Brawl Stars January 2023 Balance Changes: Buffs And Changes

A new set of balance changes has arrived in Brawl Stars in January 2023.

Brawl Stars Jan2023 Balance Changes
These are all the buffs and nerfs released in the January 2023 balance changes in Brawl Stars. | © Supercell

The Brawl Stars meta has been topsy-turvy after the Candyland update introduced three new brawlers - Chester, Mandy, and Gray - to the game. Admittedly, this is somewhat due to the amount of experimentation going on at the moment. After the Starr Road and Chromatic Shop were added, it has been easier to get new brawlers.

So, the meta has exploded with players exploring their newly unlocked characters. We've seen underappreciated brawlers come back into play after a long while. They're mixing with the popular and newer brawlers.

But, whenever the meta's unbalanced, the devs will implement balance changes to keep things in check. As of writing, the January balance changes have been released. Here's a look at all the buffs and nerfs included within it.

Brawl Stars January Balance Changes - Buffs

Mandy Buff
Mandy will receive a buff in the January balance changes. | © Supercell

Mandy is the only brawler who was buffed in the January balance changes.

She's been quite a challenging brawler due to her special 'Focus' trait. The upcoming balance changes will remedy this by slightly adjusting its time counters.

Here are the buffs in detail:

  • Time needed to enter 'Focus' state reduced by 40%

Brawl Stars January Balance Changes - Nerfs

Buster Brawl Stars Nerf
Buster's getting a major nerf in the January balance changes. | © Supercell

Buster, Chester, Gray, and Grom were nerfed in the January balance changes.

At the moment, Buster is arguably the best brawler in Brawl Stars, as he has been tearing up the meta due to how strong he is. Unsurprisingly, the devs are hoping to reign that in.

As two of the new brawlers in the game, it was expected that Chester and Gray would be nerfed in some capacity. They've had their time to mix with the other brawlers, and the devs have noticed how overpowered their Super and Gadget, respectively, can be.

Grom sees a minor nerf to the projectile speed of his basic attack.

Here are the nerfs in detail:

  • Base damage reduced from 1,480 → 1,320
  • Super duration reduced from 6 seconds → 3 seconds
  • Kevlar Vest Star Power damage reduction reduced from 20% → 10%
  • Base damage reduced from 720 → 640
  • Jawbreaker Super damage reduced from 1,400 → 200
  • Jawbreaker Super projectile speed reduced by 25%
  • Jawbreaker Super stun reduced from 2 seconds → 1 second
  • Grand Piano damage area decreased by 50%
  • Reduced projectile speed from 880 ms → 840 ms

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