Respawn’s Apex Legends has been a phenomenon since it released, going on to entrance 50 million players in such a short space of time. As a free-to-play battle royale game, it makes its money with microtransactions tied to loot boxes, which could be implemented a little better. The “currencies” in Apex Legends are also threefold, which could confuse some new players.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Apex Legends currencies, including Legend Tokens, Apex Coins and Crafting Metals, and also how you can obtain them.
Legend Tokens (red) Legend Tokens are earned through natural play and can be put towards new Legends. Caustic and Mirage are locked off from the beginning, so if you want to play them but don’t want to pay in Apex Coins, you will have to start grinding to pay the 12000 Legend Tokens required. As a point of reference, I am level 90 and have accumulated about 40,000 Legend Tokens so far. You can also use Legend Tokens to buy certain skins in the store, but with the caveat that you need to have unlocked previous skins either through Apex Coins or luck in an Apex Pack.
Apex Coins (yellow) Apex Coins are only available through microtransactions and not natural play. You can either use these to purchase Apex Packs (ten cost 1000) or a direct purchase of a skin (1800) through the store.
Apex Coins currently cost the following (UK prices only):
Apex Packs will give you three items with a one in thirty chance of unpacking a Legendary each time, but there are also a tonne of spots taking up by wasted items such as quips, so it really is a game of chance. There is currently no other way of getting Apex Coins apart from stumping up cash, so do not believe any Twitter accounts promising to give you some for retweets. You can, however, currently sign up to Twitch Prime to get some free Apex Packs and a Pathfinder skin as part of a promotion.
Crafting Metals (blue) The only way of getting Crafting Metals (also known as Crafting Materials) in Apex Legends is through Apex Packs, which is entirely down to chance. Crafting Metals allow you to “craft” the items you want without having to depend on random chance (as much), but you will need to get very lucky or spend a lot of money to get the 1200 you need for a Legendary unlock. There are different rarities of Crafting Metals, which seem to become more regular the more you invest in Apex Packs and the more items you unlock, though this is just based on personal findings.
This information is correct at the time of writing, but Season 1 and the Battle Pass may change some of it. Expect movement on those fronts sometime in March.
“Even the most jaded of battle royale fans will find their interest rejuvenated by Apex Legends thanks to Respawn’s attention to detail, superior gunplay, and fantastic innovations, though the loot boxes and progression system certainly need addressing.”