Apex Legends Patch 1.92 dropped on Tuesday, bringing with it the new Warriors Collection Event, the return of Control and even the next-gen versions of the game for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
While developers tend to list all planned changes to weapons, it's not unusual for them to slip in a secret or unannounced change. Players often work together to share their experiences and can notice even the slightest difference in spray pattern or recoil.
That's what prominent Apex Legends data miner Shrugtal appears to believe has happened with Rampart's Ultimate Ability. With a much faster charge-up time, it looks like this "stealth buff" could make more players gravitate towards locking in the Amped Modder during Season 12 Defiance.
As revealed by Shrugtal on Twitter Tuesday, Rampart's Emplaced Minigun "Sheila" has seen its charge-up time cut by a whopping 30%, from 1.75 seconds to 1.25 seconds.
Being that the ability is a mountable minigun with high damage and a large ammo capacity, its cons are supposed to be its long reload and charge-up times.
As such, it seems like Rampart's Ultimate should fare much better at close quarters, when its players are usually most defenseless while trying to rev up the minigun.
Additionally, it appears the Shatter Caps Hop-Up for the Bocek Bow, received a small damage buff as well, making the weapon a more viable option at close-range.
At the time of writing, these two changes still oddly remain missing from the 1.92 patch notes, which covered bug fixes, Hop-Ups spawn rate adjustments, buffs to the G7 Scout and more.
There is a chance this was an accident, another common occurrence in massive patches. Developers can have bugs that affect a weapon's performance for better or worse. The community will complain about the secret change before the developer reveals it was a mistake and restore the original settings.
"Try out the Rampart buff, it feels nutty," Shrugtal said on Twitter.