Apex Legends Heirloom Shards—What They Are and How to Get Them

The rarest and most desired currency in Apex Legends, find out how to get your hands on Heirloom shards, and how you can spend them on your favorite Legend.

Writer for Buff, Remi Smith
By Remi Smith
Joel Taylor, editor for Buff
Edited by Joel Taylor

Updated May 15, 2023.

Have you ever hopped onto a game of apex only to die at the hands of a Wraith with a shiny throwing knife? Maybe you've watched a Valkyrie fly past with her awesome new tech-spear? Well, those cool items are called mythics, and they're the most satisfying and unique way to customize your favorite legend in Apex Legends. How do you get them? Heirloom shards are the answer.

Heirloom Shards are the rarest and most sought-after currency in the game, and they're almost the only way to get your hands on your favorite legends' mythical 3-tier evolving Prestige legend skins and Heirlooms, the hand-held cosmetic items that your character pulls out and interacts with when putting your weapons away.

Keep reading to learn how to get them.

How to Get Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends

Heirloom shards are pretty hard to come by, and you need 150 of them to build any mythical item. As of right now, the only way to get Heirloom shards is with luck when opening apex packs. Currently, the chances of 150 of those shiny shards dropping when you open a pack are about 0.2%, or 1 in 500 pack openings. Luckily for us, the devs at Respawn were nice enough to guarantee at least 1 pack filled with Heirloom Shards every 500 packs you open.

Apex Packs

Apex packs are fortunately quite easy to come by. You'll automatically receive a pack every few levels, and with the new level cap introduced in season 14, you'll be guaranteed 544 packs by the time you reach the max level of 2,000. It's also possible to earn more packs in the seasonal battle pass, event challenges, and by purchasing them from the store. You can also save up buff tokens to get free apex packs!

Seasonal Battle Pass

Purchasing and finishing the battle pass has more perks than just handing you more packs; it also gives you and anyone in your party an XP boost to help get through your levels faster for those guaranteed packs!

So whether you're willing to pay for some extra packs, or you're strictly sticking to free-to-play, everyone is guaranteed some Heirloom Shards if they play long enough!

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