How Apex Legends’ Daily And Weekly Challenges Work

Respawn Entertainment has detailed the Apex Legends Season 2 Battle Pass challenge system. On the game’s website lead product manager Lee Horn said the implementation “should allow for significantly greater Battle Pass progress with less grind over less time for players who return on a regular basis and maximize their challenge resets.”

Challenges for Apex Legends will be split into two types: daily and weekly, and completing them will contribute towards leveling up your Battle Pass. To minimize the grind, Respawn has said over half of the challenges will grant a Battle Pass level. The rest of the challenges will grant the player Stars which, when combined with match experience points, will work towards fulfilling a repeatable weekly challenge that also gives the player a full Battle Pass level with each completion. Importantly, Horn notes that Stars are XP specific to the Battle Pass and don’t impact account level progression.

Daily challenges come in the form of three tasks chosen randomly from a pool of 200. Examples include “deal 200 Damage in Bunker” and play one game as Lifeline.” They are designed to be achievable in short sessions and award 3,000 Stars each.

There will be seven weekly challenges and these are intended to be completed over several play sessions. They range from “get 20 Kills as Gibraltar, Bangalore, or Mirage” to “loot 100 Epic items.” Four of these weekly challenges award 6,000 Stars each and three grant an entire Battle Pass level upon completion. If you get a Battle Pass part-way through the season, challenges from previous weeks will also be accessible to latecomers.

On top of those, there will be three additional challenges that reset every week. This special set is the same every week and will refresh whether they are completed or not, as they relate to overall challenge progress. Take a look at a list of them below:

  • Complete five Daily Challenges: Rewards one Battle Pass level
  • Complete 10 Daily Challenges: Rewards one Battle Pass level Earn 9,000 Stars and/or match XP: Rewards one Battle Pass level
    • This quest may be repeated an unlimited number of times each week.
    • Each completion increases the Stars and/or match XP required for the next by 9,000, up to a maximum of 54,000. You need 9,000 for the first level, 18,000 for the second level, etc. This challenge resets to 9,000 each week.

Apex Legends Season 2 is set to begin on July 2 and, along with the new challenge system, there will be a new character: Wattson, the daughter of the man who built the Kings Canyon arena.

King’s Canyon will have several of its landmarks destroyed, as strange creatures instigate a change in the map. Titanfall 2’s L-Star is also being added as a Legendary Gold energy-based weapon, randomly dropping in Supply Drops like the Kraber and Mastiff. There are plenty of other Apex Legends Season 2 changes on the way, so fans of the battle royale game have lots to look forward to.

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FFXIV Shadowbringers Gunbreaker And Dancer Job Guide And Quest Location

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers is now available for those who pre-ordered it, and within this third expansion for Square Enix’s MMORPG are brand new Jobs (or classes). Dancer falls into the Ranged DPS role, throwing bladed chakrams to attack and using rhythmic steps to provide buffs. On the other hand, Gunbreaker is the new Tank and wields a gunblade (a la Squall Leonhart from Final Fantasy VIII) to lay down damage while taking hits for the team. You can see both classes in action during their Job quests in the video above.

Both Dancer and Gunbreaker require players to have at least one other Job/Class (Disciple of War or Magic) at level 60 before taking on the new Jobs. There are some important changes that come along with Shadowbringers and the 5.0 update–like the removal of TP, charge actions, and the higher level cap–and you can check out our breakdown of the biggest changes in Shadowbringers. You can also get the full rundown of what’s new in the 5.0 patch, or see a preview run of a new dungeon called Dohn Mheg.

Where To Find The Dancer Quest And How To Fight

The quest to unlock Dancer is called “Shall We Dance” and it’s located in Limsa Lominsa Lower Decks close to the main plaza Aetheryte–the coordinates are X: 9.8, Y: 12.0. After watching a few scenes you’ll be given your starting weapon and a chest to open containing your new gear.

The default Dancer gear set.

Dancers largely rely on chances for their stronger attacks (referred to as procs). Two basic attacks Cascade and Fountain both have a 50% chance of opening more powerful versions called Reverse Cascade and Fountainfall–use these when you can. You then have a 50% chance to build your Fourfold Feather gauge, which gives you access to the Fan Dance moves (these are attacks you can use freely outside of cooldown). The attacks Windmill and Bladeshower are the AOE equivalents that can open up the stronger Rising Windmill and Bloodshower.

The other mechanic to note is the rhythmic Standard Step–activating this will turn your attacks into button prompts to match a sequence. After two successful steps, you’ll get a a 60-second damage buff (similar to how Ninjas cast Huton through Ninjutsu to increase their attack speed).

The main challenge for the level 60 Job quest is in the final fight. You’ll want to be extra careful when whirlwinds are cast across the arena–avoid these at all cost. This is especially dangerous when the enemy is casting their auto-lock column attack that you can’t escape; if you’re hit while standing in a whirlwind, you’ll die immediately.

Where To Find The Gunbreaker Quest And How To Fight

The quest to unlock Gunbreaker is called “The Makings Of A Gunbreaker” and it’s found in New Gridania near the Aetheryte–the coordinates are X: 11.5, Y: 11.9. It’ll take you to Hawthorne Hut and around for an easy fight, then you’ll get your gear chest and weapon.

The default Gunbreaker gear set.

Like all Tanks, Gunbreaker specializes in pulling enmity (or aggro) and it’ll be necessary to have the ability Royal Guard active–to pull extra enmity, you have Provoke and to divert it when you’re in trouble, you have Shirk.

Gunbreaker’s basic attack rotation is pretty fun to execute and it basically goes like this: Keen Edge, Brutal Shell, Solid Barrel, then gain one cartridge in your Powder Gauge. With just one cartridge, you can go into a more powerful combo: Gnashing Fang, Savage Claw, Wicked Talon–these moves are also subject to cooldown, so when they’re not available, just use the strong standalone attack Burst Strike. And don’t forget that the Danger Zone attack lives on its own cooldown; use it when you can.

You also have a two-part AOE combo of Demon Slice and Demon Slaughter, which is very effective against groups of three or more enemies. This combo also generates a cartridge for the Powder Gauge in just two attacks, making Gunbreaker even more effective as a damage-dealer.

Buffs like Rampart, Nebula, and Reprisal help stave off damage taken while No Mercy boosts your attack power for a short period.

There are plenty of more details to parse in order to become the most effective Dancer or Gunbreaker, but those are the basics to help get you started. Note that these tips are based on the Jobs as they are at level 60.

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Pokemon Sword & Shield Dev Understands You’re Upset About National Dex Drama

Pokemon Sword and Shield are coming to Nintendo Switch this November. The games will be compatible with the new Pokemon Home service when it launches next year, allowing players to import their older monsters to the titles–albeit with some restrictions. As we learned during E3 2019, players won’t be able to transfer every old Pokemon over, and future games similarly may not support every monster–a controversial decision that has resulted in backlash from many fans. Now series producer Junichi Masuda has responded to the controversy.

In a message shared on the official Pokemon website, Masuda thanks fans for their love of the series and reiterates the decision to exclude Pokemon from the titles wasn’t made lightly. “Just like all of you, we are passionate about Pokemon and each and every one of them is very important to us. After so many years of developing the Pokemon video games, this was a very difficult decision for me,” Masuda said.

Despite the fact some Pokemon won’t be transferrable to Sword and Shield, Masuda assures that those monsters won’t be excluded from the series permanently. “I’d like to make one thing clear: even if a specific Pokemon is not available in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, that does not mean it will not appear in future games.”

Masuda first revealed that some Pokemon wouldn’t be compatible with Sword and Shield during at Treehouse Live demo at E3 2019. Masuda acknowledged this decision was a change from previous games and said it was ultimately made in part due to development time. As he explained through an interpreter:

“In previous games that worked with the Pokemon Bank service, you were able to–for example, in Sun and Moon–bring over any Pokemon, even if they weren’t in the Alola Pokedex. But with the transition to the Nintendo Switch hardware, being much more powerful [and] allowing us to be much more expressive with each of the individual Pokemon…at Game Freak we really spent a lot of time thinking about what the best way to move forward was, really preserving the quality of all the different Pokemon while also taking into account the battle balance, having so many different Pokemon available, all within a limited development time so we don’t keep fans waiting too long for every new entry in the series. And after a lot of discussion, we decided to come to a new direction.”

Sword and Shield launch for Switch on November 15. The games take place in the new Galar region. We don’t yet know how many monsters will be in the Galar Pokedex, but we’ve already gotten a glimpse at a variety of new and returning Pokemon. The games also introduce a new battle mechanic called Dynamaxing, which allows you to supersize a Pokemon for three turns during certain matches. For more on the titles, be sure to check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield pre-order guide.

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New PUBG PS4 And Xbox One Update Adds An Apex Legends Feature

For the first time since their launch, the console versions of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds received an update that the original PC version doesn’t. In the latest quality of life patch for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of PUBG, a new auto equip attachments feature–that works similarly to the one in Respawn’s Apex Legends–was added.

“[We’re adding] the auto-equip attachment feature to make looting more efficient,” PUBG Corp. console live service manager Kate Lee said in the company’s latest Quality of Life Console Update video. “By reducing the time it takes to equip an attachment, we’re hoping that players can find more time to focus on the strategic part of PUBG, but still enjoy the realistic feel that PUBG is known for.”

When it comes to automatically equipping attachments, you’ll have three options available: Auto Equip Attachments, Auto Equip Scope, and Auto Replace Attachments. All three can be enabled or disabled.

When enabled, Auto Equip Attachments automatically adds any attachment you pick up to your equipped firearms, provided the attachment fits. In order, PUBG will initially try to attach anything you pick up to your first primary weapon, then your second primary weapon, then your sidearm. Items that cannot be equipped will be put into inventory. Auto Equip Scope follows the same structure but only applies to weapon scopes. Finally, enabling Auto Replace Attachments transfers all applicable attachments from weapons you drop to the ones you pick up, so you don’t have to unattach everything before looting a new firearm.

The console update implements several more quality of life improvements as well, including bug fixes, minimap adjustments, and loot rebalances. The full patch notes are linked below.

PUBG June 26 Quality Of Life Console Patch Notes

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. A mobile version, called PUBG Mobile, exists as well.

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Where Is Xur Today? Destiny 2 Location And Exotics Item Guide (June 28-July 2)

Like clockwork, Xur has returned to Destiny 2 with another slate of Exotic items for purchase. There’s a lot happening in the game right now, with even more to come in the near future, but as always you’ll likely want to set aside a moment to head to the tentacle-faced merchant for some easy Exotics. Here’s where Xur is located this week and what Exotic weapon and armor he has for sale.

Where Is Xur?

Xur is located in the Tower for this visit. He can be found in his usual spot in the Hangar. Simply spawn in at the standard Courtyard landing zone and head to your left, making your way into the Hangar and then taking a left when you see Amanda Holliday. In the back of this section, near the open area, you’ll find Xur hanging out on a set of stairs just behind where the Dead Orbit vendor would be situated.

What Exotics Is Xur Selling?

It’s the standard lineup of one Exotic weapon and one piece of armor for each class, as always. The weapon is the pulse rifle Vigilance Wing, which fires five-round bursts and heals you when an ally dies. Of the four items Xur has this week, it’s one of two Exotics from the base game, rather than any of the expansions.

Hunters are the unlucky ones this week, also getting an Exotic from the base game: St0mp-EE5, the leg armor that buffs your sprint, slide, and jump. Titans get the One-Eyed Mask helmet, which marks targets that damage you (in Crucible, this lets you track their location through walls for a short time, which is tremendously useful). Successfully killing that enemy then gives you an overshield and damage boost. Finally, Warlocks get the Chromatic Fire chest armor, which causes elemental explosions when you pull off precision kills with a Kinetic weapon.

  • Vigilance Wing — 29 Legendary Shards
  • St0mp-EE5 (Hunter leg armor) — 23 Legendary Shards
  • One-Eyed Mask (Titan helmet) — 23 Legendary Shards
  • Chromatic Fire (Warlock chest armor) — 23 Legendary Shards

Beyond this, you can get a Fated Engram, which you can only buy one of per week but will decrypt into an Exotic you don’t already own. That costs a whopping 97 Legendary Shards. You can also pick up an Invitation of the Nine for nine Legendary Shards, giving you some special objectives to complete, or the Five of Swords challenge card to adjust Nightfall Strike modifiers.

Xur will stick around until the weekly reset on Tuesday, July 2, so make sure to visit him before then if you’re interested. That week will see some new content arrive, include the Lumina quest for Annual Pass owners. Additionally, Crucible players will see the return of Breakthrough.

In the meantime, make sure to knock out Werner 99-40’s bounties; once you do, you’ll get a set of treasure maps pointing to a reward. Check out our guides below for help doing that.

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Free Apex Legends Skins And More Coming To Twitch Prime Members For Prime Day

With Amazon Prime Day right around the corner, Twitch is getting in on the action with a whole host of giveaways and events. That includes exclusive in-game goodies for Respawn’s popular battle royale shooter, Apex Legends, as well as content for several EA Sports franchises.

Then on July 13, right before Prime Day, Twitch will host celebrity gaming tournaments in London and Las Vegas for both Apex Legends and FIFA 19. Lastly, Twitch will celebrate Prime Day itself on July 15-16 with “Twitch Sells Out,” a television-shopping-channel-style show featuring top streamers hawking gaming products that are on sale at Amazon. Although watching the esporting events and shopping show will be free, snagging the goodies and the Prime Day deals will require an Amazon Prime subscription. Check out the details below.

Free giveaways

On July 3, all Prime members will be rewarded with an exclusive Legend skin and weapon skin for Apex Legends. Then, throughout July and August, they will get three more Apex Legends skins, along with EA Sports content that has not yet been specified. As with other gaming subscriptions such as PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold, Twitch Prime also gives away free monthly PC games to subscribers, as an added bonus.

Twitch Prime Crown Cup

On July 13, the Twitch Prime Crown Cup comprises two separate events in both London and Las Vegas. Both events will stream for eight hours starting at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST. In London, fans will watch athletes and celebrities compete at FIFA 19, including Olympic gold medalist runner Sir Mo Farah, footballer Thierry Henry, and X Games gold medalist street skateboarder Leticia Bufoni.

Meanwhile, over in Las Vegas, musicians and other celebrities will go head-to-head in Apex Legends, including producer Murda Beatz and DJ Dillon Francis. For that tournament, Twitch promises that subscribers in Vegas will have the opportunity to actually jump into the game and directly compete against the celebrity players.

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Twitch Sells Out

On Prime Day itself (which is now two full days), Twitch will host two 12-hour streams from 10 AM PT to 10 PM PT in which top streamers will showcase gaming products and accessories on sale for Prime Day in the style of TV shopping channels, as a funny fusion of old and new media. The full roster of streamer hosts will be revealed on July 10. Twitch also promises to pepper the streams with previously-unseen demos and gameplay footage from anticipated upcoming titles. Co-streaming will be enabled for the entirety of both streams, allowing for any streamers to get in on that juicy affiliate revenue with the Blacksmith extension.

Twitch merch discounts

Prime members will also be able to save on hoodies, T-shirts, jackets, and other Twitch apparel and accessories from July 3-16. Use promo code PRIME2019 at checkout, and you’ll get 30% off your entire order. You can scope out everything that’ll be discounted at Amazon’s Twitch store.

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order – All Characters ; Introduction Videos and Art

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order - All Characters ; Introduction Videos and Art

Take a look at the roster for this ‘Ultimate’ RPG.

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Tetris 99-Like Battle Royale Game Announced For Mobile

The Nintendo Switch’s surprising battle royale-like Tetris 99 is getting some competition. A new Tetris battle royale game, Tetris Royale, is now in development for iOS and Android.

The Verge reports that the game is a mobile version of Tetris 99. It will feature a Solo Marathon mode and daily reward challenges, alongside its 100-player competitive mode. Though no release date has been announced, beta testing for the game will start sometime later this year.

Tetris 99 was announced during and released after a February 2019 Nintendo Direct. It’s free to download and play for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers and pits you against 98 other Tetris players around the world. Tetris 99 also recently added paid DLC that includes offline modes (CPU Battle and Marathon) for $10 USD / $14 AUD / £8 GBP.

In our Tetris 99 review, we said, “Tetris 99 may not be a proper battle royale game, but it taps into the same emotional well, where a large number of players vying for supremacy creates an ever-present intensity that’s difficult to shake. Add that layer to a game that’s plenty capable of instilling tension on its own, and you’ve got a riveting experience that even at its worst is still a game very much worth playing.”

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Super Mario Maker 2 Brings Back An Obscure Power-Up

Super Mario Maker 2 is now available on Nintendo Switch. Not only does the game feature nearly all of the tools available in its Wii U predecessor, it adds a ton of new features and items to tinker around with as well, such as some classic Mario enemies like the Angry Sun. But while the game makes most of its tools available from the outset this time around, there are still a couple of things to unlock, including an obscure power-up from the series’ past.

Spoilers follow for Super Mario Maker 2’s story mode.

Clearing Super Mario Maker 2’s new story mode will unlock a handful of goodies, including Game Boy graphic items for your Mii. The best rewards, however, are two new power-ups, one of which is the Superball Flower from the original Super Mario Land. This item can only be used in the Super Mario Bros. style and looks and functions similarly to the standard Fire Flower, except it allows you to lob “Superballs,” which will bounce around the level and ricochet off walls.

The other new power-up you receive for clearing story mode is the Super Hammer. This one can only be placed in the Super Mario 3D World game style, and it’ll transform Mario into his Builder form. It works somewhat like the hammer from the original Donkey Kong arcade game, allowing you to smash enemies and even break through hard blocks. Builder Mario is also able to conjure up boxes that you can then stand on.

Story mode is one of the many new features in Super Mario Maker 2. In this mode, Mario is tasked with helping rebuild Princess Peach’s castle. To do so, he’ll need to earn coins by taking on jobs, which come in the form of 100 Nintendo-made levels to complete. Mario Maker 2 also introduces local and online multiplayer. At launch, you’ll only be able to play online with strangers, but Nintendo will release an update that adds the option to play online with friends as well.

Super Mario Maker 2 has been received very positively by critics. GameSpot awarded it an 8/10 in our Super Mario Maker 2 review-in-progress. Critic Peter Brown wrote, “With the story mode and dozens of custom-built stages under my belt, I’m anxiously waiting for the floodgates to open upon Mario Maker’s 2 release. What I’ve played so far has proven, once again, that the Mario series is worth all the admiration it gets, and Mario Maker 2 is an excellent tool for picking it apart by pushing its enemies, mechanisms, and Mario, to their limit.”

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Holding Bonus XP Special Event This Weekend

You can earn some extra spell energy and XP in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite this weekend, thanks to a special event. An alert in the mobile game tells players about an upcoming Task Force Emergency, prompting all the wizards and witches to heed the call and lend a hand.

“A Task Force Emergency approaches! On Saturday [June 29], grab your wand and help the SOS Task Force contain a flare-up of Foundables. For a limited time, Inns will provide extra Spell Energy and Care of Magical Creatures Traces will award additional Family XP.”

The alert doesn’t list a start or end time for the event, so it’s unclear if it will be Saturday only or if it simply starts on Saturday. Whichever the case, try to get yourself some bonuses while you can.

Niantic recently addressed one of the top complaints from the community by making spell energy more plentiful, and this special event should bolster it even further for participating players. The developer also announced its first fan festival event to take place in Indianapolis later this summer. That promises to shed more light on the story of Wizards Unite, as well as provide some unique bonuses for those who can attend. It will be holding a lottery through the official site to open ticket sales.

If you’re just getting started with your wizarding world career, you may want to familiarize yourself with how it compares to Niantic’s other mobile hit, Pokemon Go. Or just read up on all of our Wizards Unite guides to be your best wizard or witch self.

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