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Which Weapons to Use in Apex Legends

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Wed 27th Feb 2019 - 4:00pm

This article will be your guide to the best weapons to use in Apex Legends, sorted by overall effectiveness, weapon class, and ammo type. This will help especially when you have to choose between the better of two weapons.

THE BEST WEAPONS... PERIOD

  • Mastiff
  • Devotion
  • Peacekeeper
  • Wingman
  • Spitfire
  • R-99
  • Flatline

If you see any of these weapons lying around, definitely pick them up, as they have the raw killing power to outduel any other weapon in the game.

BY CLASS

Different classes of weapons don't all take the same type of ammo. For example, the Prowler SMG takes heavy ammo, while the R-99 SMG takes light ammo. However, one cannot assume that every weapon that uses heavy ammo is superior to those that use light ammo, due to the following factors:

  • DPS
  • Magazine Size
  • Rate of Fire
  • Recoil
The Prowler does 70 body damage and 84 headshot damage, and the R-99 does 12 body damage and 18 headshot damage. However, the Prowler has a much slower rate of fire, and a lot more recoil to control, making the R-99 the obvious choice.

Table by @notohfamous

Now that we've gotten the criteria out of the way, here are the top weapons for each class.

Assault Rifles

R-301 Carbine:
  • Light Ammo
  • Full-Auto
  • Starting Mag Capacity: 18
  • Attachments
    • Optic
    • Extended Mag
    • Stock

Although by just looking at the Weapon Damage chart above, it would seem the Flatline would be the better choice, but the R-301 is on the same level. The R-301 has very low horizontal recoil and very manageable vertical recoil. The Flatline packs a bigger punch, but often fails to deliver it due to its very high vertical recoil. If you are lacking a Heavy Ammo Stock and a Light Ammo Stock, I would definitely recommend the R-301, as it is much easier to control at long ranges without these attachments.

VK-47 Flatline:

  • Heavy Ammo
  • Full-Auto
  • Starting Mag Capacity: 20
  • Attachments
    • Optic
    • Extended Mag
    • Stock

Sitting at 80 DPS, the Flatline is a beast when it comes to short range encounters, but its recoil makes it very hard to melt people that are farther away. If you can fully kit this weapon out with all attachments, it is by far the best AR in the game. However, Heavy Ammo attachments are far rarer to find around the map than Light Ammo attachments, so unless you are perfectly fine with losing more health during gunfights and taking time to heal after them, try and find a Flatline and its attachments at your drop location instead of hunting around the map for them.

Submachine Guns

R-99:

  • Light Ammo
  • Full-Auto
  • Starting Mag Capacity: 18
  • Attachments
    • Optic
    • Barrel
    • Mag
    • Stock

With one of the fastest fire rates of any gun in the game, the R-99 SMG absolutely melts at close and medium range, making it the go-to SMG. Its recoil isn't insanely bad either, so you won't have to tap-fire at these medium ranges. Although the Prowler has higher Damage Per Shot, it has extremely high recoil for longer ranges, which is normal for an SMG. SMG's aren't intended for long range use, making Rate of Fire and Damage Per Shot their most important stats.

Light Machine Guns

Devotion:

  • Energy Ammo
  • Full-Auto with a Spin-Up Speed
  • Starting Mag Capacity: 44
  • Attachments
    • Optic
    • Barrel
    • Stock
    • Hop-Up (Turbocharger)

Although the Spitfire is a good choice, if you ever have to choose between the two LMGs in Apex Legends, you should always go with the Devotion, especially if you find a Turbocharger attachment. This makes the Devotion's Spin-Up Speed extremely short, allowing you to maximize the weapon's DPS and melt enemies from any range. Its recoil is pretty manageable as well, which makes the Devotion one of the most versatile weapons in the game.

Sniper Rifles

G7 Scout:

  • Light Ammo
  • Semi-Auto
  • Starting Mag Capacity: 10
  • Attachments:
    • Optic
    • Barrel
    • Extended Mag
    • Stock

Although on paper the G7 Scout may look worse than its peers, Apex Legends is a game that focuses on mobility. It is much harder to hit shots from long ranges at a target that is moving very fast and sliding than a target that is running along at a decent pace. This game mechanic makes Sniper Rifles in Apex Legends not extremely effective overall. What makes the G7 Scout special is its fast Rate of Fire compared to its peers, which allows the weapon to shine in medium-distance encounters, while other snipers would get overwhelmed and outgunned by fully-automatic weapons. The G7 Scout's Rate of Fire coupled with its low Recoil allow it to be the most versatile Sniper Rifle by far. It also takes Light Ammo, which is the most common type of ammo in the game, ensuring that you will likely never be low on ammo.

Shotguns

Mastiff:

  • Legendary Ammo
  • Semi-Auto
  • Mag Capacity: 4
  • Attachments: None

This legendary shotgun can only be found in supply drops around the map and is extremely powerful. Don't worry about only having around 20 shells upon pickup: you won't be needing many to mop up your opponents. The Mastiff is able to two-shot opponents with armor on when hitting headshots, giving it the quickest time-to-kill in Apex Legends.

Peacekeeper:

  • Shotgun Ammo
  • Semi-Auto
  • Mag Capacity: 6
  • Attachments
    • Optic
    • Barrel
    • Hop-Up (Precision Choke)

If you aren't able to find a Mastiff, however, the Peacekeeper is the best regular shotgun in the game. Its DPS is great if you hit your shots, and it is pretty hard to outgun at close range. Shotguns in Apex Legends are very good right now, so I would recommend you take either the Mastiff, Peacekeeper, or even the EVA-8 Auto with you.

Pistols

Wingman:

  • Heavy Ammo
  • Semi-Auto
  • Starting Mag Capacity: 6
  • Attachments
    • Optic
    • Extended Mag
    • Hop-Up (Skullpiercer Rifling)

The Wingman is a powerhouse at short to medium range. Its Rate of Fire isn't terribly slow despite being a six-shooter, and its Damage Per Shot is great. This pistol rewards players heavily for having good aim and allows them to outduel shotguns at times.
 

BY AMMO

Different types of ammo are more common than others. Here is a list of all ammo types in Apex Legends, from most common to rarest, and based upon how much ammo weapons that use these types of ammo need to down an opponent:

  • Light
  • Shotgun
  • Heavy
  • Energy
  • Legendary (Only found with Legendary Weapons)

 

Light Ammo

R-301 Carbine:

  • Full-Auto
  • Starting Mag Capacity: 18
  • Attachments
    • Optic
    • Extended Mag
    • Stock

Compared to the other statistically good weapons with Light Ammo (G7 Scout and R-99), the R-301 is the best overall weapon. Its low Recoil and high Rate of Fire make it good at any range, while the G7 Scout thrives only at medium ranges and the R-99 only thrives at close ranges.

Shotgun Ammo

 

 Peacekeeper:

  • Semi-Auto
  • Mag Capacity: 6
  • Attachments:
    • Optic
    • Barrel
    • Hop-Up (Precision Choke)

Basically, if you find a Peacekeeper and some shotgun shells lying around, you pick them up. This weapon is extremely effective at close range and even does decent damage at medium range. Compared to any other regular shotgun, this weapon is superior.

Heavy Ammo

Wingman:

  • Semi-Auto
  • Starting Mag Capacity: 6
  • Attachments:
    • Optic
    • Extended Mag
    • Hop-Up (Skullpiercer Rifling)

If you are consistently accurate and quick on the trigger, the Wingman is far more rewarding than the Flatline. Not only does the Wingman already have a shorter Time to Kill than the Flatline, but when equipped with the Skullpiercer Rifling attachment, this weapon can three-shot opponents.

 Energy Ammo

 Devotion:

  • Full-Auto with Spin-Up Speed
  • Starting Mag Capacity: 44
  • Attachments:
    • Optic
    • Barrel
    • Stock
    • Hop-Up (Turbocharger)

There are only 2 weapons in Apex Legends that require Energy Ammo: Triple Take and Devotion. The better choice without contest is the Devotion. The Triple Take is a decent sniper that can be quite handy in close encounters due to its ability to fire three shots in a horizontal line, much like a shotgun. However, the Devotion's raw killing power even without the Turbocharger attachment is too much to pass up on if you have the choice.

Legendary Weapons

Mastiff:

  • Semi-Auto
  • Mag Capacity: 4
  • Attachments: None

As there are only two Legendary Weapons in Apex Legends at the moment, the debate is between the Kraber .50 Cal and the Mastiff. Although the Kraber is excellent at long range encounters, snipers are not very effective in Apex Legends due to the game having mobility as one of its core elements, making it hard to land shots at long ranges. The Mastiff is the more practical choice, as it blows through enemies at close ranges and can even deal significant damage to targets at medium range, especially if you get headshots. 

There you have it: a complete weapon guide for Apex Legends. Be sure to apply these tips for your in-game usage, and you might just find yourself becoming the Champion more often.

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