A promotion is a special option available to players who reach level 27 in Alien Swarm or level 34 in Alien Swarm: Reactive Drop. Electing to receive a promotion returns the player to level 1 and re-locks all of their unlocked weapons, but players who have been promoted display a special medal icon next to their name in the lobby. Players can be promoted up to six times. Upon reaching max level, a button labelled 'Promote' will be displayed next to the experience level in the lobby. Clicking it will activate a confirmation screen for the promotion. Promotions provide no in-game benefits, and serve merely as a badge of honor to indicate one's experience with the game.
Please note that as you promote along the medals. It gets gradually harder to level up.
For example, level 1 - 2 after your fifth promotion takes significantly more experience to accomplish than level 1 - 2 after your first promotion.
Originally the game shipped with the Titanium Star, Carbide Star, and Gallium Cross Promotions. In the August 23, 2010 Patch, three new higher level promotions were added: the Platinum Star, Osmium Star, and Iridium Medallion.
On April the 20th of 2018 a seventh medal was added, the "Golden Medallion"
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