APEX Legends Update: Wingman and Peacekeeper Nerfs

Respawn Entertainment have released the first balance update for APEX Legends. The update focuses on weapon balance.

Patch Notes:

  • Wingman and Peacekeeper availability has been reduced in all zone tiers.
  • Increased availability of energy weapons & ammo in all zone tiers.

Wingman

  • Rate of fire reduced from 3.1 -> 2.6 shots per second.
  • Skullpiercer Headshot damage multiplier reduced from 2.5 -> 2.25.
  • Increased base hip fire spread and decreased the rate at which hip fire spread decays (shrinks back down).

Peackekeeper

  • Shotgun Bolt rechamber rate has been reduced for the Peacekeeper only.
    • Level 1 mitigation 10% -> 7.5%
    • Level 2 mitigation 20% -> 13%
    • Level 3 mitigation 25% -> 16%

The developers have also addressed the issue with legends balance and hitboxes. They explained that the goal is to be able to have characters with different hitboxes and abilities, while keeping them roughly equal in power. They announced some of the changes that will go live with the start of Season 1.

Future Changes:

  • Hit box size reductions and optimizations for Caustic, Pathfinder and Gibraltar.

Caustic

  • Traps - Reduced cooldown to 25 seconds from 30 seconds
  • Traps - Increased radius and proximity radius by about 10%
  • Traps - Removed a 1 second delay on the smoke dealing damage to players

Pathfinder

  • Insider Knowledge - Increased the number of beacons in the world to 12 from 10

Lifeline

  • Care Package - Removed slight chance that level 4 armor and helmets will drop

Wraith

  • Into The Void - Cooldown increased from 20 -> 25 seconds

Bangalore

  • Double Time - Reduced move speed bonus to 30% from 40%
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