The best light weapons in Apex Legends (2021)

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R-301 Carbine

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Some may consider light weapons to be the most basic weapons in Apex Legends. While that isn’t completely wrong, that doesn’t mean they’re not any good. Some of the best weapons in the entire game fall into the light ammo category — and some of the worst too, but we won’t be mentioning those here now, will we? Here is a look into the best light weapons in Apex Legends, from best to worst.


The R-99 SMG has always been one of the best guns in the game. While unruly, if you give this gun some love and attention, it will never let you down. One of the most important things about using the R-99 though is that it’s exponentially better with an extended light magazine attached. Try to find a Level 3 or Level 4 extended mag if you can, as the Level 1 mag won’t make much of a difference.

R-301 Carbine

The R-301 Carbine isn’t the best gun in the game, but it is the most reliable. If you come to Apex Legends from any other shooter, this gun is the most standard and the best to learn with, but it is also a great choice for veteran players. It’s an easy-to-use standard AR in auto-fire mode, or a more tactical single-fire weapon if you equip the Anvil Receiver Hop-Up.


This may be the most controversial choice on the list, but for a long time, we have felt the Alternator SMG is a better gun than it gets credit for. While it has never been the best weapon in the game, it shines when it needs to. While this weapon hasn’t had a Hop-Up since Season 2, it still packs a punch as a solid close-range weapon. If you have always counted it out, give it a try.