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Apex Legends players discover shocking hidden flaw with Wattson, and it’s game-breaking

Published: 5/Jul/2019 2:04 Updated: 16/Apr/2020 14:59

by Albert Petrosyan


While many players have been basking in the excitement of there being a new Legend in Apex Legends, some have discovered a shocking flaw with Wattson that has sounded the alarm bells.

The highly anticipated launch of Season 2 in Apex Legends introduced a lot of new content in the battle royale title, chief of which was the brand new Legend Wattson.


As with all of the other Legends, Wattson came with three abilities: Spark of Genius Passive Ability, Perimeter Security Tactical Ability, and Interception Pylon Ultimate Ability.

Of the three, the most talked-about ability has been the Perimeter Security, more commonly referred to as the electric fence, which some players, such as star Twitch streamer Michael ‘shroud‘ Grzesiek have called weak and underwhelming.


However, a recent discovery concerning the fence has raised some major questions about Wattson, and whether or not she’s even worth using anymore at this point.

Respawn EntertainmentHere are Wattson’s three abilities in Apex Legends.

On July 4, a video began getting a lot of attention on Reddit that suggested there to be a major flaw with the Perimeter Security fence that had previously gone unnoticed.


In the clip, a player who is using Mirage deployed its decoys, one of which ran straight into an enemy Wattson’s fence.

The result was not what anyone would expect – the destruction of the decoy pinged the location of the player who had laid the fence, revealing exactly where and how far away they were.

Funnily enough, the comments section of the Reddit post was a mix of those saying that this “could change everything” and users who were demanding that the post be taken down so that more players wouldn’t see it and use the exploit.


What’s more, some players have claimed that, although the video only shows this happening with Mirage’s decoys, there are other Legends that can also use their abilities on an electric fence to find an enemy Wattson, such as Caustic.

Respawn EntertainmentWill anyone want to use Wattson after knowing about the issue with the electric fence?


This issue is obviously very concerning for several reasons. Firstly, it makes using Wattson a major liability, as her Tactical Ability is essentially worthless since it can be used by opponents to determine her location at any time.

Secondly, it’s pretty alarming that Respawn Entertainment either didn’t know that such a major flaw existed with the new Legend, or chose not to address it prior to its release at the launch of Season 2.

Considering that they’ve faced so much backlash over the past few months for all of the glitches, bugs, and exploits that have littered their game, it would seem logical that the developers would prioritize ensuring their Legend was mistake-proof, even if it meant missing a deadline.

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Apex Legends update 1.48 fixes broken Pathfinder: Patch Notes

Published: 12/Oct/2020 22:22

by Alan Bernal


The Apex Legends 1.48 hotfix update has dropped and will hopefully address the troublesome Pathfinder bug that some people have encountered, while cleaning up a few more issues that Respawn noticed.

As the next phase of the battle royale takes shape in Season 6, there’s been a fair few changes to Legends across the board. However, even when the meta is going smoothly, problematic glitches tend to appear at the worst times.


Respawn dropped three bug fixes in the 1.48 patch, containing solutions for recurring issues dealing with Crypto’s EMP ultimate ability, Pathy’s Grapple, as well as the HUD elements that can sometimes get in the way of each other.

These have all been widely reported by the Apex community, who now hope it’ll be the last time they’ll have to put up with it in their matches.

Artur13fps via Twitter
The Pathfinder shoulder bug blocked a portion of the screen after using the grapple.

Pathfinder’s shoulder bug

Apex players should be able to use Pathfinder’s Grapple Hook without hesitating, now that Respawn have launched a fix to the shoulder bug that would cover the screen.

His animation for the Tactical Ability can sometimes cause the screen to get clogged up by his shoulder. This would leave players frustrated seeing as they couldn’t relieve the situation by any means.

But the devs think they resolved the issue on their end, though players were already saying the update didn’t really fix the problem.


Crypto EMP weapon bug

While the Pathfinder bug interrupted people’s line of sight, Crypto’s EMP bug indirectly disabled the Surveillance Expert’s ability to use a gun.

Respawn said they’ve fixed an issue where “Crypto was unable to use weapons when triggering EMP while not in drone mode.”

This would obvious create a ton of problems for people trying to create a play with the EMP, making it a high-priority target for the devs to resolve.


Finally, the studio changed up the HUD elements a bit, since they saw that the ‘Performance Display’ would sometimes overlap with the Kill/Assists on the screen.

The hotfix patch will hopefully give players an easier time navigating in the Arena. While it’s a relatively small patch, check out the notes below, courtesy of Respawn.


Apex Legends 1.48 patch notes

  • Pathfinder’s shoulder staying in view after using grapple
  • Crypto unable to use weapons when triggering EMP while not in drone mode
  • Moved Performance Display so it doesn’t overlap with Kill/Assists HUD element in Ranked