Heirloom shards are among the rarest forms of currency in Apex Legends to date.
Heirloom shards exist for one reason: to help players earn an Heirloom item for their favorite legend. At the time of writing, only ten legends have heirlooms—with the most recent being everyone's favorite cyborg assassin, Revenant. Typically, these items include a special weapon, banner pose, or phrase specific to the associated legend.
Here's how to get those precious shards.
How to Earn Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends
There are only a couple ways to get Heirloom Shards in Apex Legends. Neither method is easy, nor do they have a surefire guarantee to get shards, but for those looking to collect the rarest cosmetics in-game it seems to be worth it.
The first way is to buy Apex packs. Each one has around a 1% chance of dropping a set of 150 Heirloom shards—the exact number needed to purchase an Heirloom bundle for one legend. If players open 499 packs without receiving a single Heirloom shard drop, pack 500 is guaranteed to drop them.
The second way is to participate in the Anniversary Collection event. Players who collect all 24 pieces during that specific event have received a full set of 150 shards to purchase the Heirloom of their choice.
Heirloom sets are usually released with every Collection Event. Players who collect all 24 pieces within the event will receive the corresponding Heirloom set automatically. Heirlooms can be purchased from the Heirloom Shop. Each player account can only hold 150 shards at a time, making it impossible to amass them.
The next Collection Event in Apex Legends, Genesis, kicked off on Tuesday, June 29.