The nerf Respawn promised for Apex Legends' powerful Charge Rifle is now live, slowing the weapon's fire rate and dampening its long-distance firepower. It follows a smaller tweak last week, which reduced its magazine capacity by one shot.
The fire rate has dropped from 1.1 shots/sec to 0.95 shots/sec, while the dev team has tweaked damage fall-off at distance: at 150m, it will still deal 90 damage for a charged shot, but that falls to 30 damage at 400m out.
The Charge Rifle also no longer takes extended energy magazines: instead, its base magazine capacity has been increased to four shots from three, in a reversal of last week's patch.
It's still a powerful weapon at mid-range, but the damage drop-off will make it much harder to kill far-off enemies.
The rifle was added as part of the Apex Legends Season 3: Meltdown update earlier this month.
Heads up, Legends: This morning we deployed a small patch that implemented the following changes to the Charge Rifle: 🔸Can no longer equip extended energy magazines🔸Base magazine capacity is now 12 (4 shots)🔸Fire rate reduced🔸Damage falloff has been modified pic.twitter.com/L3lfdExBHoOctober 25, 2019