The Cost of the Battle Pass

The long-awaited battle pass and Season 1 – named the Wild Frontier – of Apex finally dropped today, and with it came new cosmetics and a new Legend. This pass goes up 100 tiers, very similar to Fortnite, and levels up every time the player levels up.

The battle pass, starting at level 1, costs 950 Apex coins, or around $10. Players can also purchase the battle pass and 25 levels for 2,800 coins, or about $30. Additionally, you can level up the pass individually for 150 coins a level. If players reach level 97 in the battle pass, they will earn enough coins to get the next season for free.

If you decide not to buy the Season 1 battle pass, there are still some rewards in store. Anyone who plays in Season 1 will receive 1 Wild Frontier Legend skin, 5 Apex packs, and 18 Wild Frontier stat trackers.

The Adrenaline Junky

New Legend, Octane, is live, alongside Season 1 and the battle pass. Octavio Silva spent most of his time bored. To remedy the situation, he recorded himself completing ridiculous stunts for his fans. To up the ante, he decided to launch himself over the finishing line of a Gauntlet using a grenade. This decision badly damaged his legs, effectively ending his daredevil ways. Not one to be easily defeated, Otavio convinced an old friend to help him replace his legs with bionic versions. After making this transition, he decided to compete in the Apex Games for the ultimate adrenaline rush.

Octane Kicking Mirage Courtesy of Polygon

Like many players expected, Octane seems to be a character based around speed and mobility. His abilities are as follows:

Tactical Ability: Stim

  • Move 30% faster for six seconds but costs health to use.

Passive Ability: Swift Mend

  • Automatically restores health over time.

Ultimate Ability: Launch Pad

  • Deploy a jump pad that catapults teammates through the air.

Most players aren’t surprised by the new Legend, as these specific abilities were leaked by data mining not long ago. The Apex team has been dropping hints in the game for the last couple of weeks, as players have continually come across these launch pads scattered around the map. In response to his release, I’m expecting to see a lot of Octanes running around my Apex matches for the next couple of days. Hopefully, his abilities will bring more to the game, allowing people to come up with crazy attack plans and flanks. All in all, he seems like an enjoyable character, and perhaps one of the best updates made to the game.