Season 1 of Apex Legends was launched with a patch on 19th March, and brought with it the "Wild Frontier" of a brand new Apex Legends Battle Pass; the speedy adrenaline-junkie that is Octane; and a host of balance changes, ability adjustments, and quality of life features. We'll go through every bit of it in our Apex Legends Season 1 guide, walking you through everything you need to know about the Battle Pass and all the new changes Season 1 has wrought.
This Season 1 guide is just one small part of our massive Apex Legends guides series, all of which you can peruse by heading to our Apex Legends tips page. There you'll find tonnes of tips and strategies for all skill levels, as well as links to other pages on everything from the various Apex Legends characters to all of the stats and spray patterns for different Apex Legends guns & weapons, and much more.
Apex Legends Season 1 guide - Battle Pass details, roadmap, new characters
Below we'll go over not just the release of Apex Legends Season 1 and its associated Battle Pass, but everything we know of the Apex Legends roadmap of things to come. Use the links below to skip ahead to any of these sections as you desire.
|Apex Legends Battle Pass cost and details|
|Battle Pass rewards, skins, and cosmetics|
|New character - Octane|
|Changes to character abilities and hitboxes|
|Apex Legends roadmap - future updates and content|
You can now purchase the new Apex Legends Battle Pass for Season 1 from the main menu in-game, via the Battle Pass tab at the top of the screen. You can choose to buy either the Battle Pass on its own for 950 Apex Coins (requiring a purchase of 1000 Apex Coins from the store for £7.99/$10.57), or you can buy the Battle Pass bundle for 2,800 Apex Coins (requiring a purchase of £23.98/$31.73 worth of Coins), which unlocks the first 25 tiers of the Battle Pass with the purchase, giving you all those cosmetic rewards immediately.
In order to unlock these cosmetics normally, all you really need to do is play the game and earn XP to increase your Battle Pass level (which incidentally is completely separate from your ordinary player level, so don't worry about that). With each new Battle Pass level, you'll unlock a new reward, all of which are listed below. You will also fully recoup the cost of the Battle Pass once you reach Battle Pass Level 97, according to the devs. This will allow you to purchase Season 2's Battle Pass for free if you play enough during Season 1.
Respawn have also added a feature where you can increase the amount of XP you earn by playing as a variety of different characters instead of sticking to just one, because, as they say, "we believe true mastery in Apex Legends means being a badass with anyone in any situation at any time". This will hopefully also encourage more variety in terms of team composition over the course of Season 1, instead of just seeing the same old Wraith/Lifeline/Bangalore picks time after time.
Some of these newly introduced cosmetics are free for everyone regardless of whether they buy the Battle Pass or not. In this respect it's rather like Fortnite's own Battle Pass; as you earn XP you unlock rewards regardless, but if you have the Battle Pass you'll unlock much more of them, and more quickly.
Battle Pass rewards, skins, and cosmetics
Below is a full table of all the rewards offered at each level of the Apex Legends Battle Pass. There's a lot of them, so I'd strongly encourage you to use the search bar at the top of the table if you're looking for one particular item.
|Battle Pass Level||Rewards||Type|
|1||Lifeline Skin (Revolutionary) Mirage Skin (Outlaw) Wraith Skin (Survivor)||Premium|
|2||Triple Take Skin (Harvest) Apex Pack||Premium Free|
|3||Wraith Tracker (Season 1 Kills as Wraith)||Premium|
|4||Hemlok Skin (Patchwork) Gibraltar Tracker (Season 1 Wins as Gibraltar)||Premium Free|
|5||Wild Frontier Level 5 Badge||Premium|
|6||Bangalore Quip (Opening season. No time for an FNG) Pathfinder Tracker (Season 1 Wins as Pathfinder)||Premium Free|
|7||50 Apex Coins||Premium|
|8||Bloodhound Tracker (Season 1 Kills as Bloodhound) Wraith Tracker (Season 1 Wins as Wraith)||Premium Free|
|9||Prowler Skin (Navigator)||Premium|
|10||Wild Frontier Level 10 Badge Bangalore Tracker (Season 1 Wins as Bangalore)||Premium Free|
|11||50 Apex Coins||Premium|
|12||BP Point Boost (2.5% Survival Time) Apex Pack||Premium Free|
|13||Mirage Frame (Funny Bones)||Premium|
|14||Longbow Skin (Navigator) Bloodhound Tracker (Season 1 Wins as Bloodhound)||Premium Free|
|15||Wild Frontier Level 15 Badge||Premium|
|16||Mirage Quip (It's opening season, gotta love it...) Caustic Tracker (Season 1 Wins as Caustic)||Premium Free|
|17||50 Apex Coins||Premium|
|18||Octane Frame (Flight Risk) Mirage Tracker (Season 1 Wins as Mirage)||Premium Free|
|19||Spitfire Skin (Patchwork)||Premium|
|20||Wild Frontier Level 20 Badge Lifeline Tracker (Season 1 Wins as Lifeline)||Premium Free|
|21||50 Apex Coins||Premium|
|22||BP Point Boost (2.5% Survival Time) Octane Tracker (Season 1 Wins as Octane)||Premium Free|
|23||Wraith Frame (Silk Road)||Premium|
|24||Mozambique Skin (Navigator) Apex Pack||Premium Free|
|25||Wild Frontier Level 25 Badge||Premium|
|26||Epic Apex Pack Caustic Tracker (Season 1 Damage Done as Caustic)||Premium Free|
|27||Pathfinder Quip (It's the season opening)||Premium|
|28||Mirage Tracker (Season 1 Kills as Mirage) Bangalore Tracker (Season 1 Damage Done as Bangalore)||Premium Free|
|29||Kraber Skin (Harvest)||Premium|
|30||Wild Frontier Level 30 Badge Gibraltar Tracker (Season 1 Damage Done as Gibraltar)||Premium Free|
|31||50 Apex Coins||Premium|
|32||BP Point Boost (2.5% Survival Time) Bloodhound Tracker (Season 1 Damage Done as Bloodhound)||Premium Free|
|33||Pathfinder Tracker (Season 1 Kills as Pathfinder)||Premium|
|34||EVA-8 Skin (Patchwork) Apex Pack||Premium Free|
|35||Wild Frontier Level 35 Badge||Premium|
|36||Caustic Quip (Opening season. Very well) Lifeline Tracker (Season 1 Damage Done as Lifeline)||Premium Free|
|37||50 Apex Coins||Premium|
|38||Caustic Tracker (Season 1 Kills as Caustic) Octane Traker (Season 1 Damage Done as Octane)||Premium Free|
|39||Flatline Skin (Navigator)||Premium|
|40||Wild Frontier Level 40 Badge Wraith Tracker (Season 1 Damage Done as Wraith)||Premium Free|
|41||50 Apex Coins||Premium|
|42||BP Point Boost (2.5% Survival Time) Mirage Tracker (Season 1 Damage Done as Mirage)||Premium Free|
|44||Alternator Skin (Patchwork) Pathfinder Tracker (Season 1 Damage Done as Pathfinder)||Premium Free|
|45||Wild Frontier Level 45 Badge||Premium|
|46||Gibraltar Quip (It's opening season) Apex Pack||Premium Free|
|47||50 Apex Coins||Premium|
|48||Gibraltar Tracker (Season 1 Kills as Gibraltar) Octane Skin (Messenger)||Premium Free|
|49||Peacekeeper Skin (Harvest)||Premium|
|50||Wild Frontier Level 50 Badge||Premium|
|51||Prowler Skin (Thrill of the Hunt)||Premium|
|52||BP Point Boost (2.5% Survival Time)||Premium|
|54||Devotion Skin (Harvest)||Premium|
|55||Wild Frontier Level 55 Badge||Premium|
|56||Wraith Quip (It's opening season. Our path is set...)||Premium|
|57||100 Apex Coins||Premium|
|58||Octane Skin (Season 1 Kills as Octane)||Premium|
|59||Mastiff Skin (Patchwork)||Premium|
|60||Wild Frontier Level 60 Badge||Premium|
|61||Lifeline Frame (Pick Me Up)||Premium|
|62||BP Point Boost (2.5% Survival Time)||Premium|
|63||100 Apex Coins||Premium|
|64||P2020 Skin (Harvest)||Premium|
|65||Wild Frontier Level 65 Badge||Premium|
|66||Bloodhound Quip (Open season. May the gods bless us)||Premium|
|67||100 Apex Coins||Premium|
|68||Lifeline Tracker (Season 1 Kills as Lifeline)||Premium|
|69||Havoc Skin (Patchwork)||Premium|
|70||Wild Frontier Level 70 Badge||Premium|
|71||Bloodhound Frame (Nock Down)||Premium|
|72||BP Point Boost (2.5% Survival Time)||Premium|
|74||R-99 Skin (Harvest)||Premium|
|75||Wild Frontier Level 75 Badge||Premium|
|76||Octane Quip (Season's open amigos)||Premium|
|77||100 Apex Coins||Premium|
|78||Bangalore Tracker (Season 1 Kills as Bangalore)||Premium|
|79||Wingman Skin (Navigator)||Premium|
|80||Wild Frontier Level 80 Badge||Premium|
|81||Gibraltar Frame (Land of Giants)||Premium|
|82||BP Point Boost (2.5% Survival Time)||Premium|
|84||RE-45 Skin (Patchwork)||Premium|
|85||Wild Frontier Level 85 Badge||Premium|
|86||Legendary Apex Pack||Premium|
|88||Caustic Frame (Slaughterhouse)||Premium|
|89||BP Point Boost (2.5% Survival Time)||Premium|
|90||Wild Frontier Level 90 Badge||Premium|
|91||Pathfinder Frame (Building Bridges)||Premium|
|92||BP Point Boost (2.5% Survival Time)||Premium|
|94||Scout Skin (Patchwork)||Premium|
|95||Wild Frontier Level 95 Badge||Premium|
|96||Lifeline Quip (Open season. Let's go)||Premium|
|97||100 Apex Coins||Premium|
|98||Bangalore Frame (Sharpened Senses)||Premium|
|99||R-301 Carbine Skin (Harvest)||Premium|
|100||Wild Frontier Level 100 Badge Legendary Havoc Reactive Skin (The Silver Storm)||Premium|
|110||Wild Frontier Level 110 Badge Legendary Havoc Reactive Skin (The Golden Idol)||Premium|
New character - Octane
Besides the Battle Pass, the big new feature that has arrived with Season 1 is the ninth character we've all been waiting for: Octane, the High-Speed Daredevil. And hoo boy, he really lives up to his name. The fastest and most mobile Legend yet, Octane has the ability to trade Health for movement speed at a moment's notice, leading to a very high-risk-high-reward style of play.
We've been hard at work trying out this new character since Season 1's release, and you can read all about what we've learnt in our Octane guide, which we've packed with practical tips and ability breakdowns.
Changes to character abilities and hitboxes
Coinciding with the 07 March patch notes, we received some more specific details regarding character changes, mainly revolving around the discrepancies regarding character hitboxes, with some characters occupying a much larger space than others (and thus being at a substantial disadvantage when it comes to getting shot). Well, with Season 1, these changes have been implemented - along with ability buffs and nerfs to certain characters. You can look over all the changes in detail in our Apex Legends Season 4 update/patch notes guide, but the gist is as follows:
- The hitboxes for Gibraltar, Caustic, and Pathfinder (the three with the largest hitboxes) have been reduced to better fit their character models.
- Caustic's Gas Traps and Nox Gas Grenades are more effective and on a lower cooldown.
- There are more Survey Beacons in the world for Pathfinder to scan.
- Bangalore's Passive movement speed bonus has been reduced.
- Gibraltar's Ultimate now stuns teammates as it is supposed to, just like Bangalore's Ultimate.
Apex Legends roadmap - future updates and content
Season 1 is here, but, according to Respawn, that's just the beginning of their vision for Apex Legends' future. The roadmap above promises new Legends, new weapons, and new loot to arrive with each season and its associated Battle Pass. We've had a new Legend, but we're yet to see new loot or new weapons arriving since the game's release (besides the introduction of the Havoc Energy rifle).
This means we're likely to see future updates coming soon after the release of Season 1. It's quite likely we'll finally see the new L-Star EMG Light Machine Gun unveiled sometime soon, as well as the release of a tenth character, Wattson, coming soon after.
Anywho, that should be enough to get you started with Apex Legends Season 1. I don't know about you, but I for one am very excited to dive back in and learn more about the new character, Octane - though be warned, because if you have the same idea you'll likely have to beat your teammates to the punch to play as him!