A league (more precisely called weekly leaderboard or simply Leaderboards)[1] is a ranked XP competition initially available for Android and iOS users.[1] In May 2019, Leaderboards were added for desktop users.

Leaderboards Participation

In order to participate in a league competition:

  • At least 10 lessons must already be completed (in any number of trees) prior to the new competition. Any test or story that gives 1 XP or more counts as one lesson.
  • When the competition refreshes, the new time limit is shown below the set of rank badges.
  • A sleeping Duo appears along with a message, ‘Complete a lesson to join this week's leaderboard’, when a lesson has not yet been completed .
  • You must be 13 years of age or older.

Mechanism

The contest of Leaderboards runs as follows:

  • One league consists of one of the 10 possible gem ranks, ranked from lowest to highest: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, Pearl, Obsidian and Diamond.
  • Competitions refresh on Monday at midnight GMT.
  • Each user is assigned to a league that consists of 50 random participants of a common rank who earned their first XP of the week at a similar time. There is always one open league per rank, that doesn't have 50 participants yet, where people can join. When a user, that is not in a league yet, earns XP, it is joined in the open league for its rank. Once a league has 50 participants, it is closed and a new empty league is the new open league.
  • Any valid method of XP-earning counts toward the overall amount of XP earned for the ongoing competition.
  • By the end of all competitions, those who keep their ranks within the promotion zone are promoted one rank higher. Initially, participants must reach the top 10 for promotion for most ranks.[1] Currently it is as followts:
    • Bronze: Top 20
    • Silver: Top 15
    • Gold: Top 10
    • Sapphire: Top 10
    • Ruby: Top 10
    • Emerald: Top 10
    • Amethyst: Top 10
    • Pearl: Top 10
    • Obsidian: Top 10
    • Diamond: No further advancement
  • In addition, players who earn either 1st, 2nd or 3rd position in their groups will also earn lingots, denoted in the league area by a gold, silver, or bronze chest by their name, by an amount which increases as they progress through the leagues, as shown in the following table.

Leaderboards

Badge Bronze Blank.png
Bronze
1st Lingot 16px.png 20
2nd Lingot 16px.png 10
3rd Lingot 16px.png 5
Badge Silver Blank.png
Silver
1st Lingot 16px.png 25
2nd Lingot 16px.png 15
3rd Lingot 16px.png 10
Badge Gold Blank.png
Gold
1st Lingot 16px.png 30
2nd Lingot 16px.png 20
3rd Lingot 16px.png 15
Badge Sapphire Blank.png
Sapphire
1st Lingot 16px.png 35
2nd Lingot 16px.png 25
3rd Lingot 16px.png 20
Badge Ruby Blank.png
Ruby
1st Lingot 16px.png 40
2nd Lingot 16px.png 30
3rd Lingot 16px.png 25
Badge Emerald Blank.png
Emerald
1st Lingot 16px.png 45
2nd Lingot 16px.png 35
3rd Lingot 16px.png 30
Badge Amethyst Blank.png
Amethyst
1st Lingot 16px.png 50
2nd Lingot 16px.png 40
3rd Lingot 16px.png 35
Badge Pearl Blank.png
Pearl
1st Lingot 16px.png 55
2nd Lingot 16px.png 45
3rd Lingot 16px.png 40
Badge Obsidian Blank.png
Obsidian
1st Lingot 16px.png 60
2nd Lingot 16px.png 50
3rd Lingot 16px.png 45
Badge Diamond Blank.png
Diamond
1st Lingot 16px.png 75
2nd Lingot 16px.png 60
3rd Lingot 16px.png 50
  • iOS gems may be awarded in place of lingots, at a rate of 100 gems per 5 lingots elsewhere.
  • Players who are below 45th position will be demoted one rank lower. In the Bronze competition, there is no demotion as there is no lower rank.
  • Otherwise, players will remain in the same rank.

Group Goal

As of July 2019, for certain users, for each competition, each group of common league ranks is given a group goal to work together in reaching certain group ratings (rankings) of XP.[2][3]

league goal (XP) reward (lingots)
Bronze 1000 5
Silver 10000 10
Gold 13000 15
Sapphire 15000 20
Ruby 17500 30
Emerald 19000 40
Amethyst 21000 45
Pearl 25000 60
Obsidian 30000 85
Diamond 100000 100

Breaking Ties

When two or more participants accumulate the same amount of XP in the same competition, their rankings are ordered by completion time from earliest to latest.

Vocabulary

Leaderboards on the web

There are three concepts that can be called league or leaderboard.

  • The official name of the contest is Leaderboards (or simply leagues)[4]
  • Each of the updated ranks in which the game is divided is called a league.
  • Each group of 50 people who compete together is called a league or a leaderboard.

Additional Notes

  • Some users report earning additional lingots on the Android version of the app, with some reporting earning 15 lingots for getting 3rd place in a league and others reporting receiving 30 lingots instead of 20 for getting first place.
  • Bots have been spotted and reported in Leagues in the past so be wary and report any suspicious behavior to the Duolingo Team directly through Getting help. Do not report cheating or breaches of the rules to the Duolingo Wiki or its admins.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Duolingo Forums, Leaderboards now on all Android devices (updated), January 18, 2019, updated April 5, 2019
  2. Duolingo Forums, What's in the group-goal chest?, July 4, 2019.
  3. Reddit, New "Group Goal" on leaderboard, July 4, 2019.
  4. Duolingo Forum, Leagues, March 6, 2019.
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