7 Apex Legends changes not announced in Grand Soirée update patch notes - Dexerto
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7 Apex Legends changes not announced in Grand Soirée update patch notes

Published: 16/Jan/2020 22:00

by Albert Petrosyan


Following the launch of the Grand Soirée Arcade in-game event in Apex Legends, popular YouTuber ‘TheGamingMerchant’ has discovered that Respawn Entertainment had made several changes without disclosing them in the official patch notes.

The Grand Soirée Arcade Event is very much underway in Apex Legends, adding a ton of new content such as several brand new limited-time modes, a lot of new cosmetic items, and more.

The launch of this event came as part of a larger update on January 14, in which Respawn implemented changes to several Legends and weapons, in addition to a bunch of fixes for bugs and glitches.

However, players were quick to notice several changes were made that did not get disclosed in the update’s patch notes, for one reason or another.

We’ve included a breakdown of all seven of the unannounced changes below, courtesy of The Gaming Merchant, who recently posted a video about it on his YouTube channel.

Respawn EntertainmentThe Grand Soiree Arcade Event is packed with a lot of new content and cosmetic items, as well as several changes made to the game.

Unannounced Apex Legends Grand Soirée changes


The AI dummies found in the game’s Firing Range training area have been considerably improved so that they’re “a lot smarter now,” reacting much more aggressively when engaged and will hunt down players who try to pick a fight with them.

It’s not exactly clear why Respawn made this change, although it could be for players to prepare better for the upcoming Dummies Big Day LTM, which will take place January 26-28.


Players who have a Vault Key in their inventory now drop red-colored loot boxes when eliminated, letting others know that their death box contains the ultra-rare item.

The Vault Key’s rarity trumps Legendary, so the boxes will show as red even if there are gold items inside.

Respawn EntertainmentPlayers who have Vault Keys now drop red-colored death boxes when eliminated.


The Grand Soirée Arcade Event introduced a lot of new outfit skins and weapon camos, some of which were added into the main loot pool without Respawn making an announcement about it.

The significance of this is that the cosmetic items added to the main loot pool can be directly purchased or crafted and do not need to be unlocked by opening Apex Packs.


The iron sight for the Longbow DMR was cleaned up with this update, with the new one offering players a lot more visibility than the old one.


The Event Prize Tracker in the Grand Soirée Arcade Event contains stat trackers that players can unlock for free. These stat trackers, currently only available for the Pathfinder, show how many wins, kills, and damage you have gotten while playing as the robot Legend.

It’s not clear when, or if, something like this will be added for other Legends but it’s certainly a positive sign from Respawn because fans have been asking for such a feature for quite a while.

Respawn EntertainmentStat trackers are finally in Apex Legends, although currently available only for Pathfinder.


Gibraltar has received a new animation for reviving teammates when inside his Dome Shield. The January 14 update buffed Gibraltar so that he can now revive squadmates faster under the shield, and that’s translated into a new animation.


The update added a new option to the main menu that leads to custom private matches and tournament mode.

Access past that screen is currently restricted, and there’s no telling when it’ll be made available to the public, but recent leaks have revealed how this feature functions once you get past the locked area.

While none of these changes are drastic or game-changing, they’re still worth taking note of, especially since Respawn didn’t mention them in their official patch notes.

The Grand Soirée Arcade Event is scheduled to run until Tuesday, January 28, a few days before Season 3 will wrap up in favor of Season 4.

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Respawn hope to bring Wraith “under control” in Apex Legends Season 8

Published: 27/Nov/2020 2:41

by Andrew Amos


The debate around Wraith is still raging on in Apex Legends. Despite change after change, she’s still a power pick in a lot of situations. However, in Season 8, Respawn are pulling out the final straw to try and bring Wraith “under control” once and for all.

Wraith has been slowly tuned down over the 20-month history of Apex Legends from outrageously broken, to somewhat manageable. Despite being hit with a big set of nerfs in June’s Lost Treasures update though, she still reigns supreme in the Outlands.

However, Respawn aren’t giving up hope on finally bringing the voidwalker “under control.” In an interview on the Third Party podcast, developer Daniel Klein said that more changes are on the way in Season 8.

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Wraith could be getting a bit bigger if Respawn end up shipping their intended changes for Apex Legends Season 8.

While he joked about just straight up removing Wraith from the game, Respawn actually have a direction they want to take. They don’t want to hit Wraith’s kit any harder. They want to see if they can “fix” her hitboxes.

“I don’t want to hit her kit any more. We’ve pushed that to the breaking point where it’s barely still fun, but the extremely wind-up on her tactical ⁠— as much as it was necessary ⁠— it puts the ability more into the camp of cerebral power rather than satisfying in the moment power,” he said.

“With Wraith, our approach is going to be very similar to Pathfinder. We’re going to take a look at her hitboxes and see how much wiggle room we have there. With Pathfinder, it turned out that we had so much… that was a 20% increase in hitbox size.”

The Pathfinder changes were shipped in the Season 7 update earlier in November, and have made the grappling robot a bit easier to hit while dashing across Olympus and the other maps.

Despite Respawn’s hopes though, nothing is locked in. They’ve only just started scouting out the work to change Wraith’s hitboxes. Klein stated he hopes the changes will be enough that Respawn could even look at buffing Wraith down the line, but the solution could be a dead end.

Pathfinder flying across screen with grapple hook.
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Pathfinder was hit with a similar hitbox nerf in Season 7.

“Nothing is guaranteed yet, we haven’t started work yet. I’ve asked one of our technical artists to take a look at it. Whenever he gets around to it, we will know more.

“My earnest hope is that we can bring her under control with just hitbox changes, and then maybe even look at ways at making her more in-the-moment fun again, and find a balance point between her tactical now and what it used to be.”

They’re not willing to risk “giving Wraith more power” by shipping some changes early before they tackle her hitboxes, so don’t expect ability buffs soon. However, in Apex Legends Season 8, expect Wraith to feel a little bit different.