Apex Legends' Weapon Changes in its New Season Will Take Some Getting Used to

Apex Legends' Weapon Changes in its New Season Will Take Some Getting Used to

It's "bye bye Turbocharger," and "hello new gun, new ammo, and more."

The fourth season of Apex Legends, "Assimilation," is now live, and even if you've been following all the twists and turns of Respawn's lead-up to the battle royale's latest update, you'll be thrown for a loop if you don't read the patch notes. In addition to adding a brand new sniper rifle, Season 4 brings a new type of ammo, takes a familiar hop-up away, and introduces a few reclassifications of guns.

The biggest change by far in the patch notes for Apex's new season affects all of its sniper rifles, including the newly added Sentinel. All regular sniper rifles now use specific sniper ammo pick-ups instead of the light, heavy, or energy ammo they used previously. While regular long-range players may find themselves scrounging for ammo more, Sentinel users will also want to pick up extra shield cells, which can be consumed by the rifle's alt-fire mode to charge up shots that do extra damage to shields.

As part of the sniper rifle overhaul, the G7 Scout has been reclassified as an assault rifle, meaning it can no longer use long-range sniper rifle scopes. The G7's rate of fire has also been nerfed in both standard fire mode and with the Double Tap hop-up attachment equipped. Plus, after a bug fix, the G7 is no longer the only gun in the game that was perfectly accurate in mid-air or on ziplines (sorry, Octane and Pathfinder mains).

The L-Star and Devotion have also been reclassified, switching places as Apex's regular energy ammo machine gun and as a Legendary rarity, crate-only weapon. Now, the Devotion comes stocked in crates with a 54 round magazine and the rapidfire Turbocharger functionality built-in, while the Turbocharger hop-up itself has been removed from the game (the Havoc assault rifle, accordingly, has been tweaked and only accepts the Select Fire hop-up).

A handful of other weapons have had their damage, rate-of-fire, and magazine sizes adjusted as well, and as is customary for Apex's new seasons, the fully-kitted Gold varieties of regular weapons have been rotated to include the Havoc, P2020, Sentinel, Prowler, and R-301.

The full patch notes list a few other tweaks and fixes (no more tossing Gibraltar's dome shield on Crypto's drone) as well as some cool quality of life features, like an option for automatically rotating through your favorite skins for a Legend between matches.

Armed with a better idea of how Apex's weapons work now, you should have a better chance of surviving encounters with the new character Revenant on Season 4's overhauled World's Edge map. If you're in need of some more Apex tips, our guides section may have just what you need.

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