Battle royale fans, take note. Apex Legends’ Season 5 is now live.

Called Fortune’s Favor, players will get to play with a new Legend called Loba and also experience a bunch of updates to areas like Kings Canyon and Season Quest additions. Here’s the breakdown.

New Legend – Loba

Her schtick is her Jump Drive bracelet that lets her teleport where she pleases to get the drop on opponents. Or make a quick getaway.

Tactical – Burglar’s Best Friend

  • Teleport to hard-to-reach places or escape trouble quickly by throwing your Jump Drive bracelet.

Ultimate – Black Market Boutique

  • Place a portable device that allows you to teleport nearby loot to your inventory. Each friendly or enemy Legend can take up to two items.

Passive – Eye for Quality

  • Nearby epic and Legendary loot can be seen through walls.
  • The range is the same as Black Market Boutique.

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Kings Canyon Update

  • Skulltown and Thunderdome have fallen.
  • A new POI, Salvage, has been added to the Broken Coast.
  • Across the map, the Offshore Rig connects to the former Relay and Wetlands.
  • Wetlands has been replaced by the excavation of the Capacitor, which has a new underground pathway to Singh Labs.
  • Nesting Grounds has continued to regrow into the Reclaimed Forest, which features an expanded Singh Labs exterior and a small camp outside of The Cage.
  • This map will be available for two weeks after the season launch. After the two week period, Map Rotation will start rotating World’s Edge Season 4 into the mix.

Charge Towers

New devices in Apex Legends. Activate them to grant a full Ultimate charge to any Legends standing on the platform when the charge blast goes out.

New Season Quest

Called “The Broken Ghost”, this lets players go on a season-long search for 9 pieces of a mysterious relic. Find your first daily Treasure Pack in any competitive match to get started on your hunt, and enjoy free weekly drops of new Story, Gameplay, and Rewards along the way.

The Ability To Reconnect

Now players that leave a match unexpectedly can rejoin their match in progress. Be it a crash or “dashboarding” to close the game on console, you can now reconnect by simply restarting the game and entering the lobby. This option is available for all competitive modes.

If a player doesn’t reconnect in time,  the disconnected player’s character is removed as normal, and the game will treat their disconnect as an abandonment. There is a limited time window in which a player can reconnect and failing to do so in Ranked will result in a loss penalty.

New Legend Updates

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Mirage

  • Tactical: Psyche Out
    • Pressing the character utility action button allows Mirage to gain control of his decoy.
    • When controlling the decoy, it will mimic Mirage’s every move.
    • Decoys now last for 60 seconds.
    • Releasing another decoy will remove the previous decoy.
  • Ultimate: Life of the Party
    • Mirage deploys a team of decoys that mimic his every move (think “Emergency Dance Party” from DUMMIEs Big Day).
    • Cooldown 60 seconds.
  • Passive: Now You See Me…
    • In addition to cloaking when downed, Mirage also cloaks while using a respawn beacon and reviving a teammate (the teammate is also cloaked).
  • Mirage’s “You got Bamboozled” line will now trigger when you bamboozle an enemy, instead of when you release a decoy.

Bloodhound

  • Tactical: Eye of the Allfather
    • Increased Sonar Detection from 3 seconds to 4 seconds.
    • Decreased Cooldown from 35 seconds to 25 seconds.

Crypto

  • Tactical: Drone
    • Crypto can now ping banners, while in drone, to warn teammates of nearby squads.

Lifeline

  • Increased Lifeline bin ratio to 20%
  • Removed Knockdown Shields from Secret Compartment loot pool

Caustic

Designer note: this is something that is a bit of an experiment.  We will be keeping an eye out to make sure this change doesn’t cause any degenerate player behavior.

  • Friendly gas no longer slows teammates.
  • Caustic traps are no longer triggered from the other side of a door.

Octane

Designer note: This is a first step in pushing more team utility for Octane. We have more updates planned but they didn’t make the cutoff for this patch.

  • Launch Pad cooldown is reduced from 90 seconds to now 60 seconds.

Gibraltar

Designer note: Internal data shows that Gibraltar’s performance in individual fights is in a good place, but we want to bring down his power a bit in team fights.

  • Reduced Dome Shield duration from 18s to 12s.

Pathfinder

Designer note: Given the power of quick repositioning in Apex, being able to use Pathfinder’s Grappling Hook multiple times in a fight is both too powerful and muddies combat legibility.

  • The cooldown for Grappling Hook has been increased from 15 seconds to 35 seconds.

Weapons & Loot Update

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Season 5 Fully-kitted Gold Weapons

  • Longbow DMR
  • Hemlok
  • Spitfire
  • EVA-8
  • RE-45

Mastiff

  • The Mastiff is being rotated out of the care package to a regular weapon with its power reduced accordingly.
  • Reduced damage per pellet from 18 to 13.
  • Reduced headshot multiplier from 2.0 to 1.25.
  • Increased blast pattern distances for the outer pairs of pellets.
  • Increased blast pattern scale ADS multiplier from 0.5 to 0.55.
  • Reduced fire rate from 1.3 to 1.0.
  • Reduced projectile size to be more in line with other regular shotguns.
  • Increased shell count from 4 to 6.
  • Increased projectile speed to standard shotgun speed.

Peacekeeper

  • Peacekeeper is being rotated out of a regular weapon and into the care package weapon with its power being increased accordingly.
  • Tightened pellet spread pattern.
  • Reduced rechamber time from 1.2 to 0.9.
  • Reduced reload times from 2.65 to 2.45 base and 3.6 to 3.35 empty.
  • Increased projectile size to improve consistency at close range.

Alternator

  • Increased Mag size from 16 to 19. Level 1 Extended mag is now 22, Level 2 is now 25, and Level 3 is now 27.

RE-45 

  • Increased damage from 11 to 12.
  • Reduced reload time from 1.74 to 1.5 base and 2.12 to 1.95 empty

Havoc

  • Vertical recoil increased.
  • Horizontal recoil slightly increased.
  • Recoil on the first 2 shots increased.

Longbow DMR

  • Headshot scale reduced from 2.15 to 2.1.

Wingman

  • Headshot scale reduced from 2.1 to 2.0.

Hop Ups

  • Adding Skullpiercer Hopup for DMR and Wingman.
    DMR w/ Skullpiercer – Headshot scale 2.1 -> 2.5
    Wingman w/ Skullpiercer – Headshot scale 2.0 -> 2.25
  • Vaulted Anvil Receiver.

Gold Armor

  • Added Perk: Shield Cells & Syringes give double the amount per use.
  • Removed Perk: Removed 50% heal speed.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed various conditions causing prediction errors.
  • Fixed looting in pillboxes being difficult around weapons.
  • Fixed aiming speed during zooming lerp to be consistent with hipfire and ADS speed.
  • Fixed disabling Melee Target Compensation.
  • Fixed Legend banners having a black box when having AA disabled.
  • Fixed a condition where the third character model would be missing on screens with three Legend banners.
  • Fixed sometimes erroneously pinging enemies while skydiving or in the plane.
  • Fixed exploitable spots against Prowlers in Bloodhound Trial.
  • Fixed Prowlers not attacking Gibraltar’s Dome Shield.
  • Fixed deathboxes sometimes not moving on the train.
  • Fixed subtitles in Russian showing up as English in the Bloodhound Trial area.
  • Fixed Havoc VFX while on the train.
  • Fixed depth of field when selecting charms in the loadout menu.
  • Fixed lighting on Legends sometimes being dark throughout the menus.
  • Fixed tooltips not appearing correctly when highlighting items in the menus.
  • Fixed the Charge Rifle beam shooting from the scope while using the Hard coded skin.
  • Fixed melee not doing any damage when interrupting the Sentinel charge animation.
  • Fixed Wingman having higher than normal hipfire accuracy while crouched.
  • Fixed Golden Barrel attachment having more muzzle flash than intended.
  • Stability fixes to reduce crashing and script errors.
  • Crypto’s EMP now affects D.U.M.M.I.E. in the Firing Range.
  • Fixed Revenant’s Death Totem being visible through smoke or gas.
  • Fixed a few Pathfinder banner poses that caused corrupted art.
  • Adjusted Octane’s Jump pad to make it harder to fall through cracks when deploying.
  • Fixed Caustic’s Ultimate not deploying when thrown under small surfaces.
  • Fixed Bangalore’s smoke canisters getting stuck under the Train.

Quality Of Life Changes

  • We’ve overhauled the Deathbox UI to compartmentalize loot better so you can find what you need faster.
  • Crypto can now ping banners while in drone to warn teammates of nearby squads.
  • Added voice over for pinging enemies who are reviving.
  • Favorite option now available for Weapon Skins.
  • Observer Highlights for Tournament Matches.
  • Removed location based Weekly Challenges. These caused players to have mixed motivations from their squadmates, and didn’t work well with map rotation.
  • Optimized CPU usage.
  • Improved texture streaming quality on GPUs reporting less memory than advertised.
  • We’re excited to announce that at the start of Season 5 we will be adding Apex servers to the Middle East as we look to further support our fans in the region.

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