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Apex Legends Knockdown Shield feature is frustrating players beyond belief

Published: 4/Dec/2019 17:00

by David Purcell

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Respawn Entertainment have fixed up a number of frustrating bugs in Apex Legends in the past, but fans just can’t work out if a problem with the Knockdown Shield is a bug or intentional feature. 

The Knockdown Shield has been a staple of the battle royale game ever since its shock release in February earlier this year, allowing players some extra protection on the ground after their character has been knocked down by an enemy. Hence, the name.

A discussion has been raised in the game’s online community, however, regarding a potential issue that can make it significantly more difficult to prevent attacks.

Respawn EntertainmentKnockdown Shields can help Apex Legends players move out of the way of immediate danger after being knocked.

It has been argued by Reddit user Neon775, who posted about the problem on December 3, that there’s actually a bug in the game that makes crawling a lot slower.

Obviously, this wouldn’t be ideal as knocked down players are no longer armed and literally just have their movement to protect themselves from gunfire or melee attacks – usually hiding to escape.

There’s a bug with the knockdown shields where if you’re holding them when they break you get stuck holding them up. It’s not really a big deal but it makes you crawl a lot slower. I’m sure everyone else has seen this but I haven’t seen any posts about it. from apexlegends


The user posted: “There’s a bug with the knockdown shields where if you’re holding them when they break you get stuck holding them up. It’s not really a big deal but it makes you crawl a lot slower. I’m sure everyone else has seen this but I haven’t seen any posts about it.”

Having gained some traction on the game’s subreddit, with over 3,900 people upvoting the post, it sparked a discussion between players about whether or not this actually is a glitch or something that the developers intentionally added to the game. What’s for sure, though, is that a lot have noticed the issue.

Respawn EntertainmentNot everybody in the game’s online community are happy with the shields – some think they’re bugged.

“What? It’s a bug? I thought it’s a feature. For me it happens every time they crack my knockdown shield,” one wrote.

Neon responded quickly, too. They said: “It didn’t used to be like that. Once your shield was broke you were able to go just as fast as if you didn’t have it up. Now it gets stuck once it’s broken and slows you down.”


The game’s developers usually have their finger right on the pulse when it comes to nagging issues in Apex Legends, regularly monitoring comments from the community on this subreddit and others, although there doesn’t appear to be any Knockdown Shield changes lined up for the near future – according to their official ‘Apex Tracker’ Trello page.

Whether it’s a bug or intentional feature, though, some players aren’t very happy with its inclusion. That’s for sure.

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Apex Legends dev reveals top 5 most played legends in Season 7

Published: 27/Nov/2020 10:08

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends developer Daniel Klein has revealed the five most popular legends from Season 7 – and it should come as no surprise that Horizon is right up there already.

As the Apex Legends seasons have unfolded, it’s been easy for players to chop and change the legends they use seeing as a new character is introduced which each major, season starting update. 

The new character always receives huge attention as players want to test out the new content, but sometimes, they don’t stick around and can immediately fall to the bottom of the pile once fans are seemingly bored with them. 

In the case of Horizon and Apex Legends Season 7, she has been able to stick around as one of the most played legends – even cementing her spot amongst some of the battle royale’s long-term favorites.

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Wraith still leads the way as Apex’s most-used legend.

Speaking on The Third Party: An Apex Legends podcast, Respawn Senior Game Designer Daniel Klein revealed how the list of most played legends in the new season had started to shape up.

“Wraith, Bloodhound, Horizon, Octane, and then Lifeline, that’s the pick order right now,” Klein told the podcast hosts in relation to the top five, noting that Horizon had started to settle in the top five after her initial explosion in use. 

Octane being so high might surprise a few players, and as Klein points out, he doesn’t “win a lot of games,” but he’s so fun to play because of his speedy abilities. Klein also noted that there is an “interesting situation” with Bloodhound because they have a high pick rate, but they don’t win a lot of games. 

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Additionally, the Apex developer revealed that Loba has also seen a rise in her trios win rate after her Ultimate received a bit of a shake up at the start of Season 7. Though, he didn’t note just how popular and used that she has become. 

As the season unfolds, some currently lesser-played legends might see a boost in usage after Respawn rolls out patches, so, we’ll have to wait and see as to whether or not the top five is shaken up or if it stays the same moving forward.