04 May 2021 8:59 AM +00:00

Fight to define Legacy with Valkyrie in Apex Legends Season 9

Apex Legends: Legacy is coming out later today and there's a lot going on that you should know about. There's a new permanent mode, a new weapon, a new Legend and map changes (amongst other things).

Season 9 will be the biggest update for Respawn Entertainment's game so far and here's when you can get stuck in.

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LATEST - Actual Update Time Revealed

If you're looking forward to the next major update for Apex Legends, you might want to know when it is actually getting updated. Thankfully, we've got you covered.

It's a pretty early update for some of us but, as always, timezones mean that there's some variation. This means that you're going to be able to start playing the Apex Legends Legacy update from the following times.

The next update for Apex Legends should be available by 10:00 PST / 13:00 EST / 18:00 BST on May 4th. If you're on a PlayStation 4, you should be able to start downloading it now and it's around 30GB. This is probably going to be a similar figure on other platforms, but we don't know for sure just yet.

For a more detailed look, TitanfallBlog has you covered:

Legacy Season Quest

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Just like last season, the upcoming May 4th update is going to introduce a new in-game quest for you to complete alongside the new Battle Pass and any other limited-time events that will pop up.

This is where those Treasure Packs come into play, which you can only collect one of them a day. However, they do get you some awesome additional rewards.

The new "Quest" is going to be called The Legacy Antigen and it should help shed some light on what's going on with The Icarus and Olympus' root problem.

Arenas Legend Meta Breakdown

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Apex Legends' new Arena Mode is going to be a highlight for a lot of people playing the next season. But, with it being an elimination mode with round-based combat... How does the Arena meta differ from the Battle Royale meta?

Of course, there are going to be some difference between the two and you have to think that the offensive-based Legends will be a driving force in winning rounds.

Well, Respawn Entertainment has tapped on someone in the know and they've done a deep-dive Beginner's Guide on Apex Legends Arenas mode.

You can check it out in the tweet below, but this is what DazsBF has said regarding the Legend Meta.

Bloodhound is great for visibility and Octane is fantastic as always because of his increased movement speed. In addition to this, Lifeline's quicker revive time is always handy. Pathfinder and Wraith can also both be fantastic for re-positioning and flanking.

Bangalore is one Legend that might not be as helpful, according to the video. In addition to this, Crypto's abilities take a lot of time to use and this can expose him and his team.

Interestingly, with the right team composition, any one of Apex Legends' seventeen Legends can be a viable pick in Arenas if you're aware of how they can be used in this different context.

Loba's Tactical Buffed

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Loba’s tactical, Burglar’s Best Friend, was supposed to be a powerful teleport ability.

However, it didn't turn out to be quite as good as players had hoped.

Now, in the new Season 9 Legacy Update, the tactical ability has been buffed.

YouTuber Coffee ASAP has posted a video that details the differences between the ability in Season 8 and Season 9.

Loba can now run at full speed while using the ability, as opposed to just being able to walk.

But, there is a trade-off because her Ultimate has been nerfed with a longer cooldown, but it's a compromise that should be worth it.

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New Character Trailer

Looking for more Valkyrie content ahead of the Legacy Update? We've got you covered! There's a brand new Character Trailer out now and new information about Valkyries abilities.

Firstly, you can check out the actual Character Trailer below:

The new Character Trailer for Valkyrie offers us a great look at the new character in action and showcases what her abilities do. If you missed them though, we have them listed below for you:

  • Tactical Ability - Missile Swarm
    • Fire a swarm of mini-missiles that damage and disorient the enemy
  • Passive Ability - VTOL Jets
    • Use a jetpack to fly. Fuel is limited but refills over time.
  • Ultimate Ability - Skyward Dive
    • Launch into the air and skydive. Allies can hook into take-off systems to join you.
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Legacy Ranked Announced

Apex Legends' next major title update might not literally be called Season 9, but there's still going to be a Ranked Leagues refresh and we have all the new information about Apex Legends: Legacy Ranked right here.

The first thing to note is that there isn't really going to be any major changes to the way RP and Ranked Leagues work in Apex Legends going forwards.

According to Respawn Entertainment's Blog Post on Legacy Ranked, Season 8 was the most successful Ranked Season for Apex Legends to date. At some points, almost 50% of all matches being played were in Ranked playlists!

In the Tweet below, you can check out the new batch of Ranked Leagues rewards you can earn throughout the Legacy Season.

Legacy Ranked Map Split Dates

This season, World's Edge is back for the first split of this season's Ranked League and will be available until June 15th 2021. The second split will be all about Olympus and the rest of the season will keep you there.

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First Look At Valk In Action

Following the new Apex Legends: Arenas Gameplay Reveal Trailer, we got a great look at the newest character in action. However... It wasn't actually that much of a look.

We know that she has some kind of "Rocket Volley" ability, as seen in this poor screencap below:

Apex Legends New Character Valkyrie Gameplay Rocket Volley
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LAY DOWN SOME HEAT - This looks like a quicker version of Gibby's Ult

In addition to this, she can also simulate a respawn drop with her squad by using her "Booster Pack" to pull everyone up into the sky:

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GOING UP - Squad members latch on and get dragged up into the sky!

We're not sure if this will be a Tactical or her Ultimate, but it looks like a useful ability nonetheless. You can check them out in more detail, and the rest of the Arena Mode, in the trailer below:

Where To Watch The New Trailer

Apex Legends' upcoming Legacy Update Gameplay Trailer is going to be a big one. It's going to give us our first look at Season 9 (the Legacy Update), the new Legend - Valkyrie, the new weapon - The Bocek Bow, AND the new Arenas Mode.

That isn't even it! We could get to see the new Olympus map changes and some upcoming Legend skins if we're lucky! It's going to be a hell of a trailer and there are claims that it's going to be over six minutes long!

If you want to watch it, the best place is the YouTube link in the tweet below:

The trailer itself is due to go live at 08:00 PST / 11:00 EST / 16:00 BST, so grab your snacks!

Apex Legends Launch Cinematic Trailer

The new Apex Legends trailer is here and you can check it out via the link below:

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This Legacy Launch Trailer has offered us our first look at the new update and it is impressive, to say the least.

We get a fresh look at how Valkyrie will play and what her Ultimate Ability could be and a new look at the Bocek Bow in-game!

That isn't all though. Apex Legends' "Arenas" Mode has officially been confirmed and a new Gameplay reveal is coming on April 26th!

It's time to go beyond the battle royale.

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Valkyrie Is On The Way

Kairi Imahara, daughter of the Titan Pilot "Viper", is the next Apex Legend to join Respawn Entertainment's battle royale. She's desperate to escape the looming shadow of her father and she blames Kuben Blisk for his death.

The Apex Games are the perfect place to make a mark, then, right?

We don't have any details about how she will play, but we know she's going to have a Titan-assisted toolset that promises to pack a punch against the current line-up.

She is fiery, fierce, bold and brash. Everything you could want in an Apex Legends character, really.

You can watch the full Stories From The Outlands: Northstar short, that introduces Valkyrie, here:

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Apex Legends Legacy Update

On the surface, Apex Legends' newest update seems pretty similar to the last one. There's a new Legend joining the Apex Games, some major map changes are being planned and a new weapon is joining the arsenal.

However, there is one minor change that could signpost something far greater for the future of the title.

Apex Legends Season 9 is actually going to be referred to as the "Legacy Update" going forwards.

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KEY ART REVEALED - It's a hint at what Valkyrie can do, but not confirmation yet

This could mean that there's a disconnect between the Battle Pass changes and the seasonal updates going forwards. It could also just be a narrative description, similar to how Season 8 had the subtitle "Mayhem". Only time will tell.

Apex Legends' Legacy Update, or Season 9, is due to launch on May 4th across all platforms.

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