There’s a bug in Apex Legends that delays the appearance of armor by just a fraction of a second, but that could be enough to cost you the match.
Looting corpses (or in the case of Apex Legends, the box of loot that is left after the play has died) is an important skill to learn in a Battle Royale game. You have to quickly scan and scavenge the spoils of war to gear yourself up for the next encounter. That means getting exactly what you need at lightning speed to minimize the time you’re vulnerable.
Even a fraction of a second matters. That’s why the most recent bug to pop up in Apex Legends is so incredibly frustrating.
A new gif courtesy of Redditor Simpleyfaded is a prime example of just how important it is to quickly loot your opponent’s leftovers. It also shows how this new bug is wreaking havoc for players.
In the gif, Simpleyfaded performs a stylish kill to an already downed opponent and then gets down to business finding that player’s armor. Only it’s not there. But then it appears after a second’s delay.
Sadly, that’s all the time another player needed to line up a headshot and blow Simpleyfaded away.
Apparently, there’s a bug that delays the appearance of an opponent’s armor when searching their dropped box. The top commenter explains that this isn’t limited to corpse boxes and can actually happen with any loot box or crate.
It’s a little harder to pin down whether this is a new bug or something that’s been there since launch. Some comments say one, while others say this delay has become more prevalent ever since the latest patch.
We know the bug has been around at least two weeks ago, and we also know that Respawn is aware of the issue thanks to this previous Reddit thread.
What we don’t know is what is causing the bug and when it might be fixed. Apex players will have to be patient and treat loot boxes with extra caution, especially if they’re looking for replacement armor.