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Complete Apex Legends equipment guide – Rarity, Legendary perks, and more

Published: 4/Apr/2019 14:33 Updated: 4/Apr/2019 15:11

by Joe O'Brien


While Apex Legends is largely determined by skill, like any battle royale the gear each player has managed to collect plays a major role in success.

Naturally, most loot relates to improving players’ ability to deal out damage – weapons, ammo to fire through those weapons, and attachments to make those weapons more powerful.

There’s a group of items that are more focused on enabling players’ survival, however, whether its through shielding them against threat directly, or providing utility to open up options and make life generally easier.

Understanding exactly what your equipment is doing for you is key to success, especially when it comes to some of the special bonuses of legendary gear, so to make sure you know what you – or your opponents – might be capable of, here’s a complete guide to Apex Legends’ equipment.

Loot drones can be found in-game offering high-quality drops.

Loot Rarity

The first thing to understand about all Apex Legends loot is its rarity. Every item in Apex Legends come in three standard rarities – common, rare, and epic – which are identified by their colors of white, blue, and purple respectively. These rarities will be found around the map as regular floor or chest loot, and each tier typically offers a simple direct improvement on the perks of the tiers below it.

There is a fourth item tier, however – legendary, represented by gold – which grants the same benefits as the epic variant, but with another unique perk.

Legendary items are significantly more rare than any of the other tiers, and are unlikely to be found simply lying around. Instead, they are most commonly found as a reward from supply drops, or in legendary Loot Drones.

While not all items have a Legendary tier, all types of equipment do, and their additional perks make them some of the most valuable items in the game.

Body Shield

Undoubtedly the most valuable piece of equipment you can find, the benefit of Body Shield is simply that it increases your overall health pool. There’s no substitute for simply being able to sustain more shots without being knocked down, and Body Armor also opens up a new set of resources for health replenishment in the form of shield cells and batteries.

Even a common Body Shield adds an extra 50% to a player’s health pool, meaning that if you get into a very early fight, a player with armor has a significant advantage over a player without. The epic and legendary versions, meanwhile, offer 100 health in shielding, doubling the base health.

The Legendary variant also allows players to replenish their shields fully by performing a finisher. While quite situational, it can be very useful for conserving resources when you have limited options for healing up. The Legendary Body Shield is also easiest to make use of on the likes of Bangalore or Gibraltar, who can create cover while finishing an enemy.

Rarity Shield added Additional effect
Common 50
Rare 75
Epic 100
Legendary 100 Finishers completely restore shields
u/FusselP0wnerBody shields are one of the first priorities for players once they hit the ground.


The second half of a player’s defensive set-up, helmets complement body shields, although they don’t actually provide extra health. Instead, they mitigate incoming headshot damage.

While headshot multipliers vary by weapon, if you’re getting hit in the head with any sort of regularity there’s a good chance you’re going to drop incredibly quickly. While wearing a helmet won’t counteract the headshot multiplier entirely, it will take some of the sting out.

The Legendary Helmet also reduces the cooldown of the wearer’s tactical and ultimate abilities. As a result, this is particularly useful for Legends like Lifeline, whose abilities are particularly valuable and take a while to recharge, but less valuable for those whose abilities already recharge quite quickly or are less powerful, like Mirage or Caustic.

Rarity Headshot damage reduction Additional effect
Common Reduces headshot damage taken by 10%
Rare Reduces headshot damage taken by 20%
Epic Reduces headshot damage taken by 25%
Legendary Reduces headshot damage taken by 25% Reduces Tactical and Ultimate ability recharge time


Backpacks perform the very simple purpose of expanding how much gear you can carry at any one time, but it’s hard to overlook how valuable the rarer backpacks can be. Even just the basics of ammo for two different types of weapon and shield and health replenishers can fill out space quickly, and that’s before you start collecting grenades or holding onto attachments you might want to use down the line.

The legendary backpack, however, is arguably the most valuable legendary item in the game. Its bonus perk doubles the speed at which you use healing or shielding items, which can make a massive difference in the middle of a fight, especially for the full-heal items like Med Kits, Shield Batteries, and Phoenix Kits.  

Rarity Inventory slots added Additional effect
Common 2
Rare 4
Epic 6
Legendary 6 Healing/Shielding items take half as long to use
Respawn EntertainmentKnockdown Shields are your only defence against elimination once you’re on the ground.

Knockdown Shields

While Apex Legends does have a respawn system – so elimination isn’t necessarily the end of your game – it takes more time and effort to bring someone back to life than to simple revive them after being knocked down. The player being respawned also starts with no loot again, while a revive means keeping all of your gear.

Knockdown shields are your only defense against elimination, giving you an extra barrier that enemies have to burn through if they want to fully take you out.

In the case of the epic and legendary shields particularly, shooting a downed opponent to the point of elimination becomes a significant investment of time and resources. While “finishers” bypass knockdown shields, they leave the finishing player vulnerable and can be interrupted by incoming damage.

The Legendary knockdown shield also grants wielders the ability to perform a self-revive, which can be used to great effect if enemies aren’t focusing on you after you’ve been downed, and also means that even once your full squad is down, you’re not necessarily out of the game. This ability can only be used once, however.

Rarity Shield health Additional effect
Common 100
Rare 250
Epic 750
Legendary 750 Allows one self-revive
Apex Legends

Apex Legends Holo-Day Bash 2020: Start date, skins, Winter Express LTM

Published: 17/Nov/2020 18:21

by Calum Patterson


It’s almost that time of year again, and Apex Legends’ second holiday season is about to get into full swing. Holo-Day Bash is set to return for 2020, with all new skins, and a rerun of the Winter Express LTM.

To keep up with the yearly festivities, the first event of Apex Legends Season 7 will be holiday-themed – this we know thanks to some badges that have already confirmed the 2020 Holo-day bash ahead of an official announcement from Respawn.

The exact same thing happened with this year’s Fight or Fright event, for Halloween, which was also revealed early due to in-game badges that couldn’t be unlocked yet.

So, if you’re wondering when Holo-day Bash 2020 starts and ends, what kind of cosmetics will be available, and what mode to expect, here’s everything we know so far.

When is Holo-Day Bash 2020 in Apex Legends?

The Holo-Day bash will start on December 1, and run through until January 4. These dates haven’t been confirmed by Respawn yet, but reliable data-miner Shrugtal has provided the early schedule.

Holo-day bash 2020 badges
Respawn Entertainment
Badges for Holo-Day Bash 2020 are already visible in Apex Legends.

Unlike last year though, this is not a Collection event. Instead, like Fight or Fright, Holo-Day Bash 2020 is just a Themed event. That means there won’t be a new Heirloom to unlock, whereas last year,  Pathfinder’s boxing gloves could be unlocked by completing the collection.

Holo-Day Bash 2020 skins

Just because it’s not a collection event though, doesn’t mean there won’t be new skins and cosmetics to get your hands on.

These skins will be available in bundles in the Item Shop, which have already been leaked by data miners. For a complete look at all the bundles and skins, check out our full post here.

Thanks to Biast12, we can see an early showcase of all the bundles that will be dropping during the Holo-Day Bash 2020 event.

There’s also an event prize tracker, which you will be able to complete through challenges.

Winter Express LTM

Speaking of challenges, you’ll want to complete these in the “new-and-improved” Winter Express LTM.

Winter Express LTM 2020
Screenshot via Biast12
Winter Express will return in the Holo-Day Bash 2020 event.

For those who didn’t play last year, Winter Express takes place on World’s Edge, with Mirage as the game announcer. The objective is to win control of the train over three rounds. And there’s no loot – instead, Legends are given preset loadouts.

How the mode will change for 2020’s version isn’t known yet, but there’s set to be “improvements.”