If you’re wondering how to get Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends, this guide is for you. Chances are you’re interested in getting your own special heirloom or mythic to show off. While some people may prefer to outright buy one with the premium currency of Apex Coins, you can’t.
Early on in Apex Legends’ existence, the only way to get heirlooms for each legend was via random drops. Even though this is still essentially the case, the developers did change it slightly so players can get the one they want. Originally it was completely reliant on RNG and you never knew which one you would get.
This led to the positive change of getting Heirloom Shards to buy the Heirloom you want instead of hoping to get lucky. Fortunately, there is one other limited method for still getting Heirlooms if you’re an active player.
Collection Events are a limited-time opportunity where you can complete daily challenges to get points. This is similar to a battle pass if you’re familiar with how those work. If you get every cosmetic exclusive to a Collection Event, you can then unlock the heirloom or mythic skin attached to it. Otherwise, you can still use Heirloom Shards as explained below.
How to Get Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends
Despite changes made to the game by developer Respawn Entertainment, the chances of getting an Heirloom are still extremely low. The only good thing is that you have a choice now of which one you get. Instead of getting a random Heirloom from an Apex Pack, you’ll now get Heirloom Shards.
Regardless of whether you get a pack for free or spend the premium currency of Apex Coins to get them, it doesn’t matter. They both have the same chance of dropping Heirloom Shards. Originally, the chance to get an Heirloom was 1% or within opening 500 Apex Packs.
This chance to get one transferred over when they changed it to getting Heirloom Shards instead. Therefore, if you manage to open 500 Apex Packs, you’ll have gotten Heirloom Shards at some point. Whether that’s the first pack or the 500th is where the fun comes.
You can then head over to the Store page at the Apex Legends lobby and pick which Heirloom or Prestige Skin you want to buy. With that said, if you’re not sure how many packs you’ve opened, you can check the calculator we’ve listed further down. This helps with understanding how close you are to that 500th pack.
What Are Heirloom Shards For?
Most of you probably already know what Heirloom Shards are for if you’re here. But if you’re not sure, don’t worry! As the name says, they’re used to buy Heirlooms since you can no longer get them from drops.
This is a way to let players choose which one they want instead of getting a random Heirloom for a character they might not play. Once you get 150 Heirloom Shards, you can buy whatever Heirloom you’d like.
How Many Heirloom Shards Are in an Apex Pack?
If you’re lucky enough to get Heirloom Shards from an Apex Pack, you’ll get a total of 150 from it. As the picture shows above, there will be three separate rewards that contain 50 each. No matter what, you’ll always get 150 in total, which is enough to purchase an Heirloom. This type of Apex Pack is also known as an Heirloom Shard Pack.
How Many Apex Packs Have I Opened?
If you’re trying to figure out how many Apex Packs you’ve opened or ever gotten, we’ve got a calculator for you. Using the website shown in the image above, you can track how many packs you’ve gotten across every season. This tool is courtesy of creator Mike Zarandona.
As you enter information, it will update providing numbers on how many Apex Packs you’ve gotten and how close you are to your next Heirloom. We’ve updated this guide to reflect a more recent version of the calculator available here. Our other Apex Legends guide talks more specifically about the calculator and every Heirloom.
Collection Event Heirlooms in Apex Legends
Collection Events are the second way to get Heirlooms without opening 500 different packs. As previously mentioned, these are limited-time events with their own rewards that the developer creates every so often. By completing daily challenges you can work toward the collection pass.
You’ll rack up points with each challenge and then depending on the event, you may even unlock an Heirloom. Take a look at the list below for what events had which Heirlooms.
|Wraith||Collection Events didn’t exist yet for the Wraith Kunai.|
|Bloodhound||Originally available during the Iron Crown event for 3,500 Apex Coins.|
|Lifeline||Completing the Halloween Fight or Fright collection event unlocked Lifeline’s Shock Sticks.|
|Pathfinder||Completing the Holo-Day Bash collection event gave Pathfinder’s Boxing Gloves.|
|Octane||Completing the System Override event gave Octane’s Butterfly Knife.|
|Mirage||Completing the Lost Treasures Event collection gave Mirage’s Too Much Witt trophy.|
|Caustic||Completing the Aftermarket collection event gave Caustic’s Death Hammer heirloom.|
|Gibraltar||Completing the Fight Night collection event gave Gibraltar’s War Club heirloom.|
|Bangalore||Completing the Chaos Theory collection event gave Bangalore’s Cold Steel heirloom.|
|Revenant||Completing the Genesis collection event gave Revenant’s Dead Man’s Curve.|
|Rampart||Completing the Evolution collection event gave Rampart’s Problem Solver.|
|Wattson||Completing the Raiders collection event gave the Energy Reader.|
|Crypto||Completing the Warriors collection event gave the Biwon Blade.|
|Valkyrie||Completing the Awakening collection event gave the Suzaku.|
|Loba||Completing the Beast of Pray collection event gave the Garra de Alanza.|
|Seer||Completing the Spellbound collection event gave the Showstoppers.|
|Wraith||Completing the Imperial Guard collection event gave Wraith’s second Heirloom, Hope’s Dawn.|
|Ash||Completing the Sun Squad collection event gave Ash’s Strongest Link.|
I hope this guide helps you understand how to get Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends. I tried to stuff a bunch of information into this guide for those of you not sure how it all works. Hopefully you can get a cool mythic to show off your character.
Apex Legends released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, on February 4, 2019. It released later for Nintendo Switch on March 9, 2021. Despite launching on mobile platforms like iOS and Android, it was later shut down. Cross-platform play is available between consoles and PC at this time.
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