In Apex Legends, your choice of loadout should be a constant thought in your head throughout a match. The right or wrong set of weapons for your situation will almost always decide the outcome of a fight.
In the below Apex Legends best loadout guide, I've outlined a handful of top-tier weapon combos that you could feel comfortable taking into the final battle. Watch out for these guns, and also be aware of others using these powerful loadouts against you.
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- Best Apex Legends loadout
- Hemlok & R-99
- R-301 Carbine & Wingman
- Sentinel & Spitfire
- Flatline & Mozambique
- 30-30 Repeater & Volt
- Wingman & R-99
- How to make your own Apex Legends loadout
Best Apex Legends loadout
Below we'll take a look at some contenders for the best Apex Legends loadout out there for Season 8. Everyone has different tastes, and gets along better with different guns, so if you don't like the sound of one loadout, try out another!
Hemlok & R-99
The Hemlok is my favourite weapon in Apex Legends. It is unbelievable how quickly you can down enemies with the three-shot burst, and with a good Barrel Stabilizer and a 3x Optic there's no Assault Rifle deadlier over longer ranges.
Pair this with the R-99, which has always been an extremely strong close-quarters weapon, and you've got a near-perfect loadout. The only downsides are that you'll need a lot of your inventory slots on ammo, and a fair few attachments you'll need to farm from those you kill.
R-301 Carbine & Wingman
The R-301 Carbine is an incredibly reliable Light Assault Rifle. The fast rate of fire allows you to shred away the health of enemies over pretty much any range, and the Wingman is there both for poking at enemies long-range to initiate the fight, and to end the fight at close quarters.
This weapon combo works great together because the Carbine is ammo-hungry but the Wingman is incredibly ammo-efficient. You'll only ever need a stack of Heavy Rounds with the Wingman for the entire match.
Sentinel & Spitfire
The Sentinel is the closest normal loot weapon to the Kraber. Particularly when charged with Shield Cells, this thing hurts. You can put an opponent on the backfoot with the first shot fired. The same is also true of the Triple Take, so if you prefer that then go ahead!
And what better weapon to pair it with than the Spitfire, which has some of the most impressive DPS stats in the game? You'll have plenty of room for Heavy Ammo because the Sentinel requires such little ammo. This is a particularly strong weapon combo for Ramparts, because they can amp Sentinel shots through their barriers, and enjoy higher magazine capacities on their LMGs.
Flatline & Mozambique
Look, I know what you're going to say. The Mozambique is rubbish, yadda yadda. Well I disagree. Even without Hammerpoint Rounds is a startlingly strong and accurate weapon, but with Hammerpoints it becomes my favourite Shotgun (minus the Peacekeeper). But if you disagree, that's fine! Just take the Mastiff instead.
Whatever you take, pair it up with the Flatline. This magnificent Assault Rifle requires no Barrel Stabilizer and packs one hell of a punch over mid-range. And with the return of the Anvil Receiver Hop-Up, the Flatline's single-shot can be given the damage of a sniper rifle, making it perfect for poking.
30-30 Repeater & Volt
The 30-30 Repeater is the new kid on the block in Apex Legends, and while I don't think it's quite top-tier, it feels pretty great to use and it is a phenomenal poking weapon. It's also very ammo-efficient just like a Wingman.
The idea with this loadout is to deal as much damage in a short space of time as possible with the 30-30, and then close the distance and finish them off with the Volt, which even after its Season 8 nerf is a very powerful and reliable SMG, right up there with the R-99.
Wingman & R-99
I love equipping my Wingman with a 2x and a Skullpiercer, and using it primarily for long-range snipes. Again, it's wonderfully ammo efficient, giving you lots of space for the Light Rounds you need to feed the R-99.
How to make your own Apex Legends loadout
Rules are made to be broken, but if you're just starting out in Apex Legends it's probably best to abide by the below golden rules when forging your own weapon combos and loadouts:
- At least one full-auto weapon. In general, full-auto weapons win out. There's a reason for the dominance of SMGs (and, to a lesser extent, Assault Rifles) in Apex at the moment.
- At least one close-range option. Apex Legends is a fast-paced, mobility-oriented game, and as such most fights tend to be close-quarters. You can do without a long-range weapon if you like, but you really can't do without a close-range option. Shotguns and SMGs are your best choice here.
- Preferably a combo that covers all ranges. Again, you can do without a sniper rifle if need be, but if you stick purely to close range or medium range weapons (if, for example, you pick two shotguns, or a Scout and a Flatline) then you may run into trouble against certain enemy teams with loadouts more suited to the encounter. Certain guns, such as the Wingman or the Triple Take, are effective at pretty much any range, so they're a good option when it comes to this rule.
- Beware of ammo requirements. Your inventory size is limited, and certain guns eat up ammo incredibly quickly. If you have one such weapon (an LMG or SMG), then it might be a good idea to make your other weapon a low-ammo-requirement gun such as a Wingman, a 30-30 Repeater, a Sniper, or a Shotgun, to make space for the ammo you need for your other weapon.
Those are the main candidates for the best loadout in Apex Legends for Season 8. If you're looking for a greater depth of knowledge of each of these weapons, you'd best check out our Apex Legends weapon stats guide.