Apex Legends

How to master the Volt SMG in Apex Legends: Tips, damage stats, more

Published: 9/Feb/2021 11:50

by James Busby


Apex Legends’ Volt SMG may play similarly to the R-99, but it does have its own unique strengths and weaknesses. To help increase your kill count with the Volt, we’ve compiled a detailed guide on how you can best use it to claim a win. 

As of February 2021, following the Season 8 update, the Volt received a nerf to its bullet damage. Fortunately, this hasn’t stopped the Volt from being a solid pick in the SMG category. Unlike most energy weapons, the Volt has no initial wind up, allowing players to fire off rounds incredibly quickly. 

In fact, the damage stats and overall play style are very similar to the R-99, so you’ll want to consider adding this powerful SMG to your arsenal. To help you utilize the Volt to its full potential, you’ll need to get to grips with its hyper-aggressive playstyle. 

For more Apex Legends Season 8 tips and tricks check out our guides below:
30-30 Repeater guide | All legend buffs and nerfs | All weapon buffs and nerfs | Fuse guide | What is in the Season 8 battle pass? | Season 8 Patch notes | How to open explosive holds | Spitfire guide | R99 guide | Mastiff guide | When is Apex for Switch out?

Apex Legends Volt damage stats

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The Volt offers some great close-quarters damage.

Having a decent understanding of this SMGs damage profile will not only help you secure more kills, it will also give you the knowledge needed to counter it. After all, simply picking up the nearest Volt won’t guarantee you a win. Instead, seek out those close-quarters skirmishes where you can put the gun’s high-damage to use. 

Each bullet deals 15 damage per body shot and 23 per headshot. Things get even better when you consider just how fast the Volt can churn out bullets (720 RPM), allowing players to effectively down a target in just a few seconds. Combine this with the Volt’s fast reload animation, quick ADS speed, and accurate hipfire, and you have an SMG that can chew through even the tankiest of foes. The full damage breakdown for the Volt can be found below.

Head 23 (1.5x)
Body 15
Legs 12 (0.8x)
Body DPS 180

Volt Mag attachments

This punchy SMG can chew through hundreds of Energy rounds, provided you have the necessary ammo reserves. As a result, you’ll want to prioritize upgrading the Volt’s Mag to avoid getting caught short in the middle of a firefight.

Below you can see the number of rounds each mag rarity will give you.

  • Stock: 19
  • White Mag: 21
  • Blue Mag: 23
  • Purple: 26

Volt optic attachments

Volt SMG
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The 1x Digital Threat is your best optic option.

Here are the scopes that can be equipped to the Volt:

  • 1x Holo
  • 1x HCOG “Classic”
  • 2x HCOG “Bruiser”
  • 1x-2x Variable Holo
  • 1x Digital Threat

Conserve your energy ammo

Volt SMG
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You’ll need a lot of Energy ammo if you wish to use the Volt.

If you’ve used the Volt before, then you’ll know just how greedy this SMG can be. In fact, you’ll need stockpile a lot of energy ammo if you wish to make the most of its high damage output. This SMG’s fast fire rate and small magazine (19 rounds) can make it rather unwieldy, especially when you consider how scarce energy ammo can be when compared to its light counterpart. 

As a result, you’ll only want to use the Volt in close-quarter combat scenarios. Not only will this allow you to easily shred through your foe’s armor, it will also help you conserve energy ammo for when you need it the most. 

Master the Volt’s recoil pattern

Volt recoil
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The Volt’s recoil pattern is incredibly easy to manage when you put in the practice.

While the Volt may offer blisteringly fast kill times, its vertical recoil can make landing those lethal bodyshots a little tricky, particularly when shooting targets at mid to long-range distances.

When holding down the trigger, the Volt will snake its way up the screen and veer slightly to the left. The Barrel Stabilizer and Standard Stock do help to alleviate this issue, but the chances of you being able kit the Volt out with every legendary attachment is pretty low. 

As a result, you’ll need to master this recoil pattern. To do this, slowly drag down on your mouse/analog stick. If done correctly, you should see that the vast majority of your bullets land directly in the center of your target. Once you’ve got the hang of doing this and mastered the Volt’s vertical recoil, you’ll be able to quickly take down multiple foes in close-quarters firefights without breaking a sweat.

Carry a long-range weapon

G7 Scout
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Having a sniper or assault rifle could save your life in long-range firefights.

Just like the R-99, the Volt is absolutely useless at hitting targets at range. Long-range firefights are pretty common in both Kings Canyon and World’s Edge, so you’ll need to have a secondary weapon you can rely on to help get the job done. Consider pairing the Volt with either a sniper or assault rifle.  

It’s a simple tip but you’d be surprised by the number of people that try to use the Volt during distant engagements. The Volt has 1.5× headshot multiplier at 37.5+ meters, so you definitely don’t want to get caught taking potshots. Lastly, be sure to avoid picking up any other energy weapons as this will help to conserve the little ammo you have. 

So, there you have it, everything you need to know about the Volt. If you follow these Volt tips & tricks, you’ll be able to secure more SMG kills in no time. Make sure you follow @TitanfallBlog for all the latest Apex Legends news and updates.

Apex Legends

How to master the Triple Take in Apex Legends: tips, damage stats & DPS

Published: 24/Feb/2021 7:14

by Andrew Amos


Apex Legends’ Triple Take is not a sniper in the conventional sense. It’s in the name, but the three-shot gun fires out multiple projectiles with each pull of the trigger and has the potential to deal devastating damage if you land all of them.

It’s not called the “shotgun sniper” for nothing. The Triple Take is a sniper that excels in close-quarters combat, although it’s still decently handy at range too. It might not be the strongest sniper, but it has its uses.

It received some handy buffs in Apex Legends Season 8 that make it worth picking up ⁠— at least in the early game ⁠— if you do find one. At worst, it’ll do the job. At best, you can use it to hold attachments for a better gun down the line. However, if you want to get good at the Triple Take itself, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to know right here.

If you have your sights set on another gun to master, be sure to check out our other guides below:

If you want to find out how to master any of the weapons in this list, then check out our guides below:
Weapons Tier List | R99 Mastiff Spitfire 30/30 Repeater | Eva-8 Auto | Flatline Alternator Volt SMG | L-STAR | Hemlok Havoc Sentinel Wingman |

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The Triple Take is a shotgun and sniper, all in one.

Apex Legends Triple Take damage stats

While the Triple Take does a lot of damage, one thing players have to consider is that it’s split across three projectiles. That means if only one or two connect with a target, you’ll be doing considerably less DPS.

However, the sniper makes up for it with a higher-than-usual fire rate of 72 RPM, which can really benefit you in short-range fights (more on that later). The full damage breakdown for the Triple Take can be found here:

Body Part Damage
Head 46 (2x)
Body 23
Legs 21 (0.9x)

Triple Take attachments

The Triple Take takes most of the Sniper attachments in Apex Legends. You’ll be able to equip Extended Magazines, Sniper Stocks, and of course, Optics.

When it comes to Extended Magazines and Sniper Stocks; the rarer, the better. Golden Sniper Mags are great for making sure your Triple Take is stocked up while fighting with your secondary, and Purple Sniper Stocks help reduce ADS time and aim drift.

However, for sights, they come down to personal preference. Although listed as a Sniper, you maybe want to stray away from the Sniper scopes, as they don’t really take advantage of the Triple Take’s power in close range. Instead, the 2x or 3x HCOGs, or the 2x-4x Variable AOG might be better.

Pathfinder using Triple Take in Apex Legends
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Don’t put too high a scope on the Triple Take.

Here’s all the attachments you can pick up for the Triple Take:

Extended Sniper Magazines

  • Common: 7 rounds
  • Rare: 8 rounds
  • Epic: 9 rounds
  • Legendary: 9 rounds

Sniper Stock

  • Common
  • Rare
  • Epic


  • 1x Holo
  • 1x HCOG “Classic”
  • 2x HCOG “Bruiser”
  • 1x-2x Variable Holo
  • 6x Sniper
  • 3x HCOG “Ranger”
  • 2x-4x Variable AOG
  • 4x-8x Variable Sniper
  • 4x-10x Digital Sniper Threat

Okay at range, but better up close

The Triple Take, being a sniper, should be good at range. That’s true ⁠— it is serviceable, but out of all the snipers, it’s the worst at taking long-range engagements. However, it’s the best at taking fights up close because of the way it works.

Because the shots of the Triple Take split into three, it acts as a pseudo-shotgun up close. If you manage to land all three projectiles on someone, it does massive damage with a very fast fire rate.

Putting on a smaller scope ⁠— nothing more than a 3x ⁠— allows you to get the full potential of this power. So, be sure to treat the Triple Take as more of a shotgun if you can and maximize its potential.

Respawn EntertainmentThe Triple Take is a decent sniper, but as good a shotgun too.

Take a rifle or SMG with you

Because the Triple Take basically acts as both a shotgun and a sniper, you don’t want to pair it with another gun of a similar type. Instead, you’ll want something fully automatic ⁠— like a rifle or an SMG.

Power picks like the Prowler, R-99, Volt, Devotion LMG, R-301 and Flatline are perfect backups for the sniper. It’s not as important to find something that’s good up close as the Triple Take can fill that void, but as long as it fires fast, it’s a good secondary to run.

All of these picks will give you a well-rounded loadout that excels at both close-range fights as well as longer engagements. It also can change the way you use the Triple Take. If you have a rifle, you can use the Triple Take more like a shotgun. SMG or LMG? It’s a good long-distance gun. This flexibility is one of the Triple Take’s biggest perks, and you should abuse it if you can.