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Looting change for Evo Shield in Apex Legends confirmed by developer

Published: 5/Sep/2020 17:13

by Connor Bennett


Apex Legends dev Daniel Klein has confirmed that Respawn are working on a feature that will allow players to see how much damage an Evo Shield needs to level up when looting it from an enemy. 

As Apex Legends Season 6 got underway, Respawn made a pretty major change in regards to shields. When you drop into a game, you start without a shield but only require 50 damage to level up to a common shield. 

Players can still loot different shields from loot bins and the usual floor loot shields, but it can be quite annoying when you take down an enemy and look to steal their better-leveled shield, as there is no indication how close to the next level it is. 

It’s a difficult decision, do you stick with your own shield and carry on, or switch over and try your luck with the enemies shield – risking a reset on the progress on our own shield in case you want to switch back.

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Evo Shields are now the norm in Apex Legends games.

Well, after one fan put forward the idea of having an indicator on the looting menu of how far along an enemy shield is, Apex Legends developer Daniel Klein chimed in with the news that most players are hoping for. 

“Yup! We’re working on something like this,” the dev commented, though he wasn’t able to offer any additional details past that. “No timeline, but hoping to ship it soon.”

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With the Aftermarket Collection Event scheduled to get underway on September 15/16, according to rumors, it could be rolled out then, but, as Klein says, there is no timeline just yet.

Another thing that could be included in the Aftermatch Collection Event patch is a fix for knockdown shields after they’ve been rendered “useless” in Season 6

The devs noted that a fix for the problem “in progress” via their public Trello Board, so by the time Aftermatch rolls out, Apex Legends could be spick and span with a few, must-needed changes.

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What does Branthium mean in Apex Legends? Horizon & Ash Season 7 teasers

Published: 27/Oct/2020 15:07

by Calum Patterson


Amid all the teasers for Apex Legends Season 7, one word has been on the lips of a number of characters: Branthium. But, what is this? Now, we finally have an answer to the mystery: but we’ve got a whole load more questions too.

The first time we heard the word Branthium in Apex Legends, it came from Ash, at the end of the Season 5 Broken Ghost quest.

Ash is the villain from Titanfall 2, who was recruited by Kuben Blisk, before she “died” at the hands of Jack Cooper, was put back together again, her memory wiped, and then her head split into parts and spread throughout Kings Canyon.

Once the Legends put her head back together, she spoke to them, and, as part of an unintelligible message, said: “all roads lead to Branthium.”

Ash saying Branthium in Apex Legends
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Ash was the first time we heard ‘Branthium’ in Apex Legends.

What is Branthium in Apex Legends?

After the mention from Ash, in the first Twitter teaser for Season 7, Horizon (expected to be the next playable Legend), repeated the word “Branthium” in among all the static.

It later became clear that Horizon was repeating what Ash said – or, perhaps Ash was repeating Horizon.

Is Branthium a place?

The saying, “all roads lead to Branthium”, is undoubtedly a play on the common phrase “all roads lead to Rome.” Typically, this saying refers to “all paths or activities lead to the center of things” – it comes from Ancient Rome in the literal sense, when all roads started from the capital city.

So, at first, most theories believed Branthium was a place, possibly related to the planet Psamathe and its city, Olympus. Ash finished her monologue by saying “Welcome to Olympus.”

But, a spanner was thrown in the works of this theory by Horizon. In the latest Twitter teaser, Horizon says: “Just got to figure out how he can fuse the Branthium (or Brantium?) without critical mass.”

So, is Branthium actually some kind of element, or fuel, or material? This remains unclear, but it wouldn’t make sense for Ash (and Horizon) to say “All roads lead to Branthium,” if it was simply some kind of element.

The truth about Branthium revealed

It didn’t take long for Respawn to reveal the truth behind Branthium, confirming that it was in fact an element that the people of Psamathe needed as an energy source, to solve their looming energy crisis.

Branthium Energy Crisis
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Dr Mary Somers (aka Horizon) was tasked with finding Branthium to solve the energy crisis.

Unfortunately, after retrieving the Branthium, Somers was betrayed and left to die in the abyss of space, which is where the Season 7 story is about to pick up.

Horizon holding Branthium
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Horizon retrieved the Branthium – before being betrayed.

Horizon kept the original sample of Branthium for herself, before she set out to fulfill her promise to her son.

This could line up with the involvement of Hammon Robotics too. The Planet Harvester which launched in Season 4 is being used by Hammond “to gather precious metals from the core of the planet for reasons unknown.”

It’s still possible that Branthium is both a place and an element, with the latter named after the former.

Season 7 is set to start on November 4 – a week earlier than initially planned – so we should learn a lot more then.