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Everything You Need to Know About Duolingo Leagues

Duolingo Leagues are a super competitive way to push yourself to learn a language on Duolingo faster than ever, and this is the Ultimate Guide to Using Duolingo Leagues!

How to advance from league to league, tricks on how to beat the infamously difficult Diamond league, and how to even pause your League progress so that you don’t fall back to the earlier Leagues (like I did!) So here we go!

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Duolingo Leagues Explained

What are Duolingo Leagues? Simply put, Duolingo Leagues are competitive groups of 50 different users that Duolingo places you in so that you can compete for who can earn the most amount of XP in one week.

You can find the Leagues under the shield icon on the Duolingo app. If you don’t have the option to join the leagues, you may not have completed enough lessons in Duolingo yet.

Try to complete at least 10 lessons and then check again.

Sapphire league on duolingo
I was so close (1 League away!) to advancing to Diamond League and then I slipped back to here after a few weeks of using Duolingo less ): Gotta get back up there!

How many Leagues are there in Duolingo?

There are 10 leagues in Duolingo. It’s the same number of leagues no matter which Duolingo course you are doing (Spanish or Japanese or Navajo!) since you are competing using XP instead of how many crowns or lessons you have finished.

List of All Duolingo Leagues (Order of Duolingo Leagues)

There are 10 Duolingo League levels that you move through while competing with other useres. Here are the 10 Duolingo Leagues in order from the first to last, lowest to highest:

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Sapphire
  • Ruby
  • Emerald
  • Amethyst
  • Pearl
  • Obsidian
  • Diamond

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What is the highest LEague in Duolingo?

The highest league (or top league) in Duolingo is the Diamond League. It is very difficult to reach, but even more difficult to win! We go over how to win the Diamond League later on in this post.

Duolingo League End Time

When do Duolingo Leagues end? Duolingo Leagues’ end time is at midnight (12 am) Monday UTC time. Each week when the league ends, you then start in a new league with different users.

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How to Advance to the Next Duolingo League

Each league has a group at the top that gets promoted to the next league, a majority in the middle that remains in the same league, and a few at the bottom that gets demoted back to the league before.

promotion zone in the gold league on duolingo
In the Gold League the top 10 move up to the next league (aka the promotion zone)

The number of people who are promoted or demoted changes depending on which league you’re in. The earlier leagues promote more people (15-20) and the later leagues promote fewer people making it harder to advance (usually only 10 users).

demotion zone in the gold league on duolingo
In the Gold League, the bottom 5 are demoted down a league (aka the demotion zone)

In order to advance to the next league, you’ll need to be in the top users according to that league. Once you get to the last two leagues, it will be much more difficult to advance.

In those cases, I recommend reading the section about how to pause or stop your league so that you don’t get demoted or moved down as well as the section about how to beat the Diamond League which are later on in this post.

You’ll also want to read this post on earning XP quickly and this one about how to use the Ramp-Up Challenge or XP Boost to win Duolingo Leagues.

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Are People or Bots Cheating in Duolingo Leagues?

Did you spend all your extra time getting XP so you can advance to the next league just to have another user magically come out on top?

Or maybe they are earning a lot more XP than you think is possible in that short amount of time.

Although it hasn’t been proven, there has definitely been a conversation about whether Duolingo is using bots in the Leagues to encourage users to spend more time on the app.

This may very well be true, especially if you click on some of these users’ profiles and they seem a little fishy.

comment about duolingo leagues bots from alfred
For example, one of my readers (Alfred) commented this on this post. These users are most likely bots.

When I first read that this might be the case (I think it was on a Duolingo forum somewhere) I was pretty upset and wondered if doing Leagues was even worth it.

However, I still think that Leagues can be fun and motivating if you just don’t worry about whether it’s real or fake, but just focus on how you are spending more time learning than you normally would.

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How to Beat the Diamond League on Duolingo

If you are in the last two leagues, it’s notoriously difficult to beat the others in your group. Some of which are definitely real users while others may just be Duolingo egging you on.

Although I haven’t beaten the very last league in Duolingo yet, (I was only one league away when I started spending less time on Duolingo to focus more on writing for this blog!) I still have some tips for how to get there.

First off, definitely pay attention from Day 1 to where your competitors in the league are. If they are earning 50 XP a day, don’t go and earn 100 XP just to beat them in the beginning.

Like when you watch a race, the frontrunner won’t go too far ahead since they don’t need to expend the extra energy to win. Apply that same strategy here.

Duolingo ramp up challenge in Duolingo leagues
You’ll also want to be using as many Duolingo Ramp Up Challenges as possible! Look for the purple arrows in the Leagues tab!

Try to keep up with the top 10 people, but stay towards the back of the pack until the last day of the League. On the last day, this is when you’ll want to start pulling ahead.

If you notice that another user is trailing you, you can slow down on earning XP until the final hours of the day.

You’ll definitely want to be earning XP faster than usual, in which case this blog post is perfect for you.

What Happens After the Diamond League in Duolingo?

Although I still haven’t won the Diamond League, a reader commented on this blog (Thanks, Lilian!) and let me know that nothing really happens!

comment that says nothing happens after diamond league on duolingo

According to Lilian, she won the first position in the Diamond League and then the next week, she was still in the Diamond League. Once you win the Diamond League, the only thing that will happen is that you will have earned a new Achievement Badge for getting #1!

How to Turn Off or Stop Using Duolingo Leagues

If you are sick of competing in Duolingo Leagues, there is one way to get out of using them completely. To turn off or disable Duolingo Leagues, just don’t go to that part of the app.

If you go to the shield icon, it should give you the option to “Continue” which has you join a league.

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The reason Duolingo does this is so that you don’t lose your League if you stop using the app.

I joined the Leagues a few weeks in a row when I wasn’t very committed to using the app every day and quickly went from the top leagues to almost the very bottom.

continue button in the leagues on duolingo

What Happens When You Finish All the Leagues

Although I haven’t done this yet myself, I know that Duolingo doesn’t really make a huge deal out of finishing things. Like when you finish a Duolingo tree, a small Golden Owl trophy shows up at the bottom of your course.

golden owl duolingo trophy
My Golden Owl from the Spanish to Italian tree!

There isn’t much fanfare about it, and I imagine the same is the case here.

The way that you’ll be rewarded is by Achievements showing up in your profile like the photo below. It shows that I only had one more league to go before advancing to the Diamond League (dang it!)

achievements for advancing to the diamond league on duolingo

After you’ve made it to the Diamond League, the next Achievement to earn is getting first place, which I imagine is incredibly difficult. I’m going to attempt it as soon as I get there and I’ll write about the experience to let you know how it went!

achievement on duolingo for finishing #1 in the diamond league

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Eileen Maiolo

Friday 1st of October 2021

What is the tree everyone is talking about?

admin

Monday 11th of October 2021

When you choose a course on Duolingo, your goal is to complete the “tree.” A tree is basically all of the lessons that are available for the language course that you chose. So the course is the tree! Hope that makes sense!

Eileen Maiolo

Friday 1st of October 2021

Once you get legendary on the diamond league, can you lose the right to do legendary by falling out of the diamond league?

admin

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

No, anyone can do legendary levels, but since Duolingo is still testing them, some users have lost the ability to do Legendary Levels or they have changed.

Narukyubi

Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Heyy. I wanted to ask , what does the yellow arrow beside my name in the league mean? I've seen only specific ppl have it.

Leslie

Monday 16th of August 2021

Great article! I have a question: I will definitely attain the Diamond League before I even come close to completing the tree. Do I just hang out in Diamond League for the rest of the time? It'll probably be another year or so before I complete the tree...

admin

Thursday 19th of August 2021

No, once you've gotten to Diamond League and managed to get #1 in Diamond League, that's all the badges that you need. After that, you can keep checking if you want, but if not, you'll just drop down to lower leagues each week unless you're keeping up the XP. That's okay though! It doesn't affect your tree at all.

sajila shah

Tuesday 13th of July 2021

I have been getting #1 in all duolingo leagues till now . Right now I am in the Pearl League but I need to stop competing because The Duolingo Mobile App is not working even after many times of reinstalling . I decided to continue learning on the laptop but it's quite difficult because you won't get any XP booster .