Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale game that has terrific gunplay and mobility while the core gameplay still manages to focus on team play. It was one of the most anticipated games at the time of its release and continues to improve every day. Obviously, in order for the game to continue to get updated and rebalanced, it has to turn a profit. EA has implemented a monetization system that allows players to buy cosmetics in order to help further the development of the game.
In Apex Legends, there are several purchasable cosmetics; banners, emotes, and skins are just a few of the things players can purchase from the in-game store through coins or tokens. One of the most expensive cosmetics in Apex Legends that can only be bought is Heirloom Shards.
What are Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends?
There are several digital in-game currencies in Apex Legends. There are Legend Tokens, Apex Coins, Crafting Metals, and Heirloom Shards. Although technically, the Crafting Metals and Heirloom Shards are not digital currencies but rather are ingredients or, succinctly, materials required for crafting cosmetic items. The Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends are the rarest currency in comparison to the others. These Heirloom Shards are used to redeem extremely unique items for specific Legends. These uncommon cosmetics are unlockable only during Collection Events. The other means to acquire them is to purchase through the obscure Heirloom Shards.
How Heirloom Shards are Earned in Apex Legends
The following are the ways to earn Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends:
- Found in Apex Packs as a drop every time you level up
- Found in Apex Packs that are bought through real money
Acquiring Apex Packs is most cost-efficient when you play the game with a Battle Pass. However, buying outright Apex Packs through in-game currencies is the fastest way to earn Heirloom Shards; It is, however, extremely expensive to do so. Playing the game while completing weekly and daily challenges are widely considered to be the better way to earn Apex Packs.
What is the Drop Rate of Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends?
The good news for you is that It is mandated by law that video game publishers, like EA, must put out a piece of information on the chances of drops in loot boxes. The Heirloom Shards in Apex Packs generate at a rare 1/500 chance; which is why it’s generally considered a bad idea to buy Apex Packs for the purpose of acquiring these Heirloom Shards. There is foolproof protection for this slim chance of getting the Heirloom Shard though. If by bad luck you have not seen an Heirloom Shard in the 499 Apex Packs you had burned through, the 500th Apex Packs should provide you with one fully guaranteed. This mechanism resets on your 501st Apex Pack, though, the same 1/500 chance still applies for each Apex Pack.