Massive Apex Legends Wattson buff arrives in Season 11

Joseph Pascoulis
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The Season 11 patch will introduce some Apex Legends Wattson buffs that may entice a lot of players to pick her up as their new main.

Apex Legends Season 11 will be introducing loads of new content for players, from a brand new SMG to the highly anticipated new map, Storm Point.

As well as all this, just like every big seasonal update brings, there will also be some balance changes. A few of the weapons will be receiving buffs and nerfs, while only one Legend will be getting a major change, Wattson.

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Let’s check out the Apex Legends Wattson buffs coming in Season 11.

Apex Legends Wattson buff

First off, Wattson’s hitbox will be receiving some changes, many will say this is a nerf, but we doubt players will even notice it, as her hitbox will be more in line with Legends like Horizon.

  • General hitbox size increase, to compensate for the removal of low profile in the Legacy update.
Wattson hitbox season 11 patch notes

Next, Wattson’s kit will be getting a variety of changes, as her Tactical and Ultimate abilities are all getting some buffs.

For some time now players have felt that Wattson’s kit is too complicated for how much you get out of it, but after the following buffs her abilities look strong:

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Tactical – Perimeter Defense

  • Increased damage on crossing a Fence by 33%. (15 to 20)
  • Increased debuff duration on crossing a Fence by 100%. (1.5 to 3 seconds)
  • Increased the time allowance to be hit again by a subsequent Fence effect by 100%. (0.5 to 1 second).
  • Decreased recharge time by 50% (30 to 15 seconds).
  • Increased placement range by 50%.
  • Decreased the delay between Fences shutting off and reactivating after an ally passes through them by 60%. (1.0 -> 0.4 seconds)
  • Wattson now moves at Unarmed-speed while readying/placing Fence nodes.
  • Fence nodes can now be placed as soon as the weapon is readied, instead of waiting for the animation to finish.
apex legends wattson fences

Ultimate – Interception Pylon

  • The Pylon output has been significantly reworked.
    • Reduced the number of active Pylons Wattson can place from 3 to 1.
    • The Pylon now lasts forever (instead of timing out after 90 seconds).
    • The Pylon now has a pool of 250 Shields that can be distributed to nearby players, instead of effectively infinite Shields.
    • Increased the Pylon shield recharge rate by 150%, and smoothed regen rate. (2/second -> 5/second, or more accurately: 1/0.5 seconds -> 1/0.2 seconds)
    • When a Pylon is out of Shields, it no longer recharges players’ Shields, but can still zap incoming ordnance.
    • Taking damage while regenerating Shields via the Pylon delays continued regeneration by 1 second.
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  • The UI on the ground and HUD elements now displays the amount of Shields that remain in the Pylon.
  • Pinging a friendly Pylon will now display the percentage of Shields remaining in the Pylon.
  • Pylon ordnance-zapping has been moderately reworked.
    • Ordnance is now zapped when the Pylon detects that it would hit any surface within range and line of sight of the Pylon, instead of being zapped as soon as it comes within range.
    • As a part of the changes, current issues where the Pylon doesn’t reliably zap ordnance (particularly concerning airstrike abilities, and ordnance that bounced off surfaces near the Pylon) should now be addressed.

As you can see, the developers are pushing hard on making Wattson’s kit more useful and fun, as well as giving her some well-needed strength.

Wattson could be among the most powerful Legends in Season 11, so you might want to get some practice in with her now!

For more on Apex Legends, check out our guide on the devs plans to fix the server issues.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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About The Author

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]