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How to control Apex Legends shotguns using spread patterns

Published: 18/Jun/2020 13:16

by Calum Patterson


Shotguns may not always be your weapon of choice in Apex Legends, but having one in your back pocket can save you in a tight situation. Learning how to control them and use them best will be a life-saver.

Unlike SMGs, which are your other option for close-range fights, shotguns don’t have a recoil pattern, but instead a spread pattern.

One tap of the fire button will send out a number of pellets, depending on which shotgun you’ve got. The weakest, the Mozambique, fires three, while the Peacekeeper fires 11.

However, there is more to the puzzle than this. In addition to knowing the number of pellets and their spread, you may not have been aware that aiming down sights (ADS) actually drastically impacts some shotguns.

It’s very easy to see the shotgun spreads, simply by going into the firing range and testing them out.

Apex Legends shotgun spreads (Not ADS)

Shotgun spreads in Apex Legends in the firing range
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Some of the shotguns have a wide spread when firing from the hip

When aiming down sights though, two of the shotguns,  Mozambique and Mastiff, have much tighter spreads. In theory this means you will hit more of your pellets on the target, especially if they are more than a few meters away.

Apex Legends shotgun spreads (ADS)

Shotgun spreads when on target in Apex Legends firing range
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When aimed in, the Mastiff and Mozambique are a lot more effective.

The Mastiff’s spread is almost halved, and this effect would be exponential the further away your target is. Clearly, you’ll want to pretty much always ADS when using a Mastiff, and the Mozambique too (if you don’t immediately drop it!)

Meanwhile, the Peacekeeper and EVA-8 remain pretty similar regardless of hipfire or ADS, but this changes if equipped with a precision choke.

With the choke, aiming in will reduce the spread significantly, up to three levels, and can turn the peacekeeper into a sniper-like weapon.

This is why the Peacekeeper is still the shotgun of choice for most, as you won’t feel stuck at such a disadvantage even if the enemy is 10 meters away.

For other weapons, make sure to check out our recoil / spray pattern guide, to manage their predictive recoil.

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Respawn Senior Game Designer wants more “non-BR” modes in Apex Legends

Published: 28/Nov/2020 22:31

by Alan Bernal


Respawn Senior Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein is a big fan of Apex Legends’ non-BR modes, and would want the studio to experiment with a few more concepts after seeing how successful the Winter Express has been.

Admittedly, Klein isn’t a part of the game modes team at Respawn, but the senior developer gave his preference on which direction the battle royale could take from here. Previous modes like Hunt and the Winter Express tweaked Apex’s typical formula, giving players something different to get their hands on.

The team at Respawn has proven they can make modes that don’t feed into the normal BR format but still create products that resonate with their players. Klein would like to see more of this out of Apex in the following seasons, though has said there’s not much to reveal on that front as of yet.

“I really want us to try more non-BR things; I think Winter Express was a wonderful proof of concept that Apex can be super fun in non-BR modes,” he said on Reddit. “I think something Mario Party-like, like (League of Legends’) Nexus Blitz, would probably be a bit too much for a game like Apex, but there are LOTS of cool things we could do.”

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He isn’t wrong on that final point. Aside from being a solid battle royale in the bustling genre, Apex Legends has something unique that not many games can boast about: it’s incredible characters.

Respawn have injected a vast amount of lore and personality into their cast of 15 Legends, meaning they can produce nearly any mode they want without struggling with how it logistically fits into the game.

We kind of got a taste of that type of ingenuity with the Fight or Fright Collection Event, that showed Pathfinder teleporting into a night version of Kings Canyon which introduced the Shadowfall mode.

Now that there’s vehicles and loads of new gameplay mechanics in Season 7, non-BR modes like races, new PvE concepts, and more can be a frontrunner for possibilities to explore.

Like Klein said, there isn’t anything Respawn are ready to announce for Apex Legends as of yet, but players have loads of content to hold them over until they do.