Dominate Apex Legends with these weapons
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We reveal the best weapons for each class, along with top tips on how to use them.
Apex Legends, Respawn's new free-to-play battle royale game, is absolutely brimming with quirky characters, game-changing abilities, and futuristic weaponry – in fact, there’s so much choice that it can be a rather daunting experience for new players.
After all, building a good loadout in Apex Legends requires an understanding of the game’s various weapon attachments, damage capabilities, and ideal engagement ranges. However, if you’re planning to secure a decisive victory for your team and beat the best players on the battlefield, you’ll need to arm yourself with a deadly arsenal that packs a real punch.
Find out the best weapons you should equip for each class and how you can use them to dominate your foes in Apex Legends’ arena.
Best Assault Rifle – Hemlok Burst AR
The Hemlok Burst AR boasts impressive firepower and excellent accuracy thanks to its three-round firing pattern. This assault rifle can deliver devastating blows at medium-to-long range distances and can even down foes in close quarter situations as well, making it the perfect fit for those looking to be effective during all stages of the game.
Its 18-round magazine allows you to fire a total of six times before you need to reload, delivering 18 damage on an enemy’s body (54 total if you land all bullets), and 24 headshot damage (72 total if you land all bullets). The Hemlok makes one-on-one fights a breeze, completely shredding through an opponent’s health and shield. This assault rifle is especially lethal during early-game firefights, especially when players don’t have access to their ultimate abilities.
The burst fire nature of the gun can make hitting moving targets a little tricky, but with enough practice, you’ll be dropping enemies before they even know what hit them. If you’re after an assault rifle that delivers both damage and precision, then the Hemlok Burst AR will certainly deliver.
Best SMG – Prowler Burst PDW
If you’re a fan of the run and gun playstyle offered by Apex Legends’ quick-fire SMGs, but want the added accuracy of an assault rifle, then the Prowler Burst PDW is an excellent choice.
The Prowler Burst PDW delivers rapid five-round bursts that can quickly decimate foes in close-to-medium range combat, dealing 21 headshot damage per bullet (105 damage if you land all shots), and 14 bodyshot damage per bullet (70 damage if you land all shots). Try holding down buildings that get high amounts of traffic, as this will allow you to easily land the majority of your shots, giving you added lethality.
Unlike most SMGs the Prowler’s recoil is very easy to manage, so don’t be afraid to take shots at medium-range targets. After all, you have 20-round magazine to play with, so even if you miss a few shots, you’ll probably deal enough damage to severely wound an enemy or finish off any targets that your team has successfully knocked down.
Best LMG – M600 Spitfire
There are only two LMGs to choose from in Apex Legends, and while players may be drawn towards the Devotion’s blisteringly fast fire rate, its slow windup can be extremely detrimental in fights where a quick response is required. As a result, the M600 Spitfire takes the crown for the best LMG.
The Spitfire’s 35-round clip can make short work of grouped squads, especially when they’re trekking through open ground. If your teammates happen to get intercepted by enemy fire, you can use the Spitfire’s high calibre rounds to lock down the position until they can get to safety.
The Spitfire’s accuracy is also pretty decent thanks to the manageable recoil, so consider attaching an optical sight if you wish to increase its ranged lethality. When you consider how much damage each bullet does (40 headshot and 20 bodyshot damage), it’s not at all surprising that this LMG has quickly become popular among players looking to flex their KDA.
If you struggle with your aim and want a weapon that is more forgiving in its playstyle, then adding the Spitfire to your loadout will definitely increase your survival rate.
Best Sniper Rifle – Kraber .50-CAL Sniper
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This legendary sniper was a fan-favourite in Titanfall 2 thanks to its fantastic damage and high accuracy, so it’s not surprising that Respawn made the Kraber .50-CAL so frightening in Apex Legends. Landing a headshot on a target deals a dizzying 250 damage, obliterating foes in a blink of an eye. Even bodyshots deal an impressive 125 damage per shot, so if you have a target in your sights, be sure to pull the trigger.
The variable 6x-to-10x optic scope also allows you to hit those all-important headshots no matter the range. The Kraber’s only downside is that it comes with eight rounds (four shots per mag), so if you don’t have the aim to utilise its limited ammo, then you could be wasting a weapon slot. Try to save this weapon’s one-shot capabilities in the late-game, as the smaller engagement range will make landing headshots easier and more impactful.
Best Shotgun – Mastiff
Shotguns have always been potent in battle royale games thanks to their ability to delete opponents in close-quarters combat. Like the Kraber, the Mastiff is an incredibly rare weapon and one that should be instantly prioritised if you find it in one of the game’s supply drops.
Ammo is scarce and you’ll only have 16-rounds to use, but this shotgun more than makes up for this with its absurdly high damage potential. If you manage to unload the full bulk of your shot onto a target’s head, you’ll deal a massive 288 damage, while a bodyshot will reward you with 144 damage per shot.
Thankfully, landing these high-impact rounds is incredibly easy in close-quarter fights, especially in the late-game when the map shrinks in size. The Mastiff also does fairly decent damage in medium-range firefights, but just make sure you’re on target as the slow fire rate can leave you vulnerable.
Best Pistol – Wingman
While most of Apex Legends’ pistols deliver a lukewarm performance at best, the Wingman provides some much-needed sidearm power. The portable nature of this high calibre pistol makes it great for those looking to maintain both mobility and damage in firefights.
However, landing headshots and hitting moving targets can be a little tricky due to the accuracy required, while the Wingman’s upwards recoil makes follow-up shots incredibly difficult to land. This is a small price to pay when you consider how much damage this sidearm can actually pump out (90 headshot damage and 45 bodyshot damage per bullet).
The Wingman may be one of the most unwieldy weapons in the game, but if you put in the time to learning it, you’ll be netting yourself some incredibly satisfying kills in no time.