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How to know when Wraith’s portal will disappear in Apex Legends

Published: 26/Jul/2020 11:13

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends players have got a genius tip that lets you see exactly how long an existing Wraith portal has left before it ultimately disappears.

As one of the most popular and powerful characters in Apex Legends, it’s impossible to drop into a game and not see Wraith. The Interdimensional Skirmisher is the perfect choice for teams, and players, who want to keep a low profile and run rings around enemies.

However, unlike a lot of other characters, she doesn’t quite have timers or voice lines for when her abilities are set to run out. 

That can be a little annoying for Wraith’s who want to chain portals and void runs together in order to stay alive in the late game. Though, if you keep your eyes trained to the screen, you can get the timings down to a tee.

Wraith stood by a portal in Apex Legends
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Wraith and her portal are an all too familiar sight in Apex.

All you have to do to figure out when Wraith’s existing portal is going to disappear is to watch the charge on her ultimate. As Reddit user Leth34 showed, once that hits 39%, her existing portal will disappear. 

Yet can still run through to the other side if you’re already inside a portal and the countdown has passed 39%. As you might have guessed, the portal will simply disappear once you come out on the other side.

The timings can change, however, if you have a gold helmet equipped. In that scenario, as many other players pointed out, the portal will stick around for a further 10% of the countdown and disappear at 49%.

Another tip that has been invaluable to me, Wraiths portal disappears at 39% of her ult. from apexlegends

Getting the timing right can obviously be very beneficial for Wraith players. As, ultimately, they’ll be able to make an even quicker and better escape from sticky situations. 

It can be difficult, of course, as you might struggle to keep an eye on the timer when you’re in a dangerous firefight. Though, if it is something you can keep in mind, it’ll pay off in the long run.

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Apex Legends dev defends Wraith nerfs coming in Season 8

Published: 28/Nov/2020 15:32

by Joe Craven

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John Larson, Live Balance Designer at Respawn Entertainment, has defended the changes Wraith is set to undergo in Apex Legends Season 8, following comments from Daniel Klein. 

Balancing legends has long been a contentious topic in the Apex Legends community, with mains of various characters keen to see buffs. The admission, for example, that Mirage will never be a top-tier character irked many of the legend’s biggest fans.

The focus of the community is currently on Wraith, the Interdimensional Skirmisher who has long been in the upper-echelons of Apex Legends. However, comments from developer Daniel Klein about Respawn’s efforts to get Wraith “under control” in Season 8 led many to believe that she is set for significant nerfs. Unsurprisingly, this caused considerable discussion among Wraith players – and those sick of coming up against her.

Wraith with a gun smiling in APex Legends
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Wraith looks set for a nerf in Apex Legends Season 8.

His comments generally revolved around fixing Wraith’s hitbox – rather than nerfing her equipment to any greater degree. However, many believe she has been nerfed enough and further weakening is not the correct response.

Redditor ‘QuikScopeDash’ is one who took this stance, joking that they would main Crypto because Wraith has been nerfed so significantly.

This prompted a lengthy reply from John Larson, a Live Balance Designer at Respawn. He prefixed his comment by explaining that he is a Wraith main and wants her to remain viable.

“Wraith’s kit has been nerfed and tweaked more than any other legend’s, but her win rate and encounter win rate has remained an anomaly,” Larson said. “The common argument is that mechanically gifted players are drawn to her kit, but when we filter by skill brackets (rank, average damage, you name it) she’s still head and shoulders above everyone. So what does this mean?”

John Larson comment Wraith nerf Respawn
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Larson’s reply on Reddit.

Issues with Reddit moderation resulted in large portions of Larson’s comment being removed, but his point remained clear. Despite the various nerfs Wraith and her kit have suffered, her stats suggest she is still performing incredibly well.

He went on to compare Wraith with Pathfinder, explaining that “we never want to nerf legends to the point where they lose their identity.”

Many fear Wraith is approaching that point, and want the Voidwalker to remain as powerful as she’s always been.