Ballistic in Apex Legends, shaking hands with Newcastle
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Ballistic in Apex Legends: Season 17 Legend & Abilities

Apex Legends could soon be going Ballistic.

With Apex Legends’ Season 17 rapidly approaching, we’ve had the leak and subsequent reveal of Ballistic. But who is he, what are his abilities, and when will we see him in Apex Legends?

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Who is Ballistic in Apex Legends? 

In short, Ballistic is the Season 17 Legend that was leaked previously, but his upcoming addition is now confirmed.

Details about the mysterious figure first emerged late in 2022 when he was leaked as an ‘Apex Arms Dealer,’ with abilities revolving around a personal weapon arsenal and firepower. He will possess the moniker of ‘Refined Gunslinger’ when he drops in game.

Ballistic (whose real name is August) has now been revealed by the devs as a 63-year-old combatant in the Apex Games. This makes him the oldest (human) Legend in the games. He joined because his son originally wanted to follow in his footsteps, but Ballistic stepped up to volunteer instead.

Ballistic in Apex Legends with Mirage holding a gun to his head
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Ballistic Abilities in Apex Legends

Ballistic’s abilities center on weapons and his personal arsenal. His abilities, now confirmed, are as expected from past leaks:

  • Passive Ability – Weapon Sling. Store a third weapon in the sling. Access via Inventory or Character Utility Action. The sling weapon cannot take attachments.
  • Tactical Ability – Whistler. Shoots a projectile that heats up an enemy’s gun as they shoot. Overheating causes damage. Hold the Tactical to lock.
  • Ultimate Ability – Tempest. When activated, nearby teammates get faster reloads, faster unarmed move speed and infinite ammo. Ballistic’s sling weapon will be equipped and upgraded to gold.

Do we know when Ballistic will release? 

Ballistic will join the Legend roster for Season 17. We’ve had multiple leaked Legends – like Jester – that were discovered a while ago and failed to surface in-game. 

Respawn has confirmed that Season 17 will return to the established formula of dropping a new Legend with the seasonal update, with Season 16 skipping a new character for the first time. Barring any delays, we expect Season 17 to drop on May 9, 2023, when anything else about Ballistic in Apex Legends will be revealed.

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