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Apex Legends passive ability idea makes Pathfinder a true Forward Scout

Published: 24/Sep/2020 23:22

by Theo Salaun

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Months after Apex Legends’ Pathfinder was significantly nerfed, fans are brainstorming possible adjustments, including one passive ability rework that would help him live up to his “Forward Scout” legend designation.

Back in May, Pathfinder’s Grappling Hook tactical ability was nerfed significantly, as its cooldown went from being a modest 15 seconds to a hefty 35. This pared the character’s impact down a good deal, something that Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek explained was necessary to make the robot more balanced.

But, while Pathfinder may have been overpowered before the nerfs, balancing his tactical ability has left his passive feeling particularly uninspired. In the past, that ability felt even less impactful because it gave teams a peek at the next circle on their maps, but didn’t grant Pathfinder much personal utility. 

At the moment, he has the capacity to reveal “Insider Knowledge,” which too was adjusted in the past to let him reduce his ultimate “Zipline Gun’s” cooldown. Instead, a fan on Reddit has come up with an ability that perfectly fits the Forward Scout: a built-in Digital Threat for unarmed reconnaissance.

Pathfinder’s New Passive: A Built-in Digital Threat While Unarmed from apexlegends

 

As explained by Reddit’s ‘rickgotmytongue,’ Pathfinder is a robot who is listed under the Apex Legends recon class, that means his mechanical eye should probably be tailored toward scouting. At present, it is not and it is, instead, heroes like Bloodhound who are gifted with abilities to perform visual scouting on behalf of their team.

But that can change, and rickgotmytongue’s idea for how is pretty intriguing. Digital Sniper Threats enable players to visibly see enemies at great distances in the Respawn Entertainment battle royale, as they boldly highlight foes in a bright red like Bloodhound’s ultimate ability, “Beast of the Hunt.” One can easily imagine that the technology needed for a scope of such magnitude is not impossible to wire for a robot literally built for scouting out enemies.

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In order to prevent this ability from feeling completely overpowered, as it would essentially turn the metal Spider-Man into a grappling Bloodhound, rickgotmytongue has explained that this would only come into effect when unarmed. This makes it closer to Call of Duty: Warzone’s Spotter Scope, which enables you to locate enemies off in the distance while sacrificing gun usage.

It also coincides with recent statements from developers, in which they expressed that buffs were on the way for the beloved mobility maestro. This passive ability rework might not be exactly what they had in mind, but it’d be a great way to improve Pathfinder’s utility and serve his true calling.

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What does Branthium mean in Apex Legends? Horizon & Ash Season 7 teasers

Published: 27/Oct/2020 15:07

by Calum Patterson

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Amid all the teasers for Apex Legends Season 7, one word has been on the lips of a number of characters: Branthium. But, what is this? Now, we finally have an answer to the mystery: but we’ve got a whole load more questions too.

The first time we heard the word Branthium in Apex Legends, it came from Ash, at the end of the Season 5 Broken Ghost quest.

Ash is the villain from Titanfall 2, who was recruited by Kuben Blisk, before she “died” at the hands of Jack Cooper, was put back together again, her memory wiped, and then her head split into parts and spread throughout Kings Canyon.

Once the Legends put her head back together, she spoke to them, and, as part of an unintelligible message, said: “all roads lead to Branthium.”

Ash saying Branthium in Apex Legends
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Ash was the first time we heard ‘Branthium’ in Apex Legends.

What is Branthium in Apex Legends?

After the mention from Ash, in the first Twitter teaser for Season 7, Horizon (expected to be the next playable Legend), repeated the word “Branthium” in among all the static.

It later became clear that Horizon was repeating what Ash said – or, perhaps Ash was repeating Horizon.

Is Branthium a place?

The saying, “all roads lead to Branthium”, is undoubtedly a play on the common phrase “all roads lead to Rome.” Typically, this saying refers to “all paths or activities lead to the center of things” – it comes from Ancient Rome in the literal sense, when all roads started from the capital city.

So, at first, most theories believed Branthium was a place, possibly related to the planet Psamathe and its city, Olympus. Ash finished her monologue by saying “Welcome to Olympus.”

But, a spanner was thrown in the works of this theory by Horizon. In the latest Twitter teaser, Horizon says: “Just got to figure out how he can fuse the Branthium (or Brantium?) without critical mass.”

So, is Branthium actually some kind of element, or fuel, or material? This remains unclear, but it wouldn’t make sense for Ash (and Horizon) to say “All roads lead to Branthium,” if it was simply some kind of element.

The truth about Branthium revealed

It didn’t take long for Respawn to reveal the truth behind Branthium, confirming that it was in fact an element that the people of Psamathe needed as an energy source, to solve their looming energy crisis.

Branthium Energy Crisis
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Dr Mary Somers (aka Horizon) was tasked with finding Branthium to solve the energy crisis.

Unfortunately, after retrieving the Branthium, Somers was betrayed and left to die in the abyss of space, which is where the Season 7 story is about to pick up.

Horizon holding Branthium
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Horizon retrieved the Branthium – before being betrayed.

Horizon kept the original sample of Branthium for herself, before she set out to fulfill her promise to her son.

This could line up with the involvement of Hammon Robotics too. The Planet Harvester which launched in Season 4 is being used by Hammond “to gather precious metals from the core of the planet for reasons unknown.”

It’s still possible that Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former.

Season 7 is set to start on November 4 – a week earlier than initially planned – so we should learn a lot more then.