Season 6 of Apex Legends is finally here so it’s time to evaluate all of the unique weapons you can use. With multiple guns getting adjustments, there have been some shifts at what the best options are for those looking to claim victory. When making our list of the best weapons we decided to not include any crate weapons so don’t expect to see the Kraber appear. Additionally, we are looking at a weapons general performance, damage numbers, and versatility in the new meta.
Since this could easily shift, we will be updating this guide monthly with any changes. Make sure to check back with us to see if any big nerfs or buffs helped raise the profile of a firearm. Finally, if you don’t see your favorite gun on this list that doesn’t make it bad, just not nearly as viable as others. You can still be effective with any weapon in Apex Legends so long as you land your shots and understand the gun’s limitations.
Updated September 8, 2020.
Hemlock was a weapon that a lot of players ignored the past few seasons, but it has quickly risen to be one of the best assault rifles in the game. With terrific stability, damage, and accuracy, you can bully enemy teams from a comfortable distance with the Hemlock. This not only makes it great for defending a point but harassing opponents that are gatekeeping you from cover. Both the single fire and burst fire deal solid damage, but we do strongly recommend getting a scope for this gun. Its ironsights are terrible, especially if you are trying to hit targets on the move. Prioritize an optic as soon as possible if you plan on using the Hemlock – preferably a 2x-4x Scope.
The Flatline has always been a generally good assault rifle due to its high damage potential and generally controllable recoil. While it’s not as accurate as the R-301, the sheer stopping power makes up for this. Unfortunately, the Flatline is one of those guns that pretty much demands an Extended Heavy Mag attachment to be viable in the last few circles. It’s supremely easy to run out of ammo in your clip during a fight, which can lead to some awkward moments. If you plan to use this gun, make sure to prioritize getting this attachment above everything else.
Despite receiving multiple changes throughout Season 5 and at the start of Season 6, the Havoc is still a decent choice for anyone who takes the time to learn the recoil. That is the biggest hurdle when using the Havoc, as the gun has some pretty nasty recoil, especially when you first pull the trigger. This can make is especially unwieldy at range, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for that Select Fire. Even with the recoil issues and lack of base range, the Havoc still absolutely shreds anyone in medium-range fights. It’s also a very good weapon to pick up at the start of a round since it will decimate most people who are still looting. Plus the Turbocharger Hop-Up is back, which is always insanely good on this weapon.
The newest gun in Apex Legends is potentially one of its best. With the R-99 moved to the Supply Drop, the Volt SMG fills that fast-firing, close-range archetype that so many players adore. Capable of doing 304 damage with just the base magazine, this weapon has an easily controllable recoil pattern. This makes it a superb gun to use whenever you close the gap or are using hit and run style legend like Octane or Wraith. It’s only major issue is that it uses Energy ammo, which can be a little tougher to find.
The Prowler has always been a strong SMG that doesn’t get enough love. While many believe that its viability is entirely reliant on getting the Select Fire, we still find the base version of the Prowler to be quite good. This comes down to the burst fire design of the Prowler, which makes the gun especially easy to control. It may take a little practice to get used to the burst fire, but it’s absolutely worth the effort. Switching it to full auto kicks this gun into overdrive, allowing you to mow down anyone with relative ease.
Skullpiercer is back so it’s time to welcome the return of the headshot king. Since Apex Legends’ release the Wingman has been a beloved weapon due to its sheer stopping power and accuracy. Even though it took a backseat the past couple of seasons, the re-introduction of the Skullpiercer Hop-up has made this one of the best weapons in the entire Season 5 meta. With a 2X HCOG Bruiser or 1X HCOG Classic sight this hand cannon can accurately take down foes with only a few rounds. If you’re serious about climbing up the ranks then get ready to learn this weapon inside and out.
Light Machine Gun
Brace yourselves, one of the most devastating weapons has been freed from the supply drop and can be picked up anywhere on the map. The Devotion is an insanely potent LMG that can tear through fully armored enemies in seconds. While it’s always been a strong weapon, the fact that the Turbocharger Hop-Up has returned kicks this machine gun into overdrive. Sure, the L-Star and Spitfire are good, but the Devotion is such a devastating weapon in the right hands. Plus it only has a light horizontal recoil pattern, which makes it fairly simple to use by players of all skill levels. Expect to see a lot of this gun going forward.
One of my favorite guns, the EVA-8 is the most consistent shotgun that’s not tied to a supply drop. Despite the Mastiff potentially hitting harder, this weapon is far less consistent in firefights. Because of this, we are picking the EVA-8 as it offers strong stopping power,m can be easily fired from the hip, and has a superbly simple recoil pattern. Couple this with its Hop-Up and you can quickly take down anyone in your way.
With the return of the Skullpiercer Hop-up, the Longbow DMR has taken its place as the best sniper in Apex Legends. While the Sentinel hits harder, the Longbow benefits from a faster fire rate and the ability to increase its headshot damage. This makes it quite easy to use when you are fighting very mobile targets or ones that are dipping in and out of over. It also doesn’t require players to waste any additional resources to power it up for extra damage, which is always nice. The Longbow is undoubtedly the most reliable sniper in the game, making it the go-to choice for anyone who wants to engage at a distance.