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Best Apex Legends guns: Season 13 gun tier list and weapon stats

Ranking the best guns in Apex Legends with full Season 13 weapon stats

What are the best guns to use in Apex Legends Season 13? It's been a couple of seasons now since the last new weapon was introduced into Respawn's frenetic Battle Royale, but the devs keep on making tweaks and adjustments each season to help round out (or shake up) the meta as they see fit. There's a total of 28 weapons all battling for dominance in Season 13, and they can all be used to win a match if you land your shots - but we know you. You want the best.

Below you'll find our tier list of the best Apex Legends guns for Season 13, along with detailed stat tables filled with damage profiles, fire rates, and reload times for every weapon in the game. So if you're looking to gain a proper understanding of how the different guns stack up against one another with the latest changes in place, you're in the right place.

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Apex Legends best guns tier list

Here is our tier list of the best guns in Apex Legends Season 13:

  • SS-Tier (Care Package): G7 Scout, Kraber, Mastiff, Volt
  • S-Tier: CAR, Flatline, Peacekeeper, R-301 Carbine, R-99, Spitfire
  • A-Tier: Alternator, Charge Rifle, Havoc, Prowler, Wingman
  • B-Tier: Bocek Bow, EVA-8, Hemlok, Mozambique, Rampage, Sentinel
  • C-Tier: Devotion, Longbow, L-Star, RE-45, Triple Take
  • D-Tier: 30-30 Repeater, P2020

There's a lot to understand about the different guns in Apex Legends. Sometimes a gun might be very mediocre until it receives a certain attachment, after which it becomes one of the best guns in the game. So take this tier list with a pinch of salt, but if you're a newer player then let this tier list inform your decisions until you know enough to make more nuanced choices.

Apex Legends weapon stats

Below you'll find tables of up-to-date weapon stats for all the different types of Apex Legends guns.

Click on a gun's name for more detailed stats.

Note: Damage is given in the form of Head SMG/Body DMG/Leg DMG in the below tables, and in the Reload column you'll see speeds for both non-empty and empty reloads.

Assault Rifles - Apex Legends weapon stats

Name Ammo Damage DPS RPM Mag Size Reload
Flatline Heavy 32/18/14 180 600 20/25/28/30 2.4s/3.1s
Havoc Energy 32/18/14 198 672 24/28/32/36 3.2s/3.2s
Hemlok Heavy 35/20/15 214 643 18/24/27/30 2.4s/2.85s
R-301 Carbine Light 25/14/11 190 816 18/20/25/28 2.4s/3.2s

Overall the best Assault Rifle in Apex Legends is the R-301 Carbine in my opinion, simply because it is so amazingly accurate that the greater number of bullets hit outweighs its lower DPS. But all four Assault Rifles are extremely potent guns in Season 13, so you can happily take any of these weapons to the endgame of a match.

SMGs - Apex Legends weapon stats

Name Ammo Damage DPS RPM Mag Size Reload
CAR Light/Heavy 20/13/10 202 930 20/22/24/27 1.7s/2.13s
Alternator Light 24/16/13 160 600 19/22/25/27 1.9s/2.23s
Prowler Heavy 23/15/12 171 685 20/25/30/35 2.0s/2.6s
R-99 Light 17/11/9 198 1,080 20/22/24/27 1.8s/2.45s
Volt Unique 26/17/14 204 720 28 1.6s/2.25s

The best SMG in the game right now is the Volt. As you'd expect from a care package weapon, the Volt is a devastating and surprisingly accurate SMG that you can happily use at mid-range. It's basically a more powerful Alternator.

As for floor loot SMGs, the best one is probably the CAR, which just about eeks out a victory against the very similar R-99. They're both incredibly powerful meta weapons, but the CAR's slightly higher DPS and flexibility regarding Light and Heavy ammo makes it the ideal choice.

LMGs - Apex Legends weapon stats

Name Ammo Damage DPS RPM Mag Size Reload
Devotion Energy 23/15/13 225 900 36/40/44/48 3.2s/3.8s
L-Star Energy 26/17/14 170 600 ~23/~25/~27/~29 3.6s
Rampage Heavy 46/26/22 130 300 28/32/34/40 3.1s/3.4s
Spitfire Heavy 27/18/15 162 540 55 3.4s/3.8s

The best LMG in Apex Legends is the Spitfire, as it has been in previous seasons thanks to its high damage and extreme mag size. But coming close to matching it on the floor loot is the Rampage, which deals phenomenal damage per shot, is very controllable, and can be charged with a Thermite Grenade for a magazine filled with some of the highest DPS in the game.

Marksman - Apex Legends weapon stats

Name Ammo Damage DPS RPM Mag Size Reload
30-30 Repeater Heavy 74/42/36 98 140 6/8/10/12 0.6s/bullet
Bocek Bow Arrows 105/60/54 69 69 N/A N/A
G7 Scout Unique 63/36/27 144 240 20 2.4s/3.0s
Triple Take Energy 126/63/58 82 78 6/7/8/9 2.6s/3.4s

The best Marksman Rifle right now is the G7 Scout. It may be the least of the Care Package weapons, but it's still an incredibly strong weapon at any range. Close behind it is the Bocek Bow, which a lot of the playerbase seems to have forgotten is truly exceptional in capable hands.

Snipers - Apex Legends weapon stats

Name Ammo Damage DPS RPM Mag Size Reload
Charge Rifle Sniper 56/45/45 (+45) 23 (+23) 30 8 3.6s/3.6s
Kraber Unique 280/140/112 84 36 4 3.2s/4.3s
Longbow Sniper 118/55/44 71.5 78 6/8/10/12 2.66s/3.66s
Sentinel Sniper 140/70/63 40 37.5 4/5/6/7 2.5s/3.6s

Season 13 looks to stunt the dominance of the Kraber with a couple of well-placed nerfs (along with buffs to helmet headshot protection) The result is that for the first time, I'm choosing a different gun as the best Sniper Rifle of Season 13. And that gun is the Charge Rifle. Its hitscan beam and high potential damage makes it a fantastic long-range poking device that is particularly strong in high-level ranked matches when it comes to upgrading your EVO Shields from a distance.

Shotguns - Apex Legends weapon stats

Name Ammo Damage DPS RPM Mag Size Reload
EVA-8 Shotgun 99/63/63 126 120 8 2.75s/3.0s
Peacekeeper Shotgun 129/99/99 96 58 5 2.5s/3.5s
Mastiff Unique 140/112/112 134.4 72 4 1.03s/1.7s
Mozambique Shotgun 69/45/45 135 180 6 2.1s/2.6s

The best Shotgun in Season 13 of Apex Legends is the Mastiff thanks to its tremendous damage potential and large bullets. But if you're looking for something that doesn't require you to open up a Care Package, the Peacekeeper isn't far behind the Mastiff's power. Both are more than capable of winning challenging close-quarters engagements, particularly if you find some hard cover to dance around.

I'd also like to give a shout-out to the Mozambique, which has gone from strength to strength over the seasons and is now able to hold its own quite often against the larger Shotguns.

Pistols - Apex Legends weapon stats

Name Ammo Damage DPS RPM Mag Size Reload
P2020 Light 27/18/16 126 420 14/16/18/21 1.25s/1.25s
RE-45 Light 18/12/11 150 750 16/19/22/25 1.5s/1.95s
Wingman Heavy 97/45/41 117 156 6/7/8/9 2.1s/2.1s

The best Pistol in Apex Legends is the Wingman, as it more or less always has been. This punchy hand cannon deals very high damage per shot. It's extremely ammo-efficient. And it doesn't require attachments to be great.

Apex Legends weapons - frequently asked questions

Weapons and bullets in Apex Legends work a little differently from other battle royale games such as Warzone and Fortnite. I know lots of new players are going to be asking the below questions, so I'll just go through them quickly now:

  • Are any of the guns hitscan? - Just the Charge Rifle beam. All other projectiles have travel time.
  • Is there bullet drop? - Yes. The amount of drop is based on the bullet speed of each weapon. Energy weapons have the lowest drop, Light weapons (and the Bocek Bow) the highest.
  • Is there damage drop-off? - Just the Charge Rifle beam. However, there is a different max headshot range for each weapon, beyond which a headshot will no longer deal bonus headshot damage.
  • Does each gun have a predictable spray pattern? - Yes. Spend time learning the spray patterns of each gun in the Firing Range, it'll seriously help you in fights.
  • Is there aim drift? - Yes. There's a brief moment of stillness when first ADSing, after which you'll start to drift. Equipping Stock attachments minimizes aim drift. For more info, check out our Apex Legends attachments page.
  • Do different guns affect movement speed? - Yes, but only while ADSing. Without ADSing your gun has no bearing on your run speed. But when ADSing, your movement will be reduced based on the class of gun you're holding.
  • Does taking damage slow you down? - Yes. Taking damage from any weapon (not just a Heavy Rounds weapon, which many players seem to believe is the case) will cause a brief slowdown. But Legends with the "Fortified" Passive (Gibraltar and Caustic) are immune to this slowdown.

That wraps up our guide to the best weapons in Apex Legends as of Season 13. Now why not round off this knowledge by perusing our guide to the different Apex Legends characters on offer?


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Ollie is known round these parts for having just about the deepest voice in existence. Some say he used to be pretty darn good at Rocket League, but he has since sacrificed that accolade in order to become passably decent at Apex Legends. His favourite pastimes include playing piano covers of his favourite game soundtracks, and burying his face in the warm fur of his two cats.

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