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How to collect and use Compute Nodes in Apex Legends

The new Neon Network event brings a brand new currency called Compute Nodes to Apex Legends. Read here to find out how to collect them!

Apex Legends has just launched a unique, story focused, collection event. The Neon Network Event includes 24 new cosmetics, a new currency system called Compute Nodes, and the debut of Valkyrie’s Prestige Skin.

But what exactly are Compute Nodes and how do you use them in Apex Legends? We’ll break that down here!

What are Compute Nodes?

Compute Nodes are a brand new and event exclusive currency system in Apex Legends that can be used to unlock various rewards, alongside lore related to the ongoing Kill Code story. They will be available to collect from July 25 to August 8.

Compute Nodes can be used in the Neon Network Collection Event shop to unlock a couple different types of rewards. You’ll be able to unlock event skins, battle pass stars, and story progression. This multi-use currency will definitely come in clutch if you haven’t made good progress on your battle pass this season.

The Neon Network Collection Event store page (screenshot by esports.gg)
The Neon Network Collection Event store page (screenshot by esports.gg)

How do you get Compute Nodes?

Compute Nodes have to be collected in-game, meaning you’ll have to load into a round of non-ranked Battle Royale to find them. You can play in either Duos or Trios, but again, this won’t work in any Ranked matches.

Using the Node Tracker on Storm Point (screenshot by esports.gg)
Using the Node Tracker on Storm Point (screenshot by esports.gg)

Once you’ve loaded into the game, use a Node Tracker to locate a connection point and hack into leads all over the map. After the hack is complete, you’ll receive loot for your game and Compute Nodes. However, you can only collect a limited amount of Compute Nodes per day in Apex Legends, so you won’t be able to spam and collect a bunch at once.

How to find and collect Compute Nodes

Load into a match that says "Item Active" above it, this is currently only unranked duos or trios (screenshot by esports.gg)
Load into a match that says "Item Active" above it, this is currently only unranked duos or trios (screenshot by esports.gg)

1: Load into a game of non-ranked duos or trios Battle Royale

2: Land and immediately use the Node Tracker in your survival slot (you’ll have this automatically).

3: Follow the Node Tracker as it points you in the correct direction and ideally avoid nearby gun fights.

You'll know you're in the right place if you see the highlighted area. Step inside! (screenshot by esports.gg)
You'll know you're in the right place if you see the highlighted area. Step inside! (screenshot by esports.gg)

4: Follow until the Node Tracker brings you to a blue highlighted area.

5: Start the hack by standing in the highlighted area and wait for it to finish.

Standing in the highlighted area and waiting for the upload (screenshot by esports.gg)
Standing in the highlighted area and waiting for the upload (screenshot by esports.gg)

6: The hack will take a few seconds, so it’s best to avoid fights if you want to successfully receive your Compute Nodes.

7: Collect your Compute Nodes and your high rarity loot to use in your Apex Legends game!

You should receive around 880 Compute Nodes from your first hack, and you’ll be able to repeat this process five times a day. That means you should be able to collect about 4200 to 4500 Compute Nodes a day in total.

How to use Compute Nodes in Apex Legends

Your new Compute Nodes can be used in the Apex Legends Neon Network Collection Event reward shop, which you can find under the “Seasonal” tab and then “Reward Shop”. Smaller items like holosprays and banner frames cost 3,000 Compute Nodes while the R-301 gun skin is 5,000. The top tier cosmetic prize is the new Loba skin, which costs 7,000 Compute Nodes so you’ll have to save up after a couple days of collecting.

The best item available in the Neon Network reward shop (screenshot by esports.gg)
The best item available in the Neon Network reward shop (screenshot by esports.gg)

Compute Nodes are also used to unlock the story of this collection event. This story will continue the recent lore hinted at by “Kill Code: Part 1” and A Thief’s Bane. This will also likely tie into the upcoming rumored Revenant rework.

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