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Valorant account level, AP, rewards, and more

Here's what the numbers mean in the Valorant account level system, including how to level up, and what sorts of goodies you can expect in return for your grind.

Valorant account level: Viper, a masked woman in a black and green bodysuit

What is a Valorant account level? If you’re logging into Valorant you may notice a mysterious number above your player card. No, it’s not the number of wins you’ve totted up over the course of your career (much to our relief), but it is actually a unique way for you to be recognized for the time you’ve put into the game – your Valorant account level.

Similarly to Riot’s other games like League of Legends, Valorant account leveling will reward the FPS game’s players based on playtime. This way, players who don’t fancy entering the throes of the Valorant ranks can still get that warm, fuzzy feeling of progression – even if it is just the game’s way of saying you should probably get away from the Valorant maps, go outside, and touch some grass.

Here’s everything you need to know about account leveling, Account Points (AP), and what you get in return for your in-game endeavors.

Valorant account level explained

Your Valorant account level is the number that can be found above your player card. According to senior competitive designer for Valorant Jon ‘EvrMoar’ Walker, the introduction of account leveling back in Episode 3 is “the first initial step” in rewarding players for the time they’ve spent playing the game.

What is AP in Valorant?

AP stands for ‘Account Points’, which are earned by playing matches. AP can be earned in any of Valorant’s game modes, though it will only contribute to your account level, and not to battle pass or Agent Contract XP.

Accounts level up every 5,000 AP, which means you’ll be grinding away for a hot minute if you’re looking to get into Valorant’s Competitive Mode. Each match completed rewards 1 AP, plus 1 AP for every six seconds played. Winning at low account levels will net you an additional 150 AP, while winning at high account levels will only give 50 AP. 1,000 bonus AP can also be earned for the first win of each day, so a quick Spike Rush might be in order if you’re strapped for time.

So, if we quickly do the math, the average Valorant game will last anywhere between 30 and 40 minutes. If you’re earning 10 AP per minute played, you’re looking at anywhere between 301 and 401 AP (accounting for the one extra match completion AP) – this average range jumps up to anywhere between 351 and 551 AP once win bonuses are factored in. As you can probably tell, leveling up is a bit of a slog.

Valorant account level: Account levels

Valorant account level rewards

As you accrue AP and level up your Valorant account, the border around your in-game player card will gradually evolve in 20-level intervals. The border begins as a pretty plain white square, but over time will turn to Bronze, then Silver, then Gold, and finally Emerald.

It isn’t clear right now whether or not Riot will add other rewards to the system over time, though we will be sure to update this guide as more information becomes available.

That’s everything you need to know about the Valorant account level system. Now you’re ready to load up your best Valorant crosshair, slap on your favorite Valorant skins, and head out into your queue of choice to rack up those Account Points.

If you’re hoping to get your best PS5 controller or best Xbox controller in on the action, then be sure to check out our Valorant console guide for the latest news regarding the upcoming port. Have fun!