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Apex Legends Season 9 patch notes: Arenas mode, new Legend, more

The patch notes for Apex Legends Season 9, Legacy, have revealed more details about Arenas mode, Valkyrie, and various changes to loot and weapons.

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Apex Legends Season 9 Legacy Patch notes

Apex Legends Season 9, Legacy, will go live on May 4, and the patch notes have been released for the coming update. Here’s everything that we know about, from the new Legend Valkyrie to the Arenas mode.

While there’s still some time left until the arrival of Apex Legends Season 9, there has been a ton of hype in the community as more upcoming content has been revealed, including the new Legend, Valkyrie, and Arenas mode.

There will also be various balancing changes for different Legends. The update will go live on May 4, and we’ve got the Apex Legends Season 9 patch notes.

Apex Legends Season 9 legacy patch notes

Apex Legends Season 9 Legacy update patch notes

New Mode: Arenas

A new 3v3 mode was previously leaked for Apex legends, and now we have confirmation that Arenas will arrive next season. This mode will feature custom-tailored maps, and a completely different playstyle from the battle royale.

Here’s what’s been revealed about it in the patch notes:

  • Permanent 3v3 mode
  • 2 Custom maps:
    • Party Crasher: Mirage crashed into a downtown plaza
      Phaserunner: hidden experimental zone at the peak of a mountain
  • 3 BR-inspired locations
    • Artillery (KC), Golden Gardens, Thermal Plant
Apex Legends Season 9 Legacy Patch Notes

New Legend: Valkyrie

This is newest Legend to join battle royale’s roster. She’s the daughter of Titanfall 2’s Viper, and her abilities are based on Viper’s titan, Northstar.

  • Passive: VTOL Jets – Press Jump while in the air to engage jetpack. You can switch between hold and toggle in the options menu.
  • Tactical: Missile Swarm – Fire a swarm of mini-rockets which damage and disorient the enemy.
  • Ultimate: Skyward Dive – Press once to prepare for launch. Teammates can interact with Valkyrie to join the launch. Press again to launch into the air and skydive.
  • Class: Recon – Ability to scan beacons and reveal the next circle location.
Apex Legends Valkyrie

Olympus Map Changes

Respawn Entertainment teased some new map locations for Olympus, which was first introduced in Season 7. Now we know what will be included in the changes to this area when Season 9 goes live.

Here are all the confirmed map changes for Olympus:

  • Olympus has been over by a massive plant flown in by a mysterious aircraft, linked to Valkyrie’s entrance
  • Crossroads turned into the Icarus ship
  • On scientist corpses, there will be bridge keycards, which allow access to the best loot on the ship
  • 2 redeploy balloons have been removed – outside Golden Gardens and outside Orbital Cannon
Olympus map changes in Season 9

Legends

  • Low Profile removed: Wraith, Wattson and Lifeline will no longer take 5% more damage.

Fuse

  • Knuckle Cluster: Fuse now has two stacks of Knuckle Cluster. Reduced cooldown from 25s to 20s.

Lifeline

  • Combat Revive: No longer deploys a shield. Can now revive two players at the same time. Can now cancel active revives in progress to allow your teammate to defend themselves with their knockdown shield.
  • D.O.C. Heal Drone: Heal rate increased from 5hp per second to 8hp per second. Deployment time before healing begins reduced by roughly 33%.
  • Care Package: Cooldown reduced from 6 minutes to 5 minutes. Now guarantees an upgrade (if possible) in three categories: Body Shield, Other Equipment (Helmet, Backpack, and Knockdown Shield), and Weapon Attachment, based on your team’s current gear when the Package arrives.

Loba

  • Burglar’s Best Friend: Can now run and slide at full speed while aiming the bracelet and while the bracelet is in the air. Loba will no longer be slowed after translocating.
  • Fixed a lot of bugs that caused bracelet tosses to fail.
  • Black Market Boutique: Increased cooldown from 90s to 120s.

Octane

  • Stim: Reduced cooldown between stims from 4s to 1s. Increased health cost from 12hp to 20hp.
  • Increased bullet spread while in the air and shooting from the low Launch Pad trajectory.

Horizon

  • Gravity Lift: Reduced lift speed by 30%. Reduced side-to-side acceleration. Limited the time you can sit at the top of Gravity Lift to 2 seconds. Increased cooldown from 15s to 20s.
  • Horizon’s abilities will now get zapped by Wattson pylons.

Bangalore

  • Smoke Launcher: Thickened Bangalore’s smoke. 

Bloodhound

  • No longer receives assists from Eye of the Allfather.

Crypto

  • Crypto’s drone can now scan and open care packages.
  • Can no longer use his drone to “hijack” a respawn beacon that’s already in use.

Weapons

New Weapon: Bocek Bow

The Bocek Bow is part of the Marksman Weapons class. As the name implies, you can use it to fire Arrows at your foes from a distance, and these can be retrieved after firing.

When fully drawn back, the bow will deal 70 damage to body, and 123 damage to the head.

Bocek Bow

New Hop Ups

Deadeye’s Tempo (Sentinel & Bocek Bow)

  • Description: Firing at the perfect moment increases fire rate

Shatter Caps (Bocek Bow & 30-30 Repeater)

  • Description: Rounds split into a blast pattern on firing

Care package weapons

  • Peacekeeper removed from care packages
  • Triple Take goes into care packages

Fully kitted weapons

  • Added: Wingman, Bocek, R99, Hemlock, and Sentinel
  • Removed: R301, 30-30 Repeater, Mozambique, Longbow DMR, and Spitfire
Apex Legends patch notes fully kitted

Peacekeeper

  • It comes with the Precision Choke by default, which can be toggled off
  • Pellet damage reduced from 10 to 9
  • Rechamber time increased from 0.9 seconds to 1.1 seconds
  • Reload times increased (regular from 2.45 to 2.5, empty from 3.35 to 3.5)
  • Pellet spread increased in general, and spread when charged increased for all charge levels (from 0.65/0.45/0.2 to 0.85/0.65/0.35)
  • Quickly loses charge after leaving ADS

Triple Take

  • As a crate weapon, it will come with a 9 ammo clip and 63 reserve ammo
  • Fire rate increased from 1.2 to 1.3
  • Time to full charge reduced from 1.1 seconds to 1 second
  • Retains charge briefly after leaving ADS
  • Move-speed while aiming down sights has been increased to match other marksman weapons — faster than snipers, slower than ARs
  • Increased spread while airborne and aiming down sights
Apex Legends patch notes triple take

Havoc

  • Increased recoil controllability early in the pattern

Spitfire

  • Reduced recoil controllability early in the pattern

30-30 Repeater

  • Increased leg damage multiplier from 0.75 to 0.85
  • Move-speed while aiming down sights has been increased to match other marksman weapons — faster than snipers, slower than ARs

G7 Scout

  • Move-speed while aiming down sights has been increased to match other marksman weapons — faster than snipers, slower than ARs
  • Increased hipfire spread size (reduced accuracy) to be more in line with other marksman weapons

Marksmen weapon category

  • Added new weapon category for the Triple Take, 30-30 Repeater, G7 Scout, and Bocek Bow.
Apex Legends patch notes marksmen class

Longbow & Wingman

  • Increased headshot multiplier from 2.0 to 2.15

Mozambique buff

  • Now has 6 shots
  • Moved the lower 2 pellets inward in the blast pattern

P2020

  • Increased bullet damage from 15 to 18
  • Lowered fire rate from 8.5 to 6.25

Assault Rifles

  • Reducing the headshot multiplier for all assault rifles from 2.0 to 1.75

Arc Stars

  • Aim and movement slow removed from the initial stick.

Spawn Loot

Apex Legends patch notes spawn loot

In Apex Legends Legacy, players will spawn in with a ‘starter kit’.

  • White Shield
  • White Knockdown Shield
  • White Helmet
  • 2x Sheild Cells
  • 2x Syringes

White gear has also been removed from the loot pool.

Ground Emotes

Ground Emotes added

  • Viewed in third person
  • Each legend has a default, Epic and Legendary Emote
  • Anti-peek system: Legends not in first-person view will not be visible when emoting.
Legacy emotes

Clubs

Club invites will now show which mode it’s for (BR, Ranked, Arenas), and how many players are in the party.

Challenges

  • One free reroll per day
  • Challenges are for both Arenas and BR
  • Can ‘favorite’ challenges to track them in-game

Ring update

  • Ring 4 pre-shrink time reduced from 2:00 to 1:45
  • Ring 4 shrink speed reduced from 33 second close time to 40 seconds
  • Ring 5 shrink speed reduced from 20 second close time to 40 seconds
  • Ring 6 pre-shrink time reduced from 1:30 to 1:00
  • Ring 6 shrink speed reduced from 1:40 close time to 2:00

Quality of life updates

  • Badges are now sorted by categories and can be filtered by “all” or “unlocked only”. This suggestion came directly from players. 
  • When looting death boxes, players can now see health bars for everyone on the team.
  • Flight path adjustments: Removing edge dropship flight paths to prevent matches where large portions of the map receive little to no traffic. These screenshots show a before/after comparison of possible flight paths on Kings Canyon.
Apex Legends Legacy patch notes flight path
  • Players can now request better equipment by going into their inventory and pinging a piece of equipment.
  • Ranked: Fixed edge cases where an abandon penalty would be incorrectly applied due to server errors.

That covers just about everything on the Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy patch notes. For the bug fixes make sure you check out the official patch notes, and for more on Apex, check out our article on Valkyrie’s character trailer.

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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 10 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 10 is well into its stride, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 10 of Respawn’s battle royale?

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Season 10 is one of Apex Legends’ biggest ever seasons, and it’s welcomed the popular character Seer. But who has the highest pick rates in Season 10 of Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale shooter?

Apex Legends hit the ground running when it launched with eight different characters to choose from in its rival battle royale offering. The game suffered a notable lull when Call of Duty: Warzone launched, but with many players now jumping ship to Respawn’s game, Apex Legends Season 10 is arguably its biggest ever!

There are now a whopping 18 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. The newest one is Seer, and after a dominating start to Season 10, the 1.78 update has seen him receive a significant nerf. This has completely changed the game’s pick rates and made the Season 10 meta open again.

Between the Arenas mode and Ranked Leagues to compete in, thousands of matches have already been logged in Season 10, and we will break down and find the Legends with the highest pick rates in Season 10.

Apex Legends Season 10 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 ascending order to let you know which are favored more.

Here is every Apex Legends pick rate in Season 10 ranked, as of September 24, 2021, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Octane – 14.6%
  2. Wraith – 11.4%
  3. Pathfinder – 9.9%
  4. Bloodhound – 9.1%
  5. Lifeline – 8.4%
  6. Valkyrie – 5.2%
  7. Bangalore – 5.1%
  8. Horizon – 4.6%
  9. Seer – 4.4%
  10. Rampart – 4.3%
  11. Loba – 4.2%
  12. Fuse – 3.7%
  13. Caustic – 3.5%
  14. Mirage – 3.2%
  15. Gibraltar – 2.7%
  16. Revenant – 2.6%
  17. Wattson – 1.6%
  18. Crypto – 1.6%

Best Apex Legends pick rates in Season 10

5. Lifeline – 8.4%

lifeline in Apex Legends Season 10

Just clocking in at the number five spot is Lifeline. Everyone’s favorite healer takes up 8.4% of the Apex Legends’ picks, and for good reason too.

One of the big things that separates Apex Legends from other battle royale games is its lenience towards reviving – specifically Knockdown Shields. It provides lots of time to revive teammates and Lifeline can take advantage of this.

Her Drone of Compassion (or D.O.C) abilities can heal players over time and even revive them without needing Lifeline to do it. Her Care Package Ultimate is a bit weak, but overall, she is a great addition to any team.

4. Bloodhound – 9.1%

apex legends bloodhound character

Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 10.

With nearly a 12% pick rate at the beginning of Season 9, Bloodhound has dipped a bit to 9.1% but still remains the third-most picked Legend. Their pick rate is rising slowly thanks to the alterations to Seer, meaning that Bloodhound is the top Recon class to use in Apex Legends.

Their tracking tools and skills are incredible, and the fleet of foot provided by their Beast of the Hunt Ultimate is priceless.

3. Pathfinder – 9.9%

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A beneficiary of the Seer nerfs, Pathfinder has become a part of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 9.9% and counting.

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.

2. Wraith – 11.4%

apex legends wraith character

Another starting legend, Wraith possessed a very high pick rate of nearly 14% during Season 9 and is still currently well-selected backed at 11.4%.

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 10.

1. Octane – 14.6%

apex legends octane character

The king is back on his throne as the game’s number one pick. Although his pick rate isn’t quite in the 20% region like in Season 9, his still undisputedly the primary selection, and rising, at 14.6%.

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.

You can use this to sneak attack players, reach high-up spots for beacons, escape battles, or use it as a way to get back into the playing zone.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 10. As always, buffs and nerfs will come and go throughout the season, affecting 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 tier list of every Apex Legends weapon. Also, read about the potential incomings in Apex Legends Season 11.

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Apex Legends Mobile Beta Team Deathmatch mode might be coming to console & PC

Apex Legends new Team Deathmatch mode in the Mobile Beta could also be seen in the console and PC version according to leaks.

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The latest updates to the Apex Legends Mobile Beta have brought a new 6v6 Team Deathmatch mode, which some players are suggesting will also release on PC and console in the future.

Apex Legends Mobile Beta was released for even more regions on September 24, allowing those who registered to enjoy early access to the battle royales mobile port.

The extension to more regions also brought some new features for the game, such as an upgrade system for Legends and a new Team Deathmatch mode.

The new Team Deathmatch mode may be seen in the PC and Console versions of the game in the future according to code found by dataminers, which may not arrive in Season 10, but rather sometime down the line.

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Recent leaks surrounding Apex Legends have revealed various future content such as Wattson’s Heirloom, a new map for Season 11, and an interesting new Legend that was found in the code.

Although the console and PC versions of Apex Legends have suffered since the Evolution Collection Event, with a recent update supposedly fixing all the server issues, the game’s Mobile version is developing nicely.

As well as being able to play the standard battle royale mode and Arenas on Apex Legends mobile, players will now also be able to hop into a Team Deathmatch mode.

The mode features two teams of six, spawning into similar-sized maps as Arenas, with Artillery being the current map available to the mode.

If you’re lucky enough to be participating in the Mobile Beta, you will be able to play this exclusive mode. However, dataminers may have uncovered code that suggests its arrival on PC and console in the future.

Thordan Smash‘s YouTube video regarding Team Deathmatch coming to Apex Legends features Shrugtal, a popular dataminer who has found code suggesting there will indeed be a team-based game mode arriving in the future.

This team-based game mode could either be Team Deathmatch or what Shrugtal is calling “Control,” a point-based mode similar to that of Domination in Call of Duty.

Further, Thordan also featured an interview with someone he claims works for EA, where the employee confirms that there will be a variety of team-based modes coming to Apex Legends in the future: “there will be a bunch of other modes, like capture the flag…or the bomb one.”

These rumors and leaks seem more viable now that the mobile version of Apex Legends has a Team Deathmatch mode in its Closed Beta.

However, it could be a while until we see these modes on PC and console, and they may also be slightly different from the 6v6 Team Deathmatch on mobile.

That’s all for Apex Legends Mobile’s Team Deathmatch mode possibly coming to console and PC. For more, check out everything you need to know about the Apex Legends Halloween Event.

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Every Apex Legends Mobile Beta region

The Apex Legends Mobile Beta is live in multiple regions after its initial release in India, here’s all the current areas it’s available in.

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The Apex Legends Mobile Beta is now live in various regions, if you’re interested in getting involved and trying out the mobile version of the battle royale, here are all the details you need to know.

Apex Legends Season 10 has added a heap of new content since its launch, and meanwhile, Respawn Entertainment has also been hard at work developing Apex Legends for mobile gamers.

The mobile beta was originally only available in India. However, as of September 24, the Closed Beta became available for those registered in Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. The beta has also been announced for even more regions in the future, so let’s get into it.

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Apex Legends has made its mark in the battle royale genre and is considered one of the best purely because of its gameplay, great developer communication, and constant updates.

The latest update saw many changes in the patch notes. However, Apex Legends on console and PC isn’t the only thing the developers have focused on, as the mobile version will be released by the end of 2021.

Apex Legends Mobile beta regions

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The Apex Legends Mobile Beta is currently available in five regions for those who registered through the Google Play store to experience the battle royale on Android. Here are all the regions it is currently available in:

  • India
  • the Philippines
  • Mexico
  • Colombia
  • Peru

There are currently only a few Legends available in the beta, with maybe more releasing when the game officially launches. The beta will also feature mobile-exclusive maps and even the new 3v3 Arenas mode.

It seems to have been a success, with the beta now coming on October 6 for Turkey and Egypt.

Be sure to register as soon as possible, as if you miss it or were too late and don’t receive an email from EA. Unfortunately, this is a Closed Beta, and you will not participate.

However, having said that, Apex Legends Mobile is set to be released by the end of this year, and the beta is becoming available in more regions as long as things go smoothly.

If you’re interested in participating in the beta, or even when the full game releases, you can stay updated about the Apex Legends Mobile version through this page.

For more on Apex Legends, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our recent article on the most popular Legends in Season 10.

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