newcastle, the newest Legend coming to Apex Legends with the release of the new season, her abilities have finally been detailed in the latest trailer ahead of the official release. A fiercely defensive Legend, Newcastle plays a strong support role in team builds and is able to rush to the aid of his teammates like no other character in the game.
We’ve listed his full kit below so you can get a first look at how Newcastle works ahead of the May 10 update, as well as some additional interesting information we learned about the character during an EA press event last week.
Newcastle Skill Breakdown
Passive – Recover the wounded
Newcastle can use their own man-portable shield to protect allies during a revive. This consumes the same charge as his own Knockdown Shield, so increases the value of those defensive items during gameplay if you have Newcastle hanging around.
Additionally, Newcastle is able to drag allies around while reviving them, allowing for tactical repositioning even in sticky situations.
Tactical – Deployable Shield
Newcastle’s tactical ability is a throwing energy shield that can be repositioned on command to respond to enemy movement, making it an extremely versatile defensive option no matter the situation. You have to be careful though, as this shield is divided into two sections – the upper and the lower – both of which can be destroyed. That means you’ll either have to watch your head or your legs, depending on what portion other teams are taking out.
Ultimate – Castle Wall
Newcastle’s Ultimate is an astronomical defensive option that allows him to leap great distances and build a gargantuan fortress around himself and his allies. Enemies trapped near Newcastle’s Landing will be knocked back and attempting to punch through will deal damage and reduced movement speed.
This ability can be used on its own, but targeting a squadmate before using it greatly increases the distance and height Newcastle can jump before deploying its stronghold. As such, it’s a great tool for getting in the clutch and rescuing a mate who got caught.
Based on an old character concept for a legend called Axiom, the initial thought process was to create a character that character designer Devan McGuire said would be offensive with shield charges. Apparently, while it was cool, it felt “selfish” and didn’t really make sense in the context of Apex. However, once plans were finalized to add Jackson to the game, mixing the idea of a defensive knight with Axiom’s gear formed the protective support we see in Newcastle today.
As for why the team wanted to do a defensive support hybrid right now, Devan explains that the team is currently trying to fill roles that are currently legendary. Since there wasn’t really an option for players who wanted to play defensively and support their team, Newcastle saw a great opportunity to offer that option and mix the game and meta.
For more on Apex Legends: Saviors, check out our coverage of the new map changes coming to Storm Point in the new season, as well as the latest trailer that dives into Newcastle’s backstory.
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