Another Apex Legends season means another collection event for players to spend reckless amounts of money on. Dubbed “Raiders,” this event is themed around pirates and also marks the return of the fan-favorite Winter Express game mode. Along with a bunch of new cosmetics, the Raiders event introduces Wattson’s heirloom weapon, which is a
Wal-Mart price checker Energy Reader! However, unless you have some Heirloom Shards be ready to spend a comical amount of cash to rock this unique melee weapon.
How to Get Wattson’s Heirloom
Unfortunately, there are still only two ways to earn heirlooms in Apex Legends. The first is during the Raiders Collection Event, which requires you to purchase every cosmetic item in the event tab via the Raiders Event Packs. Each pack guarantees you only one cosmetic from the event, however, you will never receive a duplicate. There’s also a higher chance to receive base legendary tier items. This means you will need to purchase a total of 24 loot boxes to unlock her heirloom. You can only buy Event Packs in either groups of 10 for 7,000 Apex Coins or individually for 700 Apex Coins each.
Breaking down the numbers, you would need to purchase $160 USD in Apex Coins just to have enough to buy all of the Event Packs. This, of course, assumes you bought two sets of ten and then the last four by themselves for 700 Coins each. You can reduce this price a little by purchasing the bundles in the Raiders event store, but it won’t save you much. Typically, the store is mainly for those who only want to buy specific, popular legend skins rather than the entire suite. If you don’t want to buy all of these loot boxes then you’re going to have to go with the second option, which is to open up Apex Packs.
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Unfortunately, this isn’t ideal either. Heirloom Shards are guaranteed after opening 500 Apex Packs and have a very, very small chance of dropping before this milestone. The problem is, even by reaching level 500 you won’t have opened enough to nab some Heirloom Shards. So, you’ll either need to purchase packs or hope the ones from the seasonal battle pass are enough. If you do have Heirloom Shards, you’ll need to wait until the Raiders Collection Event is over to buy Wattson’s Energy Reader. Then you can go to the Heirlooms tab and purchase this unique melee weapon.
Remember, heirlooms give players no mechanical advantage — so don’t feel like you need to buy this if you play Wattson. If you don’t want to spend any money, there is a free event rewards path you can complete which will give you a Legendary Alternator and Hemlock skin. This will just require you to play some rounds of the Winter Express game mode and complete challenges similar to how you level up the battle pass.
The Raiders Collection Event is now live on all systems and runs until December 21st.