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Apex Legends Season 8 Anniversary Collection Event: rewards, skins & more

Apex Legends Season 8 is kicking off in style as the battle royale is getting a new Anniversary Collection, that includes new skins and a LTM.

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Apex Legends Season 8 Anniversary Event

Apex Legends Season 8 is finally here, and the Anniversary Collection will bring a ton of exciting new content for players. Here’s everything that we know so far about the event, including the release date.

Collection Events have been a major Apex Legends tradition since the game first launched, and the one for Season 7, titled Fight Night, gave the developers the perfect opportunity to show off all the content that they had planned for players.

Now that Season 8 is here, we’ll be getting a brand new Collection Event to celebrate the game’s 2 year anniversary on February 9, 2021. We’ll go over every new change that this event will bring to the battle royale.

Apex Legends Anniversary skins

As expected, Season 8 will plenty of brand new Legend and weapons skins, with most of the characters getting an “Anniversary” recolor.

Respawn confirmed that 24 items will be given red and gold recolors so that players have the chance to grab old skins with a classy redesign.

“We’re bringing back 24 fan-favorite items and giving them a fresh look with crimson red and gold touches. If you’ve missed out on a skin you really wanted in the past, now’s the time to snag it, but with a new look that lets others know you were here in the early days of Apex Legends. ”

Revenant Blood Ritual Legendary

Revenant Collection Event Skins

Gibraltar Golden God Legendary

Gibraltar Collection event skins

Wraith Hellcat Legendary

Wraith collection event skin

Bangalore Fire with Fire

Bangalore collection event skin

Wattson Rocket Scientist

Wattson Collection event skin

Loba Red Handed

Loba collection event skin

Anniversary Collection Event Heirloom

While Season 8’s Anniversary event does not add a new heirloom, completing the collection will net you 150 Heirloom Shards, to spend on an heirloom of your choice.

Heirloom Collection event

Apex Anniversary bundles

The Apex Legends Season 8 Anniversary Collection Event will come with a few that include recolor skins and Apex Packs at a discount. Plus, the Paradigm Shifter R-99 skin will make its return to the battle royale, and you’ll be able to get it from the store.

Anniversary Bundles

Anniversary Prize track

You can earn up to 22 items, including two Event Packs and ten Apex Packs.

Anniversary Event Prize track

Locked and Loaded LTM takeover

The event will also add a brand new LTM in the form of the Locked and Loaded takeover mode. This grant you a full loadout of level 1 gear as you land in the battle area, and you’ll have to make do with that while taking on other players.

This loadout includes a Mozambique, White Shotgun Bolt, HCOG Classic Scope, White Evo Shield, White Helmet, White Backpack, White Incap Shield, two Syringes, two Shield Cells, and a stack of shotgun ammo.

You won’t find any Common/White level gear and attachments as loot during the takeover, so this LTM will test you in battle.

Challenges

We will also get a few new challenges that you can complete during the event in order to unlock some awesome new rewards:

  • Get the “Daily Discovery” Nessie Badge by completing 75 Daily Challenges
  • “Respect your elders” and earn the Mozambique Badge by dealing 102,816 Damage (get the reference?)
  • Earn “Time to Win and Stay Alive” with 8 different Legends to get the Smolfinder Badge

You can also earn the “Mozambique Here” Weapon Charm by dishing out 3,333 Damage to your opponents with the Mozambique. You might get this done more easily with the Locked and Loaded takeover.

Mozambique charm

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Confirmed Apex Legends Season 9 buffs and nerfs

Respawn Entertainment have confirmed and hinted at a few different buffs and nerfs for Apex Legends Season 9.

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Apex Legends buffs and nerfs

With Apex Legends Season 9 set to go live on May 4, we will go over all the buffs and nerfs that Respawn Entertainment have confirmed are in development for the next major update.

Respawn Entertainment introduced quite a few changes in the Apex Legends Chaos Theory update. Many Legends received different buffs and nerfs to help balance them, and they plan to bring more of these in the near future.

The devs apply buffs and nerfs to certain Legends so that the battle royale still feels fresh after a new update drops. They also let the fans know what they’re currently working through community updates, and here’s what they’ve confirmed for Apex Legends Season 9.

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Confirmed Legend buffs and nerfs for Season 9

Respawn have talked about their planned changes for Season 9 on social media, and the Apex Legends subreddit. It can be difficult to keep track of every announcement, so we’ve decided to go over each of them here.

Keep in mind that these aren’t the only changes that will be in the Season 9 patch, as more can be confirmed or discussed later on. Once we learn more, we’ll be sure to update the article with new information.

Lifeline

Respawn have the following changes planned for Lifeline’s abilities in Season 9:

  • Passive nerf
  • Ultimate buff

Lifeline’s passive ability is notoriously difficult to play against, and even the developers have acknowledged this as being particularly “frustrating.” She can generate a shield wall in the direction she is facing, and heal her teammates.

That’s why this ability will get nerfed, her ultimate will receive a buff. So far, the devs haven’t clarified what exactly these changes will be, but they’ve confirmed that playtests are taking place.

Lifeline in Apex Legends

Gibraltar

Gibraltar’s Gun Shield will be nerfed in Season 9. Respawn stated that they will apply damage bleedthrough to this ability, so that the Legend will only be able to deflect a certain amount of attack damage.

The devs initially planned to introduce this nerf in the 8.1 update, but a few bugs popped up which led to it being delayed.

Gibraltar's gun shield in Apex Legends

Loba

Fans of this Legend have been hoping that she’d get a major buff to her abilities soon, and that will finally be the case in Season 9.

Respawn have stated that they will focus on a few additions to Loba’s bracelet in the next update. This could be a fix for her broken jump drive, or perhaps they’ll make some other improvements to her kit.

One hurdle faced by players is her animation time when she enters or exits a portal. This leaves her vulnerable to enemy attacksa quicker animation time, making Loba less vulnerable when entering/exiting the teleport.

Horizon

Horizon’s introduction in Apex Legends Season 7 was followed by her immense increase in popularity. She gained the reputation of being extremely difficult to defeat, which is why she was hit with some nerfs in the Chaos Theory update.

Respawn confirmed that they have more changes planned for her in the future. While they haven’t specified what other nerfs she’ll receive, Lead Game Designer Daniel Klein has given fans an update.

“We weren’t ready with the big nerf for Horizon,” he said. “So we shipped what he had first. Bigger nerf coming soon, hopefully S9, but no guarantees.”

Other rumored buffs and nerfs for Apex Legends Season 9

While these Legends haven’t been confirmed to be getting a buff yet, Respawn have expressed their interest in making some changes to them.

Revenant

The devs have wanted to implement some improvements to Revenant for a while now, and have explained the difficult in doing so. They planned to change up his hitbox, but this is proving to be particuarly tricky.

Daniel Klein stated: “Revenant’s tactical ability is pretty reliable and hittable, so probably not a great candidate for more damage,” he elaborated.”

Crypto

While we don’t know for sure if there will be any buff for Crypto in Season 9, Respawn have stated that they’re considering some possible improvements.

That covers all the buffs and nerfs that the developers have hinted at for next update. If more are announced of confirmed, then we’ll update this guide right away.

With Season 9 scheduled to start on May 4, so expect there to still be more news to come on Legend changes between now and then.

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Apex Legends devs confirm more Horizon changes planned after Chaos Theory nerfs

Horizon received a major nerf in the Apex Legends Chaos Theory update, and the devs have a few more plans for her.

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The Apex Legends Chaos Theory update nerfed Horizon’s ultimate ability, and it seems that the developers aren’t done yet. Respawn are planning additional changes for her Gravity Lift.

Horizon immediately rose in popularity after her introduction in Apex Legends Season 7. Her abilities have earned her a huge record of wins, which is why she was hit with some nerfs in the Apex Legends Chaos Theory update.

The biggest change was a longer cooldown on her Black Hole ultimate, up from two minutes to three. Now, Apex fans are demanding that Respawn also make some changes to her Gravity Lift. The devs haven’t forgotten this, and have a few more plans for the Legend.

Horizon in Apex Legends Season 7

Horizon is leading the Apex Legends meta in Season 8, and Respawn are planning to bring get her back in line through more nerfs. This time, they will focus on on her Gravity Lift tactical ability.

Lead game designer Daniel Klein explained on Reddit that changing her tactical was something they’d considered, but they were unable to do it in the latest update due to time constraints.

“We just didn’t have the time to do what we need to do to her tactical,” said the dev. “[In my opinion] the problem is you can jump in, take a full bat, and strafe while doing so making you almost impossible to punish. That’ll change, but the proper way to do that takes a little time.”

He made it clear that Horizon’s ultimate isn’t her biggest draw, but they were able to prepare the nerf in time for this patch.

“Her ult is definitely not the bigger problem. That was just the change that was ready for 8.1. Her tactical is absolutely the bigger problem, but the nerf for that wasn’t ready in time for this patch,” Klein added.

This means that we can expect more changes for Horizon in Season 9. It’s not clear what exactly these will be but we’ll keep checking for updates. Once we learn something new, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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Apex Legends fans spot new weapon class in dev’s Chaos Theory stream

A live dev stream of Apex Legends Season 8 appeared to reveal a new weapon class that could be headed for the battle royale game.

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New evidence from a Respawn Entertainment dev’s stream suggests that Apex Legends could be set to add a new weapon class to the battle royale shooter.

Apex Legends already contains a large pool of weapons, ammo types, and attachments. Now it seems that pool is set to be expanded upon as a new potential class has been spotted in a live stream showcase for the upcoming Chaos Theory Event.

During one point of the stream, observant viewers noticed a “Marksman” tag underneath the 3x HCOG ‘Ranger’ optic. There have been rumors and murmurs about the devs looking to introduce a whole new class to the game that separates itself from anything else, and this could indicate that.

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The roster of different weapons in Apex Legends includes: Assault Rifles, Submachine Guns, Light Machine Guns, Shotguns, Pistols, and Sniper Rifles. It’s about as standard and as-to-be-expected as classes come in an FPS game.

However, a new Marksman class seems like it will bridge the gap between Sniper Rifles and any other weapon. It’s also not the first time that the devs have discussed the possibility of new gear, as they recently addressed the possibility of Titanfall weapons coming to Apex Legends.

If you skip ahead to 21:34 in the dev stream video, you will be able to take a glimpse of the possible new class yourself.

Time stamp 21:34

It’s unclear whether or not this was intentional and Respawn Entertainment intended for players to see the Marksman label or not.

The sighting has gained some momentum now as Reddit user Redminn19 was also tuned into the stream, posting the evidence for all to see.

Given that we’re already so far into Apex Legends Season 8, it’s probably safe to assume that we won’t be seeing the Marksman class anytime soon.

It’s likely Respawn has enough on their plate at the moment with testing for the Nintendo Switch version going on.

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