Apex Legends Season 17 brings a new legend, map changes, and QoL features. It’s not all about new additions though, as there are new changes as well. The new season, Arsenal, is heavily weighted towards balancing changes, offering a ton of buffs and nerfs to various weapons and legends, as well as adjustments to the floor loot, crate, and crafter.

L-Star EMG has replaced RE-45 as a crate weapon, and the crafter now includes Alternator and Sentinel instead of EVA-8 and 30-30 Repeaters. Improved vault loot, increased gold loot chances, and added light magazines to spawn loot.

Cargo Bot Loot has also been significantly improved, including the removal of small healing items, mobile respawn beacons, white armor, and white backpacks from the loot table. The spawns of large healing items and heat shields have also been adjusted. Additionally, Gold Weapons are now exclusive to Gold Tier Cargo Bots, and their chance of spawning at that tier is also increased.

Flatline, Triple Take, Spitfire, Mastiff, and Volt are the five weapons chosen as Gold Weapons this season. Some of the changes are mentioned below.


L-Star EMG [Crate]

  • Added disruptor rounds: 60% more damage against shields
  • Base damage reduced to 16 (from 17)
  • Projectiles now have passage: 60% damage is retained
  • Projectile growth increased
  • Improved recoil pattern
  • barrel removed
  • Ammo supply: 324
  • Reduced VFX brightness when hitting unarmored targets

Triple recording

  • Projectile size increased
  • Improved hip fire spread
  • Tightened bullet pattern when completely asphyxiated
  • Ammo per shot reduced to 1 (from 3)
  • Adjusted magazine sizes to match the new ammo cost
    • Purple Magazine: Increased to 10 shots (from 9)

R-99 SMG

  • Removed 1 bullet from the base and all magazines
    • No Magazine reduced to 19 (from 20)
    • White magazine reduced to 21 (from 22)
    • Blue Magazine reduced to 24 (from 25)
    • Purple & Gold magazine reduced to 27 (from 28)


attack class

  • Smart loot gains have been adjusted to reduce upgrade tier skipping
    • It is now less likely to jump from white to purple or blue to gold
  • Optics are now awarded based on team rather than just the attack legend that opens them
  • Added a special gold look drop rate

support class

  • Support Bins now guarantee at least one battery in one of the Secret Compartment slots
  • Support Bins now award MRBs when your ally is dead, even if you don’t have their banner card.
  • Legend Banners can now be crafted by ANY player who has a Support Class Legend in their squad


  • New Podium screens for Gun Run and Control
  • Displays a message in the kill feed if match leaver penalties are disabled due to an unfair match
  • Control and Gun Run display the team’s MVPs on the intro podium
  • Control and TDM have updated loadouts (weapon crate changes and updates based on weapon meta/pick rates/kill rates)
  • Gun Run and TDM now have XP bonuses for match completion and post-join match completion in progress


  • Map rotation: Barometer is out, Olympus: Hammond Labs is in
  • Weapon Evo Change: Evo weapons no longer auto when hitting a new rating tier. Players will now level up and their weapon will become Evo if the player holsters and then unholsters their weapon in any way (reloading, weapon swapping, manual holstering, ziplining, skydiving, etc.).

gun barrel

  • Weapon track update for new crate weapons.
  • Added an additional XP bonus for the final Weapon Knife kill

You can check out the full patch notes over the official site. PC gamers can play Apex Legends free over steam.


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