Brawl Stars update: New Brawler Bibi steps up to the plate in Retropolis update

Welcome to our Brawl Stars update hub! We’ll be collecting all of the official balance changes and updates for Brawl Stars as they’re released by Finnish giant Supercell.

If you can’t get enough Brawl Stars, be sure to bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on the latest buffs, nerfs, new game modes, and new brawlers added to the game. Below you’ll find the most recent update, followed by a list of new brawlers as they’re released. Previous Brawl Stars updates can be found at the end of the page.

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Brawl Stars update: The latest

Brawl Stars May update overview

Release date: May 21, 2019

The May Brawl Stars update brings a new Brawler, new map theme, and several new skins to Supercell’s hit game. Rosa was on the receiving end of yet another round of nerfs, but in return she got a new voice over.

Retropolis is the name of the new cyberpunk map theme, and there are now several maps that match this theme. A new leather jacket-wearing Brawler named Bibi is the first official Brawler to come from this new area, although it appears that Bull and Crow origin stories will be retconned to join her.

Brawl Stars May update patch notes

New Brawler – Bibi

  • Epic Brawler.
  • Main attack: Three Strikes.
    • Bibi’s main attack knocks back enemies when her Home Run bar is charged.
    • The Home Run bar charges while having all 3 swings at the ready.
  • Super Attack: Spitball.
    • Bibi bats a bouncing ball of bubble gum that deals damage and can hit the enemy multiple times.
  • Star Power: Home Run.
    • Bibi’s movement speed is increased while her Home Run bar is fully charged.

New Skins

  • Hot Rod Brock.
  • Bake Sale Barley.
  • Road Rage Carl.
  • Maple Barley (Canada soft launch anniversary skin).


  • Rosa Voice Over.
  • Ability to send in-game mail to Club members (available for leaders & co-leaders).
  • Supercell ID 2.0 (Will roll out to countries over the next week).

New Event – Retropolis

  • New Battle Location – Retropolis.
  • New Menu Music.
  • New Menu Background.
  • New In-Game Music.


  • Several maps are now “Retrofied”:
    • Gem Grab – Cell Division, Four Squared, Escape Velocity, Spring Trap, Double Swoosh.
    • Heist – Rolling Rumble, Bridge Too Far.
    • Bounty – Layer Cake, Dry Season.
  • Maps Removed:
    • Gem Grab – Bouncing Echo.
    • Heist – Split Second, Corner Case.
  • Maps Added:
    • Gem Grab – Cross Cut.
    • Heist – Pit Stop, Side Story.

Character Balance


  • Decreased Super duration from 4.0 sec to 3.0 sec.
  • Decreased Star power healing from 300 per sec to 200 per sec.
  • Needs now 10 hits instead of 9 to fully charge up Super.
  • Main attack effect now better matches the area where damage is dealt.


  • Frank’s Super now again stuns the Siege base for the full duration.


  • Carl can now pre-aim his main attack while using Super.
  • Carl now has a much shorter cooldown for the main attack (can use the main attack more rapidly when the Pickaxe returns after a wall hit).

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed multiple UI issues.
  • Fixed a bug that gave access to locked skins in the Training Cave.
  • Fixed an issue with character health bars being displayed incorrectly after being revealed from stealth.
  • Fixed issues related to player status display in teams.
  • Fixed partially underwater launch pads on Showdown map Flying Fantasies.

New Brawlers in Brawl Stars

Brawl stars update new brawlers

Like new troops in Clash of Clans and new cards in Clash Royale, Supercell releases new brawlers in Brawl Stars from time to time. Below you’ll find all of the new brawlers released since the game’s global release in reverse chronological order.

New Brawler — Bibi

Brawl Stars update retropolis

Batter up! Bibi’s got a sweet swing that can knock back enemies when her Home Run bar is charged. Her Super is a bouncing ball of gum that deals damage.

Release date: May 22, 2019

  • Epic Brawler announced in the May “Retropolis” update.
  • First Brawler to feature an attack charge mechanic.

Main attack – Three Strikes

  • Bibi’s main attack knocks back enemies when her Home Run bar is charged.
  • The Home Run bar charges while having all 3 swings at the ready.

Super Attack – Spitball

  • Bibi bats a bouncing ball of bubble gum that deals damage and can hit the enemy multiple times.

Star Power – Home Run

  • Bibi’s movement speed is increased while her Home Run bar is fully charged.

New Brawler — Rosa

brawl stars new brawler rosa

This boxing botanist will plant her feet and go toe to toe! Her Super gives her tough, vegan protective gear.

Release date: April 26, 2019

  • Rare Brawler announced in the April update.
  • Similar play style as Primo.

Main attack – Hands of Stone

  • Rosa releases a flurry of punches.
  • Close range only.

Super – Strong Stuff

  • Rosa creates a tough second skin of vines,
  • Prevents 80% of incoming damage (later reduced to 70%).
  • Lasts 6 seconds (later reduced to 4 seconds).

Star Power – Plant Life

  • Rosa regains health while inside bushes.

New Brawler — Carl

Brawl stars new brawler Carl Supercell

Carl is a pickaxe wielding miner that drives around in a mining cart. He only has one ammo, and his super sends him flying into enemies!

Release date: March 22, 2019

  • Super Rare Brawler announced in February update.
  • Short range Brawler with just one ammo.

Main Attack – Pickaxe

  • Carl throws his Pickaxe, consuming his only ammo.
  • Pickaxe bounces off obstacles, returning to Carl after bouncing.
  • Upon returning, ammo is restored.
  • Can hit enemies twice per shot.

Super Attack – Tailspin

  • Carl spins around in his mine cart, damaging nearby enemies.

New Brawler — Gene

Brawl stars new brawler gene

Gene uses his magic lamp to shoot a splitting projectile. His super is a magical hand that grabs and pulls enemies close!

Release date: February 15, 2019

  • Long range supportive Brawler.

Main attack – Smoke Blast

  • Shoots a ball of smoke from his lamp.
  • If it doesn’t hit, it splits and spreads in a cone.

Super – Magic Hand

  • Launches a magic hand from his lamp.
  • Pulls first enemy hit back to Gene.

Brawl Stars Update History

Brawl Stars update Rosa balance update

Rosa Balance update overview

Release date: April 30, 2019

Less than a week after her release, the latest melee Brawler Rosa is being taken down a peg. Her super has proved to be too powerful, so this Brawl Stars update hits both its duration and damage reduction.

Rosa Balance update patch notes


  • Super Shield damage reduction reduced to 70% (down from 80%).
  • Super Shield duration reduced to 4 seconds (from 6 seconds).
  • Fixed a bug with Enemy Rosa’s shield effect not being displayed correctly.

Brawl Stars April update overview

Release date: April 15, 2019

This Brawl Stars update brings some long overdue changes to competitive ranking system, including changes targeted specifically at teamers in Showdown. This should improve gameplay experience across all game modes.

There’s also a new melee Brawler in town: Rosa! She’s similar to Primo, but with a new shield mechanic for her Super. She should give players who like to get up close and personal another great option for battle. Look for her to be released soon after the patch hits.

Brawl Stars April update patch notes

New Rare Brawler – Rosa (released April 26)

  • Main attack – Hands of Stone
    • Flurry of punches.
  • Super – Strong Stuff
    • Rosa creates a tough second skin of vines, preventing 80% of incoming damage for 6 seconds.
  • Star Power – Plant Life
    • Rosa regains health while inside bushes.

New Skins

  • Celebrate Easter with Bunny Penny.
  • Celebrate Golden Week with Shiba Nita.

New Maps & Dynamic Map Element

  • Gem Grab: Minecart Madness.
    • Carts travel on the railroads on certain intervals.
    • Carts block shots, deal damage and push back Brawlers when hit.
  • Showdown: Flying Fantasies(with Launch Pads!), Royal Runway.
  • Brawl Ball: Center Stage.
  • Siege: Junk Park, Sparring Match, Straight Shot, Assembly Attack.
  • Boss Fight: Danger Zone.


  • Changes to discourage teaming in Showdown:
    • Meteors now target grouped players with better logic and the Meteor explosion radius is bigger.
    • Healing mushrooms and Energy Drinks are now more likely to spawn farther from grouped players.


  • Bolts now spawn closer to the middle.
  • Frank’s stun only works for a split second on the IKE.
  • IKE no longer creates area damage with its projectile.
  • IKE projectile now homes to the target (but not against flying units).


  • Some homescreen Buttons Moved into Menu.
  • Watch high-level gameplay live on Brawl TV.
  • Preview and test new brawlers in the Training Cave.
  • Added Polish and Hebrew languages.
  • Name Change for Gems – First is free! Then 60, 90, 120, 150 Gems for each consecutive change.
  • New Menu background and music for Golden Week event (coming soon).
  • Slightly more difficult matchmaking for teams.
  • Support for color tags removed (color codes can be removed with one free name change) Players have an option to pick a color from their profile screen.
  • Tutorial improvements.
  • Improved poor connection symbol display during battle.
  • Increased Super button’s tappable area.
  • Spawn the second Gem in Gem Grab later.
  • Shows Star Icon under Pets if they are affected by Star Power.

Character Sounds & Visuals


  • In-game model rework, New Effects and Projectiles.


  • Audio Voice Overs.


  • New attack projectile.


  • New effects and projectiles for Little Helper Penny skin.


  • New animation for Boombox Brock skin.


  • Effects polished.


  • New main attack effect.


  • New projectile for Golden Barley skin.

Bug Fixes

  • Robo Rumble: Fixed an issue in Robo Rumble where the enraged melee robots were not hitting the safe.
  • Brawl Ball: Fixed an issue that caused Ball to bounce from walls that were destroyed while the ball was moving after a kick.
  • Brawl Ball: Own goal is attributed to the last player from the opposing team to touch the ball.
  • Brawl Ball: When Penny’s Star Powered Mortar explodes after a goal it no longer shoots out cannon balls.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented spectating while ready in a game room.
  • Fixed double rank up token reward not being visualized correctly in the battle end screen.
  • Fixed an issue that caused a player to be unable to reject/accept Game Room join requests.
  • Fixed an issue that caused online time for new Club members to be shown as “< 1 month ago>”.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Club member statuses to not update instantly.
  • Matchmaking hints are no longer displayed for unreleased Brawlers.
  • Season end trophy decay handling improved.
  • Fixed a bug where you could end up having the super button stuck down if you shot your super the exact same time when you got hit by a pushback.
  • Pet spawning will occur even if the Brawler dies while activating Super.

Character Balance & Bug Fixes


  • Increased main attack damage from 280 to 300.
  • Increased super damage from 280 to 300.
  • Increased poison damage per second from 70 to 75.


  • Increased boomerang speed by 25%.
  • Increased Super duration from 2.5 sec to 3.0 sec.
  • Stuns, pushbacks and pulls now interrupt Carl’s Super ability.
  • Fixed a bug causing Carl to not reload when the boomerang returned.
  • Carl no longer has a reload animation when he spawns.
  • Carl’s Pickaxe now returns even if Carl dies when the Pickaxe is flying towards the target.


  • Increased health from 4000 to 4200.


  • Increased main attack range from 7.33 tiles to 7.67 tiles.
  • Increased main attack projectile speed by 5%.


  • Increased the number of Bombs dropped from Super from 3 to 4.
  • Increased Super Bomb damage from 800 to 900.
  • Bombs now spread on a little bit larger area (+10% diameter).


  • Fixed a bug that allowed Gene to pull the Robot boss so that it got stuck in Boss Fight.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Gene’s pull to stick enemies inside walls when pulling close to an indestructible wall.
  • Fixed a bug that didn’t allow Gene to pull enemies with his Magic Hand while being poisoned by a lvl 10 Crow.
  • When a pulled enemy dies during the pull the hand no longer destroys the environment.
  • When Gene is pulling a target with his Magic Hand the target cannot be pulled by another Gene.
  • Quickfire now takes into account the added range from the projectile splitting.


  • Decreased main attack damage from 260 to 240.
  • Decreased health from 4400 to 4300.
  • When Nita and her Bear and Pam attack Pam’s Healing Stations they now receive the star power healing effect.


  • Decreased Super Invisibility time from 8.0 sec to 7.0 sec.


  • Quickfire now takes into account the added range from the projectile splitting.


  • Increased Super healing from 1840 to 2100.

That’s all for our Brawl Stars update hub! Be sure to bookmark this article, as we’ll update it over the next few weeks and months with the latest releases! Happy brawling!

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