A brand new set of patch notes have dropped for the incoming season 12! Join us as we go through some of the biggest changes to come!

A new season means a brand new set of patch notes! Today, Respawn delivered with a brand new set of patch notes for Season 12: Defiance. The notes feature changes to Caustic, Crypto, tons of weapons and a plethora of bug fixes. As season 11 comes to a close, the return to a sabotaged Olympus with all these new changes is sure to flip the Apex games on its head.

Legend changes

Surprisingly, in the official post for the Season 12 patch notes there are only 2 changes to the existing roster of playable Legends. Alongside the introduction of Mad Maggie, there are big changes to Caustic and Crypto this season.

Caustic’s return to a even playing field

Caustic Changes

Nox Gas Traps are now destroyable after detonation

  • 150hp
  • Detonated traps will expire at 11s (instead of 12.5s)
  • Gas effects linger for two seconds after barrel destruction or expiration (gas particles still linger a bit longer as they dissipate)

This is quite the nerf to the go-to defensive legend. His ability to defensively hold buildings and stall areas with near indestructible and long lasting trap can now be negated. This puts him on par with the other defensive legends like Wattson or Rampart, whose defensive abilities can be destroyed. Regardless though, his gas obscuring sight, slowing and dealing AOE damage will still keep him as a solid pick.

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Crypto’s potential resurgence

On the other hand, the rarely picked Crypto got quite the buff to his surveillance drone. With a new and improved HUD and field of vision of the drone to now allow for better scouting and information gathering.

However, the real game changer is now Crypto’s drone is thrown similar to a Mirage clone: as in to send out the drone in a straight line without “entering” it. This change to Crypto is huge as now he doesn’t need to play as far back and can push with his team.

Apex season 12 patch notes Crypto drone buff

Weapon changes in Season 12

There are several weapon changes coming in Season 12, some big and some small. We’ve highlighted some of the major ones for you below.

The Seasonal Care Package rotation

In terms of the supply drop, the Volt is moving into the package as the Alternator rotates to ground loot. Sadly, the Alternator will lose the disruptor rounds hop up and return to its state prior to its inclusion in the package. The Volt on the other hand will get increased damage and mag size (17 damage and 30 mag size) as it moves to the Care Package.

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The return of Hammerpoint rounds

A personal favorite hop up of mine returns this season: Hammerpoint rounds. The counterpart to Disruptor rounds, Hammerpoint rounds do increased damage to flesh. So, for the P2020, Mozambique and RE-45 will have more potential uses than just weapons you find when there’s nothing else nearby. The exact damage increase for each weapon is as follows:

  • P2020+50% unshielded damage
  • Mozambique+35% unshielded damage
  • RE-45+35% unshielded damage
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The Kinetic Loader – New Hop-up

The newest addition to the various hop ups in Apex is the Kinetic Loader for the Triple Take and Peacekeeper. Replacing the Precision choke hop up for the same weapons, the Kinetic Loader gives speeds up choke time and reloads your weapon when sliding.

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The Flatline and Longbow into the Crafter

In a surprising new change, the Flatline and Longbow are moving into the crafter. For 30 materials, you can craft either of the weapons which also include 2 stacks of ammo (and no attachments). However, the caveat is that you can’t find the weapons as ground loot anymore. The dev’s made a note about the surprising change, as it was meant to help disperse some of the ground loot and not to overwhelm certain areas.

Apex season 12 patch notes

Fully kitted weapons – Apex Legends Season 12 Patch Notes

As per tradition with each season, a brand new set of fully kitted weapons are coming in and out of the rotation.

Season 12 features these new fully kitted weapons:

  • RE-45
  • Triple Take
  • Peacekeeper
  • Prowler
  • Havoc 

On the other hand, the Mastiff, 30-30 Repeater, R-301, CAR, Longbow have all been demoted and are not available as kitted weapons.

QOL and Bug fixes in the new season

There are a tons of bug fixes and quality of life changes coming in season 12. Of the massive list, we’ve highlighted some notable ones:

  • Removal of punch boosting
  • Removal of the error that would tell players to come back in a decade when matchmaking.
  • Fix for cases where the timer for charging the Sentinel and Rampage was not showing the correct time left for animation.
  • Fix for cases where players could get stuck inside Storm Point by using Valk’s Ultimate on Command Center.
  • Final Round Rings on Storm Point not ending in areas with no cover or populated by Prowler Dens.
  • Added the ability to see your teammate survival item while the inventory is open.
  • Quitting players can no longer deny kills & assists.
  • And lastly, reviving no longer resets damage history.
Apex season 12 patch notes

And there you have it! Tons of brand new changes in the season 12 patch notes that are sure to revitalize the Apex games. On top of the new legend and the new game mode, season 12 is sure looking to be one of the best seasons yet. For more Apex content, stick around on Esports.gg!

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Noah is a senior psychology student at the University of Ottawa, studying to become an athletic therapist. After watching Valve's Free to Play documentary in 2014, he got hooked on Dota 2 and hasn't looked back since. When he's not crushing mid-lane on Puck he is racing through King's Canyon as Octane. Self-proclaimed trilingual expert. Firmly believes V for Vendetta is the best film of all time.