What Ranks Can Play Together Valorant?
There are different ranked restrictions depending on the number of players there are in a lobby. And alongside that come some Rank Rating gains restrictions (RR) players can gain based on the rank disparity of Valorant Ranks.
The first thing we have to mention though is that a party of 4 can't get into Ranked play with 1 random remaining solo queue player. That's because that remaining solo queue player will be met with a relatively poor play experience. Riot Games doesn't care even if he's got a high-Rank Rating within the Valorant ranks or if they're Radiant!
With that solved, there are 2 options left for a party to get into a competitive queue: a party of a maximum of 3 and a party of 5. So let's see what Valorant ranks can play together for both of those options!
Valorant Ranks That Can Play Together in Party of 3
Here's what Valorant ranks can play together if there are maximum 3 members of your group:
|Can Play With
|Silver at the highest
|Gold at the highest
|Platinum at the highest
|Platinum, Diamond, Ascendant, Immortal, Radiant
|1 higher tier
That said, Silver and Gold players can be members of your group if you're sitting in one of those ranks. However, if you're Bronze, for example, Gold players are out of the question. Still, if you're Platinum or higher, the restriction says that your teammates have to be 1 full rank tier higher out of all Valorant ranks.
What this means is that a Platinum 2 player can queue with a Diamond 2 player, and a Diamond 2 player can queue with an Ascendant 2 player at the highest. However, an Ascendant 3 player can't queue up with a Diamond 2 or lower player, though they could get into a competitive queue with an Immortal 3 player at the highest.
Confusing? Well, competitive ranked play is pretty complex when it comes to rank disparity, but wait until you hear about 5-stacks.
Valorant Ranks That Can Play Together in Party of 5
There are no ranked restrictions in a party of 5 to enter a competitive queue and earn some Rank Rating (RR). What this means is that any Valorant ranks can play together in a party of 5 even if one or more members are Iron and another member is Immortal. So basically the Valorant ranking system isn't taken into account!
However, for competitive integrity, Riot Games has set some restrictions depending on how far away the Valorant ranks are within the competitive queue party. The first downside is that you can expect increased queue times since Valorant's finding an equal match to your party.
Alongside the fact you'll expect increased queue times, the second downside in a party of 5 players is lower Rank Rating gains. You can't expect to get the same Rank Rating (RR) if you're just getting boosted by one or more members that are in the Immortal and Radiant ranks!
So here are the Rank Rating (RR) reductions for all Valorant ranks in a party of 5 players:
|Rank Rating Reduction
|One or more players outside ranked boundaries, below Ascendant 3
|25% RR reduction
|Player in Immortal
|25% RR reduction
|Player in Radiant
|75% RR reduction
|Radiant with another player below Radiant
|90% RR reduction
These rank disparity rules clearly do not suggest you to play competitive ranked mode in Valorant in such way, but it can be super fun, especially if members of your group are fun people.