While Apex Legends is full of crazy characters with unique abilities that can change matches in an instant, the core of the game is still a first-person shooter, and controlling your recoil is massively important in becoming Apex Champion.
With characters like Wraith zooming in and out of portals and Caustic dropping gas traps to poison his opponents, it’s easy to forget how important the weapon in your hands is, as it’s the main way you’ll find eliminations on World’s End as you hunt for those elusive battle royale victories.
As with almost every FPS, each gun comes with it’s own unique spray pattern, as the recoil when the weapon fires alters your aim. Being able to master these patterns can be the difference between a good player and a great player, and for those who are unsure of how they work, Reddit user ShamsTAZ has created a handy guide image that shows the spray of each gun when fired in the game.
While for some guns in the game recoil is fairly straightforward, there are a few weapons that have crazy recoil, veering off in random directions which make them difficult to control, and unpredictable in the heat of battle.
The Havoc assault rifle and Alternator SMG both have simple patterns, with the gun pulling up into the air, but not drastically moving sideways to knock your crosshairs off an opponent. The same can’t be said for guns like the Spitfire or the Flatline, though, which appear to go crazy the moment they are fired, spraying wildly from side to side while still pushing the crosshairs towards the sky, away from the opponent.
To help understand the path the weapon takes, the starting point has been marked in green, so you can see where the bullets first landed before being affected by recoil.
Of course, the purpose behind recoil in games is to make it harder for players to hit their shots, rewarding those who can control it against enemies who cannot, but having a rough idea of where the weapon is headed once you start to fire can make a huge difference to your gameplay.
Landing more bullets than your opponent early in an Apex Legends gunfight is make-or-break, as whiffing your shots leaves you open to elimination, especially if they have better control over their weapon.
With so many guns available in the game, it’s likely impossible to perfect your aim with every one of them, but some basic knowledge can give you a massive advantage if you’re able to put it into practice.