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How to use Pathfinder’s grapple as Gibraltar in Apex Legends

Published: 4/Apr/2020 10:56

by Connor Bennett

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An Apex Legends player has uncovered a pretty hilarious bug that allows Gibraltar to use Pathfinder’s zipline abilities. 

Ever since Apex Legends launched back in February of 2019, players have been finding bugs and other hilarious mistakes inside Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale title.

Some have been bigger than others – with fans chasing shadows around the firing range training mode to uncover a big mystery with the dummies. Others, though, have been slightly more unintentional – with players struggling to get into games while a map doesn’t load or being able to switch characters to play in third-person mode

Respawn EntertainmentGibraltar is already considered one of the strongest legends in Apex Legends.

Now, Reddit user lolipop69696969 has shown how, by swapping characters a few times, players can use Pathfinder’s zipline and hook abilities with Gibraltar, making the legend even more powerful than usual.

As per the Redditor, players have to use three different characters  – Revenant, Gibraltar, and Pathfinder – to make it work. Using Revenant, you have to call upon his Death Totem ultimate but quickly swap and enter Death Protection mode as Gibraltar.

Once that’s done, players have to start running and then swap to Pathfinder mid-run before running outside of the Totem’s limit. After a few seconds, Death Protection will wear off and the abilities will have swapped over.

How to give Gibraltar a grapple in Apex Legends

  1. Use Revenant’s Death Totem ultimate
  2. Enter Death Protection mode as Gibraltar
  3. Runaway from the Death Totem and switch to Pathfinder mid-run
  4. Exit the Death Totem’s area limit and wait
  5. You will now have Pathfinder’s abilities.

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Now, as the player showed, the bug clearly works while in the Firing Range training mode but it is not going to work in a normal match seeing as you can’t change character mid-game.

Of course, it could always be Respawn laying the groundwork for a pretty interesting LTM – training mode secrets have done that before. Though, seeing Gibraltar flying around World’s Edge would probably cause a bit of fury from some players. 

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Apex Legends dev explains why “useless” Wattson won’t get more buffs

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 5:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bad news Wattson fans… Respawn has no plans to buff the Apex Legends engineer again in Season 7, despite the fact much of the battle royale’s player base believes the Static Defender is “useless” in her current state.

Wattson who has been part of the ever-growing Apex Legends roster since mid-2019, was recently handed a buff in Season 7’s ‘Ascension’ patch; her signature ability, “Perimeter Security,” had its damage topped up slightly.

According to the Apex Legends community, however, the French defender is still relatively “useless” in the Season 7 meta. In fact, the view is so widespread that a Reddit thread simply titled “Buff Wattson please” racked up 15.1k upvotes, and more than 125 awards.

In the thread, ‘BaguettePaquette’ declared: “It’s time to radically remake Wattson. Not just +5 to fences, but the whole concept of a ‘defending legend’.”

Unfortunately, when an Apex Legends dev did finally arrive in the thread, it was to deliver bad news: there are no plans to give Wattson more buffs in Season 7, despite the defender’s low pick rate in public playlists and ranked lobbies.

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Wattson has been dubbed “useless” by the wider Apex Legends player base.

Wattson isn’t “useless,” says Apex dev

The reason, game designer Daniel Z. Klein explained, is twofold. The first is that Wattson is “all over the place” in pro play. According to the dev, who “rewound the final game,” four of the final six squads in ALGS finals included a Wattson.

The second was a rebuttal to the Reddit thread’s suggestion Wattson is “useless,” both on new map Olympus, and in all Apex Legends lobbies.

“I’m going to respectfully disagree… on Olympus, or elsewhere. You’re confusing two things; pick rate and effectiveness,” Klein said. “Yes, she’s lowest pick rate, but her win rate is very good. She’s is top 4 across most power metrics.”

The “fun” problem: why no one plays Wattson

The problem, he continued, is that Wattson “isn’t super fun for most people.” Her abilities are based around holding choke points, which Apex Legends players often shy away from.

“[That] means we can’t just put power into her until she’s more widely played, because she’s already very near the top of our power charts; on the other hand, it means that putting power into her won’t address the problem either,” he said.

“It’s not that people pick her and fail to be effective. Clearly the people who do run her have more success than on most other characters. There’s something about the FEELING of playing her that isn’t attractive, and power doesn’t fix that.”

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The French defender is powerful, but fails to be “fun” in public lobbies.

Rework may be one possible solution

So, no more Wattson buffs in Season 7, especially as she continues to hit top scores on many of Respawn’s hidden metrics. A rework though? That’s another story.

“Your suggestion for a rework is most promising,” Klein admitted, but said there are two issues there; the cost ⁠— “reworks are incredibly expensive” ⁠— and two, she already fills an area “very needed” in competitive play: defensive strengths.

“I don’t think she should be 100% or near 100% pick rate in competitive… ideally we find a rework that makes at least part of her kit exciting in the moment, while not losing her identity as a structure giver,” the Apex developer concluded.

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Mirage (pictured) and Lifeline have both got reworks; could Wattson be next?

There was a glimmer of hope for fans of the French defender, however. Klein admitted he “could be convinced to buff her” in an effort to “throw a bone to Wattson mains,” but promised that “wouldn’t change the problems.”

For now, Wattson mains should hold tight. There’s a rework in the pipes that may eventually land, and more buffs are possible; it may just take a bit of begging!