Season Eight of Apex Legends is formally in full-swing, and the beginning of a brand new season means a revised weapon tier listing. Each season, Respawn makes some steadiness modifications to weapons to shake up the meta and produce different weapons into the highlight to take over some which might be maybe a bit too overtuned.
This season additionally options the introduction of a brand new weapon, the 30-30 Repeater, a robust rifle that does properly at various ranges. With all that in thoughts, it is time to see the place all of the weapons fall within the Season Eight weapon tier listing. Be aware: Weapons are positioned in tiers based mostly on their efficiency with no attachments or hop-ups, purely based mostly on efficiency straight off the bottom. Tiers are then sorted alphabetically.
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Peacekeeper – The Peacekeeper is likely one of the most iconic weapons in Apex Legends, and for good purpose. This highly effective shotgun fires in a sample that makes it extremely straightforward to hit many of the pellets, and it comes with the Precision Choke impact by default as it’s at the moment a care package deal weapon. This Choke impact permits gamers to cost the shot to condense the unfold of the weapon, making this shotgun extremely efficient at longer ranges. When used at close-range, the Peacekeeper absolute shreds by means of armor and well being, making it no shock that it wants to remain within the care package deal.
Prowler – The Prowler is a reasonably latest addition to the care package deal, added to the care package deal in Season 7. The Prowler has at all times been a really highly effective weapon, particularly when paired with the Selectfire Hop-Up. Usually weapons are ranked with out their hop-up factored in, so ignoring the Selectfire which is mechanically given as the Prowler is a care package deal weapon, the Prowler continues to be a masterclass in tearing by means of enemies. When factoring within the Selectfire, the Prowler turns into an SMG that rivals the Volt and R-99 in effectiveness unquestionably. With the bonuses it obtained in trade for being a care package deal weapon, the Prowler has by no means been higher.
Volt – The Volt is the most recent SMG to be added to Apex Legends, and it has surpassed even the R-99 in effectiveness. With comparable price of fireplace, however with the ‘restricted harm fall-off’ advantage of being an Power weapon, the Volt excels in some ways over its gentle ammo counterpart. It ranked within the S-Tier within the Season 7 Weapon Tier Record, and has not moved since. Exterior of minor changes right here and there, the Volt has remained just about unchanged because it launched.
30-3o Repeater – The 30-30 Repeater is a wierd weapon when first getting used to it. It is also the newest gun to be added to Apex Legends alongside the launch of Season 8. For these conversant in Overwatch, it performs largely the identical approach to Ashe’s rifle. When aiming down sights, the gun will cost and deal extra harm. When hip-firing or firing when instantly aiming down sights, it has a quick hearth price and respectable harm. The Repeater is flexible and can be utilized at various ranges to nice impact. It is most corresponding to the G7 Scout and the Triple Take (because of the cost mechanic), and could possibly be seen as a mix of one of the best components of each. The Repeater is nice for dealing stable harm at vary or peppering shut targets when being pushed, and is a good addition to almost any loadout.
Flatline – The Flatline is one in every of two “work horse” weapons within the sport, the opposite being the R-301. It has a comparatively easy-to-control recoil and stable harm output in each shut and medium vary, an the Flatline has at all times been a stable, dependable weapon, and that has not modified. The one distinction between it and the R-301, exterior of ammo kind, is that the 301 can higher management its recoil with barrel stabilizers, whereas the Flatline can’t. However in trade for the upper recoil, the Flatline in flip dishes out extra harm per bullet.
Hemlock – The Hemlock was once one of the slept-on weapons in Apex Legends. Nevertheless, the Hemlock has began receiving way more use over the previous couple seasons because of a sequence of minor buffs that introduced it into the highlight. Now, even after a minor nerf in Season 7, the Hemlock continues to be in a extremely stable spot. Capable of toggle between single and burst-fire modes, the Hemlock excels at mid-range engagements, whereas nonetheless with the ability to cope with these pushing up. Single-fire permits gamers to fireside as quick as they will pull the set off, and with the Hemlock’s comparatively excessive damage-per-bullet, it may be fairly lethal, particularly with headshots.
Kraber – The Kraber is the one care package deal weapon not in S-Tier, and for one purpose: ability. Each the Peacekeeper and the Prowler are very forgiving relating to lacking some photographs. The Kraber is much much less forgiving, however it’s rewarding to these with ability. The Kraber is the one gun that may down a goal in a single shot, offered the participant can hit a headshot. Even hitting physique photographs offers a large quantity of harm, however with the Kraber’s restricted ammo reserves, it’s punishing to those that miss. Plus, Gibraltar can eat a Kraber headshot for breakfast because of his arm defend, so there’s that.
R-301 – The Gentle ammo counterpart to the Flatline, the R-301 is likely one of the smoothest and most dependable weapons in Apex Legends, and is rarely a foul choose to hold by means of a complete match. It begins off sturdy and solely will get higher with extra attachments. Whereas it does not have the excessive hearth price of its SMG counterpart, the R-99, the R-301 has extra vary and stability, making it a a lot safer weapon to make use of total. The R-301 has been just about untouched since launch, so gamers at all times know what to anticipate once they choose up this weapon.
R-99 – The R-99 is commonly synonymous with Apex Legends because of its excessive use price by streamers and different high-end gamers. This SMG has a ridiculous harm output and price of fireplace, however the one factor maintaining it from S-Tier just like the Volt is its recoil. Much like the Kraber, the R-99 rewards those that persistently hit photographs. The typical participant could wrestle with this weapon on account of its aggressive recoil and should miss extra photographs than they hit; in expert palms, nevertheless, the R-99 is devastating. If Apex Legends had been to ever get a Deathmatch mode, this gun will definitely be much more common there.
Spitfire – The Spitfire is Apex Legends‘ Heavy ammo LMG, and due to its large journal and comparatively steady recoil, it is likely one of the greatest weapons within the sport. The one draw back to the weapon is its gradual reload, which will be offset by the brand new Gold Magazines or by utilizing Rampart, however even off the bottom the Spitfire pumps out sufficient bullets that so long as hit a good quantity of them, most enemies might be down earlier than it is advisable reload. The Spitfire obtained a slight rework this season, getting a rise to break in trade for a barely slower reload, however that is not sufficient to cease its domination.
Cost Rifle – The Cost Rifle was infamous when it first launched because of its excessive harm output and near-infinite vary. Whereas Respawn has dialed again the harm output of the weapon, it nonetheless excels at long-range engagement whereas combating shut encounters. On World’s Edge and components of King’s Canyon, the Cost Rifle actually excels, whereas it struggles a bit with the inside areas of King’s Canyon and the brand new map Olympus. It is nice with a long-range sight, and an elevated place, however can wrestle if a workforce is pushing.
Devotion – The Devotion is likely one of the two vitality LMGs within the sport, and capabilities extra equally to the Spitfire than its Power counterpart, the L-STAR. The Devotion has a spin-up, that means it takes time to get to full fire-rate. This spin-up is what hurts the gun and retains it from being a higher-tier weapon. With a Turbocharger, the Devotion could be a stable A-tier weapon, however simply off the bottom, the Devotion generally is a little bit of a tough weapon to make use of. It additionally eats by means of ammo, in order that’s price maintaining in thoughts as properly.
EVA-8 – This full-auto shotgun packs fairly a punch at close-range, however being a shotgun implies that close-range is all that it’s good for. The EVA’s harm is extra dependable than the Mastiff’s, and total this gun is a stable secondary for gamers sticking to enclosed areas like Caustic mains which might be nonetheless right here earlier than Caustic is nerfed once more. The EVA’s unfold permits for fairly constant harm as properly, so total it is a stable weapon for a secondary.
G7 Scout – The G7 is a quick single-firing assault rifle that behaves extra like a sniper than an assault rifle. The G7 has a large effective-range, as long as gamers can handle the bullet-drop. The recoil on the G7 is well managed, however regardless of its quick fire-rate, it may be a bit unreliable at close-range. It is total a robust weapon that’s greatest used at medium vary, splitting the distinction between the Snipers within the sport and the opposite Assault Rifles.
HAVOC – The HAVOC has had extra steadiness tweaks achieved to it than most weapons have within the historical past of Apex Legends, principally to maintain the gun in a good spot within the meta with out it turning into too highly effective. Very like the Devotion, the HAVOC has a spin-up earlier than it fires successfully. Which means, except gamers have the Turbocharger, being caught off guard with the HAVOC will be lethal. Nevertheless, when utilizing the gun, it has a good efficient vary if gamers can management the recoil. It is stable at close-range, making it nice for close-quarter fights. However once more, the spin-up time leaves the weapon in a bizarre spot typically.
L-STAR – Regardless of all appearances, the L-STAR is technically an LMG, but it surely behaves extra like a shotgun in actuality. This weapon fires vitality balls fairly rapidly, and options an limitless journal that as an alternative overheats. The L-STAR can shred by means of folks, however solely at very-close ranges. If gamers go in making an attempt to assault at ranges that the Spitfire and Devotion can hit from, they’re setting themselves up for failure. Nevertheless, if used like a shotgun, this “LMG” will be fairly devastating.
Longbow – The Longbow DMR is a fast-firing sniper that rewards precision hits, however permits gamers to nonetheless deal respectable harm with physique photographs. The Longbow is extra forgiving than the Sentinel, although not fairly as nice at shut vary because the Triple Take. Whereas many gamers have a criticism concerning the Absolutely Kitted variant of the Longbow, the bottom gun itself may be very highly effective if gamers can hit headshots. Its quick fire-rate permits for some slight effectiveness at shut vary, but it surely nonetheless is way more suited to longer vary engagements.
Sentinel – The Sentinel is a slow-firing, hard-hitting sniper that incorporates a distinctive capability. Gamers can expend 2 Defend Cells to briefly give the Sentinel Disruptor Rounds that deal bonus harm. The Sentinel is nice at long-range engagements in addition to utilizing the Disruptor impact to shred shields. With the dominance of Pink Evo shields within the sport towards the ultimate circle, shield-damaging results are clutch. Nevertheless, the Sentinel struggles at close-range, making it a greater choose on extra open maps.
Triple Take – The Triple Take is a sniper that doubles as a shotgun at close-range. The three-shot unfold of the Triple Take permits it to deal a stunning quantity of harm to shut combatants that actually units it other than the opposite snipers within the sport. At longer ranges, the Triple Take can make the most of the built-in Precision Choke impact to tighten the unfold of the three photographs to make it one hard-hitting shot as an alternative. It is total a stable sniper for individuals who are masters on the sport in addition to these seeking to get higher at Apex Legends.
Wingman – The Wingman is designed to be a sidearm used to complete off targets, not too long ago receiving a brand new hop-up that actually leaned into the thought of it getting used as a sidearm somewhat than a predominant weapon. Nevertheless, many gamers have used this pistol as a main weapon, and arguably for good purpose. The Wingman offers a large amount of harm at a stable vary, and rewards those that can reliably hit headshots. Pairing that with the Skullpiercer solely makes that harm output higher. The Wingman nonetheless depends closely on participant ability, nevertheless, one thing followers ought to concentrate on.
Alternator – The Alternator is not at all a foul weapon, but it surely struggles to discover a place within the meta when the R-99 and R-301 exist. It is a respectable work-horse weapon, however not pretty much as good at vary because the R-301, and never as quick because the R-99. The Alternator hasn’t actually had a spot within the sport since Disruptor Rounds had been eliminated, and sadly will not actually have a stable place till the rumored Armorsmith hop-up is launched. Once more, the Alternator is not a foul weapon, however typically the opposite two predominant Gentle ammo weapons might be a greater choose total.
Mastiff – The Mastiff was once a care package deal weapon till Season 5, when the Mastiff and the Peacekeeper swapped locations. The Mastiff might theoretically be greater on this listing, nevertheless what retains the Mastiff from being up on the tier listing is the truth that it’s unreliable. One shot with the Mastiff will deal virtually 100 harm, whereas one other will deal 5. The one factor much less dependable within the sport is Loba’s tactical capability. If the Mastiff’s hit detection will get higher, then maybe the gun will soar up a tier or two, however till then it is a stable C-Tier weapon.
Mozambique – Apex Legends‘ resident meme weapon, the Mozambique has gone on fairly a journey because the sport first launched two years in the past. It was once F-tier, with no purpose to make use of it in any respect. Now, it is in an okay spot. Having 4 photographs within the journal helps quite a bit, and it does fairly respectable harm and a stunning vary contemplating it is technically a shotgun. The Mozambique undoubtedly shines with Hammerpoints, however once more these should not factored in to this ranking. It is a fantastic weapon to complete targets off, but it surely’s actually no main weapon.
RE-45 – The RE-45 is the in-between of the R-99 and the P2020. The RE-45 is a full-auto, rapid-fire pistol that may pump out numerous bullets in a brief period of time. Nevertheless, its efficient vary leaves one thing to be desired, and it is frankly laborious to suggest it over any of the Gentle weapons in B or A tier. With the Quickdraw hop-up, it turns into a good follow-up weapon to complete off targets, however not factoring that hop-up in actually hurts the RE-45’s viability.
P2020 – With out Hammerpoints, the P2020 is a lackluster weapon that can’t hope to compete with different weapons within the sport. With Hammerpoints, it is a totally different story, however based mostly purely on off-the-ground potential, the P2020 might use slightly love from Respawn.
Season Eight did not carry too many steadiness modifications, however the introduction of the 30-30 Repeater and a brand new map means some weapons will begin performing higher than others. Fortunately many weapons in the intervening time are in a good spot, with some being a bit head of the others. Gamers will simply have to check for themselves whereas having enjoyable with the Apex Legends anniversary celebrations.
Apex Legends is on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Change model releasing on March 9.
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