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How to master the Hemlok in Apex Legends: Damage, recoil pattern, more

Published: 26/Aug/2020 12:41 Updated: 26/Aug/2020 12:58

by David Purcell

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Picking up the Hemlok AR in Apex Legends has never felt better than in Season 6, with buffs launching it right into the meta. Here, we run through some tips and tricks you can utilize to take advantage. 

Although you might be tempted to opt for the easy-as-pie R-301, the burst fire Hemlok can be one of the most deadly in the Apex Games, especially if it falls into the right hands.

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If you’re wondering about damage stats, spray patterns, and other things related to the Hemlok – we’ve got you covered. So, there’s a lot to run through, so let’s jump right into the guide and hopefully help you get better when using it.

Hemlok damage stats in Apex Legends

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Here’s the damage stats for both Burst (left) and Single Shot (right) Hemlok options.

Not every weapon you pick up in Apex Legends has the ability to switch from Burst to Single Shot, although the Hemlok is in that category. Regular players will know this already, but one thing that impacts is the damage stats for the gun. That explains why we have two sets of figures to work with, as seen in the table above – courtesy of the Apex Legends Gamepedia page.

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While the damage may be higher using bursts, the accuracy far increases with Single Shot. Keep that in mind when you’re jumping into games. The Burst does, however, have a shots to kill tally of around two to three if you land them in decent areas of the target. With just a few mags, you can wipe out an entire Trio if you play your cards right.

Against players with no shield, your opponent could be down in less than half a second with Burst fire. Equipped with a Level 3 or Level 4 shield, even then they could be down and out in just over a second.

Hemlok recoil pattern in Apex Legends

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The Hemlok won’t bounce around significantly like other weapons, simply lifting and coming back down in the same place in Burst mode.

One thing that places the Hemlok AR into the higher tier of Apex Legends weapons, as of Season 6, is the buffs it has received on its recoil pattern. If you thought you had to switch to Single Shot in previous seasons, think again. The accuracy of this weapon in short to medium distances is super impressive.

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Things can move fast when opponents are running all around you in Kings Canyon or World’s Edge, although if you take a moment to hit the trigger a few times with this gun you will see how the spray pattern works.

It moves up and down very quickly. Best way to approach it, for accuracy, is to fire, wait for the recoil to come back down and spray again. Be efficient with your rounds here and you might have the most deadly weapon around to work with.

As you might expect, Single Shot mode will increase accuracy even further and the recoil will be very little – if any. The setback here is that damage per hit is lower, so it’s a tradeoff.

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Apex Legends Hemlok: Ammo and best attachments

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Looking to improve your shooting game? Look no further.

As you might know already, the Hemlok takes Heavy Ammo in Apex Legends. If you see a load of it on the floor while looting, be sure to pick some up for the battle ahead. You wouldn’t want to run into another team and come up short because you’ve ran out of shots to take.

If you can knock out opponents in one or two hits, that’s great, though you’re going to need to extend the ammo capacity of your rifle.

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Without any attachments, your Hemlok has just 18 bullets per round, so expect to be reloading a great deal until you find an Extended Mag. When it has a Level 3 Extended Mag, that takes you right up to 30 bullets in each magazine.

With that amount of firepower, you have the potential to take out full teams of opponents with the current buffs in place. Keep that in mind.

Best attachments for the Hemlok

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Picking the right attachments up, from floor loot or loot bins, is the key to taking the Hemlok to the next level.

Heavy mag, as mentioned earlier, so that one goes without saying.

Some optics are preferred by players than others, but in terms of the best ones to grab for this weapon, you should look out for the 3x HCOG “Ranger” or 2x-4x Variable AOG. These come in Epic variants (purple).

A Legendary Barrel Stabilizer has to be the end goal as well, if you really want to get the show on the road. This decreases recoil even more, even if the Season 6 buffs have done part of the work for you in that respect.

With this Hop-Up attached, you’re looking at 20% recoil reduction, a randomness decrease of 30%, and also a lowering of visual muzzle flash. All of these three components are ideal. However, you don’t have to get the best of the best here to succeed. Even an Epic or Rare one would do the trick.


Respawn Entertainment have made it easier than ever to play with the Hemlok in Season 6, as it’s been launched right into the weapon meta. So, hopefully with these tips and a monster of a rifle in your hands, many more Apex Champions ending game screens will have your name on it. Get more tips and news @TitanfallBlog on Twitter.

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Why Wattson’s pylon ability is “eating” grenades in Apex Legends

Published: 19/Oct/2020 18:01

by Tanner Pierce

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After players seem to be confused about the Apex Legends character Wattson “eating” grenades, a fan has taken to Reddit to explain just exactly what is going on – and the answer is a bit more complicated than it might seem at first glance.

Confusing special abilities are always bound to happen, especially in games like Apex Legends, where every characters ability is different. Wattson, who has been a part of the game since Season 2, is a perfect example of a character who has some crazy abilities, but can be a bit confusing for some players.

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For those that don’t know, she can place down an “Interception Pylon” which blocks incoming grenades, equipment, etc. in order to protect you, similar to a Trophy System from the Call of Duty franchise. Some people have been confused by this ability, claiming it’s destroying or “eating” their own grenades, which is definitely a bit peculiar. Now, thanks to a player, there’s finally a decent explanation for what’s going on.

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Wattson, who was added to the game over a year ago, has the ability to stop grenades.

Interception Pylon eating grenades?

According to Reddit user u/Jameso4e, who is a self-proclaimed Wattson main with 3,500 kills, there two different circles which appear when a player places the Pylon, one that destroys only “incoming” grenades/equipment and one that destroys all of them.

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The outer rings is the one that destroys all equipment, meaning players should be looking to avoid standing near that one when throwing their grenades inside of the two circles. In layman’s terms, you’ll have to watch where you’re positioned if you don’t want the Pylon to “eat” your grenades.

In a video made by Jameso4e demonstrating the problem, players can very clearly see two circles. When he stands closer to the inner circle, he has no problem throwing grenades out but when he stands near the outer circle, the equipment gets “eaten”. While that may sound a bit confusing at first, once you practice, it seems to be pretty easy to master.

As to why the ability causing this, nobody really knows, but the user theorizes that it’s due to bugs. It’s been over a year since Wattson was added to the game, so here’s hoping that now that the ability has been explained, more people understand it.

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