How to master the R-99 in Apex Legends: Tips, damage stats & more - Dexerto
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How to master the R-99 in Apex Legends: Tips, damage stats & more

Published: 13/Jun/2020 14:13

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends player knows that having an R-99 SMG at their side is key to grabbing a victory. Though, there are tips that you can take into battle to really master the incredibly rapid weapon.

The R-99 SMG is one of the top tier weapons to use in Apex Legends. Grabbing one as a part of the floor loot or from an enemy’s death box is a great way to give yourself a chance of becoming the Apex Champion.

However, the rapid sub-machine gun is a weapon that can also be pretty tricky to handle. Its recoil is one of the most difficult to control in-game and to do a full 200 damage, you will have to land 90% of the shots from one round of ammo – which can be difficult in the late game. Yet, we’ve got a few tips that might make things a little easier. 

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The R-99 is one of Apex’s premier weapons.

Load up on attachments and use optics

Now, if you’re dedicated to getting better at Apex, mastering the R-99’s recoil can take some time in Firing Range. However, if the luck is on your side in-game, you’re better off loading up on attachments – specifically the barrel stabilizer, extended mag, and a sight of your choice.

Unlike some other weapons, you aren’t slowed down when you aim down sight. In fact, when you aim down sight with the R-99, you’re still pretty quick across the ground. That means that you can keep yourself aimed in with a sight and not become a sitting duck. 

Apex Legends damage stats for R-99 SMG

As noted, the R-99 can deal some serious damage if you get up close and personal with an enemy player. If you’ve managed to master the recoil, you’ll shred through an enemy’s health in no time. 

If you’re lucky enough to get a weapon in the early part of the game, where enemies don’t have a ton of armor on, it’ll take between six and eight clean shots to deal 100 damage to an unarmored opponent. 

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The damage stats for the R-99 in Apex Legends.

Don’t ever use the R-99 at long range

Kill hungry Apex players will take shots with weapons even when they aren’t supposed to. You may deal a tiny touch of damage to an enemy, but you’re likely to never get a kill as enemies will run away. 

Its the same short with the R-99. The SMG only has one times headshot multiplier from 39 meters and beyond. This means you’re better off either using your secondary weapon at range or trying to get closer to your foe. 

R-99 recoil pattern

You can see the recoil pattern for the R-99 above. After a bit of side-to-side for the first 5-6 shots, it goes flying up and slightly to the right. So, pulling down and slightly left should help you keep on target.

You can see recoil patterns for all the weapons here.

As season five unfolds and Respawn start rolling out updates, the R-99 could be in for some changes – but we’ll just have to wait and see if that ends up being the case.

For now, you’re better off taking these tips into World’s Edge and Kings Canyon and trying to rack up wins by getting up close and personal with this SMG.

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Apex Legends dev reveals top 5 most played legends in Season 7

Published: 27/Nov/2020 10:08

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends developer Daniel Klein has revealed the five most popular legends from Season 7 – and it should come as no surprise that Horizon is right up there already.

As the Apex Legends seasons have unfolded, it’s been easy for players to chop and change the legends they use seeing as a new character is introduced which each major, season starting update. 

The new character always receives huge attention as players want to test out the new content, but sometimes, they don’t stick around and can immediately fall to the bottom of the pile once fans are seemingly bored with them. 

In the case of Horizon and Apex Legends Season 7, she has been able to stick around as one of the most played legends – even cementing her spot amongst some of the battle royale’s long-term favorites.

Wraith in World's Edge Apex Legends
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Wraith still leads the way as Apex’s most-used legend.

Speaking on The Third Party: An Apex Legends podcast, Respawn Senior Game Designer Daniel Klein revealed how the list of most played legends in the new season had started to shape up.

“Wraith, Bloodhound, Horizon, Octane, and then Lifeline, that’s the pick order right now,” Klein told the podcast hosts in relation to the top five, noting that Horizon had started to settle in the top five after her initial explosion in use. 

Octane being so high might surprise a few players, and as Klein points out, he doesn’t “win a lot of games,” but he’s so fun to play because of his speedy abilities. Klein also noted that there is an “interesting situation” with Bloodhound because they have a high pick rate, but they don’t win a lot of games. 

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Additionally, the Apex developer revealed that Loba has also seen a rise in her trios win rate after her Ultimate received a bit of a shake up at the start of Season 7. Though, he didn’t note just how popular and used that she has become. 

As the season unfolds, some currently lesser-played legends might see a boost in usage after Respawn rolls out patches, so, we’ll have to wait and see as to whether or not the top five is shaken up or if it stays the same moving forward.