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Secret Flatline buff discovered in Apex Legends Season 6

Published: 23/Aug/2020 13:49

by Joe Craven


Popular Apex Legends YouTuber Zeus has shed light on “secret” weapon changes made by Respawn in the recent Season 6 update, specifically pertaining to the VK-47 Flatline. 

As has become customary with the world’s largest games, fans now expect the biggest meta shakeups with the launch of new seasons. This proved the case once again with Apex Legends Season 6, which went live on August 18 and introduced Rampart to the fray.


The full patch notes also confirmed legend adjustments, weapon tuning and World’s Edge map changes.

However, some players have claimed that secret weapon balancing changes flew under the patch notes. One weapon that remained absent from the update’s official changes was the VK-47 Flatline, the heavy ammunition AR that deals significant damage in exchange for moderate recoil.

VK-47 Flatline with Apex logo on an orange Apex background
Respawn Entertainment
The Flatline was in Titanfall prior to Apex Legends.

Secret Flatline recoil change

In an August 21 YouTube video, popular Apex player Zeus confirms these rumors, stating that the VK-47 Flatline received a reduction to its horizontal recoil.

The Flatline has always been a high-damage weapon in Apex, but is balanced by its fairly choppy recoil. This appears to have changed in Season 6 though, as Zeus and other Flatline players suggest it’s received a major reduction in its sideways kick.

“Now this wasn’t in any patch notes,” he said, “but they definitely made a change to the Flatline. It now has less sideways recoil. It’s not a conspiracy theory, I’m not the only one saying it. Multiple Flatline users have come out about this, and it is a fact.”


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Many players are convinced that the Flatline was buffed in the Season 6 update, despite its omission from Respawn’s official patch notes.

We have seen other battle royales, namely Fortnite and Warzone, also omit certain changes from their patch notes, sometimes to players’ annoyance.


We will, of course, update you if Respawn break their silence regarding the Flatline’s “secret” buff, or if any more changes that did not feature in the patch notes are uncovered.

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Apex Legends update 1.48 fixes broken Pathfinder: Patch Notes

Published: 12/Oct/2020 22:22

by Alan Bernal


The Apex Legends 1.48 hotfix update has dropped and will hopefully address the troublesome Pathfinder bug that some people have encountered, while cleaning up a few more issues that Respawn noticed.

As the next phase of the battle royale takes shape in Season 6, there’s been a fair few changes to Legends across the board. However, even when the meta is going smoothly, problematic glitches tend to appear at the worst times.


Respawn dropped three bug fixes in the 1.48 patch, containing solutions for recurring issues dealing with Crypto’s EMP ultimate ability, Pathy’s Grapple, as well as the HUD elements that can sometimes get in the way of each other.

These have all been widely reported by the Apex community, who now hope it’ll be the last time they’ll have to put up with it in their matches.

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The Pathfinder shoulder bug blocked a portion of the screen after using the grapple.

Pathfinder’s shoulder bug

Apex players should be able to use Pathfinder’s Grapple Hook without hesitating, now that Respawn have launched a fix to the shoulder bug that would cover the screen.

His animation for the Tactical Ability can sometimes cause the screen to get clogged up by his shoulder. This would leave players frustrated seeing as they couldn’t relieve the situation by any means.

But the devs think they resolved the issue on their end, though players were already saying the update didn’t really fix the problem.


Crypto EMP weapon bug

While the Pathfinder bug interrupted people’s line of sight, Crypto’s EMP bug indirectly disabled the Surveillance Expert’s ability to use a gun.

Respawn said they’ve fixed an issue where “Crypto was unable to use weapons when triggering EMP while not in drone mode.”

This would obvious create a ton of problems for people trying to create a play with the EMP, making it a high-priority target for the devs to resolve.


Finally, the studio changed up the HUD elements a bit, since they saw that the ‘Performance Display’ would sometimes overlap with the Kill/Assists on the screen.

The hotfix patch will hopefully give players an easier time navigating in the Arena. While it’s a relatively small patch, check out the notes below, courtesy of Respawn.


Apex Legends 1.48 patch notes

  • Pathfinder’s shoulder staying in view after using grapple
  • Crypto unable to use weapons when triggering EMP while not in drone mode
  • Moved Performance Display so it doesn’t overlap with Kill/Assists HUD element in Ranked