Apex Legends is about to get electrified with the intro of Wattson. Find out the “shocking” first details of this new Season 2 Legend.
On July 2nd, Apex Legends Season 2 is ready to deploy on PS4, Xbox One and PC. The announcement came during today’s EA Play Apex Legends Season 2 Live Reveal, which bombarded us with amazing new content additions that are coming in this latest season. The biggest reveal was the unveiling of the tenth Legend—a French electrical engineer named Wattson—who’s getting set to drop into the hot zone.
Right away I could tell Wattson was something special. She’s the daughter of the inventor of the battle ring, and spent her whole life in the arena. However, she’s not a mercenary or a soldier—she’s a scientist who specializes in electrical defences. Take a look at Watton’s animated intro sequence to familiarize yourself with her:
Shortly after the EA Play Apex Legends presentation, Brad and I both got a chance to go hands-on with Wattson in a 60-person LAN match. It was awesome checking out her abilities firsthand, which include:
- Perimeter Security (Tactical Ability: Lets you connect nodes to create electrified fences that damage and slow enemies.
- Spark of Genius (Passive Ability): One Ultimate Accelerant fully charges your Ultimate Ability, and you can recharge your Tactical Ability faster by standing near interception pylons.
- Interception Pylon (Ultimate Ability): Sets up an electrified pylon that destroys incoming mortar strikes, grenades and arc stars, as well as repairs nearby teammates’ shields.
What you need to know about Wattson is all three of her abilities interrelate, so you have to understand her holistically to be effective.
Her main ability is deploying up to 12 laser fences (which reminds me heavily of Gears 4 Horde fences!) used for defenses. The fence nodes can be placed in any permutation, allowing you to be extremely creative in your setup. During my match as Wattson, I primarily used the fences to block main routes or to trap opponents in tight chokepoints. Another effective strategy is hunkering down in a building while fencing off all the entrances.
What I discovered is Wattson’s fence fortifications can be destroyed, but only if enemies shoot down the nodes. So, provided you’ve cleverly hidden the nodes behind obstructions, it’s hard for opponents to destroy them. Oh, and don’t worry about your teammates: the electricity safely deactivates whenever they pass through.
I discovered in my match that Wattson can drop up to three pylons for widespread defensive coverage.
Should an enemy walk through one of your electric gates, they’ll take damage and be temporarily stunned. Also, trespassers will alert your team via a ping, making Wattson a great choice for situational awareness.
Watton’s passive ability (spark of genius) is great because one Ultimate Accelerant fills her Ultimate Ability gauge to 100%. For every other Legend, this consumable adds just 20%, meaning Wattson’s passive is 5x better. The other good news is finally there’s a reason to stop passing every accelerant to Lifeline—giving to Wattson could be a better option.
Wattson’s Ultimate Ability (interception pylon) is where she gets very interesting. It deploys an electric pylon that not only stops incoming ordinance (like arc stars or mortar strikes), but also recharges your team’s shields. I discovered in my match that Wattson can drop up to three pylons for widespread defensive coverage.
During our play session, a representative from Respawn tipped us off on two key strategies to defend against Wattson. Firstly, if you’re playing as Wraith, her void walking allows her to pass safely through Watton’s electrical fences. Also, Gibraltar’s protection dome can break the barrier connections allowing your team to pass through unharmed. I’m curious to know whether Bloodhound’s Eye of the Allfather ability detects nearby electric fences—but that’ll I wasn’t able to test today.
All in all, Wattson feels like a powerful new addition to Apex Legends. I prefer defensive characters—first I mained as Gibraltar, now Caustic—so Wattson is right up my alley. The great news is we won’t have to wait much longer, as Season 2 drops in less than a month!