Game mode

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There are five game modes permanently available in Apex Legends: Training, the Firing Range, the "Play Apex" game modes Trios and Duos, and Ranked Leagues. Limited Time Modes (LTMs) and LTM Takeovers might be available during some events.

Current game modes[edit | edit source]

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Training
The game's tutorial. Playing as Lifeline, the basics on how to play the game are explained by Bloodhound and Pathfinder.
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Firing Range
A small map where Legends have access to all items in the game (minus Survival items) and can train their aim against DUMMIEs and other targets. If joined with one or two other teammates in a party, it's possible to toggle friendly fire on and off in order to fight with them.
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Trios
The original game mode. 20 squads of 3 compete in the arena to be the last squad standing.
Current map is Olympus.
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Duos[note 1]
Same as Trios, but with 30 squads of 2 instead.
Current map is Olympus.
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Ranked Leagues
Similar to Trios, but with the addition of rank based matchmaking for more evenly matched games. Depending on the rank reached at the end of a Ranked Season, rewards such as CosmeticIcon Badges.png Badges, CosmeticIcon Charms.png Charms, and Dive Trails are awarded.
Current map is World's Edge.
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Arenas
3 vs 3 combat on custom maps as well as sectioned-off proportions of battle royale maps.

Past game modes[edit | edit source]

Image Description
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Apex Elite Queue
This mode becomes available to players who reach top 5 in a Trios match. To continue playing in this game mode, a top 5 must be reached each time.
Availability: Legendary Hunt Icon.svg June 4, 2019 - July 2, 2019
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Solos
There are no squads in this game mode, everyone is on their own.
Availability: Iron Crown Icon.svg August 13, 2019 - August 27, 2019
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Armed and Dangerous
The only lootable items available are shotguns and sniper rifles, their attachments, Level 1 Body Shield.svg Body Shields and Level 1 Helmet.svg Helmets.
Availability: Voidwalker Icon.svg September 3, 2019 - September 17, 2019, Grand Soiree Icon.svg January 22, 2020 - January 23, 2020, Grand Soiree Icon.svg September 15, 2020 - September 22, 2020
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Shadowfall
Killed Legends respawn as Shadows, and must kill the remaining alive Legends with the help of the other Shadows. The last 10 survivors are put in one big squad together and must escape on a dropship. If any of the 10 remaining Legends dies, they won't respawn as a Shadow. Shadows have 30 unshielded HP, a 150 damage melee attack as only possible attack, can instantly break down doors, and have increased movement speed. Jump Towers are disabled.
Availability: Fight or Fright Icon.svg October 15, 2019 - November 5, 2019
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Winter Express
Three squads fight to capture the Train in the northeast corner of World's Edge. Legends are equipped with predetermined loadouts that cycle daily and respawn each round if killed.
Availability: Holo-Day Bash Icon.svg December 12, 2019 - January 7, 2020, Holo-Day Bash Icon.svg December 1, 2020 - January 4, 2021
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Gold Rush Duos
All squads are made of two players. The only lootable weapons are seasonal fully kitted weapons and Care Package weapons. They can be found in all loot sources.
Availability: Grand Soiree Icon.svg January 14, 2020, - January 15, 2020
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LIVE.DIE.LIVE
Dead squadmates automatically respawn when the Ring closes and a new round begins.
Availability: Grand Soiree Icon.svg January 16, 2020 - January 17, 2020, Grand Soiree Icon.svg September 29, 2020 - October 5, 2020
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Third Person Mode
Everyone plays in third person.
Availability: Grand Soiree Icon.svg January 18, 2020 - January 19, 2020
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Always Be Closing
The Ring never stops moving, except for a brief period of time near the end of the game, and always deals Final Ring damage.
Availability: Grand Soiree Icon.svg January 20, 2020 - January 21, 2020
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Kings Canyon After Dark
It's Kings Canyon as it was during Season 2.svg Season 2, but at night. 1x Digital Threat.svg 1x Digital Threat sights have increased spawn rate and 4x-10x Digital Sniper Threat.svg 4x-10x Digital Sniper Threat sights can spawn alongside normal loot. Town Takeovers are disabled.
Availability: Grand Soiree Icon.svg January 24, 2020 - January 25, 2020, Season 4.svg April 7, 2020 - April 16, 2020, Grand Soiree Icon.svg September 10, 2020 - September 15, 2020
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DUMMIE's Big Day
The only Legend avaiable is DUMMIE.
Availability: Grand Soiree Icon.svg January 26, 2020 - January 28, 2020, Season 6.svg September 8, 2020, Grand Soiree Icon.svg September 22, 2020 - September 29, 2020
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Kings Canyon Season 1
It's Kings Canyon as it was during the Preseason.svg Preseason.
Availability: Season 4.svg February 21, 2020 - February 24, 2020
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Déjà Loot
Similar to Trios but every lootable item has a preset spawn location, Drop Ships take the same route, the Ring ends in the same location, and Care Packages land in the same places and always contain the same items. Except for general loot which never changes, everything else changes daily.
Availability: System Override Icon.svg March 3, 2020 - March 17, 2020
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Kings Canyon Season 2
It's Kings Canyon as it was during Season 2.svg Season 2.
Availability: Season 4.svg March 21, 2020 - March 23, 2020
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Battle Armor
Legends are equipped with a P2020 with a 1x Holo.svg 1x Holo sight, 20 Light Rounds.svg Light Rounds, and armor based on the level of the event: during the first level they have Level 1 Body Shield.svg Body Shields, during the second they have Level 2 ones, during the third they have Level 3 ones, and during the fourth they have Evo Shield.svg Evo Shields. All types of armor are disabled regardless of the level of the event.
Availability: Season 4.svg April 28, 2020 - May 12, 2020
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Armed and Dangerous Evolved
The only lootable items available are shotguns and sniper rifles, their attachments, Level 1 Evo Shield.svg Evo Shields and Level 1 Helmet.svg Helmets. Respawn Beacons are also disabled, and dead teammates can only be brought back with a Mobile Respawn Beacon.svg Mobile Respawn Beacon.
Availability: Lost Treasures Icon.svg June 23, 2020 - July 7, 2020
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Hunt
There are nine Hunts. The player drops in a specific area that changes on each Hunt and needs to complete various tasks while also fighting Prowlers and Shadow Prowlers. Each Hunt completed for the first time unlocks an Artifact piece, a reward, and a new chapter in the ongoing story.
Availability: Season 5.svg Season 5
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Always Be Closing Evolved
The Ring never stops moving, except for a brief period of time near the end of the game, and always deals Final Ring damage. Legends are pre-equipped with a Level 1 Evo Shield.svg Evo Shield, a Mozambique Shotgun, and 16 Shotgun Shells.svg Shotgun Shells. The Graffiti Mod.svg Graffiti Mod Hop-Up is available in this game mode's loot pool.
Availability: Season 6.svg August 11, 2020 - August 17, 2020
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Flashpoint
Certain locations are engulfed in a Flashpoint, which heals damaged Legends over time if they haven't taken damage for a while. The Ring acts like in Always Be Closing, but will always end up in a location where a Flashpoint is active.
Availability: Aftermarket Icon.svg October 6, 2020 - October 20, 2020
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Shadow Royale
Killed Legends respawn and play as Shadows for the rest of the match, and keep respawning as long as there's at least one teammate who isn't one. To fully kill a team, all living members must be killed. Shadows have 65 unshielded HP, a 50 damage melee attack as only possible attack, can wallrun and walljump, can heal themselves with Finishers, can instantly break down doors, and have increased movement speed.
Ran: Fight or Fright Icon.svg October 22, 2020 - November 3, 2020
Airdrop Escalation Icon.png Airdrop Escalation[note 2]
More Care Packages spawn and drop in clusters, and Rare and Epic fully kitted weapons can be found in them along with their usual Legendary versions and Care Package weapons. The rarity of the weapons is based on the current round and on which colored beam the Care Packages emit. As for Legendary fully kitted weapons, Rare and Epic versions cannot have their attachments removed. Normal weapons and seasonal fully kitted weapons can still spawn as usual.
Availability: Fight Night Icon.svg January 5, 2021 - January 19, 2021
Locked and Loaded Icon.png Locked and Loaded[note 2]
Legends are equipped with Level 1 gear, a Mozambique Shotgun with a 1x HCOG Classic.svg 1x HCOG "Classic" sight, and 16 Shotgun Shells.svg Shotgun Shells. Level 1 gear, Barrel Stabilizers, Extended Mags, Standard Stocks, Sniper Stocks are disabled.
Availability: Anniversary Icon.svg February 9, 2021 - March 2, 2021
Ring Fury Icon.png Ring Fury[note 2]
An increasing amount of Ring Flares (smaller rings) spawn each round along with the Ring. The Takeover has five levels similarly to Battle Armor, and in each level either more Ring Flares or bigger ones spawn. Heat Shield.svg Heat Shields spawn more frequently.
Availability: Chaos Theory Icon.svg March 9, 2021 - March 23, 2021
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Second Chance[note 2]
All Legends have a Respawn Token which can be manually used when getting knocked down or is automatically used when killed, which makes them respawn directly above the spot where they died once per match. Whenever a Legend with a Respawn Token is killed they drop a Shield Cell.svg Shield Cell, a Syringe.svg Syringe, and a stack of ammo.
Availability: War Games Icon.svg April 13, 2021
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Armor Regen[note 2]
Armor regenerates automatically at a rate of 12 HP/sec when not taking damage for 6 seconds (13 seconds if armor gets cracked). Shield Cell.svg Shield Cells are disabled.
Availability: War Games Icon.svg April 13, 2021 - April 15, 2021, War Games Icon.svg April 21, 2021 - April 27, 2021
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Ultra Zones[note 2]
Three hot zones instead of one spawn on the map, and each one is engulfed in a Flashpoint.
Availability: War Games Icon.svg April 15, 2021 - April 19, 2021, War Games Icon.svg April 19, 2021 - April 21, 2021
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Auto Banners[note 2]
Banners are automatically retrieved and Mobile Respawn Beacon.svg Mobile Respawn Beacons spawn more frequently.
Availability: War Games Icon.svg April 19, 2021

History[edit | edit source]


Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Was previously a limited time mode that ran on Season 3.svg November 5, 2019 - November 19, 2019 and Valentines Event Icon.svg February 12, 2020 - February 19, 2020 before being turned into a permanent game mode on Season 4.svg April 7, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 This is a playlist takeover rather than a separate game mode.