How to Get Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends

Abhimannu Das
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How to Get Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends


  • To get an Apex Legends heirloom you will need to be very lucky and get 150 shards to drop at a 0.02% droprate.
  • The alternate method is to unlock an heirloom via a Collections event which take place multiple times a year.
  • It is theoretically possible to get an heirloom from a Collections event by crafting all 24 items but not all players have enough crafting materials.

If you want to get heirloom shards in Apex Legends you need to get extremely lucky as the droprate for 150 heirloom shards is currently set at 0.002% from an Apex Pack. If you are wondering how to get heirloom shards in Apex Legends you have to get lucky or spend money and there are no alternate methods. Opening packs does not slowly increase your drop chance but you are guaranteed 150 heirloom shards for each 500 packs that you open. Event packs and special packs do not count towards the 500-pack counter. However, there are alternate methods of unlocking heirlooms and here is a guide on how to get heirloom shards in Apex Legends. 

How to Get Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends For Existing Heirlooms

The only way to get heirloom shards in Apex Legends is by getting lucky with the 0.002% droprate or by opening 500 Apex packs. You will get 150 heirloom shards which will allow you to unlock an existing heirloom or you can save up the currency and wait for a new heirloom set to release. 

Here is a link to find out how many Apex Packs you have opened to date: 

It will cost you $440 USD to purchase 500 packs. However, if you know how many Apex packs you have already opened, you can simply get the necessary amount of packs to unlock your heirloom shards. Do note that having an EA Play subscription can net you a 10% discount on Apex Coins and it is recommended that you sign up for EA Play for a month to get the discount. You may stop the subscription after purchasing the packs. 

You can purchase an heirloom for free if you have enough crafting materials during a Collection event. It is recommended to wait for the next anniversary event when crafting costs will be halved and the anniversary collections event will offer 150 heirloom shards instead of a featured heirloom.

How to Get An Heirloom for Cheap in Apex Legends 

While getting heirloom shards in Apex Legends can be a costly affair, getting new heirlooms is far less expensive. Each legend gets their “Collection” event and if you unlock all 24 collection items which includes 12 legendary and 12 epic items. If you unlock all the items via event packs or by crafting them, or a mix of both, you will get access to the respective heirloom from the event. 

Here are some quick numbers to help you decide if the heirloom is worth it or not: 

  • Cost of 24 Apex Event Packs (guaranteed heirloom): 16800 Apex Coins 
  • Cost of two special bundles: 7500 Apex Coins 
  • Apex Coins + Price of 12 Bundles: 15900 Apex Coins 
  • EA Play Subscription: 10% Discount on Apex Coins

For each Epic or Legendary you craft using crafting materials, you will have to purchase one less event pack. The cheapest way to get the bundle is to craft as many Epic items as possible and then purchase the remaining packs depending on how many items you need. 

The special bundles include one skin each and cost a total of 7500 Apex coins which lets you save a total of 900 Apex Coins. Getting an EA Play subscription will allow you to get a 10% discount on your coin purchases which can bring down the cost of getting the heirloom significantly.

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.