Apex Legends has been explosive in its popularity. The hero shooter has had tons of post-launch content and millions of players, and new folks are hopping into the action every day. Season Four recently kicked off, bringing even more new content and mechanics.
The game has a ton of mechanics that interlock with each other, and often new players might feel a little confused. One of the mechanics is linked to the premium Apex Packs, and it’s Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends. So to avoid problems, we created a simple guide. Here’s a quick primer on Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends and how they work. The Heirloom items provide Apex heroes in-game with a unique melee weapon, voice piece, and banner pose, so there’s a fair bit of status and style attached to them.
This new system is built around trying to roll for incredibly rare items called Heirlooms. The Heirloom sets used to be locked to entire sets, where players would get an entire set of the unique cosmetic items all at once. EA changed this system in the most recent patch to break the system down and simplify it a bit. Now, the Apex Packs that would have dropped sets drop Heirloom Shards.
The first method for getting this is to get Heirloom Shards from an Apex Pack, which can then be converted to be used with a specific Heirloom set. The player themselves can choose which set they want the Shards applied to, so there is plenty of flexibility. The shards will have the same drop rate as the previous system, so that after 500 Apex Packs, you will have enough Heirloom Shards for an entire set.
It’s still a 1 in 500 chance though, so you need to be very lucky to open one in the Packs.
Heirloom sets and Shards can also be obtained by completing challenges during events, like the upcoming System Override Collection. During this event, which you can see the trailer for below, players can collect the Octane Heirloom set for free. After this event ends, the Octane set will be restricted to Apex Packs.