Best R99 Skins in Apex Legends 2023: All Skins Ranked from Worst to Best

Here we’ll rank all the R99 skins that Respawn has released so far in Apex Legends.

Apex Legends is a free-to-play first-person battle royale shooter inspired by Titanfall. Many weapons and characters originating in Titanfall made it to Apex Legends with little to no modifications.

Similar to other weapons in Apex Legends, the R99 was inspired by a submachine gun called the R97. The SMG was initially introduced in Titanfall, and the other variant of the same SMG called R97 reappeared in Titanfall 2 with the name R-97 CN (Colonial Navy).

Apex Legends does not require players to pay for it as it is a free-to-play game. However, players have the option of customizing their weapon skins to their liking. They can collect these cosmetics from loot boxes, battle passes, and events or they can directly buy the skins from the Apex store using real money.

After Apex Legends entered the battle royale genre, many streamers began playing the game for the first time and became addicted to it. Their favorite choice of weapons became the R99, Peacekeeper, and Wingman. Playing with the R99 was fun because of its fast firing rate. Consequently, beaming players with the R99 had a different kind of satisfaction.

Following the popularity of the R99, Apex Legends developers released many good-looking skins for this compact machine gun, and people still use this gun despite having other alternatives. There hasn’t been much change to the R99, such as other weapons in the game throughout the seasons.

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The R99 Skins tier list was last updated after Spellbound Collection Event in Season 15.

How Many R99 Skins are there in Apex Legends?

As of season 15, there are a total of 86 R-99 skins in Apex Legends. Among these, 27 legendary, 8 epic, 35 rare, and 16 common skins are available for the R99 SMG.

Best R99 Skins in Apex Legends (A Complete Tier List)

Now we’ll rank each of the Legendary R99 skins that Respawn has released in Apex Legends thus far, putting them into three categories: S-Tier, A-Tier, and B-Tier.

The S-Tier skins represent the most unique and eye-catching cosmetics for R99 SMG. They can be found in every match as players equip them to flaunt their skin collections. The A-Tier skins are rare and good-looking but fall behind slightly from the S-Tier skins. However, players still love and use them from time to time.

Then there are B-Tier skins that are legendary items, but these skins do not come close to the uniqueness of the mighty S-Tier and A-Tier skins. Nonetheless, all the skins in this list are well worthy of being the number one choice for any Apex Legends lovers.

There is no right or wrong way to make a tier list for cosmetic items. It purely depends on your cognizance and approach to the game. This list is just a recommendation and heads-up for new players who are just getting into the world of Apex Legends and for old players who started the game with the launch but lost their way in the middle.

Best(S-Tier)Cutting Edge, Revolutionary, Core Fragment, The Paradigm Shifter, Totally Gnarly, The Kill Switch
Good(A-Tier)Simbiote, Magnum Opus, The Alchemist, Sirens Song, Outlands Avalanche, The Unloader
Average(B-Tier)Sugar Rush, Wish Bone, Zero Point.

Top 10 Best R99 skins in Apex Legends

Apex Legends first launched in early 2019, and since then, Respawn has launched a miscellany of R99 skins for its fans. The weapon dropped in popularity since the launch of Apex Legends, yet it is still one of those guns players want to pick up if they see it lying in front of them on the ground.

In any case, here we’ll showcase 10 of the best R99 skins in the worst-to-best order.

10. Zero Point

Zero Point
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Zero Point is a fairly old R99 skin. It came out with the Season 4: Assimilation battle pass. It is not very flashy-looking skin. However, many people consider it one of the best, if not the best R99 skin in the game because of its unique iron sight.

9. Wishbone

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Wishbone R99 skin was introduced in the Chaos Theory Collection Event in season 8 of Apex Legends. While watching the skin, the first thing that comes to mind is the Honored Prey R-301 skin. The skin looks very similar to the R-301 Honored Prey as the body of the weapon is embedded with skull and bone.

8. Sugar Rush

Sugar Rush
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Sugar Rush was originally introduced in Mirage’s Holo-Day Bash Event 2019 and was featured again in the Holo-Day Bash Event next year in a bundle. This candy-like cosmetic is still one of the most unique and fan-favorite skins out there for R99.

7. Outlands Avalanche

Outlands Avalanche
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Outlands Avalanche is one of the oldest stock R99 legendary skins that came default with the SMG. The white and black-themed R99 skin is favorite to many streamers, pro, and casual players because of its iron sight. The recolor version of this skin, named The Unloader, also comes to store from time to time.

6. Sirens Song

Sirens Song
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Sirens Song is vibrant skin filled with colors and looks pleasant to the eye. Respawn made this skin available in Dark Depths Themed Event in season 11 of Apex Legends. This beautiful R99 skin became a favorite to many Apex enthusiasts since its launch, and many Apex players currently own this skin.

5. Magnum Opus

Magnum Opus
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Just as the name suggests, the Magnum Opus is a work of art. It is arguably the most sophisticated R99 skin in Apex Legends as of now. The skin is a recolor version of the legendary R99 skin called The Alchemist and can only be obtained through the store from time to time.

4. Simbiote

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Bundled with Pathfinder’s System Takeover skin, the Simbiote R99 is one of the most gorgeous-looking skins in Apex Legends. This skin was released at the beginning of Season 15.

3. Totally Gnarly

Totally Gnarly
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Totally Gnarly is also a recolor of a legendary R99 skin known as The Kill Switch. The blue, lime green and orange color combination of the Totally Gnarly makes it one of the best-looking R99 skins with a square iron sight.

2. Core Fragment

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Core Fragment is also a recolor of the already rare R99 skin named The Paradigm Shifter. This glowing hot red-colored skin was made available at the Weapon Recolor Store during season 12 of Apex legends. Players had to pay 1800 Apex coins to get this skin unlike other recolor skins.

1. Cutting Edge

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Cutting Edge was the reactive battle pass exclusive skin that was released back in season 7 of Apex Legends. It is a slick, bright white skin that catches the eyes and makes you more confident while playing with it. This skin could only be acquired by completing the premium battle pass level 100, so it is one of the rarest skins out there in Apex Legends.

Will past R99 event skins ever return?

The event skins and recolor skins may come to the store eventually, and you still may have the chance to get skins such as Magnum Opus, Core Fragment, and Flash of Fury. However, R99 skins such as Cutting Edge and Zero Point that originated from the battle pass will not return to the Apex Legend store. However, Respawn has announced that battle pass skins from Season 11 and onwards may be available in an event-specific skin package in the future.

Upcoming R99 Skins

There has been no updated information on any future R99 skins in the game as of this writing. More R99 skins will be shown as soon as they are revealed or leaked.

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More Weapon Skins Tier List:

Spitfire | EVA-8 | Alternator | Wingman | Flatline | R-301

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