A known Apex Legends bug has been severely impacting Revenant team players and their ability to use the Legend's ultimate.
Revenant's Ultimate ability, known as "Death's Totem," is meant to shield friendly players from being knocked out of the game. Once the totem is dropped, those who activate it become a "shadow" for 30 seconds. They have access to all their abilities in shadow form. However, all damage they take ignores other special shielding conditions. Being killed in shadow form simply allows the Legend to respawn at the totem's location with half their health or the health they started with—if lower.
Apex Legends Bug Breaks Revenant Ultimate Ability, Causes Malfunction
Unfortunately, that didn't seem to be the case for Reddit user SashimiTony. In a video clip posted on the official Apex Legends subreddit board, SashimiTony demonstrated just how Revenant's ability had malfunctioned for them.
The clip shows the player, as Valkyrie, accessing a friendly Revenant's Death Totem. They become a "shadow" for a few seconds before getting hit and knocked out of shadow form. This is all according to the ability's programming—until the player realizes they haven't been ported back to the totem's location. Instead, they're left crawling on the ground in the middle of a fight until revived by a friendly Octane.
Commenters soon went about diagnosing the exact issue behind the bug. One user, Minimob0, alleged that the problem arose when Valkyrie hit herself with her own tactical skill.
"Might be a bug with the Totem and tacticals which can damage the user," they wrote.
Another user, ROBMain69, replied saying it could be some kind of protection against players looking to exploit the ability, writing, "Might be a way of preventing players from purposely sending themselves back to totem...Even if that's true it's pretty dumb."
The theory was quickly debunked by a third user, baky12345, who noted that Valkyrie's abilities aren't the only way to potentially send oneself back to the totem. Additionally, others were able to corroborate further and explain that this bug has shown up a few times before.
According to Parking_Dependent_88, the team is aware of the bug and is "working on it, I think." This is unconfirmed. However, knowing Respawn and the Apex Legends development team, a solution likely isn't too far off.