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 11, 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. We've noticed some leaks about rewards for Season 9 that we’ve covered down below, but you’re best off keeping up to date with the latest Apex Legends patch notes for official confirmation.
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 10:
Table of Contents
- Apex Legends Ranked Tiers
- Apex Legends KP Changes in Season 11
- Apex Legends Ranked Rewards for Season 9
- Apex Legends Ranked Scoring System (RP)
- Apex Legends Ranked Loss Forgiveness
- Apex Legends Ranked Season 10 Split
- Apex Legends Rank Reset
- Apex Legends Ranked Season 10
- Who Is The #1 Ranked Apex Legends Player?
- Apex Legends Ranked Bug
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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 KP Changes in Season 11
Season 11 has completely reworked how you earn Kill Points, or KP, in your ranked matches. The new system grants players more KP if they kill someone of a higher rank than them, and fewer KP if they kill someone of a lower rank. The same goes for assists. Here's how many KP you get for killing players of different ranks:
So if you're in Platinum rank and kill a player in Diamond, you get 12 KP rather than 10. It's worth noting that Apex Predator rank is classed as the same as Master rank.
As well as KP bonuses, you gain RP based on your placement. You get the following number of points for each kill based on your match placement:
|Final Placement||Bonus Per Kill|
It can get a little confusing, but here's the example that Respawn gave in the patch notes which makes things a little clearer.
"As a Platinum player, you party up with your Diamond friend and matchmake into a lobby with similarly skilled players. You snag second place, with 6 kills (and/or assists) against Diamond players, and 3 on Plat players.
"Each kill on those Diamond players is worth 12 points instead of the typical 10, because they are one rank tier higher than you. That leaves us with (12 × 6) + (10 × 3) = 102 RP.
"Now let’s take placement into account. In second, the per kill bonus is 10, so our 9 kills (including assists) × 10 = 90 RP."
That's a total of 192 RP from that match plus the flat bonus for placement, which is as follows:
Apex Legends Ranked Rewards for Season 9
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 9.
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. However, this is multiplied by the number of kills and assists you get, up to a maximum of six, so make sure you aren’t just ratting your way to a good placement.
Here’s how much RP it costs to jump into a match in Apex Legends Ranked Season 9:
- Bronze: 0RP
- Silver: 12RP
- Gold: 24RP
- Platinum: 36RP
- Diamond: 48RP
- Master: 60RP
- Apex Predator: 60RP
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.
Apex Legends Ranked Loss Forgiveness
There is a loss forgiveness system in place to help you if you encounter connection troubles or disconnect from an Apex Legends ranked match.
If your teammates abandon you, or if something goes wrong on Respawn's end and you spawn into a match with no teammates, loss forgiveness kicks in.
However, if your internet goes down, the loss forgiveness impact will vary.
The first time this happens a season, you’ll automatically get loss forgiveness applied, no questions asked. However, any further times this happens Respawn will check what happened to see whether the abandonment looks suspicious. If it looks accidental, you’ll be granted another forgiveness – however, you can only get the benefit of the doubt three times a season. After that, Respawn will consider it a suspicious abandon, and penalise you.
This season, however, you can reconnect to matches that you crash out of, or if your internet goes down. If your character is somewhere safe, and your teammates are around to protect them, then you might be able to jump back into your ranked match with no RP loss whatsoever.
Apex Legends Ranked Season 10 Split
The mid-season Apex Legends Ranked Season 10 split, reset, and map change was on September 28. This was delayed a week due to the server issues that prevented players from jumping into their ranked matches with the Rampart Town Takeover update.
Apex Legends Ranked Seasons are divided into two splits. In Ranked Season 10, the first split will be played on World's Edge, and the second split will be back in Kings Canyon.
That means that we are now back on Kings Canyon - much to the despair of Apex Legends pros.
Apex Legends Rank Reset
At the start of a new season, and when the ranked split changes mid-season, everyone’s rank is reset by one and a half tiers. So if you ended the first split in Platinum II, you would start the new split in Gold IV.
So don't panic if you've fallen far behind where you were in the first ranked split - it was bound to happen, and all you have to do now is get back to work and make your way back to your tier if not higher!
Apex Legends Ranked Season 10
Apex Legends ranked Season 10 began on August 3, along with Apex Legends Season 10.
Players are keeping their fingers crossed that Ranked Season 10 also fixes some of the issues with cheaters and DDOSers that are rampant in the current game. However, we haven't heard anything on the subject yet from Respawn and cheaters still inhabit the higher ranks.
Who Is The #1 Ranked Apex Legends Player?
At the time of writing these are the highest-ranking players on each platform, the #1 Apex Predator. Bear in mind that these statistics can change in an instant and the top spot is constantly being fought for, especially in the early stages of Season 10.
- PC: Dropped
- PS: Seabrehh
- Xbox: Alwysgucci
If you've got your sights set on the top, these are the players to beat.
Apex Legends Ranked Bug
Respawn have recently fixed a few bugs affecting ranked matches including one that was stopping players from partying together, as well as another that was causing games to be mismatched.
That’s everything you need to know about Apex Legends ranked mode! Now all that’s left to do is pick your favourite Legend, grab your favourite gun, and get climbing.
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