Apex Legends is a battle royale game where you can play the ranked mode for a more competitive experience. However, as goes with playing any ranked game mode, you’ll eventually hit a wall. Depending on how good a game’s matchmaking is, you may end up playing against people that are too tough. For more information on how the ranked mode works in Apex Legends and if you can derank, continue reading our guide below.
Can You Derank in Apex Legends?
The main reason you’re probably here is wondering how deranking or demoting works in the ranked mode. Apex Legends has an odd way of handling their ranked mode that unfortunately gets you stuck in a tier until the split or reset. However, you can still derank within that tier. For example, rank tiers are Bronze, Silver, Gold, etc. But every tier starts at 4 and goes up to 1 before ranking up. Such as Bronze 4, 3, 2, 1, then Silver.
So in this example, once you reach Silver, you can’t derank back down to Bronze. But if you get enough ranked points (RP) to reach Silver 3 and then suddenly start doing poorly, you can drop back down to Silver 4. The main reason you can’t drop below a full tier is because your RP loss gets zeroed out. Instead of deranking/demoting, you’ll be at 0 for that tier.
The only time you’ll essentially derank is when a split or reset happens. For those that aren’t familiar with this system, there’s a soft reset halfway through the season and one when it ends. This drops you 1.5 tiers from your current position. For example, if you’re at Silver 4, you’ll drop to Bronze 2. The first reset for Season 9 is on June 15, when the split happens.
Can You Derank From Platinum?
One issue many people run into when playing Apex Legends ranked is hitting Platinum and not being able to play with friends. There’s a system in place that prevents people from playing together if they’re a full tier apart, once hitting Platinum and up. For example, if you’re Platinum 4, you can’t play with anyone below Gold 4. This system prevents low-rank players from getting into high-rank matches.
The unfortunate reality is the answer to this question is the same as described above. If you’ve hit Platinum or a higher rank and can’t play with your friends, they’ll need to rank up. Otherwise, you can still play Trios, Duos, and even the new Season 9 Arenas mode. You just won’t be able to grind out the ranked mode instead.
If you have any other questions for us, feel free to comment below the article and we’ll try to help out. Otherwise, be sure to visit our Apex Legends guide hub for more useful tips and tricks. We’ve listed a few guides below that may be of interest to you.
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