Apex Legends Shadow Society Event Patch Notes

Nazmul Hassan
By Nazmul Hassan
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Breakout’s mid-season patch notes is here. Apparently, there will be tons of balance changes and quality-of-life updates at the Shadow Society event.

Apex Legends will release its mid-season update next week. Apart from the Cobalt Katar heirloom and tons of other cosmetic items, there’ll also be some important balance changes coming to the game.

Here’s the full patch notes coming with the Shadow Society event:

Breakout Mid-season Patch Notes

Balance Update

Care Package

  • The first set of Care Packages will not contain Red weapons (Kraber, EVA-8, Wingman, Bocek)
  • Seasonal Gold weapons now spawn in their place (R-301, RE-45, Mastiff, Devotion, 30-30)
  • The second and third sets of Care Packages are unchanged

Weapon Spawn Rates

  • Assault Rifle and Marksman Rifle spawn rates normalized per zone. Now, the Assault and Marksman rifles will have equal distribution in all POIs.

WEAPONS

CAR (from the Season 20 launch, missed in Patch Notes)

  • ADS vertical recoil slightly increased

EVA-8 [Care Package]

  • Blast pattern tightened
  • Initial projectile size increased
  • Improved handling
  • Reduce ammo reserves to 64 (was 96)

Rampage

  • Energize time was slightly reduced to better match the animation

Wingman [Care Package]

  • Ammo Reserves decreased to 72 (was 90)
  • Can no longer equip the 1x Digital Threat
  • The optic is no longer locked and can be replaced

Legends

Ballistic

  • Upgrades
    • Ammuvision: removed
    • Lasting Bullet: moved to Level 2
    • NEW Speedy Whistler: successful hits with Tactical give a 2s burst of speed (Level 3)

Bangalore

  • Rolling Thunder: Cooldown increased to 4.5 min (was 4)
  • Smoke Launcher
    • Cooldown increased to 35s (was 33)
    • No longer deals damage
    • Smoke duration decreased to 11s (was 18)
    • Smoke particles now dissipate faster
  • Upgrades: Level 2
    • Big Bang: removed
    • NEW Tactical Cooldown: reduces Tactical cooldown by 5s
  • Upgrades: Level 3
    • Cover Me: Auto-Ping no longer tracks the player who triggered double time
    • Refuge: Heal Rate increased to 3.5 HP/s (was 3HP/s)

Bloodhound

  • Upgrades
    • Odin’s Glare: moved to Level 2
    • Tactical Cooldown: moved to Level 3

Caustic

  • Gas Damage now increases by 1 each tick (was 5/5/6/6, etc.)
    • Downed players still only receive 5/tick
  • The gas Slow effect now only applies on the first damage tick for 2s
  • Upgrades
    • Particle Diffuser: moved to Level 3
    • Residual Toxins: moved to Level 2

Conduit

  • Radiant Transfer
    • Cooldown Increased to 31s (was 26)
    • Regen Interruption delay time increased to 2s (was 1)

Fuse

  • Upgrade – Wreckless: explosive damage is now reduced by 50% (was 25%)

Lifeline

  • Upgrades: Level 2
    • Tactical Cooldown+: removed 
    • NEW Tactical Cooldown++: Tactical Cooldown reduced by 25s (making the cooldown time equal to its deployment duration, so you always have DOC)
  • Upgrades: Level 3
    • Gift Wrapped: removed
    • NEW Gold-Plated: next Package spawns with Golden Gear
      • EVO Cache, Gold Knockdown Shield, Gold Backpack
      • Also contains 1 Shield Battery, 1 Medkit, and either a Phoenix Kit or a Mobile Respawn Beacon

Octane

  • Upgrade – Wreckless: explosive damage is now reduced by 50% (was 25%)

Pathfinder

  • Upgrade – Zipline Zen: damage reduction increased to 50% (was 25%)

Revenant

  • Forged in Shadows
    • Knocks no longer refresh the Tactical during Ultimate
    • Tactical Cooldown is no longer shorter during Ultimate
    • Ultimate Cooldown Increased by 60s
  • Upgrades
    • Agile Assassin: removed
    • Tactical Cooldown: moved to Level 3
    • NEW Ultimate Cooldown: reduces Ult Cooldown by 30s (Level 2)

Seer

  • Focus of Attention: decreased activation delay to 1.2s (was 1.4)
  • Upgrades
    • Artist’s Reach: moved to Level 2
    • Long View: moved to Level 3
    • Racing Hearts: removed (now integrated into base Tactical)
    • NEW Ultimate Cooldown: reduces Ult Cooldown by 30s (Level 2)

Wraith

  • Upgrades
    • Tactical Cooldown: moved to Level 3
    • Ultimate Cooldown: moved to Level 2

Maps

Map Rotation

  • Pubs
    • Storm Point
    • Olympus
    • Broken Moon
  • Ranked
    • Storm Point
    • Olympus
    • World’s Edge
  • Mixtape
    • Control: Barometer, Production Yard, Thunderdome
    • Gun Run: Monument, Skulltown, Thunderdome
    • TDM: Monument, Thunderdome, Zeus Station

Modes

  • NEW LTM: Lockdown
    • Capture and hold zones to score points
    • Lockdown map rotation: Thunderdome, Skulltown, Zeus Station, and Monument
  • Three Strikes Updates
    • Revive time reduced to 2.0s
    • Players revived with 100% health and 0% shields
    • New minimum guaranteed loot system – ensures you respawn with a competitive version of your loadout and inventory.
  • Mixtape
  • Control: Players respawning on the Mobile Respawn Beacon enter a skydive when they exit the dropship ( instead of free-falling down as they previously did )
  • Kill Replay
    • Now show hitmarkers and damage numbers
    • Round-winning replays now show the killer’s banner
  • NEW Map: Monument
    • Supports TDM, Gun Run, and Lockdown

World Systems

  • EVO Harvester
    • Changed sound fx that play for both the player and their teammates collecting EVO
    • Removed problematic spawn locations on Storm Point near map edges
  • EVO Rewards
    • Changed for respawning and reviving teammates to prevent exploitation
    • Changed for scanning Ring Consoles to prevent excess EVO gain
  • Wildlife & NPC: Spiders, Prowlers, and other NPC will now respect the rules of the ring, take appropriate ring damage, and be affected by heat shields

Bug Fixes

  • Dynamic resolution scaling no longer incorrectly decreases resolution on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S which could cause a blurry image especially in Performance Mode
  • Kill Replay
    • Fixed issues with phantom healing UI displaying in round-winning Kill Replays
    • Fixed some issues with flickering and mispredictions on some weapons when firing
    • No longer crashes clients with some weapons while firing
  • Mirage’s Heirloom “Too Much Witt” correctly shows its name in kill feed and death recap
  • No longer lower the loot quality within the Icarus ship’s vault if Solar Array is the Hot Zone
  • Ranked: placement now appears consistently after player or squad is wiped
  • Resolved performance hitches after playing a plethora of games back-to-back
  • Wattson’s pylons are now properly interrupted by large doors
  • World’s Edge: resolved invisible collision issue at Monument preventing shooting

Legends

  • Ballistic
    • No longer generates ammo when swapping weapon from sling in the inventory
    • Lock-on will be more reliable in close range
  • Crypto: resolved drone being destroyed by EMPs from invisible players in Firing Range

Quality of Life

  • Ammo loaded into extended magazines will now be refunded to the player if the extended magazine is removed
  • Crypto: new VO line when drone is destroyed by the environment instead of another player
  • Default Legend pick (whoever you were in Lobby) now shows as your selection to teammates unless you hover over another legend
  • NEW Firing Range options
    • Dummy Highlights On/Off
    • Lock Legend Upgrades
  • Jumpmaster selection updated to make it less likely that you’re the jumpmaster if you’re under level 5 or were the Jumpmaster last match 
  • Reduced FPS stuttering
  • Reactives now appear at the top of lists and have a shimmer effect

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By Nazmul Hassan FPS Editor
Nazmul is GameRiv's FPS editor. He is a marketing graduate with an immense passion for gaming. As an ex-professional CS:GO player, he holds a strong interest in other FPS titles like Apex Legends, VALORANT, and CoD. However, he also tries out other games when he is free.