Apex Legends

How to open Explosive Holds in Apex Legends on Kings Canyon

Published: 26/Jan/2021 17:00 Updated: 5/Feb/2021 9:19

by David Purcell


Respawn Entertainment have made a number of map changes in Apex Legends Season 8, including new Explosive Holds on Kings Canyon filled with rare loot. 

The battle royale game’s next major update dropped on February 2, bringing with it a new Legend, Fuse, a fresh weapon called the 30-30 Repeater, and other features.

Aside from the new Legend and weapon (check out the full patch notes here), one of the biggest talking points surrounding the content drop has been the state of Kings Canyon. When Fuse arrived on the scene, he brought with him a whole host of party fireworks for the people to enjoy. But, those celebrations were cut short as Maggie sabotaged his arrival and set off explosives all over the map.

Now, we have a completely reshaped Kings Canyon to play on, with a whole host of map changes.

For more Apex Legends Season 8 tips and tricks check out our guides below:
30-30 Repeater guide | All legend buffs and nerfs | All weapon buffs and nerfs | Fuse guide | What is in the Season 8 battle pass? | Season 8 Patch notes | How to open explosive holds | Spitfire guide | R99 guide | Mastiff guide | When is Apex for Switch out?

Explosive Hold in Apex Legends
Here’s how the Explosive Holds look on Kings Canyon.

How to open Explosive Holds in Apex Legends

One of those changes is the introduction of Explosive Holds in Apex Legends Season 8.

These are dotted around the map and will contain various types of loot, in what sounds very similar to loot vaults on Worlds Edge. Gold items such as Anvil Receivers, Turbochargers and other Hop-Ups can be found inside.

To open these new Explosive Holds, it’s a pretty simple process:

  1. Jump into Kings Canyon, landing near an Explosive Hold.
  2. Loot around you for grenades.
  3. Approach the door and place a Frag Grenade, Thermite or Arc Star at the center of the door.
  4. Move away. Once it explodes, you will be let inside!
  5. Watch out for enemies sneaking in behind you…

What are they?

These provide another great looting opportunity for teams, with rare attachments and other items inside.

In an official blog post, Respawn Entertainment said: “When the ship came crashing down, several mobile armories that were being stored in its cargo bay were lost and scattered across Kings Canyon.

“Although they require security clearance to open them, crafty Legends have discovered that a well-placed ordnance can blow those doors open, granting access to weapons, ammo and valuable attachments.”

These replace the bunkers that used to be dotted around the map. Those caved in due to the damage of Fuse’s arrival.

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Apex Legends ban wave hits hackers with bigger anti-cheat plans coming

Published: 24/Feb/2021 12:30

by Calum Patterson


Apex Legends has rolled out another ban wave to combat hackers and cheaters ruining matches in Season 8. Developers Respawn Entertainment have also vowed to step-up anti-cheat efforts across the board, but particularly in some regions.

Not unlike any other competitive online shooter, hackers always find a way to ruin things for honest players in Apex Legends.

In recent months, players in Asian servers specifically have reported an uptick in hackers, even prompting some top players to avoid ranked play entirely until it’s resolved.

Respawn’s head of security, Conor Ford, has confirmed another ban wave on February 23, wiping over 600 cheaters from the servers.

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Respawn are targeting hackers now more than ever in Apex Legends.

Apex ban wave catches cheaters

Ford, better known as Hideouts on social media, confirmed a manual ban wave of 652 cheaters on February 23.

This follows his previous ban wave of 507 PS4 players on February 10, who had been using an RP glitch to gain free ranked points. The ban for those users will only last until Season 9 though, when they will be allowed to play again.

Cheaters ruining Apex in Japan

Counter to popular belief, Hideouts is not the only person in control of banning players on Apex Legends. There are also automated systems in place to catch out hackers.

Unfortunately, it appears that hordes of cheats have been able to bypass these protections on servers in Asia especially.

Hideouts has responded to these issues too, saying that they will be focused on clearing up servers in the Japanese region specifically. Japan is the second-largest market for Apex Legends.

In a follow-up Tweet, the developer also confirmed that there are “plans in place, that will be announced relatively soon, to help better this problem.”

We await the announcement of these plans, but it certainly sounds like Respawn have things in the pipeline to help crackdown on cheaters even more.