In the same vein as other free-to-play Battle Royale games such as Fortnite, Apex Legends features a wide variety of unlockables that greatly enhance the player’s experience through cosmetic items.
These can be acquired through gameplay and by spending in-game currency. In addition to this, there are various lootboxes that contain many of these items in a single set. These are known as Apex Packs.
Apex Legends Loot Boxes
First, you require the ‘Apex Coins’ which are the premium in-game currency in Apex Legends. The methods for acquiring these vary in cost since they can be purchased with actual money or earned through playing.
- 1 Apex Pack would cost 100 Apex Coins ($1.00 USD)
- 10 Apex Packs can cost 1,000 Apex Coins ($9.99 USD)
Other Apex Legend currencies include:
- Legend Tokens: These are earned through playing and can be used to unlock Legends and select cosmetics
- Crafting Metals: The can earn once you have acquired enough Apex Packs and can be used to craft cosmetics
Earning Apex Packs
The total number of free Apex Packs that can be earned by players is 45 between Level 1 and Level 100 cap. There are 3 items that can be found in these packs from any of the following cosmetic types:
- Weapon Skins
- Legend Finishers
- Banner Frames
- Banner Poses
- Banner Stat trackers
- Intro Quips
- Kill Quips
- Legend Skins
- Crafting Metals
This wide variety of unlockables allows players to modify their playing experience in numerous ways that change the gameplay to their liking.
Apex Loot Chances
A common concern game with payment systems is duplicates. Fortunately, this is not a problem that plagues the Apex Packs since they do not drop duplicates, thanks to a thing called “Bad Luck Protection.”
As a result, the player can earn at least one Legendary Item and the probabilities of drops having something of real value are as follows:
- 100% for Rare or Better
- 24.8% for Epic or Better
- 7.4% for Legendary
Apex Legends players gain a sense of accomplishment for exploring due to the fair reward system.
Each of these allows them to enhance the gameplay and instills the players with a desire for exploration in anticipation of what they will uncover next.
Bonus Heirloom Set
This is one of rarest sets in the game. There is currently only one of these in Apex Legends and it has less than a 1% chance of dropping. The set includes 3 items for a wraith:
- Banner Pose
- Melee Weapon Skin
- Intro Quip
This set does not count as opening an Apex Pack and it cannot be crafted. Therefore, the player can still open the pack he earns once he receives the Bonus Heirloom Set.
To make it fair on the player, the game ensures that he cannot open more than 500 Apex Packs without receiving this bonus and it is considered one of the biggest player achievements throughout the gameplay.
The official Apex Legends FAQ confirms this.