Apex Legends Patch Notes May 24th: Wattson Bug Fix, Arena Leaver Penalty, Improved Backpack Loot Distribution, and More

The long-awaited patch for Apex Legends has arrived and with it brought many changes to Wattson, the arena, and backpack loot distribution.

There have been many complaints about the abilities of the champions, especially Wattson. Her fences are going to regain their slow effect. Also, there will be an update to the arena as the community was complaining about too many leavers. Respawn has decided to introduce a leaver penalty system for the arena.

Also, Valkyrie’s ultimate ability has been tweaked. The new ultimate has a slight delay to it so that players do not use it by accident. Furthermore, there was a bug that some players were abusing in the training range to farm stats. This was removed in the patch.

Full patch notes:

5/24/21 Update

10:00 AM PT Server + Client Patch:

  • Restored Slow effect when running into Wattson’s fences.
  • Valkyrie Changes:
    • Added a short input delay after using Valkyrie’s ult to prevent players from accidentally activating-then immediately cancelling-their ult by accident
    • Fixed an exploit that let players record stats in the firing range while using Valkyrie
    • Fixed an edge case that allowed her ult to be activated shortly after using a jump pad
  • Arena Changes:
    • Penalties for abandoning games have been added to Arenas. This is similar to the abandon penalty applied in Ranked BR games. You only get the penalty if you were in a full squad when you left (this doesn’t apply if you were partied with the leaver-you’ll still get penalized in that case). This update will activate a warning for players who are about to leave a game in progress. The associated penalties will follow shortly after.
    • Fixed an exploit that allowed users to unlock upgrades without having enough materials to do so
    • Hop-up upgrades for the Bocek bow are now as follows: Level 2: Shattercaps. Level 3: Deadeye’s Tempo
    • Fixed various Arenas bugs and errors
  • Loot Adjustments:
    • Adjusted the logic for loot items being spawned on the ground as opposed to being placed into loot bins. This should cause backpacks to spawn more evenly on the ground as opposed to being spawned almost exclusively in loot bins.
    • Slight increase in spawn rates for LEvel 2 Evo armor. The starter kit changes introduced in Season 9 had caused them to be lowered by more than expected
  • Miscellaneous stability fixes

Late Afternoon PT Playlist Update:

Re-enabling Valkyrie in the firing range

We’re temporarily increasing the survival XP earned in Arenas. This is a placeholder fix to offset the fact that the buy phase currently isn’t being taken into account for “survival time”. In a future patch, we’ll adjust the survival time calculation to include the buy phase and return the survival XP earn rate to its previous level.

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