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How to get a free Dinka Verus in GTA Online

Find out how you can get the latest Cayo Perico Heist vehicle addition, the Dinka Verus, completely free in GTA Online.

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Continuing the gradual rollout of Cayo Perico content, Rockstar has made the brand new Dinka Verus off-road vehicle free to all GTA Online players for a limited time.

As well as a substantial Heist operation and a submarine, Rockstar has inserted plenty of new vehicular bragging rights into GTA Online for people to add to their collection.

From mean-looking trucks to a flying Toreador, the Cayo Perico Heist expansion has made sure to incorporate a healthy array of different vehicles to keep GTA Online feeling fresher than a daisy. The newest member of the line-up is the Dinka Verus, and it’s completely free to GTA Online players for two weeks, find out how to get yours.

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Free GTA Online Cayo Perico Dinka Verus

It doesn’t matter if it’s a t-shirt or a tank, freebies are always a nice bonus in a game. So making a new vehicle available for nothing, for all players, is a generous gesture by Rockstar.

The Dinka Verus retails for $192,000, but that retail price can be ignored for the next two weeks as players will have until March 3 to take control of a free Dinka Verus.

Obtaining it won’t cause players too much of an issue either as to get your own free Dinka Verus you just need to simply log into the game.

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That’s it. No special codes, no needless messing around – just enter the world of GTA Online and you have yourself a new set of wheels.

Is it going to be the kind of vehicle you drive around to show-off and boast your wealth? Probably not.

It’s just another nice touch from Rockstar who is clearly trying not to lose sight of what’s continuing to make GTA 5 the most profitable game in history – their fans.

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Halo Infinite August 9 patch notes

The Halo Infinite August 9 update is adding a number of fan-requested features, included more Ranked options and greater customization.

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Halo Infinite’s next major patch is set to drop on August 9, bringing a number of fan-requested features to the game including greater customization options and more variety in Ranked mode.

Halo Infinite Season 2 is in full swing, and 343 Industries are still working hard to help the game’s multiplayer live up to its promising start. After receiving critical acclaim at launch, the player count has declined due to the long waits between new content drops.

Forge mode and a rumored battle royale component are expected later down the line which should breathe life back into Halo Infinite, and the devs have filled the gaps with regular updates.

Next up is the Halo Infinite August 9 update, and we’ve got the full patch notes right here.

Halo Infinite August 9 update patch notes

Visor and helmet customization

A pretty common complaint with Halo Infinite multiplayer since its release has been the lack of customization options. The August 9 patch will offer more choices when it comes to creating Spartans, as players will be able to equip any visor they have unlocked to any helmet.

Prior to this update, each visor was locked to a specific armor core, meaning players often had to decide between the visor they had just unlocked and their favorite style of armor.

In addition to this, attachments for the Mark VII helmet will be equipable on any variation of the helmet, another option that fans have been calling for.

More Ranked playlists

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According to 343 Industries, the August 9 update will: “Make it easier for us to implement more Ranked playlists moving forward.” At the moment, only Arena mode is available as a Ranked playlist, offering little variety to the game’s most dedicated players.

This patch will lay the groundwork for more Ranked playlists to arrive eventually, starting with Ranked Doubles two weeks after the update goes live.The devs have promsied even more to follow as long as “playlists continue to perform as expected.”

The foundations are also being laid to allow players to choose their matchmaking region later down the line. However, this is a feature that may not arrive for some time.

Changes to the pause menu

343 are also revamping the pause menu so that it displays active challenges during matches. Players have been calling for this quality of life feature for some time, so they’ll now be able to keep an eye on their objectives and rewards with a quick glance at the menu.

It’s worth noting that, for the time being, the screen won’t show how much progress has been made towards the challenges, in order to avoid confusion. Challenges currently update at the end of a match, so the data displayed mid-game would be out of date.

The devs have reassured players, however, that they are working on making challenges update on the fly, so they can expect to be able to check their progress in the pause menu in a future update.


For more on Halo Infinite, be sure to check out details about the rumored battle royale mode, as well as the average rank in Ranked Arena.

Image credits: 343 Industries

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Pokemon Scarlet & Violet differences: Version exclusives explained

Here’s a breakdown of the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet exclusives and version differences to help make your choice easier.

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For years Pokemon fans have used version differences to decide which of the two newly released games to purchase, and Scarlet & Violet should be no different. Here’s an overview of all the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet versions exclusives.

Dating back to the release of Pokemon Blue & Red in 1996, Pokemon fans have had to choose between multiple versions of the franchise’s mainline insalments. Pokemon Scarlet & Violet will present the same dilemma to players as they welcome the ninth generation of Pokemon.

While most players are interested in discovering the version exclusive Pokemon that are attached to each of the games, Scarlet and Violet will introduce more version differences than ever when they release on November 18.

Here’s everything you need to know about the version differences between Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Scarlet & Violet exclusive Pokemon

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It will come as no surprise to learn that box legendaries Koraidon and Miraidon will be version-exclusive Pokemon. Koraidon is the face of Pokemon Scarlet, while Miraidon is synonymous with Pokemon Violet.

These two legendary Pokemon will be your method of transportation around the Paldea region across the ground, water, and air. Make your choice wisely as you’ll likely be seeing a lot of Koraidon and Miraidon.

Scarlet exclusive Pokemon

  • Koraidon
  • Larvitar, Pupitar, Tyranitar
  • Stonjourner

Violet exclusive Pokemon

  • Miraidon
  • Bagon, Shelgon, Salamence
  • Eiscue

The Pokemon Company also confirmed that the pseudo-legendary evolution lines of Tyranitar and Salamence will be version exclusives. Larvitar will appear exclusively in Pokemon Scarlet, while Bagon will only be found in Violet.

In addition, generation eight Pokemon Stonjourner and Eiscue will also be version exclusives for Scarlet and Violet respectively.

We’ll keep you posted as more version-exclusive Pokemon are confirmed leading up to the release of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Paldea professors

Professor Sada and Turo Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

For the first time in the Pokemon franchise, players will have a different professor depending on the version they select.

Professor Sada seen on the left is one of the Paldea region’s two professors and appears in Pokemon Scarlet. Meanwhile, Turo seen on the right is the professor you’ll encounter in Pokemon Violet.

As you can see from the professors’ attire, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet seem to be setting up a theme of ancient vs modern. It remains to be seen how this will impact Scarlet and Violet’s gameplay but the environment and design of its characters could vary.

Scarlet & Violet academy and outfits

Paldea’s largest city in the region, Mesagoza, is home to the academy you’ll attend. Scarlet players will visit Naranja Academy, while Violet players will hone their skills at Uva Academy.

According to a Pokemon blog: “In Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, the name of the school, its emblem, its uniforms, and other details will differ depending on which game version you’re playing.”

The Naranja and Uva Academy uniform colors vary to match the respective title’s color theme. Pokemon Sword and Shield introduced the concept of version-exclusive gym leaders, and while there’s no sign of them in Scarlet and Violet, we’ll keep you posted as more information comes to light.


For more, check out our guide on how to evolve Munchlax into Snorlax in Pokemon Legends: Arceus.

Image Credit: Game Freak / The Pokemon Company

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Who is the most popular Apex Legends character? Season 13 pick rates

Apex Legends Season 13 is well underway, but who has dominated the pick rates for Season 13 of Respawn’s battle royale so far?

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Season 13 of Apex Legends has tons of characters to choose from to enjoy its several maps. But who has the top Season 13 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 popular streamers such as NICKMERCS and Dr Disrespect continuing to support the game, Apex has grown expeditiously.

There are now a whopping 21 different Legends to choose from, giving players a headache before each game. With Season 14 on the horizon, players are set to gain yet another Legend in Vantage, making the decision even harder.

Let’s see how the current roster’s pick rates are looking to give us an idea of the most popular Legends in Apex Legends Season 13 before the new Legend arrives to shake it up.

Apex Legends Season 13 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 13 ranked, as of August 5, 2022, according to Apex Legends Status:

  1. Octane – 11.3%
  2. Wraith – 10.1%
  3. Valkyrie – 9.5%
  4. Pathfinder – 8.6%
  5. Bloodhound – 8.5%
  6. Horizon – 6.1%
  7. Bangalore – 5.4%
  8. Lifeline – 4.8%
  9. Seer – 4.4%
  10. Loba – 3.8%
  11. Fuse – 3.6%
  12. Ash – 3.2%
  13. Mirage – 3%
  14. Caustic – 2.9%
  15. Wattson – 2.6%
  16. Revenant – 2.6%
  17. Gibraltar – 2.5%
  18. Rampart – 2%
  19. Mad Maggie – 1.8%
  20. Crypto – 1.6%
  21. Newcastle – 1.6%

Most picked Legends in Apex Legends Season 13

5. Bloodhound – 8.5%

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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 13.

Bloodhound nearly always stays in and around the 8-11% mark as a season goes on, and they currently stand at 8.5%. 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.

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. Valkyrie – 9.5%

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Despite false nerf rumors, Valkyrie is the third most popular Legend for Season 13 with a 9.5% pick rate. The movement Queen’s Jetpack Passive allows players to escape any kind of situation, which is crucial to surviving.

As well as her Passive, her Skyward Dive Ultimate is also great for mobility. This ability is the best rotational tool in all of Apex Legends, as it allows her and the team to relocate from a bad position or situation, into a good one.

Lastly, Valkyrie’s Tactical is also extremely useful for being aggressive and getting enemies out of camping spots, so long as you have enough room above you to launch the Missile Swarm.

2. Wraith – 10.1%

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Another starting Legend, Wraith has been a consistent pick throughout Apex Legends’ lifetime, and she has taken the number two spot with a 10.1% pick rate in Season 13.

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 13.

1. Octane – 11.3% – Most picked Legend in Apex Legends Season 13

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With an 11.3% pick rate, the speed demon takes the number one spot again, continuing his reign as one of the most popular Legends in Season 13, 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.


That covers all the picks in Apex Legends Season 13. 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 our guide on the best Legends to choose in Season 13.

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