Everything You Need to Know About Apex Legends Season 5
EA and Respawn Entertainment have changed everything by releasing the Apex Legends Season 5 update today. If you are reading this right now, you can download the massive update and start experiencing everything that this impressive new season has to offer.
Apex Legends Season 5 Is Here: Loba Breakdown
First off, the most important thing that has been added to the game with the release of Apex Legends Season 5 is the new legend that players can unlock, purchase, and play as right now. So long as you have the in-game currency for it, you can unlock the new hero Loba right now.
We’ve known that Loba would be the new legend in the game for a while, so that part is not surprising at all but what is surprising are the new abilities that Loba would have to offer players. She is stylish, resourceful, and sophisticated with a very different play style to her archnemesis Revenant.
First off, we have our passive ability that is known as Eye for Quality. This is a bizarre but kind of cool passive that allows Loba to see through walls to find any nearby epic and legendary loot. Are you approaching a building and wondering what’s good inside?
You will be able to see the epic and legendary loot that is inside of it. If you don’t see any, well, that saves you some possible time of searching for nothing and you can just move on if you’d like. From there, we have her tactical ability that you will likely be using a lot.
The tactical ability that Loba has is called Burglar’s Best Friend. This interesting move will let you teleport to hard-to-reach places or escape trouble quickly by throwing your Jump Drive bracelet. This is an intriguing one that could be used offensively or defensively.
Last but not least, we have the ultimate ability called Black Market Boutique, which is weird. It shares the same range as the passive ability, letting you place a portable device that lets you teleport nearby loot to your inventory. Other legends, both friendly and enemy, can take up to two items.
This is a strange and honestly terrible ultimate in our opinion, but thankfully, the tactical is nice. In our opinion, though, Loba is worse than Revenant thus far, which is unfortunate since many players don’t like that character at all. But maybe someone will find some good use for her in the future.
Kings Canyon Map Update
Beyond the long-awaited and honestly disappointing addition of Loba, the other major change this season is the release of new map changes. In this season, the map changes are centered mainly around Kings Canyon, which makes sense since World’s Edge received changes before.
The popular Skulltown and Thunderdome locations that were typically beloved before are no longer here. They have fallen and a new named location has popped up in their places. The new place known as Salvage takes a lot of cues from Fortnite’s The Rig and is on the broken coast area.
On the other side of the map, we have the new Offshore Rig that also channels The Rig vibes. It connects to the former Relay and Wetlands named locations. Wetlands, in particular, has been replaced by the Capacitor, which includes a new underground area that leads to Singh Labs.
Nesting Grounds has grown into the Reclaimed Forest on the map. There are a lot of changes overall to the Kings Canyon map and players have a lot to explore and either love or hate about it this season. For now, the Kings Canyon map will be the main map in the game.
Interestingly enough, map rotation has been disabled for the time being. Players will only have access to the Kings Canyon map for the duration of the first part of this season, similar to what happened last season. Thankfully, this won’t go on for too long.
Kings Canyon will be the only map for just the first two weeks after the launch of Apex Legends Season 5. This gives players time to explore the new version of the map and see what is new and different. Then, after two weeks, map rotation will return with the World’s Edge map from last season.
Another minor change to the Kings Canyon map is that there are now charge towers around the area. What’s interesting about this new device is that activating it will give an instantaneous ultimate charge to all legends that are standing on the platform, making for some quick deployments of barrages, equipment supply drops, and the like.
Season Quest and Battle Pass
One of the most intriguing additions to the release of Apex Legends Season 5 is a brand new type of content that players have to complete now in the game. To further your time spent in the battle royale title, quests are coming to the game for you to complete in addition to the normal challenges and the like.
The first quest in the game is known as The Broken Ghost. It is a season-long search for nine pieces of a mysterious relic. It is a vague premise that we don’t have too many details about at this time, with new weekly free drops of story, gameplay, and rewards along the way.
To help with this, we are going to have our full guide to the Broken Ghost quest this season soon to help you understand what it does, how you complete it, and the rewards that you get for doing it. A minor change to the UI this season includes all seasonal content moved to its tab where you will find the battle pass, quests, and challenges.
Speaking of the battle pass, a new one is available right now for you to use as either the free or paid version. You will have daily and weekly challenges to help you unlock over 100 exclusive items that include exclusive legendary skins, gun charms, skydive emotes, Apex packs, experience boosts, load screens, and more.
With the release of a new battle pass comes the release of ranked series four. It is similar to the previous one but with the addition of reconnect. This is an interesting addition where you can reconnect to a match you left for a short time.
However, your character can still die while you are disconnected, so you may find that is the case when you return. Thankfully, your teammates can still revive you so there is hope in that regard. If you don’t reconnect in time, the game will treat your leaving as an abandonment.
There are many changes to several of the legends in the game along with a new addition. With certain pairings, the legends will react to one another differently and say different comments about the teammates that they have. For instance, try pairing Revenant and Loba together for an interesting combination.
The changes this season to the legends are pretty insane, starting with Mirage. Mirage has been changed significantly when it comes to his abilities. Now, his tactical ability will let him press a button again after releasing his decoy legends to gain control of the mirage.
When controlling it, it will do everything that the main Mirage does. The decoys will now last for 60 seconds and releasing another decoy will remove the previous one. His ultimate ability will now deploy a team of decoys that mimic his every move and has a cool down of 60 seconds.
And lastly, his passive ability will not only cloak him when he is downed, but it will also cloak him while using a respawn beacon and reviving a teammate. The teammate will also be cloaked. Overall, these are amazing changes for Mirage that should help him out considerably.
For Bloodhound, there are only minor changes for them, compared to what is happening with Mirage, that will change their gameplay a bit. Their tactical ability has increased sonar detection from three seconds to now four seconds and the cool down has been decreased from 35 seconds to 25.
For Crypto, his tactical drone ability can now ping banners, while in drone, to warn teammates of nearby squads. For Lifeline, the bin ratio has been increased to 20% and knockdown shields have been removed from the loot pool that she can get.
For Caustic, friendly gas will no longer slow down teammates, as it should have been from the start, and his traps are no longer triggered from the other side of a door. Octane’s launch pad cool down has been reduced from 90 seconds to now 60 seconds.
In a twist of things, Gibraltar has been nerfed slightly. His dome shield duration has been reduced from 18 seconds to only 12 now. And last but certainly not least, Pathfinder’s grappling hook has a longer cool down now of 35 seconds instead of 15.
Apex Legends Season 5 is the first season that doesn’t have a new weapon to enjoy. This is unfortunate but there are some changes to make the currently existing weapons better. This season’s fully-kitted gold weapons are the Longbow DMR, Hemlok, Spitfire, EVA-8, and the RE-45.
The Mastiff has a lot of changes this season, including being rotated out of the care package to become a regular weapon now. Its damage per bullet is now 13 instead of 18 to accompany this change. Its headshot multiplier is now 1.25 instead of 2.0.
The fire rate has been reduced from 1.3 to 1.0 while the projectile size is more in line with the other shotguns. The shell count is now six instead of four and the projectile speed has been increased.
Speaking of shotguns, the Peacekeeper is now being taken out of the normal rotation to become the new shotgun care package weapon. The spread pattern has been tightened and the rechamber time has been reduced from 1.2 to only 0.9. The reload time is also reduced and the projectile size has been increased.
For the Alternator, the magazine size has been increased from 16 to 19 and the extended magazines are bigger to accompany this change. The RE-45 has increased damage from 11 to 12 and a reduced reload time overall. The Havoc has increased vertical recoil, horizontal recoil, and recoil for the first two shots.
The Longbow DMR has had its headshot scale reduced slightly and the same has happened for the Wingman as well. For hop ups, the Skullpiercer hop up has been added for the DMR and Wingman. The headshot scale increases with this hop up equipped. The Anvil Receiver has been vaulted.
The gold armor has been changed a good bit. It no longer has the 50% heal speed perk but it now has a new perk where the shield cells and syringes will double the amount of healing per use.
Bug Fixes and Quality of Life Improvements
As with any update to a game that includes a new season, there are a ton of bug fixes and quality of life improvements that you can find below.
- Fixed various conditions causing prediction errors
- Fixed looting in pillboxes being difficult around weapons
- Fixed aiming speed during zooming 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 dummies 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 Improvements
- 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
- Apex Legends Season 5 includes the start of servers in the Middle East to help players in that region have better connections
We were able to cover everything that you need to know, for the most part, about Apex Legends Season 5. If you want to see some more details about this massive new season, be sure to check out the full Season 5 patch notes here.