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Apex Legends exploit lets you use Lifeline’s heal drone while moving

Published: 3/Apr/2019 15:25 Updated: 3/Apr/2019 15:41

by Calum Patterson

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Lifeline isn’t the only medic character in Apex Legends, but is certainly the most effective in this role, thanks to her trusty healing drone – and this trick makes her tactical ability even more effective.

In addition to dropping a care package as her ultimate, healing faster and reviving downed teammates faster, perhaps Lifeline’s most significant ability is the D.O.C heal drone.

As a tactical ability, the drone regenerates fast after use, and can be used to heal all members of a squad (and even enemies if they get close to it), but it does have one major drawback.

The heal drone is one of the most useful tactical abilities in Apex Legends.

To prevent the healing drone from being too powerful, players are required to stand roughly within one meter of its radius in order to connect to the tube which sends the vital healing.

The drone also cannot be moved easily, only pushed around very slowly, rendering players using it pretty much immobile for the duration.

How to use Lifeline’s D.O.C heal drone while moving

However, by chance, an Apex Legends player has discovered that if a door is closed on the drone, it will magically disappear – but its healing properties continue, and can be used from anywhere, meaning the player doesn’t have to stand near it to heal.

Apparently if you close the door on a health drone it disappears and allows you to heal while moving around! from r/apexlegends

Unfortunately, it’s not clear from the clip if teammates can also benefit from the healing, as no one else on u/Itzyatzee‘s squad took any damage. 

However, judging by the clip, it looks like the player will need to have first connected to the Lifeline drone before closing the door, else you might not actually receive the healing.

Given that this is almost certainly an unintended bug, rather than an intentional feature, developers Respawn will likely aim to patch it up quickly – but in the meantime, Lifeline mains can try their hand at this cheeky trick.

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Apex Legends dev explains why “useless” Wattson won’t get more buffs

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 5:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bad news Wattson fans… Respawn has no plans to buff the Apex Legends engineer again in Season 7, despite the fact much of the battle royale’s player base believes the Static Defender is “useless” in her current state.

Wattson who has been part of the ever-growing Apex Legends roster since mid-2019, was recently handed a buff in Season 7’s ‘Ascension’ patch; her signature ability, “Perimeter Security,” had its damage topped up slightly.

According to the Apex Legends community, however, the French defender is still relatively “useless” in the Season 7 meta. In fact, the view is so widespread that a Reddit thread simply titled “Buff Wattson please” racked up 15.1k upvotes, and more than 125 awards.

In the thread, ‘BaguettePaquette’ declared: “It’s time to radically remake Wattson. Not just +5 to fences, but the whole concept of a ‘defending legend’.”

Unfortunately, when an Apex Legends dev did finally arrive in the thread, it was to deliver bad news: there are no plans to give Wattson more buffs in Season 7, despite the defender’s low pick rate in public playlists and ranked lobbies.

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Wattson has been dubbed “useless” by the wider Apex Legends player base.

Wattson isn’t “useless,” says Apex dev

The reason, game designer Daniel Z. Klein explained, is twofold. The first is that Wattson is “all over the place” in pro play. According to the dev, who “rewound the final game,” four of the final six squads in ALGS finals included a Wattson.

The second was a rebuttal to the Reddit thread’s suggestion Wattson is “useless,” both on new map Olympus, and in all Apex Legends lobbies.

“I’m going to respectfully disagree… on Olympus, or elsewhere. You’re confusing two things; pick rate and effectiveness,” Klein said. “Yes, she’s lowest pick rate, but her win rate is very good. She’s is top 4 across most power metrics.”

The “fun” problem: why no one plays Wattson

The problem, he continued, is that Wattson “isn’t super fun for most people.” Her abilities are based around holding choke points, which Apex Legends players often shy away from.

“[That] means we can’t just put power into her until she’s more widely played, because she’s already very near the top of our power charts; on the other hand, it means that putting power into her won’t address the problem either,” he said.

“It’s not that people pick her and fail to be effective. Clearly the people who do run her have more success than on most other characters. There’s something about the FEELING of playing her that isn’t attractive, and power doesn’t fix that.”

Wattson Apex Legends screenshot
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The French defender is powerful, but fails to be “fun” in public lobbies.

Rework may be one possible solution

So, no more Wattson buffs in Season 7, especially as she continues to hit top scores on many of Respawn’s hidden metrics. A rework though? That’s another story.

“Your suggestion for a rework is most promising,” Klein admitted, but said there are two issues there; the cost ⁠— “reworks are incredibly expensive” ⁠— and two, she already fills an area “very needed” in competitive play: defensive strengths.

“I don’t think she should be 100% or near 100% pick rate in competitive… ideally we find a rework that makes at least part of her kit exciting in the moment, while not losing her identity as a structure giver,” the Apex developer concluded.

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Mirage (pictured) and Lifeline have both got reworks; could Wattson be next?

There was a glimmer of hope for fans of the French defender, however. Klein admitted he “could be convinced to buff her” in an effort to “throw a bone to Wattson mains,” but promised that “wouldn’t change the problems.”

For now, Wattson mains should hold tight. There’s a rework in the pipes that may eventually land, and more buffs are possible; it may just take a bit of begging!