With the release of Apex Legends season 5, there have been some huge changes in terms of weapon balancing. This has affected the current weapons meta in an interesting way.
For the first time ever Respawn has decided to not introduce any new weapon in season 5. With this season, they intend to further tweak their existing arsenal of weapons to shift the meta in a new direction.
This tier list is tailor-made for returning players who want to know how this new season has changed their favorite loadouts. Is your preferred loadout still in the current meta? This list will help players decide on their own. Just remember this tier list is for the current meta in season 5 and is really subjective, with further buffs and nerfs this list will also change.
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 you immediately regardless of your armor level that also includes characters with fortification perk. Thus it is an easy candidate for an S-tier rank.
Respawn has stunned everyone with their decision to make the PK care package only weapon instead of the Mastiff. Since it is a care package only weapon, it got some extra buffs to make it eligible for that status. The buffs, in turn, made it more consistent than it was in season 4.
Devotion is mostly unchanged from the last season. It still comes fully kitted and ready to destroy a whole squad with one clip. Devotion is still a top choice for late-game encounters when players are already equipped with Evo or level 3 shields.
R99 can easily be an S-tier weapon with a level 3 mag along with a gold stabilizer. Without a good stabilizer, this gun has a lot of recoils and can be hard to control. Time to kill on this weapon is its biggest advantage. It has the second-highest DPS in the game only second to the Devotion. Thus R99 is still viable at all stages of the game.
Mastiff got demoted from being a care package weapon to a discounted peacekeeper with the addition of some expected nerfs. With all the hit registration issues that Apex is facing right now has made it worse. But in hindsight with a purple shotgun volt, it has the potential to be a great damage dealer at close quarters.
Prowler is still the same from season 4 with the same fire rate and damage numbers. Even without the hop-up, this gun can do massive damage at close-quarter encounters. Although it performs best with select-fire attachment.
Wingman is back again with skull piercer attachment giving it great headshot multiplier. Currently, it is way closer to the OG wingman we all love to hate.
R-301 has become kind of a b-tier after season one as R99 outclassed it in terms of time to kill. On the other hand, Flatline outclasses it in DPS. Both of them beat R-301 into a B-tier weapon. With the removal of the anvil receiver, it has lost its economic status in ranked games.
Flatline can be really effective at different ranges but the only thing that held it back is its recoil. It definitely heats harder than R-301 but the recoil can be a real pain sometimes. In the new season, Flatline can be viable if you are confident in your ability to handle its recoil.
In season 5 HAVOC has seen received much needed Nerf in the form of more vertical and horizontal recoil. Even after all the Nerf it still shreds at close to medium range encounters.
Longbow is in a decent place right now as a sniper rifle. With the addition of sniper rifle ammo into the map, it drops to b-tier cause you can’t spam it as much as you would like. Since skull piercer is back into the game, it is back to being a great option for now.
Spitfire can wipe out an entire squad in the early game. And it still can be viable for late game. Since it shoots really slow compared to other weapons in the game, it drops to B-tier. Although it deals a lot of damage in season 5. Therefore spitfire is still a viable choice.
G7 Scout in season three was definitely an S-tier weapon with increased fire rate and damage. After season three they nerfed it quite a bit in season 4. However, Respawn definitely didn’t change G7 at all from season 4. Thus it is an OK option for now.
EVA-8 is a good weapon but only for early game. In a world where mastiff exists Eva 8 can’t really hold a candle near it. With the hop-up double-tap, it can be more deadly at close range but the recoil becomes too annoying to control.
L-star is still a widely available weapon in season 5. This is a powerful LMG that deals huge damage. The only problem with this weapon is its bullet travel time. It has a painfully slow bullet travel time which really holds it back.
Sentinel brings something new to the arena as it could charge up with a battery to deal significantly more damages to the shields. It also does good damage without charging it up making it still a good value option for season 5.
Hemlok is in an interesting position right now in season 5. This weapon has always been the number one choice for hackers for obvious reasons. Its burst fire deals massive damage and if you get headshots the outcome is decided really fast. Good aim is mandatory for headshots so its best for early to mid-game until you find something better. Thus it always has been a mid-tier weapon.
Charge Rifle has seen its share of nerfs since season 3. As players complained about this heat scan weapon, it got nerfed over and over again to the point where it no longer as viable as it once was. You rarely see charge rifle Charlie anymore into the game.
The alternator is a great placeholder for an R99 or R-301 at this point. With Disruptor rounds out of the picture, this weapon can only be a viable choice early game. Although with its superior control it can deal some decent damage until you find something better. However, in this new season, they decided to increase magazine size by quite a margin making it a more viable option.
RE-45 used to only be good for early games nothing more nothing less. Although in season 5 Respawn had increased its damage output. New changes have made RE-45 more viable in early to mid games.
P2020 is not very effective even in the early game but if you find hammer pint hop-up it has the potential to become an S-tier weapon as it deals considerably more damage with that hop-up. In order to do that much damage, you have to break your opponent’s shield first. After that, you have the ability to become John Wick with this pistol. So, it can be really handy as a secondary option.
If you are familiar with Apex Legends you know what will be at the bottom of the list. It’s our favorite meme gun Mozambique. Back in 2019 when the game first released it became a meme on how weak and ineffective the weapon was. Sometimes it was better to hit your opponent with your bare hand than shooting this. With only hammer points it can be effective but you are probably better with using a P2020 with your hammer points instead.
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.