Apex Legends Saviors: Newcastle abilities, map and weapon changes explained

Apex Legends Season 13 Saviors kicked off on May 10th and there is plenty to do from the Stormpoint map changes, new Legend Newcastle and new balance updates. There are actually some major weapon changes and minor Legend adjustments that are getting the community talking about how this might be Apex’s most interesting update yet. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest Apex Legends season update.

map changes

The map rotations this season are Olympus, World’s Edge, and Storm Point. Stormpoint has some minor and major changes to its map this time around. There is a new POI called Downed Beast where the giant sea beast appeared and died while fighting the legends. Downed Beast is a high tier loot location that connects to three other POIs: North Pad, Checkpoint, and The Mill. You can enter the sea beast (ew) corpse to loot or hide from enemies, and the body offers multiple elevation points , as you can climb up the body but also stay down if you wish.

There are also old buried IMC armories that have been activated and raised above water that players can get to and activate challenges. These armories were originally placed across the planet to support IMC pilots during the war, but have been dormant until now due to the sea creature threat. To activate an armory, approach it and cross its ramp to enter the structure. Once you activate the armory, the ramp will pull inward so no one else can cross while you’re in it, and the armory will drop ghosts for you to fight inside. You must fight waves of Specters and once you survive 60 seconds you will receive high tier loot specific to your loadout. The more Specters you kill, the better loot you get. Once you’re done with the Armory Challenge, you can choose to redeploy mid-air or exit through the ramp you came in on.

With this latest update, spinning and landing out of bounds won’t let you use your legend abilities. You also cannot use your weapons, throwables, cures, or mobile respawn beacons or heat shields. Also, any passive Legendary Abilities (e.g. Valkyrie Jetpacks) count as Legendary Abilities, so you can’t use those either. So choose wisely if you decide to rotate out of bounds to get over a huge mountain or building as you won’t be able to stay as comfortably.

New Legend: Newcastle

Newcastle is the latest legend to appear in Apex this season, and it has been revealed that he is actually none other than Bangalore’s long-lost brother Jackson. The dynamic between them will be interesting to see as the season progresses. But in terms of playstyle, his build makes him a mix of defensive and support Legend.

  • Passive – Recover the wounded: Pulls teammates with his revive shield deployed while reviving them. The Revive Shield is powered by half the level of the Knockdown Shield that Newcastle has in his inventory.
  • Tactical – Deployable Shield: Throws a controllable drone that creates a moving shield of energy. This shield can be destroyed, but it has a top half and a bottom half that must be destroyed separately.
  • Ultimate – Castle Wall: Leaps to a friendly or targeted area and knocks down a deployable shield wall. The ultimate won’t be damaged, but this wall is electrified and will stun and slow enemies who ram straight into it.

While Newcastle appears quite strong, its walls are directional and can be destroyed. Maggie’s tactical ability, her drill, can also attach to and pass through his walls.

balance changes

There are some big changes to weapons this season. In the crafting rotation, Flatline and Longbow are now ground loot and Rampage and R-301 are now crafter only weapons. This will increase the dropship landing spots in POIs that have crafters in them as the R-301 is a basic weapon that most players use and they will want to craft it right away. The Spitfire is also back on ground loot and the Mastiff is back in Care Package rotations with a slight improvement in rate of fire, a streamlined blast pattern, and 3 more points of damage per pellet. The Havoc’s recoil has been slightly improved early in its windup and the Dual Shell hop-up for the Mastiff has been removed from the loot pool.

Spitfire damage reduced from 19 to 18, purple and gold magazine capacity reduced from 55 to 50, hipfire spread from crouch increased, headshot damage decreased, and reload time increased. Hopefully this keeps the Spitfire from being the dominant weapon again this season. One of the biggest weapon changes is that the Kraber gets a small nerf. Kraber’s headshot multiplier is now down from 3 to 2 and damage reduced from 145 to 140. The Kraber hasn’t changed since Apex released, so this is an interesting change to keep an eye on, especially when competitive.

A few legend changes have also been implemented, with empowered legends no longer having reduced headshot damage. However, the helmets have been slightly improved as the blue helmet’s headshot damage reduction has been increased from 40% to 50% and the purple helmet’s headshot damage reduction has been increased from 50% to 65%. Rampart Mains can rejoice as their Amped Cover deployment time is now slightly faster and their cover health on deployment has increased from 45 to 120. When Rampart uses Sheila, the spin-up time has been reduced from 1.75 seconds to 1.25 seconds. In a less fun change, Valkyrie can no longer twirl around while launching her ultimate up, which will encourage teams to play their ultimate a little more cautiously.

Apex Legends Saviors brought so many changes to the game. The ranking system has also been completely overhauled, which you can check out on the EA website to see the full and deep changes. Honestly, as Apex enters Season 13, these big changes aren’t too surprising and will hopefully keep players from feeling burnt out from the game’s content. So how do you feel about the changes so far? Are you happy or unhappy about the gun swap? Let us know! Stay tuned for future updates from IGN for more Apex news.

Stella is a video producer, presenter and editor at IGN. Her gameplay focus is on competitive FPS games and she has reviewed Apex Legends, Hyper Scape, Halo Infinite Multiplayer and Battlefield 2042. She regularly hosts and shoutcasts Apex Legends and Halo Infinite competitive tournaments when not streaming on her Twitch channel after work. You can follow her on Twitter @ParallaxStella.

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