# How to Calculate the K/D Ratio

By Seth Amery

Updated September 22, 2017

In many action games, you can turn to a certain number to gauge how well you've been playing: the kill/death ratio. This ratio tells you how many enemies you defeated for every time someone defeated you over your gameplay history; higher ratios suggest better gameplay while lower ones suggest a need for more practice.

### Games That Use Kill/Death Ratios

Most commonly, you'll find first-person action shooters tallying the kills you've made and the number of times you've died in multiplayer games. For example, "Call of Duty" veterans will often tout a kill/death ratio as a measure for how well they've performed against other players online. Other series in which you'll find this number include the "Battlefield," "Medal of Honor" and "Halo" games.

### Calculating a Kill/Death Ratio

Depending on the game you're playing, you might see one of two ratio formats: x.y or x:y. Both formats tell you how many kills you've made for each death you've incurred; if your kill/death ratio is 1.5, you have defeated 50 percent more people than the number of times your character has died. If it's written as 5:1, you've defeated five people for every death you've incurred. If the game doesn't do the math for you, check your kill and death counters; divide the deaths by the kills. As in the previous example, dividing a single death by five kills leaves you with a good ratio of 5.0.