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Every Apex Legends Ultimate and Tactical ability cooldown

Knowing your character’s Ultimate and Tactical ability cooldowns in Apex Legends can be useful, and we’ve got a complete breakdown for you.

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If you’re trying out a new character for the first time in Apex Legends then you should know what abilities they have and how long it takes for them to recharge, so we’ve listed every Legend’s Ultimate and Tactical ability cooldowns.

You’ll be able to choose from a wide selection of unique characters when jumping into a game of Apex Legends. All of them come with some cool Tactical and Ultimate abilities that you can use to dish out some serious pain, or to get yourself out of a sticky situation.

Respawn gave each ability a cooldown timer to prevent players from spamming it constantly. So, if you want to understand how each Legends’ kit works, we’ve gone over every Ultimate and Tactical ability’s cooldown timer below.

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All Apex Legends Tactical ability cooldowns

You’ll use Tactical abilities quite often in a match since they charge faster than the Legend’s Ultimate ability. In some cases, a Legend’s Tactical ability can store multiple charges, but you’ll still want to avoid using them all up at once.

Here’s a breakdown of every Legends’ Tactical ability cooldowns:

LegendAbilityCooldown
BangaloreSmoke Launcher33s (holds 2 charges)
BloodhoundEye of the Allfather25s
CausticNox Gas Trap25s (holds 3 charges)
CryptoSurveillance Drone40s (once destroyed)
FuseKnuckle Cluster25s
GibraltarDome of Protection30s
HorizonGravity Lift15s
LifelineD.O.C. Heal Drone45s
LobaBurglar’s Best Friend29s
MiragePsyche Out15s
OctaneStim2s
PathfinderGrappling Hook10-30s
RampartAmped Cover20s (holds 3 charges)
RevenantSilence25s
WattsonPerimeter Security30s (holds 4 charges)
WraithInto the Void25s

It’s also possible for you to boost the speed at which your Legend’s Tactical abilities will recharge by 20% by equipping the Gold Helmet. You’ll be able to better plan out when and how often you should use them in the midst of combat if you know the time they take to recharge.

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Apex Legends Ultimate ability cooldowns

While Tactical abilities are what you’ll be using most often during an Apex Legends match, you’ll find Ultimate abilities handy for getting you out of a tight spot. These are the most effective tool at a Legend’s disposal, and can take a while to charge up.

Here’s a breakdown of each Legends’ Ultimate ability cooldown:

LegendAbilityCooldown
BangaloreRolling Thunder180s
BloodhoundBeast of the Hunt180s
CausticNox Gas Grenade120s
CryptoDrone EMP180s
FuseThe Motherlode120s
GibraltarDefensive Bombardment270s
HorizonBlack Hole120s
LifelineCare Package360s
LobaBlack Market Boutique90s
MirageLife of the Party60s
OctaneLaunch Pad60s
PathfinderZipline Gun120s
RampartEmplaced Minigun “Sheila”120s
RevenantDeath Totem180s
WattsonInterception Pylon180s
WraithDimension Rift210s

Your Legend’s Ultimate ability can be the only thing that pushes your squad towards victory, so make sure you have you have it charged and ready in battle. You must only use it when the perfect opportunity presents itself.

If you happen to come across an Ultimate Accelerant, then you can gain an instant 20% charge to that ability. Just like with your Tactical abilities, you can speed up the rate at which your Ultimate will charge with the help of a Gold Helmet.

Respawn have brought a few changes to these abilities in the latest update, which you can read more about in our Apex Legends Season 8 buffs and nerfs guide. Keep these cooldown timers in mind the next time you’re planning a battle strategy.

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Apex Legends dev confirms plans to buff L_STAR in Season 9

Respawn Entertainment are planning some major improvements for the L-STAR weapon in Apex Legends Season 9.

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L-Star will be changed in Apex Legends Season 9

In response to the less-than stellar reception of the L-STAR Energy LMG in Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment are looking to buff the weapon for the upcoming Season 9.

The L-STAR is an Energy LMG in Apex Legends that functions with an ‘overload’ mechanic. This means that rather than having a standard magazine, it makes use of weapon stacks at the cost of having to cool the weapon down after a bit.

While this makes the weapon incredibly useful during the early parts of the match, many players often opt to switch to another weapon afterwards. As a result, Respawn Entertainment have decided to work on the gun for Season 9.

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Apex Legends players have been petitioning to give the L-STAR some base ammo. This is because if someone steals your ammo stacks, then you’ll be left completely defenseless in the midst of battle.

While Respawn aren’t currently planning to add that, they’ve reassured fans that they’re working on some major L-STAR changes for Season 9, and these will arrive with the new content in the Legacy update.

“It’s not a problem every time because guns have their ammo spawn next to them, but it definitely is too common that you get one with 0 ammo and can’t use it,” wrote developer David Bocek.

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Bocek feels that adding flat ammo for the weapon will result in players abusing it to farm energy ammo. So instead, they have a different solution planned that “has some weirdness” and “has the potential for lots of bugs.”

While he didn’t give too much detail about what this big change will be, he made it clear that they’ve already got some initial work done, but it wasn’t ready for the next season launch.

The L-STAR has been buffed recently as well. Hopefully, the new changes will get rid of the problems plaguing the weapon.

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Apex Legends devs tease new Olympus and World’s Edge locations

Respawn Entertainment have dropped another batch of videos showing potential map locations for Olympus and World’s Edge in Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy.

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Apex Legends Olympus Worlds Edge changes

Apex Legends developers have been teasing Season 9 over on their Instagram account through glitchy videos, which could potentially show off some new map locations for Olympus and Worlds Edge.

Over the past week, Respawn Entertainment has been hard a work teasing and revealing the upcoming Season 9 entitled Legacy.

In the latest videos, it seems map changes for Olympus have been teased, as well as potentially unexpected changes to Apex Legend’s heavily missed map, World’s Edge, which was left out for Season 8.

Apex Legends Olympus Phase Runner

Since the latest Stories from the Outlands short and reveal of the upcoming Apex Legend, Valkyrie, Respawn Entertainment has been teasing the new content coming in Legacy.

The latest videos seem to show off some new map changes in Apex Legends. However, the locations are very confusing. Dataminer @GarretLeaks has been analyzing the videos and has some interesting insight into what the videos are showing.

GarretLeaks first thought these three videos showed “new locations for Olympus,” as he edited the videos to get clear, individual frame images.

The first image shows an underground, tunnel-like setting with the overgrown plants teased in the official Infested Olympus reveal over on the Apex Legends website. Originally, Garret had believed this to be a new location in Olympus.

However, after deeper analysis and help from the community, it is now suspected that we could be seeing a double map change, with the image looking very similar to the tunnel underneath Train Yard on World’s Edge.

This seems even more possible with the second image, as the mountains in the background look very similar to the terrain and surroundings in World’s Edge, not Olympus. One fan has a theory that the image is of a Phase Runner like the one on Olympus, and perhaps Hammond Robotics has decided to build one on World’s Edge.

Lastly, the final image is very familiar as it seems to be the same location teased in the 100 million players video posted by Apex Legends Twitter last week. Many have imagined this location to replace Hammond Labs in the middle of the Olympus map, however more recently, many believe it could actually be a location for the new 3v3 mode, Arena.

If these videos were teasing a double map change for Olympus and World’s Edge, it would definitely surprise players, as this is information that reliable Apex Legends dataminers have missed.

Whatever happens to these maps, make sure you stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for all your Apex Legends news. For more, why not check out our article on the next-gen version of Apex.

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When will the next-gen version of Apex Legends be available?

Apex Legends has been out for a while now, and players are yet to see a next-gen optimization of the game, so when will we see it?

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Apex Legends had its two-year anniversary this year, as well as celebrating 100 million players. Although the game is doing extremely well and is constantly growing, with the release of next generation consoles, when will we be seeing an upgraded version of the free-to-play battle royale?

Apex Legends expanded its player base further than ever in 2020 and 2021, releasing on Steam and Nintendo Switch. Apex Legends developers, Respawn Entertainment, even announced their port for mobile devices recently, revealing that we could be seeing an Apex Legends mobile beta in “Spring 2021.”

This begs the question, especially with the release of next-gen consoles this year, when will we be seeing an optimized Apex Legends game for PS5 and Xbox Series X?

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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 cross-platform 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.

The PS5 and Xbox Series X both have the 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.

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

Respawn Entertainment have confirmed over on Reddit during a Season 8 AMA (ask me anything) that the developers will be implementing “more formal enhancements” for next-gen consoles this year.

Apart from frame rate, the other enhancements remain a mystery, with the developers also stating that cross-progression across platforms is “still a ways off,” but remains on their list of improvements.

One of these enhancements the developers mentioned was higher frame rates on next-gen. Steve Ferreira, Respawn’s Team Director, stated that the goal is for Apex Legends to reach a smooth 120 FPS on both the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

Perhaps some of these enhancements we will be seeing could include optimizing Apex Legends for the PS5’s Dual Sense, 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.

While there has not been an official announcement by Respawn Entertainment for a next-gen release date, it does seem that they are working on it and placing it on the top of their priority list.

For those looking for even more improvements, hopefully, Respawn will officially announce something soon for release in 2021. For more on Apex Legends, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and check out our article on 3 quality-of-life changes that would make Apex better on console.

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