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

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 at the starting Monday of Greenwich Mean Time.
  • 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.
  • Any valid method of XP-earning (except for the placement test) 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 follows:
    • 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. iOS gems may be awarded in place of lingots, at a rate of 100 gems per 5 lingots elsewhere.

Leaderboards

Badge Bronze Blank
Bronze
1st Lingot 16px 20
2nd Lingot 16px 10
3rd Lingot 16px 5
Badge Silver Blank
Silver
1st Lingot 16px 25
2nd Lingot 16px 20
3rd Lingot 16px 15
Badge Gold Blank
Gold
1st Lingot 16px 30
2nd Lingot 16px 20
3rd Lingot 16px 15
Badge Sapphire Blank
Sapphire
1st Lingot 16px 35
2nd Lingot 16px 25
3rd Lingot 16px 20
Badge Ruby Blank
Ruby
1st Lingot 16px 40
2nd Lingot 16px 30
3rd Lingot 16px 25
Badge Emerald Blank
Emerald
1st Lingot 16px 45
2nd Lingot 16px 35
3rd Lingot 16px 25
Badge Amethyst Blank
Amethyst
1st Lingot 16px 50
2nd Lingot 16px 40
3rd Lingot 16px 30
Badge Pearl Blank
Pearl
1st Lingot 16px 55
2nd Lingot 16px 45
3rd Lingot 16px 35
Badge Obsidian Blank
Obsidian
1st Lingot 16px 60
2nd Lingot 16px 50
3rd Lingot 16px 40
Badge Diamond Blank
Diamond
1st Lingot 16px 65
2nd Lingot 16px 55
3rd Lingot 16px 45
  • 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.

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 when a lesson is not completed.

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 1000000 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

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.
  • Many bots have been spotted on these leaderboards so be wary and report any suspicious behavior to the Duolingo Team.

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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