If you play Apex Legends, you probably know very well what we are on today. Heirlooms! The most desired cosmetics in the game, and the rarest (or incredibly expensive) items in the game. You can either get them by pursuing your RNG skills, either by paying half a salary for it. In any case, we are going to breakdown all the possible ways to get an Heirloom, their drop chance, and their release info.
This article will keep getting updated with every new Heirloom that will be added in the future. Without further ado, let’s break down the Heirloom drop system and all the available Heirlooms up to date!
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Heirloom is a cosmetic that can be used as a melee weapon, but it doesn’t add any additional damage to the standard melee attack. The first Heirloom ever released was Wraith’s Kunai, right after the launch, and it is still the most desirable one from the community. Lifeline’s, Pathfinder’s, and Octane’s Heirlooms were released in said order.
Heirlooms’ cool animations on the attacks and inspections were enough to get a player to be obsessed about having his favorite Heirloom, and of course, streamers did a very good job of giving the Heirloom’s the prestige of a player that has invested time and money in the game. Besides the Heirloom, you will also get an exclusive Intro Quip and a Banner for the Legend you got the Heirloom for.
Unfortunately, in the early days of Apex Legends, you couldn’t get to choose which Heirloom you get, as it was fully randomized. Especially after the addition of the rest of the Heirlooms, players were scared that they might earn an Heirloom they don’t want.
Wraith’s Kunai was the only Heirloom that was never obtainable through an event. All the other Heirlooms that followed were obtainable through the event that they were introduced in, but it was pretty expensive to get them, as you had to purchase all the event’s items before you unlock the Heirloom, which cost even more. This system got players really mad and forced Respawn to follow a new path.
Thankfully Respawn introduced the Heirloom Shards, during the Override Collection Event. As of March 3d of 2020, Heirlooms are no longer random to obtain, and they were replaced by Heirloom Shards. Heirloom shards can be found only in Apex Packs, and it is the only currency that you can use to unlock the Heirloom of your choice, in the “Heirloom Store”.
Again, you could also get Heirlooms during the events, but later on, you would instantly unlock it after the purchase of all the event’s items. This system got the player base half-pleased, and up ’till now they kept this system for Heirlooms.
The chance of getting an Heirloom is 0.2%, but there is also a “pity” system, where if you don’t get it by the 500th pack, you will get one in the next pack 100%.
You get 3 sets of 50 Heirloom Shards (150 in total), which is exactly the cost of an Heirloom Set. If you feel like you kinda lost track of the Apex Packs you have opened up to date, you can visit this website, which was very kindly made by Mike Zarandona, to help us calculate how close we get to 500 Apex Packs.
Up to date, there are 5 Heirlooms available, and the rumors for an upcoming Wattson Heirloom are getting wild, and even teased by the animators and developers themselves! Below you will find the list of all the Heirlooms released. Credit for the videos goes to J’s Gaming Youtube Channel.
Release Date: February 4, 2019 (Launch Date)
Banner Pose: Fearless
Intro Quip: You know what I look like – come find me.
Release Date: 12 August, 2019 (Iron Crown Event)
Banner Pose: Hound
Intro Quip: I honor those who’ve risen, not those who’ve fallen.
Release Date: 15 October, 2019 (Fight or Fright Event)
Banner Pose: Shock Sticks
Intro Quip: Check yo self – or wreck yo self.
Release Date: 12 December, 2019 (Holo-Day Bash Event)
Banner Pose: Lights Out
Intro Quip: Did you see how great I was? I did all kinds of really amazing moves… are you listening?
Release Date: 3 March, 2020 (System Override Event)
Banner Pose: Spin and Flick
Intro Quip: Run Fast, Hit Fast, Win fast.
Release Date: 23 June, 2020 (Lost Treasures Event)
Banner Pose: You Really Love Me
Intro Quip: Excited to see you all in the ring. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of ‘mes’ to go around.
Release Date: 26 October, 2020 (Aftermarket Event)
Banner Pose: Hammer Time
Intro Quip: I look forward to getting my hands on you.
Release Date: 5 January, 2021 (Fight Night Event)
Banner Pose: Like a Rock
Intro Quip: When this is over, they’ll all know the name ‘Gibraltar.’
Release Date: 9 March, 2021 (Chaos Theory Event)
Banner Pose: No Gun, No Problem
Intro Quip: Hope you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty.
Release Date: 29 June, 2021 (Genesis Event)
Banner Pose: No Escape
Intro Quip: You don’t want to see this up close, skin bag.
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