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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
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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 Nov 18 update fixes Rampart exploit & more: patch notes

Published: 18/Nov/2020 18:56 Updated: 18/Nov/2020 21:12

by Alan Bernal


Respawn have launched a new update in Apex Legends that will patch out an exploit with Rampart’s turret as well as fixing some audio issues, reformatting Weekly Challenges, and more.

The Apex community has been very active with their feedback at the start of Season 7, and while there’s been a ton of content for players to sift through, problems with the Battle Pass or Rampart’s ultimate, Sheila, have been causes for concern among some.

The developers have been paying close attention, leading to the November 18 update which is going to take out the amusing but deadly Rampart exploit while giving people a helping hand at the revised Battle Pass progression system.

This means that Respawn are dousing fires inside and out of the Apex Arena this time around, with updates that should improve the player experience as well as the state of the game.

Apex Legends November 18 patch notes

  • Weekly Challenges have been adjusted back to Season 6 formating
  • 10 Battle Pass levels will be rewarded to all who log in
  • Rampart’s turret on Crypto’s drone
  • Audio adjustments
  • Misc fixes

Rampart Sheila exploit grounded

sheila turret rampart exploit crypto drone apex legends patch
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Rampart’s turret will be grounded after the Nov 18 patch in Apex Legends.

Thanks to an exploit, players had been hooking up Rampart’s Emplaced Minigun ‘Sheila’ to Crypto’s Drone. Since the game identified the hovering bot as a valid base for the Ultimate, we’ve seen people use this to wreak havoc by flying the turret around the map.

While it wasn’t really practical to set up the flying turret in the middle of a fight, it still provided some of the wildest clips to come out of the Arena. However, that won’t be possible any longer now that Respawn have sent out a fix that will keep the minigun grounded to the Apex battlefield like it was meant to be.

It’ll be interesting to see if the patchwork holds since people have been trying to get creative with how they can use the ability.

Battle Pass difficulty reverted

cypto apex legends season 7
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Respawn have toned down how long it’ll take to level up the Season 7 Battle Pass.

A few weeks after the Season 7: Ascension Battle Pass was launched, people were noticing just how long it took to simply move up a single tier. This quickly snowballed enough to get Respawn’s attention. While the controversial star system will remain intact for the season, the ability to level it up should mirror that of the Season 6 Battle Pass.

The Apex devs implemented the fix to Daily challenges last week, but today we saw Weekly challenges get the revised changes. As promised, Respawn are also giving all players who log in 10 free Battle Pass levels in light of the issues.