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APEX LEGENDS SEASON 9: LEGACY —- EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

A new season of Apex Legends has finally arrived. Season 9 of the game introduces us to a brand new Legend named Valkyrie, an infested Olympus map, a new Bocek Bow weapon, and much to everyone’s surprise a new 3v3 Arena game mode. All this and more are now available in Apex Legends with the Legacy update which got released on May 4th, 2021. So, with that being said, let’s take an in-depth look at everything that Season 9 has to offer. 

RELEASE DATE & BATTLE PASS:

The Season 9 update of Apex legends was officially released on May 4th, 2021. The new season also marked the beginning of the brand new ‘Legacy’ battle pass. The standard Legacy battle pass costs about 950 Apex coins, and just like any other season you will be receiving rewards based on the tiers that you complete.

NEW LEGEND: VALKYRIE:

Kairi Imahara is the daughter of ‘Viper’, who was an Apex Predator from Titanfall 2. Kairi’s callsign is Valkyrie, and she is the newest Legend to join the Apex roster. In the first cinematic trailer of season 9, it was seen that Valkyrie has spent her entire life avenging her father’s death, but at the same time, she wants to build a legacy of her own. With the help of Rampart, Valkyrie reworked her father’s Titan— Northstar, and turned it into a sleek new jetpack for herself, that gives her the unique ability to fly.

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Valkyrie’s abilities are mostly related to her Jetpack, which are:

Passive: Valkyrie has more than one passive ability. The first one is the VTOL jets that allow her to hover in the air for a short period of time, and the other one is her ability to scan enemies in mid-air when deploying or redeploying.

Tactical: A swarm of rockets that can target a small amount of area. Any enemy within its impact radius gets stunned, slowed down, and takes damage.

Ultimate: Valkyrie’s Ultimate is the Skyward dive that allows her and her nearby teammates to launch into the air and redeploy. This also activates her passive ability to scan enemies mid-air. The skyward dive not only allows her and her squad to escape a messy situation quickly, but it can also be used to hunt down an enemy team in the distance.

It must be noted here, that while boosting mid-air, Valkyrie will be unable to use her weapons.

ARENAS: THE NEW 3v3 GAME MODE

Much to everyone’s surprise, Season 9 of Apex Legends brought a new 3v3 game mode which is somewhat similar to modern competitive FPS titles like Valorant. This Arena mode will start with each player selecting their respective legends in the character selection screen, following which you enter the buy phase, just like CS:GO or Valorant. Here, you will be able to buy weapons with the help of ‘materials’, and of course better the weapon, the more it costs. Two weapons will be available for free— the P2020 and Mozambique, so you can always use one of them as your secondary weapon if you are running low on ‘materials.’ 

It must be noted here that as the rounds progress, you will be receiving more materials to buy new weapons and to upgrade the existing ones. You can also buy abilities, grenades, utilities, and health kits as well, and you can also spend your materials on purchasing your Legend’s Ultimate ability, although it is very expensive.

The rules of the Arena mode are pretty simple. The first team to claim three rounds by eliminating the entire enemy squad wins the game. In the case of a 2-2 tie after four rounds, the tie-breaker is carried out until one team is two rounds ahead of the other. This goes on for up to eight rounds, and if things are still level, a ninth-round is played, where the victor wins the game.

The Arena mode launched with five different maps, two of which are original, while the other three are based on existing Apex Legends maps.

  • Artillery (King’s Canyon)
  • Thermal Station (World’s Edge)
  • Golden Gardens (Olympus)
  • Party Crasher (Original
  • Phase Runner

NEW WEAPON: THE BOCEK BOW

Season 9 of Apex Legends brings a brand new weapon known as the Bocek Bow. It is an extremely precise and powerful medium-range weapon that uses a new form of ammo type known as the arrows. One of the most unique characteristics of the Bocek Bow is that you can retrieve the arrows you have shot including the ones that are stuck on the bodies of your enemies.

The Bocek Bow can be modified using two new hop-ups, the shatter cap, and the deadeye’s tempo, and they can both be used on the weapon simultaneously as well. Apart from it, the Bocek Bow is compatible with the 1x hcog classic, 1x holo sight, 2x hcog, 1x-2x variable, and 3x hcog optics.

CHANGES TO OLYMPUS

This season Olympus has received a bit of makeover. A fleet of ships has arrived which has led to an infestation of parasitic roots throughout the map. Even though there are only two new points of interest, you will be able to experience significant changes throughout the landscape.

LEGENDS BALANCING CHANGES:

Several Legends have received significant tweaks this season. Lifeline, for example, will no longer deploy her shield while reviving her team-mates, but she can now revive two team-mates at once and can cancel active revives. Her Health drone on the other hand is receiving a slight buff as the healing rate has been increased from 5HP/ second to 8HP/ second. Lifeline’s Ultimate– the care package now also has a confirmed upgrade (if feasible) in terms of body shield, equipment, and weapon attachment based on your team’s current loadout.

Horizon’s gravity lift speed has been reduced by 30%, and its cooldown has been increased from 15 seconds to 20 seconds. 

Octane’s stem cooldown has been decreased from 4 seconds to 1, however, he now takes 20HP damage instead of 12HP. 

Apart from them Fuse, Loba, Crypto and Bloodhound have received several small adjustments as well.

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Apart from the changes mentioned here, several smaller yet noteworthy changes have also been applied to the game. You can head on to ea.com to read the full patch notes of Apex Legends Season 9. Do let us know in the comments what you think about this update and keep following redjacket.io.

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Written by Diptoman Saha

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