Apex Legends are changing things up with how you can acquire Heirloom items. These are character-based items uniquely created by developers Respawn Entertainment to reflect the personalities and quirky traits of a select character. For example, Octane’s injection knife set, or Wraith’s kunai knife. The Heirloom sets come with a unique item, a piece of dialogue, and a banner pose. Getting these items is extremely difficult, though.
Previously, to obtain an Heirloom item, you had to loot it from an apex pack. When you first start the game, you have a one in 500 chance of looting it. After your first pack, that number goes down to 1 in 499 chance, and the overall total continues to decrease. Before you reach your 500th apex pack, you should loot an Heirloom item at random. After you do, then the total starts back up at 500, and you go through apex packs again for another set. The system has changed with the introduction of Heirloom Shards.
Now, when you loot an apex pack, you have a chance for shards to drop in that pack in a special Heirloom Shard pack. Those shards add to an overall total, and when you have enough, you can craft any of the available Heirloom items in Apex Legends. The introduction of shards removes the randomness of the system, giving players the chance to pick from the available list to choose the one they want for their favorite character.
The chance total remains the same, though, where players have a 1 in 500 chance to obtain an Heirloom item. But, this number signifies how many apex packs players potentially have to go through to craft a full Heirloom item. So, before you reach 500, you should receive enough shards in the packs to craft a full one. You now have a choice, though, when you obtain enough Heirloom shards to craft the item.
To quickly obtain Heirloom Shards, you have to loot apex packs for a chance of an Heirloom Shard pack to drop. You can quickly do this by leveling up in Apex Legends, leveling up your battle pass, or by directly purchasing them using Apex Coins, which you gain by using real-world money.
However, after you loot all of the Heirloom items in the game, you can no longer obtain any shards. You can start earning shards again once a new Heirloom item comes to the game.