Apex Legends is a looter shooter as well as a Battle Royale juggernaut. One key element in being successful in the game is managing your inventory. Like most loot shooters, you are constantly provided with opportunities to upgrade your gear and will quickly run out of space. This tutorial is going to show you how to access and manage your inventory in Apex Legends.
As a key aspect of the game, managing your gear and inventory space is essential. You don’t have many gear slots so you have to optimize what you carry for your character and play style. You can then add more gear to complement that while trashing the stuff you don’t need or doesn’t offer advantage.
Accessing your inventory in Apex Legends
Accessing your inventory in Apex Legends depends on what you’re using to play. On PS4 its is accessed through the Options button, on Xbox One it is Menu and PC you access your inventory with the Tab key.
You will then see a new window with all your gear. Gear with a red circle with a line through it means it cannot be used with your current weapon. Unless you’re planning to upgrade or change weapon type, this stuff can be dropped.
Armor does not take up inventory space as you wear it instead of carry it. There are also backpacks in the game world that can expand your inventory by a small amount. I suggest using a backpack as soon as you find one as they really can make a difference.
One thing to know about armor is that it has its own health bar. After fighting, check the health of your armor and make a decision about whether to continue using it or replacing it with an equivalent if you find it. Monitoring armor health can make a real difference in the game and is something I see lots of players miss or ignore.
Managing your inventory in Apex Legends
As with most games, there is a loot hierarchy in Apex Legends. This should influence what you keep and what you drop.
- Gray is common loot
- Blue is rare loot
- Purple is epic loot
- Gold is legendary loot
Generally it makes sense to drop lower grade loot for the better stuff every time you get the opportunity. So drop the gray SMG for a blue one and then replace it with legendary if you’re lucky enough to find one.
The same for all weapon attachments, except scopes and specialist attachments. There are a bunch of attachment types in Apex Legends so you need to be careful. You might have a blue long range scope equipped on your sniper rifle and come across a purple short range scope. While purple is higher, short range isn’t so good for a sniper so is not worth changing to. The game is pretty good at showing you quickly what each attachment is and can do making decisions easier.
As well as a gear hierarchy, you also have to manage ammo. There are different types of ammo for the different weapons in the game. They are also color coded.
- Orange for light rounds for pistols and SMG
- Red for shotgun shells
- Blue for heavy ammo for LMG
- Green for energy ammo for energy weapons
It makes sense to concentrate on the ammo you’re using for your current weapon and then change the ammo if you change weapon type. Usually, if you find a particular weapon type in Apex Legends, you will also find corresponding ammo next to it or close by. Make sure to spend a couple of seconds ensuring you have the correct ammo for the weapon. You don’t want to get into a firefight with only a single magazine and no spares!
Dropping items in Apex Legends
You’re going to be dropping a lot of stuff in Apex Legends. It’s part of Battle Royale and part of team play. You may want to drop items you cannot use or are too low level to make sure you always have space or you might want to share items with teammates who can use them.
Either way, on PS4 press X to drop an item, press A on Xbox One and left mouse on PC. If you’re dropping for a teammate and they aren’t next to you, ping the item so they know what and where it is. They can then make an informed decision about whether to pick it up or not.
Inventory and gear management is a key component of Apex Legends. The constant trading up and juggling gear is something you need to learn to do on the fly and fast. At least you now know the basics. Good luck out there!