Everything we know about the Fortnite ranked mode

By Nicholas James


May 22, 2023

Reading time: 2 min

Fortnite is finally getting an official ranked ladder, and here are all of the details you need to know about the new Fortnite ranked mode before you start your climb.

Despite having an esports scene, Fortnite hasn’t had a mainstream ranked mode available for a long time. The closest thing fans could get was Arena modes, which were considered separate from normal queues. The addition of the new Ranked mode has seen both Arena and Trios completely removed from the game indefinitely, or “vaulted” in Epic Games’ parlance. From the eight ranks and what they mean to the eligible modes, there are a few details to be aware of before you queue up for your first Ranked game.

All the ranks in Fortnite Ranked mode

Fortnite’s new Ranked mode is available for both the classic Battle Royale mode as well as the newer Zero Build Battle Royale mode. While fans can play a ranked version for all of the original Battle Royale group sizes, Solos, Duos, and Trios, that’s not true for Zero Build. At the time of writing, there is only ranked play available for Solos and Duos in Zero Build. Epic Games has not officially explained why it has discluded Squads from the valid Zero Build modes. The ranked ladder is separated into eight tiers:

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

How to rank up in Fortnite ranked mode?

Placing and performing well in matches will increase your ranked rating, allowing you to climb through three divisions per tier up until Elite. After reaching Elite, each promotion jumps a full tier. When a player reaches the Unreal rank, they are given a number that shows them their exact ranking among the best of the best. Ranked can be selected from the lobby in the game modes toggle pop-up.

That’s all you need to know about the new Ranked mode for Fortnite, so get out there and good luck!


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