Yesterday marked the first day of Apex Legends' first season, "Wild Frontier," and with it came the game's first Battle Pass. The Battle Pass brings players new loot, new skins for characters and weapons, as well as new opportunities to level up.
The philosophy behind Wild Frontier is to let players gain rewards while still staying engaged in the core Apex Legends experience. The season doesn't include a quest system or any special events, just a Battle Pass that levels up with the player's XP as they play the game. Each level gained on the Battle Pass will bring players cosmetic rewards, XP, Apex Packs, and Apex Coins.
The fastest way to earn levels is to buy the Battle Pass Bundle, which unlocks the first 25 levels for Season 1 instantly. However, at 2,800 Apex Coins, the Bundle is not an option for everybody. And, at almost 30,000 XP per level, it may be difficult for busy Apex Legends players to get rewards from the regular pass.
If you're willing to make the investment, buying levels is also an option.
If you don't have enough Apex Coins for a Battle Pass Bundle, and you're not willing to throw down cash, the next best thing to do is play multiple characters over the course of the season. XP is multiplied by 1.75 during Wild Frontier for those who play a variety of characters. Players can earn up to 25,000 bonus XP per week per legend, with the bonus resetting every week.
The bonus is dependent on survival times, not on winning games or individual player performance, so don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. The total XP players can gain from the legend bonus per week is 2.7 million XP, which comes out to about 27 hours of playtime per week, or four hours per day.
To see how much bonus XP you have left each week, just check the Battle Pass page for the legend bonus pop-up in the right-hand corner. This will tell you which legends still have a bonus available for the week and how much XP is left to earn for each one.
Another 500 XP bonus can be earned every time players get their first kill of the day with each legend, for a total of 4,500 XP per day. Added to the legend bonus, that's 2,731,500 XP per week, almost enough to get players to level 100 on their Battle Pass.
Players can also earn bonus XP by reaching certain levels on their Battle Passes. When the Battle Pass reaches level 12, 22, 32, 42, 52, 62, 72, 82, 89 and 92, players will receive a sizeable XP bonus towards their next level.
According to Respawn, the legend bonus is an attempt to make players experiment with different team compositions and the new legend, the speed demon Octane.
Players can also opt to buy their Battle Pass later in the season. When a player purchases a Battle Pass after the start of the Season, the Pass will immediately be the same level as that player's season level, and all the rewards up to that level unlock retroactively.
If players buy the Battle Pass Bundle, the additional levels in the Bundle will stack with the player's existing season level. For example, if a player buys the Battle Pass Bundle at level 50, their Battle Pass level will be 75 and they will earn all the rewards up to that point.
Some notable cosmetic rewards Apex Legends players can get from the Battle Pass are three legendary Wild Frontier skins for Lifeline, Wraith, and Mirage with level one, the 'Harvest', 'Patchwork', 'Navigator', and 'Thrill of the Hunt' weapon skins, a rare skin for Octane at level 48, a legendary Havoc skin at levels 100 and 110, and rare frames for all of the Legends.
The legendary Havoc skin earned at level 110, The Golden Idol, is the game's first three-tier evolving skin that gives players new bonuses when they reach a certain number of kills during a match.
Players can also get Apex Coins at levels 7, 11, 17, 21, 31, 37, 41, 47, 57, 63, 77, 87, and 97, adding up to 1,000 coins. Rare Apex Packs can be earned at levels 2, 12, 24, 34, 43, 46, 53, 73, 83, 93. An Epic Apex Pack can be earned at level 26 and a Legendary Apex Pack can be earned at level 86.
Here's a complete breakdown of all the Wild Frontier rewards and at what level players can earn them.
Apex Legends players can still earn rewards by playing during Season 1, even if they don't buy the Battle Pass. Every person who plays during Wild Frontier will earn 1 Wild Frontier legend skin, 5 Apex Packs, and 18 Wild Frontier Stat Trackers.
If you're not a fan of loot boxes, changing your location to Belgium will get you crafting materials instead of Apex Packs, so you can even use the Battle Pass to get ahead on crafting those legendary weapons.
In total, there are over 100 unique items that players can earn during Wild Frontier, and none of them are returning in future events.
Since this is Apex Legends' first season, the development team will be looking at Wild Frontier and how players respond to it to help guide where the Battle Pass goes from here. According to Respawn, there's still a lot to be done before the game has a finalized Battle Pass model that they reproduce for all or most seasons, so they're very open to suggestions and critiques that players have. To make your voice heard, all you have to do is post to r/apexlegends or reach out to the Apex Legends team on Twitter.
Apex Legends Season 1: Wild Frontier will run from March 19th and run for 9 weeks.