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Clever Apex Legends Ash and Valkyrie trick lets players fly around the map

Apex Legends players have discovered a clever combo of Ash and Valkyrie’s abilities that lets them fly around the map.

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Valkyrie can attack her enemies from above in Apex Legends, and some players have found a combo with her and the Season 11 Legend Ash that lets them fly around the map.

Apex Legends features many powerful characters who all have their own unique abilities. Valkyrie is a Legend that brings verticality to battles with her ability to soar through the air for a short period of time.

Now, a few players have discovered a clever trick through a combo of this flying character and the Season 11 Legend Ash. This tactic lets players soar much higher through the air than usual.

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Reddit user ‘UnholyBeast’ highlighted this combo in the Apex Legends subreddit. You can pull off this trick by picking either Ash or Valkyrie while your teammate picks the other character you didn’t choose.

Once both Legends are in your team, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Head to the tallest building you can find on the map
  2. Fire Ash’s Phase Breach from the top of the building
  3. Launch Valkyrie’s Skyward Dive before the “out of bounds timer” finishes counting down
  4. Fly to any location that you would like to visit on the map

If you’re playing on World’s Edge, then you can get this done by heading to Fragment’s skyscrapers or the Skyhook buildings. You can also try visiting Storm Catcher on the Storm Point map or the rocks near Market on Kings Canyon.

This tactic can be incredibly helpful when you need to get around the map without having to frequently worry about enemies surprising you. You can take this opportunity to plan your strategy.


For more, check out our piece on when the next-gen versions of Apex Legends will be dropping and how to check if you’re close to an Heirloom in Apex Legends.

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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 11 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 11 is well underway, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 11 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?

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Season 11 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 11 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 players jumping ship to Respawn’s game in Season 10, Apex Legends Season 11 has benefited from continued support from gamers and streamers alike.

There are now a whopping 19 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. The newest one is Ash, she debuted alongside the new Storm Point map.

Between the Arenas mode and Ranked Leagues to compete in, thousands of matches have already been logged in Season 11, and we will break down and find the Legends with the highest pick rates in Season 11.

Apex Legends Season 11 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 11 ranked, as of January 18, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Wraith – 12.9%
  2. Octane – 12.4%
  3. Bloodhound – 9.6%
  4. Pathfinder – 8.6%
  5. Valkyrie – 7.5%
  6. Lifeline – 5.5%
  7. Ash – 5.4%
  8. Bangalore – 5.1%
  9. Loba – 4.5%
  10. Horizon – 4.4%
  11. Fuse – 4.1%
  12. Caustic – 3.9%
  13. Gibraltar – 3.7%
  14. Mirage – 3.1%
  15. Revenant – 2.2%
  16. Wattson – 2.1%
  17. Seer – 2%
  18. Rampart – 1.6%
  19. Crypto – 1.5%

Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 11

5. Valkyrie – 7.5%

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With Ash being knocked out of the top 5 most picked Legends since her release at the start of Season 11, Valkyrie has officially taken her spot with a 7.5% pick rate.

Valkyrie is great in Season 11, with unbelievable mobility thanks to her passive Jet Pack. This allows her to reposition and get in and out of situations with ease, arguably having the best potential to survive out of all Legends due to great mobility.

Valkyrie’s Ultimate is great for maps like Storm Point, as there are no Jump Towers and so her Skyward Dive offers useful rotations. Her Ultimate is great for getting the team into a spot for final circles, as you’ll be able to fly above and past enemy teams rotating into the zone.

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. Bloodhound – 9.6%

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Again, with the influx of new Apex Legends players, Bloodhound is a great character to use for new players in Season 11.

Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark as a season goes on, and they currently stand at 9.6%. 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.

2. Octane – 12.4%

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With a 12.4% pick rate, the speed demon takes the number two spot, continuing his reign as one of the most popular Legends in Season 11, 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. Wraith – 12.9% Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 11

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Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number one spot with a whopping 12.6% pick rate in Season 11.

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 11.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 11. 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 leaks for the Apex Legends Season 12 collection event.

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How many people play Apex Legends? 2022 player count

Apex Legends is one of the fastest growing battle royales despite its surprise release in 2019. But how many people play Apex Legends?

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Apex Legends is a battle royale game by Respawn Entertainment that was released way back in 2019. In 2022, Season 11 has increased its popularity to new heights, so let’s find out how many people play Apex Legends?

Apex Legends has increased its player base and community once again with the latest season. While some players tune in just for public games, some take things more seriously in Ranked Leagues and may even be aiming to compete in the ALGS someday.

However players choose to experience Apex Legends, there are many players in 2022 that are participating, but how many is that exactly?

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How many people play Apex Legends?

In April 2021, Respawn Entertainment celebrated 100 million active players before Season 9 and provided an impressive answer to a popular question. How many people play Apex Legends?

This is a huge milestone, and while it does portray how many players are playing in 2021, with all the content that has been released in Season 11, such as the new map Storm Point, and new Legend, Ash, this number has most likely risen.

Apex Legends 2022 player count

Unfortunately, there is no official platform that provides information such as Apex Legends’ live player count. However, there is a website that provides an estimate through population data.

According to the website playercount, Apex Legends has an estimated 1,101,846 players online at the time of writing this article.

This is a massive amount of online players, and while this is not an official number, this is a reputable website that is definitely useful at providing an estimation.


There you have it, Apex Legends has over 100 million active players in 2022, and the number is still rising. For more Apex Legends, check out our article on the best PC settings.

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Apex Legends dev teases Season 12 map changes

Apex Legends players are speculating after one of the Respawn Entertainment devs hints at map changes coming for Season 12.

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A Respawn Entertainment employee has given players a slight hint towards what to expect in Season 12.

With Season 12 of Apex Legends just a few weeks out, players are excited to find out what’s in store.

As well as Mad Maggie possibly being the next Legend and Crypto finally getting his Heirloom in the Season 12 Collection Event, one of the devs has hinted at further changes coming in Season 12, which has the community speculating.

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Respawn Entertainment’s World Director Eduardo Agostini put out a tweet on January 17 hinting at map changes. The tweet mentions Season 12 being “a few weeks away” from release, as well as giving the fans something to ponder when it comes to map changes.

Whenever a new season of Apex Legends is released, players are given new content. Most of the time, this entails map updates to give familiar areas a refresh, keeping the game entertaining.

It seems Season 12 will be doing the same, as the tweet mentions a brand new “skybox.”

As Season 11 saw only two maps in rotation, Storm Point and World’s Edge, players are expecting to see either King’s Canyon and Olympus to return, or perhaps even both.

This hint at a “masterpiece of a new skybox” for one of Apex Legends’ maps has got the community questioning which map will see changes. The fact that the dev has given something away as small as this suggests there is something much bigger in store for players when it comes to map updates.

Further, a new “masterpiece” skybox suggests that something drastic has happened on the map, as it doesn’t sound as if it is a simple lighting change.

Players are speculating that it could be Olympus, which hasn’t seen map changes since Season 9. Olympus was also last seen with ships entering its skybox, and the infestation of an alien plant being brought on the map through the POI Icarus.

apex legends icarus POI

Having said that, players in the comments of the Reddit post are uncertain about which map could be getting an update:

“I’ve literally read posts from people on different sources telling me that leaks/datamining all confirm that KC, Olympus, and Storm Point are the map being updated next season lol. I don’t think there’s ever been this level of uncertainty about what the update is.”


We’ll have to wait and see exactly what Respawn has in store for players in Season 12 of Apex Legends when official news is out. Stay tuned to charlieINTEL as we’ll be covering it all.

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