Apex Legends

Clever Noxious buff could help Caustic rival Gibraltar in Apex Legends

by Andy Williams
EA

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After the Grand Soirée event update in Apex Legends, Gibraltar is now more powerful than ever, but this Caustic buff could be the secret ingredient to rival the Shielded Fortress.

Following Apex Legends’ Grand Soirée event update, Gibraltar was given with a significant improvement on their Passive Abilities, with a quicker revive time with cover from all angles under their ‘Dome of Protection.’

This, according to popular Mixer streamer, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek, has rendered Legends like Lifeline useless in the game’s current meta.

Lifeline healing someone in Apex Legends.
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Lifeline’s appeal has been reduced following Gibraltar’s buff.

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Labeled the ‘tanks’ of the Apex Games, Gibraltar and Caustic both have the same movement speed as the nippy Interdimensional Skirmisher, Wraith. 

What lets both Legends down, however, is their larger hitbox and reduced mobility in tight situations. Since Gibraltar has received a ton of buffs to compensate, Caustic is seemingly being left behind in the dust. 

Yet, one player has other ideas for the Toxic Trapper. Posted to the Apex Legends subreddit, loremaster FrozenFroh has devised a savvy way of providing Caustic with handy boost to his nox-related abilities. 

The mad scientist would receive a quicker deployment time for his Nox Gas Trap, by halving the animation from two seconds to one.

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Alongside utilizing the gas faster, it would also have a slightly increased radius — meaning that the devastating effects would harm enemies who are further away as part of the buff. 

Finally, Caustic’s teammates wouldn’t have to suffer the adverse effects of Nox’s Tactical Ability (e.g., inhibited vision), for the first 3-4 seconds of sprinting through the gas.

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One Reddit user took the liberty of explaining how Caustic was better suited to the more compact spaces that Kings Canyon brought: “When the map changed, I could not play him anymore. He is way too big to be frolicking around the fields of World’s Edge.”

FrozenFroh agreed, writing: “Kings Canyon had way more closer spaces and he really did shine – buildings were smaller, too. Even in World’s Edge, the smallest buildings have enough space to hug the wall and not be punished by the gas.”

Since Caustic’s last buff halved the magnitude of the speed reduction effects, Respawn may be skeptical about tweaking his Gas Trap ability for allies. However, reducing deployment time and gas radius could bolster Caustic’s chances in World’s Edge.