Apex Legends utilizes a loot system where rarity, and level, are highlighted by color. Unsurprisingly, gold (legendary) represents the rarest and best items. Here are all the gold items and what they do.
Apex Legends Rarest Items
Gold items on the map are often hard to come by due to the benefits they offer. The gold color is preceded by, in order of most common to rare, Level 1 (grey), Level 2 (blue) and level 4 purple.
There is actually a rarity level higher than Legendary, which is red or heirloom. This covers heirloom items for Legends, care package weapons, and the red evo shield.
While blue and purple provide an increase in what the item achieves, gold items are the same as purple, but include an additional benefit. Gold gear comes in the form of helmets, body shields, knockdown shields, backpacks, and various attachments.
As you can probably guess, helmets provide headshot damage protection. The gold helmet gives a headshot damage reduction of 50%. The additional benefit it yields is an increase in charge speed for both tactical and ultimate abilities.
If you’re playing as Octane, you should probably give your gold helmet to a teammate, as your cooldowns are so short already.
- Grey: 30% damage reduction
- Blue: 40% damage reduction
- Purple: 50% damage reduction
- Gold: 50% damage reduction and reduces tactical & ultimate recharge by 20%
Gold Body Shield
Whereas helmets reduce damage received, body shields give you extra health, which can be recharged with cells and batteries. This additional health is indicated by up to five bars above your normal health bar, each representing 25 HP.
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The gold variant of a body shield gives you the same increased health of the purple shield (+100HP), but has the added benefit of increasing the power of healing items. Instead of only boosting your shield/health by 25, shield cells and syringes will add 50.
- Normal: 2 shields
- Blue: 3 shields
- Purple: 4 shields
- Gold: 4 shields and syringes & shield cells add 50HP instead of 25
Gold Knockdown Shield
The knockdown shield is a new concept to battle royale games, which at least gives you some form of hope when knocked down.
With a knockdown shield, an opponent will need to inflict as much damage as the knockout shield provides health, assuming you are facing their direction with the shield activated. The shield will only cover the front of you though.
The golden variant provides a very powerful ability, allowing you to revive yourself. This self-revive is slower than a regular revive from a teammate, and you’re totally exposed while doing it, so be careful when you activate it.
- Normal: 100 knockdown shield health
- Blue: 250 knockdown shield health
- Purple: 750 knockdown shield health
- Gold: 750 knockdown shield health and the ability to self-revive
Just like other battle royale games, backpacks allow you to store various items. The bigger, or rarer, the backpack the more you can store.
A gold backpack in Apex Legends results in teammates who have been revived coming back with more health and shield. Players will be revived with 50 shields and 70 health.
- Normal: Additional 2 items
- Blue: Additional 4 items
- Purple: Additional 6 items
- Gold: Additional 6 items and revived teammates have increased shield and health
Digital Threat Scopes
There are two gold scopes in Apex Legends: 1x, and 4x – 10x variable. Both of these are the only scopes to provide digital threat detection.
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The perk of digital threat detection is the ability to see enemies through smoke and gase. Enemies are highlighted red when looking through the sight.
They are perfect if you have a Bangalore on your team who can smother the enemies in smoke, allowing you to spray through at them. Equally, if you get caught in a spot with Caustic’s gas.
Other Gold Attachments
The remaining gold items don’t provide any alternative benefit from their more common counterparts, except for the barrel stabilizer. They simply provide more, or better, of what a purple attachment does.
- Extended mag: Increases ammo capacity – gold automatically reloads holstered weapons
- Barrel stabilizer (Vaulted): Reduces recoil – gold reduces weapon flash
- Turbocharger: Removes spin-up times for Devotion and Havoc
- Anvil Reciever: Increased damage in semi-auto fire mode for R301 and Flatline