The Charge Rifle has resided at the top of the Apex Legends weapons arsenal for a whole season now, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change for Season 4. This powerful beam-focused long-range sniper is still one of the deadliest weapons in the game. We’ll go over every aspect of this unique Apex Legends gun in our Apex Legends Charge Rifle guide, complete with up-to-date and accurate stats on things like DPS and TTK (time to kill) under various circumstances!
Apex Legends Charge Rifle guide – DPS, TTK, fire rate
Let’s get right into talking about the Charge Rifle, and what this curious beam weapon does differently to any other weapon introduced so far in the chaotic, high-octane battle royale that is Apex Legends.
- Charge Rifle description – Apex Legends new weapon explained
- Charge Rifle stats – DPS, TTK, Fire Rate
- Charge Rifle tips and tricks
Charge Rifle description
The Charge Rifle is an extremely ammo-efficient weapon. That’s not the first thing most people notice about it, but it’s something I consider to be extremely important when considering the relative power and usefulness of this gun. Coinciding with the introduction of the new, larger and more horizontal World’s Edge map, this weapon is designed to lead snipers and long-range weapons into a new age of dominance.
Here’s what you need to know about the Charge Rifle heading into Season 4:
- The Charge Rifle is a World-Drop weapon. As of Season 4, it – like all sniper rifles – now uses Sniper Ammo, rather than Energy Ammo.
- It charges up a focused beam with little damage drop-off that can decimate enemies at long-range.
- Holding down the trigger will charge up the beam for 0.5 seconds, during which you will deal small incremental damage every tick to enemies hit.
- After this warm-up period, the beam will blast forth, dealing major damage to any enemy it hits.
- You can attach a scope (including a sniper scope) to the Charge Rifle, along with a Sniper Stock.
- You only have 4 shots by default with this weapon before having to reload.
Now let’s take a closer look at the base stats of this sniper rifle.
In the below tables we’ve detailed just about every statistic that might be useful to know about the Charge Rifle. The first gives basic stats, and the second gives the Time To Kill (TTK) under different circumstances. So have a look through, and meet me at the bottom when you’re done.
Charge Rifle stats (Basic)
|DPS||31.5 (63 with Extra DMG)|
|Extra DMG||15x3 (45)|
|Fire Rate (SPS)||0.7|
|Att. Slots||Optic, Stock|
|Modes||Single (Charge-Up Beam)|
|ADS Movement Speed|
(% of non-ADS speed)
|Max Headshot Distance||29528|
Note: the below figures are displayed in the format of how long it takes to deal 100/150/175/200 HP damage, as this reflects the TTK depending on the enemy’s Body Shield quality. The figures in brackets take into account charge-up damage as well as blast damage.
|DMG Type||DMG||Shots To Kill||Time To Kill
(inc. Charge-Up DMG)
Lvl 1 Helmet (10%)
Lvl 2 Helmet (20%)
Lvl 3/4 Helmet (25%)
Finally, let’s go through some in-depth, practical tips and tricks for mastering the Charge Rifle during your stints in World’s Edge.
- Master the diagonal recoil. As with all weapons in Apex Legends, there is a definite spray pattern that you can learn and master with the Charge Rifle. But this weapon’s recoil is no joke. During the wind-up, your crosshair will be pulled first to the top-right, then the bottom-left, then back to the top-right, all in the space of half a second. This is something you’ll have to learn to take into account and counter, because that incremental tick damage really adds up.
- Don’t be afraid to hip-fire even over long distances. Hip firing is extremely viable with the Charge Rifle – I might go so far as to say it’s just plainly superior. You still have the central dot to aim with, and there’s less visual clutter around where you’re aiming. What’s more, you can see the progress of your charge-up much more easily, and you can also see the recoil very clearly while hip-firing. Seriously, try it. You won’t be sorry.
- Effectiveness is decreased at close range. While very powerful, the Charge Rifle is certainly not meant for close-range combat. You could use it if you had nothing else, but it’s obviously not going to be as strong as an R-99 or any automatic weapon really. So make sure you use the Charge Rifle in the situations where it truly excels. It’s not a jack-of-all-trades weapon by any means.
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