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Apex Guns, Ranked: Apex Legends Weapon Tier List

Zakaria Almughrabi

Apex Legends is a fast, skill-based shooter that requires precise gunplay. The weapons you choose each game determine how you’re able to play and what you can pull off. While most of Apex Legends’ guns have niches that make them decent in their own right, there are some that stand above the rest in terms of effectiveness, versatility, and ease of use. Here is our Apex Legends Weapon Tier List, updated for Season 15!

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Apex Legends is a game based all around gunplay and how accurate your shot is. Having the right weapon that fits your playstyle is imperative in Apex. (Image Credit: Electronic Arts)

Note: The four Supply Drop weapons (RE-45, Bocek, Rampage, and Kraber) are excluded from this list, as they would all be S-Tier.

Apex Legends Weapon Tier List for Season 15

S-Tier: R-301 // Flatline // G7 Scout // C.A.R. SMG

A-Tier: Volt // Peacekeeper // HAVOC // Hemlock // Mastiff // 30-30 Repeater // Wingman

B-Tier: Prowler // EVA-8 // Charge Rifle // R-99 // Sentinel // Spitfire

C-Tier: Longbow // Mozambique // Devotion // Alternator // L-STAR // Triple Take

D-Tier: P2020

S-Tier

S-Tier weapons are all amazing to have in your arsenal. They are the best in their class and excel at multiple points in the game, placing them at the top of our Apex weapon tier list. There is never a downside to wielding one of these.

R-301

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The R-301 maintains its spot at the top of our Apex weapons tier list in Season 15. Assault rifles are still the most versatile weapons in Apex Legends, and the R-301 is no exception. Boasting incredibly easy recoil control and prowess at all ranges, the R-301 is one of, if not the best weapon in Apex to be holding. With Light ammo and attachments being abundant on the ground and in Death Boxes, you’ll always have one kitted and ready to go.

Flatline

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The Flatline has remained at the top of the Apex weapons pecking order for many seasons now. The slower firing and higher base damage that it provides make it a very easy gun for anyone to use. Few weapons can take down enemies as well at range. Additionally, it has a base 20 bullet clip and amazing hipfire, making it extremely effective in close range combat. The Flatline also only requires three attachments, so it’s very easy to kit out. All of this combines to make the Flatline one of the most consistent Apex weapons.

G7 Scout

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After returning to the ground in Season 14, the Scout has risen in popularity drastically. Few guns in Apex provide as much ranged DPS potential as it. EVO farming and KP snatching are a breeze with a Scout in hand. It even does extremely well at mid-ranges due to the headshot burst potential. The main weakness of wielding a Scout is that close quarters combat isn’t ideal. That said, there’s plenty of great options to supplement your weapon loadout.

C.A.R. SMG

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The best of the secondary SMG options is by far the C.A.R. The weapon is incredibly easy to kit out due to being able to use both Heavy and Light attachments/ammo. It has fast firing speed, the highest body DPS of SMGs, and one of the shortest TTKs (time to kill) in the game. While the C.A.R. does fall off at long range, its hipfire is reliable and mid-range is decent, making the weapon one of the strongest secondary options no matter your primary.

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A-Tier

The A-Tier Apex guns are all great in their own way. They are either the best in their niche, have good versatility, or are just powerful alternatives to the S-Tiers.

Volt

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The Volt SMG is still a great SMG option in Season 15. While it did receive a small nerf to its bullet speed and gravity, the gun still feels crisp at close and mid-ranges. It deals great damage and is very easy to control. The main things keeping it out of S-Tier are being in direct competition with the C.A.R. and a general lack of Energy ammo and attachments being picked up by other players. If you can fully supply a Volt though, you’ll be satisfied with its performance.

Peacekeeper

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The Peacekeeper has been moved to the Crafter for the first half of Season 15. The shotgun still excels at close range combat, allowing players to hit hard and finish fights fast. With the Mastiff being nerfed heavily upon its return from the Care Package, the PK is the best shotgun on our Apex gun tier list right now. Paired with an assault rifle like the R-301 or Flatline, the Peacekeeper is the perfect secondary option. If you have the spare Materials and want a close range closer, crafting one is recommended.

HAVOC

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The HAVOC assault rifle was one of the best late-game options last season. For Season 15, the gun received a nerf that reduced its damage per bullet by 1 when equipped with a Turbocharger. Interestingly, it actually slightly loses DPS when it has a Turbo, increasing its burst as compensation. While the weapon can be very strong, being in direct competition with the R-301 and Flatline doesn’t do it any favors. Like the Volt, supplying a HAVOC with ammo and attachments can be an uphill battle.

Hemlock

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The Hemlock is one of the more underappreciated weapons in Apex Legends due to being overshadowed by the generalist assault rifles. It has decent stats across the board, but is notably weak at close range. At mid-to-long range is where the Hemlock really shines. A few well-aimed bursts can take any opponent out of the fight quickly. As a burst rifle, the Hemlock can down an unsuspecting enemy quicker than any other AR. Don’t underestimate the Hemlock; you might even end up preferring it in your arsenal.

Mastiff

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The Mastiff is back on the ground to much fanfare. Unfortunately for it, the meta right now isn’t dominated by shotguns like when it left. SMG’s are popular and Legends that were great with the Mastiff aren’t as great anymore. Still, nothing feels better than pumping enemy after enemy in a teamfight. If your goal is to get in close and end fights with a bang, a Mastiff will never let you down. Just be sure to pick refill your shells after a fight, since you might not find any in Death Boxes.

30-30 Repeater

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Despite being a strong weapon already, the 30-30 Repeater was given some very big buffs during Season 14 in the form of a permanent Dual Shell and compatibility with the Skullpiercer. The main drawback to running a Repeater is that you aren’t running a G7 Scout. The 30-30 just can’t keep up in mid-range trading, and is harder to farm with at long range due to being a Heavy weapon. You can definitely make one work, as its niche is very strong right now, but always make sure to pair it with an SMG secondary.

Wingman

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We’ve had some time to get used to the sniper ammo and attachment Wingman now. The diagnosis is simple; it’s still the Wingman. Few guns in Apex can trade as quickly and efficiently as the high damage revolver. The Wingman excels at mid-range, but can still be wielded at close range as a makeshift shotgun. If you can hold the Sniper ammo and find a magazine, the Wingman is still a great option for anyone (who can hit shots with it).

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B-Tier

B-Tier weapons can be strong in the right hands. However, they are all outclassed by other guns in their niche, and are often just less efficient. Still, they can be pretty fun to use.

Prowler

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Competing in one of the best weapon classes is a difficult task for the Prowler SMG. It doesn’t have the versatility and reliability of the C.A.R. or the Volt. What the Prowler can do is more akin to a shotgun rather than an SMG. Sliding in on an opponent with its signature five-round burst can be a great way to snag an instant kill. Few guns can burst as hard as the Prowler after all. If you pick one up, just be sure to put yourself in situations where the Prowler can do its best work.

EVA-8

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The Season 14 buffs to the EVA-8 shotgun have settled in. The weapon is fairly reliable now, able to output great damage in the right scenarios. It excels on drop when opponents have white armor, since it’s very easy to deal 150 damage with the eight-shot magazine. As the game goes later however, the EVA-8 falls off compared to its shotgun brothers. Trying to take down a 225 HP red-armored opponent with it is an uphill battle that just makes you wish you had a PK or Mastiff.

Charge Rifle

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Despite its slew of issues, the Charge Rifle still sees a lot of play due to its ease of use. It is the only true hitscan Apex weapon, essentially making the Charge Rifle a point-and-click adventure. The gun’s insane ammo consumption and incredible weakness at close range can all be somewhat overlooked when you hear the signature “BZZT-BOOM” and a cracked enemy shield. If you want to farm some KP and EVO shields, feel free to pick one up. Just don’t expect other players in the lobby to have mercy on you when they close the gap.

R-99

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The fast-firing R-99 SMG is still a favorite of many players. However, it just doesn’t stack up to the competition. In close range, the R-99 has high DPS and one-clip potential. Anywhere else however, and you’ll wish you were holding a different weapon. The R-99 in a vacuum feels alright to use, but it’s just outclassed by too many SMGs to recommend. The Volt and C.A.R. do better in almost every situation, and the Prowler beats it in its close-range niche.

Sentinel

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Of the Apex guns, the Sentinel has one of the highest skill ceilings. Being very high-risk high reward, the Sentinel has the potential to shred through enemies with a true shot. That said, the Sentinel is somewhat of a gimmick weapon, relying on the Amp mechanic to make it competitive. If you have an abundance of Shield Cells and got plenty of sleep, the Sentinel can be a pseudo-Kraber at its best. At worst, you’ll basically be AFK while your teammates die.

Spitfire

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The Spitfire has been moved to the Crafter for Season 15, a change that essentially kills the weapon. Whereas the Peacekeeper is the best shotgun and a great loadout piece, the Spitfire is just worse than the R-301 for all intents and purposes. No one will ever craft this thing just because finding an R-301 is easier and more rewarding. In a vacuum, the Spitfire is a fine weapon, easily being A- to B-Tier in effectiveness. Having to jump through hoops for one just isn’t worth it.

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C-Tier

C-Tier Apex guns are all less than optimal to use. While they can get you through the early game drop, they should probably be replaced the second you find something better.

Longbow

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The Longbow suffers from the same problems as the 30-30 Repeater. It’s just not the G7 Scout. The slow-firing nature of the Longbow DMR makes it a bad weapon for trading. Its only real use is farming EVO and sniping kills, but even then, it’s outshined by the Charge Rifle. At least the Sentinel can be justified by its sky-high burst potential. The Longbow is just left as the worst weapon in its niche. Kitting one out is difficult, and requiring a Skullpiercer to unlock its potential is just suboptimal.

Mozambique

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The Mozambique deserves respect on drop, essentially being a makeshift Wingman. Its 45 damage shots with a fast-firing six bullet magazine make the gun serviceable early on. With the removal of Hammerpoints in Season 15, however, that’s the only time you’ll ever want to hold one. Without Hammerpoints, the Mozambique has no future. Get rid of it for any other shotgun once you’ve used it to embarrass the player who contested you.

Devotion

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The Devotion, when fully kitted, is a lot of fun. You can use the 48-bullet magazine to rain down terror on whoever dares run in front of you. To get to that point however, you’ll need a Turbocharger, magazine, stock, stabilizer, optic, and loads of Energy ammo. And with the nerf to bullet damage when equipped with a Turbo, the Devotion just isn’t worth the trouble. The HAVOC is better in almost every way, so just grab one of those instead.

Alternator

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The Alternator is a low firing speed, but higher damage-per-shot submachine gun. While it can be a serviceable early game weapon, the lack of range and quick one-clip power makes it worse than the R-99 and completely inferior to the C.A.R. With every other SMG being a ground loot option, you’ll almost always have the option to drop the Alternator at a moment’s notice. Make sure to get rid of it once there is something better.

L-STAR

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The L-STAR is one of the only Apex weapons to have been buffed in consecutive seasons. This time, it has been given reduced recoil at the start of its spray and faster animations. And just like last season, the buffs mean absolutely nothing. The L-STAR is one of the hardest automatic weapons to get value out of. It’s worse than every other AR, LMG, and SMG in almost every way, and is notoriously difficult to get used to using. If this is all you get on drop, good luck.

Triple Take

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The Triple Take is truly a shadow of its former self. With low damage output potential for a Marksman weapon on top of falling off at range due to the required Choke time, fans of sniping will opt for literally any other long-range option. The one thing the Triple Take can do is be used as a makeshift shotgun in the early game. There’s really no reason to ever use a Triple Take after the initial drop fight.

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D-Tier

D-Tier weapons either require too many attachments or other factors to be useful, or are just straight up bad. Get rid of these for anything else.

P2020

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The P2020 is by far the worst gun in Apex Legends. With Hammerpoints being removed in Season 15, there is literally no reason to ever pick one up. It’s a mystery how the P2020 is still allowed to be on the ground, bloating the loot pool with something that is utterly useless. If you HAVE to take one into battle, hope you can find something else ASAP.

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Zakaria Almughrabi

Zakaria Almughrabi

Zakaria is a former professional TF2 player turned caster and analyst. He has had a passion for gaming and esports for years and hopes to use his skills and experience to convey why gaming is so great. His specialty games are League of Legends, CS:GO, Overwatch, Super Smash Bros, and PUBG.

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