In a surprise patch released on December 5th Apex Legends announces more nerfs to shotguns. These include balance changes to the Peacekeeper, EVA-8, and the Precision Choke hop-up. Members of the community have been asking for changes to shotguns in Apex Legends and Respawn is listening.

While the Peacekeeper did get a small damage nerf last month it wasn’t enough to satisfy the community. The spread of the shotguns is what had many players upset with the weapons. With the most recent patch, Respawn has addressed the spread for both the Peacekeeper and the Precision Choke. This also includes decreasing the bolt hit size for Peacekeeper and EVA-8.

More information regarding the patch was released on Reddit. Here are the full patch notes released for Dec 5th:

Hey gamers!

Respawn just put out a server patch for all platforms with MORE balance adjustments for shotguns, specifically the Peacekeeper! See below for specifics, as well as some info about The Game Awards 2019!


  • Decreased bolt hit size for Peacekeeper and EVA-8 (bolt = pellet)

    • Our goal here is to make it harder to land full chunks of damage while still making sure shots continue to feel consistent.

  • Increased shot spread for Peacekeeper

    • We want to preserve its bursty fantasy of precision and snapshots, as well as its playmaking potential but felt that it’s been too strong at range so we’ve increased shot spread meaning that now players need to get closer in order to do full 100+ damage blasts with the Peacekeeper.

  • Increased spread on final Precision Choke level

    • This reduces the range that you can do full damage with a fully charged Precision Choke shot.