How To Play Anarchy Battles (Ranked Mode) In Splatoon 3

Anarchy Battles in Splatoon 3 are the upgraded version of Ranked Mode from previous Splatoon games. We are here to tell you all about how to unlock Splatoon Battles in Splatoon 3. We will also be explaining the rank system and all the different game modes in Anarchy Battles.

If playing the story mode alone is too boring for you, and you are looking for a fun and exciting game mode against real players where you can put your skills to the test then Anarchy Battles are the perfect escape for you to enjoy Splatoon 3.

How to unlock anarchy battles in Splatoon 3

Anarchy Battles are Splatoon 3’s version of Ranked Mode from Splatoon 2. Anarchy Battles work pretty much in the same way as the Ranked Battles but with a few added twists.

Unlike other game modes, Anarchy Battles won’t be available as soon as you start the game but will require a bit of grinding to unlock. To unlock Anarchy Battles, you will need to be at least level 10.

You can level up simply by playing the other games mode that is available to you. Whether it is solo or multiplayer, soon enough you will be at level 10.

This system was put into place so that the ranked lobbies are not filled with all the new players who will hinder the experience for more experienced players.


If you have Splatoon 2’s ranked data saved, then you can load that up into your device. Splatoon 3 will detect that and will allow you to unlock Anarchy Battles at level 2.

What are Anarchy Battles

Anarchy Battles are quite similar to ranked games in that you will be going up against other players in various game modes that we will discuss further in this guide.

The players here in this mode require a good team effort and need to gain more and more rank points. Getting rank points in Splatoon 3 enables the players to take part in more competitive modes.

Anarchy Battle Ranks

All the ruckus is to climb higher on the Rank Ladder. Every time you win, you will gain rank points and that will take you closer to the next rank on the rank tree.

There are a total of 62 possible ranks in Splatoon 3 all of which are mentioned below in the order of lower ranks first.

  • C-, C, C+
  • B-, B, B+
  • A-, A, A+
  • S-. S, S+0 – S+50

Every new player will start at the same level as everyone else, which is at the lowest rank, C-. From there everyone will have to make their way to the top ranks. However, if you have your data from the previous Splatoon game, then you can get a head start from Rank B-.

Once you are set to enter the next category of rank such as going from C to B, you will have to take part in a Promotional Battle. This will allow you to get into the next class of ranks.

S is the highest-rank class and once you reach S+0, the digit next to S will increase every time you raise your rank all the way up to S+50.

The good thing about the rank system in Splatoon 3 is that once you raise your rank, it will not drop no matter how many times you lose in a battle. So this will give you the confidence to jump into a battle without fear. The rank will reset after every 3 months.

Difference between Anarchy Battle (Series) and Anarchy Battle

Anarchy Battles are divided into two modes, and that are the Anarchy open battles and the series battles.

The main feature that differentiates the two modes is the number of players that can join your match.

During the Anarchy Open Battles, your friends can join your team as you take on various types of challenges. While Anarchy Series Battles on the other hand are exclusive for solo play and outside parties are not allowed to enter your match.

Anarchy Open matches last for about 5 minutes and you will gain or lose rank points at the end of every match. You can play one match or multiple depending on your choice.

In comparison to Open type Anarchy Battles, Series Anarchy Battles are a bit on the challenging side. This is where you will be fighting to keep your rank points and gain more, depending on your performance in the battles that are yet to come.

The team to reach 3 points first wins the series and they get rewarded rank points in bulk. The series of anarchy battles are high-risk, high-reward kinds of situations. The bigger the margin you win the more reward you get.

Can you do Anarchy series with friends Splatoon 3?

You cannot join a squad in Series battle, and you will have to play solo and will be placed in a random squad of 4 people with whom you will have to play a series of 5 matches.

Splatoon 3 ranked game/Anarchy Battle modes list

Much like previous Splatoon games, Splatoon 3 also features 4 game modes as part of the ranked playlist.

The game modes in Anarchy Battles are not random but they will change after every two hours according to the server time.

Clam blitz

In the Clam Blitz game mode, the goal is simple. You run around the whole map, collect as many clams as you possibly can, and then finally throw all the clams you have collected into the enemy team’s basket.

When the timer ends, the team who puts more clams in the enemy basket will win.

Splat zone

Splat Zone is the second game mode in Splatoon 3 Anarchy Battles. What you have to do is cover as much area of the map in your team’s ink. You also have to hold it down and not let the enemy take that area away from you.

The more area you have under your control, the more chances of your team winning. You can capture a complete zone by covering 70% of its area in your ink.

Tower control

Tower Control is Splatoon 3’s version of Capture the flag with a twist. The flag is a giant moving tower that will also move once you capture it. When the game starts, a giant tower will spawn in the middle of the map.

Once either team’s player gets on top of it, it will start moving toward a set goal point in the enemy team’s territory. Once the tower is past that goal point, the game will end, and your team will win.

For the tower to keep moving you will need to reside on top of it and the movement of the tower will halt if there is no one on top of the tower.


This game mode is quite similar to the Tower Control game mode but now the tower is not there and there is a giant golden cannon that won’t move on its own. Instead, you will have to carry it into the enemy’s territory where there is a pedestal on top of which the cannon is supposed to go.

Once the cannon is set on the pedestal, the game will end. There is going to be a Shield around the cannon at the start of the game which you will need to break before picking it up.

How’s your rank decided in Anarchy Battles?

The Rank system in Anarchy Battles is based on how many rank points you earn. The chart follows an ascending order that goes from –C, all the way up to S+50. Once it has reached its peak, it will stop its numerical increase.

The best part about the rank system is that, once you have reached S+50, which is the highest point of the system, your rank will never drop even if you lose consecutive matches.

However, once the season has ended, your rank will get a reset and will drop down 2 ranks from your current rank.

Also, once you have reached an S+0 or higher rank, you can be qualified to play the X-Matches, where you will participate in the X-Power in place of the usual rank points.

Since the battles taking place in X-Matches are solo and rely fully on your own skills, you will be able to earn the maximum number of X-Power.

Tips to win Anarchy Battles

One thing that can win the altogether for you is the Special Guage. Attacking with special weapons takes the experience to a next level and can make you win lost battles. It is thus recommended to start filling up the special gauge at the start of the match to have better odds of winning it.

Knowing the arsenal that you bring to battle is essential to be able to use it efficiently. Getting familiarized with the range and other coordinates of your weapon can help you use them with the next level of efficiency that you need direly here in this mood.

An obvious thing that you must be considered here in this mood especially is teamwork. Anarchy Battles are tough and require the players to be in the best of their formation.

Splatoon 3 ranked rewards

The only thing that is rewarded by playing the Anarchy Mode is the Rank Points. These points are used to improve the rank which in turn enables the players to participate in Up Rank Series Matches.

Winning three matches in these series takes your rank further up and if you lose three, you’ll have to step down and apply again for the series.

Shavez Arif is a senior writer at He is caffeine-dependent, not-so-hardcore gamer who for some reason loves every FPS game with a toxic fanbase - Rainbow Six Siege and Valorant to name a few.