How do Ranks & ELO work in Brawlhalla? [Visualized Guide]

Learn about the Ranking system in Brawlhalla works, how the ELO system works, and how to efficiently climb in Brawlhalla.

How does the Ranked System work in Brawlhalla?
How does the Ranked System work in Brawlhalla?

What are the Ranks in Brawlhalla?

In Brawlhalla’s ranking system, there are 6 ranks:

Rank ELO Range
Tin 650 - 950
Bronze 950 - 1250
Silver 1250 - 1389
Gold 1389 - 1682
Platinum 1682 - 1999
Diamond >1999

Each rank is separated into 6 Divisions (0 is the lowest and 5 the highest). When being demoted from one tier to the next, you will have a level of protection, e.g. Silver 1 -> Silver 0 -> Bronze 4, but Bronze 5 -> Silver 1 (skipping Silver 0).

The determining factor for your rank is ELO, which is a number ranging from 650 to ~2.6k, and shows you your place within each Division.You earn/lose ELO by playing ranked games. The graphic below demonstrates how much ELO you need to get to each division within each rank.

Percent of total player base in each rank.

How Good is each Division?

The graphic below demonstrates the highest percentile for each Division in Brawlhalla. As you can see, Tin and Bronze are nearly identical, representing the bottom 2% of all players. In general, anything below Silver is considered not good, mid-high Silver-Gold contains the average playerbase, while Platinum and and Diamond are some of the best players in the game.

Highest percent of total player base in each rank.

What is ELO?

Unlike most uses of the word, ELO is a specific unit used within the rating system of Brawlhalla. The ELO Rating System is the score used to determine where you lie on the ranked ladder, or, more accurately, how your skill level is, and how your skill level compares to others. 

How much ELO do you get per Win in Brawlhalla?

How much you gain is determined by three factors - your current placement, you and your opponent’s similar skill, and how well you did. If you’re ELO is below your opponent and you win, you’ll gain about 10-15% more ELO, and vice versa. If you do exceptionally well (not losing any stocks, more damage done, less damage taken, etc.), you’ll generally earn 5-10% more ELO, while performing poorly causes you to lose more ELO (amount can vary).

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When in Tin/Bronze, you’ll earn anywhere from 30-50 ELO per win, but this doesn’t last long. Once you reach Silver, you start earning about 25 ELO per win, and early Gold gives you 20 ELO per win. As your approach Platinum, you start winning 13-19 ELO per win, while Diamond players fight for 1-4 ELO per win.

Division Min. ELO Estimated ELO per Win
Tin 650 (can’t go lower) 50-40
Bronze 950 40-25
Silver 1250 25-20
Gold 1389 19-13
Platinum 1682 19-13
Diamond >1999 (infinite ceiling) 13-1 (high variance based on Division Tier)

Is there a rank reset at the end of a season?

Brawlhalla features a soft ELO rank reset at the end of each season. The players' ELO are brought closer to 750. ELO above 2000 is reduced more drastically.

How long do Brawlhalla seasons last?

A season in Brawhlalla lasts about 13 weeks. At the end of each season you get season rewards which are espacially cool with the season pass. Here is a complete breakdown of the duration of each season:

Season Start Date End Date Duration
0 Feb 19, 2015 Sep 24, 2015 217 Days
1/2 Sep 24, 2015 Mar 23, 2016 181 Days
1 Mar 23, 2016 Sep 21, 2016 182 Days
2 Sep 21, 2016 Dec 14, 2016 84 Days
3 Dec 14, 2016 Mar 15, 2017 91 Days
4 Mar 15, 2017 Jun 21, 2017 98 Days
5 Jun 21, 2017 Sep 13, 2017 84 Days
6 Sep 13, 2017 Dec 13, 2017 91 Days
7 Dec 13, 2017 Mar 14, 2018 91 Days
8 Mar 14, 2018 Jun 13, 2018 91 Days
9 Jun 13, 2018 Sep 12, 2018 91 Days
10 Sep 12, 2018 Dec 12, 2018 91 Days
11 Dec 12, 2018 Apr 3, 2019 112 Days
12 Apr 3, 2019 Jul 3, 2019 91 Days
13 Jul 3, 2019 Sep 26, 2019 85 Days
14 Sep 26, 2019 Jan 8, 2020 104 Days
15 Jan 8, 2020 Apr 14, 2020 97 Days
16 Apr 14, 2020 Jul 15, 2020 92 Days
17 Jul 15, 2020 Oct 7, 2020 84 Days
18 Oct 7, 2020 Jan 20, 2021 105 Days
19 Jan 20, 2021 Apr 21, 2021 91 Days
20 Apr 21, 2021 Jul 14, 2021 84 Days
21 Jul 14, 2021 Oct 7, 2021 85 Days
22 Oct 7, 2021 Jan 12, 2022 97 Days
23 Jan 12, 2022 Mar 30, 2022 77 Days
24 Mar 30, 2022 Jul 13, 2022 105 Days
25 Jul 13, 2022

The Ranked Mode in Brawlhalla

Ranking up is very simple in Brawlhalla. All you have to do is hit the floor of each division. For example, if you are Silver with 1380 ELO, and you win a game, you’ll pass 1389, which will put you into Gold, but it’s not as simple when you lose ELO. If you go on a losing streak, and go below a given division’s floor, you’ll stay in that rank for a while (until you’re past the highest tier of the division below). For example, if you are Gold with 1390 ELO, and you lose a game, taking you to 1371, you’ll still be in Gold, but, if you lose enough games to take you to 1300, you’ll enter Silver 4 (the top 40% of Silver players).

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How to Climb Quickly in Brawlhalla

The best ways to climb quickly in every rank in Brawlhalla can be found in each of our guides on ranked play, but it can basically be broken into two groups - low level play, and high level play. For Tin, Bronze, and Silver players, it’s mostly about just getting time in the game, and developing the fundamentals. For Gold, Platinum, and Diamond players, it’s about refining your basic skills, doing advanced review, and beginning to participate in the higher level scenes that become available to you as you climb.

A list of Brawlhalla Looking for Game Servers, where you can play against other people in your rank or higher.

Flaws with Brawlhalla’s Ranked System

Brawlhalla’s ranked system is pretty well made, but it does have some strange quirks.

No Placement Matches

In the modern age, most games have placement matches for ranked, where you start at the average rank, and have your starting truly determined after 5-10 games, but this isn’t true in Brawlhalla. In Brawlhalla, you just start in Tin, the lowest division, and climb very quickly (as indicated by the table higher up in the article). This means that it takes a very long time (potentially a whole ranked season, or 3-4 months) to start accurately displaying your rank, and Blue Mammoth Games have not shown intentions of changing the system any time soon. This also causes sub Platinum ranks to have a lot of smurfs, intentional or otherwise, especially in 2v2s. Basically, all this means is that you shouldn't really worry about your specific ELO rating until mid-high Gold.

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High Level Queue Times

In a one-versus-one game like Brawlhalla, you would expect queue times to be pretty low, but they’re surprisingly lengthy at higher ELOs. In Platinum and Diamond, you can expect queue times around 5 minutes, and 2.4k+ players should get used to 15 minute queues to fight over 1-2 ELO.

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Poorly Designed Decay

Brawlhalla's competitive season ends every 3-4 months, and brings with it a few rewards and penalties. You gain Honor, an in game currency, based on your peak rank and total wins, and you gain a ranked avatar based on the same parameters, but your rank for the next season decays by one tier. This is how Brawlhalla rankings handle players who aren't playing ranked frequently enough to earn their spot in the new season, but it also punishes players who played until they promoted, and especially players who played exclusively in the last month of a season.

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Is Brawlhalla Ranked worth trying?

Brawlhalla’s ranked system is a little clunky, but it’s very much worth trying. Pick the mode you prefer (1V1 or 2V2) and you’ll start fast, and, as long as you’re consistent, you’ll stay that way.

What is Glory and how do you get it after a ranked season?

Glory is a currency in Brawlhalla next to Gold and mammoth coins. It can be used in the Ranked section of Mallhalla to get special Colors and Weapon Skins to show your dedication to your favorite Legends.

Who is the #1 player in Brawlhalla?

The best player of all time in Brawlhalla is Sandstorm followed by the players Acno, Fiend, and Boomie. In 2V2 it's arguably the combo of Sandstorm and Boomie who played oftentimes together.