The easiest way to get better at Apex Legends is to understand the difference between weapons and how to use them to your advantage.
Apex Legends does not include any type of rank play. You have no idea how good your opponents are when a game starts. While the game immediately had ton of downloads, with many players having experience since day 1, other players started playing it later and most feel behind.
If you are struggling to get wins and feel like your are not getting better or improving, its important to start with the basics. Proper aiming and killing opponents is where you need start, no matter of your skill set. IQ and experience will come in time, but if you are not downing opponents, chances are you are not winning games.
Getting better at Apex Legends does not mean a player needs to spend hours using aiming simulators to improve. Understanding the spray pattern for your gun is the way to get your kills up to help push you deeper into matches. Here is a brief look at the 3 major Apex Legends gun classes, spray and recoil patterns:
- ALTERNATOR: Twin barrel auto SMG with bullet recoil pattern running to the right. When shooting opponent up close aim to left side of neck area. As clip unloads, gun spray will move up towards middle of face and head area.
- PROWLER: 5 round burst SMG with bullet recoil pattern running almost perfectly vertical. Aim weapon to center of target as the gun has minimal recoil. The last 8 bullets from your clip hardly have any recoil.
- R-99: Rapid Fire Auto SMG with bullet recoil pattern resembling letter “S”. Low recoil, extremely rapid fire rate with high damage. Aiming upper middle chest will guarantee end of clip is hitting head area.
- Flatline: Full Auto AR, with bullet recoil pattern running slightly to the left, holding, then running up left near end of clip. Excellent accuracy with low damage. Aim first bullet to head area as mid clip will remain on target for 9 bullets before jumping up to the left.
- Hemlok: 3 round burst AR, with bullet recoil pattern running straight vertical before slight move to left for remaining magazine. Extremely accurate if you are comfortable with a burst riffle. Aiming anywhere shoulders up will deal immense damage as the Havoc contains almost no spray or recoil.
- Havoc: Full auto energy AR, with bullet recoil pattern running heavy vertical, with slight zig zag as recoil pattern never pauses throughout whole magazine. Aim this weapon to the middle of the torso and hold there as its recoil will run heavy vertical. Havoc is best used as secondary weapon or on opponents that are not full health.
- R-301: Full auto AR, with bullet recoil pattern running slight right. Aim this weapon neck up as it produces low body damage. Excellent recoil for a high fire rate. However to maximize its damage, headshots must be dealt midway through clip. Aim slight left as spray will move right before settling in as magazine empties.
- Devotion: Full auto energy LMG, with bullet pattern running a sharp cut near the end of it’s magazine. The Devotion is the weaker of both LMGs. Aiming upper middle torso, while trying to hold recoil from jumping is a players best chance. There is no need to aim for head with LMGs as bullets will be wasted.
- Spitfire: Full Auto LMG, with bullet pattern that rises left, then holds center mid clip, before ending with zigzag. The Spitfire has a stock magazine of 35 bullets and its recoil is very fair for an LMG. A player can start his aim at the center of an opponents torso and let the recoil ride as it will move its way up for head damage.
Improving At Apex Legends
For beginners or players who feel they are not improving, understanding the core elements of each weapon is important. Where to aim for each weapon is the first step on dominating a 1v1. SMG, LMG and ARs are the most important classes when it comes to understanding bullet spray and patterns. Learning a game’s weapons, a player will definitely take notice that they are improving at Apex Legends.