|“||I've always felt it in my blood. I am a thief. And a good one at that. It was the only way I felt true to myself. And those same feelings grew into opportunity. I honed my skills, and enhanced my methods. With success came wealth, power, and friendship. I was the best, and everyone knew it. But something was always missing.|
|Real Name||Loba Andrade|
|Tactical Ability||Burglar's Best Friend|
|Passive Ability||Eye for Quality|
|Ultimate Ability||Black Market Boutique|
|Voice Actor||Fryda Wolff|
A Support Legend specializing in getting the highest quality loot. Her tactical ability Burglar's Best Friend allows her to throw a bracelet that teleports her to wherever it lands. Her passive Eye for Quality causes her to see and ping Purple and Gold-tier loot through walls. Her ultimate ability Black Market Boutique places a pillar that allows any player that interacts with it to teleport ammunition and up to two items from the surrounding area directly into their inventory.
Burglar's Best Friend
|Burglar's Best Friend|
|Description||Teleport to hard-to-reach places or escape trouble quickly by throwing your jump drive bracelet.|
- Throws Loba's bracelet and teleports her to it when it lands.
- While the bracelet is in midair, you can force it to drop straight down.
- The max distance that the bracelet can be thrown varies based on the following:
- 71 meters if you're on normal ground levels which is the standard distance.
- 100+ meters if you're on high ground places such as towers or buildings, maxing out the distance.
- While the bracelet is midair, it cannot be canceled (excludes other Legends abilities that can cancel the bracelet), and Loba cannot perform most other actions, like using weapons or healing items.
- If the bracelet is thrown off the edge of the map, or into an out-of-bounds area, it'll return to Loba without starting the cooldown.
- Can be used while on ziplines.
- Also, when thrown between two objects, mainly generators on buildings, the bracelet will teleport them inside the building rather than outside. This is most prominent on World's Edge.
Eye for Quality
|Eye for Quality|
|Description||Nearby epic and legendary loot can be seen through walls. The range is the same as Black Market Boutique.|
Black Market Boutique
|Black Market Boutique|
|Description||Place a portable device that allows you to teleport nearby loot to your inventory. Each friendly or enemy Legend can take up to two items.|
|Charge time||2 minutes|
- Loba starts every match with her ultimate 50% charged.
- After placing down the Black Market Boutique, it takes about 4.5 seconds before it can be accessed.
- When it finishes setting up, it releases a large pulse that enemies can see.
- After setup, any player can hold down E// to interact with it, opening a menu similar to accessing Death Boxes from which each player can take up to two items.
- The range of the Black Market is a 112.5-meter radius cylinder (unlimited vertical) visible to Loba and her squad on the minimap.
- Items within the range will hover off the ground slightly when a player is using it.
- There is a glimpse of a teleport trail back to the Black Market each time a player takes an item from it.
- Full stacks of Ammo and Health Kits will be taken when selected.
- Ammo has no maximum limit and does not take up space towards the two items' allowed limit.
- Squadmates' banner cards cannot be retrieved.
- Treasure Packs for the season's Quest can be retrieved if the user has not collected their daily one.
- The Black Market has 100 health and can block doors.
- Loba can collapse her own Black Market by pressing the Character Utility Button H// instead of interacting with it. Deploying a new Black Market will collapse the old Black Market.
- The Black Market will be immediately destroyed regardless of how many items were taken from it beforehand.
- The destruction of the Black Market this way also does a small amount of damage to Loba, and if health is low enough, can knock her down.
- If your squadmates need a certain type of loot and you don't need anything, you can take the item(s) for them and drop them.
- For example, given that your team is bunkering in a building, with fights all over, and a bunch of death box nearby; the black market allows teammates to acquire necessary resources to continue the fight, instead of having teammate go into dangerous area to grab what they need.
- Battle Royale
- If your squad is already geared, one option to use the Black Market for is to drop your current purple/gold/red Armor and take another high tier shield from the area. Be careful when doing this method as the Market will list the armor that you've dropped nearby.
- Before looting a locked item from a Vault or a Bloodhound's Trials compartment, make sure your squad is finished using the Black Market since it will be destroyed immediately after looting the locked item, regardless of how many items were taken from it beforehand.
- When going to third-party fights, use the Market to steal their loot before fighting them.
- Using the Market is great after using a Respawn Beacon or Mobile Respawn Beacon so your revived squadmate(s) can quickly gear back up.
- If your squad finishes a fight near the edge of a Ring that is about to close, you can deploy a Black Market to quickly loot what you need such as shield swaps, healing items, and ammo, then run towards the safe zone as soon as possible.
- The Black Market can also grab loot outside of the Ring, which becomes more valuable in later Rings when their damage is high.
- You can use the Black Market to loot the contents of a Supply Ship before it lands at its random destination on the map .
- Try saving a Black Market as the late-game approaches, as its range will be able to cover a large part of the remaining space in later rings.
- In later rings, you can use the Black Market to pull all the nearby ammo into one spot so that enemies can't restock their supplies. This is especially useful when playing with defensive characters who can defend the ammo stockpile.
- Place this ultimate early in the round so you can loot the Supply Bins before enemies can get to them first.
- Leave one slot unused so that when the Care Package lands, you can take a weapon from it without putting yourself in harm's way.
- If you're not taking any weapons, you can also steal all the ammo from it so enemies that do want the weapons only get one magazine's worth of shots.
- Since this ult can be so easily used to grab Shield Batteries and Medkits, Loba herself doesn't need to purchase them.
|“||When Loba was nine, she looked on as simulacrum hitman Revenant killed her family. Left with nothing, Loba survived by picking pockets. As her skills improved, Loba used every tool at her disposal to lift herself from the gutter. Everything changed when she broke into a supposedly impenetrable facility and got her hands on the Jump Drive tech stored inside. With her new teleportation bracelet, the most secure and unattainable items were within her reach. So was her dream of living the high life.
Rumors spread across the Outlands: if you wanted something valuable and well guarded, Loba’s who you go to. She was almost able to put her past behind her. But when Revenant joined the Games, her past catapulted into her future. Desperate to find a way to kill him, she sabotaged a facility full of Revenant bodies, bringing Skull Town and Thunderdome crashing down in the process. However, she learned it was just one of many such factories hidden across the Frontier. Now, she’s joined the Games to find a way to end him for good. It doesn’t hurt that the Arenas are brimming with treasures just waiting to be plucked.
Revenge will come, if fortune favors her. In the meantime, some shiny things have caught her eye.
There are a total of 65 Legend skins for Loba; 16 Legendary, 12 Epic, 21 Rare and 16 Common.
- Included in the Ice Queen Bundle.
Story of Loba:
- Petty Theft: Loba was the daugther of two prolific grifters. After their deaths left her with nothing, she swore she would rise from the ashes into a life of wealth and privilege-and she would do it with the tools they gave her.
- Included in the Queens of the Night Bundle.
- Included in the Dressed to Kill Bundle.
- Loba had been in the works since October of 2018.
- A year before the game's launch, there was a Legend called "Rosie" with abilities very similar to Loba. Writers Tom Casiello and Ashley Reed confirmed that Rosie was a completely different character and was scrapped. Despite this, Loba's datamined files still used the codename Rosie suggesting Loba had replaced Rosie.
- Loba was created by Tom Casiello. He was influenced by the women he worked with on WWE, who wanted to be equal to, but different from, men. When he saw the lineup of female characters, he noticed an "erasure" of sexuality in their designs and designed Loba to be a woman who likes to look good. He pitched the character and it gathered support among the female employees of Respawn Entertainment. He intended Loba to be a character that women would "own" and would want to be.
- Ashley Reed wrote Loba as "Catwoman but with Batman's backstory." Reed was inspired by the video game character Bayonetta while writing Loba's dialogue. She often watched and listened to Shakira's single, She Wolf and the Spanish version, Loba.
- Loba's in-game model is created by Patrick Yeung, who previously worked as a character artist on the Avatar film franchise.
- When developing Loba, the developers thought of Wattson and made Loba into her literary foil - a "mirror" or "opposite" character.
- Loba was a turning point for the writers of Apex Legends. As they weaved her and Revenant's stories together, they wondered how else could Legends affect one another.
- According to the developers, Loba's mocap work was done with heels on. With this information, Tina Sanchez can be identified as Loba's mocap actress: Nine months before Loba's release, Sanchez tweeted out two images of herself doing mocap work with heels and a stick.
- Tina Sanchez's input was reportedly instrumental and vital to Loba's look, style, personality, and story, ever since Loba first got pitched.
- Earlier in her development, Loba had an ability that allowed her to scan the area, revealing different types of loot through walls.
- On January 30, 2020, Loba's character was officially introduced in the Season 4 Launch Trailer, which shows Revenant murdering both of her parents, Marcos and Alanza Andrade, on Olympus, Psamathe. Loba was left unnamed, but shown to have survived the attack.
- On April 16, 2020, a device appeared in a building in The Dome. This device is similar to banner cards and depicts a map of Singh Labs with a note: "More sub-level rooms... Connections? Where?"
- On April 20, 2020, a second device appeared in Sorting Factory. This one continues the map, showing a massive circular structure connected to the labs, and says "Electrical device? Check with Jaime" and "More tunnels... check west half of island"
- On April 24, 2020, the third and final device appeared in Harvester. This one shows the center of the circular structure and says "Jaime says 'capacitor'", "How big is this?", and "Cased the place dead-end, check west".
- On April 28, 2020, a tweet from the Apex Legends Twitter account shows 'Project 617', where someone seems to be gathering information on Revenant. They've acquired previously seen email chains about him and are wondering how to access his source code.
- On April 29, 2020, another tweet showed that this person is now researching simulacrums and digging through early tests by Hammond Robotics.
- On April 30, 2020, "Legacy of a Thief" was released, officially establishing Loba as the next Legend for Season 5, and showing that she can teleport.
- The same day, Loba begins appearing in the background of the lobby screen. She walks behind the banners, at one point she even whips her braid. At the end of the animation, she uses her Tactical Ability to disappear from the lobby.
- On May 1, 2020, a third tweet showed an additional early document from Revenant's construction.
- The vault at Train Yard is now empty. A hologram left by Loba taunts players, daring them to find her. In the back of the room is a bracelet, which players can interact with. Doing so briefly teleports them to a massive hangar full of dormant Stalkers, and they are activated as the player teleports back. The minimap shows that this hangar is underground, northwest of Skull Town.
- An Instagram post states Loba is a well-known 'trendsetter and art aficionado' and has been seen in Solace City, specifically at Mirage's bar.
- On May 4, 2020, an Instagram post showed Loba's conversation with Jaime. She explores the underground base, calling it a maze, and Jaime sends her the access key.
- On May 5, 2020, the Season 5 Launch Trailer was released.
- On May 8, 2020, the Season 5 Gameplay Trailer was released.
- During the 3rd Anniversary collection event, skins were released based on Loba's Purple Reign skin - Air Orchid for Valkyrie and Violet Veteran for Bangalore.
- Loba's artwork seems to feature a P2020 with a similar design to the Ivory Fang skin.
Letters from Loba's mother.
Loba's conversation with Jaime while exploring the underground IMC facility.
Final concept art of Loba.
Concept art of Loba's Black Market Boutique.
Concept art of Loba's Gold Standard skin.
Concept art of young Loba.
- Respawn on Twitter
- Analyzing/Reacting to "Fortune's Favor" with the Respawn Devs!! (Loba Trailer Season 5 Apex Legends)
- Exclusive Interview with Apex Legends: All things Loba & Season 5
- Tom Casiello on Twitter
- Apex Legends on Twitter
- Apex Legends on Twittter
- Apex Legends on Instagram
- Hethe Srodawa on Twitter