by Fitri Razif in

Garena has recently announced the new patch update called Illuminate, which will bring in a new weapon, a new map, and more adjustments to the meta.

The Illuminate update for both Free Fire and Free Fire MAX will bring a shiny new weapon to the hands of players in the form of the Charge Buster. The new update also adds in a new map, Alpine, for the Clash Squad game mode, on top of other adjustments to weapons and characters. The full list of updates for Free Fire and Free Fire MAX can be found below.

Free Fire


  • Skyler: Hold-to-aim function on the skill button added for better precision.
  • Olivia: Increased extra HP for revived teammates.
  • Xayne: Longer skill active time, enhanced Gloo Wall damage increase, shorter cooldown.
  • Maxim: Decreased the time reduction of using Med Kits.

Clash Squad

  • New map: Alpine map is now available in Clash Squad and Clash Squad ranked modes.
  • New areas: New areas, Hangar and Nurek Dam, added to the Bermuda map.
  • Map balance adjustments: Bermuda map adjustment in Katulistiwa, Mars Electric, and Mill.
  • Bonus airdrop: Airdrop will land on the map in every round in the classic Clash Squad mode.

Battle Royale

  • Dam area rework: Added the Nurek Dam area from Bermuda Remastered to the Bermuda map.
  • Safe zone: Modified the time and speed of the first few safe zone shrinks to increase the pace of each match in the classic Battle Royale mode.
  • Optimizations: Players who parachute after revival will receive a level 1 helmet, a level 1 vest, a G18, and will face towards the safe zone by default.

Weapon and Equipment:

  • New weapon: Charge Buster.
  • Weapon adjustments: M1014, SPAS12, M1887, MAG-7, UMP, MP5, MP40, P90, Thompson, MAC10, Mini Uzi, Vector, M500, SCAR, AUG, Kingfisher, Flashbang.
  • New explosive protections: Protection from explosives added to vests.
  • Training Grounds
  • Enhanced shooting practice: New enemy-shaped targets added to Training Grounds.
Free Fire’s futuristic new gun gives us Peacekeeper vibes.


  • Weapon tags: Weapon tags will be displayed in the player’s backpack for quick usage reference.


  • Matchmaking function: The new matchmaking function will be available in Craftland. A random map from the hot list will be allocated to the match.

Free Fire MAX


  • Parkour mode: Players can now customise checkpoints, and the locations of spawn points and Doom Zones in the new Parkour Mode.
  • New items: Barriers from Pet Mania.
  • Map editor: Objects can float in the air and certain objects will be stackable in Craftland.
  • Mode editor: Multi-team battles are now available.

360-Degree Lobby: Automatically display the team leader’s Free Fire MAX lobby to other members in the team.

Fitri is a writer and video producer who prays everyday for a Bloodborne sequel.
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