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How to bypass knockdown shields in Apex Legends with simple trick

Published: 5/Dec/2019 12:33

by Joe O'Brien

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An Apex Legends player has discovered a way of quickly eliminating downed opponents without destroying their knockdown shield.

When players are knocked down in Apex Legends, they can raise a knockdown shield – assuming they have one – that offers a certain amount of protection from being immediately eliminated, depending on the rarity of the shield.

In order for a player to remove a downed enemy from the game completely, they must either break the shield – which can take a notable amount of time and ammo, particularly for the higher quality shields – or complete a finisher, which itself takes some time and leaves the player vulnerable during the animation.

EAFinishers can bypass knockdown shields, but take several seconds to complete.

Apex player Cpt_Pugsy has discovered a method, however, of bypassing the shield, offering a quick means of eliminating the opponent.

If a player starts a finisher but then immediately cancels it, there is a brief window before the enemy’s knockdown shield will come back up. If you’re quick enough, it’s possible to get a shot off in this window without having to break through the shield, making the elimination much faster.

Issue with the new finishers for all you sweats out there: When you cancel a finisher, knockdown shields take a split second to go back up. You can use that time to flick down and thirst your opponent for an armour swap in the heat of battle. from r/apexlegends

It may take some practice to get the movement down, as the window is only brief, and may also rely on having a weapon that can eliminate the enemy quickly – Cpt_Pugsy demonstrates with the Peacekeeper, which requires only a single shot, although it’s not necessarily the only viable weapon.

This technique is likely to be most useful at times when speed is paramount – in the heat of a battle, you may well benefit from eliminating an opponent if only as a source of replacement body armor, but burning through a full knockdown shield or completing a finisher can leave you vulnerable for several seconds.

It’s not currently clear whether this is something that Respawn would consider an unintended exploit, but it’s possible they may address it at some point in the future. In the meantime, however, it’s a useful trick that’s worth having up your sleeve for when you need to guarantee an elimination as quickly as possible.

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Revenant Heirloom concept would be perfect for Apex Legends

Published: 19/Jan/2021 17:04

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends player has developed an incredible concept for Revenant’s Heirloom. The impressive design is centered around his backstory and would be the perfect signature weapon for the Synthetic Nightmare.

Heirlooms in Apex Legends are extremely rare and difficult to obtain, making them a prized possession. At the time of writing, there are seven Heirlooms in-game with each of them belonging to a specific Legend.

Of course, this means that the appearance of these items has to be absolutely perfect. The Heirloom has to embody the Legend it represents and incorporate aspects of their character and lore into its design.

One character who is still waiting for his Heirloom to be added to the game is Revenant. Well, an Apex Legends player appears to have done Respawn’s work for them with an impressive concept for Revenant’s Heirloom.

Revenant shaving
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Revenant was released into Apex Legends at the start of Season 4.

Impressive Revenant Heirloom concept

The post, made by VerbatumTurtle, includes a detailed and custom made image that reveals the reasons behind each of the design choices.

The Heirloom itself is called ‘Death’s Head Kusarigama’ and is modeled in the shape of the traditional Japanese weapon. At the base of the Heirloom is Revenant’s signature skull, inspired by his ‘Death Totem’ ultimate ability.

Attached to the skull is a chain that represents his “past life… a life where he experienced pain, and death.” This is no doubt a reference to Revenant’s life as a normal human before he was transformed by Syndicate and Hammond Robotics.

Finally, on the end of the chain, the design incorporates a modified version of Revenents’s straight edge shaver. This is a direct reference to the Season 4 cinematic that sees Revenant using a shaver from his past life as a robot. The artifact serves as a reminder of what he once had and everything that has been taken from him.

It’s fair to say VerbatumTurtle has created an incredible Heirloom that any Revenant main would be thrilled to use. The design is not only perfectly themed for the Legend, but it also incorporates aspects of his lore and backstory.

We’re sure Respawn already has their own plans for a Revenant Heirloom, but they have been known to take inspiration from the community before.