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Everything we know about Crafting in Apex Legends Season 6

Published: 9/Aug/2020 16:01 Updated: 9/Aug/2020 16:05

by Joe Craven

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Crafting has been confirmed by Respawn Entertainment as a new in-game mechanic coming to Apex Legends for Season 6. Here, we break down everything we know so far, from when it’s coming to the items players might be able to craft. 

Apex Legends has kept itself unique from other battle royales as, up to this point, players aren’t able to build or craft different items as they run around in games.

However, when the Season 6: Boosted trailer was revealed by Respawn, their accompanying blog post raised a few eyebrows as it contained the phrase ‘Crafting.’

As speculation has run a bit wild about what this could entail, here is everything you need to know about Crafting in Apex Legends.

When is Crafting coming to Apex Legends?

Crafting has been confirmed as coming to Apex Legends for Season 6, and fans can expect it to launch when the season itself does.

Barring any last-minute delays, which seems unlikely given the release of the trailer from Respawn, Season 6 is set to start on August 18. The update is likely to be sizeable given the plethora of new content coming, including Rampart, the game’s latest legend.

Rampart in the Apex Legends Season 6 trailer.
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Rampart is seen modifying Sheila during the Season 6 trailer.

How will Crafting work in Apex Legends?

At the moment, it’s not entirely clear. The new mechanic was teased with the line: “Don’t like your gear? Collect materials around the map and build something better!”

It certainly doesn’t sound like players will be able to Fortnite-build their way around the map anytime soon. However, it does sound like players will be able to collect items around the map – either new items or existing ones – and combine them to make better items.

For example, a player could collect two common armors, and craft them into a rare armor. It’s not clear whether this will be a possible craft, but this example should give you an idea of how it is expected to work.

What remains slightly less clear is whether there will be new items to craft together. For example, will Respawn introduce armor fragments (or something similar), as opposed to using existing items and crafting them together. We’ll have to wait and see.

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Some rare Apex Legends items may be about to become far more common.

What can you craft in Apex Legends?

Finally, we’ll take a look at items that players will likely be able to craft. It seems likely that a lot of the existing items will be craftable.

This means that Armor, Helmets, Shield Cells, Phoenix Kits, Knockdown Shields, Backpacks and much more could all become accessible through Crafting. Assuming it works as above, we could see far more rare variants of these items on the map.

While a lot remains unclear at the moment, we’re sure to get more details and information as the Season 6 release draws nearer.

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Apex Legends devs considering different buff ideas for Loba

Published: 24/Jan/2021 11:12

by Joe Craven

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Daniel Klein, lead game designer at Respawn Entertainment, has suggested that a Loba buff could come soon to Apex Legends, but that the High Society Thief is currently in a “pretty good” spot. 

Added back in Season 5, Loba has perhaps had less of an impact on the Apex Legends meta than some of her counterparts. She’s not necessarily underpowered, but it’s hard to really class her as a game-changing legend in Apex’s Season 7 meta.

The buff to Black Market Boutique enabled her to become a significant contributor to her teams, pulling her out of the dwindling period she found herself in during Season 6.

However, her relative mediocrity when compared to some of the game’s stronger characters – Wraith, Gibraltar, and Bloodhound – has naturally led to her fans asking for a buff.

Apex Legends Cosplay Loba
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Loba has one of the biggest personalities in Apex Legends, even if she’s not one of the best legends.

One Redditor, ‘ApexFan12′, suggested a small Loba buff to Daniel Klein, Respawn’s Lead Game Designer. Klein can be found frequently active on Reddit, interacting and replying with fans of the battle royale.

“You know how Pathfinder’s cooldown is based on how far he goes,” the Redditor said, “I was wondering if there’s any way you can do the same thing with Loba, where her tactical cooldown is based on how far her bracelet goes… There’s been many times where I’ve accidentally thrown it right in front of me and then have to wait 30 seconds for it to recharge.”

The suggestion seemed to appeal to Klein, who replied: “Definitely could do that! Could also just shave off time in general. I think the animations pre and post use could also do with some tightening. Thing is, she’s pretty good right now. Will let her rest for a patch or two.”

Reddit conversation between Daniel Klein about Loba
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Klein’s response and the Redditor’s suggestion, in full.

Responding to another user about simply making the bracelet travel faster in the air, Klein described that buff as a “last resort”.

“It would require some work on the visual effect to make it look good and it has the highest risk of negatively impacting combat legibility,” he said. “Point taken on the beautiful arrival animation; maybe most of our shortening needs to be in the taking off animation. Like I said though, this is experimental stuff we’re still play-testing and there’s a good chance we won’t ship it if it’s not healthy for the game.”

Daniel Klein response on Reddit over Loba buff
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Daniel Klein’s response to other Loba buff suggestions.

Klein’s comment that they are going to “let her rest” suggests that the change, if it comes at all, will likely drop after Season 8’s inception. It’s fair to wait and see how Loba is affected by the introduction of Fuse and the balancing adjustments that will come with the launch of a new season.

Barring any delays, Season 8 is set to drop in Apex Legends on February 2.