Ultimate Ascent is played by two alliances of three robots, on each side of the field. In autonomous mode, the robots shoot frisbees at different slots to score points. Since the robots are working on their own at this point, the amount of points scored in autonomous are raised.
After autonomous mode, the drivers step forward to take the controls. Robots are directed to pick up and shoot as many frisbees as possible before time runs out. For additional points, robots may climb the pyramid-shaped jungle gym and perch there until the end of the game.