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Every Apex Legends buff and nerf from Fight Night Collection Event

Respawn Entertainment added buffs and nerfs for several Legends and weapons in the Apex Legends Fight Night Collection Event.

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The Fight Night Collection Event brought a plethora of new content when it went live on January 5. Aside from the Pathfinder Town Takeover and new heirloom, the developers also added several buffs and nerfs, we have details on all of them for you.

Collection Events are among the most exciting Apex Legends traditions. They’ve been around since Season 1 serving as opportunities for Respawn to show off brand new skins, challenges, heirlooms, and daily objectives to players.

The new Fight Night Collection Event finally went live on January 5 and brought many changes to the Battle Royale game. This includes an heirloom for Gibraltar and a brand new LTM called Airdrop Escalation. Rampart has also been giving a new buff during the event.

Here’s every character and weapon that has received a nerf or buff in the latest update.

Pathfinder in Apex Legends

Rampart’s buffs and nerfs

We’ll start this list by talking about Rampart. This Legend has a dedication to being proficient with heavy weaponry and now the Fight Night update has given a buff to her Amped Cover ability. The cooldown time for this has been reduced.

The waiting time to recharge Amped Cover was initially 30 seconds, but it has been reduced to 20. Fans have been asking for a buff to her abilities for a while, so this is great news. Do keep in mind that it will take three seconds for you to actually place the fortifications.

The developers also addressed a couple of bugs that players have been affected by when playing as Rampart. This includes one that changes the screens when using the Sheila mini-gun.

Rampart in Apex Legends

Horizon’s buffs and nerfs

Horizon wasn’t part of the first draft of patch notes that came out before the Collection Event, but was added at the very last second. She got a small change to her Gravity Lift ability that is meant to discourage players from using it too often.

The ability’s effective cooldown time has been increased from 16 to 21 seconds. This means that you’ll have to wait an additional five seconds to recharge Gravity Lift.

Horizon in Apex Legends

Caustic’s buffs and nerfs

Respawn originally had plans to give Caustic’s Gas Trap ability a buff in the new patch. The cooldown was going to be reduced to 20 seconds and this didn’t sit well with fans. Senior Game Designer, Daniel Klein, responded to the criticism and stood by the buff.

Ultimately, the Legend was removed from the update when it finally dropped on January 5. The developers listened to the complaints from fans, and ended up canceling the tweak.

Caustic in Apex Legends

Apex Legends Weapon changes: Hemlok, Mastiff, Prowler

Moving onto the new weapon alterations in the update, The Prowler weapon has been given a buff to its reserve bullets. The amount has been increased from 175 to 210, while the damage and range remain unchanged.

The rest of the weapon changes have been nerfs. The Hemlok’s damage has been brought down from 22 to 20. The Mastiff’s pellet spread for the third and fourth shots has also changed as the range has been reduced from 10 degrees to 7.5. 

There have also been a few bug fixes for many of the Legends, along with quality of life fixes. You can take a look at these changes in the full Fight Night patch notes.

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Apex Legends Season 8 will feature gold magazines with new feature

Apex Legends Season 8 nearly here, and we’ve got a sneak peek at a new gold magazine attachment that automatically reloads your gun.

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Apex Legends Season 8 releases February 2, 2021, and will include a new gold magazine rarity, that will automatically reload weapons.

The news for Apex Legends Season 8 just keeps getting better. We had our first peek at the new content last week in a trailer released by Respawn, and today we got some additional information regarding the new “Gold Magazines.”

In a now-removed YouTube video description for the Season 8 gameplay trailer, it was stated that players should “look out for Gold Magazines, capable of automatically reloading holstered weapons.”

Are the Gold Magazines overpowered?

At face value, players could easily believe that the Gold Magazines are overpowered, allowing users to quickly and instantly reload stowed weapons mid gunfight. However, it has been confirmed via Reddit by a Respawn Senior Game Designer, Daniel Klein that this is not the case. You can read his response below.

Rest assured, the new magazine won’t be problematic by allowing players to reload instantly. If it does become problematic, Daniel Klein mentioned that they can always change the cooldown, so this new magazine may be tweaked in the future.

The developer also added that there will be a screen popup and a sound effect when the stowed weapon is reloaded, so it will be easy to tell when the weapon is reloaded and ready to go.

To see gameplay of the new Gold Magazines, you’ll have to catch the official Apex Legends Season 8 gameplay trailer, linked below. It will go live on January 26, 2021, at 11 AM ET.

 

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How to counter Bloodhound’s ultimate in Apex Legends

There is a neat little trick that can help you use Bloodhound’s ultimate ability against them in Apex Legends.

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How to counter Bloodhound's ultimate in Apex Legends

A few Apex Legends players have discovered a characteristic of Bloodhound’s ultimate that highlights the character’s location, and they’ve used this helpful trick to counter this move in combat.

There are various unique characters for you to choose from while playing Apex Legends. All of these Legends have their own special abilities, which make them ideal for different combat strategies.

Bloodhound has a high pick-rate and is considered the second most popular Legend in Season 7. Their Beast of the Hunt ultimate allows them to gain speed and highlights their enemies, which makes it hard to hide from them.

However, this ability has a few major giveaways that can reveal Bloodhound’s location if they’re camping. If you’ve noticed these, then you can use them to your advantage.

Simple Apex Legends trick to counter Bloodhound’s ultimate

One thing that telegraphs Bloodhound’s ultimate ability is the pulsating sound that you can hear if you’re nearby. You can also see the dome that appears when they begin scanning the area. However, there’s also a third sign of this ability that you should watch out for.

The Beast of the Hunt has a distinct glow that becomes visible when Bloodhound is camping behind a wall or door. Reddit user dewag posted a clip in the Apex Legends subreddit, in which they were able to spot a Bloodhound that was hiding in a corner.

The Legend was trying to heal while sitting right up against the wall, and the player noticed the glow of the ultimate ability through the opening. They then took advantage of this to catch Bloodhound completely by surprise.

However, you should keep in mind that this trick is extremely situational, so you’ll have to count on Bloodhound using their ultimate while sitting in a corner in order – apart from maybe in the final few circles.

That said, this is still an incredibly useful tactic to employ in combat. Once you know where the Legend is hiding, you can flush them out with a grenade, shot, or even by using your own ultimate ability. So be sure to try it out whenever the opportunity presents itself.

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Apex Legends devs reveal possible buffs for Loba

Apex Legends fans feel that Loba’s teleportation ability could do with a buff, so a senior developer revealed it might happen in future.

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Loba in Apex Legends

Following a fan’s request for Loba to be buffed, Apex Legends developer, Daniel Klein, revealed that she could be buffed in the future, although she’s “pretty good right now.”

Loba was introduced to Apex Legends in Season 5, and while being one of the most interesting characters, some fans believe her abilities are lackluster compared to those of other Legends.

On the Season 8 teaser Reddit thread, Apex Legends fans pitched buffs to the High Society Thief, and a developer gave a detailed response.

Loba buffed in future updates

Loba’s Tactical Ability, Burglar’s Best Friend, allows her to throw her ‘jump drive bracelet,’ and teleport to wherever it lands. It has a 29-second cooldown, which some fans believe is too long for certain situations.

Loba's bracelet in Apex Legends

A Reddit user pitched a buff to Loba’s teleportation bracelet to Senior Game Designer, Daniel Klein. Similar to how Pathfinder’s Grappling Hook’s cooldown scales with how far it travels, Apexfan12 suggested that Loba’s bracelet should have the same mechanic.

According to Apexfan12, there have been “many times” where Loba mains accidentally throw the bracelet right in front of them and still have to wait 30 seconds for it to recharge.

“Definitely could do that!” responded Klein. “Could also just shave off time in general,” he considered. “I think the animations pre and post use could also do with some tightening.”

Klein then admitted that she’s “pretty good right now” and confirmed the update won’t be coming immediately, but we could see it in “a patch or two.”

Apex dev response to Loba buff

In the same thread, another user suggested that they could make Loba’s bracelet travel faster in the air so the landing animation isn’t taken away.

Klein shot them down, saying that “this would be a last resort,” as it would require a lot of new animation work and could have balance problems. However, he admitted that perhaps they could speed her up by reducing the take-off animation.

“This is experimental stuff we’re still playtesting and there’s a good chance we won’t ship it if it’s not healthy for the game,” he concluded.

Apex Legends Season 8 is set to launch on February 2 and will bring a variety of Legend balancing updates, but Loba will be left to “rest” for a while.

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