Brawl Stars Update 53 Patch Notes: New Brawlers, Hypercharges, Balance Changes, more 1

The latest Brawl Stars update, dubbed #StarrToon, is a thrilling package of new content and significant changes that will reshape the game’s landscape.

This update introduces three new Brawlers – Mico, Kit, and the duo Larry & Lawrie, each bringing unique abilities and styles to the arena. Mico, an assassin, leaps into action with damaging jumps and a scream that slows enemies. Kit, a legendary support Brawler, attaches to allies for mutual benefits, while Larry & Lawrie, an epic artillery pair, work in tandem for strategic advantages.

The update also rolls out new Hypercharges for several Brawlers, adding more depth to the gameplay. For instance, Mico’s Hypercharge stuns enemies, while Dynamike’s creates smaller bombs for widespread damage. Edgar and Fang receive significant boosts, with Edgar gaining speed and reload enhancements and Fang being able to charge through walls.

Mico has arrived to Brawl Stars
Mico has arrived in Brawl Stars

Additionally, the update introduces a new gear for Mortis and a plethora of new skins under the Mini-Themes of Brawlidays and Dark Winter Tales. The Brawl Pass seasons for January and February are set, featuring exclusive skins and variations.

On the balance side, several Brawlers have been buffed, like Colt and Amber, while others like Charlie and Rosa have been nerfed to maintain competitive fairness. The map pool has been refreshed with new additions and the return of the Hunters game mode, offering fresh challenges.

Lastly, the update brings changes to the Brawl Pass, Chroma Credits, and Club improvements, ensuring a more engaging and rewarding experience for players. With so much to explore and adapt to, this update is set to keep Brawlers on their toes and the battles more exciting than ever.

Brawl Stars December 12 Update 53 Patch Notes

New Brawler: Mico (Mythic)

Type: Assassin

  • Attack: Mic boom
    • Mico jumps forward a short distance and damages nearby enemies on landing
  • Super: Out of frame
    • Mico jumps high after a short delay, then targets his landing – dealing damage to enemies in the landing location upon landing
  • Gadget: Clipping scream
    • Mico screams at the closest enemy, dealing damage and slowing them for 2 seconds.
  • Gadget: Presto
    • Mico’s next jump has a 34% longer range
  • Star Power: Monkey business
    • Every 5 seconds, Mico’s next basic attack steals ammo from enemies
  • Star Power: Record smash
    • Mico deals 100% more damage versus non-brawlers
  • Hypercharge: Sound check
    • Mico’s Super also stuns enemies for 1.5s after landing

New Brawler: Kit (Legendary)

Type: Support

  • Trait: Recharging Super
  • Attack (unattached): Claws
    • Kit slashes in front of him, dealing damage in a cone
  • Attack (attached): Yarn Balls
    • Kit throws yarn balls while attached to a friendly Brawler, dealing damage in an area
  • Super: Carry me
    • Kit jumps and attaches to the back of another Brawler. Heals allies or damages enemies over time
  • Gadget: Cardboard box
    • Kit becomes invisible and charges his Super. Charges faster while standing still
  • Gadget: Cheeseburger
    • Kit heals himself and the friendly Brawler he is attached to
  • Star Power: Power Hungry
    • Kit gains double power from each Power Cube
  • Star Power: Overly attached
    • Increases the maximum duration Kit is attached to a friendly brawler

New Brawlers: Larry & Lawrie (Epic)

Type: Artillery

  • Attack: Ticket Dispenser
    • Shoot a ticket bundle that explodes twice after landing
  • Super: Call for backup
    • Summon Lawrie to help. Lawrie shoots nearby enemies with his Taser gun
  • Gadget: Order: Swap
    • Swap weapons with Lawrie
  • Gadget: Order: Fall back
    • Dash towards Lawrie while Lawrie dashes towards you, healing both for 33% of max health on arrival
  • Star Power: Protocol: Protect
    • While Lawrie is in range, transfer all damage to him instead of you
  • Star Power: Protocol: Assist
    • While Lawrie is within range – reload 30% of your ammo whenever he damages an opponent

New Hypercharges

  • Mico: Sound Check
    • Mico’s super also stuns nearby enemies after landing for 1.5 seconds
  • Dynamike: Boomer
    • Super bomb spawns smaller bombs
  • Edgar: Outoburst
    •  After using Super, gain charging speed and reload speed for a few seconds
  • Fang: Dragon Kick
    • Charge through walls while dropping popcorn along the way
  • Crow: Utility Knives
    • Crow’s knives are piercing and are returning like a boomerang
  • Leon: Limbo
    • Leon stays invisible while attacking his enemies

Gears

New Gear for Mortis  – Bat Storm (Mythic)

  • Bats speed (Super projectile) increased by 50%

New Skins

Mini-Themes: Brawlidays & Dark Winter Tales

  • Santa Stu (149 Gems)
  • Grouch Mico (149 Gems)

The Brawlidays and Dark Winter Tales Skins will be released in mid-December

January Brawl Pass Season: Starr Toon Studios

  • Pinku Pawlette (Brawl Pass)
  • Kiiro Pawlette & Midori Pawlette Skin color variations (Brawl Pass Plus)
  • Toon Spike (299 Gems)
  • Final Boss Rico (Power League)

The Starr Toon Studios season starts on January 4th, 2024

February Brawl Pass Season: Year of the Dragon

  • KitBoxer (Brawl Pass)
  • KitBoxer Goldpaw & KitBoxer Darkpaw Skin color variations (Brawl Pass Plus)
  • Wukong Mico (299 Gems)
  • Antivirus 8-Bit (299 Gems)
  • Ferocious Fang (149 Gems)

The Year of the Dragon season starts on February 1st, 2024

Miscellaneous

  • Macaron Mico (29 Gems) – Releases in mid-December
  • Dark Angel Colt (Supercell MAKE, concept by Dodi, Angelo, and Kakatpoke – Free if claimed from the Brawlidays advent calendar, then 149 Gems) – Releases in late December
  • Billy the Kit (29 Gems) – Releases in early January
  • CCTV Poco (149 Gems) – Releases in mid-January
  • Larry & Lawrie Controllers (29 Gems) – Releases in early February
  • El Quarterback (199 Gems) – Releases in early February
  • Flag Bearer Piper (Brazilian Carnaval celebratory Skin – 149 Gems) – Releases in mid-February
  • Doll Jessie (29 Gems) – Releases in mid-February
  • W Otis (ZETA Division Brawl Stars World Finals 2023 Winners Skin – 149 Gems) – Releases in mid-December
  • Blue King Frank & Red King Frank (Supercell Store Exclusive Skin – 299 Gems) – Release date to be confirmed
  • Extra: Shelly base model update

Cosmetic Items

Pins

  • Mico Pin Set
  • CCTV Poco
  • Santa Stu
  • Grouch Mico
  • Toon Spike Set, Starr Toon Studios Set, Final Boss Rico, Pinku Pawlette, Kiiro Pawlette and Midori Pawlette, Toon Fight
  • El Quarterback, American Football
  • Flag Bearer Piper
  • Year of the Dragon Set, Dragon Trophy
  • Wukong Mico
  • Ferocious Fang
  • Kit Set
  • KitBoxer, KitBoxer Goldpaw and KitBoxer Darkpaw
  • Larry & Lawrie Set
  • W Otis
  • Dark Angel Colt
  • Blue King Frank Set
  • Antivirus 8-Bit Set
  • Spicy Mike
  • Burger Lou
  • Sugar Rush Sandy
  • Hypercharged Leon, Mico, Dynamike, Fang, Crow and Edgar



Sprays

  • Mico
  • Brawlidays Kiss, Brawlidays Candy
  • Toon Spike, Final Boss Rico, Starr Toons Candy
  • El Quarterback
  • Year of the Dragon
  • 2023 World Champions
  • Kit
  • Larry & Lawrie
  • Blue King Frank
  • Antivirus 8-Bit
  • Hypercharged Leon, Mico, Dynamike, Fang, Crow and Edgar



Profile Icons

  • CCTV Poco
  • Santa Stu
  • Grouch Mico
  • 5th Brawliversary
  • Chroma Credit
  • Starr Toon Studios, Starr Toon Studios logo
  • Toon Spike, Final Boss Rico, Pinku Pawlette
  • El Quarterback
  • Flag Bearer Piper
  • Wukong Mico
  • Ferocious Fang
  • Kit
  • KitBoxer
  • Larry & Lawrie
  • W Otis
  • Dark Angel Colt
  • Blue King Frank
  • Antivirus 8-Bit
  • Spicy Mike
  • Super Fan Emz
  • Hypercharged Leon, Mico, Dynamike, Fang, Crow and Edgar


Titles

  • “The First” – Starr Toon Studios Brawl Pass Plus Exclusive Title
  • “The Golden Dragon” – Year of the Dragon Brawl Pass Plus Exclusive Title
  • “Am I a joke to you?” – Mico Mastery Title
  • “Meow” – Kit Mastery Title
  • “I am the law!” – Twins Mastery Title

Balance Changes

Buffs

  • Colt
    • Reload speed 1700 → 1400 ms
  • Amber
    • Damage 200 → 220
  • Bo
    • Damage 600 → 700
  • Ash
    • HP – 5200 →  5400
  • Gus
    • Damage – 940 → 1000
  • Chester
    • HP – 3500 →  3700
  • Janet
    • Damage 940 → 980
    • Shots required to charge Super – 7 → 6
  • Pearl
    • Movement speed – 670 → 720
  • Surge
    • HP – 2800 → 3000

Nerfs

  • Charlie
    • Basic – Cooldown – 250 → 500 ms
    • Super – Duration – 7 → 5 sec
    • Super charge – 5 →  6 basic attacks
    • Gadget – Spiders – HP – 1100 → 700
  • Lou
    • Super charge from basic attacks 143 → 120
  • Spike
    • Gear – Sticky Spikes – Slow% – 50 →  30
  • Rosa
    • HP 5400 →  5000
  • Buster
    • Gadget – Slo-mo replay – Removed the slow component
  • Nani
    • HP – 2600 → 2400
    • Super charge from basic attacks 105 → 92

Maps, Game Modes & Rotation Changes

Hunters is the returning game mode based on player votes and will replace Duels for the next few months. 

We’re also using this time when there aren’t any official competitions to make bigger changes in the map pool for most game modes where enough maps were in the backlog – so the map rotation should feel rather fresh. 

The MEGA Pig event will now also feature new maps!

Since there are so many changes, we will focus on the new maps added to the game and won’t go into details on the removed maps.


Showdown

  • Cavern Churn
  • Double Trouble
  • Dune Drift
  • Forsaken Falls
  • Safety Center
  • Skull Creek
  • Stormy Plains
  • The Galaxy


Brawl Ball

  • Backyard Bowl
  • Coarse Course
  • Encirclement
  • Galaxy Arena
  • Off the Line
  • Retina
  • Triple Dribble
  • Winter Party


Gem Grab

  • Arenè en Folie
  • Close Call
  • Double Swoosh
  • Hard Rock Mine
  • Last Stop
  • Minecart Madness
  • Open Space
  • Stay in your Lane


Knockout

  • Belle’s Rock
  • Close Quarters
  • Flaring Phoenix
  • Goldarm Gulch
  • Healthy Middle Ground
  • New Perspective
  • Out in the Open
  • Waters of Doom


Hot Zone

  • Checkered
  • Open Zone
  • Ring of Fire
  • The Great Divide


Heist

  • Bridge Too Far
  • Riverbed
  • Safe Zone
  • Tornado Ring


Wipeout

  • Layer Bake
  • Shooting Star
  • Snake Prairie
  • The Great Open


Hunters

  • Trials and Tribulations
  • Hunting Season
  • True Trail
  • Omega


Ranked (Power League)

  • All Modes:
    • Brawl Ball: Backyard Bowl, Triple Dribble Winter Party
    • Gem Grab: Last Stop, Open Space, Stay in your Lane
    • Hot Zone: Ring of Fire, The Great Divide, Open Zone
    • Heist: Bridge Too Far, Riverbed, Tornado Ring
    • Knockout: Close Quarters, Out in the Open, Belle’s Rock
    • Bounty: Layer Bake, Shooting Star, The Great Open

Map Environment Changes

  • Removed
    • Ghost Metro
    • Ranger Ranch
    • Mortis Mortuary (including Showdown)
    • Retropolis
    • Bizarre Circus
  • Added
    • Robot Factory (including Showdown)
    • Mr. P’s Snowtel
    • Fighting Game
    • Starr Toons (New)
    • Winter for 5v5 (New)

New: 5v5 Game Modes

The long-awaited 5v5 game modes are finally here! They are running as weekend events during this update cycle, and these modes feature bigger maps and have their own twist on the classic modes like Brawl Ball, Wipeout, and Gem Grab!

  • 5v5 Brawl Ball – It plays sideways! Also, the goals are considerably bigger, but with more defenders to get through, that won’t make scoring easier!
  • 5v5 Wipeout – Plays the same as the classic mode, but you play on a bigger map and need more eliminations to win!
  • 5v5 Gem Grab – Some maps feature 2 Gem Spawn points for twice the mayhem!

Brawlidays Freebies

Starting on December 12th, there will be an advent calendar in-game! Log in daily to the game and claim a gift every day, including a new FREE Brawler Mico (Mythic) and a FREE Dark Angel Colt Skin from the latest Supercell MAKE campaign!

The last day of the calendar is December 26th, so make sure you collect all your gifts before the end of the year!

New Brawl Pass & Brawl Pass Plus

  • Now, the Brawl Pass can only be obtained via in-app purchase
  • Brawl Pass seasons have become monthly, with each new season starting on the first Thursday of each month
  • Tokens and Token Doublers renamed to Battle Pass XP and XP Doublers
  • Brawl Pass Quests and progress requirements rebalanced to be easier to complete
  • Free Pass track rewards increased and added Starr Drops to the list of rewards
  • Bonus tail rewards changed to Starr Drops
  • New Brawl Pass features
    • You can now unlock any Brawler up to Epic or collect 1000 Credits
    • New Brawl Pass Skins every season
    • Exclusive Chromatic Name
    • (New) Extra Daily Shop Freebie
    • (New) Double Daily Battle XP
    • (New) Extra Daily Quest
    • Premium Seasonal Quest
  • Added the new Brawl Pass Plus, which also introduces additional benefits:
    • 2 Additional Brawl Pass Skin Color variations
    • Instant 20% Brawl Pass Progress
    • (New) Exclusive Player Title 
    • More progression rewards!
  • Skins for Brawlers players don’t own can now be stored in the catalog. 

A few weeks ago, we published an article comparing the rewards and benefits of the old VS the new Brawl Pass. Check it here for a more detailed view of how the Brawl Pass has changed, including the latest update.

Chroma Credits & Chromatic Brawlers Changes

  • Chroma Credits were removed from the game. Any remaining Chroma Credits in your inventory will be converted to regular Credits with a 1.85 ratio once the update releases
  • Removed the Chromatic Brawler rarity and moved all the Chromatic Brawlers to the Starr Road, with the following new rarities:
    • Epic: Gale, Colette, Ash, Lola, Sam, Mandy, Maisie and Pearl
    • Mythic: Lou, Ruffs, Buzz, Fang, Eve, Janet, Otis, Buster, R-T and Charlie
    • Legendary: Cordelius and Surge
  • In the case of Charlie, she will only show up on the Starr Road starting from January 11, 2024 

Club & MEGA Pig Improvements

  • You can now share replays with your Club from the Battle Log or Club screen
  • MEGA PIG modifiers for December to February:
    • Ice Age (New)
    • Toxic Arena (New)
    • Unlimited Power
    • Classic
  • Maps
    • Gem Grab: Hard Rock Mine, Close Call
    • Knockout: Out in the Open, Close Quarters
    • Hot Zone: The Great Divide, Ring of Fire
    • Wipeout: The Great Open, Shooting Star
    • Brawl Ball: Triple Dribble, Encirclement

Trophy Road Reward Changes

  • Game mode unlocks were moved and can now be unlocked earlier in the path
  • Changed some of the Trophy Road rewards to Starr Drops
    • Rewards up to 10,000 Trophies feature more Starr Drops
    • A Legendary Starr Drop has been added at every 10,000 Trophies
    • A Mythic Starr Drop has been added in between the Legendary Starr Drops at every 5,000 Trophies

In-game Optional Ads

We’re rolling out an experiment in some regions of the world with optional video ads. These ads are designed in a way that aims not to disturb the typical gameplay experience; instead, they will offer players a way to obtain additional perks such as an additional Daily Quest, more daily Battle XP, or an additional daily freebie in the Shop.

Players with active Brawl Pass will already benefit from these perks and won’t be served ads.

Depending on how these optional ads perform within these testing regions, we may roll out this feature to additional regions later in 2024.

Win Streaks

  • Earn bonus Trophies for each consecutive win in Trophy matches
  • Win streaks begin at 2 wins and each consecutive win grants +1 Trophy, up to a cap of +5 Trophies
  • In Solo Showdown, finishing in 6th-10th position is considered a loss, 5th position is a draw
  • In Duo Showdown, finishing in 4th-5th position is viewed as a loss, 3rd position is a draw
  • Win streaks are only broken when losing a match (so draws will not break your streak)

Other Changes

  • You can now receive and store Skins for Brawlers you don’t own! These can be accessed from the Catalog
  • Now you can report Player names, Club names, Club descriptions and Club mail messages more easily from within the game
  • Club mail messages now auto-expire after 14 days
  • You can now sort Brawlers by Mastery in the Brawler screen
  • Credits can no longer be stored and once a Brawl Pass season ends, all the unclaimed Credits from that season will go either to the Brawler currently being unlocked, to the new Brawler being released alongside the new season, or to Fame

Bug Fixes

  • Various improvements and bug fixes

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