One of the big features of Apex Legends Season 3 is the introduction of the new map World’s Edge, which includes three locked vaults containing purple and gold loot inside. At the start of the season, there wasn’t a way to open them since vault keys were not available–the vault doors also had a countdown timer that aligned to Wednesday, October 9 at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM BST. However, vault keys were dropping earlier than that, and are attainable right now. Here’s how to get a key and what you can expect once you use one to open up a vault.
The first thing you’ll need to do is find a floating cargo bot, of which there are several roaming around the map; these can contain vault keys. In our experience, we got a vault key by shooting the bot down when it was flashing blue and among the loot was a vault key. We are not privy to the chances of getting one and if the tier-color affects this, but there were instances where gold cargo bots dropped and did not drop vault keys. If you get your hands on a key, the three vault locations then get marked on your map, all of which are within tunnels.
When you make it to one, it’ll take three seconds to get the door open and you’ll be rewarded with several purple-tier and gold-tier items. The gear you can pick up includes purple and gold backpacks, knockdown shields, body shields, helmets, and a few weapon attachments (we got a barrel stabilizer and shotgun bolt). There doesn’t appear to be weapons or ammo within these vaults, however. You can check out screenshots from our experience below:
We have Apex Legends Season 3 covered from several different angles. If you haven’t jumped into the game yet or are a lapsed player, read about why now is a good time to jump into Apex Legends. We also have a rundown of everything new that comes with this new season of Apex Legends and a breakdown of the new map World’s Edge (including a spicy guide on where to drop).
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