The best weapons in Apex Legends

There are a tremendous amount of weapons in Apex Legends, making it one of the most difficult to find the weapon that is the absolute best. Would you prefer to use a sniper? Or maybe an assault rifle? Because there are so many choices and combinations of weapons, narrowing down what will work best for your play style can prove to be tricky.

To narrow down the scope of weapons, we have cataloged and categorized every weapon in the game. This way, you’ll be able to tell which weapon works best for you and what weapon would work best for different situations.

Further reading

Before getting into it, here’s a quick key to understanding the stats that accompany each weapon:

  • Ammo: the type of ammo used
  • Mag: the mag size for the base weapon
  • Reload: the time it takes to reload
  • DPS: the damage per second on body shots
  • B/H/L: single-shot damage to body, head, and legs
  • Fire rate: the number of rounds fired per second
  • Modes: the different fire modes the weapon supports

Assault rifles

Assault rifles are what you should look out for first. They’re highly flexible, decent in both long-range and close-quarters encounters, and can pile on damage quickly. All rifles in the game have a draw time of 0.6 seconds and a movement speed of 50%.

1. R-301 Carbine

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Light 18 2.4s 189 14/28/10.5 13.5 Single, auto

The R-301 has been the go-to assault rifle in Apex Legends since launch, and after every update the game has seen, it’s still the best option. Outside of a slight boost in Season 3, the weapon has remained unchanged, which is a good thing. It fires fast, has little recoil, and can be outfitted with a slew of attachments.

2. Hemlock

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Heavy 18 2.4s 180 22/44/16.5 8.2 Single, burst

The Hemlock is the bigger, badder version of the R-301. It’s not as agile but makes up for it when it comes to damage. You’re looking at nearly twice the damage as the R-301 with the same mag size. That said, it isn’t full auto, which makes the overall fire rate lower.

3. Flatline

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Heavy 20 2.4s 190 19/38/14.25 10 Single, auto

The VK-47 Flatline, when used correctly, can be a very powerful weapon. The damage is better than the R-301 and it features a full auto mode. It suffers from intense recoil, though, so make sure to switch over to single-shot mode if you need to pick off an enemy at range.

4. G7 Scout

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Light 10 2.4s 136 34/68/30.6 4 Single

The G7 Scout is a serviceable early game weapon, but it quickly becomes outclassed. With a small mag size and single-shot fire rate, the G7 simply plays the role of a bad sniper rifle. That said, it has the highest damage out of any assault rifle, so consider picking one up if you want to snap off a few headshots.

5. Havoc

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Energy 32 3.2s 201.6 18/36/13.5 11.2 Auto

Respawn removed the Turbocharger hop-up in Season 4, making the Havoc significantly worse. It’s a great weapon that piles on damage, but without a way to circumvent the long wind-up time, it’s fairly useless. Unless you fancy waiting a few seconds before sending your bullets out, stick with another assault rifle.

SMGs

SMGs are more agile than assault rifles, with a short draw time of 0.35 seconds and a minor movement penalty of 14%. That said, they don’t deal nearly as much damage.

1. R-99

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Light 20 1.8s 198 11/16.5/8.8 18 Auto

A quick look at the stats shows how powerful the R-99 is. Although each bullet deals little damage, the extra-fast fire rate means you can take down a foe quickly. Still, it has a limited magazine size and high recoil rate, so it’s best used in short bursts.

2. Prowler

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Heavy 20 2s 122.8 15/22.5/12 20 Burst (five shots)

The Prowler deals more damage than the R-99 but at a slower rate. Five-shot burst fire means that this weapon deals significantly less damage per second. If you can get your hands on a Selectfire hop-up, though, you can fire in full auto, making it the best SMG in the game.

3. Alternator

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Light 16 1.9s 150 15/22.5/12 10 Auto

For a brief while in season 3, the Alternator wasn’t just the best SMG, but one of the best weapons in the game. Disruptor Rounds multiplied the damage by 1.55, making the slow fire rate much more acceptable. That hop-up has since been removed, though, leaving the Alternator in dead last for SMGs.

LMGs

LMGs are slow and clunky, but they can wipe out enemy teams in a matter of seconds. Every LMG in Apex Legends has a draw time of 0.7 seconds and a movement penalty of 59%, though, so it’s best to keep your feet planted while using one.

1. Devotion

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Experimental 54 2.8s 255 17/34(x2)/13 15 (max) Auto (wind-up)

The Devotion has long been an excellent LMG, so much so that Respawn moved it to a crate-only status in Season 4. Now, you can only find the weapon in a crate with its own special ammo, meaning the gun is only good for as long as the mag lasts. However, it’s also equipped with the Turbocharger, so you don’t have to deal with the wind-up time.

2. L-Star

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Energy N/A 3.26s 180 18/36/14.4 10 Auto

The L-Star is an energy weapon without a set mag size. Rather, it fires an energy beam at opponents that will eventually overheat the gun. It’s best used in short bursts, dealing some serious damage to the body or head. Don’t go too far, though, or you’ll have to deal with the L-Star’s lengthy reload time.

3. Spitfire

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Heavy 35 2.8s 162 18/36/14.4 9 Auto

Without the Devotion being a standard drop, the Spitfire is a much better weapon. Although the L-Star is still better, the Spitfire can spit out some damage quickly. It deals the same amount of damage as the L-Star, though the slightly slower fire rate means the overall DPS is lower.

Shotguns

In close-quarters encounters, there’s nothing like a shotgun. The draw time isn’t bad at 0.45 seconds, and the movement penalty of 9% is basically nonexistent. You’ll want to make sure each pellet hits, however. That’s where shotguns shine. As a note, our B/H/L numbers below are for a single pellet, so multiple the number by 8 to find the full damage for any particular gun.

1. Mastiff

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Special Shotgun 4 1.03s 187.2 18/36/18 1.3 Single

Another crate-only gun, the Mastiff is an insane shotgun. Dealing nearly twice as much damage as the Peacekeeper, the Mastiff can mow down enemies at close range. The Mastiff is especially effective in the close quarters of the late game, able to take out an enemy with a single well-placed shot.

2. Peacekeeper

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Shells 5 2.65s 106.7 10/15/8 0.97 Single

For standard drops, it doesn’t get better than the Peacekeeper. A fan-favorite since the launch of Apex Legends, the Peacekeeper is still a great weapon in season 4, able to take down an enemy at close range while whittling down health at medium range. Ignoring crate drops, the Peacekeeper should be the shotgun you aim for.

3. EVA-8

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Shells 8 2.75s 126 7/10/5.6 2 Auto

The EVA-8 doesn’t pack a lot of damage per shot, but it’s fully automatic. Sticking the barrel in an opponent’s chest and emptying the mag is the best use case for this gun, allowing you to work your way through high-tier loot areas with ease. Keep the high recoil in mind, though.

4. Mozambique

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Shells 3 2.1s 99 15/22/13.5 2.2 Auto

It’s often crowned as the worst weapon in the game, so you should only use the Mozambique as a last resort. The damage is decent, and we like that the weapon is full auto, but a limited mag size means it’s hard to deal damage quickly. If you pick it up, make sure to keep an eye out for Hammerpoint Rounds to deal extra damage to unshielded targets.

Sniper rifles

Sniper rifles are best for players who want to spend some time in an area before moving on. With a draw time of anywhere between 0.6 seconds up to 1.2 seconds and a movement penalty of 64%, sniper rifles are slow. With how much damage each shot deals, though, that hardly matters.

1. Kraber

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Special Sniper 4 3.2 145 145/297/116 0.47 Single

The last crate-only weapon, the Kraber .50 Cal deals the most single-shot damage out of any weapon in the game. Even a leg shot is enough to take down an unshielded enemy, while a headshot can deal with the toughest armor in the game. You only get a few shots with the Kraber, though, so use them wisely.

2. Sentinel

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Sniper 4 2.5s 70 70/140/63 0.57 Single

The Sentinel is the newest weapon in Apex Legends, and although the new characters aren’t too great, this gun is. A headshot can deal with most enemies in a single blow, and it better, as the bolt-action nature of the Sentinel means you won’t be firing rounds quickly. If you’re going up against a heavily shielded opponent, the Sentinel can consume one of your Shield Batteries to charge up, destroying armor in a single shot.

3. Charge Rifle

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Sniper 4 3.6s 31.5 45/56/40.6 (+45) 0.7 Single

The Charge Rifle doesn’t deal a lot of damage per shot but makes up for it with an incredibly powerful charge shot that can deal an extra 45 damage when fully charged. If your aim is solid, the Charge Rifle is even better than the Sentinel. The Sentinel is more forgiving when it some to single shots, though, and doesn’t require a charge-up time.

4. Longbow

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Sniper 6 2.66 71.5 55/118.25/44 1.3 Single

The Longbow is a straight-up powerful weapon, pulling no punches when it comes to extra abilities. It’s a highly versatile gun that’s as good in medium-range encounters as it is in long ones. With high head damage and a forgiving mag size, the Longbow stretches the skills of the player holding it, so if you’re up for the task, it’s a great sniper rifle.

5. Triple Take

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Sniper 5 2.6s 86.25 23/46/20.7 1.25 Single (3-shot)

The Triple Take tries to be a shotgun and sniper rifle, and plays both roles poorly. Shooting three rounds out when trying to pick off enemies at long range is a joke, and in close-quarters situations, the Triple Take becomes unwieldy quickly. It’s not a bad gun, with solid damage across the three shots and a large mag, just not a particularly good one.

Pistols

Pistols are best in the early game, allowing you to move around quickly with no movement penalty and a draw time of 0.25 seconds. They quickly become outclassed, though, so be on the look out for more powerful weapons.

1. Wingman

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Heavy 5 2.1s 117 45/94.5/40.5 2.6 Single

The Wingman is an honorary shotgun, though its technical title is a pistol. It deals massive damage with each shot. Sure, the mag size is limited, and the recoil is high. But with how much damage each shot deals, that hardly matters. A pistol is usually handier in a sidearm slot. But we’d be comfortable going into battle with a Wingman as our main.

2. P2020

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Light 10 1.25s 110.5 13/19.5/11.7 8.5 Single

The P2020 is a standard handgun that barely ranks above the Mozambique (and that’s saying something) in terms of use. It deals very little damage, but the P2020 can fire off rounds quickly. You can easily get by with using it as a sidearm early in the game. It’s also handy for finishing off enemies in the event that your main weapon runs out of ammo. However, once you start facing opponents with more powerful weapons and upgrades, you need to find something far more potent to be competitive. The P2020 simply doesn’t do the trick against bigger and better guns.

3. RE-45

Ammo Mag Reload DPS B/H/L Fire Rate Modes
Light 16 1.74s 143 11/16/9.9 13 Auto

The RE-45 is technically a fully automatic handgun, but it functions more like a small SMG. It’s fit with full-auto firing and a blistering fast fire rate. The RE-45 also has the largest magazine of the pistols, but it’s not large enough to make it competitive with true SMGs. It sometimes feels like a solid weapon in-game, but the stats say otherwise. The RE-45 deals limited damage, even with a solid headshot. That said, it’s a viable sidearm, even in the late game.

Though you’ll most likely select your Apex Legends weapons based on timing, it’s worth knowing the ins and outs for each weapon. You never know when a quick change will make the difference in a game. Depending on how you play, you might opt to use specific guns when you’re facing different scenarios. Fortunately, with our cheat sheet on the best Apex Legends weapons, you know where to turn when an enemy’s breathing down your neck.

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