Since Heroes of the Storm 2.0 dropped, player levels are now determined by their character levels.

However, it only uses a two digit number for display with the colors and borders changing instead of having a 3+ digit number.

What do the various number colors and borders mean level-wise?

  • The hundreds digit was added some time ago, so this is more or less a dead question.
    – Powerlord
    Mar 11, 2020 at 4:59

2 Answers 2


Based off this Reddit, it is the following:

Level |   Color 
100   |   Green
200   |   Teal
300   |   Purple
400   |   Red
500   |   Yellow

Repeating over and over. You get additional gems on your portrait and your portrait shape improves each cycle.

To give you an idea, this is what the borders look like:



According to the image source:

Your portrait badge art will become more intricate for every 25 levels you earn. Upon reaching level 100, your visible level will reset to 1 and you’ll don a badge that’s even more epic so that you can show off your dedication anywhere your portrait is visible.

I think the Wiki's description is better however:

  • Player progression badge art will receive more decoration every 25 player levels.
  • Every 100 player levels, the level displayed in the progression badge will reset, and the badge will upgrade with even more ornate artwork.
  • The Basic Portrait Border will update every 100 levels with new art that matches the player’s progression badge.
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    Every portrait box I've seen is just a plain box (though different colors), none of those decorative circles on them.
    – sirjonsnow
    May 4, 2017 at 17:37
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    @sirjonsnow I think what they're saying on reddit is the dots only appear after 600 (when you allegedly reset to green). The announcement description seems out of date.
    – Troyen
    May 5, 2017 at 3:10
  • Yep, I can see a gold border with a single dot on the loading screen for someone that has player level 1057.
    – Troyen
    May 5, 2017 at 6:12
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    And here's proof the colors reset at 600.
    – Troyen
    May 5, 2017 at 6:17
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    Ah, that makes sense. I don't like it though - I shouldn't have to look up/memorize a matrix to know someone's level.
    – sirjonsnow
    May 5, 2017 at 11:56

At the time of posting Timmy Jim's answer was correct. Based on feedback about how confusing determining a player's level was Blizzard made a UI change on May 16, 2017:

Player levels displayed in portraits have received visual updates, and should be easier to distinguish while using the progression portrait border.

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    More specifically, the two changes were adding a black line around the number (so you could read it), and showing the total player level instead of just the last two digits.
    – Troyen
    May 23, 2017 at 6:57
  • @Troyen feel free to edit that into the answer.
    – ahsteele
    May 23, 2017 at 6:58

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