Halo Infinite's multiplayer mode has started! Beginning with Season 1, the Heroes of Reach Battle Pass has a plethora of rare gear and nifty armour to customise your Spartans. You can play with the new Halo Infinite Ranked Arena mode, giving you Battle Rifle starts, no radar, and a real tryhard atmosphere.
It can be a little overwhelming getting into the shooter's online platform, especially with all the Halo Infinite ranks and the newly updated Ranking System. We break down the new scheme, as well as detail the game modes and loadouts you'll need to keep an eye on in order to improve your rank.
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Halo Infinite Ranks Explained
Previous iterations of the shooter required you to progress through an XP-based structure. Instead, the latest episode follows a rank-based scheme that is attached to its battle pass system. Following a hierarchy split into six separate blocks, the highest rank is that of Onyx.
For each tier, there are six levels for which you can advance:
- Bronze (I-VI)
- Silver (I-VI)
- Gold (I-VI)
- Platinum (I-VI)
- Diamond (I-VI)
If you're just booting the game up, you'll need to play 10 matches before being placed into a specific rank. However, it's important to remember that these placement matches are specific to the ranked queue you want to compete in. So, you'll need to play 10 matches in the Solo/Duo queue with a controller, alongside a separate 10 matches each for Solo/Duo using mouse/keyboard and for the open queue.
After being asserted a position, you can continue to play matches allowing you to advance further through the ranks. You can also be demoted based on your performance in matches - the final result (win or lose) also determines this progression.
Halo Infinite Ranked Mode Map Playlists
After being ranked, 'Ranked Arena' has a set collection of maps and game modes through which you can play.
Here's a complete playlist of the ranked modes and attached locations available at launch (via 343 Industries):
- Oddball on Live Fire, Recharge, Streets
- Slayer on Aquarius, Bazaar, Live Fire, Recharge, Streets
- Strongholds on Live Fire, Recharge, Streets
More maps and modes will be added to this compilation later down the line, so we'll update this page if anything changes.
Halo Infinite Ranked Mode Gameplay Settings
343 Industries has also set specific gameplay features that will be implemented in each ranked game:
- All players start off with a BR75 (Battle Rifle).
- Combat Sensor is disabled for all matches.
- Friendly fire is on.
- All grenade hit markers are disabled.
- Static item spawns are featured.
Similar to the ranked maps, these gameplay aspects are subject to change further into Halo Infinite's lifespan.
It's an exciting time for Halo fans and newcomers alike. With Halo Infinite's battle pass scheme and smooth multiplayer action, now is the best time to get into Microsoft's flagship franchise! There's always the possibility that the ranking system changes in the future so keep an eye on this page, as we'll keep updating it with new information.
In the meantime, why not check out the complete collection of maps available in Halo Infinite, or learn about the best Halo Infinite guns?