Game mode

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Apex Legends features a variety of game modes, which can go from tweaking the way Battle Royale is played to completely change the gameplay.

There are currently eight permanent modes: Training, Firing Range, Battle Royale Trios and Duos, Ranked Leagues and the Mixtape (Control, Gun Run and Team Deathmatch).

During some Events, a Limited Time Mode or Takeover may be enabled for play. Takeovers directly affect either all or some Battle Royale modes.


Permanent Modes

These modes will always be available, regardless of Events, unless they are overwritten by a Limited Time Takeover.

Mode Icon Description Current Maps
Battle Royale
Permanent
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Trios
Twenty squads of three Legends compete against each other to be the last squad standing. Broken Moon
Kings Canyon
World's Edge
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Duos
Thirty squads of two Legends compete against each other to be the last squad standing.
Ranked Leagues
Permanent
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Twenty squads of three Legends compete against each other to be the last squad standing. This mode features rank-based matchmaking, which puts players with the same or similar rank in the same match.
Mixtape
Permanent rotation
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Control
Two squads of nine Legends compete against each other to capture three Control Zones. Thunderdome
Production Yard
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Gun Run
Four squads of three Legends compete against each other to be the first to achieve a kill with each available weapon. Perpetual Core
Wattson's Pylon
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Team Deathmatch
Two squads of six Legends compete against each other to be the first to score 50 kills. Skull Town
ZEUS Station
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Lockdown
Four squads of three Legends compete against each other to capture randomly-spawning zones. Monument
ZEUS Station
Training
Permanent
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Playing as Lifeline, the basics on how to play are explained by Bloodhound and Pathfinder. Firing Range
Firing Range
Permanent
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A small map where every weapon and item minus Survival Items can be used. Targets and DUMMIEs can also be found for testing purposes. If joined with other players, friendly fire may also be toggled on/off.


Formerly Permanent Modes

Currently, Arenas and Ranked Arenas are the only modes to have been marked as permanent in the past, but were later removed from rotation.

Mode Description Available
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Arenas
Two squads of three Legends compete against each other to win as many Rounds as possible. Season 9 - Season 15
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Ranked Arenas
Same as Arenas, with rank-based matchmaking and rewards. Season 10 - Season 15


Limited Time Modes and Takeovers

Limited Time Modes (LTMs) are temporary game modes, often added as part of events, which can be selected separately from the standard game modes. Limited Time Takeovers (LTTs) are similarly temporary, but replace a standard game mode for the duration.

Season Game mode Description Start End Associated Event LTM/LTT
Season 1 Apex Elite Queue Mode is only available to those who reach Top 5 in their previous match. 04 June 2019 02 July 2019 Legendary Hunt LTM
Season 2 Apex Solo No squads; everyone is on their own. 13 August 2019 27 August 2019 Iron Crown LTM
Armed and Dangerous Sniper rifles and shotguns only. 03 September 2019 17 September 2019 Voidwalker LTM
Season 3 Shadowfall Dead players switch to the Shadow team to take out the remaining players. 15 October 2019 05 November 2019 Fight or Fright LTM
Duos Two players per squad. 05 November 2019 19 November 2019 LTM
Winter Express Three squads compete for control of the train. 12 December 2019 07 January 2020 Holo-Day Bash LTM
Gold Rush Duos All weapons are Fully Kitted or Supply Drop. 14 January 2020 16 January 2020 Grand Soirée LTM
LIVE.DIE.LIVE Dead legends respawn at the end of the round. 16 January 2020 18 January 2020 LTM
Third-Person Mode Everyone plays with an over-the-shoulder perspective. 18 January 2020 20 January 2020 LTM
Always Be Closing The Ring is constantly moving. 20 January 2020 22 January 2020 LTM
Armed and Dangerous Sniper rifles and shotguns only. 22 January 2020 24 January 2020 LTM
Kings Canyon After Dark Play on the nighttime variant of Kings Canyon. More Digital Threats spawn. 24 January 2020 26 January 2020 LTM
DUMMIE's Big Day Everyone plays as a DUMMIE. 26 January 2020 28 January 2020 LTM
Season 4 Duos Two players per squad. 12 February 2020 19 February 2020 Valentine's Day LTM
Déjà Loot No RNG. All loot, drop ship paths, and Ring locations are predetermined. 03 March 2020 17 March 2020 System Override LTM
Battle Armor Everyone starts with the same armor. Changes every few days. 28 April 2020 12 May 2020 LTM
Season 5 Hunts Extraction missions in the Shadowfall dimension. 12 May 2020 18 August 2020 The Broken Ghost LTM
Armed and Dangerous Evolved Sniper rifles and shotguns only. Mobile Respawn Beacons only. 23 June 2020 07 July 2020 Lost Treasures LTM
Always Be Closing Evolved The Ring is constantly moving. Everyone starts with a Mozambique. 11 August 2020 18 August 2020 LTM
Season 6 Kings Canyon After Dark Play on the nighttime variant of Kings Canyon. More Digital Threats spawn. 10 September 2020 15 September 2020 September Soirée LTM
Armed and Dangerous Sniper rifles and shotguns only. 15 September 2020 22 September 2020 LTM
DUMMIE's Big Day Everyone plays as a DUMMIE. 22 September 2020 29 September 2020 LTM
LIVE.DIE.LIVE Dead legends respawn at the end of the round. 29 September 2020 06 October 2020 LTM
Flashpoint Auto-regen health while inside certain POIs. 06 October 2020 20 October 2020 Aftermarket LTM
Shadow Royale Dead players respawn as Shadows to support their surviving squadmates. 22 October 2020 03 November 2020 Fight or Fright LTM
Season 7 Olympus Preview Fighting is disabled. Explore the new map. 04 November 2020 11 November 2020 LTM
Winter Express Three squads compete for control of the train. 01 December 2020 04 January 2021 Holo-Day Bash LTM
Airdrop Escalation Way more Care Packages spawn. 05 January 2021 19 January 2021 Fight Night LTT (BR)
Season 8 Locked and Loaded Everyone starts with Level 1 gear and a Mozambique. 09 February 2021 02 March 2021 Anniversary LTT (BR)
Ring Fury Ring Flares appear periodically. 09 March 2021 23 March 2021 Chaos Theory LTT (BR)
Second Chance Everyone gets one free respawn with all their items. 13 April 2021 War Games LTT (BR)
Armor Regen Shields regen automatically when not taking damage. 13 April 2021 15 April 2021 LTT (BR)
Ultra Zones Three Hot Zones spawn instead of one, and all are Flashpoints. 15 April 2021 19 April 2021 LTT (BR)
Auto Banners Banner Cards don't have to be retrieved. 19 April 2021 LTT (BR)
Ultra Zones Three Hot Zones spawn instead of one, and all are Flashpoints. 19 April 2021 21 April 2021 LTT (BR)
Season 9 Legacy Maps Play on Season 1 Kings Canyon and Season 3 World's Edge. 29 June 2021 13 July 2021 Genesis LTT (BR)
Season 10 Rampart's Arenas Extravaganza Can buy Level 4 and Supply Drop weapons for cheap. 14 September 2021 28 September 2021 Evolution LTT (Ar)
Shadow Royale Dead players respawn as Shadows to support their surviving squadmates. 28 October 2021 02 November 2021 Monsters Within LTM
Season 11 Winter Express Three squads compete for control of the train. 07 December 2021 28 December 2021 Raiders LTM
Season 12 Control Two teams of nine compete for control of three zones. 08 February 2022 01 March 2022 3rd Anniversary LTM
29 March 2022 12 April 2022 Warriors LTM
Flashpoint Auto-regen health while inside certain POIs. 19 April 2022 03 May 2022 Unshackled LTM
Season 13 Control Two teams of nine compete for control of three zones. 21 June 2022 05 July 2022 Awakening LTM
Armed and Dangerous Sniper rifles and shotguns only. 19 July 2022 02 August 2022 Gaiden LTM
Season 14 Gun Run Each squad must get a kill with every weapon in the game. 20 September 2022 04 October 2022 Beast of Prey LTM
Shadow Royale Dead players respawn as Shadows to support their surviving squadmates. 04 October 2022 11 October 2022 Fight or Fright LTM
Gun Run Each squad must get a kill with every weapon in the game. 11 October 2022 18 October 2022 LTM
Control Two teams of nine compete for control of three zones. 18 October 2022 25 October 2022 LTM
Shadow Royale Dead players respawn as Shadows to support their surviving squadmates. 25 October 2022 01 November 2022 LTM
Season 15 Winter Express Three squads compete for control of the train. 06 December 2022 27 December 2022 Wintertide LTM
Control Two teams of nine compete for control of three zones. 10 January 2023 24 January 2023 Spellbound LTM
Hardcore Royale No HUD and no lootable Armor. 24 January 2023 07 February 2023 Celestial Sunrise LTM
Date Night Regen item effects are shared with nearby squadmates. 07 February 2023 14 February 2023 Valentine's Day LTT (Duos)
Season 16 Heatwave Periodic heatwaves deal damage to anyone standing in the sun. 28 March 2023 11 April 2023 Sun Squad LTM
TDM - Deadeye No Body Shields, and everyone has the same loadout. 25 April 2023 09 May 2023 Veiled LTM
Season 17 TDM - Unshielded 23 May 2023 06 June 2023 Threat Level LTM
Armed and Dangerous Sniper rifles and shotguns only. 20 June 2023 04 July 2023 Dressed to Kill LTM
Kill Code: A Thief's Bane As Loba, infiltrate a facility on Salvo. 21 July 2023 08 August 2023 LTM
Node Tracker Find Loot Ticks for currency to spend on cosmetics. 25 July 2023 08 August 2023 Neon Network LTT (BR)
Season 18 Living Shell Trios Adds Rev Shells, a flying grenade that homes in on enemies. 19 September 2023 03 October 2023 Harbingers LTT (BR)
Tricks N' Treats Trios Adds Copycat Kits, an item that replicates another legend's ability. 17 October 2023 31 October 2023 Doppelgangers LTT (BR)
Season 19 Three Strikes Every dead squad can come back twice before being eliminated. 07 November 2023 21 November 2023 Apex Legends X Post Malone LTM
23 November 2023 28 November 2023 LTM
Revenant Uprising Half of players start on the Revenant Army team, and must kill legends. 05 December 2023 02 January 2024 Uprising LTM
FINAL FANTASY VII Takeover Adds the Buster Sword R2R5 and several Materia hop-ups. 09 January 2024 30 January 2024 Apex Legends & FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH LTT (BR)
Three Strikes Every dead squad can come back twice before being eliminated. 31 January 2024 13 February 2024 LTM
Season 20 Straight Shot Halved player count, and landing, looting, and requeueing are streamlined. 13 February 2024 27 February 2024 5th Anniversary LTM
The Hunt Squads are randomly assigned enemy squads to take out. 05 March 2024 12 March 2024 Inner Beast LTT (BR)
12 March 2024 19 March 2024 LTM
Lockdown Four squads compete over randomly-spawning zones. 26 March 2024 01 April 2024 Shadow Society LTM
April Fools' Takeover Adds April Fools' Weapons and low-gravity effects. 01 April 2024 07 April 2024 LTM
Lockdown Four squads compete over randomly-spawning zones. 07 April 2024 16 April 2024 LTM
Three Strikes Every dead squad can come back twice before being eliminated. 23 April 2024 07 May 2024 Urban Assault LTM
Season 21 Solos No squads, auto-healing, Battle Sense, and Respawn Tokens. 07 May 2024 24 June 2024 LTT (Duos)
Quads BR with fifteen squads of four players each. 25 June 2024 13 August 2024 Double Take LTT (Duos)


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