The highly anticipated season 10 of Apex Legends is finally here and it introduced some major changes that will have a massive impact on the overall weapon meta in the game.
In season 10, Respawn finally sent Spitfire straight into the care package where it actually belongs. And in its place, the Prowler was brought back to the ground loot pool with only burst fire mode.
Similar to past seasons, Respawn also introduced a new weapon called Rampage LMG that takes heavy ammo. Keeping up with the new trend of releasing weapons in a powerful state right at the beginning of a season, the Rampage is already shaping up to be a permanent part of the weapon meta.
Surprisingly, the reworked L-Star took players by surprise regarding how good this LMG is at longer distances. Also, the highly controversial disruptor hop-up made a return but only as a care package weapon. On top of that, Respawn introduced a brand new hop-up called Boosted Loader and dropped Quickdraw and Anvil Receiver to make space.
In short, Respawn made major changes that have affected the weapon meta. And here we’ll talk about how these changes have affected the current meta in season 10.
Also, this tier list is basically tailor-made for old and 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 as it is now a care package only weapon.
Table of contents
- How we rank weapons in Apex Legends?
- Apex Season 10 weapon Tier List Summary
- S-Tier Weapons
- A-Tier Weapons
- B-Tier Weapons
- C-Tier Weapons
- D-Tier Weapons
- E-Tier Weapons
How we rank weapons in Apex Legends?
For rating different tiers of weapons in Apex, we first look at their raw damage output and ease of handling for players of all skill buckets. Also, keep in mind, weapons that come in care packages will definitely be really strong. Unsurprisingly, there are rated as an S-Tier weapon.
Furthermore, A-tier status is given to weapons that are viable for all stages of a game in Apex. And they are only bested by care package weapons. Moving forward, B to D-tier weapons are just average when it comes to performance.
And lastly, E-Tier weapons are what Respawn calls “meme” weapons as they are utterly useless in most cases and should only be used in dire situations. 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.
Apex Season 10 weapon Tier List Summary
- S-Tier Weapons: Kraber, Spitfire, Alternator(With disruptor rounds)
- A-Tier Weapons: R99, Prowler, Peacekeeper, Devotion, Volt, Mastiff, R-301, Eva-8, Rampage LMG
- B-Tier Weapons: Bocek Bow, Wingman, Flateline, Triple Take, Havoc, L-Star
- C-Tier Weapons: Longbow, 30-30 Repeater, G7 Scout, Sentinel, Hemlok
- D-Tier Weapons: Charge Rifle, RE-45
- E-Tier Weapons: P2020, Mozambique
Kraber is still the most powerful sniper in the arena. Therefore it is only available via the 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 season 10 update, it is mostly unchanged.
Respawn made the Spitfire into a care package only weapons with buffed stats as it was slowly becoming a nightmare for Respawn devs to properly balance this monstrosity. With a gold magazine, this weapon becomes a laser beam with the ability to deal massive damage. No wonder, Respawn decided it is a great fit for a care package weapon with limited ammunition.
The Alternator saw a massive change in season 10 as this weapon only used to be a placeholder for both R99 and the R-301, but now it can actually go head to head against those two with the help of the disruptor round hop-up that was introduced back in season 2. With the help of this hop-up, the Alternator will be able to melt armors like butter. Unsurprisingly, it has also joined the Spitfire as a care package weapon.
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 season 10 update, Respawn didn’t make any changes to the weapon.
Prowler was demoted from the care package status and turned back into a ground weapon with only burst firing mode. Also, Respawn only made a slight adjustment to the timing between each burst shot. Surprisingly, it has now become the new meta following season 10 launch as players quickly realized this weapon has little to no recoil.
Peacekeeper came back to the ground loot back in the Legacy update with nerfed stats. Also, the weapon has a built-in precision choke that can be toggled on and off. In the current season 10 meta, this is still a pretty reliable weapon but it is now facing tough competition from the Eva-8 shotgun which is slowly becoming a fan favorite.
The devotion has received slight tweaks in the season 10 update as the headshot multiplier was adjusted. At the beginning of season 6, it did receive some much-needed nerf. Right now in season 10, it is still the most powerful LMG in the game with the turbocharger hop-ups installed. But the new competition from the L-Star has slightly tainted its legendary status among the Apex player base.
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 season 10 update, Respawn decided not to fix anything that is not broken.
Season 10 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 alongside strong competition from Eva-8 means this gun won’t be as prevalent as it used to back in season 8.
In season 10, Respawn didn’t make any changes to the R-301. That means it is still a very effective weapon. Due to its superior versatility at medium to long ranges, many players are now preferring it over other SMGs as it is more reliable at long-range encounters. Also, it can hold its own in close-quarter scenarios as well.
The EVA-8 did receive a slight nerf in the fire rate department. However, in recent times, players have slowly begun to realize the untapped potential of this auto shotgun. Even though the double-tap hop-up is long gone, it has found new life in Apex Legends in the season 10 update. Also, it is still more consistent than its counterparts when it comes to reliability.
Rampage LMG is the new addition to the game in season 10 of Apex. Despite its slow firing rate, this weapon can deal massive damage with decent tracking. However, with the thermite grenade installed, this LMG becomes a nightmare with an increased firing rate.
Bocek bow was introduced to the game back 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. But following its nerf back in season 9, it has lost some of its devoted fans. And Respawn decided to not make any changes to it in season 10.
The Wingman is still a pretty effective gun even without the skull piercer attachment. In the season 10 update, Respawn introduced a new Boosted Loader hop-up that pairs really well with this pistol. As the quickdraw holster hop-up is no longer available, this pistol did lose some of its versatility.
Triple Take has been demoted to a ground weapon in the season 10 update. Unsurprisingly, it received some basic nerfs as it is no longer a care-package-only weapon. In season 10, it is useable but not as effective as it once was back in season 9.
In season 10, Respawn didn’t make any changes to the Flatline. That being said, Flatline is still a buffed-up version of the R-301 with more recoil. If you can control its recoil then this is definitely a pretty viable alternative to the R-301. This weapon is a B-Tier only due to its harder to control recoil at long distances.
In the season 10 update, Havoc didn’t receive any changes. In the new season 10 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. And it is slowly becoming a fan favorite due to its fast firing rate with Hop-up installed.
L-Star received a massive rework in season 10 as now this LMG can take both barrels and energy magazines. Respawn also made some tweaks that helped it become really consistent at close to medium-range encounters. This has been a sleeper hit in season 10 as players are surprised regarding how effective this weapon actually is in many combat scenarios.
The Longbow didn’t receive any changes 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 that was introduced last season should make it more appealing to players.
Respawn added 30-30 Repeater to the Marksman category of weapon. Now, this lever-action weapon can take a 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.
In season 10, Respawn did give this weapon additional reload speed when paired with stocks. Other than that, this weapon is mostly unchanged.
G7 Scout in season 5 was simply a broken weapon with an overpowering fire rate. Following that, Respawn did nerf G7 scout to the ground. In the season 10 update, Respawn decided to leave this weapon unchanged. Although it is still a viable option if you want to play from a distance and poke your enemies.
Back in season 9, 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 to this bolt-action sniper rifle in season 10 of Apex Legends. However, it is still a decent option when paired with a shield cell as it has an alternate firing mode.
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 10 update, this weapon saw no real change as it was in a good place in terms of usage.
Charge Rifle has seen its fair share of nerfs ever since season 3. And in the season 10 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.
As RE-45 lost the quickdraw Holster hop-up, it lost some of its effectiveness. Other than that, the gun is still mostly unchanged apart from subtle tweaks to the handling to compensate for the removal of the hop-up. And just like the Alternator, it can be a great placeholder weapon until you find an R99 or R-301.
Back in the Legacy update, Respawn made a massive change to the P2020 as they removed hammer points from the game. 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. And in season 10, this weapon is still not that great even in the early stages of a game.
Apex Legends players already know where Mozambique would fit in any tier list. Back in 2019, when the game was 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 back in last season. In season 10, they decided to not change anything. Consequently, it is actually somewhat useable only in the early game.