Apex Legends

Apex Legends Update 1.68 Nerfs New Bochek Bow

It appears that the Bochek Bow might be more powerful than Apex Legends developers originally intended.
It appears that the Bochek Bow might be more powerful than Apex Legends developers originally intended. / Respawn Entertainment

It appears that the Bochek Bow might be more powerful than Apex Legends developers originally intended.

Despite a rocky start, Apex Legends Season 9: Legacy is running smoothly with the debut of not only a new legend, but an entirely new type of weapon. Players seem to have taken the recent content in stride—perhaps to a fault.

That's what post-launch updates are for, right?

Apex Legends Update 1.68 Nerfs Bochek Bow

The update launched on Tuesday, May 11. The two biggest changes to Season 9 are the nerfs to the Bochek Bow and Spitfire.

The Bochek Bow is rapidly becoming a favorite on the battlefield with high damage output and the ability to keep a large stock of ammo on hand. While the ammo, itself, tends to be hard to find, players have clearly taken to its mechanics—picking up misfired shots to redraw the bow and continue the volley against their opponents.

Fortunately, the developers were hot on the case, and have already implemented a few adjustments:

  • Fully-drawn bow now deals 60 (down from 70) damage.
  • Charge time increased to 0.56 seconds.
  • Stack size decreased to 14
  • Capacity decreased to 28 (from 48).

Additionally, the Deadeye's Tempo hop-up will need 0.38 seconds to charge instead of the previous 0.36 seconds.

In the case of the Spitfire, the changes were significantly less impactful:

  • Damage reduced from 19 to 18 points per shot.
  • Purple and Gold ammo capacity reduced to 50 (from 55).

Other notable changes and fixes include:

  • Valkyrie no longer highlights dead or spectating players.
  • Bloodhound cannot track Valkyrie while she's using her jetpack.
  • Purchasing Valkyrie's bundle now redirects correctly.
  • Arena matches end appropriately after a team wipe.
  • Arena matches tack survival time more accurately.
  • Arena transition screen textures have been fixed.
  • "Array index 1" log-in error has been resolved.

More information about Update 1.68 can be found on EA's Apex Legends news blog.