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Why Apex Legends’ Prowler might be better than R-99 in Season 4

Published: 14/Feb/2020 0:54

by Albert Petrosyan


The changes introduced in the Apex Legends Season 4 update may have improved the Prowler past the R-99 on the battle royale’s totem pole of weapons.

The arrival of Season 4 brought its fair share of new content and changes in Apex Legends. One of the biggest changes was to weapon balancing – a whopping 10 different guns were either buffed or nerfed in the February 4 update.

The Prowler was among the guns that were buffed – its damage per shot was increased from 14 to 15 and it was also added to the new pool of gold weapons for this season, meaning it can also be found fully-stacked with the best attachments.

Respawn EntertainmentThe Prowler has never really been a “meta” weapon in Apex Legends, but that could change in Season 4.

While the change may seem inconspicuous – only one more damager per shot – it’s actually made the weapon noticeably more powerful. In fact, some believe that it’s become viable enough to surpass the R-99.

Since the early days of the game, the R-99 has been consistently regarded as one of the best, if not the top gun in the game, so to make such a claim is very bold.

However, facts are facts, and both the Prowler’s stats and in-game functionality point to it being potentially being the better SMG, as we explain below.

Apex Legends weapon stats: Prowler vs R-99

The Gaming Merchant - YouTubeStat comparisons between Prowler and R-99 in Apex Legends Season 4.

When it comes to in-game stats, the two weapons are almost identical in their damage per second (DPS) and time to kill (TTK).

The automatic version of the Prowler with the Selectfire Hop-Up attached has a 200 DPS, exactly the same as the R-99. However, the default burst-fire Prowler has a 214 DPS, so hitting accurate bursts with the gun makes it pretty powerful.

In terms of TTK, both weapons are as close as can be, with the Prowler killing in 1.05 seconds for both versions and the R-99 in 1.04.

Advantages of Prowler vs R-99

The Gaming Merchant - YouTubeThe Prowler has significantly less muzzle flash than the R-99 in Apex Legends Season 4.

While the stats may be equal between the two weapons, maybe slightly favoring the Prowler, the case for it being better than the R-99 becomes more clear when comparing their functionality

For one, it has significantly less muzzle flash, which is instantly a huge advantage. Muzzle flash has historically been one of the game’s biggest nuisances as players have complained endlessly about how much it can throw off their aim.

Secondly, thanks to the Season 4 buff, the Prowler’s damage per shot is actually higher than the R-99, so while it may shoot a bit slower, you can hurt opponents more with the same accuracy.

Last but not least, the Prowler features more ammo capacity for all of the extended mag attachments. At their base, the two guns have the same clip size but most players don’t go long without equipping an extended mag on their weapons.

The video below offers a full breakdown of this SMG battle, including gameplay showcasing why the Prowler might be better than the R-99, courtesy of popular Apex YouTuber ‘The Gaming Merchant.’

Is the Prowler the best gun in Apex Legends Season 4?

While there’s a strong case for why the Prowler might be better than the R-99 in Season 4, it might be too much of a stretch to call it the best weapon overall.

Simply put, there’s no real argument for it being better than the L-STAR, which some rank highest among all the guns due to the sizeable buffs in received at the start of the season.

Of course, with how close these weapons are in terms of viability, one being better than the other comes down to individual opinion and how each player plays the game.

The important thing is that more and more guns are entering the meta conversation, which can only be good for the game’s overall balance.

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Apex Legends Season 8 early patch notes: Legends buffs, bug fixes, more

Published: 24/Jan/2021 15:22

by Calum Patterson


Apex Legends Season 8: Mayhem update is due to drop on February 2, and although patch notes aren’t expected until right before the update goes live, we already know of a bunch of confirmed changes and fixes coming. Here’s an early look at what the patch notes are expected to include.

Obviously, the main changes will be the addition of the new Legend, Fuse, who hails from Salvo, as well as the new weapon – the 30-30 repeater.

Kings Canyon will also be massively changed, as Fuse’s entrance to the Apex games did not go smoothly and his old friend Maggie crashed the party – literally.

But, the most exciting part of the patch notes themselves will be seeing how Respawn has adjusted the various Legends with nerfs and buffs, plus some of the quality of life changes planned.

Apex Legends Season 8: Early patch notes

New Legend: Fuse

Straight from Salvo, Fuse is an explosive Legend, and his abilities reflect this. He can shoot projectiles from his prosthetic arm, and his ultimate will shoot a mortar-like missile, which explodes into a ring of fire.

Fuse Apex Legends
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Fuse joins the Apex roster in Season 8.

New Weapon: 30-30 Repeater

We didn’t get a new weapon in Season 7, but we are in Season 8. Fuse brings the 30-30 repeater straight from Salvo. It’s a lever-action rifle that packs a punch.

30-30 repeater and battle pass
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The 30-30 Repeater will be added to the loot pool this February.

Kings Canyon map changes

The arrival of Fuse has obliterated Kings Canyon. Original POIs including Slum Lakes and Artillery have been destroyed, and there is a new hue to the map.

Kings Canyon destroyed in Apex Legends
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A massive explosion on Kings Canyon has completely changed the map.

New Season 8 Battle Pass: Mayhem

As always, there will be a fresh battle pass for the new season, which will include over 100 items.

We don’t know if there will be any changes to the battle pass system yet, like there was in Season 7.

Legend changes

These are the Legend buffs and nerfs that Respawn have said will be coming in Season 8. Check out a full explanation and details on each change here.

Note: This is not a final list of all Legends that are getting changes in the Season 8 update.


  • Adding 45 health to her Amped Cover


  • Respawn say they are looking at changes to Wraith’s hitbox, to bring her in line with other Legends.


  • Respawn are looking at nerfs to her tactical ability, but haven’t confirmed the exact changes they’re making yet.


  • Respawn have been struggling to find a good buff for Revenant, but are looking at hitbox adjustments


  • Respawn are looking for ways to make Wattson more fun, without making her more powerful


  • Fix for decoys making footstep noise – this was originally in the Fight Night patch notes, but has been removed and will be coming in a future update, possibly with Season 8.


  • Caustic hammer breaking doors – this was also originally in the Fight Night patch notes, but has been removed and will be coming in a future patch, possibly with Season 8.
horizon nerf apex legends season 8
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Horizon is due for a slight nerf in Season 8.

Quality of Life

  • In-game damage tracker added

Bug Fixes

  • Heirloom store not showing all Heirlooms
  • Players told they are buying Gibraltar’s Heirloom when buying Caustic’s Heirloom
  • Legend skins for Mirage and Bangalore affecting aim down sights
  • Errors relating to private matches
  • Players can’t hear each other in cross-play lobbies

Ranked Play

A new Ranked Series will begin at the start of Season 8: Ranked Series 7. We expect that there will be two splits in the season again, with the first probably on World’s Edge. It’s unlikely that the new Kings Canyon features in Ranked, until players are used to the changes.

Season 8 Collection Event

Data miners have uncovered files related to an Anniversary Collection Event in Season 8. Although collection events typically start midway through the Season, this time it could potentially start earlier, given that the 2-year anniversary of Apex Legends is February 4 – two days after Season 8 starts.

That’s everything we know at the moment about what’s coming in the Season 8 update patch notes.

We’ll keep you updated with more changes as they come, and of course when Respawn releases the full patch notes.