Season 1 of Apex Legends will quickly be upon us (arriving maybe as early as subsequent week), and apart from information of the approaching Battle Pass, the information everyone seems to be clamouring to listen to extra about is the whispers of a brand new Legend known as Octane – the so-called “High Speed Daredevil”. If latest leaks and datamines are to be believed, it’s seemingly this would be the new Legend promised to coincide with the beginning of Season 1, and their skillset ought to provide one thing slightly completely different to what we’ve skilled with every other character to date.
Our Apex Legends Octane information will delve into every part we learn about this new Legend, from talents and potential playstyles to data and hypothesis relating to hitbox dimension and different particulars. Let’s get caught into studying about this new character that appears to dwell life on the sting – fairly actually.
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Apex Legends Octane information – new character, talents, data
We’ve acquired a good quantity to cowl with Octane, the potential ninth character to enter Apex Legends’ vibrant and numerous roster of heroes. To skip to a selected part, merely click on on any of the hyperlinks beneath to be introduced straight there.
|Octane release date – when will Octane be added?|
|Apex Legends Octane character overview|
|Octane hitbox vs other Legends|
Apex Legends Octane launch date – when will Octane be added?
First, let’s get the apparent out of the way in which: when can we anticipate to have the ability to begin enjoying as Octane? Well, whereas we don’t know for sure, it appears pretty clear that this would be the new character that we had been promised to obtain alongside the grand opening of Apex Legends Season 1, set to reach someday this month. According to a latest leak, Season 1 may very well start on 12 March – subsequent Tuesday. So we actually gained’t have lengthy to attend if this seems to be the case.
Whenever Octane is launched, you possibly can after all anticipate everybody and their moms to all be clamouring to check out the brand new Legend, so chances are you’ll must depend on being first to choose amongst your teammates if you wish to attempt them out – although right here’s to hoping Respawn could have added the power to enter Training Mode with completely different characters for Season 1 – and probably the power to play Solos or Duos too. Now wouldn’t that be good?
For full particulars on every part to anticipate with Season 1, check out our new and in-depth Apex Legends Patch Notes information.
Apex Legends Octane character overview
So, above is a better take a look at what Octane will seem like once they arrive onto the Apex Legends stage. Kitted out with goggles and a fuel masks paying homage to Caustic (although a bit of extra… toothy), we’re not precisely certain if Octane is totally human. The vibrant inexperienced tubing and Matrix-esque sockets embedded into their abdomen and arms point out that they use chemical substances to boost their fight prowess (suggesting they’re at the very least partly natural); however every part beneath the waist seems to be very decidedly metallic.
It’s seemingly that we’re taking a look at a cyborg with an aura and hazard about them, alongside the traces of “no one has ever seen their face and lived to tell the tale” type of hazard. Meanwhile, their talents, which we’ll take a look at in nearer element in only a second, all revolve round self-damage and really excessive mobility and repositioning potential, making Octane very appropriate for gamers with an aggressive, high-risk-high-reward playstyle on the subject of coping with enemy groups.
Octane hitbox vs different Legends
The above is a composite of varied hitbox images created by YouTuber “SookieSpy”, which deliver to mild the unbelievable discrepancies in character hitboxes in Apex Legends.
There’s clearly a really clear distinction between the tiny mannequin and hitbox of Wraith and the huge slab that’s Gibraltar – and Respawn have promised that Season 1 will deliver modifications each to hitboxes and to character talents with the intention to compensate for this discrepancy.
Seeing as Octane is wanting like they’ll arrive with Season 1 alongside these modifications, it’s seemingly we’re taking a look at a hitbox for Octane that lies someplace in the midst of this chart, in order to not additional widen this discrepancy. Judging from the leaked photographs to date, their construct and stature places them roughly alongside Bloodhound, Mirage, and Bangalore when it comes to hitbox dimension – a really respectable dimension, significantly once you begin to take into account the Bangalore-esque motion velocity enhance that Octane will obtain with their Tactical potential.
Octane talents leak
Now the query is: will we imagine this so-called “leak”? Well, we’ll hopefully discover out quickly sufficient both manner, however we’ve cause to imagine the notion of the talents themselves are correct (although we might after all see modifications to precisely how they take impact, stats, and so forth). A latest dataminer found the strings “octane_stim_inject” and “octane_stim_release” inside Apex Legends’ game recordsdata, corroborating on the very least the latest information of Octane’s Tactical potential.
Let’s take a better take a look at every of those talents in flip and the way one may use them when Octane lastly arrives in King’s Canyon.
|Swift Mend||While not taking harm, Octane restores well being over time.|
Octane’s Passive, Swift Mend, would be the solely different type of therapeutic in a capability apart from Lifeline‘s Tactical Drone, and it is utterly integral to Octane’s total construct when you think about their talents collectively. The potential permits Octane to mechanically restore well being over time each time they aren’t taking harm. Sounds fairly nice to date.
Now, there are some things to consider right here. First is that it appears like this potential will solely have an effect on well being, not shields. Which is nice when you consider it, as a result of it means Octane can prioritise Shield therapeutic objects over Health consumables, serving to with total stock administration (for more information on all of the completely different therapeutic objects within the game, check out our Apex Legends healing items information).
Second is the caveat that the heal solely happens if you find yourself not taking harm. In actuality, that is more likely to imply there’s a hidden delay of some seconds after taking harm once you gained’t profit from this Passive; and every new occasion of harm resets this delay. So you possibly can’t depend on therapeutic your manner via a combat like you possibly can utilizing Lifeline’s Drone. And you additionally gained’t be capable of use it to fight harm inflicted by the Apex Legends Ring.
Third – we don’t know the speed of Octane’s therapeutic. It’s seemingly to not be very quick in any respect (or it might be overpowered) – and contemplating its synergy with Octane’s Tactical, which takes away 10% of your Health every time you employ it, the therapeutic price is more likely to be one thing within the area of 1-2 Health per second (or per 1.5 seconds, like how Ring harm works), to make sure that the downside of utilizing your Tactical isn’t fully negligible.
But regardless, this looks as if a really helpful and dependable Passive potential that ought to delay your survivability whereas nonetheless forcing you to have good game-sense and decision-making on the subject of when to combat or duck behind cowl.
|Adrenaline Junkie||Move 30% sooner for six seconds. Costs 10% well being. Immune to slows whereas lively.|
Here’s the place Octane’s skillset begins to look actually interesting – at the very least in my view. But then I’m a sucker for mobility and motion augmentations of any form. Hence my maining as Wraith, Bangalore, and Pathfinder.
It’s additionally good as a result of right here we’ve acquired some precise stats to speak about as properly. Octane’s Tactical, Adrenaline Junkie, permits them to sacrifice 10% of their well being with the intention to transfer 30% sooner for six seconds, whereas additionally being proof against slows whereas this potential is in impact. Amazing, significantly when mixed with their Passive. But let’s break this down little by little.
Costs 10% well being. Now wait: is that this present well being, or most well being? I’d assume most well being – however then why not say “10 health”? Why say “10% health”? There are three doable solutions right here:
- I’m studying an excessive amount of into this.
- It’s 10% of your present well being.
- It’s 10% of your most well being, and the truth that they put “10%” as a substitute of “10” suggests Respawn are wanting into completely different well being swimming pools for various characters.
It’s in all probability the primary choice, however nonetheless… That’s acquired me much more to see their plan for Season 1.
Anyway, 10 self-damage is nothing for a 30% velocity enhance for six seconds. To put this into perspective, Bangalore’s Passive at the moment permits her to maneuver 40% sooner for two seconds, although Respawn are bringing this right down to 30% for Season 1. Bloodhound’s Ultimate permits them to maneuver 25% sooner. Wraith’s Ultimate… is unclear, however seems to be very barely sooner than Bloodhound’s Ultimate.
So Octane’s motion buff will truly be stronger than Bangalore’s Passive in Season 1 – and rightly so, because it prices 10 well being every time. But the actual kicker is that you simply’re proof against slows corresponding to from Arc Stars, Nox Gas, Bangalore’s or Gibraltar’s artillery strikes… Presumably this additionally signifies that in case you are hit by such a sluggish, you possibly can pop your Tactical with the intention to instantly take away the impact. Now that’s fairly candy.
Those leaked game file strings, “octane_stim_inject” and “octane_stim_release” point out to me that there will likely be a brief wind-up animation earlier than the power takes impact (as you inject your self with some type of great adrenaline cocktail, little doubt), which can present one other slight draw back to this potential. But then, it’s the identical with Wraith’s Tactical, and an important many different talents in Apex Legends that also present nice advantages. Regardless, a Wingman-touting Octane strafing backward and forward with a 30% motion buff goes to be a reasonably rattling scary factor to take care of.
|Launch Pad||Deployable soar pad that catapults customers via the air.|
Launch Pads are right here! Octane’s Ultimate look similar to Wraith’s Ultimate in that each present fast journey and repositioning utility both for your self or for your complete crew – and I additionally see no cause why these Launch Pads wouldn’t be useable by enemy gamers too. So in actual fact, they’re very related talents when you consider it.
We can solely assume that you simply drop the Launch Pad at your toes like Gibraltar’s Dome or Caustic’s Nox Gas Traps, and it rapidly transforms right into a Launch Pad which you could soar onto to ship your self careening via the air. What will make a giant distinction relating to this Ultimate’s effectiveness is whether or not it reactivates rocket boots like scorching air balloons do, or whether or not it merely sends you hurtling via the air extra like an excellent Pathfinder Grappling Hook.
Another factor is whether or not (if it doesn’t redeploy your rockets) utilizing this potential will make you proof against fall stuns, or whether or not you will have to recollect to melee as you hit the bottom to negate that stun time. Hopefully it’s the previous, or that will find yourself being a slightly annoying downside to utilizing the Launch Pad to cross higher distances.
I’d additionally wish to know whether or not activating your Tactical beforehand (or whereas within the air) will improve your momentum and the gap you possibly can journey utilizing certainly one of these Launch Pads. I’d very very like this to be the case, just because it provides extra alternatives for synergising your talents as Octane. Regardless, this may little doubt be a enjoyable potential to make use of; its true effectiveness will depend on its cost time, and the style by which it catapults you thru the air.
All I’ll say is that it doesn’t sound fairly as helpful or protected as Wraith’s Portals, so it should have a decrease cost time to compensate for this. I’d like to see Launch Pad have the identical quick 1m 30s cost time as Pathfinder’s Zipline Gun, so there’s an actual concentrate on bouncing all around the map. It appears to suit Octane’s – ahem, high-octane playstyle.
And that’s all we have now for now on Octane, however as extra information piles in (and naturally, with Octane’s launch) we’ll be including tonnes extra data and tricks to this web page so you possibly can actually get essentially the most out of Apex Legends’ newest character.