Season 8 of Apex Legends is here, and with it comes the new 30-30 Repeater lever action rifle, as well as the triumphant return of the Anvil Receiver. You may remember the Anvil Receiver as the wicked little attachment that makes the Flatline and R-301 hit like trucks. I’m not complaining about the Anvil Receiver – believe me – but I do think it was an interesting choice to bring it back now.
With the release of the 30-30 Repeater at the same time, I’m really just confused. The new gun feels incredibly similar to an Anvil Receiver Flatline, and competes for the same ammo and parts. It feels almost like Respawn lacked confidence in the Repeater, so they gave us the Anvil Receiver to compensate.
After some testing I found out that the 30-30 Repeater actually does more damage per shot than either the Flatline or R-301 with an Anvil Receiver. That being said, the damage difference is in the ballpark of uh… one. The part where it falls behind is in the comparative fire rate. You can output more DPS with the Receiver than with the Repeater almost every time. The Receiver can also be turned off, letting you use your gun in full auto.
So where does this leave the 30-30 Repeater in the Apex Legends meta? Well, I think it’s a good gun for anyone willing to put the work in. It hits hard, can be charged up for more damage, and that pickup animation? Sexy. Most of all, the Repeater is satisfying to use, and feels great for medium-range engagements.
At the end of the day you’ll do the most damage with the guns you’re most comfortable with, right? For example, the Prowler is capable of turning enemies into Swiss cheese, but that’s assuming you can actually use it.
And yet, I don’t know exactly what Respawn was thinking when adding the attachment and the gun at the same time. All in all it just feels funky to me. Both options are great really, and it’s definitely going to be easier to find just the 30-30 Repeater than to find the Anvil Receiver hop-up and your desired assault rifle. Regardless of which option you end up with, the experience will be very similar.