Apex Legends ranks, Season 18, RP changes, more

Here's everything you need to know about the Apex Legends ranks in Season 18 so you can start that lofty climb to Apex Predator on PS5, Xbox, PC, and Switch.

Apex Legends Ranks: Catalyst can be seen

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 LP come into play.

Apex Legends, 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 favorite 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. 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.

What are the Apex Legends ranks?

The Apex Legends ranks are:

  • Rookie – 0 LP
  • Bronze – 1,000 LP
  • Silver – 5,000 LP
  • Gold – 9,000 LP
  • Platinum – 13,000 LP
  • Diamond – 17,000 LP
  • Master – 21,000 LP
  • Apex Predator – Top 750 players

Apex Legends has seven ranking tiers, starting at Bronze and stretching all the way to Apex Predator. New players are 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.

Each rank tier has a set amount of League Points that you need to earn before you move up. These were previously known as Ranked Points under the old ranked system, though they serve a similar purpose. League Points are earned by scoring bonuses that boost you LP gains and mitigate your losses. These bonuses are:

Elimination Bonuses: 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: Given when your hidden MMR greatly outperforms your Ladder Points, helping you catch up to where the system believes you should be.

Skill Bonuses: Given when your team interacts with a stronger opponent or performs exceptionally in an unfavorable match.

This change that came with Season 17 allows the ranking system to intelligently reward you based on the difficulty of a match and your squad size while filtering and taking into account negative behaviour like kill farming.

If you place first to tenth you will see bonuses, but placing tenth to twentieth will see loss mitigations.

Apex Legends ranks: Loba aims a pistol

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

Just like in previous seasons, players will need to pay an LP cost for playing Apex Legends’ ranked mode, but that cost is now 35 LP for everyone.

Previously the cost was different depending on your rank, but as of Season 17 that has now changed to be one universal price for each ranked entry.

Apex Legends ranks: Ash moves her arm against her face

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 LP 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 LP 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 LP work?

The way you earn Apex Legends LP in ranked changed in Season 17. With this change, your placement is now giving you a base amount of LP, which is then added to or removed if you get bonuses or loss mitigations.

There is a sliding scale for how much LP you earn for each bonus, based on how hard and tough your match is and any challenges you may face. Then both the total of your bonuses, which are only shown at the end of the game and your ranked placement LP will be added together. The exact amount given to each placement is as follows:

 Place  14+ 13,12,11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
LP  -35 -25 20 25 40 60 80 100 125 150 175 200

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 LP and those who place in the top half of the lobby will always see a boost of some kind, although you will need to be in the upper half of the top 10 to see significant rank climbing.

Apex Legends ranks: Horizon fires an assault rifle

When will Apex Legends Season 18 end?

Season 18 of Apex Legends will end sometime in November 2023.

Apex Legends ranks: Bangalore runs forwards with a gun

How does loss forgiveness work in Apex Legends?

Loss forgiveness in Apex Legends is defined as a state where any LP 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 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 abandonment 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.

Loss Forgiveness also takes place during the initial placement matches where bonuses are massively boosted and mitigations heightened.

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. For example, 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 13.6%
Bronze III 3.7%
Bronze II 3.4%
Bronze I 2.9%
Silver IV 3.9%
Silver III 4.1%
Silver II 4.2%
Silver I 3.6%
Gold IV 6.2%
Gold III 5.7%
Gold II 5.5%
Gold I 4.4%
Platinum IV 8.0%
Platinum III 4.7%
Platinum II 3.5%
Platinum I 2.5%
Diamond IV 6.2%
Diamond III 0.6%
Diamond II 0.2%
Diamond I 0.2%
Master 0.4%
Apex Predator 0.1%

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 17. Whether you’re a Loba loyalist or a Seer specialist, ranked is the ultimate arena for competitive players.