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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


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.

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

Hemlok Damage Stats Apex Legends
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.

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

Apex Legends Hemlok spray pattern recoil
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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.

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.

Apex Legends Hemlok: Ammo and best attachments

Hemlok Burst AR in Apex Legends
Respawn Entertainment
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.

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

Apex Legends player in loot bin
Respawn Entertainment
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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Apex Legends dev defends Wraith nerfs coming in Season 8

Published: 28/Nov/2020 15:32

by Joe Craven


John Larson, Live Balance Designer at Respawn Entertainment, has defended the changes Wraith is set to undergo in Apex Legends Season 8, following comments from Daniel Klein. 

Balancing legends has long been a contentious topic in the Apex Legends community, with mains of various characters keen to see buffs. The admission, for example, that Mirage will never be a top-tier character irked many of the legend’s biggest fans.

The focus of the community is currently on Wraith, the Interdimensional Skirmisher who has long been in the upper-echelons of Apex Legends. However, comments from developer Daniel Klein about Respawn’s efforts to get Wraith “under control” in Season 8 led many to believe that she is set for significant nerfs. Unsurprisingly, this caused considerable discussion among Wraith players – and those sick of coming up against her.

Wraith with a gun smiling in APex Legends
Wraith looks set for a nerf in Apex Legends Season 8.

His comments generally revolved around fixing Wraith’s hitbox – rather than nerfing her equipment to any greater degree. However, many believe she has been nerfed enough and further weakening is not the correct response.

Redditor ‘QuikScopeDash’ is one who took this stance, joking that they would main Crypto because Wraith has been nerfed so significantly.

This prompted a lengthy reply from John Larson, a Live Balance Designer at Respawn. He prefixed his comment by explaining that he is a Wraith main and wants her to remain viable.

“Wraith’s kit has been nerfed and tweaked more than any other legend’s, but her win rate and encounter win rate has remained an anomaly,” Larson said. “The common argument is that mechanically gifted players are drawn to her kit, but when we filter by skill brackets (rank, average damage, you name it) she’s still head and shoulders above everyone. So what does this mean?”

John Larson comment Wraith nerf Respawn
Larson’s reply on Reddit.

Issues with Reddit moderation resulted in large portions of Larson’s comment being removed, but his point remained clear. Despite the various nerfs Wraith and her kit have suffered, her stats suggest she is still performing incredibly well.

He went on to compare Wraith with Pathfinder, explaining that “we never want to nerf legends to the point where they lose their identity.”

Many fear Wraith is approaching that point, and want the Voidwalker to remain as powerful as she’s always been.