If you think you’re ready to challenge the best Apex players out there in a battle of skill, game knowledge, and straight-shooting, then public lobbies might not be doing it for you. For a more competitive experience in Season 16, however, you can jump into Apex Legends’ ranked mode.
Climbing the Apex Legends ranks is easier said than done, however, and if you want to become an Apex Predator, you’ll need to put in the hours. But the rewards are great. Entirely cosmetic, of course, but great nonetheless.
Apex Legends’ ranked mode follows the same seasons as the regular game, so you’ve got a limited time to make your mark in the battle royale. The highly competitive mode is considered the pinnacle of Apex Legends gameplay – excluding esports like the Apex Legends Global Series, that is – so achieving a high rank is a mark of honour in the community.
That said, it can be a little confusing at first, so we’ve broken it down for anyone who’s new to the mode, or if you want to check what’s changed in a new ranked season. If you're interested in the Apex Legends Arenas’ ranked mode, check out our other guide as this one covers the regular, battle royale, ranks.
Here’s everything you need to know about Apex Legends Ranked Season 17:
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Apex Legends Ranked tiers
When you first get started in Apex Legends’ ranked mode, you’ll be placed in Bronze. As you get more kills and win more matches, you’ll earn RP (more on that later). After reaching a certain amount of RP, you’ll progress to the next rank up. It’s pretty simple:
|Apex Predator||Top 750 players|
It’s worth noting that the rules slightly change when you reach the highest level of play. Once you’ve reached Master rank, you’ll keep gaining RP as usual until you hit the top 750 players of the game. You have achieved the coveted Apex Predator rank. From there, you are ranked by your position in this season’s ranks, from 750 to number one.
There is a different Apex Predator for each console and PC. That means you'll be on a different leaderboard depending on your hardware of choice, and at the end of each season we have three different #1 Apex Predators.
Apex Legends Season 17 Ranked rewards
There’s more at stake than just pride, however. Every Apex Legends ranked season, players are given rewards based on how they performed. Last season’s rank rewards included some cute weapon charms, badges, and dive trails and it looks like more of the same for Season 17.
Apex Legends Ranked scoring system (RP)
RP is your most valuable resource when climbing the Apex Legends ranks. To earn RP, you must finish in the top 13 of a ranked match. The higher you place, the more RP you get.
For Season 17, the top ten squads will earn bonuses while teams that place from 11th to 20th will receive loss mitigations. Here's a closer look at the bonuses:
- Elimination Bonuses are given when your team eliminates other players. This bonus is individually calculated and multiple eliminations against the same players are discarded. To be clear: we use your personal individual kills, assists, and participations. In addition the Assist Timer has been increased from 15 seconds to 30 seconds.
- Rating Bonuses are given when your hidden MMR greatly out performs your Ladder Points, helping you catch up to where the system believes you should be.
- Skill Bonuses are given when your team interacts with a stronger opponent or performs exceptionally in an unfavourable match.
If you leave a game early, you’ll lose any RP you would have gained, and often also receive a penalty. If you regularly abandon matches, you may also be timed out of playing ranked matches.
Does Apex Legends ranked have a reset?
No, Apex Legends ranked no longer contains a mid-season ranked reset, meaning your rank will last for the entire season. Ranks will only reset once a new season goes live.
Apex Legends ranked level requirement
In a bid to combat smurfs and hackers from ruining matches, Respawn has decided to raise the level requirements you need to meet before dropping into action.
Instead of needing to reach level 20, you now need to be at least level 50 to play ranked.
Apex Legends Season 17 entry cost
All Apex Legends ranked matches in Season 17 will require you to spend 35 LP. Here's a closer look at the breakdown:
- Top 14: -35 LP
- 13th/12th/11th: -25 LP
- 10th: 20 LP
- 9th: 25 LP
- 8th: 40 LP
- 7th: 60 LP
- 6th: 80 LP
- 5th: 100 LP
- 4th: 125 LP
- 3rd: 150 LP
- 2nd: 175 LP
- 1st: 200 LP
As you can see by the progression, there's plenty you can earn just by placing well. This on top of the bonuses, and you can earn yourself plenty of LP.
There you have it, that's all there is to know about Apex Legends ranked in Season 17. For more, check out our Apex Legends page for all the latest news, leaks, and guides.
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