Apex Legends Season 12 Defiance Weapon Tier List

The highly anticipated Apex Legends season 12 patch notes are finally here. It seems Respawn has made some bold weapon-related changes that have affected the current weapon meta in the game.

Respawn’s attempt at a battle royale game received accolades from the critics and the players for innovating on the genre. On top of that, it was free-to-play, meaning there was no barrier to entry. Unsurprisingly, a polished free-to-play game with no major bugs attracted players hungry for a battle royale game.

Following its initial launch in 2019, Apex Legends garnered a massive concurrent player base. And they opted for the tried and tested seasonal update model for the game. Respawn introduces massive balancing updates in each new season that completely changes the weapon meta.

In season 12, Respawn made tweaks to supply drop weapons as usual. The Alternator swapped places with the Volt SMG and became a ground loot once again with nerfed stats. This also means the dev team decided to vault the disruptor round hop-up.

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The other significant change was the removal of Flatline and Longbow from the ground loot to being exclusive to the crafting station. Also, Triple Take received nerfs to keep it in line with other Marksman rifles.

A new Kinetic Feeder hop-up was added to the game, giving selected shotguns extra utility. Respawn also brought back Hammerpoint hop-up, which is now compatible with the RE45. Suffice to say that these changes significantly affected the whole weapon meta.

Apex Legends Season 12 Weapon Tier List

To rate 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 that weapons that are exclusive to the care packages will always 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, D-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, G7 Scout, Volt SMG
  • A-Tier: R99, Peacekeeper, Devotion, Mastiff, R-301, Eva-8, Rampage, L-Star, C.A.R SMG
  • B-Tier: Bocek Bow, Wingman, Flateline, Triple Take, Havoc, Prowler
  • C-Tier: Longbow, 30-30 Repeater, Sentinel, Hemlok, Alternator, Charge Rifle, RE-45
  • D-Tier: P2020, Mozambique

S-Tier Weapons

Kraber .50-cal

Kraber .50-cal
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Kraber is still the most powerful sniper in Apex. 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. As a result, it is still an easy candidate for an S-tier weapon. And in the season 12 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 balance this monstrosity effectively. With a gold magazine, this weapon becomes a laser beam with the ability to deal massive damage. No wonder, Respawn decided it is an excellent fit for a care package weapon with limited ammunition.

G7 Scout

G7 Scout
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The G7 Scout was promoted to the exclusive care package only weapon class in season 11. And to make it worthy of being a care package only 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 and made this weapon as good as it was back in season 2.

Volt SMG

Volt
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The Volt SMG replaced the Disruptor round equipped Alternator and became the new supply drop exclusive weapon. Similar to all the other supply drop weapons, the Volt received buffs to its damage output as well as magazine capacity, making it a solid addition to the care package lineup.

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 confirmed that R99 is back to the regular loot pool with slightly nerfed stats. In the season 12 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 12, Respawn added a new Kinetic Feeder hop-up, giving the Peacekeeper additional utility.

Devotion

Devotion
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In season 12, the Devotion 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.

Mastiff

Mastiff
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In season 12, Mastiff remains unchanged as it was pretty well balanced, to begin with. And Respawn decided not to touch the Mastiff. In its current state, it is still a pretty impactful shotgun and is preferable in close-quarters scenarios. Still, the existence of the Peacekeeper and the EVA-8 means this gun isn’t as dominant as it once used to be without the Dual Shell hop-up.

R-301

R-301
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In season 12, 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 prefer 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 didn’t receive any changes in the season 12 patch notes. However, in recent times, players have slowly begun to realize the untapped potential of this auto shotgun. In the current state, it is still pretty effective at close-quarter encounters.

Rampage LMG

Rampage LMG
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Rampage can deal massive damage with decent tracking despite its slow firing rate. However, this LMG becomes a nightmare to deal with if a thermite grenade is installed as it increases the firing rate. Following massive player feedback, Respawn decided to nerf it to make this weapon fall in line with other LMGs.

C.A.R

C.A.R
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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 didn’t receive any changes in season 12 as this LMG is performing as expected. This weapon was dominating the Apex games in past seasons. And even after multiple nerfs, this LMG is still effective in season 12.

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 in season 10. And it is left completely unchanged in season 12, 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.

In season 12, the Bow received minor nerfs to its base damage to compensate for the additional benefit the slightly improved hop-ups give this weapon.

Wingman

Wingman
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Even without the skull piercer attachment, the Wingman is still a pretty effective gun. In the season 10 update, Respawn introduced a new Boosted Loader hop-up that pairs well with this pistol. Now in season 12, Respawn left this weapon untouched.

Triple Take:

Triple Take
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Triple Take has been nerfed slightly in the season 12 update. To make this weapon fall in line with other weapons in its class, Respawn eliminated the range it retained from its days as a sniper, Although the new Kinetic Feeder hop-up gave this weapon an extra punch.

Flatline

Flatline
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In season 12, Respawn nerfed the base damage of the Flatline and made it into a crafting station only weapon. That aside, Flatline is still a buffed-up version of the R-301 with extra recoil. If you can control its recoil, this is a 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 12 update, the Havoc also didn’t receive any changes. In the new season 12 meta, Havoc sits in the middle of the pack. However, it can be really effective with the turbocharger hop-up 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

Alternator

Alternator
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The Alternator once again made a return to the regular loot pool. As a result, this weapon lost the Disruptor Rounds hop-up, meaning it has become a placeholder for the R99 and the R-301. In the current meta in season 12, this weapon still packs a punch at the early stages of a game.

Longbow

Longbow
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The Longbow joined the Flatline and became a crafting station exclusive weapon with the season 12 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 hop-up has been vaulted, it lost additional functionality.

30-30 Repeater

30-30 Repeater
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Respawn added 30-30 Repeater to the Marksman category of weapon. 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 12, Respawn has nerfed the base damage, although the dual shell hop-up still adds another layer to this skill-focused weapon.

Sentinel

Sentinel
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Respawn didn’t make any massive changes to this bolt-action sniper rifle in season 12 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 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. This weapon saw no real change in the new season 12 update as it was in a good place in terms of usage.

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 12 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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RE-45 is now compatible with the Hammerpoint Rounds hop-up. With that particular attachment, this weapon becomes a viable choice on the battlefield. Since the attachment is required to get any actual use out of it in the later stages of a game, this gun will remain a C-Tier weapon.

D-Tier Weapons

P2020

P2020
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As the Hammerpoint Rounds are back in season 12, P2020 is again in the limelight. Similar to the RE45, the absence of the hop-up will make this weapon unusable in late-game scenarios. Although if you can manage to find one for your P2020, it can deal massive damage to enemies without shields.

Mozambique

Mozambique
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Apex Legends players already know where Mozambique would fit in any tier list. In 2019, when the game was first released, it quickly became a meme as it was incredibly weak and ineffective. Sometimes, it is better to hit your opponent with your bare hand than shoot with this garbage.

In season 12, they decided to bring back the Hammerpoint Rounds. Consequently, it is actually somewhat viable only in most stages of a game.

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