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These are the most popular Apex Legends Season 1 character picks

Published: 21/Jun/2019 11:54 Updated: 21/Jun/2019 12:23

by David Purcell

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Selecting Apex Legends characters to use is part and parcel of battle in Respawn Entertainment’s game, but fans might be a little shocked to see that preferences have changed somewhat throughout the course of Season 1. 

The popular free-to-play title has attracted over 50 million players since it launched out of nowhere on February 4, with a strong selection of characters to play from – many of which have become fan favorites. 

It goes without saying, at least for hardcore players of the game, that Wraith has already become the most played with legend the game has to offer, and that hasn’t changed throughout the course of the title’s first season. If anything, her position at the top of the standings has only strengthened, but the same can’t be said for other members of the roster. 

Respawn EntertainmentWraith has been one of the top picks since Apex Legends was released.

A new set of standings for the most popular legends has now been revealed, though. There have definitely been some interesting shifts, comparing to statistics recorded nearer the first season’s March 19 launch, as players decided to lean towards some legends rather than others. 

The most noticeable elevation is undoubtedly that of Pathfinder, who was sitting in fourth spot in the rankings in April with a percentage of 13.3% of gamers picking it as their main. 

As of the time of writing, though, the robot has soared into second spot, overtaking both Octane and Lifeline with a new total of 19%. 

Respawn EntertainmentPathfinder has been picked a lot by Apex Legends players, but can the character sustain that popularity in Season 2.

Lifeline (3rd) and Octane (4th) has slipped down only slightly, with 16.4% and 13% popularity rates, respectively. Fans can take a look at the rest of the player preference chart below, which has been provided by PlayApex.net

Most popular Apex Legends character standings (June 21)

  1. Wraith – 23%
  2. Pathfinder – 19%
  3. Lifeline – 16.4%
  4. Octane – 13%
  5. Bangalore – 12.6%
  6. Bloodhound – 5.6%
  7. Mirage – 4.5%
  8. Caustic – 3.6%
  9. Gibraltar – 2.2%
Respawn EntertainmentWattson is coming soon to Apex Legends.

Of course, what is a top nine at the time of writing will soon become a top ten, with the addition of a brand new legend at the start of Apex Legends Season 2. 

The long-awaited addition of Wattson will finally take place on July 2, when the season is set to get underway, and there have already been a number of exciting details revealed her abilities and backstory. 

Whether or not the upcoming addition will have an impact on the legends placed high or low on these standings is unclear, but one thing is for sure – people can’t wait to give her a try. 

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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.