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Leaked Apex Legends character abilities receive huge overhaul after update

Published: 6/Nov/2019 15:16 Updated: 6/Nov/2019 17:58

by Andy Williams

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An Apex Legends data miner has revealed a plethora of updates to previously leaked Legends in the code of the in-game files following Patch 3.1 going live – with some characters edging closer to making their debut sooner rather than later.

As Respawn Entertainment roll out more updates for their flagship battle royale, more information is added to the bones of the game which data miners latch onto and decrypt it accordingly. 

Twitter user, @RealApexLeaks, uncovered a host of changes that have been made to multiple leaked Legends during an update that was pushed live on November 5 — with one particular character looking poised to drop into World’s Edge in the near future.

EACrypto was the most recent character to be added to the ever expanding roster of Legends.

Downfall

During the most recent update the ‘Populist Pyromaniac’ received two updates to their current ability set. Downfall’s current Tactical Ability remained the same, but it was the Passive and Ultimate that received a slight modification. 

‘Burning Anger’ still remains embedded within the code, although a potential second Passive Ability has now been added. Downfall’s Ultimate also received a description change.

  • Previous Passive: Burning Anger — “Dealing damage builds rage. Filling your rage meter makes you immune to fire for 20 seconds.”
  • New Passive: Fire Walker  — “You automatically extinguish fire by walking through it. Burning teammates will be extinguished when they move close to you.”
  • Previous Ultimate: Reign of Fire — “Fire a cascade of incendiary rockets.”
  • New Ultimate: Reign of Fire — “Fire a rocket propelled fire bomb.”

Husaria

Husaria received a minor adjustment to their character abilities, with the core of the three abilities remaining the same. However, the Passive Ability (Shotgun Kick) received an update to its description, which added a ‘speed boost’.

  • Previous Passive: Shotgun Kick — “A breaching shotgun on your calf that discharges when you melee doors or enemies. Requires shotgun ammo.”
  • New Passive: Shotgun Kick — “You have a shotgun on your leg that fires when you melee doors or enemies. Requires shotgun ammo. Using your abilities grants you a brief speed boost.”

Rampart

Rampart appears to have received an overhaul to three out of the five abilities leaked thus far — both ‘Fixer’ and ‘Cover Fire’ remained unchanged. 

The character’s lack of description hints that they are still in early development. However, based on the list of abilities, the Legend appears to be an independent mercenary, with a list of soldier–esque traits. 

  • Previous Ability: Amped Cover — “Builds cover that provides a damage boost to anyone standing near it, can be picked up and moved.”
  • New Ability: Amped Cover — “Build cover with an upper barrier that blocks incoming shots and boosts the damage of outgoing shots.”
  • Previous Ability: My Friend Maxim — “Places a mounted machine gun that anyone in the squad can use, uses heavy ammo.”
  • New Ability: Emplaced HMG — “Place a mounted machine gun that anyone can use. High ammo capacity, long reload time.”
  • Previous Ability: Gunner — “LMG’s have increased magazine capacity and reload faster.”
  • New Ability: Gunner — “Machine guns have increased magazine capacity and reload faster.”

Revenant

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Revenant’s first appearance came through the Shadowfall LTM, which teased the character as the puppet-master behind a host of mysterious ongoings leading to the revival of Legends as ‘Shadows’ during a limited-time game mode. 

Previously described as ‘Nightmare Simulacrum’, the character is now referred to as a ‘Synthetic Nightmare’ — meaning that their character reference no longer pertains to being a figment of the imagination, but more something that’s meant to represent an unnatural horror. 

Moreover, the Synthetic Nightmare’s second stance (referred to as Shadow Form) appears to have been removed entirely, with one new ability being added in-place:

  • New Ability: Silence — “Throw a device that disables enemy abilities for 10 seconds.”

Rosie

Rosie has been rumored to be in development since February, meaning that she is one of the more complete Legends yet to make an appearance. 

The update brought one minor change to her abilities, with the function to remove ‘hidden compartments in loot bins’ being removed. 

  • Previous Passive: Eye for quality — “Rosie can see through walls and can open up hidden compartments in loot bins.”
  • New Passive: Eye for quality — “Loba (Rosie) can see nearby loot through walls.”

Valk

Described as a ‘Soaring Aviator’, Valk has perhaps received the largest update out of the list of leaked Legends. 

  • Previous Passive: Afterburners — “After initial drop, Valk and her teammates fly faster while skydiving.”
  • New Passive: VTOL Jets — “Hold jump to initiate VTOL Jets.”
  • Previous Tactical: VTOL Jets — “Hold (button) to hover VTOL jet.”
  • New Tactical: Cluster Missile — “Fire a rocket that explodes multiple times.”
  • Previous Ultimate: Skyward — “Valk and nearby allies take to the skies after a short countdown.”
  • New Ultimate: Skyward — “Press once to prepare for launch. Teammates can interact with Valk to join the launch. Press again to launch into the air and skydive.”

Aside from the plethora of changes that have come to character abilities, Forge has now been added to the localization files – joining the Wattson and Crypto – meaning that we could be seeing them sooner rather than later. 

Of course, this must be taken with a pinch of salt, since all of the above is subject to change before each Legend goes live. For a full list of leaked characters and their abilities, stay tuned to our leaked character hub, which will be updated as more information slips through the cracks.

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10 tips and tricks for dominating new Winter Express LTM in Apex Legends

Published: 25/Nov/2020 9:35

by Albert Petrosyan

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There is a new Limited Time Mode called Winter Express in Apex Legends’ returning Holo-Day Bash event, and we’ve got 10 tips and tricks to help you dominate matches.

Launching on December 1 and running through until January 4, the Holo-Day Bash in-game event adds a lot of holiday-themed content in Apex Legends, one of which is the Winter Express LTM.

As you can probably guess from the name, Winter Express puts all of the focus on the in-game train, which was decked out in holiday decorations for this in-game event.

How does Winter Express LTM work?

In each match, three teams of three players each face off against each other with the objective of capturing the train.

The train can be captured in one of two ways – either by filling out the capture bar without being contested by enemies or being the last team alive. The match ends when one of the teams manages to capture the train three times.

There are, however, some aspects of this mode that are different from how regular Apex matches go:

  • Players spawn in with a pre-determined loadout of weapons and items, which are different for each Legend. Loadouts change on a daily basis.
  • Respawning is enabled. Once a player is eliminated, they can join back.
  • The radius of the train’s patch is reduced so that players are never too far from the action.
Respawn EntertainmentHow the new Winter Express LTM works.

10 tips and tricks for Winter Express LTM

1. Find the best loadout available

Each Legend has its own pre-determined loadout, so make sure to check them all out to find the one with the best and most powerful combination of weapons and items.

For a mode like this, prioritize the loadout over your preferred Legend of choice, because having a better setup is more important.

2. Mix and match attachments with teammates

Attachments can be dropped in this mode, so it would be a good idea to strategize with teammates and swap attachments to maximize all of the weapons’ potentials.

For example, the EVA-8 shotgun comes with a red-dot sight that would be of better use on another gun, or moving an extended mag to a Devotion LMG to turn it into a death machine.

Respawn EntertainmentEach Legend has their own Loadout, so make sure to scout them and pick the strongest one.

3. Use the Lifeline’s Care Package to get better loot

The Lifeline’s Care Package Ultimate Ability can be activated in this LTM, which means you and your team might end up getting access to powerful items that aren’t normally available, such as purple armor or thermal scopes.

4. Don’t forget about unlimited heals

For whatever reason, whether because of a glitch or intentional design, you have unlimited heals in this mode, even though your healing inventory will indicate only one syringe and one shield cell.

Make sure to take advantage of this feature because it can really make a difference between staying alive and getting eliminated.

5. You don’t have to land on the train

Most players’ initial instinct in this mode will be to land directly on the train, which is why a good strategy would be not to. Instead, aim to land on high structures near the train and pick off enemies from there.

Remember, there are three teams all fighting against each other, so you can always third party enemy players by getting the high ground and shooting at them away from the train.

Respawn EntertainmentUse Lifeline’s Care Package to gain access to better loot, like purple armor.

6. Stay close enough to stop teams from capturing

While not landing on the train right away is a good move, it’s also important to not be too far away from the action. If one of the two other teams gains control, it’s imperative that you and your team are close enough to jump down and contest the capture, otherwise you will lose the round.

7. Ditch the train after winning a round

In line with the last tip, it’s always a good idea to get off the train as soon as you win a round because most players spawning back in will go straight for it.

Treat the start of each round like a new match – aim for the high ground so that you can pick off gung-ho players who aggressively go for the train.

8. Attack from the front

Most players who are on the train will expect to be attacked from either of the two sides or the back, but never the front. They also forget that the front side of the train is now open.

This is why it’s a good strategy to land in front of the train, albeit a good distance away, and make your way towards it, shooting at the enemies on board who will most likely be looking the wrong way.

Respawn EntertainmentYou don’t always have to land on the train when spawning into a Winter Express match.

9. Play the stalemate game if necessary

When finding yourself in a situation where winning a round is too difficult to manage, focus your efforts on making sure the two other teams don’t either

Remember, each round is timed, and when the timer hits zero and no one’s captured the train, the next round starts. Sometimes the best play is to make sure no one captures by the time that happens.

10. Multi-task with jump pads

In order to help players reach the train quickly, a bunch of jump pads were placed at various points on the tracks. You can use these not only to get to the train quickly but also to reach certain areas of the map, especially high ground, positioning yourself to take down enemies below.

Furthermore, when using these jump pads, you are actually afforded enough time to pop a shield cell, so you can definitely save time by doing so.