It’s only been a few days since the end of the Apex Legends Anniversary Collection Event and Respawn Entertainment has already announced the next event coming to the hero-based battle royale. There will be just a week between the two events, which is ludicrously short, but wonderful for players. This time around it’s all about Caustic. The Apex Legends Chaos Theory Collection Event patch notes bring loads of cosmetics, an experimental mode, a town takeover, and some necessary changes to Legends and weapons.
For all the info on the Caustic town takeover, the experimental Ring Fury Escalation mode, and the new Heat Shield item, you can check out our previous article. Today, we’re digging into the juicy bits – the changes to Legends and weapons coming with the Chaos Theory Collection Event.
First up, the madman of the moment, Caustic. He receives two fairly significant nerfs with the new patch. His Nox Gas will now only do 5 damage per tick, instead of ramping up from 6 to 12. That will make pushing a Caustic holding down an area or building a lot less of a death sentence. The other nerf to the professor of poison is that his Nox Gas Grenade cooldown has been increased from 2.5 minutes to 3.5 minutes. Another massive nerf.
Since the change that allowed Caustic’s allies to roam around freely in his gas without taking damage, the Legend has been too good at controlling areas. However, I suspect these changes are a little bit extreme. The Legend is going to be far less impactful now.
Pathfinder gets a nice buff with the update. He no longer suffers from Low Profile, which causes difficult to hit Legends to take 5% extra damage. Pathfinder is incredibly mobile. However, he has a large hitbox – a hangover from the days when his hitbox was broken and often caused hits not to register.
Gibraltar gets a nerf to his Dome of Protection. You no longer use heal items 15% faster while under its cover. Revenant’s Silence now disables Mirage and Octane’s passives. Speaking of passives, Wattson gets a small buff. She now constantly regenerates 0.5 shields per second – half of Octane’s health regen.
Horizon gets a fairly sizeable nerf to her Ultimate ability. Black Hole now has a cooldown of 3 minutes, up from 2. The change doesn’t impact the best part of her kit, Gravity Lift. However, the change is a good one because Black Hole gives you such a massive advantage in fights.
The final Legend change coming with the Chaos Theory Event is to Rampart, who is struggling to find a place for herself in the Apex Games. Explosives will now deal normal damage to her Amped Cover and Shiela.
The most welcome update of the entire patch is a nerf to the Mastiff. The shotgun has been dominating lobbies since the beginning of Season 8. So, its pellet damage has been decreased from 13 to 11 per bullet. Plus, its fire rate has been slowed from 1.0 to 1.1. A small change that I suspect will have a big impact.
The Wingman gets a solid buff, every magazine size will now carry one additional bullet. I feel like I can’t even use the Wingman unless I have a blue mag on it. So, this is a very welcome update. The Hemlok gets a small nerf with its hip-fire bullet spread being increased.
Wrapping up the weapon changes, all gold Assault Rifles and LMGs will now come with the 2x Bruiser optic. Plus, you can now remove the optic on gold weapons and replace it with another one of your choice – this change doesn’t apply to the Kraber.
The Apex Legends Chaos Theory Collection Event update doesn’t just make changes to Legends and weapons, the Kings Canyon map received its own once over. It now has more loot in general, so you can loot less and fight more. There are a few other quality of life updates and bug fixes coming with the patch. All can be found in the full Apex Legends Chaos Theory patch notes. The event begins on March 9.
Keep an eye out for our guide to the collection event, which will tell you how to unlock all the cosmetics.