Apex Legends

How to unlock Heirlooms in Apex Legends

Published: 23/Dec/2020 13:21

by Alex Garton


Apex Legends Heirlooms are some of the most desired items in the game to collect. With each representing an iconic Legend from the title, and being incredibly rare, players are desperate to get their hands on even one. Here’s everything you need to know about Heirlooms and how to go about obtaining one of your own.

To say that Heirlooms are sought after in Apex Legends would be an understatement. For most players, there’s nothing more valuable in-game and they’ll do anything to obtain one for their main Legend.

One of the reasons why Heirlooms are so prized is due to their rarity. Respawn has certainly not made it easy for players to acquire one of these items. This means you either have to be incredibly lucky, willing to grind out a lot of Apex – or spend a serious chunk of money.

Octane's Heirloom in Apex Legends
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Each heirloom is dedicated to a specific Legend and is designed to fit their character.

How many Heirlooms are in Apex Legends?

At the release of Apex Legends back in 2019, only one Heirloom existed in-game for the Legend, Wraith. However, since then, Respawn has slowly added more, with the most recent addition being Caustic’s Death Hammer.

In total, there are now seven Heirlooms in-game, and Respawn intends to give each Legend their own unique item. Here’s a list of each of the Heirlooms and which Legend they belong to:

  • Wraith – Kunai (A black blade with a glowing purple edge)
  • Bloodhound – Raven’s Bite (An axe with a glowing red edge)
  • Lifeline – Shock Sticks (A pair of defibrillator sticks)
  • Pathfinder  – Boxing Gloves (Blue boxing gloves with screens on them)
  • Octane – Butterfly Knife (A green knife with Octane’s signature stim)
  • Mirage – Too Much Witt (A golden trophy of Mirage)
  • Caustic – Death Hammer (A hammer shaped like a skull, equipped with gas)
Mirage's Heirloom in Apex Legends
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Once players have collected enough shards, they can choose which Heirloom to unlock.

Where do you get Heirlooms?

Obtaining your very own Heirloom has changed quite a bit since the release of Apex Legends. Initially, players had to open packs with a 1 in 500 chance of getting hold of a random Heirloom set. With each pack opened, your odds of receiving an Heirloom increased by one, guaranteeing you would unlock an item after 500 packs.

Although this meant players who opened countless packs would eventually get an Heirloom, it was completely random in which one they finally received.

This was changed in February 2020, with Respawn implementing an Heirloom Shard system. Instead of just randomly acquiring an Heirloom, players instead receive shards that can be saved up to unlock a set of their choice. It’s worth noting that the new system still guarantees players will have enough shards after 500 packs to unlock an Heirloom.

In their FAQ,  Respawn explains that “A player cannot open more than 500 Apex Packs without receiving an Heirloom set,” but “Once a player owns all of the Heirloom Sets, the player will not be eligible for this bonus until more Heirloom Sets are added to the game.”

Heirlooms in Collection Events

However, there is one other way to get an Heirloom. Every season, there are collection events in Apex Legends. A new Heirloom is typically added with each event. If you collect all 24 items in the collection during the event, you will unlock the newest Heirloom.

Once the Collection event is over, the Heirloom is then only obtainable with shards, or in packs. This means that one new Heirloom is added per season too.

Pathfinder's Heirloom in Apex Legends
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You can save up Heirloom shards until a set for your favorite Legend is released.

How to get Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends

The only way to obtain Heirloom Shards is by opening Apex Packs. Respawn has designed it this way so the items remain rare and exclusive.

The best way to earn packs in Apex is to level up your account, but you can also purchase them with real money. Keep in mind you’re guaranteed enough Heirloom shards to get one Heirloom, after opening 500 packs (if you haven’t got any shards after 499 packs).

If you’re not interested in splashing out any cash on the game, just playing consistently will eventually net you an Heirloom. Of course, how long it takes is completely down to luck, so don’t expect to unlock a set instantly.

That’s everything you need to know about Heirlooms in Apex Legends. Fingers crossed luck is on your side and it doesn’t take you until pack 500 to receive your Heirloom.

Apex Legends

How to master Octane in Apex Legends: Abilities, tips, more

Published: 23/Feb/2021 11:55 Updated: 23/Feb/2021 11:58

by Alex Garton


Season 8 has introduced a set of impactful buffs to Octane’s kit making his ultimate ability more reliable and effective. Of course, this means there’s no better time to master the Adrenaline Junkie and take over the Apex Games as Octane.

The launch of Season 8 of Apex Legends brought a range of new content to the game for players to experience. From the new Legend Fuse to the 30-30 Repeater, and of course, the introduction of the reworked King’s Canyon map.

On top of this, a host of buffs and nerfs were applied to existing Legends within the game, with Octane being the recipient of a number of significant changes.

Buffs to the Adrenaline Junkie’s Ultimate ability have made his kit more reliable in high-pressure situations and easier to control. So, mastering Octane in Season 8 could be a great way to win more games and dominate your matches.

If you want to find out how to master any of the weapons in this list, then check out our guides below:
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How to make use of Octane’s abilities

Passive: Swift Mend

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Octane’s passive automatically allows him to restore health.

Octane’s Passive ability Swift Mend allows him to automatically regenerate health over time. When out of combat, the Adrenaline Junkie will restore one health per second, giving him a great source of sustain between fights.

Swift Mend will even continue to work when Octane is knocked down but keep in mind it will not prevent him from bleeding out. Although the ability isn’t an auto-revive, it does mean that if one of your teammates can get you up in a gunfight, you’ll be able to jump into the skirmish a lot quicker than other Legends.

Of course, Octane’s passive won’t significantly impact any aggressive skirmishes, but for drawn-out gunfights, it can be an incredible ability.

Tactical: Stim

Octane stim
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Octane’s Stim is his most iconic ability and the source of his speed.

Octane’s Tactical ability Stim allows him to increase his movement speed significantly for a short period of time. Once activated Stim will increase his sprint speed by 40% and his normal run speed by 30% for six seconds. Keep in mind this ability does cost Octane 12 health per-use, but due to his Passive ability, it doesn’t take Octane long to regenerate that back.

Although Stim can be useful for simple rotations, don’t underestimate the ability’s power in aggressive pushes. Octane is capable of closing the gap on an enemy incredibly quickly, allowing you to catch them off-guard and take them out. Of course, try not to be overly reckless with his movement speed – but it’s definitely a tool that can be used to your advantage.

Finally, keep in mind Octane cannot kill himself with the health cost from his Stim ability, so don’t be afraid to use it if you’re low on health and desperate for a way out.

Ultimate: Launch Pad

Launch Pad Octane
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Every member of a squad can use Octane Ultimate ability.

Octane’s Ultimate Launch Pad gives him the ability to put down a device that propels him into the air and even gives him a double jump to shift direction. Compared to other Ultimate’s in the game, Octane’s Launch Pad is on an extremely low cooldown of 60 seconds, meaning players can regularly use it to make plays and push opponents.

It’s worth noting that in the Season 8 patch, Octane’s Launch Pad was reworked to give players more control over the direction that they fly. So, if you’re looking to fly in a horizontal direction, hit the pad while crouching. However, if you’re looking for a high-arc jump, head onto the pad in a normal standing position.

Although these changes are nothing huge, they do give Octane players more control over how they want to approach a fight using his Ultimate.

Octane tips and tricks

1. Don’t be afraid to use Stim

Octane Stim
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Octane’s Stim ability has a two-second cooldown.

For a lot of new Octane players, using the Stim ability can feel strange as you’re losing health while it’s active, but as Swift Mend is available out of combat, it’s key you use Stim a lot.

Having access to a significant movement speed increase as soon as you drop into the map is incredibly powerful, especially in the early game. So, make sure you’re using Stim while looting to get geared up as quickly as possible. As the ability is on a two-second cooldown, you can afford to spam it and use Octane’s speed to your advantage.

Of course, there’s always a chance you get caught with lower health than an opponent, but Octane is a high-risk Legend that rewards an aggressive playstyle, so play to his strengths.

Look for flanks on enemies

Octane tricks
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Octane has some of the best movement-based abilities in Apex, so make the most of them.

With Octane’s Launch Pad and Stim, you have all the tools to look for some amazing flanks. Whether you fly over the top of the gunfight with his Ultimate ability or use his tactical Stim to run around the side to find a devastating flank, it’s key you make the most of Octane’s movement-based kit.

Of course, this tip comes with the caveat that a flank is not always the right decision in a skirmish. Assess where your teammates are positioned and whether your solo mission may put them in harm’s way. If so, it may be better to take a standard approach and stick with your team.

Use his movement abilities as a getaway option

Octane guide
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Don’t be afraid to use Octane’s Launch Pad as a means of retreat

Although Octane rewards an aggressive playstyle, not every gunfight will go to plan, so having a means of escape is key. For the Adrenaline Junkie, his aggressive abilities are also his defensive ones, so don’t be afraid to use his Ultimate to get out of a sticky situation.

The same applies with Stim, although it costs 12 health to use, the movement speed boost may be the difference-maker in you getting out alive.

Hopefully, this guide has given you plenty of tips and tricks to completely master Octane, the Adrenaline Junkie. Before long, you’ll be dominating the Apex Games and Stimming your way to victory.

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