How to use the Wingman in Apex Legends: Tips, damage stats & attachments

David Purcell

There is an incredible selection of weapons to use in Apex Legends, but one of the most satisfying is the Wingman. The question is, how can you master it?

Despite its small size, the Wingman is capable of delivering some truly dizzying damage numbers. However, unlike the game’s fully automatic weapons, the Wingman requires a little more precision when placing those all-important head and bodyshots.

This punchy pistol also has a decent amount of recoil as well, which does make it a little more difficult to control. And, now that the Wingman runs Sniper ammo, landing those shots is more important than ever.

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 |

Apex Legends Wingman damage stats

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The Wingman packs a mighty punch provided you have a steady aim.

While the Wingman might be classified as a revolver, it does offer some ludicrous damage per shot. This is particularly true when you manage to land those 2x headshot multipliers. Of course, landing headshots can be rather tricky when your foe is constantly moving around, so it’s often best to go for cranium kills when your target is more sedentary.

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

Body PartDamage
Head90 (2.0x)
Head (Skullpiercer)113

Wingman Mag attachments

The Wingman’s magazine size is relatively small and even with a purple/gold Mag, you still only have nine rounds to play with. Of course, this shouldn’t matter too if you focus on landing headshots. However, if you don’t have the accuracy to confirm head or body shots, then it’s best to simply switch to another gun entirely.

If you plan on unleashing as much damage as possible without having to reload every second, then you’ll want to try finding a purple Mag attachment. Below you can see the number of rounds each mag rarity will give you.

  • Stock: 6
  • White Mag: 7
  • Blue Mag: 8
  • Purple/Gold Mag: 9

Wingman optic attachments

Here are the optics that can be equipped to the Wingman:

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

Picking the right Hop-Up

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There are two Hop-Up options with the Wingman, and you can only run one of them. While it’s good to take whatever you get, knowing what each hop-up does and which one suits your playstyle is important.

Skullpiercer Rifling

Skullpiercer is back for Season 14, albeit not quite as broken as it was in the early days of Apex when the Wingman was the highest damage weapon in the game. This Hop-Up is sought after by most players who regularly run the Wingman, and for good reason.

Skullpiercers almost guarantee a 2 shot kill on any target. Unless they’ve got a purple helmet and full purple armor or better, the Wingman will make quick work of any target in an ideal situation. In the hands of an extremely skilled player, Skullpiercer Rifling is always the way to go.

Boosted Loader

Boosted Loader is more useful than you’d think on the Wingman. On the Hemlok, the only other weapon that takes this Hop-Up, it already has a pretty large magazine size. But the Wingman hugely benefits from both the speedy reload and the additional magazine size.

Once you get the hang of reloading at the right time and taking advantage of this Hop-Up, it’s the better option for the Wingman unless you’re an absolute crack shot. Skullpiercers sound great in theory, but only work if you’re actually landing headshots.

Boosted Loader should be your go-to if you like nonstop fighting and aren’t too worried about lining up headshots, or if you’re still learning this weapon and want a bit of a safety net if you miss a few shots in a tense gunfight.

Aim movement with Wingman

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Expect to see more victory screen if you put in the time to learning the Wingman.

Quite often you will see gunfights that are frantic. Both players jumping around, moving side to side and those can be tricky situations if you get caught up in the speed of it all.

However, sometimes standing firm and making small flicks to the side can allow you to land accurate shots in this type of scenario. This can also be particularly useful when you’re looking to shoot an enemy that’s moving around at long or medium range.

The Wingman’s fire rate is pretty fast compared to that of something like the Longbow, but don’t worry too much about optimizing your fire rate. It’s better to take a little extra time and shoot with purpose each time you fire this weapon rather than spam shots and miss everything. Patience is key.

So, there you have it, everything you need to know about the Wingman. If you follow these Wingman tips & tricks, you’ll be clutching fights and making incredible outplays in no time.

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