Apex Legends is a live-service game, so naturally things are always changing. Whether it’s a big change like a new map or new character, or more subtle changes like a Town Takeover or weapon readjustment, developer Respawn is constantly keeping the game balanced and fresh.
As a rule, big updates drop around four times a year, at the start of each new season. Smaller updates are put out as and when they are needed. Luckily, Respawn is always quick to publish patch notes and is transparent about the changes it makes to the battle royale.
As well as keeping this guide updated with all the latest changes and Apex Legends patch notes, we’ll update our Apex Legends tier list with any buffs or nerfs that may change the ranking for weapons or characters. We’re also looking forward to a bumper set of patch notes when Apex Legends Season 9 drops next month, with a potential to see big map changes, the return of World’s Edge, and maybe even a brand new character join the fight.
The most recent patch notes added the Caustic Town Takeover in Kings Canyon and tuned some weapons. Here’s what changed:
Apex Legends patch notes: 9/3/2021
Caustic Town Takeover
Caustic has turned the Water Treatment Plant in the south of Kings Canyon into Caustic Treatment, a manufacturing plant for his toxic gas. There’s great loot here if you can stand the deadly environment, but a lot of players will be dropping at the new POI.
Respawn added the Survival Slot into your inventory, which can hold either Mobile Respawn Beacons or the new Heat Shield equipment. The Heat Shield acts like Gibraltar’s Dome Shield, but instead of protecting you from enemy fire, it keeps you from taking damage in the ring: perfect if you need to heal up or reposition at an inopportune moment.
Players going solo can now uncheck the ‘auto-fill matchmaking’ box to jump into matches completely solo. Fancy pitting yourself against full teams of three? This is your time to shine. Note that you can’t no-fill your squad if you’re climbing the Apex Legends ranks.
Despite enjoying a Town Takeover in this patch, Caustic was heavily nerfed, with his Nox Gas now doing a fraction of its former damage.
Rampart’s Amped Cover received a small buff when defending grenades, but she still isn’t anywhere near the top Apex Legends characters.
The biggest change to Apex Legends weapons is the Mastiff, which now does two less damage per pellet. The Hemlok also suffered, with its spread being increased when hipfiring. Both weapons are still good options to take into battle, however.
The Wingman gets an extra bullet in every magazine, which is a significant boost to its effectiveness.
These are the highlights from the most recent Apex Legends patch notes, but if you want to read the full list of changes, check out EA’s official blog. Also, bookmark this page so you can check back for future patch notes.