. Last updated: July 24, 2022
Recent pick rate numbers for Apex Legends Season 13 show that the game’s most recently added character, Heroic Defender Newcastle, is in dire need of a buff coming with Season 14.
Apex Legends’ unique and diverse character pool is one of the most celebrated aspects of battle royale, with fans always keen to try out new Legends as they fall and even shake up their main character.
Of course, however, we see metas emerging where the strongest legends are typically used the most, while the weakest barely even look at it.
While characters like Rampart and Crypto have long found themselves at the undesirable end of the Apex Legends spectrum, remarkably, the least-chosen Legend in the game is now the most recently added.
Newcastle’s Abilities in Apex Legends.
Apex Legends fans call for Newcastle buff amid terrible pick rate
The character in question is Newcastle, which was added with Season 13. While he was fairly popular, he has fallen off massively over the season and now has a pick rate of just 1.6%.
That’s less than some of the game’s most historical undesirables — with Crypto marginally higher, Mad Maggie at 1.9%, and Rampart at 2.3%.
The understandable result was that fans were demanding immediate and meaningful buffs for Newcastle when Season 14 arrives in August.
One player suggested he’s just a clumsy version of Gibraltar, saying: “His ability is a bit more technical than Gibby’s and definitely needs a buff. But for now, when you’re being hunted, throwing yourself on your feet helps keep the fire away from you.”
Another said the problem with his shield was how easily it can be destroyed: “How many times… I throw a shield at my feet and it just gets burned and I die. Whereas that would never happen with Gibby. It seems to me that Newcastle actually do worse in lobbies with worse players.”
Respawn has been very tight-lipped about the changes coming with Season 14, but as we get closer we expect details to emerge. We hope a Newcastle fan is high on the agenda.
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