Where to find Vault Keys in Apex Legends

Explaining how to pick up Vault Keys and use them to open Vaults in Apex Legends.

With the launch of Season 3, Apex Legends players have been asking how to find new areas and items, including Vault Keys. Used to open Vaults in World’s Edge, Vault Keys can be particularly useful if you’re itching to get your hands on some Legendary loot. To help make things easier, we’ve put together a quick guide that’ll explain where to find Vault Keys in Apex Legends.

Where to find Vault Keys in Apex Legends

Where to find Vault Keys in Apex Legends
To find Vault Keys in Apex Legends, you'll need to shoot Loot Drones with red panels located randomly throughout the World's Edge map.
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When it comes to “where” to find Vault Keys in Apex Legends, there’s no one location on the World’s Edge map where they can be found. Instead, you’ll need to look for floating mechanical orb-shaped objects called Loot Drones that are similar in nature to the Loot Tick from the Kings Canyon map.

Loot Drones can be found just about anywhere, with one spawning at semi-regular frequency in the Drill Site area of the World’s Edge map. Loot Drones show different colors on their side panels, some of which have glitched red panels mixed in. You’ll want to look for Loot Drones with red panels as this indicates a Vault Key is inside.

By shooting a Loot Drone with a red panel, you’ll receive a Vault Key. When you receive a Vault Key, the location of all Vaults on the World’s Edge map will be revealed on your map. Your next steps should be to open your map, mark the closest Vault, and make your way to it. If you get there and see the lock on the Vault is marked “open” you’ll know you want to move to a different Vault as this one has already been emptied out.

Again, you can get Vault Keys by shooting down Loot Drones found at random throughout World’s Edge. Loot Drones with red panels are the only ones that seem to drop Vault Keys. Once you acquire your Vault Keys, the location of all Vaults on World’s Edge will be revealed on the map. Head to a Vault and use your Vault Keys to open one that’s locked in order to reap your rewards.

For a visual guide on how it looks to shoot down Loot Drones and acquire Vault Keys, we've included a helpful video below courtesy of YouTuber Rag Tagg

Now that you know where to find Vault Keys in Apex Legends, be sure to check out some of our other guides including how to use a Finisher in Apex Legends, how to get the Lifeline Heirloom Set during the Apex Legends Halloween event, and info on the giant monsters in the Kings Canyon map of Apex Legends.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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