Many players have been waiting for Apex Legends Arenas' ranked mode since the alternative battle arena was released this season. With an official Arenas tournament all wrapped up, too, it was only a matter of time before ranked was incorporated into the popular 3v3 skirmish mode.
Ranked Arenas was finally introduced in Apex Legends Season 10, and detailed in the accompanying patch notes. However, we've broken it down so it makes a little more sense. It's mostly the same as the regular Apex Legends ranked mode, other than a few changes to the points you earn.
There's also MMR, a hidden statistic that impacts matchmaking and the amount of AP you get for winning, but we'll explain more about that later. For now, grab your favourite character from our Apex Legends tier list and join us on a journey through Apex Legends ranked Arenas mode.
What is Apex Legends Ranked Arenas?
Basically, ranked Arenas is similar to the regular ranked mode. There will likely be tiers to climb, RP to earn through wins and kills, and harsh penalties for abandoning matches.
With Respawn employing more security guards to protect ranked modes from cheaters and DDOSers, there's suddenly a lot more reason to play ranked modes, and Arenas is good option for your warm-ups or for some high-octane 3v3 gameplay.
Things would have to be slightly different for Arenas, as there are no placements. You either win, or you lose. Players are looking forward to seeing how the points system works and being matched with opponents of a similar skill level to themselves.
Apex Legends Ranked Arenas New Maps
As well as Apex Legends Ranked Arenas, fans of the mode were treated to a new map, Overflow, during the Apex Legends Thrillseekers event.
Now we're in Season 11, the only maps available in Arenas are those specially created for the mode. This means no more Skull Town, Estates, or Hillside Outpost. This is the current map rotation in Apex Legends Arenas:
- Party Crasher
- Phase Runner
Maps in Ranked Arenas will rotate every hour, rather than every fifteen minutes as they do (and will continue to do) for regular Arenas.
Apex Legends Arenas Leaks
4v4 and 5v5 Arenas
Shrugtal also found localisation strings for Arenas matches with bigger squads. Whether this is a future LTM or Respawn trying different things, it could be an exciting twist on the current format.
How To Gain AP In Apex Legends Ranked Arenas
AP - or Arenas Points - is similar to RP in battle royale ranked mode. However, in Arenas you don't get any points for kills or assists, it's all down to whether you win or lose. Therefore teamwork is key, and trying to take on extravagant 1v3s won't boost you up the ranks.
The Arenas ranks are the same as in ranked battle royale, but require AP to rank up rather than RP, which is calculated in a slightly different way:
- Bronze - 0 AP
- Silver - 2,000 AP
- Gold - 2,400 AP
- Platinum - 2,800 AP
- Diamond - 3,200 AP
- Master - 3,600 AP
- Apex Predator - Top 500 players per platform
It does not cost any AP to take part in Ranked Arenas matches.
The same party restrictions apply for ranked Arenas as do for battle royale - you can only party with players one tier away from your rank. The only exception to this is Gold players, who can party with any teammates from Bronze to Platinum.
One major difference from battle royale is that there is no demotion protection - so a succession of bad matches could take you down from Diamond IV to Plat I. However, rewards are granted for your highest tier reached over the course of the season, not your final tier.
Apex Legends Ranked Arenas AP
After your first 10 placement matches, you'll start to earn AP (Arenas Points) for your wins, and lose some when you lose. The amount you gain or lose differs from match to match based on your MMR and your opponents' MMR, however.
Read more about MMR below.
Apex Legends Ranked Arenas MMR
As well as your rank, Arenas has a separate MMR score that is invisible to yourself and others. This is an accurate reflection of your skill, and can help to matchmake you within your rank. It will be adjusted if you have a few bad matches, for instance, without affecting your rank.
If you beat players with a much higher MMR than you, then you'll be rewarded with more Arena Points for winning a match, allowing your rank to catch up with your skill level. But if you lose a match against opponents with a far greater MMR than you, you'll lose fewer points due to the skill difference between you.
However, to start things off you have to play ten placement matches to determine your starting rank. As all players here are unranked (although they will have accrued some sort of MMR), these matches may feel a little unfair at times. You may stomp other teams, or they may stomp you. But once you've played these ten matches, your opponents should feel at a similar skill level to you.
Apex Legends Ranked Arenas Loss Forgiveness And Leaver Penalties
Similar to regular Arenas matches, players that abandon matches in ranked will receive a temporary matchmaking ban, but apparently no AP loss.
If one of your teammates quits out, however, you will receive loss forgiveness for the match and won't lose any AP.
Apex Legends Ranked Arenas Splits
There is a split in Season 11 ranked Arenas! Respawn has not announced exactly when the split changes and therefore when the soft reset will happen, but we'll keep this guide updated with the latest information.
That's everything we know about Apex Legends ranked Arenas!