Season 9 arrives on May 4, and here's what Apex Legends has in store.
Apex Legends Legacy will be the ninth season of the insanely popular battle royale from Respawn Entertainment, and now the patch notes have been released, we can reveal the changes (to everything from weapons to Legends), newly added features, and more.
The biggest new feature of Legacy will be the new permanent game mode - Arenas. The 3v3 game mode is a Team Deathmatch style game with a twist. Played over a maximum of nine rounds, you'll have to use an economy system to purchase guns, charges for your abilities, and upgrades.
Season 9 is not only changing the landscape of the battle royale (literally, thanks to Infested Olympus) but changes to Legends and weapons will surely shake up the meta. The Starter Kit along with new ground emotes (they're no longer just for skydiving!) are bound to add a fresh new way to play, as well as have a little fun during the intense third parties.
And of course, we can't forget Valkyrie, the high-flying new Legend taking to the skies in Apex Legends Legacy.
Apex Legends Legacy Patch Notes - Valkyrie
Valkyrie has a legacy to protect, and she's entering the Apex Games to carry it on. Kairi Imahara is the daughter of Apex Predator, Viper (the antagonist of Respawn's game Titanfall 2), and has salvaged the parts of his Northstar Titan to create her jetpack (with a little help from Rampart) and use it to make the skies her own.
Check out her abilities below.
Passive: VTOL Jets
Use your jetpack to reposition or reach high places. You have limited fuel and cannot use weapons while flying.
Tactical: Missile Swarm
Fire a swarm of mini-rockets which damage and disorient the enemy.
Ultimate: Skyward dive
Take to the skies to reposition a long distance across the map. Your squadmates can join in.
Scanning Survey Beacons reveals the next circle’s location.
Valkyrie is already being touted as "too OP" by the Apex community before she's even been released, with even the devs voicing their concerns about her relative strength compared to other Legends.
Apex Legends Legacy Patch Notes - Olympus
The Olympus update is named "Lost Fleet" and brings an infection to the map, thanks to the lead ship named The Icarus. Docking in Olympus, the vessel brought along a parasitic plant from outer space, which has caused an outbreak of infesting vines across the map.
The new POI, Icarus Bridge, hosts a decrepit ship with tons of loot up for grabs. Sadly, the corpses of the Icarus scientists also lie strewn across the ship, but they left behind a gift - a keycard that spawns randomly on one of the bodies. Use it to gain access to the best loot on the ship.
Don't worry about facing off against every other team on the map wanting to explore this new POI before the map rotates, Olympus will be the only map in rotation for the first week of the new season.
Apex Legends Legacy Patch Notes - Starter Kit
In probably the biggest change for the overall meta of Apex, Starter Kits will be introduced in Season 9. No more scrambling for a white EVO on drop, as now you'll land with one already in place, just like the previous LTM modes such as Armour Regen.
Players will now start a match with a “Starter Kit” consisting of a Level 1 EVO Shield, Helmet, and Knockdown Shield, plus two Shield Cells and Syringes each.
This comes at a cost however, as Respawn have removed Level 1 Helmets and Knockdown Shields from the loot pool, and reduced the spawn chances for a Level 1 EVO.
As the devs posted along with their notes, the reason for this new Starter Kit is to "improve the "hot drop" situation, where "a little knockdown protection can help give players some more time to react to a chaotic hot drop than before."
Apex Legends Legacy Patch Notes - Emotes
One of the most exciting new features coming to the game in Apex Legends Legacy is definitely emotes. Skydive emotes have been in the game for a long time but now ground emotes are here to take the spotlight. The third-person perspective emotes come with an anti-peek feature, so you can't use an emote as an exploit, such as to gain knowledge on enemy positions.
Every Legend will have one emote available at launch, and additional emotes can be crafted (for only 400 Crafting Metals) or obtained via Apex Packs. Emotes can be equipped to the emote wheel and used in matches and in the Champion screen.
One of the best (and cutest) ground emotes is for Wattson, whose love of Nessie transfers over, wherein her emote places a Nessie plush on the ground, where it stays for the entire match. Adorable!
Apex Legends Legacy Patch Notes - Legend Changes
Along with Low Profile being removed (meaning Wraith, Lifeline, and Wattson will no longer take an extra 5% damage due to their small stature) there are a whole host of Legend nerfs and buffs coming in Apex Legends Legacy, from astoundingly huge changes to minor tweaks to their kit.
The rumours were true, and our poor healer is receiving a massive nerf. Her combat revive no longer deploys a shield, meaning you are once again reviving out in the open with no cover. This controversial change is sure to throw a spanner in the works for Lifeline mains.
However, there is some respite, as her Care Package Ultimate ability has been buffed to guarantee an upgrade based on your team's current needs (Shield, Helmet, Backpack, Knockdown Shield, Weapon Attachments).
Octane's tweak is minor but rather shocking. His Stim Tactical now only has a cooldown of 1s (down from 4s), meaning you can stab 'n' run to your heart's content. Only be careful, because each Stim's health cost is now 20HP (up from 12).
Rejoice, for Loba's bracelet is finally fixed! The Burglar's Best Friend Tactical ability was subject to many failures in previous seasons, including bugs where it just didn't work at all. Now, the devs at Respawn have tweaked the ability to make sure Loba can run at full speed when aiming the bracelet, as well as removing the slow after a successful translocation.
Loba's usefulness as a thief is about to be brought into question though. as her Black Market Boutique Ultimate ability is suffering a nerf, with an increased cooldown from 90s to 120s.
Horizon mains beware - your time is up. Horizon has long taken the place of Wraith as the most popular and powerful Legend in Apex, but her luck just ran out, as Horizon's Tactical Gravity Lift ability took a big hit in the patch notes.
Not only is the lift speed reduced by 30%, but the cooldown has also been increased to 20s (from 15s). No more standing and strafing at the top of the stream either, as you can now only sit at the top for 2s.
Fuse got a nice little buff in the shape of two Knuckle Cluster charges (up from one), with a reduced cooldown from 25s to 20s.
Just a tiny buff for Bangy, as everyone's favourite soldier is returning to her original smoke visuals, and the Smoke Launcher's curtain has been thickened.
When scanning enemies who are then eliminated with the Eye of the Allfather, Bloodhound players could receive Assist credit. This has now been removed.
Crypto's drone can now scan and open Care Packages, meaning you don't have to leave the safety of your camping spot to check if there's a Kraber in there.
Apex Legends Legacy Patch Notes - Weapon Changes
As we know, the Bocek Bow is the latest weapon to enter the loot pool with Apex Legends Legacy, and with it brings a new weapon class - Marksman.
The Marksman class has also reclassified three other weapons:
- G7 Scout
- Triple Take
- 30-30 Repeater
The Supply Drop Rotation features some big changes - for a start, the Peacekeeper shotgun leaves, and re-enters as ground loot, with the Triple Take taking its place. The Prowler and Kraber will remain in the Care Packages.
Now the Peacekeeper is back to basics, some changes have to be made, and those are:
- Increased reload time
- Rechamber time increased
- Pellet damage decrease
Similarly, the Triple Take must now be buffed to take its place as a Care Package weapon, and those changes are as follows:
- 9 ammo clip (reverse of 63 ammo)
- Time to full Precision Choke charge reduced
- Fire rate increased
Gold or fully-kitted weapons that can be found in high-tier loot areas have been rotated, and are now as follows:
Added: Wingman, Bocek, R99, Hemlock, and Sentinel
Removed: R301, 30-30 Repeater, Mozambique, Longbow DMR, and Spitfire
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