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The newest game mode in Apex Legends, Arenas, is leaving its mark on the player base in a huge way. It features CS:GO style gameplay that implements a ton of features from Valve’s popular FPS, and one of those features is a currency system where players buy items from a menu with that currency.

As in CS:GO, what players buy depends on how much currency, or crafting materials in Arenas, they have in each round. For players to succeed in the new game mode, they need to know exactly what to do to earn more crafting materials.

Earning crafting materials in Apex Legends’ Arenas

The most important thing about Arenas is that weapons and items reset each round. So, if a player bought an R301 in round three, they won’t keep it in round four, whether they won the round or not. With this system in place, players need to be a bit more careful with their currency.

In round one of each match, every player will start off with a limited amount of materials. The only buyable items include one lower-tier weapon, an ability and perhaps a heal or two. However, players can also save their materials by sticking with a pistol.

Apex Legends Arenas buy menu
The buy menu in Arenas. | Provided by EA

Beyond round one, there are two ways to earn more materials throughout each round. The first is to earn kills, which give players 75 extra materials for each elimination. These materials aren’t shared amongst the team, though, so if a player steals a kill from a teammate, they alone get the materials.

For shared materials, players can make a run at the materials canister located in a different spot on each map. However, if one player interacts with it, they earn an extra 200 materials for their team.

Finally, the last way to earn crafting materials is to simply continue playing. The materials earned from round to round are increased as the match goes on. So, round one to two won’t net players as many materials as round four to five.

As long as players are smart with their materials, buying high-tier weapons and equipment shouldn’t be a problem. Of course, securing kills and going for the canister will be a huge help for those looking to maximize their kits each round.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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