All weapon buffs & nerfs in Apex Legends Season 20: R-99, 30-30, EVA-8, more

Sourav Banik
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Apex Legends Season 20 is here and the new update includes buffs and nerfs for many popular weapons, including fan-favorite ARs and SMGs.

Some of the most notable weapons nerfed in Apex Legends Season 20 include 30-30, Hemlok, L-Star, Prowler, and R-99. While other weapons like EVA-8 and R-301 are getting some love.

SMGs across the board are also being tweaked to make them more balanced while a handful of weapon attachments are nerfed – either in the form of reduced spawn rates, multipliers, or being less compatible.

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Here are all weapon buffs and nerfs in Apex Legends Season 20, Breakout.

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Apex Legends Season 20 nerfs R-99 SMG.

All weapon buffs and nerfs in Apex Legends Season 20

In Apex Season 20, the base damage output of the 30-30 has been reduced to 39 from 42 along with its magazine for different tiers. R-99 has an increased vertical and horizontal recoil while ADS, and Hemlok’s damage is reduced to 20 from 21 along with an increased hipfire spread.

EVA-8 from Care Package deals lower damage now (from 7 to 6) but its fire rate is increased from 2.4 to 3 and when paired with Hammer Points, it inflicts 20% more damage against flesh. R-301 is buffed with a reduced hipfire spread now, making it easier to control during close-range combat.

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Digital Threats can no longer be equipped to SMGs and their spawn rates are reduced by 20%. Multipliers of Laser Sights across different spread ranges are also reduced.

Here are all the buffs and nerfs of weapons and attachments in Apex Legends Season 20:

Weapons and Attachments


  • Base damage reduced to 39 (was 42)
  • Ammo capacity
    • Base capacity unchanged (6)
    • White Magazine reduced to 7 (was 8)
    • Blue Magazine reduced to 8 (was 10)
    • Purple & Gold Magazine reduced to 10 (was 12)
  • Skullpiercer headshot multiplier reduced to 2.0 (was 2.1)
  • Dual Loader removed as an integrated Hop-Up, now only loads 1 shell per reload
  • Marksman Stock reload speed bonus normalized to match other sniper weapons
  • Reloading 3 shells in a row now increases reload speed by 20% for the remainder of the reload

EVA-8 (Care Package)

  • Damage reduced to 6 (was 7)
  • Fire rate increased to 3 (was 2.4)
  • Recoil reduced to better match the much faster fire rate
  • Hammer Points: 20% damage increase against flesh (+1 damage)
  • Gold Shotgun Bolt: shells reloaded on slide increased to 2 (was 1)
    • Note: this change only affects the Care Package EVA-8


  • Damage reduced to 20 (was 21)
  • Hipfire spread increased
  • Spread delay increased to 0.28 (was 0.21)


  • Can no longer equip Barrel Attachments

Prowler (Floor)

  • Reverted to non-Care Package version
    • Damage decreased to 15 (was 16)
    • Select Fire Hop-Up removed
  • Burst delay increased to 0.28 (was 0.24)
  • Spread delay increased to 0.28 (was 0.15)


  • ADS vertical and horizontal recoil increased


  • Hipfire spread reduced

SMG Ballistics

  • Projectile gravity increased across all SMGs
  • Projectile launch speed reduced across most SMGs (Prowler unchanged)

1x Digital Threat

  • Can no longer be equipped to SMGs
  • Spawn rates reduced by 20%

Laser Sights

  • Spread multipliers reduced
    • White Laser Sight adjusted to x0.9 (was x0.8)
    • Blue Laser Sight adjusted to x0.8 (was x0.6)
    • Purple Laser Sight adjusted to x0.7 (was x0.4)

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About The Author

Sourav is a Games Writer at Dexerto, specializing in writing tips and guides for a number of games, including Baldur's Gate 3, Diablo 4, Hogwarts Legacy, Palworld, The Finals, XDefiant, and occasionally Tech. He is also passionate about esports, following games such as Valorant, Rainbow Six Siege, and Apex Legends. He previously wrote for Sportskeeda. Contact Sourav at