We all love a bit of frantic, fast-paced aerial car football, don’t we, especially when climbing the Rocket League ranks. Rocket League stands in a field of its own as a competitive multiplayer game, with its mixture of teamwork, coordination, precise aim, and driving skills making it hard to squeeze into any pre-existing genre.
Because it’s so unique, Rocket League has a massive following and has become a top-tier esport. But it isn’t just the pro players who get to play competitively; Rocket League has a ranking system which allows you to progress through the Rocket League ranks from Unranked to Supersonic Legend across a host of different competitive game modes. If you want to up your Rocket League game, or you’re just a sucker for the grind, then ranked play is where you’ll want to be.
For those who have maybe never played Rocket League before and are thinking about it now that it’s gone free-to-play, or have only ever played casually, you might have some burning questions about ranked play: ‘How many Rocket League ranks are there?’, ‘How do I rank up?’, and ‘What the heck is MMR?’
In this guide, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about ranked Rocket League and the rankings system.
What are the Rocket League ranks?
There are currently 23 Rocket League ranks, if you include Unranked. Each rank is split into divisions, and there are four divisions in each rank.
These are the Rocket League ranks:
|Grand Champion I|
|Grand Champion II|
|Grand Champion III|
Before the massive free-to-play update in September 2020, Grand Champion was the highest Rocket League rank that players could reach. However, Grand Champion has been knocked into second place and divided into three sub tiers, with Supersonic Legend now being the ultimate accolade for competitive Rocket League players.
It’s also worth noting that each of the competitive game modes in Rocket League have their own ranking ladder to climb, so you will have a different rank in each mode. For example, you could be a Platinum 3 player in Standard, but only Silver 2 in Doubles.
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Your rank is determined by your MMR, or Matchmaking Rank. Wins make it go up, losses make it go down, and each rank and division has a set MMR target value you need to reach in order to progress.
What is Rocket League MMR?
What does MMR stand for? Well MMR, or Matchmaking Rank, is a hidden score that determines which rank you are in whilst also acting as a way to place you against opponents with roughly similar skill levels to yourself.
Essentially, your rank (e.g. Gold 1) is just a visual representation of your Rocket League MMR value.
It can all be a bit confusing, but there’s a good resource for those interested in MMR, where you can also see your own score, or ‘skill rating.’ It gives you a breakdown of what score you need to achieve to get into the next rank and shows global skill rating leaderboards.
The amount of MMR you earn for each win or lose for each defeat is determined by the MMR of your opponent. For example, if you face an opponent who is higher ranked than you, you will gain more MMR points for a victory but lose fewer if you are beaten by a player with the same ranking as you.
Goals, assists, and Most Valued Player awards don’t affect the amount of MMR you gain, despite contrary belief.
If you’re queueing up as a party in Rocket League’s ranked mode, MMR is calculated slightly differently when it comes to matchmaking. Each player in the party will have their MMR value tweaked for those matches, and this is weighted more heavily towards the best and highest-ranked player in your party.
How does the Rocket League ranking system work?
To begin your competitive Rocket League journey, you must reach Level 10 in the game to unlocked the ranked playlists.
Once unlocked, you will then play some placement matches to determine which rank you should start at.
Once placed, you will then start to be matched with players of roughly the same skill level as you. Wins will see you move up the ranking system and losses will see you fall.
The tiered ranking system in Rocket League works using your MMR value.
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Each rank, and each of the four Rocket League divisions within each rank, has a specific MMR threshold, so once your MMR value exceeds the maximum value of that threshold, you are promoted to the division above. The actual values of the thresholds are subject to change and can shift depending on how many players are in certain ranks in order to keep things balanced and not have too many players up in the higher rankings.
Rocket League rank distribution
At the end of each season, Rocket League players are always interested in seeing the rank distribution. With so many Rocket League ranks to climb in competitive, they often wonder ‘how many players actually reached the very top tier?’ Plus, the data will show which rank the average player usually ends up in, giving you a good benchmark to see how well you did that season.
The Rocket League rank distribution stats for last season are in, and here’s how things looked across the three core competitive ranked modes. The percentage shows how much of the overall playerbase finished the season in each rank.
|Grand Champion 1||0.14%||0.30%||0.49%|
|Grand Champion 2||0.06%||0.09%||0.12%|
|Grand Champion 3||0.02%||0.03%||0.03%|
With only less than 1% of ranked players ever reaching Grand Champion rank or higher in any of the main game modes, you can see just how difficult it is to be the very best at competitive Rocket League.
As you can also see, the majority of players finish a Rocket League season somewhere between Gold 1 and Platinum 1.
When does Rocket League Season 4 end?
Rocket League Season 4 will end on November 17, 2021.
Rocket League season 4 rewards
At the conclusion of each competitive Rocket League season, players are awarded certain cosmetic items or titles depending on which rank they managed to hit during the season.
The Rocket League Season 4 rewards are yet to be revealed, but we’ll update this guide as soon as we know what they are. To get an idea of what you might get, take a look at what was on offer last season.
Here are the Rocket League Season 3 rewards:
- Bronze I or higher: Bronze Decal
- Silver I or higher: Silver Decal
- Gold I or higher: Gold Decal
- Platinum I or higher: Platinum Decal
- Diamond I or higher: Diamond Decal
- Champion I or higher: Champion Decal
- Grand Champion I: Grand Champion Decal
- Supersonic Legend: Supersonic Legend Decal
Here are the Rocket League Season 3 Grand Champion titles:
- Competitive: “S3 GRAND CHAMPION” in Crimson text
- Rumble: “S3 RNG CHAMP” in Crimson text
- Hoops: “S3 DUNK MASTER” in Crimson text
- Snow Day: “S3 BLIZZARD WIZARD” in Crimson text
- Dropshot: “S3 FLOOR DESTROYER” in Crimson text
Here are the Rocket League Season 3 Supersonic Legend titles:
- Competitive: “S3 SUPERSONIC LEGEND” in Titanium White text
- Rumble:”S3 RNGENIUS” in Titanium White text
- Hoops: “S3 LEGENDARY BALLER” in Titanium White text
- Snow Day: “S3 ICE TITAN” in Titanium White text
- Dropshot: “S3 TILE ANNIHILATOR” in Titanium White text
Rocket League ranked playlists
- Standard (3v3)
- Doubles (2v2)
- Duel (1v1)
- Hoops (2v2)
- Snow Day (3v3)
- Rumble (3v3)
- Dropshot (3v3)
There are seven ranked playlists to choose from in Rocket League. The main three (Standard, Doubles, and Duel) are the most popular and serious playlists for competitive players.
The four other modes still give you a rank and rewards to aim for, but while playing more experimental and fun modes in a slightly less competitive environment.
That’s everything you need to know about Rocket League ranks and Rocket League ranked Season 4. Make sure you check out our other guides from best Rocket League cars to Rocket League clears to hone your skill.