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Octane ability buff would be perfect for Apex Legends Season 5

Published: 11/May/2020 10:30

by Andy Williams


Loba is primed to make a grand entrance in Apex Legends Season 5, but could this Octane buff help the Adrenaline Junkie compete with the new character?

Octane has been a staple part of the Apex Legends cast since Season 1. Despite one of the more popular Legends, the adrenaline loving character has one of the most lackluster ability sets in the game.

Aside from his Swift Mend Passive (the ability to heal over time), Octane offers very little in the way of giving players a tactical advantage — compared with Pathfinder, for example, who can grapple their way onto the high-ground and make it difficult for enemies to engage.

Octane posing for selfie.
Octane might be fun to play, but he does very little towards giving players an advantage in the arena.

While Mirage is confirmed to be getting a buff during Season 5, plenty of Octane mains have been longing for some tweaks to their character of choice for some time.

This has led one Reddit user to devise a concept which Respawn could use as a template for what tweaks Octane would need.

As part of the rework, the Redditor has completely overhauled their Passive while also tweaking both the Tactical and the Ultimate — making for a very interesting final product.

Octane buff concept.
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Is this Octane buff the answer to all of the Octane mains’ woes?

Perhaps most alarming to Octane mains, the Swift Mend Passive has been scrapped and replaced with an alternative, movement-based option. Essentially, players would have a 5% speed increase when running and on all other movements performed inside the game.

In terms of the changes to the Tactical, Octane’s Stim movement speed would be boosted from 30% to 35%, but in exchange for the marginal increase, the base cooldown would be increased by eight seconds.

And while Octane still has their trusty Launch Pad for their Ultimate, the Redditor’s concept would allow it to propel Legends much further in the air — akin to how The Geyser works in World’s Edge.

While Octane’s movement buff would considerably benefit Octane mains, the Passive would need to be nerfed slightly than what’s on paper here — a base increase when aiming down sight and evading trouble would likely be overpowered.

To top things off, the Adrenaline Junkie’s ability to heal over time is one of his greatest assets, so stripping that away from him would be almost criminal.

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How to master the L-STAR in Apex Legends Season 7: Tips & Tricks

Published: 23/Nov/2020 16:01

by James Busby


The L-STAR is one of the most unique weapons in Apex Legends, but how can you master this high-damage energy weapon to secure yourself a dominant win? 

Apex Legends’ L-STAR has been in a tricky spot for a while now. However, the Respawn’s recent Olympus patch has finally given this energy weapon the kick it needs to become viable. The L-STAR performs very differently to the majority of weapons in the game due to its overheat mechanic, which allows players to continuously fire until the gun overheats. 

While it certainly doesn’t lack in the damage department, it can be tricky to master due to its slow projectile speed and recoil pattern. As a result, many players often ditch the L-STAR in favor of the game’s more reliable weapons. However, if you’re willing to put in the time to master the L-STAR, you’ll be able to capitalize on its incredible kill potential. 

In order to help you make the most of the L-STAR, we’ve put together some quick tips that will aid you in your quest for success. 

Apex Legends L-STAR damage stats

L-STAR damage numbers
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The L-STAR can down foes in just a few hits, provided you land your shots.

Before you go blasting anything that moves, you’ll want to get to grips with the L-STAR’s damage profile first. After all, this gun is capable of some dizzying damage numbers. This is especially true when you land those all-important head and body shots. 

While the L-STAR will overheat after 22 continuous shots (26 with Modded Loader), it still deals decent damage across both close to medium engagement ranges, particularly when you fire it in short bursts. The full damage breakdown for the L-STAR can be found below thanks to the Apex Legends wiki.

Fire in short bursts

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Unlike the majority of guns in Apex Legends, the L-STAR allows you to keep firing at your target as long as you keep under the overheat threshold. This means you can maintain pressure if you simply fire in short bursts and have the necessary ammo. 

This can be rather difficult to do, especially when you get caught in the heat of the moment. Many L-STAR users simply hold down the trigger when fighting, but you’ll want to avoid this habit if you wish to avoid being stuck in a lengthy cooldown animation.

Lead your shots

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While the buff to the L-STAR’s has made it more useable, you’ll still need to lead shots at range.

Due to the overall bulk and size of the L-STAR’s rounds, the projectiles are incredibly slow when fired at range. This can make landing any shots incredibly difficult outside of close-quarter firefights. As a result, you’ll either want to switch to a different weapon entirely or lead your shots. 

When using the L-STAR at mid-range distances, try to predict where your target will be and shoot just ahead of them. This can be pretty tricky on more mobile Legends like Wraith and Octane, but a few well-placed shots will quickly stop them dead in their tracks. 

Pair the L-STAR with a ranged weapon

Apex Legends Pathfinder
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It’s often best to save your ammo for close-quarters firefights.

To compensate for the L-STAR’s high recoil and slow projectile speed, it’s often best to simply pair it with a long-range weapon. This will instantly alleviate any frustrations that come from trying to hit any targets at range. 

The L-STAR has one of the slowest ranged projectile speeds in the game, so you’ll often find yourself outclassed in situations where you need a little extra precision. Having a gun that you can quickly switch to during mid to long-range firefights will certainly cover up the L-STAR’s main weakness. 

Master the L-STAR’s recoil pattern

L-STAR firing range
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The L-STAR’s recoil is still a little tricky, but the recent buff has made it a lot more manageable.

One of the main reasons a lot of players previously disliked the L-STAR wars due to its unwieldy recoil. However, Respawn has now alleviated this issue by giving it a new recoil pattern that has lowered the sporadic nature of its kick. 

To avoid any frustrating deaths and to increase your overall accuracy, you’ll want to head into the practice range and unload your entire clip into the nearest target. The LMG will start to move to the left of the screen, then climb vertically. As soon as the L-STAR begins to kick upwards, simply pull down on your mouse/analog stick to keep your shots on target. This new recoil pattern is incredibly manageable and requires next to no recoil control when fired from the hip in close-quarter fights.

So there you have it, five tips to help you master the L-STAR LMG. If you found this guide helpful, then be sure to follow @TitanfallBlog for all the latest Apex Legends news.