Fortnite ranked: How to rank up, all ranks listed & ruleset explained

Fortnite ranked: How to rank up, all ranks listed & ruleset explained
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Written by 

Coleman Hamstead


10th Jul 2023 13:34


With Fortnite ranked, it's worth learning more about the system regarding how to rank up, the ruleset, and the rewards available. 

Fortnite players have long requested a proper competitive mode, with Epic Games finally listening and adding one for Chapter 4 Season 3 of the game.

So, keep reading for a breakdown of everything relating to Fortnite ranked, all of the different ones to achieve, and how it all works.

What are the Fortnite ranked modes?

an image of the ranked modes in Fortnite
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Fortnite ranked offers four different modes across Battle Royale and Zero Build. The Fortnite ranked modes are:

Battle Royale

  • Solo
  • Duos
  • Squads

Zero Build

  • Duos

How to rank up in Fortnite ranked

Where you begin your Ranked Play journey in Fortnite depends largely on your past match performance. You will receive your rank after only a single match of Ranked Battle Royale and Zero Build.

Once you get your rank, you can view your current rank and a progress bar displaying how close or far you are from the next rank on the left-hand side of the screen while you are in the Ranked Play Lobby.

Ranking up in Fortnite Ranked takes into account the following factors:

  • Your match placement
  • How many eliminations you/your team secured in the match (eliminations later in the match count more than eliminations earlier in the match)
  • The ranks of the players you/your team eliminated in the match

In Fortnite Ranked, you win with your team and lose with your team. All squad members will gain and lose progress equally based on the team's overall performance.

The highest-ranked player on the team will determine the team's rank, which plays a role in matchmaking with other teams and how you gain progress.

All ranks in Fortnite ranked

All ranks in Fortnite Ranked.
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Play Fortnite Ranked to ascend through the following ranks:

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Diamond
  • Elite
  • Champion
  • Unreal

Each rank from Bronze through Diamond has three levels you must climb through to advance to the next rank. But, Elite, Champion, and Unreal are their own singular ranks. 

Fortnite players that manage to reach Unreal will keep their Unreal status for the duration of that particular Ranked Season. No matter what, Unreal players will not revert to a lower rank. That doesn't mean you're done though!

After reaching Unreal, you will receive a number signifying your standing among all other Fortnite players assigned the Unreal rank. Continue excelling in Ranked matches to raise your number and climb the Unreal leaderboard.

Whether you prefer regular Battle Royale or Zero Build, you can play Ranked. However, you will have separate ranks for the two modes.

Fortnite ranked-specific rules

As was the case in Arena, Ranked Play features a unique ruleset separate from non-Ranked matches. Below are the main differences between Ranked and unranked matches:

  • Material caps decreased from 999 to 500
  • Harvesting rates slightly increased
  • Players drop 50 of each material when they are eliminated

Also, if you're new to Fortnite, you must outlast 500 opponents before you can hop into Ranked.

All Fortnite ranked rewards

key art of Fortnite ranked
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Fortnite Ranked offers a slew of Seasonal cosmetic rewards to players that actively partake in Ranked matches.

Every match of Ranked, you get a new Ranked Urgent Quest. You will receive exclusive rewards periodically by completing Ranked Urgent Quests.

The premier Ranked reward for Season Zero is titled the Burn Bright Emote. Use this Emote to flex your current rank.

That's our full breakdown of Fortnite ranked, and now you know all about how the mode works, what ranks there are, and what rewards you can earn. For more Fortnite guides, stay on GGRecon. 

Coleman is a freelance journalist at GGRecon. While gaming has always been his passion, it wasn’t until he worked as a Sports Journalist at the Community College of Baltimore County that he found his enthusiasm for writing. In the time since Coleman has had his work featured in publications such as The Washington Post/Launcher and ESTNN. Coleman is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in Sport Management and Business Administration.

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