In season 8 of Apex Legends, Respawn introduced a new lever-action weapon to the existing weapon pool in the game.
Respawn has made some massive changes to the whole weapon meta in the game in the last couple of seasons. Players are now more willing to try different sorts of weapons in the game. While in season 7 burst weapon got really popular, that may still not be the case in this new season.
This list is tailor-made for players who took a break from the game and want to know if their favorite weapon is still part of the meta or not. As with any tier list, this one is really subjective and is also subject to change with each seasonal update.
The existing meta is actually favoring slightly long-range rifles such as the R-301. However, SMGs are still the king even in season 8 of Apex Legends. Additionally, Mastiffs also seems to be really effective following the seasonal update.
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 season 8, it is mostly unchanged.
Even in season 8, Respawn believes the peacekeeper is still a perfect fit for the care package. And like every other care package weapon, it has some extra buffs to make it eligible for that status. At the end of the day, it is still the most powerful shotgun in the game. But the devs have recently hinted that it might return to the floor loot in upcoming seasons.
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 season 8. it is mostly unchanged.
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 season 8, Respawn nerfed the VOLT SMG slightly. As a result, this change made the R99 more dominant.
Season 8 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 R99. However, in season 8, Respawn nerfed this gun slightly. Even after that, this has become a fan-favorite weapon mostly because of its superior handling.
Season 8 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.
The Wingman is still a pretty effective gun especially with the skull piercer attachment giving it some extra kick with headshots. On top of that, a new hop-up called “Holster” that can give wingman the ability to ADS(aim down sight) slightly quicker was added in season 7. Additionally, it also increases the hip-fire accuracy. Consequently, Wingman is still a pretty top-tier weapon in season 8.
R-301 is also left unchanged in season 8. That means it is still a very effective weapon. However, it can get easily outclassed by SMGs in the game at the close-quarter encounters. In early to mid-game scenarios, R301 is still pretty useful in dealing with your opponents. Since the anvil receiver hop-up made a return to the loot pool, it gave the R-301 better damage at long distances.
Respawn made some massive changes to the Spitfire in season 8. It got a slight damage increase alongside a slightly longer reload speed. However, with the addition of the gold magazine in season 8, Spitfire is in a pretty good place right now.
Flatline is just a buffed up version of R-301 but with more recoil. Just like the R-301, the Flatline didn’t receive any significant changes in season 8. If you can control its recoil then this is definitely a pretty viable alternative to the R-301. Additionally, the return of the anvil receiver definitely makes it a more viable option in long-range encounters.
In season 8, Havoc is mostly unchanged from the previous season. 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.
Longbow saw no real change in season 8. 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. Since skull piercer is still available in season 8, it is still a great choice.
In season 8, Respawn introduced 30-30 Repeater as their new addition to the weapon pool in Apex Legends. This lever-action weapon is a first for Apex. It is somewhere between the wingman and the g7 scout in terms of mechanics. Furthermore, this weapon also has a secondary fire mode that can be charged to deal additional damage. This makes the gun really versatile.
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. Although they didn’t really change anything in season 8. But the introduction of the new lever-action weapon called the ’30-30 Repeater’ definitely made it worse for the G7 scout.
In season 8, Respawn increased the fire rate of EVA-8 slightly. In a world where Mastiff exists, Eva-8 can’t really do much. Since the double-tap hop-up has been removed from the loot pool, Eva-8 kind of lost its advantage against the Mastiff.
Triple Take didn’t receive any changes at all in season 8. Since Respawn made some changes to its fire-rate and damage back in season 7, they think this gun is in a pretty decent place right now. So, they decided to not make any major change to the triple take this season.
The L-star is still a widely available weapon in the game. Even though it 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 still holds it back. And in season 8, it didn’t receive any massive changes at all.
back in season 7, Respawn decided to increase the base damage of this gun. And at the same time removed the disruptor rounds. Devs gave sentinel some slight buff to see how it actually performs in the game. Following that, Respawn didn’t make any changes to the sentinel in season 8.
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. And in season 8, this weapon saw no real change as it was in a good place in terms of usage.
The Alternator is still a great placeholder for an R99 even after a slight buff to its damage in season 8. 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 following the new update.
Charge Rifle has seen its fair share of nerfs ever since season 3. And in season 8, 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 back in last season. 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 season 8, Respawn did not make some changes to the P2020. P2020 is not a very effective weapon even in the early game but if you find hammer point hop-up it has the potential to become an S-tier weapon as it deals considerably more damage with the hop-up. But in order to do that much damage, players have to break their opponent’s shield first.
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. However, with hammer points, it can be really effective but even then players are probably better off using a P2020 with the hammer point. Although back in season 6, they increased the magazine capacity from 3 to 4. And in season 8, it is mostly unchanged.
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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.