Apex Legends Valk: release date, abilities, and lore

Everything we know about the newest character in Apex Legends, Valk

Apex Legends Season 9 is fast approaching, and that means some exciting new additions to the Apex Games. With a new 3v3 Arena mode on the way, as well as a shiny new bow – the Bocek – en route, all that’s missing is a brand new legend to enjoy them with. Except, there is one – Valk.

The Apex Legends characters are the heart and soul of the game, and each new season brings another face to the fight. Whether you’re a staunch Rampart main or someone who flits between meta picks to keep your skills honed, everyone wants to try out the newest additions for size. After all, how else will we find out how good they are, how Valkyrie’s abilities will synergise with other legends, or how much fun they are to play?

Whether you’re preparing for Apex Legends’ Arena mode, you’re just trying to make your way up the Apex Legends ranks, or you’re just here for a healthy dose of lore, a new character adds a lot of excitement to Apex proceedings. How will Valkyrie’s abilities affect the meta? Will she fly high like Horizon or flicker out like Fuse? Only time will tell.

Here’s everything we know so far about the next character in Apex Legends, Valk:


Valk will release on May 4, with Apex Legends Season 9.

Apex Legends Valkyrie abilities

VTOL Jets (passive) – Press SPACE while in the air to engage jetpack. You can switch between hold and toggle mode in the options menu.

Missile Swarm (tactical) – Fire a swarm of 12 mini-rockets in a rectangular grid, which damage and disorient the enemy.

Skyward Dive (ultimate) – Press once to prepare for launch. Teammates can interact with Valkyrie to join the launch. Press again to launch into the air and skydive.

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Valkyrie’s kit is built around mobility, reconnaissance, and holding targets down. Alongside her main passive, VTOL Jets, she also has a couple of extra passives baked into her kit.

For example, when airborne, be it after using a Jump Tower, exiting a drop ship, or using Skyward Dive, Valkyrie reveals the location of enemies in her line of sight to herself and her teammates. However, this means that, unlike Bloodhound’s tactical ability, this won’t reveal legends hiding away in buildings.

Additionally, as a member of the Recon class of legend, Valkyrie is able to scan Survey Beacons to reveal the next circle’s location.

Her kit looks very useful for battle royale, but we don’t know just how useful she’ll be when trying to climb the Apex Legends Arenas ranks (whenever they appear), because of the limitations of smaller maps.

In her current state, Valkyrie looks like she will offer teams movement to rival Octane, Pathfinder, or even Wraith. However, as we don’t know quite where she’ll fit, we’ve played it safe with her placement in our Apex Legends tier list. Whether you need to escape from the storm or quickly third-party a fight on your peripheries, Valkyrie’s Skyward Dive looks like it could be very powerful.

A screenshot of the new Crash Site location on Kings Canyon in Apex Legends

Apex Legends Valk lore

Valk, which we now know is short for Valkyrie, is the daughter of Viper – or the pilot who rode in Viper, that is. If you played Titanfall 2, you’ll know that Viper was one of Kuben Blisk’s Apex Predators, before it was taken down by Jack Cooper and BT-7274.

Valkyrie blames Blisk for her father’s death, but also feels guilty after her stealing a Titan chassis led to a near-death experience as her father saved her life. This is all detailed in the latest Stories from the Outlands lore video published by Respawn. You can watch the full thing here, and it’s far better than this simple explanation:

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To get another flavour of who Valk is, the official Apex Twitter account also posted this image of a messy desk, presumably belonging to the new legend:

It is packed full of hints and teasers, including a map of Kings Canyon, a copy of the new Apex Legends comic, connections to Kuben Blisk, and six volumes of popular manga series Death Note. She also appears to have a sweet tooth, as snacks are littered across her desk. The statue on her desk is a replica of the one in Angel City in Titanfall 2, so we reckon she probably hails from there. The “angel” part is also a connection to her name: Valk is short for Valkyrie, which could reference the supernatural angel-type figures of Norse mythology who may have inspired her design.

That’s everything we know so far about the newest character in Apex Legends, Valkyrie, but we’ll keep this page updated as soon as we get any more information courtesy of the Respawn team.