Apex Legends Season 14 Legend Buffs And Nerfs

Apex Legends Season 14 Legend Buffs And Nerfs
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Written by 

Coleman Hamstead


9th Aug 2022 09:30

The Apex Legends Season 14 legend buffs and nerfs. While Season 14 lacks a new weapon or a new map, these Apex Legends balance changes should help mix up the casual and competitive meta. All-in-all, nine legends were either buffed or nerfed in Season 14. So, let's get into the Apex Legends Season 14 legend buffs and nerfs and find out which characters are on the up and up and who got crippled with nerfs.

Apex Legends Season 14: Major Legend Buffs

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Newcastle, Mad Maggie, and Mirage received the most love heading into Apex Legends Season 14: Hunted. These three legends all got significant buffs that should skyrocket their pick rates in casual and competitive play.

Apex Legends Season 14 Buffs: Newcastle

Newcastle was buffed across-the-board in Season 14, with boosts to his Passive, Tactical and Ultimate abilities.

Retrieve the Wounded (Passive)

  • Increased move speed during reviving by 25%.
  • Reduced turn slow while reviving by 50%.
  • Increased White Knockdown shield health from 150 -> 200.
  • Increase Blue Knockdown shield health from 250 -> 300.

Mobile Shield (Tactical)

  • Increased hp from 350 -> 500.
  • Doubled max movement speed.

Castle Wall (Ultimate)

  • Added turn slow to electrical barrier effects and increased the severity of the slow effect to movement.

Apex Legends Season 14 Buffs: Mad Maggie

The highlight of the Mad Maggie buffs is her improved Wrecking Ball. Now, she's a direct counter to the all-mighty Gibraltar.

Riot Drill (Tactical)

  • Projectile Launch Speed doubled.

Wrecking Ball (Ultimate)

  • Will travel twice as far while dropping the same amount of magnets.
  • Duration increased from 5 sec → 10 sec.
  • Magnet Spawn delay increased from 0.4 sec → 0.8 sec.
  • Wrecking Ball will deal damage to enemy placeable objects: Black Market, Castle Walls, Exhibit, Death Totem, Mobile Shield, Black Hole, Amped Cover, and Gas Barrels. It will also destroy Gibraltar's Dome of Protection.
  • Fixed Wrecking Ball not blinding and slowing enemies.

Apex Legends Season 14 Buffs: Mirage

Valk and Seer are now susceptible to bamboozling at the hands of Mirage Decoys.

  • Mirage Decoys will now be scanned by Valk when skydiving.
  • Mirage Decoys will now be picked up by Seer’s Heart Seeker.
  • Fixed a bug where Mirage Decoys were picked up by Seer’s Exhibit as AI and not players.

Apex Legends Season 14: Minor Legend Buffs

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Wattson, Rampart, Caustic, and Revenant enter Season 14 with some minor buffs. For the most part, these are simply quality-of-life improvements and bug fixes, not really direct buffs to their kits.

Apex Legends Season 14 Buffs: Wattson

  • Improvements to Perimeter Security placement system.

Apex Legends Season 14 Buffs: Rampart

  • Now ignores friendly collision on Amped Cover placement (i.e., placing walls around teammates will feel smoother).

Apex Legends Season 14 Buffs: Caustic

  • Fixed gas ramping bug where transitioning from friendly to enemy gas would initially damage for more than intended.

Apex Legends Season 14 Buffs: Revenant

  • Death Totem will now show a placement preview when activated instead of placing immediately.

Apex Legends Season 14: Legend Nerfs

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Apex Legends Season 14 Nerfs: Valkyrie

Valkyrie and Horizon got hit hard with nerfs in Season 14. Valkyrie, in particular, was universally tuned, likely because she's held one of the highest Apex Legends pick rates since her inception. Valkyrie should remain a top-tier legend, just not as dominant as she was prior.


VTOL Jets (Passive)

  • Acceleration on activation decreased by about 8%.
  • Fuel consumption on activation increased by 33%.
  • Aerial boosting & strafing take a 20% debuff when hit by slowing effects.
  • Added a third orange state to the fuel meter UI between green (>60%) and red (<30%).

Missile Swarm (Tactical)

  • Aim/turn slow removed.
  • Move slow duration decreased from 2.5s -> 2.0s.
  • Reducing the explosion radius from 175 -> 125.

Skyward Dive (Ultimate)

  • Height reduction of 25%.
  • Launch time reduced from 5.5s -> 5.0s. Coupled with the height reduction, players in Valk ult now travel upward at a slightly slower speed.

Apex Legends Season 14 Nerfs: Horizon

The Horizon nerfs target her Black Hole Ultimate ability. The combination of Black Hole and grenades was causing a lot of frustration amongst players in the community, so the devs at Respawn took it upon themselves to address it in Season 14.

Black Hole (Ultimate) 

  • Adjustments to N.E.W.T’s hitbox to make destroying it more reliable.
  • N.E.W.T. takes 50% more damage from explosives.
  • Horizon's Black Hole is now susceptible to friendly fire/damage.

That sums up the Apex Legends Season 14 legend buffs and nerfs. Newcastle, Mad Maggie, and Mirage mains should be ecstatic at this news, while fans of Valkyrie and Horizon probably can't help but feel a bit disappointed. But overall, these balance changes ensure that Season 14: Hunted is a fresh experience for all.

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