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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, 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.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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Apex Legends leak drops major hint at game’s next Heirloom

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An Apex Legends leak has revealed new details about the upcoming Season 14’s release, including a major hint about the next Heirloom that may arrive in the game.

Apex Legends Season 14 is set to bring a ton of new content when it arrives on August 9, including the new Legend Vantage and major level cap increase that will help you get Heirlooms for free.

Now, some new leaks have reportedly revealed information about the next Collection Event in the game, including potential details about the next Heirloom that will be added for players to unlock.

Apex Legends data miner ‘SenosApex’ on Twitter claims to have discovered new Legend and weapon skins that will be featured in a Season 14 Collection Event with the codename ‘HunterPredator.’

They then tweeted screenshots revealing rarity skins for the Legends Fuse, Gibraltar, and Revenant as well epic weapon skins for the CAR SMG, Hemlock, and Wingman in Apex Legends Season 14.

Collection Events bring new Heirlooms to the game, and the leaker added that they had found code for the next Heirloom. They tweeted: “I believe this is the Collection Event for the xxxx Heirloom.”

This has caused speculation among fans about exactly which character will receive an Heirloom when Apex Legends Season 14. It’s possible that the developers will finally add one for Loba in the Collection Event.

Twitter user Psamatheh claims that notable Apex Legends leaker ‘Ezra_RC’ has hinted at the arrival of a decorative folding fan heirloom. However, since these are just leaks, we recommend taking this information with a grain of salt.

Apex Legends Season 14 Heirloom leak on Twitter

For more Apex Legends content, check out our article on the Charge Rifle nerf as well as our tier list of the most popular Legends in the game.

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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 has grown expeditiously.

There are now a whopping 21 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. With Season 14 on the horizon, players are set to gain yet another Legend in Vantage, making the decision even harder.

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 13 before the new Legend arrives to shake it up.

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 August 5, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Octane – 11.3%
  2. Wraith – 10.1%
  3. Valkyrie – 9.5%
  4. Pathfinder – 8.6%
  5. Bloodhound – 8.5%
  6. Horizon – 6.1%
  7. Bangalore – 5.4%
  8. Lifeline – 4.8%
  9. Seer – 4.4%
  10. Loba – 3.8%
  11. Fuse – 3.6%
  12. Ash – 3.2%
  13. Mirage – 3%
  14. Caustic – 2.9%
  15. Wattson – 2.6%
  16. Revenant – 2.6%
  17. Gibraltar – 2.5%
  18. Rampart – 2%
  19. Mad Maggie – 1.8%
  20. Crypto – 1.6%
  21. Newcastle – 1.6%

Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 13

5. Bloodhound – 8.5%

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 13.

Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark as a season goes on, and they currently stand at 8.5%. 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.

4. Pathfinder – 8.6%

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Pathfinder has consistently been one of Apex Legends’ top five picks at 8.6%, 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.

3. Valkyrie – 9.5%

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Despite false nerf rumors, Valkyrie is the third most popular Legend for Season 13 with a 9.5% pick rate. The movement Queen’s Jetpack Passive allows players to escape any kind of situation, which is crucial to surviving.

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. Wraith – 10.1%

apex legends wraith character

Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number two spot with a 10.1% 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.

1. Octane – 11.3% – Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 13

apex legends octane character

With an 11.3% pick rate, the speed demon takes the number one spot again, 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.


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 Charge Rifle set for nerf — but not in Season 14

Apex Legends Season 14 will see a variety of buffs and nerfs, but it seems the Charge Rifle is not a priority for the devs.

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The Apex Legends devs have revealed information regarding the Charge Rifle, which is set for a nerf, but not in Season 14.

Apex Legends Season 14 is set to bring a variety of changes to the game, including various buffs and nerfs to weapons and Legends. This has players excited, with Apex pro ImperialHal even feeling like Season 14 will be “broken” but in a good way.

The new Legend Vantage is sure to spice things up, along with the Laser Sight attachment, which could bring a close-range SMG meta to the battle royale.

While the long-range playstyle of Vantage gave the devs some fears, during a press event, Senior Game Designer Eric Canavese also touched on the Charge Rifle and its strength, mentioning that nerfs for the weapon are in the works.

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According to The Loadout, Canavese said that there are “no plans to do anything about the Charge Rifle in Season 14.”

Eric Canavese also made it clear that the developers are looking at the Charge Rifle and keeping tabs on its strength:

“We understand some of the issues with the Charge Rifle… We know how it spikes a bit differently… So, we are thinking about it, we’re working on it, but we have nothing to announce and no plans we can talk about at the moment.”

Clearly, there are no Charge Rifle changes coming in Season 14, but it does seem like it’s on the developer’s radar, as Eric states they are “working on it.”

Perhaps the introduction of Vantage will be the breaking point for the Charge Rifle, as her Passive is greatly beneficial when using Snipers, so we may see it used more.


Only time will tell, but for now, check out why NICKMERCS wants Call of Duty: Warzone to copy Apex Legends.

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