Apex Legends Weapon Tier List [Season 21]

Nazmul Hassan
By Nazmul Hassan
13 Min Read
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Confused about which weapons to run in Apex Legends? Here’s my tier list of the best weapons to run in Season 21.

As of Season 21, Respawn has released a total of 29 weapons in Apex Legends. As it is a competitive battle royale, Respawn makes endless changes to these weapons to keep the meta fresh and balanced almost every season. And because of these changes, the weapon choices for players change.

Apart from the direct weapon buffs and nerfs, other factors such as legends, maps, and attachments also have impacts on the weapon. I know it’s a hassle to keep up with the meta. But don’t worry! I will make your life a little bit easier.

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Here’s my complete weapon tier list for Season 21 based on the current competitive meta. I will also explain why I put each weapon in a specific tier, so you know what’s actually up rather than blindly trusting the tier list.

TierWeapons
S-Tier
A-Tier
B-Tier
C-Tier
D-Tier
E-Tier

S-Tier Weapons

Kraber

As long as Respawn doesn’t nerf Kraber to the ground, it will always remain an S-tier weapon in Apex Legends. The sniper is so powerful that Respawn had to significantly lower its drop rate chance compared to other supply drop weapons in the game.

Havoc

Although Havoc has remained unchanged since Season 19, players have recently learned its actual capacity. Havoc’s potential to kill enemies in close to medium range is unbelievable. My suggestion would be to use Havoc for close-range fights.

Hemlok

It is easy to deal good damage to enemies that are far away with snipers and marksman weapons. However, it is quite hard to kill them. Moreover, they are pretty much useless in close-to-medium-range fights. But Hemlok doesn’t have those weaknesses. With some practice, you can annihilate enemies with the Hemlok from long distances.

A-Tier Weapons

Nemesis

If you are not comfortable using the Hemlok, the Nemesis should be your alternative go-to primary weapon in Season 21. Being a fully-automatic AR, many of you prefer to use it rather than Hemlok. If Nemesis had less recoil, I would definitely put it into the S-tier.

Volt

If Havoc was not the meta, Volt would be an S-tier weapon in Season 21. It is currently the only SMG that can go against the powerful ARs in the game.

Devotion

As Devotion is a care package weapon right now, you don’t need to look for attachments. It is literally an upgraded Havoc with a minor cost to your movement. However, that’s not even a factor right now, as you don’t need ADS to use it. Just run into a team and press the left mouse button, and the mighty Devotion will do the rest of the work for you.

Flatline

Flatline is the uncrowned king of Season 21. It is a great weapon, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use it. Especially if you dislike using burst weapons or Havoc without a Turbocharger, you should definitely run Flatline, as I used to do the same before switching to Hemlok as my primary gun.

EVA-8

EVA-8 is right now the best shotgun in the game. Although it has a low per-bullet damage output compared to Peacekeeper and Mastiff, the fire rate compensates for the lack of damage. Moreover, it is a fully automatic shotgun, so it is very user-friendly.

B-Tier Weapons

Bocek

I had a hard time deciding where to place Bocek on this tier list. The weapon has a high damage potential in all ranges. But it also lacks consistency and is very situational. Both pros and cons for Bocek are balanced. So, I decided to put Bocek in the B-tier.

Spitfire

Spitfire is a practical weapon that many people don’t like to use, mainly because it is really heavy and slows you down. As Apex’s gameplay becomes faster and players get better, LMGs are becoming less popular. On the other hand, Spitfire is extremely effective against players that have just spawned. So, if you spot one right away, you should grab it.

Sentinel

As a sniper, Sentinel is a beast. Moreover, if you’re playing Rampart, having Sentinel almost feels like Kraber. All you have to do is make sure you carry enough shield cells to keep the Sentinel juiced all the time.

Peacekeeper

The shotgun meta is slowly fading away. However, the Peacekeeper is still a great shotgun for close-range fights. The Peacekeeper’s only flaw is that it can feel extremely inconsistent at times. But if you’re a demon with it, there’s no reason not to use it.

Wingman

Wingman just came out of the care package in Season 21. Unfortunately, the pistol no longer equips an extended sniper magazine. Nonetheless, it is still more versatile than any shotgun in the game. As a result, many people still prefer to use it still.

R-301

The R-301 is not the same beast we used to know. Even if you dump full magazines into enemies, they will still survive, and you’ll have to use your secondary to full-kill them. The R-301 still holds a special sentiment for many of us. So, only out of respect, I’ll keep the R-301 in the B-tier.

C-Tier Weapons

30-30 Repeater

Hemlok’s entry in the medium- to long-range fighting meta has made 30-30 less appealing than it was in prior seasons. Moreover, the Skullpiercer is no longer available in the game. However, it is still an okay gun to use if you prefer playing passively. But, I wouldn’t personally recommend using it.

Alternator

The Alternator is a pretty decent weapon right off the drop. Moreover, if you can find a Disruptor Round, it becomes a beast in close-range fights. But this weapon also has two significant drawbacks. First of all, in long-range combat, the SMG feels almost worthless. And secondly, unlike Havoc, the Alternator is pretty much useless without the Disruptor Round.

G7 Scout

I kind of struggled to decide where to put G7 on this tier list. But after considering a lot of things, I have decided that it should be in the C tier. I will explain why. To start, this season’s marksman weapons aren’t effective. Second, in season 21, the light weapons are not as good, and most people don’t use them. This means that looting dead boxes is unlikely to yield any ammunition, which becomes problematic later in the game. The main reason is that, in my perspective, there are better options than the G7 for long-range combat.

Mastiff

Mastiff is somewhat on par with the Peacekeeper. However, a Mastiff without a shotgun bolt is really hard to use. That’s the only reason why I didn’t place Mastiff side-by-side with the PK.

Prowler

Prowler has slowly come out of the meta. However, it is still a great weapon in Season 21. It’s just that you won’t find anybody using it too often, just because there are other better options for close-range fights.

Longbow

Despite some great improvements for Longbow, I would still recommend not using it. To me, it still feels the same, even with the improvements. Moreover, with Skullpiercer removed, I don’t feel like it provides anything valuable. The only reason I would pick Longbow is as an attachment holder for my Sentinel. Otherwise, I’ll throw it in a ditch.

D-Tier Weapons

C.A.R

Using any other SMG other than Volt does not make any sense in season 21. Moreover, C.A.R.’s insane recoil doesn’t make up for its lack of damage output and magazine size. So, I don’t think anyone should use it.

L-Star

L-Star in season 21 is only good for holding the attachments for your other energy weapons. Other than that, it isn’t a good weapon to run in the mid-to-late game.

Rampage

Rampage is only good when equipped with a thermite grenade; without that, the gun isn’t that good. However, it has high damage potential. So, if you find it right after spawning, consider picking it up.

Triple Take

Even with the boosted loader hop-up upgrade, Triple Take is straight-up trash. If you really want to pick something up for long-range fights, use the 30-30 Repeater, G7 Scout, or Sentinel instead.

R-99

Everyone will agree that R-99 is just a garbage weapon in Season 21. No matter how satisfying the spray is, you’ll only do a decent amount of damage at best. It is just not enough to kill an enemy with R-99 anymore, even with a purple mag equipped.

Charge Rifle

I personally pick up Charge Rifle sometimes just to have fun. And honestly, it’s not a bad weapon. However, hitting enemies with a Charge Rifle is hard because of the charge-up time. It is a high-risk, low-reward gun that everyone should avoid in Season 21.

E-Tier Weapons

RE-45

Many of you may not agree with me putting RE-45 as an E-tier weapon. However, putting it higher than this would also be an injustice to other weapons. RE-45 is nothing without the Hammerpoint. Even without the Hammerpoint, the weapon falls significantly short compared to other weapons in terms of damage and recoil. Not to mention, you literally can’t use this weapon outside the radius of 5–10 meters.

Mozambique

Mozambique was at least a B-tier weapon in Season 20. However, as Respawn removed the Digital Threat from the game, Mozambique has been demoted to an E-tier weapon once again.

P2020

P2020 falls into the same category as Mozambique. They are both meme weapons, and there’s no reason why you should use them unless you have no gun in your hands. Even then, punching out enemies might be a good option.

Final Words

I put together this weapon tier list based on the ongoing meta. Apex Legends has an incredible array of powerful weapons. Therefore, you are not required to use specific weapons exclusively and ignore the others just because I placed them in the S or A-tier. You might be skilled with or enjoy utilizing certain weapons. Therefore, do not limit yourself to using only a few weapons. Experiment with various weapon kinds and practice with them. Because, you may not always find the best weapons. Good luck, Legends!

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By Nazmul Hassan FPS Editor
Nazmul is GameRiv's FPS editor. He is a marketing graduate with an immense passion for gaming. As an ex-professional CS:GO player, he holds a strong interest in other FPS titles like Apex Legends, VALORANT, and CoD. However, he also tries out other games when he is free.