Apex Legends Season 12 update makes changes to Crypto and Caustic
Respawn Entertainment has shared the full patch notes for Apex Legends’ 12th season, titled Defiance.
Kicking things off is the arrival of new Legend Mad Maggie. The cutthroat warlord can highlight enemies who have been damaged and has no movement penalty when using shotguns. Maggie also has access to the Riot Drill Tactical, which fires a drill that attaches to obstacles and burns enemies on the other side, and her Wrecking Ball Ultimate, a ball that releases speed-boosting pads and detonates when near enemies.
Also being added is the limited-time Control mode. Control is a 9v9 mode in which players fight to capture zones on the map and hold them to earn points. Players will respawn upon death in this mode.
Additionally, the developer has made some adjustments to Crypto and Caustic with this update. Starting with Crypto, the Drone HUD now shows new information, the Neurolink detection FOV has been increased from 160 to 240 degrees, and Drone health has been reduced to 50. The following changes have also been made to the Drone’s deployment:
- Pressing the Tactical button causes Crypto to send the Drone flying in a straight line in the direction of Crypto’s view for a few seconds.
- If thrown to a wall (or other geo), the Drone will hit the wall and re-orient itself so that it’s facing away from the wall.
- Crypto no longer immediately accesses Drone View after deploying his Drone in this way.
- Pressing and holding the [Tactical] button will launch the Drone forward in the same way, but then Crypto will immediately access Drone View.
“Crypto has been off the grid in terms of pick rate. The goal of these changes was to make his kit more accessible and engaging. With a new deployment option, we lowered drone health to prevent reckless drone deploy,” Respawn explains. “Crypto is still a methodical, calculating legend, and manually piloting Hack should still be the primary way to access macro-level recon. The drone view HUD updates should help here as well.”
While Caustic has been nerfed in Season 12. Following the update, traps can now be destroyed after detonation and detonated traps will expire quicker.
Other changes include the addition of the Volt to Supply Drops and a damage reduction for the Triple Take and Flatline. Read the full patch notes here.
Apex Legends Season 12 is set to go live today, February 8th, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
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