At the very start of every match in Apex Legends, you begin with nothing and you must quickly pick up as much nearby loot as possible, from weapons and accessories to protection and healing items. As time goes on, you will find more weapons spread around and must start to decide whether to drop your current setup or stick to it. And to make these choices correctly, you need to be able to judge your situation and your own personal technique of playing. It is also deserving factoring in your available attachments. Whenever you move your cursor over a gun on the ground, the game will tell you which of your accessories from your inventory or your current gun will fit into that weapon. For instance, if you have a fully kitted out Peacekeeper, you might want to consider before exchanging it out for an attachment-bereft Spitfire.
As a common rule, you’ll want to select a loadout which permits you to fight at any range. Certain guns are excellent at close quarters fight but terrible at a distances range. Others are amazing over longer distances but useless at short scale. A few lucky weapons are pretty good over any range.
Now let’s have a look at some of the most famous weapon combos currently in Apex Legends which you’re likely to see heading into the end-game of each match. There is, of course, a degree of customization to all of the below loadouts (you can switch out a Peacekeeper for a Mastiff, for example, or a Devotion for a Spitfire) but they give you an idea of the loadouts to look out for.
Now, bear in mind that this is a weapon combo that does not have a long-range option, so you’ll have to interact with your partners and make sure that at least one of them is bringing a Longbow or another long-range weapon before you commit to this loadout. While not the most effective for eliminating players, both guns are very beginner-friendly and allow you to deal fair amount damage at close quarters and medium ranges.
High Damage Loadout
This is a great precision and aim dependent loadout which is popular between streamers and top-tier players who have no trouble with their aim and reflexes. The Peacekeeper is one of the greatest close-range weapons in Apex Legends, and the Wingman does a good amount of damage at medium and long ranges as long as you’re accurate enough. But of course, you have no full-auto option, which implies you need to make every shot count with this loadout. If you’d rather a good scope for your long-range weapon, consider replacing your Wingman out for a G7 Scout, which trades a little damage but fires quicker and can be equipped with anything from a 3x to a 10x scope.
High DPS Loadout
Going full-auto with both these weapons gives you a unique ability to overcome enemy fire and is useful for sustained damage against things such as Gibraltar’s defenses. The Devotion, is a fantastically strong weapon at close and medium range, while the R-301 Carbine is a powerful and accurate Assault Rifle that can handle the longer ranges as well as providing additional firepower over closer distances if needed. The R-301 also makes up for the Devotion’s disadvantage, which is its response time. Due to having to spin up the barrel, the Devotion is not best suited for quick firing (unless you have the “Turbo Charger” attachment). But the R-301 can deal with these quickfire moments very admirably, so just memorize to use both weapons in the ways that they are meant to be used.
The Carbine is currently the best Assault Rifle in Apex Legends and can destroy enemies at close and medium ranges. It can also be used at longer ranges with its single-shot option, but it’s certainly not as efficient as a good sniper rifle. So the reasonable conclusion is to pair it with a good sniper rifle! We have chosen the Longbow DMR, which is arguably the best long-range gun in the game apart from the Supply Drop-exclusive Kraber. The LongBow does excellent damage, mainly when you get a headshot with the Skullpiercer Hop-Up; and you can still fire reasonably quickly for a sniper rifle. If you want more versatility at long range you can substitute it for a Scout for a faster rate of fire.
The Best Weapon To Use For Each Class
When related to other pistols in the category, the Wingman is the apparent winner amongst the group. With the ability to annihilate opponents with a 45 damage to the body, there is no doubting that the Wingman single shot pistol can release significant amounts of damage, especially when matched with the Skullpiercer Rifling accessory. However, its slow firing capabilities and a rather low accuracy makes those desired headshots just that much more challenging to obtain. With a calm hand, those that prefer to master the Wingman pistol will be well on their route to claiming victory.
Despite being remarkably rare and only firing uncommon ammo that cannot be replenished, the Mastiff Shotgun owns some of the most significant weapon stats in the game. With an insane kickback due to the sheer power of the weapon, the Mastiff will shred your enemies to shreds if they attempt to come too close. If you have succeeded in getting your hands on this powerful weapon (try looking in supply drops for the legendary Mastiff), you will be surprised just how capable it is of reaching close to mid-range targets. With the capacity to deal 288 damage in a single shot, this four round weapon can quickly clear an entire team with peace when setting into the right hands.
If you can not get your hands on the Mastiff Shotgun, the Peacekeeper is considerably your next valid option in the shotgun category. With great all round stats, the Peacekeeper is one of the best weapons currently in the game. When matched with the Precision Choke Hop-Up, you will have the capacity to press down the aim button and energize up your shots. This will allow you to shoot a much heavier spread, making the damage even more fatal to your opponents.
The full-automatic VK-47 Flatline deals some of the most significant damage in the Assault Rifle category. The weapon shines in medium to long range battles due to its relatively high fire-rate and minimal recoil. With little flaws, it’s no surprise that the VK-47 Flatline is one of the best preference amongst many in the community.
If getting your hands on a Flatline is impossible, a Carbine R-301 will be a perfect replacement, as this high precision Assault Rifle can be very powerful when wholly decked out with accessories.
Prowler Burst PDW
This 5-round burst SubMachine Gun not only emphasizes an insanely quick fire rate, but it also has the highest damage output in the SMG category. When placed into the right hands, the Prowler can deal with some very notable damage. This is exceptionally accurate when fitted with an extended mag, a nice scope, and the Selectfire Receiver Hop-Up which will permit the weapon to perform just like any other SMG. Topping the SMG category, this P90 style SMG is a natural choice for those looking for the perfect close quarter weapon.
Despite the R-99’s high fire rate, the weapon falls short in almost every other category when matched with other SMGs. That’s not all though, as the gun also strives with accuracy and is essentially best used in close quarter combat.
The Devotion is at the moment at the top of many players’ rankings of all the weapons in Apex Legends, due to its breathtaking fire rate and damage per second. However, you actually need the Turbocharger Hop-Up accessory to make it shine, which decreases the gun’s warm-up time after you begin firing. Without it, the Devotion is not a gun to rely on when you’re holding your position against close-range enemies, because, by the time you get the fire rate up to a decent standard, you’ll likely already be dead. Another downside is that it drains through your Energy Ammo, which is usually in short supply anyway unless you’re fortunate with your looting and killing. So if you take it, make sure you interact with your allies to supply you as much as Energy Ammo as possible.
Despite the Devotion remaining a preference amongst the community, the M600 Spitfire is arguably the most effective machine gun out of the two. With a precision and fire rate that’s hard match and approximately decent damage, the M600 Spitfire has the capability of slaughtering your enemies. Although the Devotion is a favorite pick in the Apex Legends’ community and has a better outcome when it comes to damage, the weapon, sadly, has too many downfalls when confronted to the full-automatic capacities of the M600 Spitfire. If you still want to use the Devotion though, be sure to find the Turbocharge Hop-Up as it will help to reduce the spin-up time.
Kraber .50-Cal Sniper
Similar to the Mastiff shotgun, the legendary Kraber .50-CAL Sniper is remarkably rare and is the only other weapon to utilize a unique type of ammo that cannot be replaced. This mighty bolt-action style sniper rifle dealings one of the most lethal body shots in the game. While headshots with the .50-CAL Rifle can take down opponents in one single shot regardless of their helmets and body armors. If you manage to get your hands on this gun, it’s safe to believe that it’s game over for many players, especially if you know how to use snipers precisely.
The Longbow is an outstanding long-range choice against an SMG or Assault Rifle. Approximately twice the damage per shot of the G7 Scout, and a relatively decent rate of fire (though nothing like as quick as the Scout) blends into an easy to use death-dealer. Adding a Hop-Up attachment gives the Longbow increased headshot damage. It’s probably the best long-range gun in the game, after the Kraber.
Combat and Strategy Tips
Knowing your Legend
This may seem naive, but it’s incredibly relevant! In Apex Legends, your character is identified as a legend. Each Legend has a passive, tactical ability, and an ultimate skill. There can be no match legends on a squad so take the time to learn each Legend’s capabilities so you can form a team with a strong synergy.
Don’t Take a Fight Until You Have Armor
This is reliable in other battle royale games, and it’s still just as essential in Apex Legends. It’s important that you have recharged body armor ready to go before you battle in a fight. If you encounter yourself in a shootout before you’ve taken an armor, try to allow your teammates that have armor be on the front lines or try to leave together.
Learn How to Escape from a Bad Situation
IIf you’re playing “solo” (aka with casual people), try to get your hands on a Legend you’re very helpful with or one that can escape a dangerous situation easily. For instance, Pathfinder’s grappling hook can help you zip out of a hot spot or zoom in to support your teammates. Bangalore can achieve a similar purpose, though her kit is more suited for an offensive play.
Use Your Abilities Wisely
Despite how attractive it may be to utilize your character’s abilities, it is necessary that you learn how to use them in combat properly. Mainly when it comes to using your Ultimate. By using your skills at unsuitable times or during random encounters, you are potentially leaving yourself vulnerable without access to essential attack components. This is usually one of the first causes of death for many players. For this purpose, always ensure that your Ultimate abilities are ready for those unsuspected enemy assaults. Don’t be too precious concerning your tactical ability, though. For instance, if you’re playing Lifeline, use her D.O.C Heal Drone between battles to heal yourself and your allies when you have the opportunity to catch your breath instead of consuming precious syringes and health kits.