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How to Play High/ Low Darts

One great game for both beginners and large groups of dart players is High/Low darts. You can build your dart-throwing skills while having a blast with friends.

If you are looking to learn how to play High/Low darts, the rules, and the scoring methods, you have hit the bullseye!

What Is High/Low Darts?

High/Low darts is really two separate dart games: High darts and Low darts. The two games have remarkably similar rules, though.

High/Low refers to if a player should be aiming for a higher or lower number than the target point score. The main objective of both games is to be the last player standing with “lives” left on the scoreboard.

High/Low darts are a set of games that can be played by any number of players, and in all honesty, the more players there are, the more fun the matches can be.

Now that you know a bit more about High/Low darts, let’s get into how to play the games, the rules of both, and how to score both games.

How to Play High/Low Darts

Let’s first cover how to play High darts (as it is the easier of the two games).

In High darts, the first player will throw two darts at the exact same time to set the starting target point goal. The next player in the rotation will throw three separate darts to score a sum of points higher than that specified by the first player.

If the second player fails to score higher than the first player, the second player will lose a “life” on the scoreboard and the next player will attempt to beat the second player’s score (even if it is lower). However, if the second player exceeds the first player’s score, no life is lost and the next player will need to be able to score higher than the new score set by the second player.

This continues until only one player remains with “lives” left on the board.

Now, let’s cover Low. The gameplay of Low is exactly the same as High but with players needing to score lower than the previous score. A “life” is lost if a player cannot successfully score lower than the previous point total. Again, gameplay will continue until one player is left with lives on the board.

High/Low Darts Rules and Gameplay

These rules are the same for High or Low:

  • There are two or more (the more, the merrier) players.
  • All numbers, including bullseye and all zones (single, double, or triple), are in play.
  • Each player begins with three lives.
  • The first player will shoot two darts simultaneously to set the initial point goal.
  • Players will lose a “life” if they cannot hit higher/lower than the target goal.
  • Single, double, and triple areas are counted as x1, x2, and x3, respectively.
  • Regardless of “lives” lost, a new target is set based on each round’s previous player’s points.
  • Gameplay will continue until only one player has “lives” remaining on the scoreboard.

These rules apply to High only:

  • Any darts that miss the board are worth 0 points
  • The inner bullseye is worth +50 points
  • The outer bullseye is worth +25 points

These rules apply to Low only:

  • Any darts that miss the board are worth +25 points
  • The inner bullseye is worth -50 points
  • The outer bullseye is worth -25 points

Scoring in High/Low Darts

Scoring High/Low darts is reasonably simple. Player names will be written on the left side of the board with three tally marks to represent “lives” next to each. Once the target goal is set, it should be placed at the top of the scoreboard. You’ll need to erase/replace this number following each round.

If a player cannot score higher/lower than the target goal, one tally mark will be erased. This continues until only one player remains on the board with any “lives” left.


High/Low darts is an easy and fun game to play in larger groups of people. The simple game can make for a great time to be had by all!

Michael Fielding

Michael Fielding

Michael has been playing Darts for more than 20 years and is passionate about helping others improve their game through his own experiences.