Check out our Apex Snipers Guide to know the crucial differences between weapons, whether their naked or fully-kitted.

Overview of Apex Snipers

In the fast paced world of Apex, you would think that snipers pale in comparison to the other weapons classes. But in fact it is quite the opposite, sniper rifles are phenomenal in Apex. With the aggressive playstyle that is typically rewarded in Apex, sniper rifles keep the hordes of third parties at bay. Like a fine wine, snipers get better as the game goes on.

Currently, there are 4 Sniper Rifles in Apex: The Kraber, the Sentinel, the Longbow DMR and the Charge Rifle. Each Apex sniper is unique and fulfils the role of long range damage dealer to a tee. They all share the same basic attachments, but the Sentinel and Longbow DMR have unique options available to them.

Apex Snipers all have the option to attach a sniper stock, which reduces ADS time, holster speed, aim drift and reload time as well as an optics. Snipers can also cause collateral, so if you are lucky enough that enemies are lined up, the bullets pierce and you can easily take out a squad.

The optic options for snipers include:

  • 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

Snipers can be a bit of a challenge to use early game when the everyone is struggling to find a weapon in early skirmishes. However towards the late game where positioning is key, snipers get their time to shine. Typically, pairing a sniper with a mid range weapon such as a Assault rifle does well into the game.

Kraber Sniper

Style of Sniper Fire RateMagazine Capacity Damage (Head/Body) Reload TimeRecoil
Powerful Bolt Action36 RPM4145/4353.2s/4.3sMajor Recoil

Sentinel Sniper

Style of Sniper Fire RateMagazine CapacityDamage (Head/Body)Reload TimeRecoil
Bolt Action37.5 RPM4/5/6/770 (88) /140 (176)2.5s/3.6smoderate recoil

Longbow DMR Sniper

Style of Sniper Fire RateMagazine Capacity Damage (Head/Body) Reload TimeRecoil
Semi Auto 78 RPM6/8/10/1260/1292.66s/3.66smoderate minimal

Charge Rife Sniper

Damage Per Armor TypeFire RateMagazine Capacity Damage (Head/Body) Reload TimeRecoil
Sniper30 RPM890/1163.6s/3.6smoderate minimal

Sentinel Sniper Overview

Sentinel - long-range weapon
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The Sentinel was the sniper rifle featured in Season 4 of Apex Legends and is still the latest sniper added to the game. The Sentinel is a bolt-action rifle that has a unique mechanic in that it can enter a ‘Amped’ state. During this amped state, you receive a 25% damage boost for a limited time. You typically can fit in around 8 shots during the 2 minute duration of the state, but each shot lowers the duration by 15 seconds.

The availability of the Sentinel and raw power of the weapon puts it amongst Apex legend’s best guns. The Sentinel hits pretty hard, especially during its amped state. This damage coupled with the bolt action design gives the Sentinel the nickname “Discount Kraber”. On top of that, the Sentinel also has the option for the Deadeye’s tempo hop up, which can increases the fire rate of the sniper if you time your shots right.

Pros

  • low bullet drops
  • Can be amped up to get a 25% Damage boost
  • High Damage Output
  • Super satisfying audio when you hit your shots

Cons

  • Low fire rate
  • Consistently ‘Amping’ can run your shield cells dry

Ideally, you should charge up your Sentinel before a major fight to have some amped-up shots ready. And so, on top of the average damage it provides, amping the sniper lets it work wonders. On top of the good damage that the Sentinel provides, it has some great audio when you hit your shots or even reload.

Longbow DMR Sniper Overview

Longbow DMR Sniper Rifle - Apex Snipers
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The Longbow DMR is a favorite among Apex players due to its ability to inflict severe long-range damage at a fast fire rate. It has been around for since Apex’s debut and is easily one of the most devastating weapons in Apex Legends. The Longbow can land you countless apex kills with its great long range damage.

With competition from other Apex snipers, the Longbow stands out due to its fire rate. It is a great choice for anyone looking to dominate at long/mid-range. To get the best out of the longbow, it is best to capitalize on its unique attachment slot for a barrel stabilizer. This attachment further reduces the sniper’s pitch, recoil and yaw randomness.

Pros

  • Highest ammo capacity ceiling among all snipers
  • Highest Fire rate among all snipers
  • Attachments allow for steady, consistent shots
  • Low recoil

Cons

  • Bad hip-fire accuracy
  • Lowest damage sniper

The Longbow DMR is one of the best options for a late game Sniper due to its fast fire rate. Instead of the high damage of the Sentinel, the fire rate of the Longbow makes the weapon great for late game long distance skirmishes. Especially towards the late game where you are most likely to have fully stacked weapons, the stability and ease of shooting that the Longbow offers takes it a great sniper choice.

Kraber Sniper Overview

Kraber Sniper Rifle -
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The Kraber sniper rifle has been a day 1 favorite weapon of Apex. The bolt-action rifle that packs one hell of a punch and as headshots can wipe someone off the place of the earth. It currently has the highest damage compared to any projectile in the game.

Found only in care packages, the Kraber is the most powerful weapon in Apex Legends. Although it’s fire rate is abysmal, its outrageous damage more than makes up for it. Especially with headshots, as they triple the amount of damage dealt, from 145 to 435.

Sadly, the Kraber only has 8 shots, so you really need to make the shots count. On top of that, the audio from the Kraber can be heard from really far away. So if you hear the loud bang, mind your head. The Kraber also comes with an exclusive 6x-10x scope which really helps aiming for the head.

Pros

  • Decent hipfire accuracy
  • Has the Highest Damage in the game
  • The only weapon capable of knocking down a target in a single shot

Cons

  • Contains the Lowest fire rate in the game
  • Limited ammo.
  • Exclusivity to Care Package

Despite its low fire rate, the Kraber is almost a guaranteed grab if you manage to find it. Even if you are terrible at sniping, its better not to let your enemies have it. Plus, when you hit a headshot with the Kraber and get that knock, its the most satisfying sound in Apex.

Charge Rifle Sniper Overview

Charge Sniper Rifle
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The charge rifle has been around since Season 3, and has become one of the best shield charging weapons in Apex. The gun takes a different approach from other Apex snipers as the Charge rifle shoots a hitscan beam. The sniper shoots a continuous beam that does damage throughout the full charge of the beam, which means it is alarmingly easy to level up your shield.

The Charge Rifle is a powerful, ammo-efficient and easy weapon to use. Although the initial damage of the beam is low, the final blast of the charge is what makes this weapon something to be feared. It is insanely accurate at both hipfire and aimed sights, as there is no bullet drop whatsoever. The Charge rifle is such a good sniper in Apex that it only has 2 options for attachments: A scope and a stock.

Pros

  • It has an infinite range
  • No Bullet drop
  • 100% accurate even when hip firing

Cons

  • A long reload time
  • Lack of attachments
  • Beams can be visibly seen
  • Your opponent won’t like you

The Charge Rifle is the only one of Apex weapons that has a “hitscan” feature. This means it will immediately damage anything on the spot when shot. While it takes a bit of time for the full damage to come, it is still a game-changer as it does damage throughout the entire beam (charge and all).

When firing from long range, this hitscan will be very helpful. It will allow you to test your tracking while also accurately shooting hip-fired weapons. But if you can track any unfortunate soul with the entire beam and consistently do so, you got a free knock right there.

And with that, our Apex Snipers Guide is over for the time being as there aren’t any more snipers in Apex right now. For more Apex content, stick around on Esports.gg