Opinions on Wattson in Apex Legends have been very mixed. Many argue that he needs an upgrade to be viable in season nine, but Respawn has emphasized his high pick rate and relative strength.
Although Apex developers seem reluctant to beef up Wattson, at least beyond fixing problems with his fences, some fans still want his abilities to be more powerful.
One way to do this would be to check your passive. Wattson currently has two passives: Spark of Genius, which fully charges his ultimate with ultimate boosters, and passive shield regen.
However, a player has come up with a third passive ability for Wattson, which would also tie into his passive shield repair.
The Reddit user u / ryoiscreator has suggested a new passive call “Load”, which would allow players to carry additional shield cells and shield batteries.
Specifically, it would give players the ability to carry an additional Shield Battery and two Shield Cells per inventory slot. While Wattson’s abilities currently focus on electricity and slowing enemies, this passive would allow him to carry considerably more healing gear.
The post garnered a lot of support, with over 14,000 upvotes at the time of this writing. The change would expand Wattson’s role, allowing him to also supply his teammates with more healing equipment.
Whether Respawn sees this change as consistent with its plans for Wattson is another matter, but reiterates that many community members believe it needs improvement.