Game mode

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

Current Game modes[edit | edit source]

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The game's tutorial. Playing as Lifeline, you learn the basics of how to play from Bloodhound and Pathfinder.
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Firing Range
A small area where you and 1-2 squadmates can try out every weapon and item and practice your aim on multiple targets. If 2-3 players are in the range, any player is able to toggle friendly fire on or off, giving them the ability to shoot each other.
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The basic game mode. Twenty squads of three compete on the arena for last squad standing.
Current maps are Kings Canyon and Olympus, on rotation.
War Games Takeovers active.
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Duos[note 1]
The same as Trios, but thirty squads of two.
Current maps are Kings Canyon and Olympus, on rotation.
War Games Takeovers active.
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Ranked Leagues
Similar to Play Apex, but with the addition of skill-based ranking for more evenly matched games. This game mode has unique rewards based on your rank that is awarded at the end of every ranked season.
Current map is Olympus.

Past Game modes[edit | edit source]

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Apex Elite Queue
This mode becomes available to players who come in Top 5 in a Play Apex match. To continue playing this mode, you would have to keep placing Top 5.
Ran: Legendary Hunt Icon.svg 04 June 2019 - 02 July 2019
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There are no squads in this game mode - everyone is on their own.
Ran: Iron Crown Icon.svg 13 August 2019 - 27 August 2019
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Armed and Dangerous
The only weapons available are shotguns and sniper rifles. Only Level 1 Body Shields are available.
Ran: Voidwalker Icon.svg 03 September 2019 - 17 September 2019, Grand Soiree Icon.svg 22 January 2020 - 23 January 2020, Grand Soiree Icon.svg 15 September 2020 - 22 September 2020
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Killed players respawn as 'Shadows', and must seek revenge on the remaining legends. The last 10 survivors are put in one big squad together and must escape on a dropship. Played on King's Canyon After Dark, but without balloons.
Ran: Fight or Fright Icon.svg 15 October 2019 - 05 November 2019
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Winter Express
Three squads fight to capture The Train in the northeast corner of World's Edge. Everyone has predetermined loadouts and respawn each round.
Ran: Holo-Day Bash Icon.svg 12 December 2019 - 07 January 2020, Holo-Day Bash Icon.svg 1 December 2020 - 04 January 2021
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Gold Rush Duos
All squads contain two players. All weapons are Fully Kitted Weapons and Care Package weapons.
Ran: Grand Soiree Icon.svg 14 January 2020 - 15 January 2020
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Dead squadmates automatically respawn when The Ring closes and begins a new round.
Ran: Grand Soiree Icon.svg 16 January 2020 - 17 January 2020, Grand Soiree Icon.svg 29 September 2020 - 05 October 2020
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Third Person Mode
Everyone plays in third-person.
Ran: Grand Soiree Icon.svg 18 January 2020 - 19 January 2020
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Always Be Closing
The Ring never stops moving (save for a brief period near the end of the game) and deals massive damage.
Ran: Grand Soiree Icon.svg 20 January 2020 - 21 January 2020
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Kings Canyon After Dark
It's Kings Canyon as it was in Season 2, but at night. (Town Takeovers removed)
Ran: Grand Soiree Icon.svg 24 January 2020 - 25 January 2020, 07 April 2020 - 16 April 2020, Grand Soiree Icon.svg 10 September 2020 - 15 September 2020
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DUMMIE's Big Day
Everyone plays as DUMMIEs.
Ran: Grand Soiree Icon.svg 26 January 2020 - 28 January 2020, 08 September 2020, Grand Soiree Icon.svg 22 September 2020 - 29 September 2020
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Kings Canyon Season 1
Play on Kings Canyon as it was at launch.
Ran: 21 February 2020 - 24 February 2020
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Déjà Loot
Similar to Play Apex, but with preset loot, and a different daily dropship route, ring locations, and care package drops. First week takes place at World's Edge, the second at Kings Canyon
Ran: System Override Icon.svg 03 March 2020 - 17 March 2020
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Kings Canyon Season 2
Play on Kings Canyon as it was at Season 2.svg Season 2.
Ran: 21 March 2020 - 23 March 2020
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Battle Armor
During the event rotation, only one armor type would be available, and players would drop into the match with it already equipped. Players also dropped with a P2020 equipped with a 1x Holo Sight and twenty light ammo. All armor was removed from the loot pool, but shield cells and batteries, as well as all the other loot were still available. There have been 4 levels: the first had Common shields, the second had Rare ones, the third had Epic ones, and the fourth had Evo Shield.svg Evo Shields.
Ran: 28 April 2020 - 12 May 2020
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Armed and Dangerous Evolved
The only weapons available are shotguns and sniper rifles. There are no Body Shields available, only Evo Shield.svg Evo Shields. Respawn Beacons are also removed, and the only way to bring back your dead squadmates is through the newly introduced item, the Mobile Respawn Beacon.
Available only on Kings Canyon.
Ran: Lost Treasures Icon.svg 23 June 2020 - 7 July 2020
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Hunt (PvE)
There are nine Hunts this season, each Hunt completed unlocks a new piece of the Artifact piece, a reward and a new chapter in the ongoing story. Your squad will be dropped off, make your way to a target location, fight enemies, and recover a relic piece. Players have the option to play in squads like normal, or play solo.
Ran: Season 5.svg 12 May 2020 - 17 August 2020
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Always Be Closing Evolved
The Ring never stops moving (save for a brief period near the end of the game) and deals massive damage. Players will drop into the match with an Evo Shield.svg Evo Shield and a Mozambique Shotgun already equipped. The Graffiti Mod.svg Graffiti Mod is available in this game mode loot pool.
Ran: 11 August 2020 - 17 August 2020
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Flashpoints around the map heal you over time. No healing items spawn on the ground. Always Be Closing circle rules.
Available only on Kings Canyon.
Ran: Aftermarket Icon.svg 06 October 2020 - 20 October 2020
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Shadow Royale
Shadow Royale starts like any other trios match, but when you die you will be raised from the dead in a powerful "Shadow Form" to exact vengeance on your killers and help carry your squad to victory. Armed with a brutal melee attack, enhanced mobility and blistering speed, you will terrorize other squads and protect your own with infinite Shadow lives until your living teammates are eliminated or you emerge victorious as the last living squad.
Ran: Fight or Fright Icon.svg 22 October 2020 - 03 November 2020
Airdrop Escalation Icon.png Airdrop Escalation[note 2]
This game mode has significantly more Care Packages that drop in clusters. Each supply drop contains a fully-kitted weapon of different tiers, depending on the round. For example, Round one’s drops feature level two kitted weapons while Round four’s drops include red armor and crate weapons. As with regular fully-kitted weapons, you can’t break them down or swap their attachments onto other weapons. And, of course, regular weapons and weapons will still appear as ground loot.
Ran: Fight Night Icon.svg 05 January 2021 - 19 January 2021
Locked and Loaded Icon.png Locked and Loaded[note 2]
Everyone drops with Common gear and a Mozambique Shotgun. All other items in the loot pool are Rare or better. No Common items, except for 1x optics.
Ran: Anniversary Icon.svg 09 February 2021 - 02 March 2021
Ring Fury Icon.png Ring Fury[note 2]
An increasing amount of Ring Flares (smaller rings) spawn along with the primary ring. The Heat Shield.svg Heat Shield was available as a new loot item, and then added to the normal loot pool after the event.
Ran: Chaos Theory Icon.svg 09 March 2021 - 23 March 2021
Second Chance Icon.png
Second Chance[note 2]
After they die, players receive a Respawn Token that can be used to respawn above the position they were eliminated at once per match. When players die the first time, they keep the items they had when they died, and also drop a Shield Cell.svg Shield Cell, a Syringe.svg Syringe, and a stack of ammo.
Ran:War Games Icon.svg 13 April 2021
Auto Banners Icon.png
Auto Banners[note 2]
Banner cards are automatically retrieved. Loot pool is loaded with Mobile Respawn Beacon.svg Mobile Respawn Beacons.
Ran: War Games Icon.svg 19 April 2021
Ultra Zones Icon.png
Ultra Zones
Three hot zones spawn throughout the map, each inside a Flash Point.
Ran: War Games Icon.svg 15 April 2021 - April 19, 2021; April 19, 2021 - April 21, 2021

History[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Was a limited-time mode that ran from 05 November 2019 to 19 November 2019 and Valentines Event Icon.svg 12 February 2020 - 19 February 2020 before being turned into a permanent game mode on 07 April 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 This is a playlist takeover rather than a separate game mode.