Apex Legends

How to master the Sentinel in Apex Legends – Tips, damage stats, more

by Connor Bennett
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Equipping a sniper can help you do some serious damage in Apex Legends, but what is the best way to use the brand-new Sentinel? Well, let’s take a look at a few tips. 

Alongside the new legend, Revenant, and multiple map changes to World’s Edge, the Sentinel sniper made its debut when Apex Legends season four got underway on February 4.

The bolt-action sniper rifle already has a pretty decent spawn rate and you’re likely to run into one at some point in the game, meaning that it is easy to get yours on the deadly weapon. However, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use to help you fully master its power and use it to become an Apex Champion on a regular basis. 

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The fourth season of Apex Legends added Revenant into the mix as well as the new sniper rifle.


Pair the Sentinel with a speedy side-arm

As with any sniper rifle, you can the Sentinel to pick your spots and deal damage from long-range. However, if you’re prepared to be a little more aggressive, you can pair it with a quick secondary weapon to do some killer damage.

In this case, you’re going to want to ignore picking up scopes like the 4x-8x Variable Sniper and focus more on the 1x-2x Variable Holo or 2x-4x Variable AOG. These will allow you to use the Sentinel as a ‘battle sniper’ and get right up on top of an enemy.

From here, you can land damaging shots and then switch to a side-arm to finish the job. Though, be wary of switching back to the Sentinel, if you can help it, as it does take longer than normal to switch back.

Snipers aren't always best suited to using a long-range scope.


Apex Legends Sentinel damage stats

When you’ve got something as powerful as a snipe, you may think that it is an automatic one-shot kill, but this is Apex Legends and that isn’t the case for the most part.

However, the Sentinel can cut a hole through an enemy pretty efficiently. It is guaranteed to do at least 50 damage with a leg shot, while that increases to 55 with a body shot. As for headshots, 111 damage is minimum you’ll do, and it will rip apart from shields.

The full damage breakdown for the Sentinel can be found below thanks to the Apex Legends game wiki. 

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The Sentinel can rip through enemies with well-placed shots.


Use the Sentinel’s special ability when possible

One thing that is pretty different about the Sentinel compared to every other sniper, though, is the fact that it has a special ability up its sleeve. The bolt-action sniper can be charged up using a Shield Battery, giving you a 90-second long charge to deal extra damage.

Charging itself takes five seconds to complete and each shot taken while charged will reduce the overall timer by 15 seconds. Once charged, though, you will be able to rip through shields even more effectively. 


Now, of course, these are just a few tips based on getting the best out of the gun in its current state, but you may disagree and find that it works for you with different attachments and at different ranges.

It is all a case of feeling things out and using what you like. If you’re not a fan of the weapon, though, perhaps reconsider. You might be missing out on one of the game’s best damage dealers.