Apex Legends Season 11 Escape Weapon Tier List

The highly anticipated Apex Legends season 11 patch notes are finally here and it seems like Respawn has made some bold weapon-related changes that have affected the current weapon meta in the game.

With season 11 Escape, Respawn has added another SMG called “C.A.R” into the game. And it is quite different from the current lineup of SMGs as it can take both light and heavy ammo. As such, this unique trait gives this weapon a lot of flexibility. No other weapon can take two ammo types in the game.

Respawn also revealed a new hop-up called “Dual Shell” that can be used by both the Mastiff and the 30-30 Repeater. Each round loaded into the Mastiff or the 30-30 Repeater is doubled if this new hop-up is attached.

Aside from the introduction of a new SMG to the game, Respawn also made some much-needed balancing changes to the weapons. For example, the L-Star has received necessary nerfs as it was performing really well following the small rework that was done in season 10.

The shotgun roster has also seen some changes as the EVA auto received nerfs while the Peacekeeper received subtle powerup that will immediately make it more effective in the new shotgun meta.

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In terms of sniper rifles, the Longbow received mini damage nerf. All the other sniper rifles have been left untouched. And lastly, a buffed G7 Scout will replace triple take as the new care package only weapon. Meaning Triple Take is back to the floor loot in season 11 of Apex Legends.

Unsurprisingly, all of these changes combined have had a massive impact on the weapon meta in the new season.

Apex Legends Season 11 Weapon Tier List

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.

  • S-Tier: Kraber, Spitfire, Alternator(With disruptor rounds), G7 Scout
  • A-Tier: R99, Peacekeeper, Devotion, Volt, Mastiff, R-301, Eva-8, Rampage, L-Star, C.A.R
  • B-Tier: Bocek Bow, Wingman, Flateline, Triple Take, Havoc, Prowler
  • C-Tier: Longbow, 30-30 Repeater, Sentinel, Hemlok
  • D-Tier: Charge Rifle, RE-45
  • E-Tier: P2020, Mozambique

S-Tier Weapons

Kraber .50-cal

Kraber .50-cal
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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 weapon. And in the season 11 update, it is mostly unchanged.

Spitfire

Spitfire
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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.

Alternator

Alternator
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The Alternator was added to the care package with the disruptor round hop-up installed back in season 10. As a result, this weapon is no longer a placeholder for both the R99 and the R-301. Instead, it can actually go head to head against those two with the help of the disruptor round hop-up. This hop-up literally enables this weapon to melt armors like butter.

G7 Scout

G7 Scout
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The G7 Scout has been promoted to the exclusive care package only weapon class. And to make it worthy of being a care package exclusive weapon, Respawn installed the double-tap hop-up to it by default and buffed its base damage by a bit. Unsurprisingly, both of these small buffs have combined together and made this weapon as good as it was back in season 2.

A-Tier Weapons

R99

R99
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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 11 update, Respawn didn’t make any changes to the weapon.

Peacekeeper

Peacekeeper
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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 season 11, Peacekeeper did receive a substantial buff. As a result, it can now go toe to toe with any other shotgun in the game.

Devotion

Devotion
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Right now in season 11, 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

Volt
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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. Following its release, this SMG has become a fan-favorite weapon mostly because of its superior handling. And in the season 11 update, Respawn decided not to fix anything that is not broken.

Mastiff

Mastiff
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Season 11 mastiff is 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 buffed Peacekeeper alongside strong competition from Eva-8 means this gun isn’t as dominant as it once used to be without the new dual shell hop-up.

R-301

R-301
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In season 11, 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.

EVA-8

EVA-8
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The EVA-8 did receive another slight nerf in the fire rate as well as the department in the season 11 patch notes. However, in recent times, players have slowly begun to realize the untapped potential of this auto shotgun. Even after the nerf, it is still pretty effective at close-quarter encounters.

Rampage LMG

Rampage LMG
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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. And Respawn has decided not to make any change to this LMG in season 11.

C.A.R

C.A.R
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The C.A.R SMG is the new addition to the game in season 11 of Apex Legends. Unlike all the other weapons in the game, this SMG can take both light and heavy ammo types. As a result, this weapon is extremely flexible at all stages of a game. Following its release, it quickly cemented itself in the new weapon meta.

L-Star

L-Star
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L-Star received a heavy nerf in season 11 as this LMG was performing too well following rework back in season 10. This weapon was dominating the Apex games in the previous season. And even after the nerf, this LMG is still effective in season 11.

B-Tier Weapons

Prowler

Prowler
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Prowler was demoted from the care package status and turned back into a ground weapon with only burst firing mode back in season 10. And it is left completely unchanged in season 11. Meaning this weapon is now just average.

Bocek Bow

Bocek Bow
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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 11.

Wingman

Wingman
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The Wingman is still a pretty effective gun even without the skull piercer attachment. Back in the season 10 update, Respawn introduced a new Boosted Loader hop-up that pairs really well with this pistol. Now in season 11, Respawn left this weapon untouched.

Triple Take:

Triple Take
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Triple Take has been demoted to a ground weapon in the season 11 update. Unsurprisingly, it received some basic nerfs as it is no longer a care-package-only weapon. In season 11, it is useable but not as effective as it once was back in previous seasons.

Flatline

Flatline
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In season 11, 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.

Havoc

Havoc
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In the season 11 update, Havoc also didn’t receive any changes. In the new season 11 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.

C-Tier Weapons

Longbow

Longbow
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The Longbow received a small nerf to its damage department in the season 11 update. 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.

30-30 Repeater

30-30 Repeater
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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 11, Respawn added in the new dual shell hop-up that added another layer to this skill-focused weapon. Other than that, the base numbers are unchanged in the new season.

Sentinel

Sentinel
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Respawn didn’t make any massive changes to this bolt-action sniper rifle in season 11 of Apex Legends. However, it is still a decent option when paired with a shield cell as it has an alternate firing mode. In the current meta, this weapon is just average.

Hemlok

Hemlok
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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 11 update, this weapon saw no real change as it was in a good place in terms of usage.

D-Tier Weapons

Charge Rifle

Charge Rifle
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Charge Rifle has seen its fair share of nerfs ever since season 3. And in the season 11 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. That being said, this weapon is regularly used in ranked mode to gatekeep other players from entering the zone.

RE-45

RE-45
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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, C.A.R, or R-301.

E-Tier Weapons

P2020

P2020
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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 11, this weapon is still not that great even in the early stages of a game.

Mozambique

Mozambique
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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 11, they decided to not change anything. Consequently, it is actually somewhat useable only in the early game.

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