11 May 2021 7:28 PM +00:00

Apex Legends Season 9 'Legacy' Patch Notes: Arenas, New Weapon, Valkyrie, Map Changes, Bug Fixes and More

Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy launches today with brand new content for players to dig into and enjoy.

This includes a new Legend, Valkyrie, a new weapon, the Bocek Bow, and an entirely new way to play with Apex Legends Arenas.

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With this latest update, Respawn has posted the latest Patch Notes.

Patch Notes

The entirety of the Apex Legends Season 9 patch notes can be seen here, but here are some of the highlights.

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New Legend: Valkyrie

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Kairi Imahara, the daughter of Apex Predator Viper, salvaged the remains of her father's Northstar Titan years after his death. With Rampart's help, she fashioned it into a sleek new jetpack that honors her family’s legacy. Now, she’s entered the Games under the name VALKYRIE.

Passive: VTOL Jets

Use your jetpack to reposition or reach high places. You have limited fuel and cannot use weapons while flying.

Tactical: Missile Swarm

Fire a swarm of mini-rockets that damage and disorient the enemy.

Ultimate: Skyward dive

Take to the skies to reposition a long-distance across the map. Your squadmates can join in.

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Class: Recon

Scanning Survey Beacons reveals the next circle’s location.

New Weapon: Bocek Bow

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The Bocek Bow (pronounced bow-check) is the first bow to be included in Apex Legends and uses a new ammo type, Arrows.

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While Arrows are rare, they will stick to players and the environment to be picked up and used again.

The 1x hcog classic, 1x holosight, 2x hcog, 1x-2x variable, and 3x hcog optics can all be equipped.

The Bocek can also be further modified with the two new hop-ups entering the game, Shatter Caps and Deadeye’s Tempo; it can even equip both hop-ups simultaneously!

New Mode: Arenas

A new way to play Apex Legends, Arena is a 3v3 battle to the death overseen by former Apex Predator, Ash.

With new maps meant for close-quarters combat, teams must win three total rounds with a two-point lead to be declared the victor.

If there is a tie, the players will have the honor of participating in Ash’s favorite part of the game: Sudden Death.

The new Arena maps are:

  • Party Crasher - Short version, Mirage took the voyage on a joyride and it didn’t go as planned.
  • Phase Runner - The Phase Runner on Olympus is unique, but it wasn’t the first of its kind.
  • Artillery (King's Canyon)
  • Thermal Station (World's Edge)
  • Golden Gardens (Golden Gardens)
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Map Updates: Olympus

A fleet of ships arrived at Olympus carrying a parasitic plant that has begun to take over the surface.

Icarus, the lead ship of the fleet, has docked, expanding the battlefield.

Rumors are there is a mysterious keycard abord.

Legend Balancing

Some major changes are coming to everyone's favorite legends.

Low Profile Removal

  • Low profile no longer exists! This trait has been removed from Wraith, Lifeline, and Wattson.
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Lifeline

  • Combat Revive: No longer deploys a shield. Can now revive two players at the same time. Can now cancel active revives in progress to allow your teammate to defend themselves with their knockdown shield.
  • D.O.C. Heal Drone: Heal rate increased from 5hp per second to 8hp per second. Deployment time before healing begins reduced by roughly 33%.
  • Care Package: Cooldown reduced from 6 minutes to 5 minutes. Now guarantees an upgrade (if possible) in three categories: Body Shield, Other Equipment (Helmet, Backpack, and Knockdown Shield), and Weapon Attachment, based on your team’s current gear when the Package arrives.
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Octane

  • Stim: Reduced cooldown between stims from 4s to 1s. Increased health cost from 12hp to 20hp.
  • Increased bullet spread while in the air and shooting from the low Launch Pad trajectory.

Loba

  • Burglar's Best Friend: Can now run and slide at full speed while aiming the bracelet and while the bracelet is in the air. Loba will no longer be slowed after translocating.
  • Fixed a lot of bugs that caused bracelet tosses to fail.
  • Black Market Boutique: Increased cooldown from 90s to 120s.
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Horizon

  • Gravity Lift: Reduced lift speed by 30%. Reduced side-to-side acceleration. Limited the time you can sit at the top of Gravity Lift to 2 seconds. Increased cooldown from 15s to 20s.
  • Horizon’s abilities will now get zapped by Wattson pylons.

Fuse

  • Knuckle Cluster: Fuse now has two stacks of Knuckle Cluster. Reduced cooldown from 25s to 20s.
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Bangalore

  • Smoke Launcher: Thickened Bangalore’s smoke. 

Bloodhound

  • No longer receives assists from Eye of the Allfather.
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Crypto

  • Crypto's drone can now scan and open care packages.
  • Can no longer use his drone to "hijack" a respawn beacon that's already in use.

Weapon Updates

The Marksman class has been added, including the following weapons:

  • Bocek Bow
  • 30-30 Repeater
  • G7 Scout
  • Triple Take
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A player's movement speed is slightly faster when ADS with Marksman weapons.

Hipfire spread amounts have been increased.

Starter Kits

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All players will now start the game with a Level 1 EVO Shield, Helmet, Knockdown Shield, x2 Syringes, and x2 Shield Cells

Level 1 Helmets and Knockdown shields are gone from the loot pool.

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Other Changes

There are other changes to the game included in the Apex Legends Season 9 update.

See them all here.