Apex Legends’ Arenas mode is great fun – who doesn’t want 3v3 battles in cool new locations? However, the Valorant and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive-inspired team shooter will live and die by its competitive integrity. In such a finely-balanced environment, subtle tweaks to weapon prices or legend abilities could impact gameplay far more than in the battle royale mode.
We know Apex Legends Arenas ranks are coming in a “later update” but other than that, we don’t have a lot of information about what it could look like and how it’ll function. We expect the ranks to take a similar form of the battle royale variant of Apex Legends ranked, but it could also take inspiration from the games that Arenas feels more akin to – Valorant and CS:GO.
While we wait for more information on the competitive version of the mode, we’ve gathered all the information about Apex Legends Arenas’ ranked mode to date, and speculated on what shape it will take. We’ve also taken into account the modes of other competitive FPS games to see what may be in store. We’ll keep this page updated as soon as we hear any more information about ranked Arenas.
Here’s everything we know about Apex Legends Arenas ranks so far.
Apex Legends Arenas ranks release date
While Arenas releases with Apex Legends Season 9, developer Respawn tells The Loadout in a press conference that ranked will be coming in a “later update.”
We don’t know when that update will drop, but given the mode has only been introduced, the team needs time to test the mode and its legends before a competitive aspect can even be considered.
How do the Apex Legends Arenas ranks work?
We fully expect the Arenas ranked mode to have a different ranking board to that of the battle royale, although it could well use a similar system.
If you look at the CS:GO ranks, there are three different leaderboards for the different game modes: Competitive, Wingman, and Danger Zone. Danger Zone has different rank names, which we don’t expect to be the case with Arenas, but Wingman has a different rating system because of the mode’s reduced playerbase. This means that you’re more likely to get matched against players of a higher rank and skill level, especially if playing with friends of varying ranks.
The rules of Apex Legends ranks for battle royale dictate that you can’t play with friends of a different rank to yourself until you reach Platinum level. If this carries over to Arenas’ ranked mode, then you will only be matched against squads of the same rank as you, but it could impact matchmaking times, so we’ll wait and see whether it is implemented or not.
We don’t yet know if there will be any penalty for leaving a match early, but because this puts your team at a severe disadvantage, we think it probably will result in a punishment.League of Legends recently added suspensions of up to two weeks for players who abandoned matches, so we could see something similar implemented by Respawn.
How to improve your Apex Legends Arenas rank
Obviously, shooting is at the forefront of Arenas gameplay, so heading to the Firing Range and putting in the hours with one of the guns high up our Apex Legends weapons tier list is the first step.
As there is very little looting and no way to rat yourself to more RP, you’ll have to learn how to fight effectively, and to fight as a team. This means communication is the most important factor in Arena mode, and keeping open comms with your teammates is the best way to grab yourself a win and climb the ranked ladder.
We also think that a lot of players will pick the newest addition to Apex Legends, Valkyrie, so counter-picking her either with weapons or legends could be an interesting strategy to get some early wins.
That’s everything we know so far about Apex Legends Arenas. We’ll keep this guide updated, so keep checking back for more information about the state of play. For now though, check out our Apex Legends tier list for more information on the best legends to play in Arenas.