All Kings Canyon map changes in Apex Legends Season 8

Liam Mackay
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After being devastated by powerful explosives, Kings Canyon has returned in Apex Legends Season 8, but not as we know it.

In the launch trailer for Apex Legends Season 8, the arrival of the new Legend, Fuse, was disrupted by his rival, Maggie, blowing up the Apex Games.

However, the show must go on, and Apex Legends has returned to the classic Kings Canyon map in Season 8 but with significant changes. Much of the map has been reshaped, and there are new landmarks to explore, Explosive Holds to loot, and Observation Towers to climb.

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Here we break down all of the significant map changes for Kings Canyon in Apex Legends Season 8.

New Kings Canyon locations

Kings Canyon is rarely favored over the two other maps, World’s Edge and Olympus, but with the new season, Respawn Entertainment are hoping to change that.

Gone is the annoying orange tint plastered over Kings Canyon, and the map has now been made far more visually appealing with its removal. In a blog post, Apex Legends devs detailed everything new added to Kings Canyon.

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Crash Site

Apex Legends crash site

A massive gunship has crash-landed in Kings Canyon, opening up an entirely new area of the map. The door to Artillery has been burst open, which has opened up a pathway to this new location. Crash Site itself has the ship in the middle, which is covered in scaffolding, giving a “jungle gym” feel to the location.

This crash has spilled toxic waste into the water supplies, so ECHO (Ecological Cleanup and Hazard Outreach) have set up camps around the map to clean up the mess.

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The tunnel by Artillery has also been burst open, which leads to Crash Site as well as expanding the northern regions of the map.

Respawn Entertainment hopes that these new areas will “create all-new gameplay scenarios as teams explore the Northern section of Kings Canyon.”

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Spotted Lakes

The explosions that hit the Kings Canyon map have completely wiped Slum Lakes off the map and Spotted Lakes has taken its place, “which attributes its name to the unusual spots found in the flooded, contaminated waters.” This location has a dam in the middle with an ECHO camp on either side.

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It was previously difficult to rotate in and out of Slum Lakes, but the explosions have opened up new ways to get around. Part of the mountainside was destroyed, uncovering ancient leviathan bones and revealing a new pathway.

Explosive Holds

Also new to Kings Canyon are Explosive Holds. These work the same as loot vaults on the other maps which contain a plethora of high-tier loot if you can get inside.

Check out our guide for everything you need to know about these Explosive Holds and how to open them.

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Observation Towers

Apex Legends observation towers

Inside the ECHO camps are all-new Observation Towers. These are sniper’s nests that must be activated for them to be raised above the ground. These towers will be high risk, high reward with all players nearby being able to see and hear you activate it.

As long as you’re careful not to get sniped, you’ll be able to use the significant height advantage to control the area.

Further Kings Canyon map changes

In a bid to create more diversity and reduce third-partying on the map, Respawn have made several more changes to Kings Canyon.

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The Farm, which they describe as a “sweaty chokepoint,” has been removed to allow players to move through this area without having to worry about campers. As you explore Season 8’s Kings Canyon, there will be several little changes you will notice.

With only the northern half of Kings Canyon seeing significant change, we’d recommend landing there for high kills but stick to the quieter south if you’re only out to win.

Image Credit: Respawn Entertainment

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About The Author

Liam is CharlieIntel's Editor who focuses on Call of Duty but also plays lots of fantasy RPGs or anything else in his massive gaming backlog. After graduating in Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, Liam freelanced in games journalism before joining CharlieIntel in November 2020. You can contact Liam at [email protected].