is on its way so here’s everything we know, including the start date, new Legend, map changes, and more.

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Apex Legends Season 14 is on the way, and here’s everything that you need to know about it, including the release date, new Legend, map changes, level cap increase, and more.

Apex Legends players have enjoyed all the content that arrived in Apex Legends Season 13, but it’s time for a new update and perhaps even a meta change.

Players are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the next seasonal update, and we’ll go over everything we know about Apex Legends Season 14, including when it’s set to go live, who the new Legend is, and the balance changes.

When is Apex Legends Season 14?

Apex Legends Season 14, titled Hunted, has been officially confirmed to begin on August 9, 2022. At that point, Season 13’s Battle Pass will come to end, so you’ll need to hurry if you want to progress through all the remaining tiers.

Once Apex Legends Season 14 arrives, players will have access to a ton of fun new content, including a brand-new Legend as well as some major changes to the King’s Canyon map.

Apex Legends Season 14 new Legend Vantage

Vantage is the brand-new Season 14 Legend and we got a first look at her in the Stories from the Outlands episode released on July 25 titled “Survive.” This character is from Pagos, a “barren ice planet” where she learned how to become the “ultimate survivalist.”

Vantage uses her Sniper Rifle to mark enemies for her squad to finish off. Her ability set allows her to launch herself toward a helpful winged companion known as Echo.

Apex Legends Season 14 King’s Canyon map update

Aside from adding a new Legend, the Apex Legends developers also confirmed that the fan-favorite King’s Canyon map will be receiving a major overhaul and will be known as King’s Canyon Reforged.

A teaser from EA states: “Time changes everything, and Kings Canyon is no exception. What will rise from the ashes of the past?” At the time of writing, it remains to be seen exactly what changes the reworked map will feature.

For more on Kings Canyon Reforged, check out our guide on all of the Apex Legends Season 14 Kings Canyon changes.

Apex Legends Season 14 Level Cap increase

EA have officially confirmed that the new Level Cap for Apex Legends is effectively 2000. Players will be able to reach level 500 four times, and for more information on how this will work, check out our guide on the new Apex Legends Level Cap increase.

Apex Legends Season 14 patch notes

SEASON 13 RANKED RESULTS

For Split 1 of Season 13, we have the following max tier distribution among players who played more than 10 hours of Ranked (versus Season 12’s Split 1):

  • 10.80% Bronze (0%)
  • 28.78% Silver (3.78%)
  • 44.45% Gold (25.12%)
  • 14.60% Platinum (39.52%)
  • 1.25% Diamond (26.63%)
  • 0.10% Master & Apex Predator (4.95%)

As of August 2nd 2022, we have the following max tier distribution among players in Split 2 who played more than 10 hours of Ranked (versus Season 12’s Split 2):

  • 2.22% Bronze (0.01%)
  • 15.22% Silver (4.28%)
  • 41.50% Gold (25.48%)
  • 32.57% Platinum (42.80%)
  • 8.05% Diamond (23.56%)
  • 0.45% Master & Apex Predator (3.87%)

14.0 Ranked Changes

  • Entry Cost: +5 to all.
  • Kill RP: Removed diminishing returns on eliminations.
  • Rank Reset: No change. Resuming ranked reset of 6 divisions.

BALANCE UPDATES

Laser Sights

  • New attachment to replace barrels for SMGs and Pistols.
  • Reduced hipfire spread.

Crate Rotation

  • G7 Scout returns to the floor.
  • Volt SMG returns to the floor.
  • Bocek Compound Bow enters the crate.
  • Rampage LMG enters the crate.

Crafting Rotation

  • Wingman returns to the floor.
  • CAR SMG returns to the floor.
  • Devotion LMG enters the crafter.
  • RE-45 + Hammerpoint combo enters the crafter.

Gold Weapon Rotation

  • Longbow DMR, G7 Scout, Mozambique, R-99, Hemlok

SMGs

  • Base hipfire spread increased.

Assault Rifles

  • Base hipfire spread increased.

EVA-8

  • Recoil improvements.
  • Now takes stocks.
  • Removed 1 pellet from blast pattern.
  • Fire rate increased to 2.3 from 2.0.
  • Pellet damage increased to 7 from 6.
  • Bolt rate of fire bonuses increased. 
    • White: 1.1 to 1.1.
    • Blue: 1.15 to 1.2.
    • Purple: 1.2 to 1.3.

Bocek Compound Bow

  • Damage at full draw increased to 70 from 60.
  • Tempo draw speed increased to 0.38 from 0.32.
  • Shattercaps pellet damage increased to 12 from 11.
  • Fired arrows can no longer be collected.
  • Arrows spawns have been removed from the floor.

Rampage LMG

  • Damage increased to 28 from 26.
  • Rampage comes with a Thermite Grenade.

Volt SMG

  • Damage reduced to 15 from 17.

CAR SMG

  • No longer takes barrel attachments.

G7 Scout

  • Damage reduced to 34 from 36.
  • Headshot multiplier reduced to 1.75 from 2.0.
  • Double Tap hop-up burst fire delay increased to 0.4 from 0.375.

LSTAR

  • Increased projectile speed. 
  • Increased number of shots before overheat at base to 24 from 20.
  • Removed bright red flash when hitting non-armored targets.

RE-45

  • Increased ironsight FOV to 70 to be consistent with other pistols.
  • Increased strafe speed by 5% to be consistent with other pistols.

Wingman

  • Wingman now uses sniper ammo and magazines.

Sniper Ammo

  • Sniper ammo inventory stack increased to 28 from 24.
  • Sniper ammo boxes now contain 14 rounds instead of 12.

Spitfire

  • Recoil adjustments to increase vertical barrel climb.
  • Spitfire now uses light ammo and magazines.

30-30 Repeater

  • Dual Loader has been worked into the base 30-30 Repeater.
  • Now takes Skullpiercer Rifling.

Mastiff

  • Projectile growth reduced.
  • Base fire rate reduced to 1.1 from 1.2.
  • Dual Loader removed.

Sentinel

  • Deadeye’s Tempo has been worked into the base Sentinel.

Hop-Ups

  • Double Tap
    • Adds burst fire mode to EVA-8 and G7 Scout.
  • Skullpiercer
    • 35% headshot damage increase on Longbow, Wingman and 30-30 Repeater.
  • Removed Deadeye’s Tempo & Shatter Caps from floor loot.
  • Boosted Loader has been reduced to Epic quality from Legendary.

Backpack Gold Perk

  • New Perk: Deep Pockets.
  • Deep Pockets: Large medical supplies stacks higher in your inventory.
    • Batteries and Medkits now stack to 3 in inventory.
    • Phoenix Kits now stack to 2 in inventory.

Knockdown Shield Gold Perk

  • New Perk: Guardian Angel (Previous Backpack Perk).
  • Self Revive removed from the game.

Arc Star

  • Reduced stick damage on armor to 10 from 40.
  • Remove aim slow on stick, remains on detonation.
  • Detonation damage increased to 75 from 70.

Explosive Holds

  • Added Blue attachments to possible spawns.
  • Added Laser Sights to the pool.
  • Reduced spawn rate of gold magazines.

LEGENDS

Valk

  • VTOL Jets
    • Acceleration on activation decreased by about 8%.
    • Fuel consumption on activation increased by 33%.
    • Aerial boosting & strafing take a 20% debuff when hit by slowing effects.
    • Added a third orange state to the fuel meter UI between green (>60%) and red (<30%).
  • Missile Swarm
    • Aim/turn slow removed.
    • Move slow duration decreased from 2.5s -> 2.0s.
    • Reducing the explosion radius from 175 -> 125.
  • Skyward Dive
    • Height reduction of 25%.
    • Launch time reduced from 5.5s -> 5.0s. Coupled with the height reduction, players in Valk ult now travel upward at a slightly slower speed.

Horizon

  • Black Hole: Adjustments to N.E.W.T’s hitbox to make destroying it more reliable.
  • Black Hole: N.E.W.T. takes 50% more damage from explosives.

Wattson

  • Improvements to Perimeter Security placement system.

Newcastle

  • Retrieve the Wounded:
    • Increased move speed during revive by 25%.
    • Reduced turn slow while reviving by 50%.
    • Increased White Knockdown shield health from 150 -> 200.
    • Increase Blue Knockdown shield health from 250 -> 300.
  • Mobile Shield:
    • Increased hp from 350 -> 500
    • Doubled max movement speed.
  • Castle Wall:
    • Added turn slow to electrical barrier effects and increased the severity of the slow effect to movement.

Mad Maggie

  • Riot Drill:
    • Projectile Launch Speed doubled.
  • Wrecking Ball: 
    • Will travel twice as far while dropping the same amount of magnets.
    • Duration increased from 5 sec → 10 sec.
    • Magnet Spawn delay increased from 0.4 sec → 0.8 sec.
    • Wrecking Ball will deal damage to enemy placeable objects: Black Market, Castle Walls, Exhibit, Death Totem, Mobile Shield, Black Hole, Amped Cover, and Gas Barrels. It will also destroy Gibraltar’s Dome of Protection.
    • Fixed Wrecking Ball not blinding and slowing enemies.

Rampart

  • Now ignores friendly collision on Amped Cover placement (i.e. placing walls around teammates will feel more smooth).

Caustic

  • Fixed gas ramping bug where transitioning from friendly to enemy gas would initially damage for more than intended.

Mirage

  • Mirage Decoys will now be scanned by Valk when skydiving.
  • Mirage Decoys will now be picked up by Seer’s Heart Seeker.
  • Fixed a bug where Mirage Decoys were picked up by Seer’s Exhibit as AI and not players.

Revenant

  • Death Totem will now show a placement preview when activated instead of placing immediately.

CRAFTING UPDATE

  • Team-Use Harvesters: When any player interacts with a Materials Harvester, all players in their team will be given the Materials..
  • Removed Shatter Rounds from crafting.
  • Removed Hammerpoints from base crafting and added to RE-45 Weapon Craft.
  • Heavy, Energy, and Sniper mags price increased from to 35 from 25.
  • Laser Sight added to crafting: 25 materials.
  • Stock and Barrel price reduced to 25 from 35.
  • Added Skullpiercer Rifling Hop-Up to crafting.
  • Added Double Tap Trigger Hop-Up to crafting.
  • Added Kinetic Feeder Hop-Up to crafting.
  • Increased Shotgun Bolt price from to 30 from 25.
  • Reduced 2-4x ACOG optic price to 30 from 35.

MAPS

The maps rotating for public matches during Hunted are; Kings Canyon, World’s Edge, and Storm Point.

ALL BATTLE ROYALE MAPS

  • Replicators and Crafting Materials have been rebalanced across the maps.
  • Ring Adjustments:
    • Ring 1 Damage increase from 2 to 3 hp/tick (equivalent to Ring 2)
    • Ring 1 Preshrink Time decreased from 180s to 60s.
    • Ring 1 Closing Time:
      • Kings Canyon – 4:10 -> 4:32
      • World’s Edge – 3:42 -> 4:32
      • Storm Point – 4:15 -> 4:35
      • Olympus – 4:10 -> 4:32

WORLD’S EDGE

  • Removed some frustrating final rings at Staging that were causing heal offs.
  • Fragment East Loot buffed from Low Tier to Medium. . 
  • Added OOB to west rocks at Lava Siphon.

QUALITY OF LIFE

  • New Mode/Map name UI element on load screen and start flow.
  • “Winning” and “Champion” tags added to the scoreboard.
  • Added ability to use “tap” interact prompts when they conflict with “hold” (e.g. reloading near downed teammates is now a lot more reliable on controller).
  • Added flourish to the crafting materials in the top right of the HUD when they increase.
  • Added a flourish to items if they become craftable while in the crafting station UI.
  • Added accessibility switch for turning on and off TTS (Text-to-speech), defaulting to what your console or system has it set to (where available)
  • When dropping from the dropship, the location of the POI player lands in is now displayed.

BUG FIXES

  • Hipfire reticles now change size based on the FoV
  • Fixed bug where canceling a Lifeline revive would cancel it for other teammates also being revived by Lifeline. 
  • Fixed bug where players could not deal melee damage to Caustic Gas Barrels or Octanes Jump Pads.
  • Fix for issue where the buy menu would close each time a teammate completes a purchase/and or closes the buy menu.
  • Crypto’s Ultimate now destroys Wattson’s Pylon.
  • Fix for issue where Crypto’s heirloom animation audio would play globally when using a survey beacon.
  • Fix for issue where players could sometimes get stuck while crouched between a Replicator and Black Market after crafting.
  • Fixed bug where players could not unlock the “Fully Kitted” badge.
  • Fix for issue for Legends losing functionality like meleeing, using an ability, etc, while mantling.
  • Fix for bug where players could not switch ammo types for the C.A.R. SMG.
  • Newcastle – fix for issue where Newcastle could get stuck in their Ultimate animation while riding a zipline.
  • Newcastle – fixed bug where throwables placed on a Mobile Shield would start floating after the Mobile Shield disappears.
  • Newcastle – fix for cases where players wouldn’t take damage from ordnance or activate Caustic’s barrels when positioned between a Tactical Shield and its drone.
  • Newcastle – fix for bug where throwable abilities placed on a Mobile Shield could float away after the Mobile Shield disappears. 
  • Wraith – fix for bug where Wraith would still take damage in the Ring while phasing.
  • Fix for a reload bug with the Mastiff and 30-30 Repeater where players could not ADS until reloading animation was finished.
  • Fixed bug where Crypto’s melee animations wouldn’t show his heirloom while in third person.
  • Vending Machines in Big Maude now have buyer protection.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause some stuttering and framerate spikes on consoles, especially PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.
  • Fix for bug where the Dropship would sometimes spawn players outside the ship.
  • Fixed a bug where Heat Shields would disappear when placed under a respawn beacon, or mobile respawn beacon, and then the beacon was used.
  • Fixed a bug where Pathfinder’s zipline would be destroyed if placed on top of a respawn beacon and then the beacon was used.
  • Fix for cases when a Heat Shield could disappear when set under a Respawn Beacon that is activated.
  • Fix for a bug where Mirage decoys would not show up on scan for a few Legends.

For more Apex Legends, you can check out the best PC settings in Season 13, as well as how to check the server status.

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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 14 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 14 is here, but which Legends are dominating Season 14 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?

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Season 14 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 14 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 22 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. With Season 14 now here, the new Legend Vantage has already knocked some fan-favorite characters out of the running.

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 14.

Apex Legends Season 14 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 14 ranked, as of August 12, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Vantage – 11.7%
  2. Octane – 10.1%
  3. Wraith – 9.3%
  4. Bloodhound – 7.8%
  5. Pathfinder – 7.8%
  6. Valkyrie – 6.8%
  7. Horizon – 5.5%
  8. Bangalore – 4.5%
  9. Lifeline – 4.3%
  10. Seer – 3.9%
  11. Loba – 3.5%
  12. Fuse – 3%
  13. Ash – 3%
  14. Mirage – 2.6%
  15. Mad Maggie – 2.6%
  16. Newcastle – 2.3%
  17. Caustic – 2.3%
  18. Revenant – 2.2%
  19. Wattson – 1.9%
  20. Gibraltar – 1.9%
  21. Rampart – 1.6%
  22. Crypto – 1.3%

Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 14

5. Pathfinder – 7.8%

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 – 7.8%

Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 14.

Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark the seasons go on, and they have dropped slightly to 7.8%. Don’t let that put you off though, as 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. Wraith – 9.3%

Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number three with a 9.3% pick rate in Season 14.

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 14.

2. Octane – 10.1%

With a 10.1% pick rate, the speed demon has been dropped to the number two spot but continues his reign as one of the most popular Legends in Season 14, 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. Vantage – 11.7% – Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 14

Of course, it’s the brand-new Legend Vantage that takes the top spot in Apex Legends Season 14. With an 11.7% pick rate, Vantage has stolen the show from other top Legends such as Octane and Valkyrie.

Vantage’s incredible popularity is probably due to her being new, but she’s not to be trifled with either. Her Sniper Rifle is an incredibly strong weapon, she’s able to wall run, and has a direct counter to Mirage.

How her pick rate will change throughout Season 14 remains to be seen, but she’s well-worth using on the overhauled Kings Canyon.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 14. 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 why Mad Maggie has climbed up the rankings this season.

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Dr Disrespect explains why Apex Legends isn’t close to dying out

Top streamer Dr Disrespect had high praise for Apex Legends and its devs, explaining why it won’t “die out” any time soon.

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Apex Legends has been going strong since its launch in 2019 and even hit its highest Steam player count yet with Season 14. Top streamer Dr Disrespect weighed in on its longevity, believing that it won’t “die out” any time soon.

Apex Legends hit its 14th season in August 2022, bringing a brand-new Legend, increasing the level cap, and overhauling the original Kings Canyon map. With the game reaching its highest Steam player count yet and Season 15 arriving later this year, Apex is showing no signs of slowing down.

Alongside developing his own game, top streamer Guy ‘Dr Disrespect’ Beahm keeps coming back to Apex Legends, and has explained why he doesn’t believe it’ll die out.

Doc returned to Apex to try out Vantage and all of the other Season 14 changes, and a member of the Champions Club donated and asked Doc if Apex Legends “will die out soon,” and he immediately responded: “absolutely not.”

“They’re tapped in and they have a great developer group working on the game,” he explained. “The game’s constantly evolving and it’s literally, probably the most competitive battle royale out there — I mean it has to be. Not even close.”

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Both Warzone and Fortnite have competitive scenes, with the World Series of Warzone 2022 kicking off on August 15. But the grind for Apex Predator is always a big event for competitive players and Apex streamers alike whenever there’s a new split.

Dr Disrespect then considered whether Apex Legends is “fun to watch,” and he concluded that viewers who don’t play typically won’t watch it, but those who are invested in the game will always be tuning in.

Will Warzone 2 and a potential ranked mode be able to knock Apex Legends off its pedestal? We’ll need to wait and see when it releases later this year.

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Apex Legends players frustrated that Mirage’s abilities are “useless” against Vantage

Mirage players are frustrated that Vantage’s abilities make the Legend “useless” in Apex Legends Season 14.

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Apex Legends Season 14 introduced the new Legend Vantage, and players feel that she’s making Mirage’s abilities feel completely “useless” in combat.

Every character in Apex Legends has their own unique set of abilities that are useful in different situations, and Mirage can help you make a quick getaway from overwhelming enemy opposition.

He is able to deploy decoys that will distract your enemies, giving you time to reposition yourself. However, the new Season 14 Legend Vantage has the perfect counter for that, and Mirage mains are extremely frustrated about this new development.

Reddit user ‘PRIYANSHUC15’ shared a clip in the Apex Legends subreddit, and it showed them using Vantage’s Spotter’s Lens and Sniper’s Mark abilities to spot the real Mirage among the decoys.

This irritated the Redditor, who then claimed that Mirage’s abilities are “useless” after Vantage’s arrival. Other players in the thread agreed with this sentiment and expressed their frustration.

Many of the comments explain that it’s pointless to leave out decoys if enemy players have the ability to instantly find the real one. As a result, Vantage’s arrival may make things unbalanced.

One user stated: “As a Mirage main we’re very used to getting shafted to high hell every season so this is nothing new.”

A few players suggested that Vantage being able to spot the real Mirage might be the result of a bizarre glitch. One of the players claimed that they dropped into the game earlier and their passive only scanned the Mirage decoys.

However, another player replied: “It tells you it’s a decoy though so it scans the target and shows it’s a fake”. They then added that it was probably an intentional feature meant to nerf Mirage in the new season.

At the time of writing, it remains to be seen if Respawn Entertainment will respond to these complaints by either buffing Mirage’s ability set or nerfing Vantage. We’ll be sure to let you know if there are any new changes implemented.


For more Apex Legends content, check out this Firing Range change players want after the Season 14 update and why players feel that Mad Maggie is “too good not to use” after her Season 14 buffs.

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