'Splatoon 2' X Rank Details and Schedule Changes Revealed

The new X Rank in Splatoon 2 is just one update coming to the Nintendo Switch title. The official Splatoon Tumblr released information on the changes made to ranked mode, including how X Rank is determined, information on when players should expect version 3.0, and how the schedule for new weapons and stages will change after the upcoming update.


Players ranked S+10 and above in the current system will be re-registered as X Rank. This new rank will be for the best and most experienced players, and only one percent of current players (as of Feb. 20) will qualify.

The Splatoon 2 3.0 update will go live in April, so those who are ranked S+10 or higher won't have to worry. After that, players will have to rank up from S+9 to make it into X Rank.

However, maintaining an X Rank in Splatoon 2 will not be easy. Players in this tier will battle for X Power instead of Rank Meter. Players with similar X Power levels will be matched together, even within the same rank of X Rank.

X Power will reset to "Calculating" status once a month. During the time of the reset, players whose X Power ended up lower than a set threshold will rank down to S+9 and will have to rank up again in the next cycle. However, if X Power drops far enough, players may rank down immediately rather than at the monthly reset time.


New weapons currently come to Splatoon 2 approximately once a week, but the 3.0 update makes it more likely that several weapons will be released once a month. Stages will also likely debut once a month alongside the monthly reset.

Splatoon 2 version 3.0 will arrive in late April, with the first X Power reset scheduled for May 31. After the first one, players should expect another reset on the final day of every month.

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