Season 8 of Respawn Entertainment’s popular battle royale extravaganza welcomes the newest Legend, Fuse. We have a quick guide to walk you through the new character and his abilities.
Hailing from his home planet of Salvo, Walter “Fuse” Fitzroy is an aggressive character that likes things to go boom in a hurry. As such, his abilities perfectly complement his playstyle and personality and provide excess amounts of doom to make things go kaboom.
Fuse also wields his trusty 30-30 Repeater Rifle to help in battle. The lever-action rifle expels big damage if used correctly and is great at long-range too.
To welcome Apex Legends’ newest character, we’ve put together this guide explaining Fuse’s abilities and Ultimate so that you can better understand the chaos and destruction you’re walking into.
How to unlock Fuse in Apex Legends Season 8
Before we even get down to the nitty-gritty, we need to ensure that he’s unlocked in the first place. There are two distinctively different approaches you can take to unlocking Fuse.
Here are the two ways you can unlock Fuse:
- Spend 12,000 Legend Tokens
- Spend 750 Apex coins
The key difference between these options is that Legend Tokens are free, and Apex coins require you to spend real money. Find out how to get Legend tokens in Apex Legends.
Fuse Passive Ability: Grenadier
Fuse’s right arm contains a spring-loaded device that can fling an impactful grenade huge distances.
You can stack an extra grenade per slot and the mechanism means that these grenades can be flung much farther and a lot quicker too.
Grenadier tips & tricks
- Get teammates to feed you projectiles to keep firing grenades, that extra slot really allows Fuse to become a relentless machine that can keep peppering enemies
- Pick your favorite grenade as the Frag Grenade, Thermite Grenade, and Arc Star can all be they can all be thrown
- Practice, practice, practice to improve your aim, you can fling objects almost anywhere, so if you “git gud”, then you’ll be unstoppable at any distance and spot
Fuse Tactical Ability: Knuckle Cluster
The amusingly-titled weapon can unleash a devastating cluster bomb that continually spits out airburst explosives around the initial impact.
It’s a great weapon for inflicting damage and disorientating an opponent due to its distracting fireworks show.
Knuckle Cluster tips & tricks
- Provide covering fire with the Grenadier as the explosions will distract enemies, allowing your allies to go in for the kill
- It can be used to destroy the equipment, and even Ultimates, of other Legends such as Loba’s Black Market, Rampart’s Shields, and even Revenant’s ultimate
- Be aware of Wattson, his Interception Pylons can do exactly that and stop them from detonating
Ultimate Ability: The Motherlode
If you’ve been able to survive long enough, then your Ultimate Ability will be ready, meaning you can let the Motherlode feed.
Where’s Wally? Well, he’s the name of Fuse’s Armageddon-like mortar launcher and isn’t very well hidden. The powerful weapon scatters an entire area with fire causing big damage to any poor foe that comes into contact with it and entrapping them in the process.
The Motherlode tips & tricks
- Use Fuse’s Ultimate to lockdown an area e.g a Respawn Beacon or a Supply Crate to stop enemies from using either of them
- Just like the Knuckle Cluster, once launched, your allies can move towards the afflicted area and ambush your enemies
- Note: it’s only the outer ring itself that causes damage, so anyone tapped in the middle can stay still and won’t be harmed, but are susceptible to incoming attacks
- The ring can still hurt Fuse and teammates as it doesn’t discriminate
- Use a Legend like Caustic to throw a gas grenade into the ring so that isolated players receive damage, forcing them to either flee through the fire or die from the gas
That covers all of Fuse’s abilities and it’s now up to you to decide how you’re going to make the most of this explosives expert.
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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.
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.
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.
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. So far, the devs haven’t clarified what exactly these changes will be, but they’ve confirmed that playtests are taking place.
Gibraltar’s Gun Shield will be nerfed in Season 9. Respawn stated that they will apply damage bleedthrough 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.
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 attacksa quicker animation time, making Loba less vulnerable when entering/exiting the teleport.
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 S9, but no guarantees.”
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.
The devs have wanted to implement some improvements to Revenant for a while now, and have explained the difficult in doing so. They planned to change up his hitbox, but this is proving to be particuarly tricky.
Daniel Klein stated: “Revenant’s tactical ability is pretty reliable and hittable, so probably not a great candidate for more damage,” he elaborated.”
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 next update. If more are announced of 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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Apex Legends devs confirm more Horizon changes planned after Chaos Theory nerfs
Horizon received a major nerf in the Apex Legends Chaos Theory update, and the devs have a few more plans for her.
The Apex Legends Chaos Theory update nerfed Horizon’s ultimate ability, and it seems that the developers aren’t done yet. Respawn are planning additional changes for her Gravity Lift.
Horizon immediately rose in popularity after her introduction in Apex Legends Season 7. Her abilities have earned her a huge record of wins, which is why she was hit with some nerfs in the Apex Legends Chaos Theory update.
The biggest change was a longer cooldown on her Black Hole ultimate, up from two minutes to three. Now, Apex fans are demanding that Respawn also make some changes to her Gravity Lift. The devs haven’t forgotten this, and have a few more plans for the Legend.
Horizon is leading the Apex Legends meta in Season 8, and Respawn are planning to bring get her back in line through more nerfs. This time, they will focus on on her Gravity Lift tactical ability.
Lead game designer Daniel Klein explained on Reddit that changing her tactical was something they’d considered, but they were unable to do it in the latest update due to time constraints.
“We just didn’t have the time to do what we need to do to her tactical,” said the dev. “[In my opinion] the problem is you can jump in, take a full bat, and strafe while doing so making you almost impossible to punish. That’ll change, but the proper way to do that takes a little time.”
He made it clear that Horizon’s ultimate isn’t her biggest draw, but they were able to prepare the nerf in time for this patch.
“Her ult is definitely not the bigger problem. That was just the change that was ready for 8.1. Her tactical is absolutely the bigger problem, but the nerf for that wasn’t ready in time for this patch,” Klein added.
This means that we can expect more changes for Horizon in Season 9. It’s not clear what exactly these will be but we’ll keep checking for updates. Once we learn something new, we’ll be sure to let you know.
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Apex Legends fans spot new weapon class in dev’s Chaos Theory stream
A live dev stream of Apex Legends Season 8 appeared to reveal a new weapon class that could be headed for the battle royale game.
New evidence from a Respawn Entertainment dev’s stream suggests that Apex Legends could be set to add a new weapon class to the battle royale shooter.
Apex Legends already contains a large pool of weapons, ammo types, and attachments. Now it seems that pool is set to be expanded upon as a new potential class has been spotted in a live stream showcase for the upcoming Chaos Theory Event.
During one point of the stream, observant viewers noticed a “Marksman” tag underneath the 3x HCOG ‘Ranger’ optic. There have been rumors and murmurs about the devs looking to introduce a whole new class to the game that separates itself from anything else, and this could indicate that.
The roster of different weapons in Apex Legends includes: Assault Rifles, Submachine Guns, Light Machine Guns, Shotguns, Pistols, and Sniper Rifles. It’s about as standard and as-to-be-expected as classes come in an FPS game.
However, a new Marksman class seems like it will bridge the gap between Sniper Rifles and any other weapon. It’s also not the first time that the devs have discussed the possibility of new gear, as they recently addressed the possibility of Titanfall weapons coming to Apex Legends.
If you skip ahead to 21:34 in the dev stream video, you will be able to take a glimpse of the possible new class yourself.
Time stamp 21:34
It’s unclear whether or not this was intentional and Respawn Entertainment intended for players to see the Marksman label or not.
The sighting has gained some momentum now as Reddit user Redminn19 was also tuned into the stream, posting the evidence for all to see.
Given that we’re already so far into Apex Legends Season 8, it’s probably safe to assume that we won’t be seeing the Marksman class anytime soon.
It’s likely Respawn has enough on their plate at the moment with testing for the Nintendo Switch version going on.
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