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Apex Legends player drastically improves Mirage’s Ultimate ability

Published: 8/Dec/2019 23:48 Updated: 9/Dec/2019 1:35

by Brad Norton

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Everyone’s favorite trickster has one of the weakest ultimate abilities in Respawn Entertainment’s popular battle royale. However, this dedicated player took it upon themselves to tweak the function and improve Mirage’s Vanishing Act in Apex Legends.

Turning invisible sounds like the most powerful ability on paper, yet Mirage’s ultimate often leaves a lot to be desired. While the character does gain a slight speed boost, it can typically be difficult to time the ability just right and navigate to a new position in the short window of invisibility.

One crafty member of the Apex Legends community has devised a few new additions to the ultimate that could drastically improve Mirage and give players an even bigger advantage in the midst of combat.

Respawn Entertainment - Apex LegendsDespite his charm, Mirage is actually one most under-utilized characters in the entire game.

Showcased throughout a December 9 video, Reddit user ‘uniworkhorse’ put three new Mirage improvements on display and highlighted how they could assist the Legend. All three are seemingly minor adjustments at first glance, but each of the changes could be tremendously helpful to all Mirage-mains.

Firstly, upon activating the invisibility function, a timer will now appear at the top of your screen. Counting down the remainder of the ultimate no different to Bloodhound’s Beast of the Hunt timer, this added function will provide a great deal of clarity when attempting to evade foes online.

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The remaining changes are simply visual tweaks that add a little flair to the ultimate and serve to distinguish the ability from anything else in the game. ‘Holo-Hexagons’ spread across the sides of the now blueish screen in order to signify that the ultimate is indeed active, avoiding any form of confusion that could lead to your demise.

Decided to visualize my idea for some minor tweaks to Mirage’s Ultimate. Tell me what you think! from r/apexlegends

A recently conducted survey of dedicated Apex Legends players concluded that Mirage was the Legend most in need of a drastic buff. Ultimately, a whopping 91% of those surveyed wanted to see the character improved and not a single player called for a nerd of any kind.


Similarly, the latest Apex data also underscored the position of Mirage, indicating that he’s one of the least-picked Legends overall. Only ahead of Crypto, Wattson, and Caustic, Mirage came in with a 4.49% pick-rate making him the eighth most-played character in a small roster of 11.

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While these ultimate changes might not push Mirage into the forefront of competitive Apex, there’s no denying that the quality of life adjustments could be a massive step in the right direction.

Respawn Entertainment - MirageThere aren’t many ways to improve on turning invisible, however, these quality-of-life changes could be just what Mirage needs.

Ultimately, this visual overhaul is just one minor adjustment that would come in handy whenever Vanishing Act is enabled. However, there’s no denying that Mirage needs more than just a visual tweak to contest the pick-rate of the most powerful Legends in the game.

With Season 4 of Apex Legends fast approaching, perhaps the next major set of balance updates is right around the corner. Evidently a character in a tricky position seeing minimal use across the board, any minor adjustment would come in handy to make Mirage that little bit more powerful.

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Apex Legends Season 8 early patch notes: Legends buffs, bug fixes, more

Published: 24/Jan/2021 15:22

by Calum Patterson

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Apex Legends Season 8: Mayhem update is due to drop on February 2, and although patch notes aren’t expected until right before the update goes live, we already know of a bunch of confirmed changes and fixes coming. Here’s an early look at what the patch notes are expected to include.

Obviously, the main changes will be the addition of the new Legend, Fuse, who hails from Salvo, as well as the new weapon – the 30-30 repeater.

Kings Canyon will also be massively changed, as Fuse’s entrance to the Apex games did not go smoothly and his old friend Maggie crashed the party – literally.

But, the most exciting part of the patch notes themselves will be seeing how Respawn has adjusted the various Legends with nerfs and buffs, plus some of the quality of life changes planned.

Apex Legends Season 8: Early patch notes

New Legend: Fuse

Straight from Salvo, Fuse is an explosive Legend, and his abilities reflect this. He can shoot projectiles from his prosthetic arm, and his ultimate will shoot a mortar-like missile, which explodes into a ring of fire.

Fuse Apex Legends
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Fuse joins the Apex roster in Season 8.

New Weapon: 30-30 Repeater

We didn’t get a new weapon in Season 7, but we are in Season 8. Fuse brings the 30-30 repeater straight from Salvo. It’s a lever-action rifle that packs a punch.

30-30 repeater and battle pass
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The 30-30 Repeater will be added to the loot pool this February.

Kings Canyon map changes

The arrival of Fuse has obliterated Kings Canyon. Original POIs including Slum Lakes and Artillery have been destroyed, and there is a new hue to the map.

Kings Canyon destroyed in Apex Legends
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A massive explosion on Kings Canyon has completely changed the map.

New Season 8 Battle Pass: Mayhem

As always, there will be a fresh battle pass for the new season, which will include over 100 items.

We don’t know if there will be any changes to the battle pass system yet, like there was in Season 7.

Legend changes

These are the Legend buffs and nerfs that Respawn have said will be coming in Season 8. Check out a full explanation and details on each change here.

Note: This is not a final list of all Legends that are getting changes in the Season 8 update.

Rampart

  • Adding 45 health to her Amped Cover

Wraith

  • Respawn say they are looking at changes to Wraith’s hitbox, to bring her in line with other Legends.

Horizon

  • Respawn are looking at nerfs to her tactical ability, but haven’t confirmed the exact changes they’re making yet.

Revenant

  • Respawn have been struggling to find a good buff for Revenant, but are looking at hitbox adjustments

Wattson

  • Respawn are looking for ways to make Wattson more fun, without making her more powerful

Mirage

  • Fix for decoys making footstep noise – this was originally in the Fight Night patch notes, but has been removed and will be coming in a future update, possibly with Season 8.

Caustic

  • Caustic hammer breaking doors – this was also originally in the Fight Night patch notes, but has been removed and will be coming in a future patch, possibly with Season 8.
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Horizon is due for a slight nerf in Season 8.

Quality of Life

  • In-game damage tracker added

Bug Fixes

  • Heirloom store not showing all Heirlooms
  • Players told they are buying Gibraltar’s Heirloom when buying Caustic’s Heirloom
  • Legend skins for Mirage and Bangalore affecting aim down sights
  • Errors relating to private matches
  • Players can’t hear each other in cross-play lobbies

Ranked Play

A new Ranked Series will begin at the start of Season 8: Ranked Series 7. We expect that there will be two splits in the season again, with the first probably on World’s Edge. It’s unlikely that the new Kings Canyon features in Ranked, until players are used to the changes.

Season 8 Collection Event

Data miners have uncovered files related to an Anniversary Collection Event in Season 8. Although collection events typically start midway through the Season, this time it could potentially start earlier, given that the 2-year anniversary of Apex Legends is February 4 – two days after Season 8 starts.


That’s everything we know at the moment about what’s coming in the Season 8 update patch notes.

We’ll keep you updated with more changes as they come, and of course when Respawn releases the full patch notes.