'Apex Legends' Update 1.60 Adds Chaos Theory Event and Ring Fury - Patch Notes

Apex Legends Season 8 continues, with Caustic's first Town Takeover and the Chaos Theory Collection Event. While this festivity has been a leaked quantity for quite some time, it's nice to finally see what it's all about. Discover its secrets and get the latest list of buffs and nerfs in the official patch notes.

Apex Legends update 1.60 patch notes

New Content

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'Apex Legends' update 1.60 has arrived, adding the Chaos Theory takeover. Read the full patch notes below. 'Apex Legends' is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Respawn Entertainment/EA
  • Caustic Town Takeover: Water Treatment becomes Caustic Treatment. It's a new point of interest with potent fumes.
  • Ring Fury Mode: Standard Battle Royale, but additional Ring Flares appear at different points on the map after each round. Ring Flares do as much damage as the current ring. Ring Flares will increase the longer the event goes on.
  • Heat Shields: These items prevent Ring and Ring Flare damage. They occupy the new Survival Slot, which doesn't impact your gear.
  • No-Fill Matchmaking: Play in a Duos or Trios queue by yourself if you dare.

Legend Updates

Caustic

  • Nox Gas Grenade cooldown increased from 2.5 minutes to 3.5 minutes.
  • Nox Gas damages at a flat rate of 5hp per tick instead of ramping up from six hp → 12hp.

Pathfinder

  • Removed Low Profile

Gibraltar

  • Removed 15 percent faster heal item usage while in Dome of Protection.
  • Damaging a Gibraltar's Gun Shield now counts as damage towards Evo Shield and stats
  • Damage that exceeds the Gun Shield's 50hp will now bleed through to damage Gibraltar

Horizon

  • Increased Black Hole cooldown from two minutes to three minutes

Revenant

  • Revenant's Silence now disables Mirage's cloaked revive & respawn as well as Octane's Swift Mend.

Wattson

  • Wattson now has passive shield regen at 0.5 hp/s (half of Octane's current health regen rate).

Rampart

  • Explosives damage Amped Cover normally, instead of inflicting 200 damage.
  • Explosives damage Sheila normally, instead of inflicting 175 damage.

Weapon Update

Weapon Optics

  • All gold AR and LMG default optics updated to 2x Bruiser.

Mastiff

  • Pellet damage decreased from 13 → 11. Fire rate increased from 1.0 → 1.1.

Wingman

  • +one bullet to every magazine size, including base.

Hemlok

  • Increased hip-fire spread.

Quality of Life Changes

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The Caustic Treatment point of interest has replaced Water Treatment. Respawn Entertainment/EA
  • Kings Canyon Loot - we've done a pass on the loot to bring up the quality across the map, while also maintaining a certain amount of loot after Mirage Voyage has flown away.
    • The wooden shacks across the map should have a few more pieces each, and generally be a little higher quality.
    • Spotted Lake has been reduced to Medium Quality from High.
    • Crash Site has redistributed the loot in the area slightly. The amount stays the same, but the higher quality loot should be in the ship.
    • Caustic Treatment has more loot than Water Treatment, and it remains High Quality.
  • Locked Weapon Optic Swapping - For guns with fully locked attachment slots, like fully-kitted gold weapons and most crate weapons, you can now remove the optic and replace it with a different sight. This does not apply to the Kraber sniper rifle.
  • Assists have been added to the in-game HUD, next to kills. This was already present in Ranked and now has been added to unranked. Assists still don't contribute to XP. This has replaced the Spectator "eye" icon.
  • Assists and Knocks have been added to your squad's banners and will show at the end of a match.
  • Club names now appear on Match Summary and Champion screen if all players are part of the same club.
  • Items will no longer "stick" to Crafting Replicator when dropped on the Replicator.
  • Badge Progress - for badges that have longer amounts of progress, hovering over the badge will show you more information. For example, if you're trying to get 50 wins as Lifeline, you'll now see that you have 45 instead of somewhere between 15 and 50.
  • Ping My Deathbox - While respawning on a dropship, you can now ping your own deathbox to help locate it easier.
  • Gold Backpack - Players being revived by a gold backpack will have a crackle of energy—based on the tier of armor they wear—while the revive is taking place. They will also display the armor heal FX when the revive is finished. This change should help players prioritize pushing a revive in progress.
  • Players on PC can now go back to the title screen from the lobby to allow switching of data centers without restarting the game.
  • Added numbers to the Advanced Look Controls. This should help people experiment and easily revert back to their favorite settings.
  • When scanning a beacon for Ring 6, you should now be able to see the location where Ring 6 finishes.
  • Inspect Weapon - Since the Survival Slot took its button on controller (we only have so many buttons!), Inspect Weapon has been moved to the emote wheel by default. It can be bound to any key on PC.

Bug Fixes

Gibraltar

  • Corrected an issue with Gibraltar not getting hit registrations when simultaneously releasing ADS and shooting while his Gun Shield was up

Wraith

  • Wraith players can no longer cancel Into the Void by jumping at a wall
  • The New Skydive Emote will now work with Legendary Skins

Caustic

  • Fixed a bug that was causing Nox Gas to flicker for some players affected by it

Octane

  • Repeatedly using the same jump pad no longer disables double-jumps
  • Players are no longer allowed to "glide" along a wall after using the jump pad

Crypto

  • Crypto's animation to bring out his Drone is no longer skippable by throwing a holospray
  • Crypto can no longer teleport to a replicator
  • Reloading the Mastiff and 30-30 will no longer be faster while in Crypto's drone

Loba

  • Fixed a few areas Loba could teleport into that would get her stuck

Rampart

  • Players can no longer use Sheila to get under the world when placed too close to the Phase Runner in Olympus

Horizon

  • Fixed the Gravity Lift falling through the floor when used on the train tracks in World's Edge's Sorting Factory
  • Using a zipline after a Gravity Lift will no longer increase accuracy

Fuse

  • Motherload will now damage and destroy jump pads
  • When under a small enclosure, players will no longer be pushed out after using Motherload
  • Players can no longer double their grenades after looting a dead Fuse's deathbox

Mastiff

  • Dropping and picking up the Mastiff will no longer cause it to be reloaded

3030 Repeater

  • Dropping and picking up the 30-30 will no longer cause it to be reloaded
  • 30-30 will now have spread deviation when ADS firing and jumping

MISC

  • Fixed a bug preventing Steam users from sending friend requests to each other
  • Usernames now update when a user swaps between the Origin Client to the Steam Client
  • Fixed a bug preventing players from creating or joining clubs due to their EA Account already being associated with another platform.

The main feature of Apex Legends update 1.60 is, of course, all the new content for the Chaos Theory Collection Event and Caustic Town Takeover. Starting with Chaos Theory, its featured mode is called Ring of Rage. In contrast to Locked & Loaded, which has become a mainstay for years, this is an entirely fresh concept that involves defined ring movement with several smaller rings scattered throughout the map. It's very different from traditional battle royale, and it makes us wonder if there's any benefit to risking that additional ring damage. On the cosmetics side, Bangalore finally gets an heirloom too, which is a nice win for those who opt to earn it.

As far as the smaller bug fixes and tweaks are concerned, Apex Legends update 1.60 nerfs Caustic's gas, makes Pathfinder easier to hit, gives Wattson a decent passive and offers a buff to Rampart that makes her a more viable choice in the current meta. On the Legend side we're a bit surprised Horizon wasn't the focus of a major nerf given her popularity, but recent statements from Respawn suggest she'll be a much more prominent part of the Season 9 update in the coming months. Byond these more obvious changes, though, the ability to switch optics on Gold weapons is also a pretty big deal. This Season 8.1 update has been a long time coming, and it largely delivers on fans' lofty expectations.

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

What do you think of the latest Apex Legends update? Will you be joining the fight during the Chaos Theory event? Tell us in the comments section!