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Clever Crypto buff could be exactly what Apex Legends needs

Published: 27/Oct/2019 16:59 Updated: 27/Oct/2019 17:26

by Andy Williams


Crypto’s addition into Apex Legends: Season 3 has provided fans with a more conservative style of play a new Legend which they can exploit — but does the Surveillance Expert need a buff?

Crypto was officially introduced into the Apex Legends universe as part of the sizable update which came as part of Season 3: Meltdown. 

However, although fans have relished his cryptic backstory, the character hasn’t quite had the same in-game impact of previous additions to the diverse roster of characters.

Respawn EntertainmentCrypto’s abilities are somewhat restricted to specific situations.

On paper, Crypto brings a set of game-changing abilities. However, the encryption expert hasn’t quite revamped the meta in the way that Respawn would have perhaps intended. 

Given the logistical restrictions which Crypto’s set of abilities bring to the table, a Reddit user has given an insight into how the developers could enhance the vigilante hacker’s impact. 

Posted to the Apex Legends subreddit, the user proposed the following changes:

  • Passive: Increase scan from 30m to 50m.
  • Tactical: Increase drone health and slightly reduce the sound they make.
  • Ultimate: Shorter time (to obtain); increase time of stun. Can disable Gibraltar’s Shield and Wattson’s Ultimate.

My idea for a Crypto buff since imo he’s too weak. from r/apexlegends

Implementing the suggested changes would mean that Crypto’s ability to spy on his opponents would be significantly improved (which is essentially the entire premise behind the character). 

Moreover, should Crypto’s Ultimate alteration would change the dynamic of playing the character entirely, given that the EMP currently has very little in-game implications (other than the shield damage dealt). 

However, some argued that this wouldn’t be enough to solve Crypto’s struggles, arguing that his real downfall is his inability to “defend himself” with his abilities.


Gibraltar’s Shield has been a topical point of discussion within the community, given the size of the shield and buff that it provides to a player’s health. 

Although the changes put forward offer more of an enticing slant to the Korean’s character, it is difficult to imagine whether or not they would leave a significant enough footprint on World’s Edge to alter the meta entirely. 

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Apex Legends drops first teaser for Season 8 Legend and new planet

Published: 16/Jan/2021 10:30 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 11:36

by Calum Patterson


Apex Legends is in the final stretch of Season 7, now gearing up for Season 8. That means Respawn are starting to roll out teasers for the next Legend, possible new modes, and even another planet.

On January 15, Apex Legends released a new version of the classic Kings Canyon map out of the blue. On it, Mirage Voyage was back, but there was also some interesting teasers in the sky.

Then, later that same day, they posted on social media what looks to be our first clue about what’s coming in Season 8.

This new teaser mentions Salvo, which we’ve heard about before in Apex Legends. It also features a handshake – and the hands are potentially our first look at the Season 8 Legend.

Season 8 teaser

This teaser wasn’t in-game, but instead posted on the official Apex Legends Twitter and Instagram accounts. It was captioned ‘New Blood’ – possibly a hint at ‘new blood’ joining the Apex games.

In the teaser, we see a handshake between someone representing the planet Salvo, and someone representing the Syndicate. If you’re unaware, the Syndicate are the people behind the Apex Games.

The text reads “The Syndicate and Salvo… Unified at Last. Approved by the Committee of Unification Board.” If you’re confused about what this means we’ll explain below. The image is then stamped with the logo of Salvo M.C. (presumably Salvo Motorcycle Club).

What is Salvo in Apex Legends?

Salvo is another planet in the Outlands, and one that has been independent of the Syndicate, up until now. The most important information we have about Salvo comes from a letter that was on Wattson’s desk. The letter read:

“I am writing to inform you that Salvo – which rejected the Mercenary Syndicate’s position to join Syndicate Space in 2722 – is now being guided by new leadership sympathizers to the cause of peace within the Outlands.

Talks with this new administration was prolonged, but ultimately fruitful; as of today, the Mercenary Syndicate Treaty has been amended, and Salvo will become the seventh world to join Syndicate Space.

Salvo brings with it [redacted]. In the coming [redacted] Office of Public Relations will be rolling out a social [redacted] to dispel inaccuracies about [redacted] to create an appropriate [redacted] for their integration into the Syndicate, [redacted] including exciting new developments within the Apex Games.

At this time do not correspond with the Legends regarding this matter. Expect further instructions [redacted] our office in the days to come.”

Salvo on Wattson's desk
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The letter on Wattson’s desk told us about Salvo and the Syndicate.

Is Salvo a new map?

This is unlikely, at least for the time being. We just got a new map for Season 7 after all. Salvo is a planet too, rather than a singular location (e.g. Olympus is a city on the planet Psamathe).

Season 8 Legend

More likely, Salvo is the home planet of the new Legend, who data miners believe will be called Fuse, and whose abilities will be about explosives (which would actually tie into the name ‘salvo’.)

Another hint is the spaceship we can now see above the map on Kings Canyon and Olympus. The ship has a message which reads simply ‘Salvo Joins Syndicate.’

Expect to see more teasers about Season 8, Salvo and the new Legend in the coming weeks. Season 8 is due to begin in early February, to tie in with the two-year anniversary of Apex Legends.