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Apex Legends Weapon Tier List (Season 9): The Best Guns To Use

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Season 8 of Apex Legends is almost over, giving players ample opportunity to play with the new 30-30 Repeater and see where it falls in the grand scheme of things.


Season 9: Legacy will bring the new Bocek Bow to the game, which is sure to shake things up even more being the first-ever bow introduced to Apex Legends.

READ MORE: A Guide to Apex Legends' Bocek Bow

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The Bocek Bow is Coming in Season 9: Legacy

In the newest trailer for Season 9, we get to see Valk take aim at her opponents with the Bocek Bow.

You can watch the trailer below.

While it will take some time to see where the Bocek Bow lands in the tier lists once players get their hands on it, the current tier list for the popular battle royale game is as follows:

S Tier



The Mastiff was taken out of care packages and placed in the overworld for Season 5, leading to widespread use of the deadly shotgun.

However, this has also meant reductions in damage output, a huge nerf to the headshot multiplier (from 2x to 1.25x), and an increase in magazine size and rate of fire. On the other hand, you'll now be able to keep it fully loaded with Shotgun Ammo.

Despite the nerfs, the Mastiff remains one of the best close-range weapons in Apex Legends, and in Season 6 it is one of the weapons that you can find fully kitted, making it even more dangerous.

Check out our Mastiff guide here.


Apex Legends Kraber
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Again, one you’ll need to be lucky to find (or kill its previous owner if you don’t get to the care package first), this sniper rifle can instantly kill any Legend with a headshot.


But do not be afraid to go for anything you can hit – the Kraber deals big damage to all areas.

Get some practice in the Training Arena first, though, as the painfully slow rate of fire means you have to make every shot count.

Check out our Kraber guide here.


A favorite in the Gfinity offices, the Peacekeeper is a powerful shotgun that simply looks cool.

Currently only available in Care Packages, the Peacekeeper has power where it counts and is capable of shredding unshielded enemies.

The Precision Choke is now also built into the shotgun, meaning that you'll be able to charge up those shots right away for maximum damage.

Next season it will head back to regular loot and replaced with the Triple Take, and will probably drop in the tier lists.

Check out our Peacekeeper guide here.



An amazing weapon at close range that deals 198 DPS.

Combine that with an extended magazine and a barrel stabilizer increases how many rounds you can pump into foes and the accuracy of those shots.

Check out our R-99 guide here.


One of the most powerful guns in Apex Legends in the right hands, especially with an extended mag, the Wingman is often sought after by players.

Do not forget to aim for the head.

With the return of the Skullpiercer, this trusty pistol does 2.25x headshot damage.

A Tier


30-30 Repeater

The 30-30 Repeater has proven itself to be a highly versatile weapon at just about any range, performing like a shotgun when hip firing, providing a wallop of a headshot at medium range and performing like a sniper rifle with the right scope at long-range.

As an additional bonus, players do not need to wait for the 30-30 to fully reload before firing again once empty.

Each bullet is loaded in individually, meaning players can fire off a few rounds again as soon as a handful are replaced.

When players aim down sights with the rifle, it gets a 35% damage boost once charged.


The Longbow DMR has long been a consistent performer in the Apex games (even with a slight nerf to its rate of fire in Season 3).

Not as powerful as a full-blooded sniper rifle, it is more forgiving - aim for the head, and follow up with whatever you can hit.

As of Season 5, it can now take a Skullpiercer attachment, vastly increasing its headshot damage. The Longbow really is the best non-supply drop Sniper Rifle in Apex Legends.

Check out our Longbow DMR guide here.


Prowler PDW

We’d argue that this weapon could easily be B-tier if not for the Select-Fire hop-up which essentially lets you convert it into an assault rifle in all but name.

Without it, the Prowler can be a tad unwieldy with its relatively small magazine. Just be sure to stock up on attachments - especially that extended mag.

A little more recoil in Auto-mode hasn't hurt the Prowler's effectiveness - it remains a brilliant close-range weapon.

Check out our Prowler PDW guide here.

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The Volt is the brand-new weapon straight out of Titanfall 2, and everybody wants to know how good it is. And, to be honest, it's really very good.

The Volt takes Energy Ammo and fires it at a rapid rate, destroying shields in seconds at close range.


The SMG eats ammo, so be sure to stock up, and make sure to grab one of the new Extended Energy Mags to make the most of your pushes.

As the R-99 heads to Supply Drops, the Volt is ready and willing to take its place.

Check out our Volt guide here.

R-301 Carbine

A great all-rounder in Apex Legends (as it was in Titanfall), the R-301 is ideal for mid-range entanglements.

Although it offers some of the best iron sights in the game, attachments really bring out the best in the R-301, particularly a mid-range scope. The loss of anvil Rounds in Season 5 will hurt, however.

Check out our R-301 guide here.

G7 Scout

A single-shot weapon that’s surprisingly decent even at close range, the G7 is crying out for a scope to get the best out of it. Luckily, since its reclassification as an Assault Rifle, these are much easier to come by.

The rate of fire is decent and can be improved with the Double-Tap hop-up, but the only real limit is how fast your firing finger is!



An assault rifle that fires in bursts, the Hemlock is impressively accurate considering the rate at which it can sling ammunition.

That makes it ideal at anything except long range, especially with a decent optic attachment. Keep your eyes peeled for the golden Legendary Hemlok.

Season 7 will see Hemlok nerfed somewhat, but we still anticipate the weapon remaining in A-Tier!


The L-Star is receiving some long-awaited buffs to help the weapon feel as powerful as Respawn wants it to.

Once somewhat unmanageable, the L-Star will feel more reliable to control, and will allow feathering with the weapon to be more viable as a tactic to deal damage and maintain accuracy!

Check out our L-Star guide here.

M600 Spitfire


The Spitfire has a huge magazine and is pretty accurate when firing from the hip - albeit at a lower rate of fire that keeps recoil fairly manageable.

Equip the Rampart hop-up for an even bigger magazine - or use the character herself with devastating effect.

Check out our Spitfire guide here.

B Tier


The first post-launch addition to Apex Legends’ arsenal, the Havoc is a beast, especially after a serious buff in Season 4.

The Havoc has a firing rate so high it can shred shields in an instant, but multiple increases to the horizontal recoil have taken their toll.

It’s an assault rifle that packs an accurate punch, although the charge time can be an irritant.

If you can manage the recoil, this has the potential to be a serious threat.

Check out our HAVOC guide here.


Charge Rifle

A weapon that was added and subsequently nerfed multiple times, the Charge Rifle needs a lead-in charge and doesn’t hold as much ammo – but hit an enemy with it and you’ll melt their shield in a heartbeat.

Season 6 updated the Charge Rifle to use two sniper rounds per shot, but it can hold eight rounds in a clip.

However, the move to Evo Shields across all game modes has taken the Charge Rifle up a few places - it is perfect for getting big damage in the early stages of a game and leveling up that shield!


The Devotion really has been taken back out of supply drops, but the Energy LMG still packs a brutal punch. It is incredibly accurate and suffers from very little recoil, making it one of the very best weapons in Apex Legends.

But the best thing about the Devotion is the sheer damage it produces. With a little practice on the Firing Range, you won't have to worry about losing a single 1v1 fight with this LMG in your hands, despite the reduced clip size for Season 6.

Grab a fully-kitted one for the best results.



One of the weapons added as part of Season 4, the Sentinel rewards skilled players handsomely. In Season 7, it was buffed slightly but Respawn seems to be a bit unsure what is making the weapon feel weak.

Its bolt-loaded mechanism means you’ll need to line up your shots, but it remains faster than other snipers - meaning it could be a great alternative if you can’t find yourself the Longbow.

A Season 6 change meant that if you're wearing Gold Armor, you will only need one Shield Cell to charge the Sentinel to its souped-up mode, but this is too situational to be considered a large buff.

Check out our Sentinel guide here.

EVA-8 Shotgun

Another reliable choice, the EVA-8 is a decent shotgun whose real strength lies in its full-auto nature.

It hits hard and fast and is an ideal weapon to keep in reserve when breaching an internal area. Make sure to attach a Double-Tap Trigger to really make the most of this shotgun.

Keep an eye on your ammo, as this will eat through it in moments - especially when double-tapping.

Check out our EVA-8 guide here.


VK-47 Flatline

An assault rifle that deals more damage than the R-301 and Hemlok, the Flatline is for patient players who like to line up their shots, take a breath, and fire.

In the hands of a skilled player, the Flatline is a rifle not to be trifled with.

C Tier

Triple Take

A sniper rifle that spreads ammo sounds like a dream come true, but in reality, the Triple Take isn’t as good as it could be.

The Precision Choke is now built-in, which helps the Triple Take out a lot.

However, it is still outclassed by other sniper rifles and even by some mid-ranged weapons.

Expect this to change in Season 9 when the Triple Take moves from loot canisters to Supply Drops.



A gun that can easily get you to the middle of a match, the RE-45 has manageable recoil and does enough damage to unshielded opponents.


An SMG that’s been through the wringer as far as nerfs and buffs go, the lack of Disruptor Rounds makes the Alternator tough to recommend for anything other than early-game unshielded targets.

An increased magazine size in Season 5 is a slight buff, but not enough to make it worthwhile picking up.

D Tier


The most vanilla of pistols, the P2020 just isn’t that exciting. A buff to its damage in Season 6 doesn't help it at all.

If you grab it early, particularly with the Hammerpoint Rounds mod, you’ll tear through people without shields – be prepared to ditch it once they stock up, though.



Season 6: now Mozambiques have four rounds!

A weapon that’s become a meme now, Mozambique is a shotgun that doesn’t spread enough and a pistol that isn’t accurate enough.

With that in mind, get in close and ADS for a headshot.

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