The Chaos Theory Collection event starts in Apex Legends on March 9 or March 10, depending on where you are. Here’s everything we know about the event so far, including Bangalore’s Heirloom, the Caustic Town Takeover, and lots of new skins.
Chaos Theory event update time
The event starts on March 9, the same day as the Switch release for Apex Legends. The release time for the update is 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM GMT.
The Nintendo Switch release will launch later in the evening of March 9, PT time, meaning it will be morning of March 10 for players in Europ and Asia.
The event ends on March 23, 2021, so you have plenty of time to get in on all the latest action. There’s lots of permanent Legend and Weapon changes in the patch notes too.
Here’s everything that’s coming in the Chaos Theory Collection event.
Caustic Town Takeover
This noxious Legend has taken over the Water Treatment plant on Kings Canyon, forcing players into a deadly experiment. The task requires “test subjects” to drain the toxic liquid from the center of the Caustic Treatment facility. Doing this temporarily grants players access to four gold loot items locked in cages.
The toxic gasses have caused the Mirage Voyage to set sail to cleaner pastures, so you can expect the party boat to show up in a future update.
Ring Fury Escalation Takeover
Ring Fury is the latest playlist takeover and while it follows the regular BR rules, it does comes with a unique twist. Each round one or more Ring Flares will appear on the map within the current ring. Respawn states that Ring Flares are “slowly expanding pockets of the Ring within the Arena.”
If you happen to get caught within the Ring Flare, then you’ll take damage equal to the current round’s Ring. Fortunately, Ring Flare warning will appear on the map, so you and your squad will be able to navigate around them or use them to your advantage.
New Heat Shield item
The new Heat Shield is the latest item to hit Apex Legends and it is only available to use within the new Ring Fury Escalation Takeover. This lifesaving item can be thrown down to avoid damage from Ring Flares or from the ring itself.
Every player starts the game with one Heat Shield, but there are plenty more scattered around the map. Heat Shields look and act like Gibraltar’s dome as they cast a protective barrier around your squad, enabling you to loot, revive, and make plays outside of the ring.
To make matters even better, those taking shelter inside the shield will use healing items 50% faster, while the speed of revives is increased by 25%. However, this bonus is only given by Heat Shields that have been activated by the ring.
After the Ring Fury Escalation Takeover concludes, the Heat Shield will remain in the game as general ground loot.
New Survival Inventory slot
Unlike other items and consumables in Apex Legends, the Heat Shield doesn’t take up any of your normal inventory slot. Instead, it resides in its very own slot called the “Survival Slot”.
The Survival Slot aims to eliminate the choice between normal loot and situational utilities like a Mobile Respawn Beacon or a Heat Shield. This should open up a lot more opportunities for potential items in the future.
This new inventory slot will also be available in the game even after the Ring Fury Escalation Takeover ends.
Ring Fury will be replacing regular Duos and Trios playlists for the two-week duration of the Collection Event. However, every few days during the event, Respawn is going to adjust the prevalence, timing, and size of Ring Flares. There will be a total of five different stages of escalation, so you’ll need to take extra care during the later stages of the event.
Chaos Theory Collection event skins and rewards
There are a whole bunch of rewards to collect in Apex Legends new event. As usual, the Chaos Theory Collection Event brings a rewards track with all-new earnable cosmetics, this time including legendary Kraber and EVA-8 weapon skins.
You can earn up 1,000 points per day via the daily challenges. There are also stretch challenges that reward four unique badges if you complete them during the event. The event challenges also stack with the Battle Pass, meaning you can tick off a lot of them all at once.
Chaos Theory Reward track
The Chaos Theory event introduces 24 warriors of the Frontier-inspired cosmetics, with each Legend donning fierce new looks. All of these cosmetics are time-limited to the event, so you’ll need to add them to your account before the event ends on March 23rd, 2021.
All 24 items will be available through direct purchase (for Apex Coins or Crafting Metals) and in Event Apex Packs for the entire duration of the event. If you collect all 24 event items, you’ll unlock the Bangalore Heirloom set.
Bangalore was originally the only launch Legend who hadn’t received an heirloom yet, but the new event has changed that. The battle-hardened soldier now has her very own Pilot’s knife, which can be claimed if you collect all 24 event items.
After the event ends, the Bangalore Heirloom will become available via heirloom crafting.
Respawn also gave insights on how the Collection Event will work:
- First, the crafting costs for the skins are returning to their regular pricing now that the Anniversary Collection Event has ended.
- Second, each Event Pack will come with one event item and two non-event items at the following drop rates:
No-Fill Matchmaking is finally being added to Apex Legends, giving solo players a new way to queue up for games. In the lobby, you’ll now see a checkbox entitled “Fill Matchmaking”.
Unchecking this box and clicking Play will send your party into your selected playlist without filling your team with other players.
You might want to use the No-Fill Matchmaking for the following:
- Focus on completing certain Daily and Weekly challenges.
- Warm-up, drop hot, and get into lots of fights.
- Explore the map and experiment with characters you haven’t tried before.
- Take an opportunity to learn a bit more about the game at your own pace.
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