June 20, 2024

Over the past 5 years, there have been a bajillion modifications to how issues work in Apex Legends. However in the event you ask me to pinpoint the most effective upgrades to the gameplay expertise, it will, with none doubt, must be the EVO Shields.

EVO Shields have been first launched as an occasion merchandise in Season 4 however ended up turning into a staple, changing regular physique shields in Season 6. This modification was furthered in Season 9 with the “Starter Equipment,” which noticed gamers drop in-game with a white EVO Defend, white helmet, white knockdown, two cells, and two syringes.

EVO Shields Get Large Overhaul

Regardless of this transformation, you had similar or higher-level armor on the bottom to select up and get an higher hand within the battle from the get-go. Nicely, that’s altering with Apex Legends Season 20. The primary large change to the sport subsequent season is that armors will not spawn as ground loot.

Each participant will now spawn with a white EVO Defend, which they should improve as they play the sport. One of many main causes for this transformation is, in fact, the brand new “Legends Improve” system that has been launched in Season 20. Nonetheless, Respawn additionally believes that eradicating shields as a lootable merchandise will cut back the “randomness” (or RNG), particularly within the early recreation, which performs an enormous function in a BR recreation like Apex.

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Now, you might ask, how does this have an effect on my recreation? Will upgrading EVO Shields be tougher? In the course of the digital briefing, I had the identical doubts, however they have been rapidly addressed by the dev staff.

Whereas the EVO XP for every armor tier has been vastly elevated (as you may see above), the sport now provides new methods to farm EVO along with dealing harm to different gamers. The non-combat methods to achieve factors are new EVO Harvesters, EVO Caches in drops, aiding your teammates, and different actions like scanning beacons or opening bins in-game.

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EVO Harvesters (L) and EVO Caches (R) in Apex Legends

That is going to vastly change how the sport feels, particularly because you’ll must put within the work to improve your armor and unlock perks. Now, with the fundamentals out of the best way, it’s time for the largest query that sweaty Wraiths and motion gamers may have.

“Legend Upgrades and Armor will solely influence Battle Royale modes (Pubs, Ranked, and Comp). Mixtape modes won’t have upgrades and can proceed to make use of Physique Shields this season,” as per the official weblog publish.

Since armor or shields are not ground loot, how does protect swapping work from Apex Legends Season 20? Nicely, right here is the reply.

Defend Cores and Overcharge in Apex Legends

Armor swapping continues to be within the recreation, however it has some nuance to it now. The physique shields have been swapped out for a brand new lootable merchandise referred to as Defend Core. Your armor in-game is now “powered by a Defend Core.”

So now, if you find yourself looting a physique, you will note these protect cores instead of physique shields. They may show the cost {that a} participant’s armor has – simply sounds difficult however is identical idea as earlier than. The colour of the protect core corresponds to the cost it might probably maintain.

So, a blue protect core equals 75HP blue armor (if charged absolutely). Now, let me be upfront as to how I feel the core cost thingy works. If a core doesn’t have full cost, which means the armor is damaged in present phrases, the rings within the core gained’t match the identical rely of the armor bars (2 for white, 3 for blue, 4 for purple, and 5 for pink).

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Momentary overcharge on selecting up a Purple Defend Core

Now, whereas that idea is simple to grasp, there’s a barely complicated side to it as nicely. Within the present model of the sport, you may select armor swaps primarily based on EVO remaining for the subsequent tier, marked by little pink and inexperienced arrows.

That not applies right here. In Season 20, in the event you decide up a Defend Core with the identical or decrease stage as you, then it is going to deliver your protect to that participant’s cost. Nonetheless, in the event you decide a Defend Core with a better stage than you, then a brand new “Overcharge” function will come into play.

Consider this because the non permanent shields you get from Conduit’s Tactical. It’s a short lived protect pool that can decay over time (held for 30 seconds), bringing the armor again to its most capability. It’s worthwhile to acquire EVO to deliver your armor to the identical stage because the core. Tremendous complicated, I do know, however it is going to type of make sense when you check out these modifications.

Lastly, the Defend Cores may be dropped or swapped for different cores at any time. Which means you may nonetheless accumulate cores as a substitute of protect swaps to get an higher hand over your enemies in-game. So, what are your ideas on these EVO modifications? Good or dangerous? Tell us within the feedback beneath.


Getting my begin with expertise journalism again in 2016, I’ve been working within the business for over 7 years. Presently, because the Editor of Beebom, I am main the protection on the web site. Whereas my experience lies in Android, Home windows, and the apps world, discover me studying manga, watching anime, and taking part in Apex in my free time.