As in any battle royale game, a big part of the experience of Apex Legends is searching for weapons to defend yourself against the many squads you’re competing with to survive. The early part of a game is all about finding weapons quickly; later, if you survive, you can try to find more effective guns that will make you deadlier as you work toward being the last team standing. Throughout any match, you’re constantly asking yourself if the gun you’ve found is better than the gun you’re carrying.
We’ve spent quite a bit of time with Apex Legends at this point, and we’ve definitely determined that some guns are better than others. Many are good in a pinch, some are great in specific roles, and a few are worth ditching whatever you’re carrying whenever you find them. What guns you’re carrying can make or break a battle, and having a good spread of fire options among your squad can make you versatile in a lot of different situations. Choosing the right guns is a big part of your strategy in Apex Legends.
Here’s a rundown of what guns you should grab as you’re working to survive in Apex Legends, and the situations they’re great in. Remember too that the right attachments can completely change a weapon’s effectiveness and how it handles, so make sure you’re keeping an eye out for extended magazines, stocks, optics, and everything else you can get to improve your favorites. You’ll also want to check out our rundown of things the game doesn’t teach you, learn about how monetization works in the game, and read our full Apex Legends review.