Apex Legends – How to Get Heirloom Shards

Apex Legends Heirlooms

If you’re wondering how to get Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends, this short guide will get to the point and tell you how. Originally, the only way to get Heirlooms for each Legend was through a random drop from an Apex Pack. However, the only two ways to acquire them now are getting rare Heirloom Shards or from a Collection Event.

Collection Events are limited-time events where you can complete daily challenges to get points, similar to a battle pass. For example, completing the pass/collection for the System Override event gave Octane’s Butterfly Knife. Further down you can see which Heirloom came from which event if you click here.

Table of Contents

How to Get Heirloom Shards
What Are Heirloom Shards For?
How Many Heirloom Shards Are in an Apex Pack?
How Apex Many Packs Have I Opened? (Calculator)
Collection Event Heirlooms

How to Get Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends

Apex Legends How to get Heirloom Shards

The only way to get Heirloom Shards right now in Apex Legends is from an Apex Pack. It doesn’t matter whether you got a pack for free or bought it, they both have the same chance of dropping them. Developer Respawn Entertainment states in their FAQ that there was originally a 1% chance of an Heirloom dropping from an Apex Pack. Since this can no longer happen, people assume Heirloom Shards have the same chance to drop.

The FAQ also states that a player cannot open more than 500 Apex Packs without receiving an Heirloom, assuming the same goes for Heirloom Shards. If the same rules still apply, your Apex Pack will also not be consumed if it drops them.

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?

Heirloom Shard Packs
Photo credit to /u/Quirrel- on Reddit.

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?

Apex Packs Calculator

If you’re wondering how many Apex Packs you’ve opened, there’s an easy way to find out. There’s a useful website that calculates how many you’ve gotten based on certain factors. So long as you enter information correctly like your account level and how far you got into your battle pass, it’ll do the rest. Take a look at the website here.

Collection Event Heirlooms

Collection Events are the second way to get Heirlooms without opening 500 different packs. These are limited-time events with their own rewards that the developer creates every so often. By completing daily challenges toward a collection pass, you’ll rack up points, 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 event collection unlocked Lifeline’s Shock Sticks.
Pathfinder Completing the Holo-Day Bash event collection 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.

I hope this guide helps you understand how to get Heirloom Shards and any other questions you may have. If you need help with something else Apex Legends related, feel free to ask in the comments below.

If you want to learn more about Apex Legends, get the 10 Best Tips and Tricks for Beginners or get better at grappling with Pathfinder in our guide.


Apex Legends released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, on February 4, 2019. It’s currently planned for Nintendo Switch in late 2020 with cross-platform play on all consoles. There are rumors about a mobile version too.

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