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Apex Legends heirlooms: What are heirlooms in Apex Legends and how do you get them?

You may have never seen Apex Legends heirlooms in game, or perhaps have not even heard of them before, such is their scarcity. Heirlooms are rarer than rocking horse dung, so you're not likely to stumble across them during your day-to-day playing of Apex Legends. Thankfully, the only effect they have is cosmetic, giving a new look to specific characters, so a lucky finder isn't going to suddenly dominate the battle royale. It's a bit difficult to follow what Apex Legends heirlooms are exactly and why they're important, so let us try and explain it.

Previously it was only Wraith who had an heirloom set, but now Bloodhound, Lifeline and Pathfinder each have their own heirlooms. Bloodhound has a banner pose called Glory Hound, a melee weapon - an axe - called Raven’s Bite, as well as an intro quip. Lifeline’s set includes a banner pose called shock sticks, a melee weapon - taser drumsticks - called Shock Batons, and an intro quip. Last but not least, Pathfinder’s set includes a banner pose called Lights Out, a melee weapon - boxing gloves - called, you guessed it, Boxing Gloves, and a Kill quip. 

These heirloom sets were initially available during certain events, such as the Fight or Flight Halloween event. If you completed said events, you would get these heirloom sets. If you haven’t, it is assumed that you’ll simply just have to keep opening loot box after loot box to find them. Fun!

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How to get heirlooms in Apex Legends and how common are they?

Apex Legends heirlooms cannot be crafted. You can't even view them in-game until you've unlocked them. Right now, the only method of unlocking them is via Apex Crates. They are the rarest possible drop in the game, but when you do eventually get them, the heirlooms come as a set for each legend. This means you'll get three heirlooms all at the same time, and even better, they don't count as opening an Apex Crate which means you'll still have another one to open afterwards.

Since they're the rarest drop in the game, there must be a slim chance of getting them, right? That's correct - unfortunately, according to the official Apex Legends FAQ, there's a less than 1% chance of getting an heirloom set.

Every cloud has a silver lining though! Much like how you're guaranteed a legendary cosmetic in every 30 Apex Crates you open, an heirloom set is guaranteed to drop once in every 500 crates. This means you could get it on your first or your 500th crate, but as long as you open 500 total crates, you are definitely going to get one heirloom set. If you own all of the heirloom sets in the game though, this won't apply anymore because it's impossible to earn duplicates in Apex Legends.

Since a crate costs 100 Apex Coins, and you can buy 1,000 Apex Coins for £8, it means that one crate costs 80p. Multiply that by 500 and you're only guaranteed an heirloom set for every £400 you spend. Value!

What heirloom sets are there in Apex Legends?

Right now, there is just one heirloom set in the game, which is for Wraith. You'll know you've got it because the Apex Crate will flash red as it bursts open, and inside you'll receive an intro quip, banner pose, and a unique skin for her melee knife. The aforementioned FAQ confirms that more heirloom sets will be added to the game later down the line, so there will likely be at least one set for each Legend in the game.

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