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How to do Valkyrie’s portal trap in Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy

Apex Legends’ Valkyrie has more to her play than expected, as players find an alternative use for her ultimate in the form of a trap.

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Apex Legends players have found an extremely amusing trap with new Legend Valkyrie in Season 9: Legacy.

Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy has seen a lot of new content come to the game. Most notably, Arenas and Valkyrie, who players are still learning the extent to which you can utilize her abilities.

It seems some players have taken it upon themselves to find out if you can combine Valkyrie’s ultimate ability, Skyward Drive, with some of the other Legends.

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Players have found that they can combine Valkyrie’s Skyward Dive, which is essentially a portable redeploy balloon, along with other Legend’s abilities to maximize potential.

One great example of this is Valkyrie and Revenant. We’re sure you’ve heard of Revenant and Octane combining their ultimate abilities to essentially push a team and third-party fights without worrying about positioning or elimination.

This was considered very powerful in Season 8, as teams would use Revenants Death Totem and Octane’s Launch Pad to traverse huge distances and save time while in shadow form.

However, soon after Valkyrie’s launch, players found they could perform a similar routine with the Skyward Dive instead of the Launch Pad, which effectively took the team in shadow form across huge distances.

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One combination some players found success with is Wraith, combining her Dimensional Rift/Portal ultimate with Valkyrie’s Skyward Dive to trap unsuspecting enemies.

The trap is simple:

  • Activate Valkyrie’s Skyward Dive
  • Wait for Wraith to activate Dimensional Rift and join the Dive
  • Valkyrie will then launch and fly over a hazardous part of the map
  • While over this part of the map, Wraith will end her portal leaving anyone who takes it doomed

Although this trap is best for Olympus due to the many gaps and holes in the floating city, this can also be done off the side of any map or even into the lava in World’s Edge.

There is so much potential with this trap, as you can also pull it off without dropping enemies off the map.

Say you have a Wattson, Caustic, or Rampart set up, and you place a portal directly above where these characters have placed traps. Unsuspecting enemies will take the portal and land in a very stick situation.

That’s all for this cool Valkyrie and Wraith portal trap. For more on Apex Legends, keep it locked on Charlie INTEL, and check out our article on the average K/D ratio for Apex Legends.

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Best Apex Legends weapon skins with the cleanest iron sights

Apex Legends has some great weapon skins for players to craft, but some actually offer better iron sights than others.

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Some of the Apex Legends weapon skins offer a cleaner iron sight compared to others, here are some of the best you can craft.

Apex Legends is well known for its cosmetics, with new Twitch Prime skins coming out every month, as well as various events every season that offer new Legend and weapon skins.

As well as this, the game offers skins for players to craft without having to go to the store. These skins are available all year round and can be found in the “Legends” and “Loadout” categories of the lobby screen.

Some of these craftable weapon skins actually offer players an advantage, especially the skins for the best weapons in the game.

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While it isn’t a huge advantage, the weapon skins in this list offer players a more clear iron sight that takes up less of the screen compared to the default.

Luckily, Reddit user mnkymnk has posted a video showcasing some of the best weapon skins that players can use in Apex Legends for a better iron sight. As well as these, we’ve also thrown a few more in for other weapons.

Best Apex Legends weapon skins for better iron sights

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The following list is the best weapon skins for players to use in Apex Legends. Keep in mind that not every weapon is on the list, as some weapon skins don’t actually offer any better craftable iron sights.

For example, the best Flatline skins for better iron sights are from a previous Battle Pass and the store, which can not be crafted.

  • Prowler – Dark Fright
  • Longbow – McFly or Pharaoh’s Curse
  • 30-30 Repeater – Wild West or Bullet Train
  • Wingman – The Death Ray or Merciless Wing
  • R-99 – The Kill Switch or Outlands Avalanche
  • Peacekeeper – The Lonestar or The Superstar
  • Sentinel – Biomechanics or Golden Spine
  • The Alternator – LED Rez or The Galvanizer

All these skins will offer players a more clear visual, reducing the amount of space the weapon’s iron sights take up on your screen. In theory, with these skins you should be able to see more of your target while aiming down sights, thus improving your performance.

These skins will require you to craft them with Crafting Metals. As these are all Legendary skins, they will cost your 1,200 Crafting Metals to obtain.

Make sure you check out our guide on Crafting Metals so you know how to get the skins you want.

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How to get Apex Legends Twitch Prime Gaming rewards: January 2022

Here’s how you can get Apex Legends Pathfinder Core Crafted Prime Gaming bundle during January, as well as all its contents.

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A new skin is available to Apex Legends players with a Prime Gaming subscription in January 2022. Here’s how you can get Pathfinder’s “Core Crafted” Apex Legends Twitch Prime bundle for yourself.

Respawn Entertainment and Amazon have a collaboration that involves releasing a set of Apex Legends Prime Gaming skins throughout the game’s seasons. These are available exclusively for Twitch Prime members. 

Every new month brings another skin for fans to enjoy, and it’s Pathfinder’s turn to get one for the month of January. If you have a Prime Gaming subscription, then you can get the “Core Crafted Bundle.”

Here’s what you need to do to get the newest Apex Legends Twitch Prime skin.

Pathfinder Core Crafted Bundle release date

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Pathfinder’s Core Crafted Prime Gaming bundle will release on January 19, 2022, and be available all the way through to February 17.

Players will then have roughly a month to claim the skin and cosmetics before the next Legend gets an exclusive Prime Gaming bundle in February.

What’s in Apex Legends January Prime Gaming bundle?

Pathfinder’s January Prime Gaming bundle will contain an Epic Legend skin, Rare weapon skin, and a Rare Legend Banner Frame.

  • Core Crafted – Epic Pathfinder skin
  • Magma Core – Rare Devotion skin
  • Iron Forged – Pathfinder Banner Frame

From the promotional video, we can see that Pathfinder and the Devotion will receive a unique lava-inspired design.

How to claim Pathfinder’s Core Crafted bundle in Apex Legends

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Pathfinder’s new Apex Legends Twitch Prime skin will be available for free to Prime members throughout January. All you need to do is visit the Prime Gaming website and link your active Amazon Prime membership account to your EA account.

Here’s the full process:

  1. Log in to the Prime Gaming website.
  2. Make sure your Amazon Prime and Twitch accounts are linked.
  3. Visit the “Apex Legends” section.
  4. Click “Claim Now” on the Pathfinder “Core Crefted Bundle” when you see it.
  5. Link your EA and Prime Gaming accounts if asked.
  6. Load up the game and you should get a notification letting you know you have claimed the bundle.

Alternatively, you can start a free trial with Prime to claim it right away. This way, you won’t need to have an active membership to get your hands on the Apex Legends Prime Gaming skin.

Simply follow these instructions, and the new Pathfinder skin, Devotion skin, and Banner Frame will all become available in your in-game inventory.


For more Apex Legends news, keep it locked on Charlie INTEL, and be sure to check out the teased map changes coming in Season 12.

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Are Apex Legends servers down? Current server status

We’ve found a great way to check Apex Legends’ server status for all regions so you can see whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down.

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Like any other popular multiplayer game, Apex Legends has its fair share of bugs and server issues. However, we’ve found a great way for players to check their region’s Apex Legends server status, so let’s get into how you can check if the servers are down.

Apex Legends is nearing Season 12, which looks to bring new content to the game such as a Collection Event and map updates. Previously, big updates have caused server issues for the devs, however, in recent times, the game has been fairly smooth for players.

Although the servers have been relatively stable recently, players encounter these issues reasonably often and may even wonder whether it’s an issue on their end.

If you encounter any server issues, we have an excellent way for you to check the Apex Legends server status.

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Are Apex Legends servers down?

Currently, there are no issues being reported about mass server outages or problems. Apex hasn’t had many significant updates since the launch of Season 11, but we expect players to experience some instability, perhaps when Season 12 drops.

Whenever you are experiencing server issues, there are many ways for you to check the server status for Apex Legends, so that you can figure out the root cause.

How to check the Apex Legends server status

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One of the most obvious ways to stay updated on whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down is by following updates on Apex Legends Twitter account and the development team at Respawn.

Usually, one of those accounts will be updating and communicating to players about any server issues going on. Further, you can also follow our dedicated Apex Legends Twitter account, alphaINTEL, which is a great place to stay updated with anything Apex-related.

If you don’t have Twitter or have checked and haven’t seen any update on whether or not the Apex Legends servers are down, perhaps the problems you are experiencing are that of your setup or region.

How to check Apex Legends server status

There is a great way to check the regional Apex Legends server status for these specific problems so that you can see whether the issues you are experiencing are regional or due to your internet service provider.

The way to do so is through a handy website called apexlegendsstatus, which will give you a breakdown of server status in all the available regions, as well as all the platforms you could be playing the game on.

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The website will even tell you how much latency (ms) in each server, indicating its stability.

Further, you can also report issues if there isn’t too much notice about the issue on the website, which will be added to a live report map you can check to see if people in your region are also experiencing the issue.

So, if you’re having issues, check this website to see whether it’s the platform or server you are playing that is having problems, or if these are all up and running, you can put it down to your setup.


Well, there you have it. This is the best way you can check the Apex Legends server status. For more on Apex, check out the teased map changes coming in Season 12.

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