The highly anticipated “Legacy” update to season 9 of Apex Legends is finally here. And it introduced major changes to the whole weapon meta.
The Legacy update added a completely new weapon category called “Marksman”, which is basically an intermediate between sniper and assault rifles. This type of weapon is best for medium to long-range encounters.
Respawn also added a new bow-type weapon to the game called Bocek and it is now part of the new marksman category of weapons. Also, two new hop-ups dedicated to the bow were added to the game. To make space for the new attachments, skull piercer and hammer points were vaulted.
This tier list is basically tailor-made for returning as well as new players who took a short break from the game and want to know which weapons are currently in the meta without going headfirst into a match. Additionally, most returning players would be please to know that the annoying Spitfire meta is finally gone.
Kraber is still the most powerful sniper in the arena. Therefore it is only available via care package drop. One headshot from Kraber will knock players immediately regardless of their armor level. And that also includes characters with fortification perks like Gibraltar. Therefore, it is still an easy candidate for an S-tier rank. And in the Legacy update, it is mostly unchanged.
Prowler joined the elite category of firearms in the game by becoming a care package exclusive weapon in season 7. Just like all the other care package weapons, Prowler comes with a fixed amount of bullets but has some slightly buffed stats. On top of that, the gun still has the option to switch between burst fire and full-auto. In the Legacy update, it is left unchanged.
Triple Take became a care package exclusive weapon in the Legacy update. Even though it received some basic stat upgrade for being a care-package-only weapon, it is still not as effective as its counterparts like Kraber and Prowler.
Veteran Apex Legends players were filled with joy as soon as they saw the season 7 battle pass trailer featuring R99 skin. Later Respawn officially confirmed that R99 is indeed back to the normal loot pool with slightly nerfed stats. In the Legacy update, Respawn didn’t make any changes to the weapon.
Bocek bow is the new addition to the game in the Legacy update. It comes with two different hop-ups, one for close quarter encounters and another for medium to long-range encounters. The accuracy paired with these hop-ups and pure damage output made this weapon an instant hit among Apex players of all skill buckets.
Peacekeeper is back to the normal ground loot pool in the Legacy update with nerfed stats. And this time the weapon has a built-in precision choke that can be toggled on and off. In the current meta, this is a pretty reliable weapon.
The devotion has been left mostly unchanged. Back at the beginning of season 6, it did receive some much-needed nerf. Right now, it is still the most powerful LMG in the game with the turbocharger hop-ups installed.
Volt is still pretty competitive even after R99 made a return to the normal loot pool. As of now, this is the only gun that can go toe and toe with the R99. Back in season 8, Respawn nerfed this gun slightly. Even after that, this has become a fan-favorite weapon mostly because of its superior handling. And in the legacy update, it is left untouched.
Season 9 mastiff is mostly unchanged as it was pretty well balanced, to begin with. And Respawn decided to not touch the Mastiff. In its current state, it is still a pretty effective shotgun and is preferable in close-quarters scenarios, but the return of the Peacekeeper means this gun won’t be as prevalent as it used to back in season 8.
The Wingman is still a pretty effective gun especially with the skull piercer attachment giving it some extra kick with headshots, but the Legacy update removed the attachment from the game. Only the quickdraw holster is available and it gives superior hip-fire accuracy alongside faster ADS speed.
Respawn made some massive changes to the Spitfire in season 8, and it instantly caused havoc with the addition of the gold magazine back in season 8. Despite Respawn’s attempt at nerfing this weapon in the new Legacy update with reduced recoil controllability, most players claim it feels the same and is still dominating the current weapon meta.
All the assault rifles in the game received some slight nerf as Respawn reduced the headshot multiplier in the new Legacy update. That means it is still a very effective weapon, but the overall damage potential has been reduced slightly. However, it can get easily outclassed by SMGs in the game at close-quarter encounters. In early to mid-game scenarios, R301 is still pretty useful in dealing with your opponents. As the anvil receiver hop-up is still available in the loot pool, it gives the R-301 more options at long distances.
Similar to the R301, Flatline receives some slight nerfs. That being said, Flatline is still a buffed-up version of R-301 with more recoil. If you can control its recoil then this is definitely a pretty viable alternative to the R-301. Also, the anvil receiver definitely makes it a more viable option in long-range encounters.
In the Legacy update, Havoc also received some minor changes. To compensate for the reduced headshot damage, Respawn increased its recoil controllability early in the spray pattern. In the new meta, havoc sits in the middle of the pack. However, with the turbocharger hop-up, it can be really effective if you can find one.
The Longbow’s headshot multiplier received some slight buff in the new season. Currently, this gun is in a decent place as a sniper rifle. The only reason it became a b-tier weapon is due to the introduction of sniper ammo. As the skull piercer has been vaulted, it did lose some extra functionality. But the increased headshot multiplier should compensate for that downgrade.
Respawn added 30-30 Repeater to the Marksman category of weapon. Now, this lever-action weapon can take a new hop-up called “Shatter Caps”. In terms of effectiveness, it is somewhere between the wingman and the g7 scout. Furthermore, this weapon also has a secondary fire mode that can be charged up to deal additional damage. And the new hop-up adds extra functionality to this weapon.
G7 Scout in season 5 was just simply a broken weapon with an overpowering fire rate. Following that, Respawn did nerf G7 scout to the ground. In the new update, just like the 30-30 Repeater, it is now a markmen weapon with some slight buffs to ADS speed. But now it has worse hip-fire accuracy.
In the Legacy update, Respawn didn’t make any changes to the EVA-8. Since the double-tap hop-up has been removed from the loot pool, Eva-8 kind of lost its advantage against the Mastiff. However, it is still more consistent than its counterparts when it comes to reliability.
The L-star is still a widely available weapon in the game. Even though it is a powerful LMG that can deal massive damage, the only problem with this weapon is its bullet travel time. It has a painfully slow bullet travel time which still holds it back. And in the Legacy update, it didn’t receive any massive changes at all.
Devs gave Sentinel some slight buffs to see how it actually performs in the game back in season 8. Now in the new season, Respawn added a new hop-up called “Deadeye’s Tempo” that added extra functionality to this sniper rifle. Other than that, Respawn didn’t make any massive changes.
Hemlok was a sleeper hit back in season 6. Especially the single fire mode was performing pretty consistently alongside the burst fire mode. Devs decided to dial back some of its capability to make it less powerful in burst fire mode. In the new season, this weapon saw no real change as it was in a good place in terms of usage.
The Alternator is still basically a placeholder for an R99 or an R-301. With Disruptor rounds out of the picture, this weapon can be a viable choice only in the early stage of a game. Although with its superior control, it can deal some decent damage. And the new season left the weapon mostly unchanged.
Charge Rifle has seen its fair share of nerfs ever since season 3. And in the Legacy update, Respawn didn’t make any changes to it. Thus, this gun is still nowhere near as good as it once was back in season 3.
RE-45 received a new Quickdraw Holster hop-up. Other than that, the gun is still mostly unchanged. However, with the new hop-up, it can be great for early game encounters. And just like the Alternator, it can be a great placeholder weapon until you find an R99 or R-301.
In the Legacy update, Respawn made a massive change to the P2020 as they removed hammer points from the game for the time being. To compensate for that, Respawn buffed the base damage of this weapon. But the removal of the hop-up means this weapon can’t be used at all in late-game scenarios.
Apex Legends players already know where Mozambique would fit in any tier list. Back in 2019, when the game first released it quickly became a meme as it was incredibly weak and ineffective. Sometimes it is still better to hit your opponent with your bare hand rather than shooting with this monstrosity. And the removal of hammer points means this weapon can’t be used in late games anymore. However, similar to the P2020, Respawn buffed the base stats and also increased the magazine capacity from 4 to 6. So, now it is actually somewhat useable only in the early game.
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Keep in mind that this list is only for the current meta. This list will change with time as new weapons are added to the game in the future. As with any other tier list, this one is extremely subjective.