The first weapon added to the Apex Legends arsenal after release is a curious one, for sure. The Havoc is a charge-up Energy-based assault rifle with high damage but a hell of a kick. We’ll go over all of the gun’s traits and features in our Apex Legends Havoc guide below, with everything from damage and DPS stats to the gun’s time-to-kill (TTK) under varying circumstances.
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Apex Legends Havoc guide – DPS, TTK, fire rate
Below we’ve detailed not only what the developers have to say on the Havoc Assault Rifle, but also detailed statistics, from damage and fire rate to reload times and recoil patterns; and then we’ll finish off with some tips and tricks on how to master this powerful Apex Legends weapon. Use the links below to navigate straight to any of these sections.
|Havoc basic stats|
|Havoc TTK (Time To Kill) stats|
|Havoc spray pattern & recoil|
|Tips and tricks on mastering the Havoc|
The Havoc is different in quite a few ways from the other Assault Rifles – and all the other guns in Apex Legends, to be honest. Below we’ve put together a concise list of everything you need to know to start using and killing with this new weapon.
- Havoc is the only Assault Rifle to take Energy Ammo.
- A very high rate of fire and damage-per-shot is balanced out by a “charge-up” time before the Havoc starts firing.
- The Selectfire Receiver allows you to switch from full-auto mode to a special single-shot mode which charges up and then fires a laser blast.
- The single-shot mode of the Havoc is hitscan and has damage drop-off.
- The single-shot mode also uses up 4 Energy Ammo with every shot.
- Havoc is the only Assault Rifle that does not feature a Magazine attachment slot, meaning you cannot ever increase its magazine size.
Respawn have described the Havoc as a gun which “packs a punch” and has “multiple personalities”, both of which are certainly true. However, more than almost any other gun in Apex Legends, the Havoc is not a weapon that’s easy to get to grips with. Let’s take a look at the stats and see what exactly at work here.
In the below tables we’ve detailed just about every statistic that might be useful to know about the Havoc. 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.
Havoc stats (Basic)
|Fire Rate (SPS)||11.2 (1.7 with single-shot)|
|Att. Slots||Optic, Stock, Hop-Up|
|Modes||Auto (Single with Hop-Up)|
|ADS Movement Speed|
(% of non-ADS speed)
|Max Headshot Distance||11828|
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.
|DMG Type||DMG||Shots To Kill||Time To Kill|
Lvl 1 Helmet (10%)
Lvl 2 Helmet (20%)
Lvl 3/4 Helmet (25%)
The Havoc’s recoil and spray pattern is more akin to an LMG like the Spitfire than a traditional Assault Rifle. Take a look at the screenshot below, and have a think about what you see.
As you can see, there’s only a very slight horizontal sway as you fire. The recoil is primarily vertical. You may also have noticed that prior to the 1.1.1 update, the first 15 or so shots of the Havoc had hight recoil but the rest of the shots had relatively no recoil at all. This is no longer the case; there is still some slight bunching together of impact marks at the top, but overall the recoil continues more or less the same throughout the entire magazine.
Let’s finish up by solidfying our knowledge of the Havoc with a handful of practical tips and tricks to employ during a match with this new and fascinating Apex Legends Assault Rifle.
- Remember the Havoc’s spray pattern. Never let yourself forget the high recoil of the Havoc, lest it take you by surprise when you fire upon an enemy. Every time you pull the trigger prepare to counteract the spray pattern, because you can’t fit a barrel on this gun to lessen its recoil.
- Pair the Havoc with a responsive close-range weapon. If you don’t have a Turbocharger for the Havoc, then it’s a liability if you’re crept up on by a nearby enemy and forced into a close-range encounter. You need a good responsive weapon to fall back on, like a Peackeeper, EVA-8, R-99, or full-auto Prowler. Any of these would pair excellently with the Havoc.
- Spend time training with the Havoc. The Havoc is indeed readily available in the Firing Range (it’s at the end, next to the other Energy Ammo weapons). This gun feels and acts very different from the rest of the Apex Legends weapons arsenal, so spend a good while teaching yourself to use it and getting used to those charge-up times.
- Conserve your ammo as much as possible. The Havoc is a very ammo-hungry gun. It’s best not to go for random long-range potshots with this weapon, because when it comes down to it you’re gonna tear through your ammo reserves while you’re tearing through your enemies. Much like the Devotion, conserve your ammo, and communicate with your team to ensure you get as much Energy Ammo as possible.
That’s everything we’ve got to offer so far on the Havoc, but keep checking back for all the latest stats and strategies on one of Apex Legends’ strangest guns!
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