There are seven game modes permanently available in Apex Legends: Training, the Firing Range, the "Play Apex" game modes Trios and Duos, Ranked Leagues, Arenas, and Ranked Arenas. Limited Time Modes (LTMs) and LTM Takeovers might be available during some events.
Current game modes
The game's tutorial. Playing as Lifeline, the basics on how to play the game are explained by Bloodhound and Pathfinder.
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.
The original game mode. 20 squads of 3 compete in the arena to be the last squad standing.
Same as Trios, but with 30 squads of 2 instead.
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 Badges, Charms, and Dive Trails are awarded.
3 vs 3 combat on custom maps.
Similar to Arenas, but with the addition of rank based matchmaking for more evenly matched games.
Past game modes
|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: June 4, 2019 - July 2, 2019
There are no squads in this game mode, everyone is on their own.
Availability: August 13, 2019 - August 27, 2019
|Armed and Dangerous|
The only lootable items available are shotguns and sniper rifles, their attachments, Level 1 Body Shields and Level 1 Helmets.
Availability: September 3, 2019 - September 17, 2019, January 22, 2020 - January 23, 2020, September 15, 2020 - September 22, 2020
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: October 15, 2019 - November 5, 2019
Three squads fight to capture the Train in the northeast corner of World's Edge. Legends choose between predetermined loadouts that cycle daily and respawn each round if killed.
Availability: December 12, 2019 - January 7, 2020, December 1, 2020 - January 4, 2021, December 7, 2021 - December 27, 2021
|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: January 14, 2020, - January 15, 2020
Dead squadmates automatically respawn when the Ring closes and a new round begins.
Availability: January 16, 2020 - January 17, 2020, September 29, 2020 - October 5, 2020
|Third Person Mode|
Everyone plays in third person.
Availability: January 18, 2020 - January 19, 2020
|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: January 20, 2020 - January 21, 2020
|Kings Canyon After Dark|
It's Kings Canyon as it was during Season 2, but at night. 1x Digital Threat sights have increased spawn rate and 4x-10x Digital Sniper Threat sights can spawn alongside normal loot. Town Takeovers are disabled.
Availability: January 24, 2020 - January 25, 2020, April 7, 2020 - April 16, 2020, September 10, 2020 - September 15, 2020
|DUMMIEs Big Day|
The only Legend available is DUMMIE.
Availability: January 26, 2020 - January 28, 2020, September 8, 2020; September 22, 2020 - September 29, 2020
|Kings Canyon Season 1|
It's Kings Canyon as it was during the Preseason.
Availability: February 21, 2020 - February 24, 2020
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: March 3, 2020 - March 17, 2020
|Kings Canyon Season 2|
It's Kings Canyon as it was during Season 2.
Availability: March 21, 2020 - March 23, 2020
Legends are equipped with a P2020 with a 1x Holo sight, 20 Light Rounds, and armor based on the level of the event: during the first level they have Level 1 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 Shields. All types of armor are disabled regardless of the level of the event.
Availability: April 28, 2020 - May 12, 2020
|Armed and Dangerous Evolved|
The only lootable items available are shotguns and sniper rifles, their attachments, Level 1 Evo Shields and Level 1 Helmets. Respawn Beacons are also disabled, and dead teammates can only be brought back with a Mobile Respawn Beacon.
Availability: June 23, 2020 - July 7, 2020
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
|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, a Mozambique Shotgun, and 16 Shotgun Shells. The Graffiti Mod Hop-Up is available in this game mode's loot pool.
Availability: August 11, 2020 - August 17, 2020
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: October 6, 2020 - October 20, 2020
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: October 22, 2020 - November 3, 2020, October 28, 2021 - November 2, 2021
|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: January 5, 2021 - January 19, 2021
|Locked and Loaded[note 2]|
Legends are equipped with Level 1 gear, a Mozambique Shotgun with a 1x HCOG "Classic" sight, and 16 Shotgun Shells. Level 1 gear, Barrel Stabilizers, Extended Mags, Standard Stocks, Sniper Stocks are disabled.
Availability: February 9, 2021 - March 2, 2021
|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 Shields spawn more frequently.
Availability: March 9, 2021 - March 23, 2021
|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, a Syringe, and a stack of ammo.
Availability: April 13, 2021
|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 Cells are disabled.
Availability: April 13, 2021 - April 15, 2021, April 21, 2021 - April 27, 2021
|Ultra Zones[note 2]|
Three hot zones instead of one spawn on the map, and each one is engulfed in a Flashpoint.
Availability: April 15, 2021 - April 19, 2021, April 19, 2021 - April 21, 2021
|Auto Banners[note 2]|
Banner cards are automatically retrieved and Mobile Respawn Beacons spawn more frequently.
Availability: April 19, 2021
|Legacy Maps[note 2]|
It's Kings Canyon as it was during Preseason, and World's Edge as it was during Season 3.
Availability: June 29, 2021 - July 13, 2021
Two teams of 9 compete for control of three zones.
Availability: February 8, 2022 - March 1, 2022