The popularity of Apex Legends has been explosive. The hero shooter has had tons of post-launch content and millions of players, with new people getting into the action every day. The fourth season has recently started, bringing even more new content and mechanics.
The game has a lot of mechanics that intertwine with each other, and new players can often feel a bit confused. One of the mechanics is tied to Apex Premium Packs, and that is Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends. So to avoid problems, we have created a simple guide. Here’s how heirloom shards work in Apex Legends. Heirloom items provide Apex heroes in the game with a unique melee weapon, voice piece, and banner pose, giving them a certain status and style.
This new system is based on trying to get incredibly rare items called relics. Heirloom sets used to be locked into full sets, where players would get an entire set of unique cosmetic items in one go. EA changed this system in the most recent patch to break the system and simplify it a bit. Apex Packs that would have dropped sets now drop Inheritance Shards.
The first method of achieving this is to obtain Heirloom Shards from an Apex Pack, which can be converted to be used with a specific Heirloom set. The player themselves can choose which set they want to apply the shards to, so there’s a lot of flexibility. Shards will have the same drop rate as the old system, so that after 500 Apex Packs, you’ll have enough Heirloom Shards for a full set.
However, it’s still a 1 in 500 chance, so you have to be very lucky to open one in Packs.
Heirloom Sets and Shards can also be obtained by completing challenges during events, such as the upcoming System Override Collection. During this event, which you can watch the trailer for below, players can get the Octane Heirloom set for free. After the event ends, the Octane set will be restricted to Apex Packs.