A new bug that appeared in Apex Legends could hint at a new hop-up coming to the Mastiff in Season 10.
Apex Legends players have uncovered a bug in the Arena mode that gives Mastiff a hop-ups lot it previously never had. According to Apex veterans, the last time a similar bug appeared, that weapon ended up with its own hop-up shortly afterward—or, at the very least, a new slot to apply one. After all, the most recent patch notes didn't mention a new hop-up for the shotgun model.
Could the Mastiff be getting a hop-up?
Apex Legends Bug Hints at Possible Mastiff Hop-Up
The bug was first brought to light on the official Apex Legends subreddit board by Reddit user Happyboo56, posting an image of the slot bug early on Friday, July 23. In their post, they included a screenshot of the Mastiff shotgun with a slot available for a hop-up. The bug appeared in the Arena mode and on the upgraded Mastiff.
When players queue for Arenas, they're able to choose loadouts and buy upgrades for their weapons between every round. This makes the circumstances for the bug unusually particular. The user did not mention what would've happened if they tried to apply a hop-up using the revealed slot.
"In arenas upgraded mastiff has a hop-up slot," they wrote, "Possible hop-up for mastiff incoming or just a bug?"
Apparently, they aren't the only one to encounter this bug either. A handful of commenters revealed they had the bug show up for them, too, with one noting they "stupidly upgraded to the best level just for nothing lol."
Fellow players weighed in on the situation with the majority following Happyboo56's logic, as well as supplementing it with additional evidence. Most believed the bug was a hop-up signifier for Mastiff.
"I had a bug In season 8 when Sentinel In my inventory got 5 hop-up slots," Alfanef wrote.
Drmanowar8 replied, "Yea but the sentinel did end up getting a hop-up, so maybe we’ll get one for the mastiff?"
Others added that the Mastiff is noted to use "incendiary rounds" in the Titanfall lore. With the Rampage coming in Season 10 looking to apply the same or similar effect, players noted that it's possible developers were looking to have Mastiff live up to its reputation. Of course, in lieu of a burning shotgun, there was no shortage of additional ideas in the post's comments.
Shruggletuggle suggested, "Maybe we get slugs, longer range but less damage?"
"I would take a hop-up for the Mastiff + 30-30 Repeater that lets you reload 2 shots at a time instead of one," Suasiv wrote.
Respawn Entertainment and the development team behind Apex Legends have yet to confirm any changes for the Mastiff in Season 10.