'Apex Legends' Update 1.26 Adds Grand Soirée Event & More - Patch Notes

Apex Legends update 1.26 is officially live on PlayStation 4, bringing the Grand Soirée event to all platforms. Like most event-themed patches, however, this one also features a few quality-of-life fixes for longstanding problems including muzzle flash, dashboarding and more. Read the full patch notes below courtesy of a post on the game's official subreddit.

Apex Legends Update 1.26 Patch Notes

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'Apex Legends' Grand Soirée event begins with the release of update 1.26. Read the full patch notes here. 'Apex Legends' is available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Respawn Entertainment/EA

Limited-Time Mode Arcade

  • Experience a different limited-time mode every two days, including familiar favorites and new additions

Introduction of Event Prize Track

  • Complete challenges to rack up Arcade points and earn increasingly prestigious rewards throughout the event

Direct Purchase Event Shop

  • Featuring exclusive Art Deco inspired cosmetics and other new additions to the core loot pool

For full details check out our blog here: https://www.ea.com/games/apex-legends/news/grand-soiree-arcade-event

Limited-Time Modes Schedule:

1/14 to 1/15 - GOLD RUSH DUOS

  • Gold Weapons only with you and a friend.

1/16 to 1/17 - LIVE.DIE.LIVE

  • Automatically respawn on living squadmates when the ring closes.

1/18 to 1/19 - THIRD-PERSON MODE

  • A classic out-of-body experience.

1/20 to 1/21 - ALWAYS BE CLOSING

  • Keep on the move, avoiding big damage from a ring that won't slow down.


  • Shotguns and Sniper Rifles with limited armor.


  • Play on Kings Canyon at Night.

1/26 to 1/28 - DUMMIES BIG DAY

  • This game ain't gonna test itself.


  • Fixes for various script and code errors that were causing crashes.
  • Fixed a bug where the out of bounds timer would not display when perching on top of some buildings in Capitol City.
  • Fix for cases we saw where players would receive a client error when fighting Wattson.
  • Fixed issue with Octane's "Laughing Fool" skin blocking player vision when using the 1x Holo Sight.
  • Fixed issue where players could get into unintentional hiding spots in the Train tunnels and around multiple buildings on the map.
  • Fixed bug where the mini map was showing an incorrect view of the landscape east of the Sorting Factory and Capitol City.
  • Fixed bug where the trajectory line wouldn't appear when trying to aim ordnance.
  • Fixes for cases where the final circle was ending in a bad location.
  • Fixed an issue with the Ghouls and Ghost Peacekeeper skin not displaying the correct animation in game.
  • Fixed the bug where a squadmate selects a character in Legend Select and the Legend is not displaying the skin that is currently equipped by the player.


  • Fixed a bug where if anyone picks up gold shields while inside of a Gibraltar dome shield they will receive 63% faster healing when it should stay at 50%
  • Fixed a couple bugs with Bloodhound Passive skill: players could not see timers when looking at enemy tracks [clues] and tracks would expire 30 seconds sooner than expected .
  • Fixed bug where Wraith could take damage from Thermite ordnance while using her Tactical or Ultimate abilities.
  • Fixed visual bug for when Crypto first drops into game, the Drone UI reports that it is "recharging" (as if it has been destroyed pre-drop), but progress does not complete / progress.
  • Fix for Wattson's Ultimate to prevent being able to deploy an Interceptor Pylon through walls.



  • Passive: Gibraltar revives squadmates faster while inside the Dome Shield.


  • Removed the bonus move speed Into the Void and Dimensional Rift at the same time. Wraith will now move at their combined movement speed when they are both activated.
  • Increased cooldown for Into the Void: 25 seconds -> 35 seconds.


  • Drone and EMP improvements.
  • Surveillance Drone increased the health 1 -> 30.
  • EMP no longer affects friendly traps/deployables.
  • EMP no longer slows friendlies.


  • Extended Energy Mags removed
  • HAVOC mag size: 32
  • Devotion mag size: 44

Designer notes:We know that the removal of energy mags seems a bit odd, but it will make much more sense with the release of Season 4! It takes a while to make the bigger changes you see in the new season updates, and we generally make sure to filter out these changes from preceding mid-season updates. This time we made a mistake and shipped a change that wasn't intended to go live until Season 4.


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The main feature of today's update is, of course, the Grand Soirée event. Starting now through January 20, players will have a chance to experience seven limited-time modes featuring everything from Kings Canyon to the highly requested third-person perspective. Over the course of each two-day mode rotation, players will accumulate points used to unlock a Mirage character outfit, weapon skins and more. Those who'd like to spend some real-world cash can direct purchase a series of snazzy skins from the in-game store.

While the Grand Soirée may be the main reason to return to the Apex Legends fray this month, update 1.26 also includes a series of bug fixes designed to appease the game's faithful audience that hasn't left. Chief among those adjustments are solutions for skin errors and out-of-bounds glitches The 1.26 patch also buffs Gibraltar and Crypto, which should appease mains of both Legends. As fans start to look toward the presumed start of Apex Legends Season 4 next month, update 1.26 is just what the doctor ordered. Between the Grand Soirée and critical fixes, Apex is finally in a good place to start adding new content.

Apex Legends is available now on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

What are your thoughts on the Apex Legends Grand Soirée? Does update 1.26 solve the game's biggest problems? Tell us in the comments section!