Apex Legends’ Nemesis: A full breakdown of the first new weapon in five seasons
Apex Legends’ Nemesis is a brand new energy class assault rifle coming to Apex for Season 16: Revelry. The first new weapon in five seasons!
Apex Legends Season 16 will welcome the Nemesis Burst AR, a brand new weapon. The brand new season entitled Revelry, launches on Feb. 14.
A new weapon has been long overdue in Apex Legends. The last new weapon added was the C.A.R. SMG in Season 11: Escape, back in November 2021.
We got a first glimpse of the Apex Legends Nemesis in the Revelry trailer, but since then gameplay of the new weapon has been released as part of EA's creator program.
This allows us to not only get excited about the first new gun in over a year, but also get some hard data on just how good this gun will be.
The Apex Legends Nemesis gun's official screenshot shared by EA in their announcement
Apex Legends Nemesis Burst AR damage stats
The Nemesis is an energy class assault rifle that will fire four rounds per burst. It also comes with a ramping up function that decreases the speed between bursts, and can be fired as a fully automatic weapon if you wish.
In terms of damage it is incredibly high. The devs seem well aware of that though as they stated it was "coming in hot".
Damage per bullet
Damage per burst (4 shots)
17 damage per bullet
68 damage per burst
27 damage per bullet
108 damage per burst
13 damage per bullet
52 damage per burst
SOaR hollow demonstrating Nemesis' special ability which ramps up it's fire speed (Source: SoaR hollow's Youtube)
The Apex Legends Nemesis comes with a ramping up meter that indicates how close it is to full firing speed. The bar is visible just above the weapon in hip fire mode, and also above the scope when ADS.
Above the weapon you can see how charged the Nemesis is (Source: Soar hollow)
Once at 100% it will remain there unless the weapon has not been fired for 6 seconds. After that the percentage will decrease. Firing a new shot will stop the countdown and ramp the Nemesis up again.
Comparison: Nemesis vs the R-301 and Flatline
EA's devs have said their goal is for the Nemesis Burst AR to dethrone the R-301 and the Flatline. They are hoping the addition of a new Energy AR like the Nemesis will shake up the weapon meta. We can see this vision influencing the patch notes for Revelry with the damage reduction nerf for the R-301 and the removal of the Anvil Receiver Hop-Up.
Important Apex Legends Season 16 patch notes changes:
- R-301: Reduced damage to 13 (was 14)
- Anvil Receiver Hop-Up [R-301, Flatline]: Removed from floor loot and crafting
- Care Package Rotation: Hemlok Burst AR enters the Care Package
Nemesis Burst AR
The raw damage stats for Apex Legends' Nemesis mean it is 2nd for damage to the Body, Head and Leg behind the Flatline. However, it has a faster rate of fire and the ability to be a burst weapon.
Nemesis Clip Size:
- Base ammo: 20
- Level 1 Energy Mag: 24
- Level 2 Energy Mag: 28
- Level 3 Energy Mag: 32
Nemesis recoil pattern (via: Dazs) Full 4 x burst
The recoil pattern for a single burst of the Nemesis AR. (pulls up and slightly to the right)
Apex Legends Season 16 battle pass trailer reveals new party-rocking skins
The battle pass for Season 16 of Apex Legends features new Legendary skins, reactive gun skins, weapon charms, and holosprays.
Nemesis Skins in Apex Legends
Rare skins for the Nemesis AR
The Nemesis comes with five rare skins, each costing 400 Crafting Metals.
Legendary skins for the Nemesis Burst AR
The Nemesis comes with four legendary skins, each costing 1,200 Crafting Metals.
History of new weapons added to Apex Legends
A new weapon in Apex Legends was very common place in the earlier seasons but not so much recently, which is why the Nemesis Burst AR will be an exciting addition.
Lifeline is seen holding the new Nemesis weapon
In the last ten season of Apex, only five weapons have been added; Volt SMG, 30-30 Repeater, Bocek Compound Bow, Rampage LMG and the C.A.R. SMG.
Season 2: Battle Charge
Season 3: Meltdown
Season 4: Assimilation
Season 5: Fortune's Favor
Season 6: Boosted
Season 7: Ascension
Season 8: Mayhem
Season 9: Legacy
Bocek Compound Bow
Season 10: Emergence
Season 11: Escape
Nemesis Burst AR
February 14th 2023
Apex Legends Season 16: Revelry and the Nemesis Burst AR will be playable on Feb. 14.
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