Apex Legends Alternator SMG: Damage Stats, Attachments, and Skins

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February 25, 2022: Updated with the new weapon information and skins available from the recent update.


Apex Legends is filled with weapons that fall into several different categories. If you prefer ranged combat, then the Marksman or Sniper Rifles would be for you. However, if you love a gun that's quick to fire, and can get you out of some sticky situations then you should turn to the Alternator SMG.

This weapon has spent some time as a Care Package exclusive, but it's now free to grab as ground loot once more. Even as a rare weapon, the Alternator maintained its title as a fan favourite, and it isn't hard to see why. The small SMG packs a punch at its base level, and it's deadly once you upgrade it with attachments.

In this guide, we're going to show you the damage stats, attachments, and skins for this weapon.

Table of Contents

Alternator Basic Information

Here is the basic information that you need to know about the Alternator SMG:

  • Weapon Type: Submachine gun
  • Firing Modes: Auto
  • Ammo Type: Supply Drop Light Rounds
  • Magazine Size: 27
  • Range: Close
  • Tac Reload Time: 1.71s
  • Full Reload time: 2.01s
  • Rate of Fire: 600 RPM
  • Projectile Speed: 19,500 UPS

Alternator Damage Stats

How much damage does the Alternator do in Apex? That's what you really need to know. Just below you'll find the damage stats for the Alternator SMG. Do note these are just the basic damage stats and do not reflect stats for Fortified Legends (Caustic, Gibraltar) where damage stats are typically reduced by 15%.

Target Damage Shots To Kill: 100 HP 150HP 175HP 200HP 225HP
Level 1 Helmet1968101112
Level 2 Helmet1869101213
Level 3/4 Helmet1769111214

Alternator Attachments


  • 1x HCOG Classic (Common)
  • 1x Holo (Common)
  • 1x-2x Variable Holo (Rare)
  • 2x HCOG Bruiser (rare)
  • 1x Digital Threat (Legendary)

Stabilisers and Stocks

  • Standard Stock
  • Barrel Stabiliser


  • Extended Light Mag
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Alternator Skins

At the time of writing, there is a total of 69 weapon skins for the Alternator SMG in Apex Legends. This includes 16 Legendary, 10 Epic, 27 Rare, and 16 Common skins. The prices for the guns range from 30 Crafting Metals (Common) to 1,200 Crafting Metals (Legendary).


Alternator SMG Review

The Alternator is one of the most commonly used guns in Apex Legends, as it's one of the very best guns to use for close-range combat. As this type of combat is the one that is the most common in any game mode, it makes sense that the Alternator has maintained its status as a fan favourite over multiple seasons. However, it is worth noting that the Disruptor Rounds Hop-Up has been removed for this weapon. Overall, we still believe, along with many of you, that the Alternator is one of the best SMGs in the game.

There are many different kinds of weapons that you can get your hands on in Apex Legends. Which one you like will depend on how you prefer to approach battles. If you're someone who excels at ranged combat, then check out the damage stats for a Triple Take. It's a powerful gun at its base level, and even deadlier with the right attachments. Also, check out our guide that shows you how to get skins to look epic on the battlefield.

Updated by Marie Pritchard.