What are Heirlooms in Apex Legends?

Talk about a style upgrade.

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While playing Apex Legends, you may have come across customization options known as Heirlooms. You may have also seen streamers or professional players sporting unique melee items while they play. These stylish upgrades are some of the most exclusive items in the game, but they come at a very high price.

It’s not easy to get your hands on an Heirloom. They require a unique currency that can’t be forged or purchased with real money and takes a long time to obtain through normal gameplay. Not all legends have Heirlooms, either. While developer Respawn is adding more every season, it hasn’t quite gotten to everyone yet, making these impressive cosmetics even more exclusive.

Here’s everything you need to know about Heirlooms and how to get them in Apex.

What are Heirlooms?

As described by the game, Heirlooms are “unique cosmetic melee weapons” for the game’s legends. Each one can only be equipped by the particular legend it was designed for and it replaces the appearance of that character’s fists in-game. Heirlooms also replace the usual melee punch animation of each legend. Caustic’s Death Hammer Heirloom, for example, causes him to swing his hammer while melee attacking, while Bangalore’s Cold Steel Heirloom causes her to slash her knife out in front of her.

Some Heirlooms are lore-based. Lifeline’s Shock Sticks look like drumsticks, which is a reference to her history as a drummer in a band, while Pathfinder’s Boxing Gloves reference his boxing prowess and the Pathfinder’s Fight Night area on the Olympus map. Others are simply there for design or simple character references, like Octane’s Butterfly Knife.

How do I get an Heirloom?

Each Heirloom costs 150 Heirloom Shards to unlock and includes an exclusive stance and intro quip for that character. While this sounds relatively simple, Heirloom Shards can only be found in loot crates—and they have a one in 500 chance of dropping from a crate, according to EA’s Apex Legends FAQ page. This means that you’re guaranteed one set of Heirloom Shards in every 500 loot crates, but that’s a lot of money to spend on one cosmetic item. The drop rate remains the same regardless of whether a loot crate was purchased or earned through progression.

If a loot crate contains Heirloom Shards, the total amount in the loot crate is enough to purchase one legend’s set. The reason why so many pros and streamers seem to have them is simply that they play the game more than most fans, which maximizes the number of loot crates they get through progression. Some players have also gotten frustrated enough that they’ve spent ample amounts of money on loot crates to get their favorite legend’s Heirloom.

Does every legend have an Heirloom?

No. Right now, only a handful of legends have a corresponding Heirloom. While more are added each season (like Revenant’s Dead Man’s Curve from season nine), Respawn hasn’t gotten to every legend yet, particularly since the number of legends in the game continues to grow. Right now, the following legends have their own Heirloom:

  • Bangalore: Cold Steel
  • Revenant: Dead Man’s Curve
  • Gibraltar: War Club
  • Caustic: Death Hammer
  • Mirage: Too Much Witt
  • Octane: Butterfly Knife
  • Pathfinder: Boxing Gloves
  • Lifeline: Shock Sticks
  • Bloodhound: Raven’s Bite
  • Wraith: Kunai
  • Crypto: Biwon Blade
  • Valkyrie: Suzaku
  • Rampart: Problem Solver
  • Wattson: Energy Reader
  • Loba: Garra de Alanza

It’s unclear which legend will be getting their own Heirloom next, but the dev team is great at consistently releasing them each season. Right now, the best way to get an Heirloom is to cross your fingers and clutch your lucky charm of choice the next time you open an Apex pack.

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Emily Morrow

Emily is a staff writer covering Apex Legends, Overwatch, Pokemon, and general gaming for Dot Esports. Her other bylines include Digital Trends, Screen Rant, and GameSpew. She also works as a narrative designer in games. Get in touch with her on Twitter @thepokeflute.