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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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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. The planned nerf is to remove her res shield, but Lifeline’s Doc drone will receive a buff that makes it 60% faster. The care package will also be granted an upgrade.

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Gibraltar

Gibraltar’s Gun Shield will be nerfed in Season 9. Respawn stated that they will apply damage bleed-through 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.

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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 attacks, 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, Season 9, but no guarantees.”

Fuse

Fuse made his debut in the battle royale when Season 8 went live, but his launch wasn’t particularly strong. Many fans in the Apex Legends community shared their concerns about the strength of his ultimate, especially when paired with other Legends.

While that didn’t pan out, the developers have revealed that Fuse has the lowest win rate across all skill levels. This has led to them planning a buff for the Legend in Season 9, but we currently don’t have any information on what they will change.

Octane

Playing as Octane allows you to quickly maneuver around during combat with the help of his Stim. This ability grants victory to players very frequently, so Respawn have confirmed they are planning to nerf Octane’s tactical, but will also give it a small buff to counteract this.

The plan is to “increasing the health cost for his Stim” but balance it by “letting you stim again much sooner.” They will take 20 damage from his stim, rather than only 12, but the cooldown will be reduced to only 1 second.

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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 difficulty in doing so. They planned to change up his hitbox, but this is proving to be particularly 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 the next update. If more are announced or 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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When will Apex Legends next-gen PS5 & Xbox Series X/S versions release?

Apex Legends has been out for a while, and players are yet to see a next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X version of the game, so far how off is it?

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Apex Legends continues to do extremely well and is constantly growing, yet the absence of a complete version for next-generation consoles is a mystery. So when will we be seeing an upgraded version of the free-to-play battle royale on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S?

With the launch of Apex Legends Season 11, Respawn’s incredible battle royale FPS continues to be a trendsetter within the industry. For nearly 3 years players have battled each other using a variety of weird and wonderful characters – with the most recent one being Season 11’s Ash.

But despite its ever-growing success and popularity, and the fact it’s been on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S for a year now, fans of the game still have to contend with a backward-compatible version of the game.

So when exactly can we look forward to a fully upgraded version of Apex Legends for the newest generation of consoles?

When can we expect the next-gen version of Apex Legends?

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As of January 14, 2022, there has still been no official word from Respawn Entertainment regarding its update. However, a new leak has sprung hope for fans and players as it could actually be released very soon.

Renowned leaker Shrugtal has discovered files from a recent Apex Legends update that has hinted at the possibility of an imminent update.

The fact that the files now exist in the game is a very promising sign that the devs have got the build for the newer consoles ready.

With Ray Tracing, Adaptive Triggers, 3D Audio, 120 FPS, and a variety of other features possible thanks to PS5 and Xbox, Apex Legends players might finally be able to benefit from the power of new hardware.

How big are the next-gen versions of Apex Legends?

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In the latest leaks for Apex Legends’ next-gen versions, according to PlayStation Game Size, the PS5 version of Apex Legends will be “+80 GB (Without Update).” If this information is true, perhaps the next-gen versions will be out sooner than we think, perhaps even when Season 12 is released.

This is very reasonable considering all the improvements the upgrade is promising. Also, this is just the PS5, but considering the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Apex Legends are both nearing the 60-70 GB mark, we expect the next-gen versions to also be fairly close.

What features does Apex Legends have now on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S?

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Currently, players with a next-gen console can enjoy the last-gen versions of the game, with minor frame rate increase/stability in 1440p. Players with next-gen consoles can of course also experience the same crossplay capabilities as the previous generation, allowing them to play with all platforms.

However, without a truly optimized version of Apex Legends, we are yet to see the real graphical and performance potentially Apex Legends can provide on next-gen consoles.

120 FPS / 120 Hz

The PS5 and Xbox Series X both have hardware capable of 4K gaming at 120Hz video output. This ultimately allows next-gen consoles to start competing with PC gaming which, depending on the hardware, can run Apex Legends at an even higher frame rate of over 144Hz at 4K resolution.

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PS5 DualSense, Haptic Feedback & 3D Audio

Perhaps some of these enhancements we will be seeing could include optimizing Apex Legends for the PS5’s DualSense, which takes advantage of the haptic feedback the next-gen console introduced.

Further, maybe Apex Legends will optimize its audio for PlayStation’s 3D audio function, which would greatly increase the dimension and quality of sound in the game. However these enhancements for next-gen consoles will come, there’s no doubt they will receive a warm welcome from the community.

Load times

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A pretty straightforward aspect of next-gen, but an important one nonetheless, is the fact that modern hardware can almost eliminate loading times.

A huge selling point of the PS5 and Xbox Series X is their ability to process information, backgrounds, and everything else required in seconds. Apex Legends matches will be able to move along seamlessly and also allow players to jump into matches almost immediately too.


For those looking for even more improvements, hopefully, Respawn will officially announce something soon for release in 2022. For more news and guides on Apex Legends, check out our complete ranking of every Apex Legend.

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Rampage nerfed upon return in Apex Legends Season 11

Apex Legends has a new update in Season 11, which sees the return of the Rampage, but with a different feel.

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Respawn pushed a small update for Apex Legends on January 13, which sees the return of a nerfed Rampage.

Respawn Entertainment has finally fixed the Rampage and Sentinel and put them back in the Apex Legends loot pool with the latest January 13 update.

While many will be happy to see them back, the community may notice a difference in the Rampage, and that’s because it has been nerfed.

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The Rampage has been causing a lot of controversy and frustration among the community during Season 11. Not only was the weapon extremely powerful and one of the best weapons to use in the game, but there was also an exploit that allowed it to stay charged up infinitely, making it overpowered.

It was removed in response to the exploit, but now it has finally returned and players may find it feels different. This is because the devs have decided to nerf the weapon, perhaps realizing just how strong it was during its time out.

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The developers have decided to nerf the Rampage’s damage and thermite consumption per shot. This means that the weapon will not last as long as it previously did while charged up, as well as doing less damage:

  • Damage per bullet down from 28 – 26.
  • Thermite consumption per shot increased.

Although a lot of players enjoyed using the weapon, there’s no doubt that a portion of the community also felt the weapon was slightly too strong, so perhaps the community will welcome the change.

That’s all for the return of the Rampage in Apex Legends and subsequent nerf to the weapon. For more, check out the new Season 12 Hop-Up leak.

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Apex Legends players are enjoying life without the Rampage

Apex Legends players are getting used to the Rampage not being in the loot pool, so much so that some are even enjoying the game more.

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Since its temporary removal, Apex Legends players seem to be enjoying life without the Rampage.

Apex Legends hasn’t seen many changes since the start of Season 11. Apart from the recent Dark Depths event, which is basically just a sale, players have been awaiting new content such as LTMs for some time now.

Having said that, due to an exploit, both the Sentinel and Rampage were taken out of the game’s loot pool and it seems some players are enjoying the temporary change quite a lot.

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Recently, players have been finding all sorts of tricks and exploits in Apex Legends. One of the biggest exploits that really affected the player experience was the Sentinel and Rampage infinite charge-up.

This exploit basically allowed players to keep both the weapons in their charged state for as long as the player wanted, which is of course extremely powerful. The devs responded fairly quickly by taking the weapons out of the loot pool across the game’s modes temporarily.

For some, this change has been enjoyed more than perhaps the devs expected, especially when it comes to the Rampage as this weapon is very powerful even without being charged up.

Reddit user Hartley672 put up a post with an image of a poll that asked the question “Is apex more enjoyable without the rampage?”

As you can see 40,000 people participated in the poll and 69% voted “yes.” Further, the Redditor who posted the poll also agrees with the majority and their post also has over 9,000 upvotes, showing just how many players are enjoying the game without the Rampage.

One comment under the post even stated: “I didn’t even realize they took the rampage out.”

Despite the poll showing a majority of players enjoying the game without the weapon, there is one group of players in particular that are missing the weapon. Rampart’s main passive is that she can hold more bullets in a magazine for LMGs and also reload them faster.

Rampart mains are the ones who are feeling the negative impact of the Rampage’s removal, with one user commenting: “I’m sad because as a rampart main I enjoy having a decent lmg.”


We’re sure the Rampage and Sentinel will be returning once a fix has been established by Respawn, even if the majority are enjoying life without it. For more, check out the leaked details for the Apex Legends Season 12 Collection Event.

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