New Anthem patch removes respawn restrictions and improves endgame loot


Anthem launched on Xbox One and PC a few weeks ago. As with any online game at launch, it has some surprisingly strange bugs that BioWare is working on. Anthem is a shared-world third-person shooter from BioWare. BioWare is the studio behind famous franchises like Dragon Age and Mass Effect. Just like Destiny, the developer wants to support the game for the next ten years.

Today, the developer released a 4 GB patch. You can download it right now on your systems. Here is a list of all the fixes coming to Anthem with this patch, and some that are planned for the future.

High level fixes and changes

  • Respawn restrictions have been removed. Respawn timers are now based on the activity a player is in. Agent Missions and others now have a respawn timer of 10 seconds. Strongholds, Legendary Contracts, and other endgame missions now have a respawn timer of 30 seconds.
  • Common and Uncommon drops will no longer appear for players that are Level 30.
  • Improved stability for all platforms.
  • Fixed a number of audio issues that could cause audio to drop out.

General fixes and improvements

  • Fixed a number of issues that were blocking players from accessing the Forge.
  • All missions should now properly end when all conditions have been met.
  • The inbox now properly displays information on PC.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause players to be unable to interact with characters in Fort Tarsis.
  • The vault is no longer accessible from the Forge as this improves performance.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause the game to hang when entering menus while on an expedition.
  • Titans will no longer respawn on missions after they are defeated.
  • Server shutdown messages should now appear less often.
  • The ability to Quickplay into a Stronghold has been added back to the game.
  • Mouse Button 4 is no longer bound to the back button for PC players.
  • Crashes that occurred while selecting certain conversation options when interacting with a character have been fixed.
  • Players should no longer get stuck at the end of the 'Tomb of General Tarsis' mission.
  • Players should now run into less issues during Quickplay missions.
  • Players should no longer get stuck behind fogwalls on missions or in strongholds as often.
  • Players should now receive credit for the 'There Be Giants' challenge when they are downed and when the event is active.
  • Improved the audio when defeating creatures to provide better feedback.
  • Changed wording for server shutdown messaging to better indicate that it is just the players server shutting down.
  • Players may now launch an expedition from anywhere within the launch bay and Fort Tarsis.
  • It should now be harder for players to get stun locked by certain enemy compositions.
  • The values on max flight time inscriptions have been increased.
  • The appearance of the N7 vinyl on 'Legion of Dawn' armor has been improved.
  • Haluk will now properly face players during certain dialogue scenes.
  • The message 'Open the Cortex to track the legionnaire Challenges'' will no longer pop up after completing the appropriate challenges.


  • Fixed an issue that would cause players to get stuck at the entrance to the sewers in the 'Temple of the Scar' Stronghold.

Creature Updates

  • We have made several balance changes to Titans.
  • Reduced overall damage mitigation from 100 percent to between 70 to 75 percent depending on the damage type.
  • Increased the time that weakpoints are exposed.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented effects from applying and thus preventing combos.
  • Increased the damage the Titan takes from weakpoint hits.
  • Lesser Titan's weakpoints have been changed to always be active.
  • Improved the collision on the ring and seeking projectile attacks, making them easier to dodge.
  • Decreased the radius of the seeking projectile attack.
  • Decreased the damage done by the self-destruct ability.
  • Frozen Scar Enforcers and Scrappers can no longer move or attack while frozen.
  • The Monitor's health has been greatly reduced in the Heart of Rage Stronghold.
  • Players will be less likely to be repeatedly staggered by heavy attacks.
  • Adjusted the force applied by some creature attacks which will lower the frequency of player's being staggered.

Damage and item scaling changes

  • Adjusted the damage scaling of secondary damage sources. These now scale with Average Item Power. This will allow these damage sources to better scale in the Grandmaster Difficulties.
  • Item Power scaling has changed to better reflect the actual power of the item based on its rarity. This is applied to all items retroactively.

Gameplay bug fixes

  • The Ultimate ability bar will no longer appear full at the start of a mission when it isn't actually full.
  • Weapon recoil will now stop if you're looking straight up.
  • Fixed a number of animation issues that could occur when the Colossus was using its shield.
  • It should no longer be possible for the Interceptor to become Frozen while starting up their Ultimate.
  • Interceptor Aura damage will now deal the correct type of damage based on the active aura.
  • Players can no longer equip abilities from one Javelin to another.
  • The Colossus can now use gear faster after being attacked by a heavy hit from enemies.
  • The Colossus can now shield charge through destructible objects such as explosive canisters or harvest nodes.
  • The Colossus now recovers faster after crashing into walls.

Item balance updates

  • Increased the base health of Wind Wall and Bulwark Point to provide better scaling in higher difficulties. The duration of these has been reduced,too.
  • Burst Mortar's damage has been increased to 300, up from 145 and its cooldown has been reduced to 6 seconds, down from 10 seconds.
  • Flak Cannon's damage has been increased to 42, up from 30.
  • Battle Cry's description has been updated to explain that it also reduces the resistances of affected targets.
  • Wraith Strike's damage has been increased to 250, up from 200 and it will now apply elemental effect to targets based on the active aura.

Item bug fixes

  • Wind Wall should no longer block or interfere with other player abilities.
  • Ranger Grenadier Component will now correctly lower the cooldown of grenade abilities.
  • Fixed an issue where certain weapons were not firing where the crosshairs were aimed.
  • The Ice Blast ability for the Storm javelin now has the primer icon correctly displayed.

Inscription bug fixes

  • The Thruster Delay Recovery inscription is now correctly applying a bonus.
  • The Overheat Delay Recovery inscription is now correctly applying a bonus.
  • The Weapon Reload Bonus inscription is now correctly applying a bonus.

Masterwork item balance updates

  • Increased the base damage of many Masterwork Weapons.

Masterwork item bug fixes

  • Ralner's Blaze will no longer roll with incorrect inscriptions.
  • Ablative Shielding now provides the proper boost in shield and armor.
  • Badge of Devastation will now generate more ultimate charge when triggered,
  • It should no longer be possible to stack the effect from Gunslinger's Mark more than once.

Upcoming fixes

  • When loading into the game for the first time after a patch the Shields and Armor on a Javelin will be incorrect. The first time a player enters and exits Freeplay or any other activity the issue will fix itself.
  • Players are not receiving their Level 20 Match Consumables. Players were granted item blueprints instead of the recipes when they hit this level previously.
  • Some players may experience audio crackling while in Fort Tarsis.
  • There may be some instances where players are unable to quit out of a Quickplay mission through the map.
  • A number of challenges may not be tracking properly, such as the objectives under the 'Legendary Freelancer' challenge.
  • Some players may encounter a bug where they are unable to interact with any objects or players.
  • Visual effects on Javelin thrusters are not functioning properly while stormy weather is present in game.
  • Inactivity messages may not be able to be dismissed after a player returns from being away.
  • There are a number of Origin error messages that some PC players may encounter, including Origin showing that it is offline when it actually online and that the friends list is accessible when in offline mode.
  • The interface may not display events for some players when an event has spawned nearby in Freeplay.
  • There is a bug where armor pips can change in between activities.

Hopefully this patch will fix a number of problems. You can take a complete list of all the issues and fixes being worked on on the main page.

Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.