Halo is by far and away one of the most popular and celebrated competitive FPS games of all time. With Halo Infinite on the way, Master Chief’s journey is set to continue. This time around the stoic Spartan is on a journey to find out what happened to Cortana – who is believed to have been deleted sometime after the events of Halo 5: Guardians – aided by a new AI companion known as The Weapon.
While Halo’s gripping narrative is one thing, the majority of players are looking forward to hopping into Halo Infinite’s multiplayer now that it’s finally dropped to begin their Halo Infinite ranks climb. After all, how else are you going to prove that you’re Master Chief material with the best Halo Infinite guns over the other recruits?
This time around, developer 343 Industries has switched the Halo Infinite ranked system up in a big way, waving farewell to the classic XP system in the process. You may have a few burning questions: ‘What are the Halo Infinite ranks?’, ‘How do I rank up in Halo Infinite?’, and ‘when will Halo Infinite Season 1 end?’
Fortunately, we have the answers to all of these queries, as well as the lowdown on what differs between Halo Infinite’s base multiplayer and ranked playlists. Here’s everything you need to know about climbing the Halo Infinite ranks.
WHAT ARE THE HALO INFINITE RANKS?
Like many other competitive shooters out there, Halo Infinite follows a ladder structure with 31 ranks split across six Halo Infinite ranking tiers.
These are the Halo Infinite ranks:
- Bronze I-VI
- Silver I – VI
- Gold I – VI
- Platinum I – VI
- Diamond I – VI
As you can see, Bronze is the lowest ranking tier and Onyx is the highest. Each tier, apart from Onyx has six ranks within it, so prepare for a bit of a grind to make it to the top.
It’s worth noting that when you boot into the game for the first time, you’ll need to complete ten ranked placement matches to get your first Halo Infinite rank, so make sure you warm up first. Once you have that rank, you’ll then be able to grind the Ranked Arena where there are separate queues for controller or mouse and keyboard, solos, and duos.
How does the Halo Infinite ranking system work?
There isn’t really any clear cut information on how the Halo Infinite ranks work just yet. But it is clear that the ranking system is based on performance. The in-game message says your “rank improves when you perform better than expected” but who knows what the actual metrics is.
Community feedback so far suggests that personal performances dictate your rank more so than wins and losses. Some players have found they’ve ranked up on a loss due to their K/DR and contribution to their team’s efforts.
Until we get confirmation from 343, the best approach is to put on good performances and maintain a positive KD/R.
What are the Halo Infinite ranked rules?
Like all good competitive modes, Halo Infinite ranked differs ever so slightly from the standard modes. This is to improve the game’s competitive integrity online and keep you playing on an even playing field.
At the moment, everyone starts with a Battle Rifle, the mini-map is disabled, friendly fire is on, grenade hit markers are off, and static item spawns are enabled.
This might change as we get into the swing of things, but for now… don’t shoot your teammates.
25WHAT ARE THE HALO INFINITE RANKed playlists?
At the moment, there are a handful of Halo Infinite ranked playlists. These can be played either in full with cross-play enabled, or via dedicated mouse and keyboard or controller queues.
Here are the Halo Infinite ranked playlists:
- Ranked Oddball: Streets, Recharge, Live Fire
- Ranked Strongholds: Streets, Charge, Live Fire
- Ranked Capture the Flag: Behemoth, Bazaar, Aquarius
- Ranked Slayer: Streets, Recharge, Live Fire, Bazaar, Aquarius
When does Halo Infinite Season 1 end?
Halo Infinite Season 1 will end on May 2, 2022. Your Halo Infinite rank will reset as the season draws to a close.
Live team design director Ryan Paradis has stated that Halo Infinite ranked seasons will last roughly three months. Halo Infinite Season 1 kicked off on November 15, 2021, and will last unusually longer than future seasons. 343 hasn’t commented on why this is the case as of yet.
What are the Halo Infinite season 1 Ranked rewards?
Ranked modes usually give their top-tier players something to shout about at the end of a season, but 343 hasn’t confirmed whether it is doing Halo Infinite Season 1 ranked rewards just yet.
We’ll update this guide if we hear anything, though.
So there you have it, everything about the Halo Infinite ranks right now. While you’re here, make sure to check out our Halo Infinite Credits guide or learn how to get the Yoroi samurai armour in multiplayer. Oh, there’s also news on the Halo TV series release date.