Yo! We’re well into the second season of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and there are already some serious All-Stars out there wrecking shop online. You might have noticed some of the stronger players fitted with fancier Belts and Titles than others. Let’s shed some light on Belts!
Belts are used to determine which Titles you are awarded at the end of the season, and Belt Points are used to determine your Belt in any given season. The progression of Belts starts with White, followed by Yellow, Blue, Green, Purple, Red, Brown, then Black. The Black Belt is the baddest Belt of them all, and should be your goal every season if you want everyone to know that you mean business.
Players must play a series of “placement matches” at the start of the season to determine where they’ll start in Belt progression, kind of like a placement test in college. Once a player’s ideal placement is determined, they will be given the appropriate Belt and 50 Belt Points. Playing ranked games will result in Belt Points gained/lost, and the amount of Belt Points gained/lost is determined by your skill level relative to your opponents.
If you manage to reach 100 Belt Points, you will be promoted to the next Belt! But beware, falling to 0 Belt Points will demote you to the previous Belt. In a nutshell, you want to bring your A-game to matches that are stacked with players that have a higher Belt than you. Here’s the math:
- If you are within 50 Belt Points of your opponent: +3 for beating an opponent, -3 for getting beat.
- If your opponent is more than 50 BP above you: +5, -1
- If you are more than 50 BP above your opponent: +1, -5
- Note that players can be within 50 BP across Belts (i.e. a Purple Belt with 90 BP is within 20 of a Red Belt with 10 BP).
- In FFA, every opponent gives or takes away BP depending on placement except when you tie.
- Since the Black Belt is the highest Belt possible, over-achievers can accrue more than 100 Belt Points for their Black Belt.
At the end of each season, Titles are awarded based on the Belt you’ve earned and the process starts over for the next season. Note that rarer Titles are awarded based on multiple Belt placings, so consistency is key! Rocking a hard earned Title that requires a healthy amount of high-tier Belt season finishes (such as The God of Agony or The Grand Master) is sure to get your opponents shook before the match even starts.
My advice to prospective All-Stars reading this is to jump online into some ranked games and put in some work; those Belts aren’t going to earn themselves! And for you Black Belts, stay hungry and be the first to collect all Titles. Don’t forget that Free-For-All and 2v2 have different belts with their own Titles, so keep battling to the top! Until next time!
Daniel “Clockw0rk” Maniago