Project NEXT Mobile Legends Season 18 Patch Highlights (Patch 1.5.16)

Project NEXT is Mobile Legends: Bang Bang’s biggest update to date, and it plans to improve hero balance by revamping skills, redesigned character models, game optimization, and more. Project NEXT updates are divided into two phases, the first one releasing on 22nd September 2020, and the second phase will be released by the end of 2020. 

There are a lot of changes in this update, therefore here is a short summary of the important changes in this patch. 

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6 old heroes are being revamped (Pic Credit: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang YouTube)

This patch gave 6 old heroes revamped hero appearances, skills, and animations as they are currently being overshadowed by the new Heroes. In addition, there are also new battlefield visual effects, in-game UI, and item icons.

Summary of the new hero changes:

Eudora

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Eudora’s new Ultimate with the passive causes an AOE lightning on the ground. (Pic Credit: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang YouTube)

  • New Character Model.
  • Passive skill buffed – new additional effects on marked enemies. 
    • 1st skill: Extra damage
    • 2nd skill: Stun up to 3 additional targets nearby for 0.6s. 
    • 3rd skill: After the first lightning, a storm will be formed on the target’s head and lightning will strike a second time. Second strike will also cause an AOE lightning on the ground that deals damage to other heroes nearby. 

Saber

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Saber’s old and new model comparison. (Pic Credit: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang YouTube)

  • New Character Model. 
  • 1st skill buffed – 5 swords flying around instead of 4. Swords will now auto attack when Saber cast skills or auto attack. 
  • 2nd skill buffed – Enhanced basic attack after using the second skill. Enhanced basic attack deals extra damage and slow effect. 

Miya 

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Miya’s old and new model comparison. (Pic Credit: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang YouTube)

  • New Character Model.
  • Passive skill buffed – Now gains a clone that will shoot additional arrows when passive reach full stacks.
  • 2nd skill buffed – Now immobilizes enemies instantly.

Alucard 

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Alucard’s ultimate skill now marks enemies. (Pic Credit: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang YouTube)

  • Passive skill buffed – Now deals more damage to single targets. 
  • Ultimate rework – Marks enemies on skill use that triggers bonus damage from passive on marked enemies.

Zilong

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Zilong and Layla’s new character model. (Pic Credit: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang YouTube)

  • New Character Model
  • 2nd skill buffed – Resets timer on kill. 
  • Ultimate buffed – No longer has a small pause after activating the skill. 
  • Passive skill buffed – Now triggers every 4th basic attack. 

Layla

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Layla is more deadly with the detonation effect on her 2nd skill.
(Pic Credit: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang YouTube)

  • New Character Model
  • 1st skill buffed – Once this skill hits, the basic attack range undergoes an increase for a short period of time.
  • 2nd skill buffed – Now has a detonation effect after basic attacking the enemy hit by the skill, subsequently dealing AOE damage to other enemies nearby. 
  • Ultimate buffed – Each upgrade of her ult level also increases Layla’s second skill range and basic attack range. 

Alice 

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Camera can now follow Alice’s first skill projectile.
(Pic Credit: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang YouTube)

  • Ultimate buffed – Can now choose when to deactivate her Ultimate Skill, and the cooldown is greatly reduced. 
  • 1st skill QOL change – Camera now follows the first skill projectile as long as you keep the skill held down. 
  • Passive buffed – There is now a mana regen effect in addition to the previous passive traits. 

More Heroes Revamped


7 other heroes are being revamped (Pic Credit: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang YouTube)

According to MLBB official YouTube channel, Aurora, Martis, Vale, Silvanna, Kadita, Chang’e, and Balmond are also revamped in this Project NEXT update. 

Other changes in this update: 

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Project NEXT start-up loading screen. 

  • New game start-up loading screen and BGM.
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New hero backgrounds. (Pic Credit: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang YouTube)

A number of new visual panels as well as audio features are being introduced to breathe fresh life into the game:

  • Hero backgrounds depending on their place of origin. 
  • Entrance animations for Heroes. 
  • New BGMs for the hero selection menu, match loading screen, as well as the battlefield. 
  • “Destroyed Base” gets a new BGM in addition to a new animation.
  • New stun, recall, and level up effects.
  • Cameras also shift when casting skills to land skill-shots easier.
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Gold Siege Minion and EXP Siege Minion. (Pic Credit: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang YouTube)

Turret and Minion Changes

  • There are now new types of Siege Minions that will either grant 50% Extra EXP or 50% Extra Gold depending on their location. The non-Turtle lane will be the Gold lane that spawns the 50% Extra Gold Siege Minion, and the Turtle lane will be the EXP lane that spawns the 50% EXP Siege Minion. (These special Siege Minions will stop spawning after the 8th minion wave)
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More gold obtained the more damage dealt to Turret Shields.
(Pic Credit: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang YouTube)

  • Turrets now have a shield that can absorb 4000 Damage and last for the initial 3 minutes of the game. Gold bonuses will be granted to nearby enemy heroes according to the damage done to the shield, albeit rather low. Presently, the game awards the player with 1 gold for every 10 points of damage dealt to the shield.
  • Furthermore, Minions will deal fixed 50 points of damage to the shield.


Item icon changes. (Pic Credit: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang YouTube)

  • New item icons.
  • Only players carrying the Retribution skill can buy jungle items.
  • Item changes to specifically Athena’s Shield, Raptor Machete, and Antique Cuirass.
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Old and new minimap comparison. (Pic Credit: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang YouTube)

  • New minimap icons and layout

See You In The Game!

Note that not all the changes are listed here considering this article is meant to be a short summary of the update. Nevertheless, the full patch notes can be found in the mailbox of your game. Good luck and enjoy the new Project NEXT update! 

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