Apex Legends Ranked Season 9: ranks, splits, and scoring explained

Will you become an Apex Predator in Season 9 of Apex Legends ranked?

It’s safe to say that you can have a load of fun dossing around in Apex Legends. Whether you’re trying to nail Octane jump pad trick shots or indulging in a chaotic limited time mode, the battler royale has plenty on tap for the casual player. But that doesn’t mean that competitive players have been left in the dark.

Apex Legends has its own dedicated ranked mode, which challenges you to git gud with your favourite legend, rather than just mess around with their ults. As you emerge out of the lower 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 because you’re in the right place. Our Apex Legends tier list will tell you which characters are the best for climbing the ranks, but what use is that when you don’t know where to start?

Well, here we’ll go through everything you need to know about ranked play in Apex Legends, including all the details on the current Ranked Season.

What are the Apex Legends ranks?

Apex Legends has seven ranking tiers, starting at Bronze and stretching all the way to Apex Predator. Each tier has a set amount of ranking points you need to achieve before you move into the next bracket. These are highlighted below:

Rank tier Logo
Bronze (base rank) Apex Legends Rank Bronze
Silver (1,200 RP) Apex Legends Rank silver
Gold (2,800 RP) Apex Legends Rank gold
Platinum (4,800 RP) Apex Legends Rank platinum
Diamond (7,200 RP) Apex Legends Rank Diamond
Master (10,000 RP) Apex Legends Rank Master
Apex Predator (Top 750 players) Apex Legends Rank Apex Predator

How much rp does it cost to play apex legends ranked?

Like in previous series, players will have to pay an RP cost for playing Apex Legends Ranked Season 9. This means you’ll automatically lose a set amount of RP if you crash out of your game early, so be careful if you want to stake a claim for Apex Predator.

Here are the RP costs for each tier:

  • Bronze matches: free
  • Silver matches: 12RP
  • Gold matches: 24RP
  • Platinum matches: 36RP
  • Diamond matches: 48RP
  • Master matches: 60RP
  • Apex Predator matches: 60RP

Apex Legends Bloodhound in a bright blue skin

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, Master tier was added to the game and sits between Diamond and Apex Predator. The RP required to make it to Master will be 10,000RP – the amount previously required for Apex Predator.

But this also means Respawn has made some changes to the way Apex Predator works too. Now, only the top 750 players on each platform will have the title, so your rank is likely to shift in real time between Apex Predator and Master as other players gain and lose RP. However, this is an increase over Season 7, which saw just the top 500 players achieve the rank of Apex Predator.

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How does the scoring system work in Apex Legends ranked?

The scoring system for Apex Legends Ranked Season 9 is the same as in Season 8, however this was a big departure from seasons prior. To recap, players will still be rewarded for kills, assists, and placement, but there are more RP points on offer than ever before.

Finishing in the top 13 will net you valuable RP points, which are then multiplied by the number of kills and/or assists you have that match. This multiplier is capped at six kill points, so any more than that will only increase the size of your ego rather than your score.

Players who leave games early usually lose RP, although there is a loss forgiveness system in place to protect players who have accidentally lost connection for whatever reason. Those who abandon games will still lose all the RP they would have gained that much, plus their entry cost.

Apex Legends Horizon using a finishing move

What are the 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 one again.

Ranked Season 9’s first split is being played on World’s Edge. For the second split, Olympus will be the playground for ranked players, which means Kings Canyon is vaulted for this Ranked Season.

The mid-Season soft reset and map switch for Ranked Season 9 is on June 15, 2021.

When will the apex legends SOFT RESET happen?

Soft resets will happen at the start of Ranked Season 9 on May 4 and at the end of the first split on June 15. 

Soft resets will set players back by 1.5 tiers. This means that if you ended Season 8 in Gold II, you’ll be reset to Silver IV for the first split of Season 9.

Apex Legends Revenant shaving

When is Apex Legends Ranked Season 9?

Ranked Season 9 of Apex Legends is slated to go live on May 4 with the release of Season 9: Legacy.

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. 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 distribution of ranks in apex Legends?

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.

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This is the Apex Legends rank distribution for Split 2 of Season 8, according to Respawn:

Rank Distribution
Bronze 17.87%
Silver 17.86%
Gold 31.84%
Platinum 26.16%
Diamond 5.86%
Master & Apex Predator 0.4%

As you can see, reaching the top end of the Apex Legends ranking system is far from easy. However, Season 7 saw the number of players in the highest three ranks increase significantly.

Loba looking down the barrel of a gun in Apex Legends

Who are the best legends to use in Apex Legends ranked?


We’ve got just the resource for you to inform your legend choice when it comes to ranked Apex. Check out our Apex Legends tier list for Season 9, pick one of the top-rated legends, and you’re away. Simple.

What are the Apex Legends ranked Season 9 rewards?

Dive trails, charms, and badges will be given out to players in Apex Legends Ranked Season 9 based on the highest rank they achieve in the series.

So that’s everything you need to know for Ranked Season 9 in Apex Legends. With a new-look King’s Canyon to play on and the newest addition to Apex Legends, Valkyrie joining the fray, the first split in particular is going to be a learning curve for everyone.

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