Apex Legends

Major inventory changes in Apex Legends System Override update

by Albert Petrosyan
Respawn Entertainment

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Apex Legends developers Respawn Entertainment have reworked aspects of the player inventory, including changes to Backpacks and stack sizes for certain items, grenades, and loot.

Kicked off on Tuesday, March 3, the System Override Collections Event is the biggest affair in Apex Legends since the recent launch of Season 4.

The update introduced a lot of new content as well as major changes to some areas of the game, one of them being the player inventory system.

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Respawn Entertainment
System Override will be the biggest event in Apex Legends since the launch of Season 4.

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The inventory is among the most crucial parts of Apex Legends, so, needless to say, making fundamental changes to it can affect decision making and how the game is played.

Base inventory slots & Backpacks

The update increased the base number of slots players have in their inventory from eight to 10. In turn, this also expanded the slots available when a Backpack is equipped by two.

  • Common (gray) Backpack: expands inventory to 12 slots (previously 10)
  • Rare (blue) Backpack: expands inventory to 14 slots (previously 12)
  • Epic (purple) Backpack: expands inventory to 16 slots (previously 14)

Remember, the Legendary (gold) Backpack has the same size inventory as the Epic one, so it too was expanded to 16 slots.

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Apex Legends
Backpacks will now expand inventories in Apex Legends by two more slots than before.

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Stack sizes reduced

Of course, the changes outlined above vastly improved inventories, since even two extra slots can make a world of difference. With that in mind and in order to ensure that things won't get too easy, Respawn balanced things out by reducing the stack sizes for several different items.

The items affected are Grenades, Light/Heavy/Energy ammo, Syringes, Shield Cells, Med Kits, and Shield Batteries.

  • Grenade stacks reduced to 2 -> 1.
  • Light / Heavy / Energy ammo stacks reduced from 80 -> 60.
  • Syringe and Shield Cell stacks reduced from 6 -> 4.
  • Med Kit and Shield Battery stacks reduced from 3 -> 2.

This, of course, doesn't mean that players will only be able to carry only one Grenade or only two Med Kits, only that if they want to carry more, the items will take up more slots in their inventory.

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Respawn Entertainment
The stack sizes for Med Kits, Shield Batteries, and other similar items are being reduced in Apex Legends.

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These inventory tweaks are only one of several major sets of changes that the March 3 update implemented. The patch also made balancing adjustments to several weapons and Legends, including the Peacekeeper, Bloodhound, and more.

There were also several important quality of life improvements, such as a fix to the muzzle flash issue (albeit not for every weapon) and the new Heirloom Shards crafting system, which coincides with the release of Octane's Heirloom set.

For everything you need to know about the update, make sure to check out the Apex Legends System Override Collection Event patch notes.