When Does Apex Legends Season 20 Start? Answered

Here's when Apex Legends Season 20 starts.
Here's when Apex Legends Season 20 starts. / Respawn Entertainment

Fans excited for Apex Legends Season 20 to start will not have to wait much longer.

Apex Legends Season 20, officially deemed Apex Legends: Breakout, is bringing some major gameplay changes to Respawn Entertainment's Battle Royale. Body Shields will no longer be a loot item and found from the ground, but instead be part of a larger, new Legend upgrade system. Now, as you earn EVO, your Legend will level-up, improving your armor tier and unlocking unique perks. Plus, the upcoming Ranked system will look familiar to fans who have played Apex Legends for years.

Here's when Apex Legends: Breakout goes live with all the promised gaemplay updates.

When Does Apex Legends Season 20 Start? Answered

Apex Legends Season 20 starts on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, at 1 p.m. ET. The highly anticipated season will replace Apex Legends Season 19 and last for the next three months.

Apex Legends: Breakout might not include a new Battle Royale map or Legend at launch, but it is adding Thunderdome, a new Mixtape map, to the rotation. The developers revealed, "This latest map was created with a plethora of playstyles in mind and challenges the expected strats used by many. Win or lose, the dynamic stadium crowd will always keep up the good vibes."

As soon as Apex Legends Season 20 begins, fans can explore Thunderdome in Gun Run, TDM, and Control.

Apex Legends Season 20 Ranked Changes Explained

The biggest changes in Apex Legends Season 20 are coming in Ranked Play. After months and months of negative community feedback, the developers are finally reverting back to Season 13's system.

Check out all the Apex Legends Season 20 Ranked changes, outlined by the developers in the early patch notes, below.

Ranked Reloaded

  • The Level requirement is going back down to 20 and splits will be returning, which means that the season reset will be as well. Each player will start at 1 RP with the launch of Breakout.
  • There’ll also be a quick split reset which will drop your ranking by 6 divisions. Players will receive a Ranked Tier Badge for the highest rank they've achieved at the end of the season across all platforms.

Transparent Scoring

  • A heavier emphasis will be placed on eliminations over placements.
  • Your hidden skill rating will have no influence on either matchmaking or scoring.
  • The bonus system has also been updated to provide more insight and Player Rankings will now be visible.
  • We’ll also be returning to an improved Ranked Point system. 
  • Entry cost will return: 20 RP per Tier starting at Silver.

Elimination Scoring

  • The value of each elimination will increase the higher your team places.
  • There’ll be no hard cap placed on the number of eliminations a player will be scored on nor the amount of points gained from them. Instead, eliminations after the sixth will be worth half of their value.


  • Top 5 Streak Bonus: for maintaining a placement streak of 5th or better. Every time you extend your streak you’ll earn 10RP more than your previous match, up to a maximum of a 40 RP bonus.
  • Challenger Bonus: earn a 50% bonus on an elimination of a higher ranked player when you’ve personally contributed. This bonus is unaffected by the elimination soft cap of 6 kills.


  • Matchmaking will be based on RP values as closely as possible, and will not be using a tier-based lobby like prior seasons. Premade parties will be matched by the highest Ranked player’s ranking.

Tier Structure

  • Promotional Trials have been removed.
  • Provisional Matches have been removed.
  • Demotion and Demotion Protection will remain the same as Ignite’s Ranked.
  • Ranked Tier RP requirements will have some increases.