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Apex Legends: Hemlok getting nerfed, Rampart and Caustic buffed slightly

Published: 22:57, 04 January 2021
Apex Legends, Pathfinder in Fight Night
Apex Legends, Pathfinder in Fight Night

With the arrival of Fight Night Collection Event, Apex Legends is getting some balancing changes, like the nerfing of Hemlok and slight buffs to Rampart and Caustic.

When it comes to changes done to legends, the buffs are by no means radical, and the changes are more likely to be gleaned from Respawn's stats than gameplay. 

Namely, Rampart's Amped Cover has had its cooldown dropped from 30 to 20 seconds, which is actually not a bad way to start 2021. Caustic's Nox Gas Trap cooldown got a slightly smaller buff, going down from 25 to 20 seconds.

"There’s nothing too meta-shaking this time around; we’re giving Season 7 some extra time to shake out. Horizon released strong, but not overpowered. The below buffs are aimed at small power increases. Rampart still needs overall power, and the Caustic buff is an extra bit of compensation for the loss of vision blur from gas in Season 7. Note that looking at our data, the Season 7 change was a solid buff for Caustic, but he’s not quite where we want him to be", Respawn wrote. 

EA Apex Legends, Loba  and Revenant looking quite chummy! Apex Legends, Loba and Revenant looking quite chummy!

The changes to weapons are slightly more severe, or at least they are in Hemlok's case, whose damage has been decreased from 22 to 20. Apex Legends players have been complaining about triple-Hemlok-wielding teams for a while now, so hopefully, this solves their woes.


  • Decreased damage from 22 to 20.


  • Spread out 3rd/4th pellets to decrease max range of 4 pellet hits (was +/- 7.5 degrees, now +/- 10)


  • Reserve bullets increased from 175 to 210

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