The variety of weapons in Apex Legends is particularly unique compared to other battle royales for a few reasons. There is a hierarchy for which weapons players should be after, and which ones they should leave aside, but in reality, Respawn has balanced a lot of these weapons well enough so that each is a viable option.
As we take a look through the Season 8 weapon tier list, we're going to ignore the attachments for weapons and their effects. To get a more accurate representation of the tier list, we have to take each weapon at face value from off the ground before any additional benefits are given.
Apex Legends Season 8 Weapon Tier List
These weapons, including the Heirloom weapons in the Care Packages, deal massive damage and they're extremely accurate. The Mastiff, Hemlock, and Volt all have little recoil and are easy to control sans attachments. If the Hemlock didn't have a three-round-burst mode, perhaps it would fall into A-Tier. These are the weapons players keep their eyes out for throughout the whole game because their stats are unmatched.
- R-301 Carbine
- Long Bow
- Triple Take
- 30-30 Repeater
Some of the weapons in A-Tier could be contenders for S-Tier, such as the R-99, R-301, and Devotion, but they've got small things that hold them back. Prior to receiving attachments, the R-99 and R-301 burn through magazines quickly. Slight inaccuracy often results in a down for the player using them. Without pre-firing the Devotion to compensate for its start-up time, it's likely you'll be outgunned before you can get more than a few bullets off.
While they deal high damage, the rest of the weapons in this tier have low fire rates that get outclassed by the weapons of S-Tier. Nonetheless, all A-Tier weapons remain great choices.
- Eva 8
- M600 Spitfire
- Charge Rifle
- G7 Scout
B-Tier weapons in Apex sort of have a weird place because they're all good choices, but they become a little harder to control and are situational. The RE-45, Alternator, and G7 Scout are stable light weapon choices. They're accurate, but either fire rate or damage output sees them outclassed by the A-Tier.
The Spitfire, L-Star, and Havoc all have great fire rates and damage output, but clunky iron sights and recoil patterns require a bit more control off the ground. Their hip fire capabilities may be A-Tier, but that's only part of the weapon usage and so they remain in B-Tier.
The Eva 8 shotgun is wildly inconsistent and it's hip-fire reticle does not represent where the weapon does damage. Testing it out in the firing range, we've found that roughly 10 to 12 percent on the left and right sides of the hip-fire reticle mislead where the pellets are fired. While the weapon does hit hard when it hits, we leave this weapon in B-Tier for deception causing inaccuracy,
This probably isn't a surprise. Until they receive attachments, the P2020 and Mozambique are pretty ok weapons. The Mozambique's additional shell made it a C-Tier weapon, eliminating the need for a D-Tier.
Although ok by themselves, they become an absolute threat once fully kitted. Until then, they remain at the bottom of the list in C-Tier.