Apex Legends Season 10 Emergence just dropped, so it’s time once again to take stock of the gun meta and put them into a nice orderly tier list! There are 27 weapons in total in Apex Legends, which are spread across six different types of ammunition. Our rankings are based on the potential deadliness of each weapon, as well as its overall versatility for taking on various situations on the way to becoming the kill leader and eventual Champion.
Without further adieu, we present the Inven Global Apex Legends Season 10 weapon tier list.
The Flatline has been one of the most powerful guns in Apex for several seasons now. This rifle is the closest to a standard assault rifle as you can get in this game. It has relatively high recoil, but once you learn how to control it you will be surprised at the distances you can down enemies at.
The biggest downside to the flatline is that it is out DPSed by some other heavy ammo weapons, including both the Hemlock Burst AR and the M600 Spitfire. But what it loses in raw damage, it more than makes up for with long-range accuracy and rate of fire.
The M600 Spitfire was the very top of the meta for a minute back in Apex Legends season 8. This weapon’s biggest advantage is its high damage model. If you can hit your shots, this gun will kill just about as fast as anything else in the game. Now in season 10 Emergence, the M600 Spitfire’s pre Season 9 nerf version will be included in the care package, so you can expect this difficult-to-find weapon to absolutely dominate the battlefield (and my nightmares).
The R-301 is one of the most popular rifles in Apex Legends, in part because it is a great balance between easy to control and high damage. While it won’t be quite as good at longer-range as something like the Flatline, it can hold its own at close range and medium range with no issues. If you are looking for a fun rifle that can just tear through your enemy, the R-301 Carbine might be a good weapon to run with.
Kraber .50 CAL sniper rifle
It can be hard to get your hands on a Kraber, given that it is only available in a care package, but if you are lucky enough to stumble on this rifle it’s one of the best guns in the game. It is a bolt-action rifle capable of downing enemies in a single headshot, regardless of range. With so many long-range encounters in Apex Legends, a strong sniper like the Kraber by your side is an invaluable resource.
The only downside to the Kraber is that the ammo is hard to come by, so make your shots with this very powerful rifle count.
The Alternator was formerly a common piece of ground loot that absolutely dominated the early game of Apex Legends. For Season 10, it has been moved to the care package. This SMG has a relatively small magazine but makes up for that with raw up-close stopping power. If you find yourself with an opportunity to grab this weapon from the care package, it is worth trying out.
Prowler Burst PDW
The Prowler Burst PDW is a submachine gun that could formerly only be acquired via care packages, but will now be ground loot in Season 10. While I typically shy away from burst weapons, this one is special. The recovery time between bursts went up slightly this season, so it's not quite as strong as it was, but it's able to fire from the hip with incredible accuracy. When you are in a final zone situation and need a gun to rely on, the Prowler Burst PDW is one of the best picks.
The L-star is an energy ammo EMG that doesn’t have to reload. It deals decent damage and can be situationally useful, but its long charge-up time makes it a frustrating weapon to use in impromptu encounters, or against mobile enemies. It also has a difficult-to-master recoil pattern that makes it even more annoying to use. If you do master that recoil pattern you might find some use out of this gun, but generally, I would say skip it.
Eva-8 Auto Shotgun
The Eva-8 Auto Shotgun is the best shotgun in the game. This fully automatic shotgun features a DPS of 132, which is significantly more than the next best shotgun. This is also a pretty common shotgun to find on the ground, so you might find yourself picking it up often in the early game. While it isn’t necessarily something you will want to keep to the end, it is a very usable shotgun that is capable of pulling out CQB firefights with no issues.
The Wingman pistol is more powerful than you would expect a pistol to be. Since the first season of Apex Legends, this pistol has been a viable option for taking fights at a variety of ranges. Season 10 is no exception, as the Wingman pistol remains a very strong weapon pick up in Apex, with some players even taking the pistol to the very end of the match.
The biggest downside to the Wingman is its relatively limited magazine size of 6, but its 97 damage headshots are the limitation. Additionally, the hop up for this season called Boosted Loader will give the Wingman extra bullets, making it an even better weapon.
The new Rampage LMG is still finding its place in the meta. While I can't quite call it S-Tier, yet, for now, I think we can confidently place it in the A-Tier at the very least. This gun dominates at longer ranges and feels really powerful to use. The biggest downside to the Rampage is that it does struggle in closer ranges, so be aware of that and bring a second weapon that can address that shortcoming.
R-99 Light SMG
The R-99 is another strong weapon in Season 10. While it has seen its fair share of nerfs, this gun is an absolute monster in short-range. With only 20 bullets in the magazine, however, you are going to want to make every shot count when you can. This weapon definitely favors the bold and the accurate and it makes for a very strong early game weapon where everyone is running around on limited shields.
The Sentinel is arguably the best sniper rifle that can be found on the ground in Apex Legends season 10. This gun boasts a power 140 damage headshot that, admittedly, pales in comparison to the 435 damage headshots put out by the Kraber .50-Cal, but is still quite respectable. Don’t expect to one-shot anyone with the Sentinel, but it’s one of the best bolt-action snipers that you can use in Apex Legends season 10.
Volt energy SMG
The Volt is the only energy weapon in Apex Legends that I am genuinely excited to use. It has a very easy-to-control recoil pattern, so it ends up working as a laser. Within its optimal range, I am not certain any other SMG is better than the Volt. Just keep in mind, it loses effectiveness quickly at longer ranges.
Bocek Compound Bow
Speaking of snipers, the Bocek Compound Bow is its own kind of sniper. This marksman weapon uses arrows that are scattered on the ground, and it is capable of up to 105 damage per headshot if you are accurate. It doesn’t have the fastest time to kill and features a slow but steady rate of fire. The Bocek Compound Bow is a surprisingly effective pick in Season 10.
The Triple Take is a like it or hate it kind of gun. Some highly skilled players swear by it, and put it above all the other snipers. Cynics like me, however, are not such big fans. The Triple Take uses energy ammo and deals 69 damage to the body and 138 damage to the head. This is a capable weapon, and it is objectively good when in the right hands, but it's not a definitive favorite.
Perhaps Apex Legends most unique weapon, the Peacekeeper works as a shotgun from the hip, but when you aim-down-sites and charge the bullets it turns into a more accurate projectile weapon. It is a unique proposition for a weapon, but this jack of all trades isn’t the most reliable gun either. With only 5 bullets in its magazine, and a relatively inconsistent performance at all ranges, this is an okay pick-up, but I wouldn’t call it a top-tier gun.
The G7 Scout is a light ammo marksmen weapon that is decent at middle and long ranges. Dealing only 34 damage to the body and 60 damage to the head, you are going to need to land a significant number of bullets to down a target. Luckily, it has a relatively high fire rate that helps make up for its lackluster damage stats. If you need a ranged weapon and can’t find something better, the scout will do in a pinch.
The 30-30 repeater is kind of in the same boat as the G7 scout. It has a relatively low damage model but a respectable fire rate that can make it situationally useful. I personally use this gun because it’s just so damn fun to run around with. If you can handle its tiny 6-round magazine size, this gun can do some serious work in Apex Legends season 10.
I know the Hemlock has a relatively high damage model, but its forced burst mode ruins it. While the Hemlock has a demographic of players who love running around with heavy ammo burst rifles, most players would be better off picking up a Spitfire or a Flatline instead. All that being said, if the Hemlock is the only rifle you have access to, it’s still perfectly usable if you play around with its slow fire rate.
Devotion Energy LMG
The devotion speeds up its fire rate the longer you fire it. This mechanic is kind of cool and even fun to use sometimes. While this LMG is not my favorite weapon, if I need a medium-range weapon and can’t find a non-energy option, the Devotion LMG is plenty capable. This isn’t my top choice, but its not a bad one either.
There was a time when the Havoc wreaked havoc in Apex Legends, but that time was many seasons ago. Today’s Havoc has the same issues with charge up and handling as the L-Star EMG and is outclassed by most other close-range weapons. If you are planning to use close-range energy weapon, the Volt is a much better bang for your buck. That said, the Havoc is not all bad and can get work done if you know what you are doing.
The Mastiff shotgun is not the worst shotgun in the game, but its also not the best. I think both the Peacekeeper and the EVA-8 Auto remain better options, leaving the Mastiff slumming it down in C-Tier until it receives a sizable buff.
The Charge Rifle has seen multiple nerfs over its lifetime, leaving it as a bit of a C-tier mess in Apex Legends season 10. It’s debatably the worst sniper rifle in the game right now, other than maybe the Longbow DMR, and it should be avoided when possible.
Speaking of bad sniper rifles, let’s talk about the Longbow DMR, and about how it’s a bad sniper rifle. I’ll admit to being biased against this weapon, since I have never figured out how to make it work for me, but even the stats back me up on this ranking. The Longbow DMR has a low DPS potential and low headshot damage for a sniper rifle. The only thing it has going for it is its fire rate, but if that is what you are looking for then it’s better to run the flatline. I don’t see much of a reason to use the Longbow unless you just can’t find another rifle.
You can argue whether the RE-45 belongs in Tier-C or Tier-D, but we know that it is a low tier gun. This machine pistol is another gun that you pick up as your first weapon, then throw away at the first opportunity. It’s a waste of precious ammo trying to actually get a kill with this gun in anything but the closest of ranges. Use it if you have to, but don’t keep this gun around.
It’s better than not having a gun, and its better than having a P2020, but neither of those things is saying much. This shotgun is useless outside of anything but the closest range fights, just like the RE-45. If a Flatline were held to my head and I had to choose, I think I would take the Mozambique over the P2020 and the RE-45. I would rather not choose it at all.
It’s bad, okay? It’s the token “normalish pistol” in the game and it’s only here to make the other guns look more powerful. Even when I have nothing, I hesitate to pick up this gun.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.