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Ability skins could be the next customization option in Apex Legends

Published: 23/Feb/2020 11:36

by Daniel Cleary

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Apex Legends fans have called for a new customization option to be added to the battle royale game, which would give players skins on their Legend’s abilities.

At the core of free-to-play games is customization, or ‘skins’, to allow fans to personalize their character, and in turn, generate revenue for the developer.

Apex Legends is no different and has released countless skins since the game was first launched. However, fans are now calling for even more choice, and a brilliant idea could be exactly what they want.

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Apex Legends fans have come up with even more customization ideas following the release of the Octane edition.

Following the release of the latest Legendary Arachnid Rush Octane skin pack, many called for Respawn to add some customization for some of the Legends’ tactical and Ultimate abilities too. The pack features a character skin, weapon skin and charm, and a banner badge.

An idea which was first shared by Reddit user u/mrxlongshot suggested that certain abilities in Apex Legends, such as Octane’s jump pad could be visually altered to match the skin that a player has equipped.

Another fan on the Apex Legends subreddit u/xenotheboi designed what the new skin abilities could look like in-game, remaking the stim and jump pad to match the newly released Octane skin.

I only redesigned "mrxlongshot" idea. I hope they will add skin abilities on legendary skins from apexlegends

Fans have suggested many more skin abilities since with ideas to give fan favorite legends such as Wraith different color portals. One of the most common requests is to give Lifeline’s DOC Healing Drone a matching skin for her outfits.

However, some have criticized that it might be quite difficult for Respawn to pull off, as newly customizable options may cause issues with visibility and lead to unfair advantages.

Another user shared this sentiment replying with concerns over some of the standout abilities that are currently in the game, “If you add skins to some legends tacticals and ultimates it could act as camouflage or distraction.”

Skins have been seen to cause unfortunate visual bugs in other titles, as was seen with Modern Warfare’s esports team skins which made characters invisible.

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Simple Apex Legends trick makes grenades undodgeable at long-range

Published: 21/Jan/2021 12:22

by Alex Garton

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Grenades in Apex Legends can be extremely difficult to use and can often feel slightly underwhelming. However, if you use the correct technique, they can be incredibly effective, especially at long-range.

Apex Legends is filled with a range of exciting weapons and throwables for players to use. However, one of the most powerful and effective pickups is the standard grenade that’s found in almost every single FPS.

Unlike Apex’s other in-game throwables, if the grenade is thrown perfectly, it’s incredibly difficult for an enemy to dodge or avoid. This is due to the ignition time of four seconds that begins when a grenade is thrown by a player.

At long range and with the correct technique, a grenade can be aimed with pinpoint accuracy and explode directly on landing.

Octane finisher
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Apex Legends Season 8 is set to launch on February 2.

Apex Legends trick makes grenades explode on landing

A thread posted to the Apex University subreddit, which provides tips for improving at the game, shows exactly how to throw grenades so they explode on landing, and has garnered over 3500 upvotes.

EddygCPA points out a very simple grenade trick that a lot of players overlook, especially in enclosed endgame situations. When throwing a grenade at long-range, aiming it flat towards your opponents will allow them to see it coming and easily avoid the explosion.

Instead, players should aim the grenade directly upwards and then angle it downwards to a point where it will fly through the air, landing on enemies from above.

Not only will this make it less likely for your target to see a grenade in the air, but it will also ensure the grenade will explode directly upon landing.

A technique not many take advantage of. Throwing a nade like this is helpful during endgames and in the open when normally and enemy could just move out of the way. from r/apexuniversity

Of course, in order to utilize this technique, you’ll need to put in some hours on the Firing Range to ensure your grenade throwing is up to par.

However, there’s no denying it’s an incredibly simple trick that is guaranteed to catch your opponents off-guard the next time you throw a grenade.

Who knows, the next time you’re in an end-game circle with one other squad left standing, this could be exactly what you need to pick up the victory.