Apex Legends devs officially nerf Bocek Bow in new update for Season 9: Legacy

Joseph Pascoulis
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Respawn Entertainment has announced that they will be releasing two separate updates for Apex Legends to address bugs and apply a Bocek Bow nerf.

Since Season 9: Legacy’s release on May 4th, players have noticed how strong the Bocek Bow can be, calling for it to be nerfed even as early as release day. Finally, Respawn has addressed how strong it is and will be issuing an update.

As well as some changes to the Bocek Bow, the update will also address the Spitfire and various bugs and issues for Valkyrie and Arenas.

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Apex Legends Bocek Bow nerf update

The Bocek Bow has been a popular topic of conversation within the Apex Legends community since Season 9: Legacy’s launch, for good and bad reasons.

Many players have enjoyed the unique weapon, which is unlike anything we have seen before in Apex Legends. It feels great and powerful while it’s in your hands. However, getting hit by it is a whole different story.

Many competitive pros have complained about its overpowered nature, with NiceWigg even stating that Season 9 would be the best yet if it weren’t for the Bocek Bow “ruining” the meta. This led to one developer from Respawn Entertainment confirming that a nerf would be coming for the weapon.

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Apex Legends Bocek Bow nerf

Respawn Entertainment posted an image of the changes early on Twitter that will be taking effect “late afternoon PT.”

Check out the tweet below for all the upcoming changes:

The Bocek Bow will have decreased max charge body shot damage from 70 to 60, which is a huge change and will definitely make the Bow a lot less powerful than it currently is.

Further, the tweaks and adjustments to the charge-up time, stack size, inventory slot count, and Deadeye’s Tempo charge time will make a noticeable difference and potentially balance the Bow back in line with the rest of the weapons.

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Apex Legends live balance designer John Larson also took to Twitter to discuss the changes:

“Before Legacy launched, we knew the Bow would be strong, and we debated whether or not to even ship it with 70 dmg. We erred on the strong side because it’s a really freakin’ cool weapon, and we wanted to make sure y’all gave it a chance.”

Hopefully, this update doesn’t kill the bow but rather makes it more balanced and still extremely fun and rewarding to use. For more updates on Apex Legends, keep it locked on Charlie INTEL and check out our recent article on the new datamined map coming to Arenas.

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Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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After graduating from the University of Southampton, Joseph joined CharlieIntel as a Games Writer after a short stint of freelance journalism. He enjoys most genres of games and will play anything that sparks his interest, but his expertise lies within the FPS category. If Joey isn't writing about games, then he's most likely playing them. You can contact Joseph at [email protected]