Practice makes perfect!
During the first couple of months or so, the Wingman in Apex Legends was among the most used weapons. Alongside the Peacekeeper shotgun, the heavy-ammo pistol was universally praised for its accuracy and deadly range. However, after a series of nerfs, the Wingman currently sits in the middle to upper tier of weapons. While not as dominant as it once was, it’s still a weapon you should pick up in any situation.
Although, as with any FPS weapon, the Wingman is difficult to master. While practice is key, we have a couple of extra tips to help with mastering the Wingman.
Equipping the 1x HCOG or a 1-2x Holo Scope
Though it’s not a tip specific to the Wingman’s mechanics, using a scope will help you with figuring out the weapon’s aim and recoil. Accuracy and precision are key to the usage of this pistol, and a scope helps.
A scope should be equipped any time you are wielding a Wingman. Not only does a 1-2x holo zoom in on your target, but any 2x Scope allows you to see your surroundings.
While the iron sights of the Wingman aren’t awful, sometimes you can lose sight of your target using them. With the scope, it becomes much easier to locate and stay on target while shooting at an enemy. A 1x HCOG is a precision tool you should have at your disposal.
Popular Apex Legends TheGamingMerchant YouTuber and leaker released a video detailing the 2x Scope’s abilities specific to the Wingman. According to him, there is a common misconception with how players aim using the 2x HCOG Scope.
When aiming at an enemy, you want to make sure your enemy is directly in the middle of the reticle. We recommend using the Firing Range to practice this, as it can really help when using the Wingman.
Understanding the sway of the Wingman
Like most FPS games, the weapons in Apex Legends feature some sway while aiming down sights. This is a common mechanic that makes a big difference to your aim if understood correctly.
With the Wingman specifically, the weapon sway tends to stick on the Y-Axis, meaning it only goes up and down. In order to counteract the vertical weapon sway, you should try to shoot at a target when the weapon sway is on the way back up. Make sure to aim for an enemy’s midsection so you don’t overshoot them.
Following on from the most recent patch, the Wingman stats are now as follows;
Maximum Mag Capacity: 8
Headshot Damage: 94 (2.1x)
Bodyshot Damage: 45
Judging from this data, we can conclude that a grand total of 4 shots should down most enemies (based on max shield and health).
Another helpful tip regarding weapon sway is to pull down on the aiming stick when you’re firing. After every shot, the reticle will reset back to the middle, so if you keep pulling down while firing, your Wingman’s reticle should remain on target.
As aforementioned, practice is key with both of these tips. So, if you want to master the Wingman, head into the Firing Range and try to incorporate these tips into your arsenal.
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