Heirlooms are the highest tier of cosmetic items that players can purchase in Apex Legends. Here’s our tier list for this highly sought-after item.
Since Apex Legends is a free-to-play FPS battle royale game set in the same universe as the Titanfall franchise of video games, Respawn Entertainment opted to use the “freemium” model to monetize this game. As such, players don’t have to purchase the game to enter the lobby.
Instead, players can purchase cosmetic items such as skins, battle passes, trackers, banners, emotes, and more to customize their play session in Apex Legends. Furthermore, players can also buy loot boxes called Apex packs that provide them with 3 random items. Among these cosmetic items, heirlooms have the lowest drop rate.
Heirlooms have the lowest drop rate of any cosmetic item in the game, so they are really sought after by the player base. These cosmetic items are basically custom-made melee skins for each individual Legend in the game.
While Heirlooms were really basic when Respawn first introduced them back in 2019, the newer ones have seen a massive upgrade in terms of their looks, animations, sound effects, and other aspects. Suffice it to say, with each new Heirloom release Respawn is definitely upping its game.
How many Heirlooms are there in 2023?
Right now, in season 19, there are 21 Heirlooms in Apex Legends. Fuse was the last Legend to receive an Heirloom in the Harbingers Collection Event. This was the 19th unique Heirloom added, while the rest were recolors of old Heirlooms.
Best Heirlooms in Apex Legends (A Complete Tier List)
Now, we’ll rank each Heirloom that Respawn has released in Apex Legends so far, putting them into three categories: S-Tier, A-Tier, and B-Tier.
All the Heirlooms that Respawn has made so far are really unique in their own way. Each of them somehow paid homage to each character’s backstory and aspirations. However, not all of them are created equal, as the older ones were really basic compared to the new ones, which are much more complex with amusing inspect animations and other sound effects.
The S-Tier Heirlooms represent the best of the best Heirlooms for their popularity and uniqueness. The A-Tier Heirlooms are rare and eye-catching but fall slightly short of their S-Tier counterparts. Lastly, the B-Tier Heirlooms look and feel okay compared to A and S-Tier ones. Players would love to have these skins, but they don’t mind not having one of them.
As with any other tier list, this one will be highly subjective. This list will be ideal for newcomers and returning veterans looking to open their first Heirloom.
|Hope’s Dawn, Hope’s Dusk, Dead Man’s Curve, Biwon Blade, War Club, Raven’s Bite
|Garra de Alanza, Death Hammer, Suzaku, Showstoppers, Cold Steel, Butterfly Knife, Shock Sticks, Razor’s Edge
|Problem Solver, Boxing Gloves, Strongest Link, Too Much Witt, Energy Reader
19. Wattson’s Energy Reader
Wattson was released in Season 2. However, she received her Heirloom in the Raiders Collection Event in Season 11. Wattson has a pretty huge fan base, as she is one of the most likable Legends in the game. However, her Heirloom was very underwhelming compared to the community’s expectations. Respawn decided to give Wattson an Heirloom that looks like a barcode reader, and many players aren’t really fond of it.
18. Mirage’s Too Much Witt
The Outland’s most famous trickster received his Heirloom with the Lost Treasures collection event. Surprising absolutely no one, it turned out to be a statue of himself. Yes, Mirage’s Heirloom is a mini-statue version of himself. Also, his Heirloom has some unique inspect and melee animations that perfectly align with his carefree attitude.
17. Ash’s Strongest Link
For Ash’s Heirloom, Respawn gave her a traditional Chinese martial arts weapon, commonly known as “Nunchucks” or “Nunchaku.” The Apex community, especially the Ash mains, hoped Respawn would release something similar to “Sai,” matching Ash’s personality. However, when Respawn revealed the Strongest Link, players weren’t really happy with it. So, despite having lots of animations and functionality, it remains one of the worst Heirloom releases in Apex Legends.
16. Pathfinder’s Boxing Gloves
Pathfinder received his own custom-made Heirloom in the shape of boxing gloves with the Holo-Day Bash collection event. It matches his cheerful personality as these globes have animated emojis that reflect his current mode. The Heirloom looks great and matches his personality. However, it is distracting to many players due to being huge.
15. Rampart’s Problem Solver
Since Rampart is a weapons modder, it makes so much sense that Respawn opted to use a real wrench as her Heirloom.
On top of that, this Heirloom which is aptly named Problem Solver has a built-in bubble gum dispenser as Rampart is often seen chewing gums. Unsurprisingly, it even matches her lore to the teeth.
14. Lifeline’s Shock Sticks
Lifeline received her own Heirloom with the Fight or Fright collection event. And based on her backstory, Respawn decided to give her electrifying shock sticks as she is apparently an avid drummer.
13. Octane’s Butterfly Knife
Apex Legends’ beloved speedster received his Butterfly knife in the System Override collection event. Unsurprisingly, this Butter Fly knife also works like a needle to inject stim into his body. Also, it has a cool-looking inspection animation that shows off Octane’s skills with the knife.
12. Bangalore’s Cold Steel
Bangalore received a pilot’s data knife as her Heirloom with the Chaos Theory collection event. Unsurprisingly, it fits her military background really well. However, it was shrouded in conspiracy as Respawn allegedly changed the Heirloom from a Tonfa to a generic-looking dagger at the very last minute.
11. Seer’s Showstoppers
Respawn went with a different approach with Seer’s Showstoppers Heirloom set. However, it is by no means less gorgeous than most of the beautiful Heirlooms in the game. The Showstoppers Heirloom was released in the Spellbound Collection Event in Season 15.
10. Fuse’s Razor’s Edge
The Showstopper from Salvo, Fuse was the latest Legend to receive his prized possession in Apex. His signature matches his style with a killer guitar. Fuse mains had to wait a staggering 959 days for their heirlooom, one more than Horizon funnily enough. The wait looks to be worth it!
9. Horizon’s Gravity Maw
Horizon received her Heirloom after waiting 958 days since her launch, making it the game’s second most-awaited Heirloom. However, this isn’t the only thing that makes the Heirloom interesting. Respawn made the Heirloom look like a Mace, which is a popular instrument in Scotland. The small black hole on top of the Heirloom makes the Gravity Maw look more intriguing. Overall, Horizon mains are happy with the Heirloom.
8. Valkyrie’s Suzaku Spear
Valkyrie’s Suzaku is currently the longest Heirloom in Apex. The Heirloom has movable parts at the back of the spear, and in the front, there is a jet control button and mini thrusters that will create some cool animations.
There are also two foldable blades at the front, and when these open up, the spear looks like a trident. At the very tip of the spear, there is a Valkyrie-themed spearhead with thorough details. As the Heirloom is inspired by a spear, it is a very long melee weapon, even longer than the Revenant’s Heirloom.
7. Caustic’s Death Hammer
Caustic received his Death Hammer with the Aftermarket collection event. Based on his personality, Respawn decided to give him a hammer with his face on one side. The inspect animation also gave clues regarding his backstory and lore.
6. Loba’s Garra de Alanza
Loba’s Garra de Alanza is a Japanese hand fan modified and designed to use in warfare. Previously, it was all just rumors and speculations with no real evidence that a War Fan would actually be Loba’s Heirloom.
According to the comics shared by Respawn, Loba modified her mother’s hand fan and made which turned into a complete beast of a weapon called “Garra de Alanza.” It also translates to Lance Claw in English.
5. BloodHound’s Raven’s Bite
BloodHound was the second legend after Wraith to receive an heirloom of their own in the now infamous Iron Crown collection event. This Heirloom is basically an ax with red highlights. Unsurprisingly, it really goes well with BloodHound’s upbringing.
4. Gibraltar’s War Club
Gibraltar received a “patu” as his Heirloom based on his Maori descent in the Fight Night Collection event. Respawn really went all out with this one as it literally glows in the dark and has unique inspect animation that gave homage to the Maori culture.
3. Crypto’s Biwon Blade
Crypto received his Heirloom in the Season 12 Warriors Collection Event. Though the Apex Legends take place in a different universe, Crypto has similarities with the people in Asian culture. His voice actor is also Korean. So Respawn thought, a futuristic katana would go perfectly with the personality of Crypto.
2. Revenant’s Dead Man’s Curve/ Death Grip
Revenant received his Heirloom in the Genesis collection event. Unsurprisingly, Respawn decided that a deadly-looking scythe would be a perfect fit for Revenant. The animation department at Respawn literally went all out with this one, as it has one of the most visually appealing inspect animations of any Heirloom.
Moreover, in Season 18, Respawn also released Revenant’s Heirloom Recolor named “Death Grip” via Death Dynasty Collection Event. To be honest, the Death Grip and Dead Man’s Curve look very similar, unlike Wraith’s Heirloom alternatives. However, if you don’t have the Dead Man’s Curve, you may consider purchasing the Death Grip Heirloom. Nonetheless, it depends on your personal preference.
1. Hope’s Dusk/ Hope’s Dawn
Wraith is the first legend to receive an heirloom with the official launch of the game back in 2019. The biggest issue with Wraith’s Heirloom was that there were no unique or rare animations with it. However, with the release of Season 16, Respawn updated Wraith’s Heirloom with a bunch of unique and rare animations.
Moreover, Respawn released Wraith’s new Heirloom recolor, Hope’s Dawn, in the Imperial Guard Collection Event, which is an orange counterpart of the original Heirloom. Respawn also renamed the original Wraith’s Heirloom to Hope’s Dusk, which is a blue variant of Wraith’s Kunai.
So now, players can choose between the blue and orange variants of kunai in the Mythic shop. Moreover, they won’t have to worry about getting only one animation with the Heirloom. So, after the much-needed update in Season 16, Wraith’s Heirloom became our first pick as the best Heirloom in the game.
How to get Heirlooms?
If you are already sold on the idea of heirlooms and want to know how to obtain them, then let us guide you. The most basic way to get an heirloom is to buy 500 Apex packs, and you are guaranteed to receive heirloom shards which can be used to purchase any heirlooms in the market.
The best way to get heirlooms is to buy event-specific Apex packs that arrive with each collection event. After purchasing all the event-exclusive Apex packs, you are guaranteed to receive that particular Heirloom. Or you can buy one event pack and pray to the RNG gods.
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Apex Legends Heirloom Drop Rate
As we mentioned earlier, heirlooms have the lowest drop rate of any cosmetic items in the game. The current drop rate for an heirloom is only 0.7%. However, Respawn has added bad luck protection to guarantee an heirloom drop at your 500th Apex pack opening.
Since the chances of getting Heirlooms shards are really low at under 1%, it is understandable why everyone wants an heirloom. Many players are now asking Respawn to add some sort of heirloom calculator or tracker in the game client so that curious players can see how many packs they have opened so far and how far away they are from opening their very first Heirloom.
Apex Legends Upcoming Heirloom
According to recent leaks, Newcastle should be the next Legend to receive his Heirloom.