Season 9 of Apex Legends is underway. With the new season of the game comes a new weapon, the Bocek Compound Bow, and changes to some of the pre-existing guns. With so many weapons to choose from, selecting the correct one can prove a challenge. Here are some of the best guns to pick up on the battlefield. These selections are in no particular order.
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1. Bocek Compound Bow
The newest weapon added to the game, the Bocek Compound Bow makes a strong first impression. This weapon hits hard. A fully charged headshot inflicts 123 damage, while a body shot can do up to 70. The damage alone makes this a formidable weapon. If you include the extremely fast bullet travel time, lack of a loud noise when shooting, and fast rate of fire, the bow becomes unquestionably one of the best weapons in Season 9.
This has lead many people, including pro player ImperialHal, to call the bow OP. Even though it probably needs balancing in the near future by the developers, until then, the bow will continue to be one of the most feared weapons in the game.
Introduced at the beginning of Season 6, the Volt became a meta weapon straight away. In many respects, the Volt is a hybrid between an AR and a SMG. It has the strafe speed and damage output of an R-99 along with the versatility of an R-301. On top of that, hip firing this weapon is very accurate. Its iron sights are some of the best in the game as well. From medium to close range, it’s hard to find a gun that can match the Volt.
3. R-301 Carbine
One of the original guns from when the game released in early 2019, the R-301 is an all-around solid choice in a fight. The game’s meta has shifted many times over the past 2 years, but this gun has managed to stay viable throughout the entirety of the game’s life. Despite receiving a slight nerf to headshot damage with the start of Season 9 (Respawn reduced headshot multipliers for ARs from 2.0 to 1.75), the gun still excels in almost any situation.
The easy recoil pattern plays a big part in this weapon’s effectiveness. Those that take the time to master its recoil can turn this weapon into a laser beam. This gun supports the Anvil Receiver hop-up, however, it’s usually better to keep this gun in automatic fire mode due to its easy recoil control.
4. Care Package Weapons
The Triple Take, Kraber, and Prowler, can only be found in Care Packages. (The Triple Take was ground loot last season.) There’s a reason why they are all in the Care Package. Each of these guns offers users plenty in the way of damage output. While you can’t pick up any additional ammo for these guns through ground loot, ammo for these guns doesn’t take up inventory spots in your backpack. This frees you up to hold extra heals, ammo for another weapon, grenades, or Ultimate Accelerants in your inventory. Any of these guns are excellent choices for a fight.
Kraber .50-Cal Sniper
The thunderous crack made when you fire this weapon is enough to send your opponents scrambling for cover. The Kraber knocks any Legend with a single headshot. A body shot can hit for a maximum of 145 damage. If you see this sniper in a Care Package, it’s probably a good idea to pick it up. Even if you don’t particular want to use it, someone else will probably take it and use it against you.
Recently added to the Care Package at the beginning of Season 9, the Triple Take was one of the best guns last season. Since its removal from ground loot, the gun is even better now. Firing 3 projectiles at once, the Triple Take doesn’t take the same level of precision to lands shots as some of the snipers in the game, such as the Sentinel.
The weapon has a choke feature similar to the Peacekeeper that narrows the spread of the 3 projectiles. Shooting after narrowing the spread of these projectiles allows this weapon to hit for a surprisingly high amount of damage. A headshot inflicts 138 damage. Now a part of the Marksman category, this gun is effective at almost any range. Hip firing this weapon at close range turns it into a quasi-shotgun.
Prowler Burst PDW
The Prowler is another SMG on this list that can shred an enemies’ shields in a flash. It has 2 different firing modes: 5-round burst and automatic. While many players like using this weapon in full auto, professional players such as Snip3down have proven that this gun shines in burst mode.
When used in burst mode, this weapon has higher DPS than both of its SMG cousins, the Volt and R-99. In addition to its outstanding damage output, the gun’s ammo doesn’t take up inventory slots. This is especially nice for an SMG, considering that they typically consume a lot of ammo during fights due to their fast rates of fire. As professionals like Snip3down have shown, this weapon has the ability to knock enemies insanely fast.
The Peacekeeper has gone through some changes over the seasons of the game. It started as ground loot and then made its way into the Care Package during Season 5. Now with Season 9, the Peacekeeper has come full circle and has returned to be a ground loot weapon. Despite not being as powerful as it was during its stay in the Care Package, this shotgun still has a lot of potential in a firefight.
The precision choke is auto equipped to the gun, meaning aiming down sights narrows the bullet spread and allows for more precision at longer ranges. Finding a purple bolt increases the combat effectiveness of this weapon, allowing you to fire at a faster rate.
6. M600 Spitfire
According to the patch notes for Season 9, the Spitfire received a nerf. While the level of recoil has increased when first firing the weapon, this change seems minimal. Many reasons for using this weapon still exist. Boasting the largest magazine in the game (55 bullets for purple/gold mags), this weapon can shoot for days without having to reload. Give the LMG loving Rampart this gun, and it has even more ammo per magazine due to her Passive, Modded Loader.
While the weapon’s slower rate of fire slightly lowers it’s potential DPS, it also makes this gun easier to use. From spraying down choke areas to its solid hip fire accuracy, the Spitfire still manages to be one of the best weapons in Season 9.
7. R-99 SMG
The R-99 has one of the fastest rates of fire in the game. This high rate of fire delivers a very impressive DPS. However, this comes at a cost: your ammo. Blink once and its gone. Equipping an extended magazine significantly improves the effectiveness of this weapon. Despite having a substantial amount of kick when firing, the recoil pattern on this weapon is quite predictable. It mostly moves your reticle upwards.
Spending some time in the firing range practicing recoil control for this gun will make it a viable choice in game. While this SMG demands that you have decent aim, few feelings can compare to one clipping an enemy with this gun.
8. EVA-8 Shotgun
The EVA-8 has seen an increase in popularity since the nerf of the Mastiff last season. While it does have competition with the Peacekeeper, this shotgun still has great close range potential. As an automatic shotgun, this weapon has the potential to drop an enemy in mere seconds. It does inflict less damage per shot compared to the Peacekeeper, meaning you will have to land more shots in roughly the same amount of time to land a knock.
9. Charge Rifle
The Charge Rifle has a specific job: sniping opponents from extreme distances. If used for its intended purpose, this gun is extremely effective. One of the benefits of this gun is that it is hitscan (lacks any bullet drop or travel time). However, there’s damage drop the further you are from your target. As long as you can trace your opponents path, this gun can be a menace at long ranges.
10. VK-47 Flatline
The Flatline packs a punch. With an impressive DPS, this gun can mow enemies down at medium to close range. The hip fire on this weapon is great as well. It has surprising utility if you manage to find an Anvil Receiver. Firing in single shot mode along with using a 3xHCOG or 2x4 Variable Scope makes the otherwise unwieldy recoil of this AR much more manageable at longer ranges. This versatility makes the Flatline a great choice for a number of different situations
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