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Simple change to Apex Legends Death Boxes makes looting much easier

Published: 3/Jul/2020 5:23

by Andrew Amos

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Death boxes have hardly been touched in Apex Legends since the game’s release. While there are ways of getting an idea of what loot is inside, it can be a hassle digging through each box to find what you need. Though this idea would make looting less of a chore though.

Death boxes have littered the outskirts of the Apex arena since the game’s release. When you kill an opponent, their loot drops in a neat package that you can then shuffle through to get their goodies.

However, they aren’t without their own problems. While there’s currently a way to see the rarity of player equipment from the outside, there’s no way of telling what’s actually in there in regards to the smaller details.

It’s even harder if you didn’t knock the opponent yourself. If they had a certain armor type, you can tell during the gunfight beforehand. However, if it’s just a random death box, it’s a bit harder to be sure that it’s worth your time checking out.

One community member has taken it upon themselves to petition Respawn to change that, though. The change proposed by ‘beaniign’ would provide a minimalist guide to what is inside of players’ death boxes, and can help players decide at a glance if it’s worth stopping for.

Ammo Count in Deathboxes – Display Concept from apexlegends

“I got really tired of looking through a bunch of boxes after a fight to find the right ammo, and thought it’d be nice if the types of ammo in the boxes were labeled on the outside,” the creator said on Reddit.

Beaniign’s death box idea would display the ammo inside of an individual’s death box on the outside. It would be classed by type ⁠— Light, Heavy, Energy, Shotgun, and Sniper. If there is ammo in the box, it will show on the outside with a bar denoting as such. The more bars on the outside, the more of a certain type of ammo there is inside.

The slight change would make looting in the fast-paced battle royale just that much easier. If you are running dry on Heavy ammo for your Devotion, or Light bullets for your R-99, you won’t need to plunder through tons of boxes to find what you need ⁠— it’ll show you before you open.

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The idea has been well received by the community, who think changes to death boxes could be a worthwhile addition in future seasons.

Death boxes have hardly been touched since the game was released in February 2019, and with more loot dropping than ever, sorting through it in this fashion would be handy.

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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

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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.