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How to master the Alternator in Apex Legends: Tips, damage stats & DPS

Published: 4/Aug/2021 3:50 Updated: 4/Aug/2021 4:31

by Andrew Amos


The Alternator has moved from being an early-game SMG in Apex Legends to a true late-game terror in Season 10. It’s now found in care packages, and will melt enemies on sight thanks to the return of Disruptor Rounds. Here’s how you can master it.

The Alternator used to be just a peashooter in Apex Legends. However, with its Season 8 buff, and then a Season 10 transformation into a Care Package gun, those peas now hit hard.

It’s now a firm replacement for other SMGs, like the R-99 and Volt SMG. It can even shred through enemies faster than assault rifles in the late game. We’ve got everything you need to know about getting a handle of Apex’s Alternator, including all the stats and the best tips and tricks. 


Apex Legends Alternator damage stats

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Respawn Entertainment

Just like every gun in Apex Legends, it’s always important to know what kind of damage your gun is capable of dishing out.

While the Alternator may not share the high DPS of the R-99 and Volt, it can still give you the edge needed to sway firefights in your favor. 

There’s two reasons for that. One: Its hipfire and low recoil pattern give this pint-sized SMG a few options when it comes to taking down your foe. 

Two: Disruptor Rounds turn the Alternator into a shield-shredding beast. It does 40% increased damage to shields, meaning you can wipe out Red armor like it’s nothing.


The full damage breakdown for the Alternator can be found below.

Body Part Damage If Armored
Head 24 (1.5x) 34
Body 16 22
Legs 13 18
Body DPS 160 220

Alternator Mag attachments

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Because it’s been shifted into the care package, the Alternator comes packed with all the top-tier attachments.

When you pick it up out of a supply drop, it comes with a Gold Barrel Stabilizer, Gold Extended Light Magazine, and the Disruptor Rounds hop-up.

There’s no way of changing these attachments, but honestly, why would you?

Alternator optic attachments

Alternator optics
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There is one attachment you can change though, the optics. It comes with the 1x Digital Threat as default out of the care package, but you can swap to either one of these sights.


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

Hipfire as much as possible

Alternator hipfire accuracy
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This point can be applied to every SMG in Apex Legends, but this particularly true for the Alternator.

The Alternator has incredibly accurate hipfire and its reticle is very clean, which makes hitting targets incredibly easy. The gun does also thrive in close-quarter fights — even with Disruptor Rounds giving it some effectiveness at range — so ADSing isn’t as necessary.

However, if you’re caught in a bit of a longer range fight, you can scope in to make sure you’re dishing out that damage.

Use the Alternator to shred shields, then swap to the big DPS dealers

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Pick up an R-301 to go alongside your Alternator to melt enemies after you break their shields.

Because the Disruptor Rounds only apply bonus damage to shields, and Supply Drop ammo can be a scarce commodity as games run longer, you’ll want to use the Alternator to shred through your enemy’s first health bar.


Once they’re down to flesh, you’ll want to swap to something with a bit more base DPS. The R-301 and Flatline are great assault rifle options, or you could opt for the Spitfire too — if you manage to snag that out of a package too.

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If you follow these Alternator tips & tricks, you’ll be able to secure big dubs with the shield-shredding pocket rocket.

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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?