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This article is about the NS2 Servers in general. For the Server hosting and administrating, see Dedicated_Server


Natural Selection 2 Servers are mostly community hosted.


Servers have to be Ranked in order to report Player Skill / Hive Skill updates to change the Skill value.

some known Requirements:

For more detailed requirements you need to be able to join the #server-ops channel in the official Discord. You can ask IronHorse for access.

In order to get it Ranked you can e.g. contact Ghoul on Discord.

Quick Play

The Quick Play button tries to connect the player to a suitable server that is:

  • on your Skill Level and is filled
  • preferably favourited Servers and Servers with Steam Friends
  • ignores blocked Servers
  • has acceptable performance
  • has an acceptable ping
  • preferably Ranked Server (Non-Ranked will be considered as well)
  • uses only Normal Gamemode

For further information check the blogpost by moultano about his Server Ranking System


Arcade is an alternative Gamemode that doesn't play by the classic rules or balance of Natural Selection 2 like having more than 10 vs 10.

Consistency Check

The consistency check prevents users from modifying files via Mods or locally in order to prevent people from gaining an unfair advantage.