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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.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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Apex Legends dev responds to Season 9 triggering ‘the fear of glitter’

An Apex Legends player with ‘sparkalaphobia’ and epilepsy can’t play Season 9, and devs said they’re taking the issue seriously.

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After an Apex Legends player with ‘sparkalaphobia’ – the fear of glitter – and epilepsy explained how the new Bocek Bow prevents them from playing Season 9, a dev said they’re taking the issue seriously.

An Apex Legends player has long been suffering from ‘sparkalaphobia,’ the fear of glitter, but it’s come to a head after the Bocek Bow has triggered epileptic seizures. In a Reddit post on May 6, the player explained to Respawn Entertainment that Season 9 is the first season they “can’t truly play,” as the Bocek Bow’s arrows shimmer in a way that triggers their epilepsy.

Sparkalaphobia is defined as the fear of glitter, but for Reddit user sky-m1n, it’s their epilepsy that gives them the fear. “It’s not the glitter I’m afraid of,” described sky-m1n. “But the overexposure of light that’s the issue.”

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In a Reddit post explaining the problem to Apex’s devs, they said, “I can stare at a static image no problem, give me a white noise channel and I’m fine, Christmas ornament sure too, but once you flicker a halogen while it rotates, the reflections start to hurt.”

sky-m1n then described how when a seizure is triggered, you get a “sudden tense sensation rushing behind your skull,” a burning image in your eyes, and a “snapping of your neck from the jerk.”

“Then it hits you, brain.exe gets deleted and you stare into the abyss as if blindness took over,” they continued. “The worst is that with brain.exe dead, your body can forget to breathe and you drown in lifelessness until it all comes back. That’s what scares me.”

Apex Legends Bocek bow

How this relates to Apex Legends Season 9 is the Bocek Bow’s arrows shimmer with a pulsing yellow light when they’re on the ground or embedded in a surface. “I feel uneasy, the pulse gets under my skin and the more arrows there are, the more uncomfortable it becomes,” sky-m1n described.

It sometimes gets to the point that sky-m1n has to force close the game and cradle themself as they “can feel like an epileptic seizure coming.”

The post received a ton of attention on Reddit, and Respawn Entertainment’s director of comms, Ryan K. Rigney, responded to the thread. He said “never even heard of this before, but I think we ought to take it seriously. Letting the team know.”

Hopefully the devs are quick to address this issue so that sky-m1n and other players with epilepsy can continue to enjoy Apex Legends in Season 9.

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Unreleased Apex Legends Legacy Valkyrie skins revealed by dataminers

Apex Legends Season 9: legacy saw the introduction of new Legend, Valkyrie and dataminers have already found some new recolors for her skins.

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Apex Legends’ newest addition hasn’t been out for long, as the Legacy update was released on May 4th. However, dataminers have still managed to find further upcoming content for the new character, including some interesting recolors of some Apex Legends Valkyrie skins.

Since the release of Season 9: Legacy, players have been enjoying the new content for Apex Legends, like the new Arenas mode, Infested Olympus, and the Bocek Bow.

Apart from the server issues on release day, the latest Legend, Valkyrie, has been available for fans to experience, bringing a new dimension to the game’s roster. Dataminers have been quick to explore the new code, revealing some of the new Legends’ upcoming skin recolors.

apex legends valkyrie skins

The new update has allowed dataminers to provide fans with some interesting insights into upcoming Apex Legends content. They have revealed two future events, Origins and Arenas Flash, and presented 3 new recolors for Valkyrie’s base skins.

Apex Legends Valkyrie skins & recolors

Dataminer @Shrugtal is the one responsible for these new leaks, as well as the Revenant heirloom that was also revealed recently.

The skin recolors revealed are for these base Legendary skins:

  • Military Grade
  • Assure Blessing
  • Titan Tested

When will the recolors come out?

It’s unsure when players will be able to purchase these recolors, especially as these are just leaks and anything datamined is subject to change, as it has not yet been announced or revealed by Respawn Entertainment in an official capacity.

However, we know that skin recolors are usually available to purchase in the exclusive store with Legend Tokens if you have the correct base skin.

For more information on Valkyries Legendary and Epic skins, check out our article detailing them and all of the exciting looks that they will be bringing to the battle royale game for the latest character to join its roster.

For more on Apex Legends, stay updated via Charlie INTEL and check out our article on the new option to report players for “smurfing.”

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Apex Legends devs address Season 9 loot issues

Various Apex Legends players have noticed some issues with the loot following the Season 9 update, and Respawn have responded to this.

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While Apex Legends Season 9 brought a ton of new content to the battle royale, it also faced major server outages and various problems with in-game loot that Respawn Entertainment is investigating.

The Apex Legends Legacy update added a huge amount of new content being to the game. The update brought a brand-new battle pass, a new Legend named Valkyrie3v3 mode Arena, and a host of patch notes.

However, it also brought a host of server issues that kept players from logging into the battle royale. Now, there are other problems with the in-game loot, and Respawn Entertainment is looking into it.

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Popular streamer Daltoosh discussed the Legacy update on Twitter and pointed out a notable decrease in the number of in-game backpacks and rare armors. Many of the commenters claimed to have noticed the same thing.

This led to a response from Apex Legends’ Producer, Josh Medina, who reassured fans that he’d have “folks check out the loot.” Respawn made very various changes to the loot pool due to the new starter kits.

The new kits will spawn you in with a level 1 shield, knockdown shield, and helmet, along with two syringes and two shield cells. The level 1 armor has been made much rarer, while level 1 helmets and knockdown shields have been removed.

It’s possible that this may have caused some unintentional changes to the in-game backpacks and the frequency of higher shield levels as well.

Unfortunately, players of the battle royale will have to put up with this problem in Apex Legends Season 9 until a fix is found. That said, it’s at least encouraging to hear that the developers are aware of it and are working on a solution.

For more on Apex Legends, stay updated on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on all the weapon buffs and nerfs for the Legacy update or how dataminers have uncovered an upcoming Flash Event for the new Arenas game mode.

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