One of the big features of Apex Legends Season 3 is the introduction of the new map World’s Edge, which includes three locked vaults containing purple and gold loot inside. At the start of the season, there wasn’t a way to open them since vault keys were not available–the vault doors also had a countdown timer that aligned to Wednesday, October 9 at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM BST. However, vault keys are attainable right now.
The first thing you’ll need to do is find a floating cargo bot, of which there are several roaming around the map; these can contain vault keys. In our experience, we got a vault key by shooting the bot down when it was flashing blue and among the loot was a vault key (we are not privy to the chances of getting one and if the tier-color affects this). The three vault locations then get marked on your map, all of which are within tunnels.
When you make it to one, it’ll take three seconds to get the door open and you’ll be rewarded with several purple-tier and gold-tier items. The gear you can pick up includes purple and gold backpacks, knockdown shields, body shields, helmets, and a few weapon attachments (we got a barrel stabilizer and shotgun bolt). There doesn’t appear to be weapons or ammo within these vaults, however. You can check out screenshots from our experience below:
A shot-down cargo bot shining blue-tier loot.A vault key within the loot drops.The three locations are marked by lock icons.Opening the vault door takes a few seconds.Swapping my fresh purple body shield for a gold one.Yes, I’ll take a gold helmet, too.
We have Apex Legends Season 3 covered from several different angles. If you haven’t jumped into the game yet or are a lapsed player, read about why now is a good time to jump into Apex Legends. We also have a rundown of everything new that comes with this new season of Apex Legends and a breakdown of the new map World’s Edge (including a spicy guide on where to drop).