Apex Legends

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.

Apex Legends

What is code:truck error in Apex Legends & how to fix it? Latest from EA

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:06

by Tanner Pierce


After Apex Legends received its Holo-Day Bash update, many fans are reporting a brand new code:truck error that’s preventing them from entering the game. Here’s what you need to know about the odd server issue that everyone seems to be getting.

Earlier today, the Holo-Day Bash update went live for Apex Legends, which added in a slew of new content, including some skins and a brand new LTM.

Unbeknownst to players, it seems to have added something else to the game that’s causing a lot of people headaches as they try to log-in.

The Apex community is now reporting a new error code:truck when they attempt to log-in, which is causing some major issues and seems to be caused by the Holo-Day Bash update, although this part is a bit unclear. Here’s what you need to know about the error and if there’s anything that can be done to solve it.

What is the code:truck error in Apex Legends

According to the error messages seen by players, either the game itself or the player is “out of sync with the server.” What that actually means is anyone’s guess.

What we do know about code:truck is that it’s preventing people from logging into the game. It’s affecting a large number of people on all platforms, although the exact extent of this is unclear as of the time of this writing.

Hopefully more information will be available soon.

What can be done to fix the code:truck error?

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a surefire fix for the error. As of 7:10 EST on December 1, 2020, Electronic Arts and Respawn haven’t released a fix for the bug. That being said, they did comment on the error, saying they are looking into the problem.

Beyond that, however, we have no update as to what’s causing this error for some players, how extensive is the problem, and, most importantly, what the fix is for it.

Over on Reddit, some players are reporting on a few different fixes but none of the them are confirmed. One player reported that they were able to workaround the issue by changing the date and time on their PS4 and few others confirmed its success.

Hopefully a fix becomes available in the near future to avoid it spreading to other people, which would result in the amount of players logging into Apex Legends to plummet.