The EVA-8 Auto is Apex Legends’ fast-firing shotgun, dishing out a ton of damage very quickly with the right attachments. Here’s a guide with the best tips and tricks for the automatic shotgun, as well as the damage stats you need to know to push the limits.
The EVA-8 has been one of the strongest weapons in Apex Legends for a while now — even if it’s been consistently nerfed since its mega Season 8 buff.
Still, it’s one of the best guns to use in early-game skirmishes. For that reason, you’ll want to master this blisteringly fast shotgun if you wish to secure some quick kills. Here’s everything you need to know.
Apex Legends EVA-8 Auto damage stats
Just like every gun in Apex Legends, it’s important to know what kind of damage your gun is capable of dishing out.
While the EVA-8 may not share the high one-shot potential of the Mastiff or Peacekeeper (due to its low per pellet damage, which was further nerfed in Season 11), it is still capable of shredding through even the tankiest of foes. After all, its high rate of fire makes landing multiple shots incredibly easy.
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Because of the full-auto nature of the EVA-8, players can quickly rack up some pretty decent damage, particularly when the majority of the pellets hit. Of course, like most shotguns, the EVA-8’s damage drops off completely outside of close-quarter engagements.
The full damage breakdown can be found below.
|Body Part||Damage (per shot)|
|Head||72 (8 × 9)|
|Body||48 (6 x 9)|
|Legs||48 (6 x 9)|
EVA-8 Shotgun Bolt attachments
Arguably the strongest selling point of the EVA-8 is its high rate of fire. This speedy shotgun can pump out plenty of buckshot rounds at a rate of 120 RPM. This makes landing follow-up shots incredibly easy, which is a bonus if you find it tricky to hit shots with the Mastiff.
If you plan on utilizing the EVA-8, you’ll want to try and find an Epic (purple) Shotgun Bolt — even if the Season 10 nerfs cut its effectiveness quite a lot.
This speed-enhancing attachment increases the EVA’s fire rate by 20%, which drastically increases the gun’s damage in close-quarter scenarios.
Below you can see the fire rate increase offered from each Shotgun Bolt.
- Common: +10%
- Rare: +15%
- Epic: +20%
EVA-8 optic attachments
- 1x Holo
- 1x HCOG “Classic”
- 2x HCOG “Bruiser”
- 1x-2x Variable Holo
- 1x Digital Threat
Seek out close-quarter firefights
The EVA-8 Auto only shines in close-quarter firefights as its damage drastically drops off at range. Instead, try to aggressively flank your enemies and ambush them to deliver a deadly surprise. Due to the automatic nature of the EVA-8, you’ll be able to effortlessly hit multiple targets with very little downtime between each shot.
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This makes it perfect in the early to mid-game firefights when very few players have access to the game’s best shields. Combine this with the increased fire rate from the Epic Shotgun Bolt and you have a shotgun down targets pretty quickly.
Pair the EVA-8 with a mid to long-range weapon
While the EVA-8 is capable of taking down foes in close-quarter skirmishes, its lackluster range damage can prove problematic. As a result, it’s often best to pair it with a mid to long-range weapon like the R-301 Carbine or 30-30 Repeater.
Both of these guns will give you the power needed to sling lead downrange, giving you numerous opportunities to stop squads before they can even get to you.
If your enemies duck behind cover, simply rush their position and get ready to melt them with your EVA-8. This works wonders when you manage to catch any enemies undergoing any lengthy shield or healing animations.
Don’t ADS (unless you’re Gibraltar)
This may sound like an incredibly simple rule, but it is an important one. Due to the EVA-8’s decent hipfire accuracy, there is little reason to ever ADS — the only reason being if you’re playing Gibraltar so you can bring up your gun shield.
If you’re using the EVA-8 as intended, you should never be far from your foe. Aiming down sights can often take the precious seconds you need to down a target, so it’s often best to avoid doing so entirely.
So, there you have it, everything you need to know about the EVA-8. If you follow these EVA-8 tips & tricks, you’ll be able to secure more close-quarter kills in no time.
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