Apex Legends weapons tier list: the best guns to keep an eye out for

Here’s our tier list of the best weapons you can find in Respawn’s battle royale

Looking to kit yourself out with the best Apex Legends weapons? Then our handy Apex Legends gun tier list will serve you well. Apex Legends may host a smaller pool of players to the usual battle royale, with 60 players instead of 100, but you’ll still need a fine selection of modded guns to ensure that “you are the champion” screen rolls.

As is usually the case with futuristic shooters, weapons are only vaguely recognisable. Sure, basic archetypes remain intact such as shotguns, snipers, and auto-rifles, but they come with unique quirks. For example, the Mozambique is a pistol that operates as a shotgun by firing a spread of shells. A mod can also transform the performance of a gun entirely. For example, SMG’s tend to have a smaller magazine size so an extended mag mod to boost that goes a long way in making this class of guns more viable. On top of that, there are more specific mods for key weapons, like the “Turbocharger” mod for the Devotion that instantly increases the LMG’s rate of fire. To borrow some online lingo, you’ll “map” people.

Guns also behave differently in Apex Legends to other battle royales. Just one of the Apex Legends weapons is hitscan, so you’ll need to factor in bullet-drop into your aiming when judging the distance between you and an enemy. Also, there’s no damage falloff across the board so you won’t need to worry about losing damage in rangier fights. Oh, and there are also six different archetypes with 24 Apex Legends weapons in total. But fear not as that’s where we come in. We’ve laid waste to many training dummies – and practise mannequins, too – to bring you an Apex Legends weapons tier list that dives into what makes every gun tick, what ammo you need, and what mods will best optimise their performance to ensure that you too can become a legend. So, here are the best Apex Legends weapons.

The best Apex Legends weapons are:

Apex Legends best guns shotgun Mastiff

Top tier

Kraber .50-cal

Ammo: Unique

The Kraber is undoubtedly the best weapon in Apex Legends. Body shots will take out even Legendary armour, and headshots will instantly knock an enemy. It’s powerful, but it is a legendary weapon only found in supply drops, which will be marked on the map by three blue rings that ripple like water. This also means you won’t be able to replenish its ammo – so you’ll be stuck with just the eight shots.

While you can’t upgrade it with mods either, that doesn’t come into play as the sniper is fairly perfect just out of the box. Its scope can cover both six-times to eight-times in terms of distance and – did we mention – it can output 125 damage to the body and 250 to the head. Even a fully-evolved red evo-shield offers no protection against this devastating sniper. If you’re lucky enough to find one, keep an eye on that ammo.

Mastiff

Ammo: Shotgun Shells

The Mastiff came out of supply drops and into the ground loot pool with a handful of debuffs, but it remains dominant thanks to its huge damage output and easy-to-control recoil.

The shotgun holds six to the magazine and can dish out 104 damage to the body and a whopping 128 to the head should your entire spread land. This is a significant drop from when it was available in care packages (especially the headshot multiplier), but now it can be loaded with regular Shotgun Ammo, meaning you get more use out of it than before.

The ironsights are useful for predicting the horizontal spread of the shotgun pellets, but a Digital Threat is never a bad idea for tricky fights in smoke or Caustic gas.

Volt SMG

Ammo: Energy Rounds

The Volt is the brand new energy SMG which landed in Apex Legends matches in Season 6. Although it’s early days, it’s already clear that it is a deadly weapon. It deals 16 damage on a body shot and 24 if you hit the head, which can rapidly decimate enemy health. The recoil is very easy to manage and there is little to no bullet drop.

We love attaching the 2x Bruiser sights and an extended energy magazine to really shred through opponents even at mid-range. Energy ammo is admittedly at a premium, with players hoping to keep Volts, Havocs, and Devotions topped up at all times. However, with the new crafting system in place, you can craft some more ammo in a pinch.

If you’re looking for an SMG to replace the R-99 now the latter has moved to supply drops, The Volt is an excellent replacement.

R-99

Ammo: Unique

Speaking of R-99s, the R-99 has earned legendary status in Season 6, and can therefore only be found in supply drops like the Kraber. However, if you can get your hands on one, it will do you proud. The R-99 has probably the swiftest fire-rate in the game, and can put out the damage of 12 to the body and 18 to the head.

As with all legendary weapons, the R-99 comes fully kitted-out and with a limited ammo supply. The latter is the reason it drops just below the Volt, but use it well and the R-99 could easily carry you to victory.

Triple Take

Ammo: Sniper Ammo

The Triple Take has drastically improved in Season 6, thanks to the fact that it now has the Precision Choke attachment built-in. Thanks to a rapid rate of fire and three-bullet spread, the Triple Take has become the sniper rifle of choice for many players. It holds six in the mag and can deal 69 damage to the body (nice) and 138 to the head should you land all your shots. Press B to activate the choke and tighten up those shots if needs be.

Thanks to it’s spread of three bullets, the Triple Take can also put in work as a rudimentary shotgun if things get rough, too – no, seriously. Its versatility makes it an instant pick-up for us, make sure you grab a decent sight, extended magazine, and sniper stock to reduce that recoil.

Devotion

Ammo: Energy Rounds

The Devotion may boast the higher ammo capacity of Apex Legend’s selection of Light Machine Guns with 36, but there is a slight trade-off as damage is 16 to the body and 32 to the head.

That said, the gun does boast a higher fire rate to compensate, although it’ll need some time to wind up to full speed. Lucky, if you come across a Turbocharger mod then that wind-up time will be notably reduced. Apart from that, you can also rely upon barrel, optic, or stock mods.

The Devotion will be the weapon of choice for Rampart as her Modded Loader passive ability will increase its magazine size even further. Again, make sure you’ve got a barrel mod too, to help with the massive recoil.

Apex Legends best guns pistol Wingman

Mid tier

Peacekeeper

Ammo: Unique

The Peacekeeper suffered heavily from being made into a legendary weapon and put into supply drops. The unique ammo gives it a short lifespan once you’ve picked it up, but if you make your shots count, it can still be used to devastating effect.

With a damage output of 110 to the body and 143 to the head, it’s a reliable two-tap to kill. However, high recoil and long reload times can be your downfall in close-range fights.

EVA-8 Auto

Ammo: Shotgun Shells

The EVA-8 is the fastest firing shotgun on offer in Apex Legends and is the only pure shotgun that comes in full-auto, which makes it the most forgiving if you don’t trust your aim. It has seen a rise in use thanks to the Double-Tap Trigger mod, which releases two shots every time you fire.

You’ll find eight shots in the EVA-8’s magazine and can expect it to do 63 damage to the body and 99 to the head – provided you can land every pellet. The shotgun’s performance can be enhanced with a Shotgun Bolt.

Wingman

Ammo: Heavy Rounds

A true marksman’s treasure, the Wingman has proven a favourite among those who fancy themselves a good shot. It does boast the lowest clip-size and fire-rate of the all the pistols with six per magazine but can deal damage of 45 to the body and 90 to the head. Crikey.

Head to the Firing Range to get your practice in, as the Wingman can even function well at mid-range with everyone’s favourite sight, the 2x Bruiser, attached.

Prowler Burst PDW

Ammo: Heavy Rounds

The Prowler offers a five burst-fire option among the SMG family. It does 15 damage to the body and 23 damage to the head while holding 20 in the magazine.

True to form for the SMG family, it greatly benefits from a mag mod. One unique quirk it does have, however, is its ability to use the “Selectfire Receiver” mod, which allows it to fire in full-auto. This was a necessity when using the Prowler for many seasons, but these days you’ll see the pros use it in burst fire mode for better hip fire.

R-301 Carbine

Ammo: Light Rounds

While the Carbine may be the only assault-rifle to use light rounds, it shares some commonality with the Hemlock in holding a clip size of 18 rounds and with the Flatline in boasting the ability to fire in single or auto-fire.

Damage-wise, however, it falls slightly short and does around 14 to the body and 28 to the head. It does, however, fire the quickest to compensate. Much like the Hemlock, you can boost this gun’s performance with barrel, mag, optic, and stock options. The R-301 is a great shout at mid-range, and can deal big damage at closer quarters while on full-auto.

Hemlock Burst AR

Ammo: Heavy Rounds

The Hemlock provides the burst-fire option of the auto-rifles but can also be fired in a single shot if you press B on PC. It also has a slightly smaller clip size than the flatline with 18 rounds per mag.

You can expect around 22 damage to the body and 44 to the head. Like the R-301, the Hemlock is great at mid-range, and you can kit it out with a barrel, mag, optic, or stock upgrades.

G7 Scout

Ammo: Light Rounds

The G7 Scout was reallocated from being a sniper rifle to an assault rifle, which has aided its utility immensely. As a self-designated “scout rifle”, it works best at mid-ranges, where you can make the most of its rapid rate of fire and reasonably high damage.

A mag mod is essential, but a Double Tap Trigger can make every shot worth twice as much damage.

Charge Rifle

Ammo: Sniper Ammo

A menace when it was first introduced, these days the Charge Rifle is more manageable. It still works as a weaponised laser pointer, as the damage ramps up the more it charges.

However, the Charge Rifle has found a new niche as the easiest way to charge up your evo-shield. Be careful, as shooting off a Charge Rifle beam is a dead giveaway of your position, and opponents may rush you during the painstakingly long reload times.

Alternator SMG

Ammo: Light Rounds

The Alternator is a real hard hitter and can deal damage of 15 to the body and 23 to the head. It’s downfall, however, is a relatively low magazine-size of 19.

A mag mod is a must here but barrel, optic, and stock mods are also handy to buffing this SMG up for rapid-fire short-ranged fights.

VK-47 Flatline

Ammo: Heavy Rounds

The Flatline can do some solid base damage with around 19 to the body and 38 to the head, this gun is well equipped straight out the box. However, we recommend grabbing some optics as soon as possible, due to the fact that the ironsights obscure much of your vision.

The VK-47 has very manageable recoil, and is pretty accurate when hip firing. However, we’d still recommend upgrading to a Hemlock if you spot one lying around.

Longbow DMR

Ammo: Sniper Ammo

A bit more sniper than the G7 but still more scout than the Triple Take and Kraber, the Longbow is a decent middle point between fire-rate and damage. It holds six to the mag and deals 55 damage to the body and 110 damage to the head.

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What gives this gun some edge though is that it can use the Skullpiercer mod, much like the Wingman. On top of that, you can also build the Longbow up with barrel, mag, optic, and stock mods to aid you in nailing plenty of crunching headshots with that Skullpiercer mod.

Havoc

Ammo: Energy Ammo

The Havoc has the potential to act as both a rapid-fire auto rifle and a sniper-rifle – all depending on what hop-up mod you have equipped. Fresh out the box, it’s fire-rate will gradually increase over time – making it act like an auto rifle. If you attach a Turbocharger that wind up time will be reduced, meaning you’ll get to that deadly rapid-fire laser beam of shots even sooner.

If you attach the Selectfire Receiver mod you can turn the Havoc into a single-shot weapon that has the personality of a sniper-rifle. The main perk of that mod of fire is that it’s hitscan – so you don’t have to factor in travel time and bullet drop.

Aside from that, you can expect the Havoc energy rifle to do 18 damage to the body and 36 to the head. The Havoc can also be kitted out with Optic and Stock mods.

M600 Spitfire

Ammo: Heavy Rounds

The Spitfire boasts very decent damage across the board with 18 to the body and 36 to the head. You also get 35 shots out of a magazine, which we recommend upgrading with an extended magazine as soon as possible. In the hands of Rampart, the Spitfire can reach a magazine capacity of 63, perfect for outshooting opponents and dealing that extra damage when they have to reload.

Barrel, stock, and optic mods will also improve your Spitfire work, but it still seems to be a case of quantity over quality.

Apex Legends best guns LMG L-Star

Low tier

L-Star

Ammo: Energy Ammo

Since coming out of care packages and into the general loot pool, the L-Star has suffered a number of debuffs. However, the weapon can be useful in the right hands. There’s also no need to reload this weapon, though it can overheat.

It’s still a light-machine gun, which means it fires quickly and rewards the player who can control it’s recoil. However, the popularity of the Volt and Devotion means that energy ammo is at a premium – and the L-Star can eat through it at an astonishing rate. Really, the L-Star is only down in the low tier because it’s the worst energy weapon, but it does have its uses.

Sentinel

Ammo: Sniper Ammo

The bolt-action rifle is fairly useful in mid to far ranges, but really falls short of any other sniper rifles. If you want to use your precious shield cells to power it up, it can crack enemy shields in one hit, but the otherwise low damage output doesn’t make up for its sluggish rate of fire.

The Sentinel does penetrate through enemies, meaning you can score neat collateral hits, but you’re severely punished for missing shots – so make sure you’re on target!

Mozambique Shotgun

Ammo: Shotgun Shells

Half pistol, half shotgun, and (almost) entirely useless, the Mozambique is only handy early on. You can recognise it by its pistol appearance and because its spread is only made up of three bullets it’s surprisingly handy at distance.

The Mozambique has been buffed to hold four slugs per round and will do 45 damage to the body and 69 (nice) to the head. A Shotgun Bolt will improve your rate of fire, but its biggest buff was gaining access to Hammerpoint Rounds, which have moved it from the bottom of our tier list. These greatly increase damage to unshielded enemies, perfect for grabbing some early kills.

The Mozambique will always be a meme-tier weapon, but a couple of buffs have meant we’ve seen it creep into pro tournaments on occasion, too…

P2020

Ammo: Light Rounds

A fairly bog-standard pistol, the P2020 is fine in the earlier game where nothing else is available but definitely something you’d want to avoid being stuck with late on. The gun holds a magazine size of 10 rounds and does 15 damage to the body and 23 to the head.

Again useful if you find the deadly Hammerpoint Rounds attachment, these aren’t enough to prevent you dropping the P2020 as soon as you find another weapon.

RE-45

Ammo: Light Rounds

This quirky pistol is the only of its kind to be fully-automatic and as such feels like a proper sidearm. To make this kind of gun work it has the highest clip-size of the pistol family with 16, but the lowest body damage of 12 and lowest head damage of 18.

You’ll get through a magazine very quickly, so make sure you hit every shot if you want to give your opponent more than a scratch.

And there you have it, our Apex Legends weapons tier list detailed in full. Of course, personal preference will dictate what way you’ll sway toward, but this should give you something to think about. If you’re now thinking of what character to pair with your new favourite gun then our Apex Legends character guide would make for some good reading. If you’re more interested in some general Apex Legends tips then we have that covered, too. I find that pairing a fully modded Volt with Bloodhound’s Beast of the Hunt ultimate proves to be very effective. Then again, anything with a Volt proves to be quite useful… unless your foe has a Mastiff.

Additional reporting by Iain Harris.

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