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Apex Legends buffs and nerfs coming in Season 9 confirmed so far

Published: 7/Mar/2021 16:12

by Calum Patterson


With Season 9 dropping on May 4, we’re taking a look at all the planned buffs and nerfs that Apex Legends developers have said they are working on. All of these are subject to change, but for now, this is what we know.

It’s that time already – time to look ahead to the next season of Apex Legends, and round up all the Legend buffs and nerfs that Respawn have confirmed so far. Some big changes dropped in the Chaos Theory Collection event, but more are planned.

As the balance team is working constantly on new changes, and sometimes complete reworks, to help keep the game fresh and healthy, they’ll often update the community on social media and Reddit.


As it can be hard to keep track of all their comments, we’re going to compile them here. This article will be updated when we hear new information about what the developers are working on.

Legend buffs and nerfs for Season 9 (so far)

It’s important to note that these aren’t all the changes that will be in the Season 9 patch – only ones confirmed or discussed by developers.


  • Gun shield nerf
Gibraltar's gun shield in Apex Legends
Respawn Entertainment
Gibraltar’s Gun Shield will be nerfed in Season 9.

Bad news for Gibraltar mains – he’s in for another nerf in Season 9. Respawn actually wanted to ship these nerfs in the 8.1 update, but some bugs meant it had to be delayed.

The nerf to Gibby will specifically be for his gun shield. Respawn have said that damage bleedthrough is coming, meaning that his shield will only take so much damage, with some ‘bleeding through’ to Gibraltar himself.


In practice, this will mean that his gun shield will no longer be able to tank a whole Kraber shot – some of that damage will pass through.


  • Passive nerf
  • Ultimate buff
Lifeline revive
Respawn Entertainment
Lifeline’s passive can be difficult to counter if used correctly.

It’s also bad news for Lifeline mains – but not all bad news, as Respawn are working on both a nerf and a buff for the medic.

The main nerf will be to Lifeline’s passive, which the developers admit can be “frustrating” to play against. But, if they’re nerfing her passive, they’re also going to buff her ultimate.

At this time, Respawn haven’t confirmed what these changes will be, but said they are playtesting now. So, expect a passive nerf, but an Ultimate buff for Lifeline.



  • Bracelet buff
Apex Legends Cosplay Loba
Respawn Entertainment
Loba is among the list of Legends to be tweaked in the Season 9 update.

Loba mains have been begging for some improvements to her kit since she was first released, and hopefully, Season 9 will finally be that time.

Respawn have confirmed that they have “stuff” for Loba’s bracelet in Season 9. This could just mean a fix for the bugs that prevent her bracelet actually landing a lot of the time, or it could mean a more substantial improvement.

One change players might be hoping for is a quicker animation time, making Loba less vulnerable when entering/exiting the teleport.


  • “Big” nerf
Hoirzon looking to the sky in Apex Legends
Horizon’s “big nerf” is planned for Season 9, although it might not be ready in time.

Horizon has been getting cut back constantly after she released very strong. Nerfs in almost every subsequent update, to both her tactical and her ultimate, haven’t been enough to drop her out of the top spot as a Legend.


So, Respawn have plans. Although they haven’t said what exactly will be nerfed, Game Designer Daniel Klein said: “We weren’t ready with the big nerf for Horizon, so we shipped what he had first. Bigger nerf coming soon, hopefully S9, but no guarantees.”

It’s possible that Horizon escapes this big nerf at the start of Season 9, but expect it at some point.

Other Legends

The following Legends aren’t confirmed to be getting a buff yet, but Respawn have said they are looking into some improvements.


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The devs have been trying to work out the best way to improve Revenant’s spot in the meta for a while now, but haven’t confirmed anything yet. One potential idea was to change his hitbox – similarly to how they adjusted Wraith and Pathfinder, but in a more positive way.



There’s no guarantee that any buff will be coming for Crypto in Season 9, but the devs have said they’re looking into some potential improvements.

That’s all the buffs and nerfs we know of from official developer comments at this time. We’ll update this article with more as and when they are confirmed, ahead of Season 9.

Season 9 is set to start on May 4, so expect there to still be more news to come on Legend changes between now and then.