Apex Legends ranks, Season 15 ranked split, RP changes, and more

Looking to climb the Apex Legends ranks in Season 15 and become Apex Predator? Here's everything you could need to know about the battle royale's ranked mode

Apex Legends ranks Season 15: an image of Catalyst looking confused

If you’re wondering what the Apex Legends ranks are, you’re not alone. We know it’s a lot of fun to doss about in Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale shooter, but there’s a competitive side to this game that shouldn’t be ignored. And, that’s where things like ranks, the ranked split, and RP come into play. This is where you show what you’re really made of.

The game, which is one of the best battle royale games out there, has its own dedicated ranked mode, which challenges you to get good with your favourite legend, rather than just mess around with their ultimates. As you emerge out of the lower Apex Legends ranks and shoot for the top title of Apex Predator, the grind gets harder, and the games get sweatier.

For those who fancy a more competitive Apex experience, but don’t know what it’s all about, then don’t worry you’re in the right place. Our Apex Legends tier list will give you an idea of which characters are the best to help you climb, but what use is that when you don’t know where to start? We’ll go through everything you need to know about Apex Legends ranked, including all the details on the current season.

What are the Apex Legends ranks?

Apex Legends has seven ranking tiers, starting at Bronze and stretching all the way to Apex Predator. Starting from Season 13 and continuing into Season 14 and Season 15, new players will be placed into the Rookie rank – a one-time only placement with no ranked rewards. This gives new players a chance to get familiar with Apex Legends’ ranked modes before they’re placed properly into the following brackets.

As you can see below, each tier has a set amount of ranking points that you need to earn before you move up.

These are the Apex Legends ranks:

Rank tier Logo
Bronze (1,000 RP) Apex Legends Rank Bronze
Silver (3,000 RP) Apex Legends Rank silver
Gold (5,400 RP) Apex Legends Rank gold
Platinum (8,200 RP) Apex Legends Rank platinum
Diamond (11,400 RP) Apex Legends Rank Diamond
Master (15,000 RP) Apex Legends Rank Master
Apex Predator (Top 750 players) Apex Legends Rank Apex Predator

Following Apex Legends’ Season 13 update, you may notice that Master rank is now represented with red – the same colour as Apex Predator rank. The logo, however, remains the same. This, again, has continued into Season 14 and – as far as we know right now – Season 15.

The introduction of an RP cost for Bronze rank is the most important change for one reason – you now need to spend RP to play ranked games at almost every rank. But… more on that below.

Apex Legends Season 14 Vantage hidden passive: an image of Vantage and Horizon from an Apex Legends cinematic

How much Apex Legends RP does it cost to play ranked?

Just like in previous seasons, players will need to pay an RP cost for playing Apex Legends’ ranked mode. From last season, this has been increased across the board for Season 15. With this in mind, here are the Apex Legends Ranking Points costs for each tier:

  • Bronze matches
    • Division 4: 20 RP
    • Division 3: 23 RP
    • Division 2: 26 RP
    • Division 1: 29 RP
  • Silver matches
    • Division 4: 32 RP
    • Division 3: 35 RP
    • Division 2: 38 RP
    • Division 1: 41 RP
  • Gold matches
    • Division 4: 44 RP
    • Division 3: 47 RP
    • Division 2: 50 RP
    • Division 1: 53 RP
  • Platinum matches
    • Division 4: 56 RP
    • Division 3: 59 RP
    • Division 2: 62 RP
    • Division 1: 65 RP
  • Diamond matches
    • Division 4: 68 RP
    • Division 3: 71 RP
    • Division 2: 74 RP
    • Division 1: 77 RP
  • Master matches
    • All Divisions: 82 RP

It’s worth noting that Master rank matches will require an increased entry cost of +5 RP for every 1,000 RP above the rank’s threshold – this is limited to 175 RP. No changes have been mentioned for Season 15, so we are under the impression this remains the case.

Apex Legends ranks: Apex Legends Bloodhound in a bright blue skin

It’s a lot easier to lose RP at lower ranks and the Season 15 ranked changes are only going to make this a little harder – with Bronze rank matches costing between 20 RP and 29 RP. However, once you find your place, you shouldn’t have as much trouble keeping it.

Why do I keep losing my Apex Predator rank?

Respawn and EA have changed the way the ranking system in Apex Legends works because, in past seasons, too many players made it to the top rank – Apex Predator. To combat this, the Master rank was slotted in between Diamond and Apex Predator. Now, only the top 750 players on each platform will have the prestigious title – so, this is likely to shift whether you lose RP or not.

In addition to this, players will now have three games’ worth of demotion protection in every tier before they are liable to be demoted. The demotion penalty, for dropping below the RP threshold, will now be 50% of the lower division. For example, a Masters player will drop to 50% of Diamond I. This could affect your chances at getting Apex Predator.

How does Apex Legends RP work?

The way you earn Apex Legends RP in ranked changed again in Season 13 – and Season 14 introduced a few tweaks to this reformed ranked experience. In previous seasons, the max amount of RP you could earn was something like 275 – 100 from placing first, and a little more from the bonus kill participation (KP) points you could pick up.

Following these changes, which appear unchanged in Apex Legends’ Season 15 update, players will earn 125 RP for placing first and 25 RP for each kill and assist they get in-game. This is the same placement value as Season 12, but Respawn has simplified the kill RP mechanics for the upcoming season.

There a sliding scale for how much RP you earn for each kill/assist in ranked. Killing someone that is the same rank tier as you (e.g. a Gold player killing a Gold player) will offer the standard RP – depending on where you finish. However, killing someone at a lower rank will offer less RP, and killing someone who is higher ranked will give you more RP.

Tier Difference S13 Kill Modifier
-3 30%
-2 70%
-1 100%
0 100 %
1 100 %
2 150%
3 200 %

Then, depending on your placement, a bonus score will be added to each kill or assist you earned. You can see the full scoring for both place RP and kill/assist RP below.

 Place  14+ 13,12,11 10,9 8,7 6 5 4 3 2 1
RP  0 5 10 20 30 45 55 70 95 125
Kill/Assist RP  1 5 10 12 14 16 18 20 23 25

It’s worth noting that placing worse than the bottom half of the lobby constitutes a loss. Those placing worse than tenth are likely to lose RP and those who place high but don’t have many kills will lose out on a lot of RP, too.

Reddit user ‘kevekev-996‘ has done some number crunching and put together a few tables that show you exactly how many kills you need at each rank – depending on where you place – to break even on RP. This applied to Season 13’s numbers, though. So, with Season 14’s increased entry cost, you can expect it to be even harder to maintain your rank and break even RP-wise.

Of course, the higher you place, as you can see above, the more each kill and assist is worth. So, you’ll find it easy to climb the ranks if you’re placing highly. However, if you’re just going for kills, you’re going to have a tough time of it. Apex Legends’ Season 13 ranked system values placement and kills – together.

Apex Legends ranks: Apex Legends Horizon using a finishing move

What are Apex Legends ranked splits?

Each Ranked Season in Apex Legends is divided into two splits, which will each be played on a different map. Midway through the Season when the maps swap over for the new split, players’ ranks will be soft reset to encourage them to keep grinding to reach the top ranks once again.

Ranked Season 15’s first split will be played on Broken Moon before switching over to the ever-popular Olympus for the second split on January 17.

When will the Apex Legends reset happen?

Apex Legends always has a ranked reset during the season split, which for Season 15 will take place on January 17. This means it is the longest ranked split on record at 76 days.

The next reset after that will take place for the launch of Season 16.

Resets always knock you back 1.5 tiers. This means that if you ended Season 14 in Gold II, you’ll be reset to Silver IV for the second split of Season 15.

When will Apex Legends Season 15 end?

Respawn has not confirmed when Apex Legends’ Season 15 will end – but we will update this when that information is available. It should end mid-to-late February 2023.

Apex Legends ranks: Apex Legends' Ash stands menacingly while a small rat scurries onto her shoulder

How does loss forgiveness work in Apex Legends?

Loss forgiveness in Apex Legends is defined as a state where any RP losses you might have taken are zeroed out. Generally loss forgiveness in Apex Legends is applied if you have an unexpected quit, if you get to the start of the drop sequences and you don’t have teammates, or if your matchmade teammates (not friends) abandon the game.

There are, however, some caveats to loss forgiveness for unexpected quits. If, say your your internet goes down during a match and you leave the game, loss forgiveness will be automatically applied. However, when a second unexpected quit happens, Respawn will consider if it looks like a forced abandon or an accident. If it’s the former, loss forgiveness will be given but it will be treated as a used forgiveness abandon.

Players only get three used forgiveness abandons in a series. When the limit is hit, all further unexpected quits that look suspicious will be treated as abandons.

It is worth noting that you’ll be able to reconnect to matches this season though, so if your internet went down and you’d like to jump back into the game, you can do so now.

Why can’t I join my friend’s party in Apex Legends?

Respawn has restricted certain tiers from playing with one another to combat boosting in Apex Legends. There’s no information to suggest that this is being changed for Season 15 – yet. So this season, players who are ranked Platinum and above can only party up with friends who are one tier different from them.

There is no way of getting around this.

What is the Apex Legends ranks distribution?

With the cost of competing in Apex Legends, it can be difficult to achieve Apex Predator status. Don’t worry if you’re stuck in Gold though because, according to Respawn and EA, that’s the average rank most players achieved in previous seasons.

According to Apex Legends Status, this is the current rank distribution for the start of Season 15 Split 1:

Rank Distribution
Bronze IV 19.7%
Bronze III 4.3%
Bronze II 4.3%
Bronze I 3.4%
Silver IV 4.2%
Silver III 4.3%
Silver II 4.8%
Silver I 3.8%
Gold IV 7.6%
Gold III 5.8%
Gold II 5.4%
Gold I 4.1%
Platinum IV 8.2%
Platinum III 3.0%
Platinum II 2.0%
Platinum I 1.5%
Diamond IV 3.7%
Diamond III 0.3%
Diamond II 0.1%
Diamond I 0.1%
Master 0.5%
Apex Predator 0.1%

Apex Legends ranks: Loba looking down the barrel of a gun in Apex Legends

What are the Apex Legends ranked rewards?

Apex Legends ranked rewards are dished out at the end of each ranked season. They include dive trails, charms, or badges, and will reflect the highest rank you managed to reach in that season.

That’s everything you need to know about Apex Legends’ ranked mode for Season 15. Whether you’re a Loba loyalist or a Seer specialist, ranked is the ultimate arena for competitive players.