Apex Legends: How To Get Skins

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Apex Legends Caustic Lifeline and Mirage in craftable skins. From left to right it's Caustic, Lifeline and Mirage.

Apex Legends has an in-game currency called Crafting Metals and they can be used to customise your Legends. Outfits, known as skins, can be crafted to give your favourite Legends a look that suits you. They're a great way of giving your character's a personal touch. We're going to show you how to get Crafting Metals and make skins.

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How To Get Skins

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Skins are a great way to customise your Legend to make them feel more like your character. There are a few different ways that you can get your hands on skins, some of them require patience and some of them require money.

Looking for the best Legends to try out while playing? Visit our Apex Legends Tier List page for every character ranked best to worst.

Craft Skins

Collect Crafting Metals

Before you can make skins for your Legend, you will need to collect enough crafting metals. Crafting Metals are found in Apex Packs, which are earned for ranking up or you can buy them with real money. You only get a small amount in each pack, even if you get the Legendary variation.

The materials come in four rarities:

  • Common Crafting Metal = 15
  • Rare Crafting Metal = 30
  • Epic Crafting Metal = 200
  • Legendary Crafting Metal = 600
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Once you reach the required amount, you can convert those materials into the item of your choice. Be prepared to spend plenty of time working towards them – Legendary Skins cost as much as 1,200 Crafting Metals.

Screenshot of legendary crafting metals in apex legends, bright gold.
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Craft the Skin

You can use your crafting metals to craft skins for your Legends. To do this, head into the main menu of the game and select the "Legends" tab at the top. Select which Legend you want to create the skin for and you will instantly be brought to the skins screen. Scroll through all of the options and click on them to preview what the skin looks like on your Legend. When you have found the one you want, follow the control prompt at the bottom of the screen to craft it.

Skins come in 4 tiers. Unless you earn a skin through an Apex Pack or as an Event Reward, you'll have to spend a different amount of crafting metals for each skin tier:

  • Common Skins = 30 Crafting Metals
  • Rare Skins = 60 Crafting Metals
  • Epic Skins = 400 Crafting Metals
  • Legendary Skins = 1,200 Crafting Metals
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Apex Packs

If you don't want to spend your crafting metals on skins then there is no need to worry. You can collect quite a few skins for free when you open an Apex Pack. They will often be common or rare skins but if you are lucky, you can get your hands on epic and legendary ones.

Twitch Prime Rewards

If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you should have access to Twitch Prime. This service can be really handy for players to be subscribed to. When it comes to Apex Legends, it means the service offers plenty of cosmetics for the game, including skins and more. Be sure to check Twitch Prime regularly as they often add items without warning.

Play Through the Battle Pass

You do have to pay for the Battle Pass with real money but it can be worth it when you look at the rewards on offer. If you're not sure if you want to buy a pass for that season, you can take a look at the rewards on offer in-game first. As you play through the battle pass and level up, you will be rewarded with numerous rewards and that includes expensive skins.

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Apex Legends Season 8 Fuse in Legendary Skin called Man-O-War.
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Fuse is wearing his Man-O-War Legendary Skin.

Once you get a cool skin for your character in Apex Legends, you can feel like you own the battlefield. If you want to customise your Legend in more detail then take a look at our guide on heirlooms and how to get them. If you want to show off on the battlefield or in the arena, check out our guide on how to wall jump.

Updated January 3rd, 2022 by Marie Pritchard. Contributions from Lloyd Coombes.