Earned by completing PvP League Division Chests. Ascended Shards of Glory are a type of money that may be gained through completing PvP league reward tracks. These rewards can be spent on armor sets, emotes, and mounts.
There are four types of ascended shards: common, rare, epic, and legendary. Common shards are dropped by most creatures within the game world at random. Rare shards are obtained through special events or limited time offers (i.e. Seasonal Events). Epic shards are awarded as compensation for winning PvP leagues. Legendary shards are acquired through special methods only available to certain players.
Ascended shards are not earned in equal measure. While some creatures will drop many common and rare shards, others will only drop rare shards. Also, some creatures will only have rare offerings while others will have many common and rare drops. This is because each creature has a chance to award ascended shards based on its rating within the PvP league.
The higher your rating is, the better your chances are of earning ascended shards. There are several ways to increase your rating including winning matches, placing high on the rankings page, and earning points through defeating other players. When you win a match, you will often be given the option to pay real-world money for a VIP package.
Ascendant Shards are a type of upgrade material that permits armour to achieve its maximum level. They may also be used at the Exotic Kiosk in the Tower to purchase exotics from Years 1, 2, or 3 that you may have missed, making them excellent fodder for collectors or anybody looking to try out some of the game's more bizarre construction choices.
Ascendant Shards are gained by destroying enemy vehicles and structures during battle. As well as increasing your vehicle's hit points, they can also enhance it with additional abilities. There are five types of ascendant shards: Combat, Repairs, Engine, Electronics, and Cannon.
Combat Ascended Shards give your vehicle an additional block of health. This means that your vehicle will be able to withstand more damage before it is destroyed. Each time you destroy an enemy vehicle, you will gain access to more advanced versions of themselves - these "shards" provide your vehicle with increased protection against further attacks. Once all of the original shard's effects have been expended, it will break off into multiple smaller fragments which will then become available for use. The number of Combat ascended shards available per battle depends on how many times you've been killed this round. If you survive the battle, you will receive additional ones based on how many kills you made with your current set of shards.
Repaired Shatterguns are upgraded versions of the Shattergun weapon system. When deployed, they will automatically go to work repairing any damaged vehicles or structures within their effective range.
Heirloom Shards may be obtained in Apex Packs, which can be won or purchased with real money. You only have a 1 in 500 chance of collecting them, but your shards are added to the total with each drop. Once you've accumulated the requisite number of shards, you may use crafting to turn them into an heirloom item. These items provide permanent upgrades for your character, and they're also available to purchase with gold. The cost of the item depends on how many shards were used to create it.
Heirloom items upgrade any existing armor set you have equipped to become more powerful. They cannot be sold on the market, nor can they be given as gifts. Instead, they must be opened by a craft trainer who will remove their shard contents and add them to your inventory. The trainer will also give you some extra fragments based on the type of item you opened. Heirloom items can only be upgraded a maximum of five times before they become obsolete.
Heirlooms provide a constant flow of fragments into the game, allowing players to enhance their attributes forever without having to spend real money.