Apex Legends Season 9 update patch notes, pre-load NEWS and release time


Apex Legends Season 9

Apex Legends Season 9 (Image: EA)

The Apex Legends Legacy update is about to go live with Season 9.

The new Apex Legends update will be available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.

Season 9 has a 6pm BST release time, although downloading the update will potentially push the time back.

Fortunately, however, PlayStation users can pre-load the update ahead of schedule. Download it now, and you’ll be able to jump in immediately.

“PlayStation legends! Be ready to dive into the Apex Legends Legacy update as soon as it goes live by pre-loading now.

“While the game should automatically download the update, you can give it a little nudge by manually looking for the update. See you tomorrow!”

As you can see from the patch notes below, the new Legacy update makes lots of different bug fixes and gameplay tweaks.

This includes the time it takes for the late game Rings to close in: “We’re slowing down the closing speed of the late game Rings to allow you more time to fight and manoeuvre your way into the Ring. We’re also reducing the “waiting” time before Rings 4 and 6 start to close.”

You can see the rest of the Apex Legends Season 9 Legacy update patch notes below.

LEGEND UPDATES…

LOW PROFILE CHARACTERS

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

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.

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.

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.

BANGALORE

• Smoke Launcher: Thickened Bangalore’s smoke.

BLOODHOUND

• No longer receives assists from Eye of the Allfather.

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.

Apex Legends Season 9

Apex Legends Season 9 (Image: EA)

WEAPONS UPDATES…

FULLY KITTED ROTATION

• Added: Wingman, Bocek, R99, Hemlock, and Sentinel

• Removed: R301, 30-30 Repeater, Mozambique, Longbow DMR, and Spitfire

HOP UPS

• Shatter Caps – Fire select to toggle between standard mode and shatter mode. In shatter mode, rounds split into a blast pattern on firing. This hop up will be equipable to the 30-30 Repeater and the Bocek.

• Deadeye’s Tempo – Firing at the perfect moment increases fire rate. This can currently be attached to the Sentinel and the Bocek.

• To make room, the Hammerpoint and Skullpiercer hop ups are being vaulted for now, and won’t be available.

ASSAULT RIFLES

• Reducing the headshot multiplier for all assault rifles from 2.0 to 1.75

PEACEKEEPER

• It comes with the Precision Choke by default, which can be toggled off

• Pellet damage reduced from 10 to 9

• Rechamber time increased from 0.9 seconds to 1.1 seconds

• Reload times increased (regular from 2.45 to 2.5, empty from 3.35 to 3.5)

• Pellet spread increased in general, and spread when charged increased for all charge levels (from 0.65/0.45/0.2 to 0.85/0.65/0.35)

• Quickly loses charge after leaving ADS

TRIPLE TAKE

• As a crate weapon, it will come with a 9 ammo clip and 63 reserve ammo

• Fire rate increased from 1.2 to 1.3

• Time to full charge reduced from 1.1 seconds to 1 second

• Retains charge briefly after leaving ADS

• Move-speed while aiming down sights has been increased to match other marksman weapons — faster than snipers, slower than ARs

• Increased spread while airborne and aiming down sights

HAVOC

• Increased recoil controllability early in the pattern

SPITFIRE

• Reduced recoil controllability early in the pattern

30-30 REPEATER

• Increased leg damage multiplier from 0.75 to 0.85

• Move-speed while aiming down sights has been increased to match other marksman weapons — faster than snipers, slower than ARs

G7 SCOUT

• Move-speed while aiming down sights has been increased to match other marksman weapons — faster than snipers, slower than ARs

• Increased hipfire spread size (reduced accuracy) to be more in line with other marksman weapons

LONGBOW

• Increased headshot multiplier from 2.0 to 2.15

WINGMAN

• Increased headshot multiplier from 2.0 to 2.15

MOZAMBIQUE

• Increased magazine capacity from 4 to 6

• Moved the lower 2 pellets inward in the blast pattern

P2020

• Increased bullet damage from 15 to 18

• Lowered fire rate from 8.5 to 6.25

ARC STARS

• Aim and movement slow removed from the initial stick.

Apex Legends introduce their brand new character Rampart

QUALITY OF LIFE…

• Badges are now sorted by categories and can be filtered by “all” or “unlocked only”. This suggestion came directly from players. Thank you! It’s so much better!

• When looting death boxes, players can now see health bars for everyone on the team.

• Challenges can now be “favorited” by going into the challenges menu and right clicking a challenge. That Challenge will then be added to a new favorites tab that will appear in the lobby and in the match’s map screen.

• Pressing and Holding F2 while in-game will bring up the ability description page for your character. This is only available on PC.

• Players can now request better equipment by going into their inventory and pinging a piece of equipment.

• Your first Challenge Reroll of the day is now free.

• Rerolling your challenges will allow you to choose from either BR-focused challenges or Arenas-focused ones.

• Holo Sprays, Quips, and Emotes, can be favorited. These will be used whenever the player is prompted to do a random emote.

• Club Invites v2: You can now include what you want to play when you send your clubmates a party invite via the Club tab. Select as many club mates as you want to send the invite to at once via the member list.

• Ranked: Fixed edge cases where an abandon penalty would be incorrectly applied due to server errors.

• Flight path adjustments: Removing edge dropship flight paths to prevent matches where large portions of the map receive little to no traffic. These screenshots show a before/after comparison of possible flight paths on Kings Canyon.

RING UPDATE…

• We’re continuing work from the Fight Night update to improve match pacing towards the end of the game. We’re slowing down the closing speed of the late game Rings to allow you more time to fight and maneuver your way into the Ring. We’re also reducing the “waiting” time before Rings 4 and 6 start to close.

• Ring 4 pre-shrink time reduced from 2:00 to 1:45

• Ring 4 shrink speed reduced from 33 second close time to 40 seconds

• Ring 5 shrink speed reduced from 20 second close time to 40 seconds

• Ring 6 pre-shrink time reduced from 1:30 to 1:00

• Ring 6 shrink speed reduced from 1:40 close time to 2:00

BUG FIXES…

Bloodhound

• Fixed an issue with the Tactical UI not showing while in Bloodhound’s Ultimate.

Pathfinder

• Gas Traps and Jump Pads will no longer float into the sky when placed next to a zipline.

Wraith

• Slight wall bumps no longer inadvertently cancel Wraith’s tactical.

Mirage

• Decoys no longer die after a tick of thermite damage.

Octane

• Ordinances will no longer get stuck and disappear when being bounced off of Jump Pads.

• Death Totems will no longer bounce when a Jump Pad is placed under it.

• Players will no longer have weapons drawn if they are knocked as they enter the Fight Night ring via a Jump Pad.

• Updated Octane’s Helicopter emote to correctly remove his leg for which he is using it to do said helicoptering.

Wattson

• Fixed the “Extend” prompt for Watson’s fences not appearing in certain situations.

• Haute Drop skin will no longer block view when reloading the Sentinel.

Loba

• Fixed more areas where Loba’s Bracelet fails.

• Red Handed skin on consoles will now properly animate.

Rampart

• Mobile Respawn Beacon now has proper collision with Amped Cover.

• Jumping on and off a damaged Shiela will no longer transfer the flame effect to your weapon.

Horizon

• Players will no longer have weapons drawn if they are knocked as they enter the fight night ring via a Gravity Lift.

• 1x holo sight will no longer block view when using certain skins.

• Fixed an issue with NEWT not getting refunded if it immediately dies due to a bad spot.

Fuse

• 1x holo sight will no longer block view when using certain skins.

Flatline

• Part of the iron sight was being displayed over the whole weapon.

Prowler

• Supply Drop Prowler can now toggle fire modes.

Sentinel

• Moved tool tips to not overlap hop up icons.

• Fixed a graphical issue when swapping to Sentinel.

Misc.

• Fixed a menu issue with the advanced look options being hidden.

• Survey beacons will now appear on the map when teammates are respawned.



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