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Apex Legends wall-bouncing shotgun creation could change the way you play

Published: 19/Feb/2020 6:42

by Brad Norton


A devastating Apex Legends shotgun design could forever change the way you play Respawn Entertainment’s popular Battle Royale, due to a new and intriguing mechanic thought up by a diehard fan.

While a number of suggestions put forth by the Apex Legends community of late have focused on various aspects of map design and even vanity item ideas, a fresh weapon concept could have an indelible mark on the battle royale if it ever sees the light of day.

Not just focusing exclusively on the visual appearance of a new addition, this creation promotes all aspects of weapon design from overall damage potential to just how much ammo it could carry into battle.

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This powerful shotgun could leave your opponents sad after you bounce a shot towards them.

Showcasing their weapon concept, Reddit user ‘DudeWithName’ put forward the ‘VXN-12.’ A “slug-shelled shotgun,” the new weapon is another close-ranged powerhouse specifically balanced with indoor fighting in mind.

The unique element of this particular design is that the shell “bounces off of floors and walls” to gain “a damage boost after the initial bounce.”

Rather than aiming directly at enemies, players would actually be rewarded for thinking in new ways and trying to line up perfect angles in order to bounce their shots towards opponents. 

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A look at the in-game model of the devastating weapon concept.

Breaking down the new weapon, the designer outlined how shells can only be bounced a single time. Meaning that players won’t be able to trap enemies in small rooms until a never-ending projectile inevitably bounces into them. 

The VXN-12 would deal 50 damage for a regular body shot and 65 for a bounced shot to the body. The biggest bonus overall is applied when bounced projectiles connect with the head, dealing 75 damage for a standard blow and a whopping 95 for an angled bounce to the dome.

The tradeoff comes in the form of a small magazine size at just five shells, along with a relatively slow travel speed once shots have been blasted out of the weapon.

Presented as a Common item, there’s no denying the unique effect would certainly change the way players think about shotguns moving forward. 

Rather than simply aiming and firing, veterans will have to think on their feet if they truly want to maximize damage with this stunning concept.

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Apex Legends dev responds to calls for increased level cap beyond 500

Published: 19/Jan/2021 12:02

by Connor Bennett


Apex Legends dev Jason McCord has explained why he’s against just lifting the level cap from 500 to a bigger number, but hinted at having some ideas for making a change. 

There are plenty of goals for any Apex Legends grinder to hit when they drop into Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale. You can go after the Apex Predator rank in Ranked mode, you can try and pick up every cosmetic, or you can go after the top player level of level 500.

Previously, that top player level was limited to level 100, but after players kicked up a fuss about not having much else to do when they got their, Respawn lifted the cap all the way to level 500. And they added in a few goodies like weapon charms and Apex packs, too.

However, many players have already gotten up to level 500 now, and want another target to aim for. Yet, it’s unlikely that the Respawn devs are going to budge anytime soon.

EAPlayers can now hit Level 500 in Apex Legends, if they dare!


Jason McCord, the Design Director at Respawn Entertainment, responded to a question about increasing the level cap on January 18.

“Any chance we ever see lift on the level 500 cap?” asked one curious player.

“Some day, maybe,” McCord responded a few hours later. “I’m not personally convinced that making that number bigger is the best way to feel progression in the game. We have some ideas.”

The note of “some ideas” might spark speculation about things like a prestige system, similar to the one that has been in Call of Duty for the longest time, coming to Apex Legends. 

That would give players something to strive towards, but, it can be argued that it is just similar to adding a bigger number. You’d still be grinding out ranks, but you could add even more unique badges to your player card so you stand out a bit more. 

Either way, we’ll just have to wait and see what Respawn decides to do, but at least it appears as if they’re aware of the calls that some fans have for a higher cap.