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Players must wear gear that has an average of 700 [[Item Power]]. Within the arena, all gear is "soft-capped" at 800 item power, and maxes out at 900 item power. Players may join the arena queue as either healers or DPS. or they can select both roles provided that they will play the role they are given at the start of the arena.   
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Players must wear gear that has an average of 700 [[Item Power]]. Within the arena, all gear is "soft-capped" at 700 item power. Players may join the arena queue as either healers or DPS. or they can select both roles provided that they will play the role they are given at the start of the arena.   
  
 
All arena fights require at least 1 healer on both teams.A DPS may run any non-healing [[weapon]] with any type of [[armor]], so long as it meets the average item power requirement.  
 
All arena fights require at least 1 healer on both teams.A DPS may run any non-healing [[weapon]] with any type of [[armor]], so long as it meets the average item power requirement.  

Latest revision as of 05:50, 30 September 2021

Arena

Arena UI.png

The Arena is an instanced PvP matchmaker where two teams of 5 players fight in a non-full-loot environment for victory.

To enter the Arena, a player should select "Activities" from the top right menu and then Arena. Alternatively, a player may visit Arena Master Joan. They will then be presented with the option to join Solo or as a group for the 5 versus 5 Arena Battle.

Groups of 2, 3, or 5 players can join. Groups of 4 cannot join the queue.

Players must wear gear that has an average of 700 Item Power. Within the arena, all gear is "soft-capped" at 700 item power. Players may join the arena queue as either healers or DPS. or they can select both roles provided that they will play the role they are given at the start of the arena.

All arena fights require at least 1 healer on both teams.A DPS may run any non-healing weapon with any type of armor, so long as it meets the average item power requirement.

Arena Mechanics and Rules

Each team starts in their own base tent with 150 points, waiting for the game to start. Once the game begins all 3 zones will start counting down, indicating when they are ready to be captured. Capturing a zone will deduct 10 points from the enemy team and temporarily lock that zone from being captured again. Zones will not unlock until all 3 zones have been successfully captured by either team (upon capturing all 3 zones there will be a 30 second timer until they unlock again and continue their cycle). Killing an enemy player will deduct 2 points from the enemy team, and being killed by an enemy player will deduct 2 points from your own team. The first team to reach 0 points loses the game.

Mechanics

  • Being inside your own base tent regenerates health and energy at a fast rate.
  • Being inside your tent also gives you a invulnerability shield that lasts as long as you stay in there.
  • Base tents will attack enemy players that are too close or attempting to enter, dealing severe damage.
  • When both teams are contesting the same zone, the capture progress will pause until all members of one team leave the zone's capture radius.
  • Upon death you will respawn in your base tent after your respawn timer has concluded (dying will not reset your ability cooldowns).

Arena Rewards

Players will receive all of the following rewards for winning an Arena match (can only be collected 3 times a day/ queue type).

Daily Arena Rewards
Quantity Item
3 Arena Sigil for everyone
2 Expert's Tome of Insight for everyone
1 Adept's Bag of Silver for everyone
1000 Challenge points icon.png Adventurer's Challenge points for everyone
1 Adept Tome3.pngAdept's Tome of Insight bonus for Healers

Starting with Queen Patch 13 the arenas provide the following rewards

  • Fame Bonus per win: 40,000
  • Healers now get an additional 10,000 Fame per win via an additional Tome of Insight
  • An Arena win now also gives 1,000 Adventurer's Challenge points

Arena Sigils can be turned in for rewards at the Arena Master in each city.

Related Patch Notes

Patch LinkDatePatch NamePatch Notes
28 July 2021Call to Arms Patch 9
  • Zones must still be overcrowded for a minimum duration before they can be skipped, which resets regularly
  • However, if the zone becomes uncrowded for a brief time it no longer resets the counter
  • Also reduced personal cooldown for zone skipping: 125s → 60s
  • Overall, this should reduce wait times for zone skipping
17 March 2021Call to Arms Update
  • Instanced areas (i.e. Hideouts) and tunnel zones are now included in the queue functionality, meaning players can now skip overcrowded zones outside their Hideouts and can skip into tunnel zones
  • Cluster Skipping is now possible when relogging into an overcrowded cluster
  • The Smart Cluster Queue now also activates in all Royal Continent zones:
    • This change makes large-scale Faction Warfare battles possible on the Royal Continent
    • Each Faction counts as its own contingent
    • Cluster Access Priority settings do NOT impact Faction-flagged players
    • The queue assigns at least 50 spots per Faction, even if they are vastly outnumbered
    • 50 spots are also reserved for non-Faction-flagged players, to prevent Faction players from completely blocking zones for other players
  • Improved the UI for cluster skipping:
    • Now all available zones are immediately selectable
    • Opening the world map will no longer cancel cluster selection
    • The cluster selection screen now provides more info about the cluster:
      • Tier and danger level (i.e. red or yellow) of the target cluster
      • Distance to the selected cluster (i.e. how many zones will be jumped)
17 March 2021Call to Arms Update
  • Reflected Damage is no longer affected by any Damage Modifiers, and the following Reflect Values of existing abilities have been adjusted to accommodate for this change:
    • Deflecting Spin: 80% → 100%
    • Parry Strike: 100% (unchanged)
    • Frost Shield: 10% → 15%
    • Inferno Shield: 30% → 38%
    • Protection of the Fiends: 50% (unchanged)
    • Retaliate: 70% (unchanged)
  • Reflecting True Damage will now cause the reflected damage to also act as true damage
17 March 2021Call to Arms Update
  • Players can no longer be debuffed to the point where Healing Output is entirely nullified:
    • Minimum Value of Healing Received Bonus: -70%
    • Minimum Value of Healing Cast Bonus: -70%
2 February 2021Rise of Avalon Patch 13 (Balance Patch)Consumable items that commonly collect in large stacks can now be used in a single click via the new Use All Button in the item UI.
  • Stacks of Silver Bags will be consumed instantly and grant you the full amount of Silver
  • Tomes of Insight and chests use a channeled spell, meaning the items are still consumed individually and the channel can be canceled at any point.
  • The following items now have a "Use All" option:
    • All Silver Bags
    • All Tomes of Insight
    • All Reward Chests (will display an additional window showing accumulated loot): Adventurer's Challenge Chests, Crystal League Chests, etc.
13 January 2021Rise of Avalon Patch 12Smart Cluster Queue
  • Updated deactivation conditions: the queue can now be deactivated in the middle of an update cycle if player numbers allow
  • Players will no longer be able to skip overcrowded clusters within the first 2 minutes of queue activation
10 December 2020Rise of Avalon Patch 11
  • Skip Overcrowded Cluster Cooldown: 30s → 125s
  • 16 November 2020Rise of Avalon Patch 9
    • AoE Escalation:
      • 2 Targets = 8% → 5%
      • 3 Targets = 16% → 10%
      • 4 Targets = 24% → 15%
      • 5 Targets = 32% → 20%
      • 6 Targets = 40% → 25%
      • 7 Targets = 40% → 30%
      • 8 Targets = 40% → 35%
      • 9+ Targets: remains at 40%
    21 October 2020Rise of Avalon Patch 7 / Brimstone & Mist Midseason Update and Hotfix 7.1
    • AoE Escalation:
      • Escalation now increases by 8% for each additional target hit and caps at 40% extra damage:
        • 2 Targets hit = 8%
        • 3 Targets hit = 16%
        • 4 Targets hit = 24%
        • 5 Targets hit = 32%
        • 6+ Targets hit = 40%
    21 October 2020Rise of Avalon Patch 7 / Brimstone & Mist Midseason Update and Hotfix 7.1The following changes give players more control over how they set up armies for the queue. Player sorting is now done on a per-party level, meaning the system will attempt to keep existing parties together:
    • Party leaders can now assign a Party Cluster Access Priority for their party as well as for individual members in the Cluster Access Priority UI (accessed via the party leader's player context menu)
    • Priority Access determines the order in which parties will enter an overcrowded cluster
    • This gives alliances more control over which forces are moved into the cluster and keeps party structures intact
    • The Preferred Cluster Access Guild Right has been removed
    • The queue now moves players from a single contingent either in or out during a given cycle, so players of the same contingent no longer replace each other
    21 October 2020Rise of Avalon Patch 7 / Brimstone & Mist Midseason Update and Hotfix 7.1New Disarray parameters ensure the ZvZ meta plays out in a similar way across a wide range of fight sizes, while still offering smaller groups protection from large armies:
    • Disarray is no longer a flat debuff
    • Instead, it reduces damage output and CC Duration when attacking targets with a lower Disarray level
    • Against targets with the same or higher Disarray level, Disarray has no impact on your stats
    • Damage reduction depends on the difference of Disarray levels between attacker and target - the higher the difference, the greater the effect
    • Increased Disarray player cap; debuff now caps at Level 50 for 450 players
    27 August 2020Rise of Avalon Patch 2Disarray (zerg debuff) curve is flattened further and now hard caps at 30% (150 or more players). Example values:
    • 50 Players: Disarray Strength 18%
    • 100 Players: Disarray Strength 28%
    • 150 Players: Disarray Strength: 30% (hard cap)
    12 August 2020Rise of Avalon Update and Hotfix 1, 2The In-Match Scoreboard for the Arena, Crystal League, and City Fights has been completely revamped. Changes include:
    • Visual overhaul to match current UI style
    • Shows each player's full equipment, including consumables
    • After match completion, players can change to a second page containing tracked per-player match statistics about Kill Fame, Damage dealt/received, and Healing dealt/received
    • After the match, pages can also be sorted by category
    12 August 2020Rise of Avalon Update and Hotfix 1, 2
  • AoE Escalation max bonus: 100% → 70%
  • Maximum Ability Damage Increase from buffs: +150% → +100%
  • 22 June 2020Queen Patch 14 and Hotfix 14.1, 14.2, 14.3Healing Sickness (2 sources of Healing)
    • The penalty for receiving Healing from 2 sources has been increased:
      • Reduction in Healing Received: 30% → 35.3%
    4 June 2020Queen Patch 13 and Hotfix 13.1Players waiting to enter a cluster via the Smart Cluster Queue now also add to the total Disarray headcount in the cluster for which they are queueing. For example:
    • Alliance X has 100 players in Cluster A
    • Alliance X also has 80 players in Cluster B, 50 of whom are waiting to enter Cluster A via the Smart Cluster Queue
    • All Alliance X players in Cluster A would receive a Disarray debuff based on 150 players (100 in cluster + 50 in queue)
    • All Alliance X players in Cluster B would receive a Disarray debuff based only on the 80 players in the cluster
    4 June 2020Queen Patch 13 and Hotfix 13.1Additionally, the effects of Disarray, AKA the zerg debuff, no longer accelerate as quickly with higher player numbers. The new debuff thresholds can be seen in the chart below.

    As a reminder, the following 3 attributes are affected by the debuff:

    • Bonus Damage vs. Players
    • CC Duration vs. Players
    • Received Healing
    4 June 2020Queen Patch 13 and Hotfix 13.1
  • Adjusted Arena Rewards:
    • Fame Bonus per win: 20,000 → 40,000
    • Healers now get an additional 10,000 Fame per win via an additional Tome of Insight
    • An Arena win now also gives 1,000 Adventurer's Challenge points
  • Improved Arena Signup UI:
    • Now shows all daily rewards and the different rewards for healers vs. other roles
    • Shows time until new daily rewards can be won
    • Style synced with Crystal League Signup UI
    • Clarified and shortened wording
  • Improved appearance and wording of "Match Ready" popup
  • Fixed an issue where Arena registration would sometimes cancel before the current countdown ended
  • Fixed an issue where the Arena UI would not display more than one queued player
  • 5 May 2020Queen Patch 11 (Season 9 Patch) and Hotfixes 11.1, 11.2, 11.3The following adjustments affect guilds and alliances that own 10 or more territories in the first case, and 20 or more in the second.

    Siphoned Energy Drain:

    The penalty still starts at 10 Territories, but now increases in increments of 3%:

    • 10 Territories - 3% less total Siphoned Energy
    • 11 Territories - 6% less total Siphoned Energy
    • 12 Territories - 9% less total Siphoned Energy, etc.

    Fame and Silver Penalty:

    The penalty now starts at 20 Territories and increases by 1% per additional territory:

    • 20 Territories - 1% reduction in Silver and Fame earned from open-world PvE and activities
    • 21 Territories - 2% Penalty
    • 22 Territories - 3% Penalty, etc.
    5 May 2020Queen Patch 11 (Season 9 Patch) and Hotfixes 11.1, 11.2, 11.3
  • Item durability loss now scales based on the number of players who attacked the victim. This change will only apply in areas where player vs player combat is lethal, and does not apply in the following cases:
    • When all players involved in the kill are faction flagged
    • During Crystal League Battles
    • In Hellgates
  • The chart below shows the increase in durability loss per additional attacker. (Note: items with durability loss are not destroyed, but are also not usable until they are repaired.)
  • 11 March 2020Queen Patch 7
    • All players within an alliance will receive reduced Silver and Fame income if the alliance holds 10 or more territories (excluding Castles and Castle Outposts)
    • This also applies to players in guilds without an alliance, if their guild holds 10 or more territories
    • This penalty applies to all Fame gained from gathering and PvE and all Silver gained from mob drops and downed players
    • This penalty starts at 1% with the 10th territory and increases by 1% per additional territory
    11 March 2020Queen Patch 7Following up on the community’s feedback, we have reworked the loot in randomized dungeon chests according to the following principles:
    • T6 chests have been largely reverted to the status that they had on Queen’s launch as these chests were very popular with the player base.
    • We have used the old T6 chest balancing as a baseline and set up T7 and T8 chests as strictly better versions of them.
    • T7 chests no longer contain T4 loot and have higher drop chances for T7 and T8 loot than T6 chests
    • T8 chests no longer contain T4 and T5 loot, and have much higher drop chances for T7 and T8 loot than T6 chests.
    We hope that these changes will significantly improve the loot experience in the game.
    4 March 2020Queen Patch 6Items without a durability stat will no longer be destroyed upon knockdown.

    Previously, the following behavior occurred:

    • Items with durability: 5% durability loss
    • Items without durability: 10% destruction chance

    After Patch 6:

    • Items with durability: 5% durability loss (no change)
    • Items without durability: immune to destruction

    This change is intended to help introduce newer players to combat without item loss (i.e. in yellow zones), and to avoid situations where players were confused about what happened to items. It should also improve the overall loot experience in Elite Dungeons, where a large percent of loot was previously destroyed by being knocked down repeatedly.

    Item destruction rate and durability loss rate upon death (killed by another player, suicide, etc.) are not affected by this change.
    4 March 2020Queen Patch 6Introduced a feature that will delay players from leaving a Hideout set as "Home" after respawning there multiple times. The effect has a 10-minute cooldown, meaning after 10 minutes without dying and respawning in a Hideout the counter returns to zero.

    Time penalties:

    • First Respawn: no penalty
    • Second Respawn: 30 seconds
    • Third Respawn: 60 seconds
    • Fourth Respawn: 120 seconds
    • Fifth Respawn or more: 240 seconds
    This is intended to prevent overuse of repeated-suicide defense strategies when defending Hideouts.
    4 March 2020Queen Patch 6
    • Patch 5 introduced a 3-day cooldown for leaving and rejoining the same alliance. (This existed alongside the 7-day cooldown on joining a new alliance that was already in the game.)
    • With today's patch, the duration of this cooldown has been updated:
      • Alliance Rejoin Cooldown: 3 Days → 7 Days
    26 February 2020Queen Patch 5
    • Minimum Item Power: 800 → 700
    • This reduces the Smart Cluster Queue's emphasis on high IP gear
    12 February 2020Queen Patch 3Items and Silver gained are now tracked separately in the combat log:
    • "Loot" channel now only displays items when picked up
    • New "Silver" channel created
    • Both can be enabled or disabled as desired
    20 January 2020Queen Update
  • Healing Sickness:
    • Healing Received Reduction (2 Healers): 25.9% → 30%
    • Debuff Duration (2 or more Healers): 5s → 8s
  • 20 January 2020Queen UpdateItem Power progression has been streamlined and simplified, and now increases in a linear manner. More details: https://forum.albiononline.com/index.php/Thread/121085

    In addition, Mastery Modifiers have been added to the Mastery Bonuses of high-tier equipment:

    • 5% on all T5 items
    • 10% on all T6 items
    • 15% on all T7 items
    • 20% on all T8 items

    This bonus applies to all Armors, Weapons, and Offhands, and includes IP bonuses from basic Specializations as well as advanced Masteries. Enchanted gear will be calculated at the level of its base tier, i.e. T5.0 through T5.3 all receive the same 5% bonus.

    Sample case: if you get an additional 100 IP from your Destiny Board Masteries for swords, using a Tier 6.2 Sword will give you a 10% additional boost to that Mastery bonus, for a total bonus of 110 IP.
    20 January 2020Queen Update
    • Adding resources to buildings during construction/repair/upgrading is now 5x faster and you can add up to 999 resources in one action (previously 30)
    • Cost of overcharge has increased from 1 Siphoned Energy to 10 to make overcharging a less clear choice on low-tier items
    • Global discount reference rate adjusted to match current gold market economy
    • Zerg debuff ("Disarray") no longer applies in red and yellow zones
    • The number of fragments needed to enchant items has been doubled as enchanting with fragments was too cheap and undermined crafting with enchanted resources
    • Trash icon updated for better visibility while looting
    • Changed main tutorial area name from "Hideout" to "Cove" to avoid confusion with the new Hideout feature
    • Changed Marketplace category for several items:
      • Dungeon Maps: Consumables/Maps
      • Chopped Fish: Products/Cooked
      • Undead, Keeper, and Morgana Mount Upgrades: Materials/Other
      • Avalonian and Siphoned Energy: Materials/Other
    29 November 2019Percival Patch 11
    • Healing Sickness Debuff duration: 2s → 5s
    18 September 2019Percival Patch 5 (Midseason Patch)
    • Self-Healing Sickness:
      • Healers who heal themselves constantly will now be inflicted with a Self-Healing Sickness debuff, which reduces all incoming healing by 25%
      • Self-Healing Sickness is not triggered if the Healer heals any other target with a Q ability, and thus should only impact solo Healers
    31 July 2019Percival Patch 2 and Hotfix 2.1Loot Table Updates
    • Castle chests can now drop Level 1 Artifacts
    • Treasure sites (chests/lockers) can now drop Level 2 and 3 Artifacts
    31 July 2019Percival Patch 2 and Hotfix 2.1Access Rights
    • Alliance members can now be given similar access rights to chests, islands, etc. as guild members
    • Access rights can now be copy-pasted from one object to another
    • "Withdrawal from Account" rights have been split as follows:
      • Withdrawal from Silver Account
      • Withdrawal from Energy Account
    • "Attack Territory" rights have been split as follows:
      • Attack Territory
      • Pacify Warcamp (new)
    • "Manage Banks" rights have been split as follows:
      • Manage Banks
      • View Chest Logs (new)
    • Co-Owners of Banks tabs can now view the tab's logs
    10 July 2019Percival Update
  • Disabled furniture placement on entrances to random dungeons, as well as some small dungeon entrances that were missed with the last patch
  • 10 April 2019Oberon Patch 2 / Free-to-Play LaunchRespawn Changes
    • The ability to respawn "in nearest city" is replaced with an ability to respawn "in last visited city"
    • The ability to respawn "at nearest territory" is removed, but you can set any territory tower as a home
    • You can still respawn at a home, however you will lose your home binding when you choose to respawn in "last visited city"

    Special Island Move

    • During a special transition period of one month, you will be able to move your personal and guild islands to a city of your choice
    • Each island may only be moved a single time, and the move is wasted if not used during this transition period
    • Islands created after the patch goes live CANNOT be moved - this only applies to islands created before the patch
    10 April 2019Oberon Patch 2 / Free-to-Play Launch
  • With the launch of free-to-play, the global Silver discount has been adjusted based on a Silver-to-Gold ratio of 2000:1, which allows for lower Silver prices for actions like repairing, buying islands and seeds, re-spec, etc.
  • The "fade to red" effect when health approaches zero has been reduced, giving players a better chance of staying alive at low health
  • All visual quality settings/presets now have "Show Effects" set to "All" by default
  • Premium and Gold stats now appear on the Character Selection screen
  • Changes to dungeon immunity:
    • You cannot get a new "bubble" (immunity to damage and other effects) in dungeons within 60 seconds of last receiving the buff
    • Dungeon immunity duration: 10s → 15s
  • The Undead Knight's spell indication should now be easier to read
  • Reward for "Not a Small Fish" tutorial quest was reduced from 2 Adept's Royal Sigils to 1 Adept's Royal Sigil
  • Tier 7 Earth Elementals found in Randomized Dungeons now only have up to two charges of T7 Stone
  • 10 April 2019Oberon Patch 2 / Free-to-Play LaunchAs of April 10, Albion Online will be entirely free to download and play. Existing players can continue playing as normal, while new players can create an account and play the game without purchasing a pack. The Premium system continues unchanged, and Premium status can still be purchased with either real-world money or ingame currency.
    27 March 2019Oberon Patch #1
    • Self-healing now applies a healing sickness effect, just like being healed by another player
    • Added a whisper limit that restricts players from whispering to too many different players in a short amount of time to prevent spamming
    • Added additional effects to Randomized Dungeon entrances for better readability
    20 March 2019Oberon Update - Oberon Update Hotfix #1, #2, and #3Player Execution
    • Cast Time: 1s → 1.5s
    • Taking damage now cancels this cast
    • You can no longer execute players while silenced
    20 March 2019Oberon Update - Oberon Update Hotfix #1, #2, and #3Arena
    • Item Power Softcap: 800 → 700
    20 February 2019Nimue Balance Patch (Patch #7)General Balance Changes
    • Base Max Hitpoints: 1000 → 1200 (bonus HP from melee weapons remains unchanged)
      • This increases the general Hitpoint pool by 20%
    • Base Max Energy: 100 → 120
      • This increases the general Energy pool by 20%
    • Base Movement Speed: 4.8 m/s → 5.5 m/s
    • In-Combat Duration: 30s → 20s
    • Cap for Auto Attack Max Damage Increase: 200% → 300%
    28 January 2019Nimue Patch #6
  • Further improved Arena matchmaking to more equally balance skill levels between teams
  • 21 November 2018Nimue UpdateArena Improvements

    The Arena system has received some updates based on player feedback:

    • A team of 5 players queueing for the Arena will now be matched only against other teams of 5 players.
    • Groups of 1,2 or 3 players will be matched against other teams build from 1,2 or 3 player groups.
    • Groups of 4 players will not be able to queue from now on.
    • A kill is now worth 2 tickets (increased from 1).
    • Each of the first three wins per day will now reward the following:
      • 3x Arena Tokens
      • 3x Journeyman's Tome of Insight (each worth 5000 Fame, non-tradable)
      • 1x Adept's Bag of Silver (worth 10,000 Silver, non-tradable)
    These rewards are comparable to a similar time investment in Albion's Group Expeditions. They should give a certain incentive but by no means offer a better Fame or Silver farming method compared to open-world activities.
    20 June 2018Lancelot Patch #9
    • Cleansing any CC effect now grants a 1-second CC immunity
    25 May 2018Lancelot Patch #7
    • Group Fame bonuses now display in the combat log and floating popup messages. Fame earned now displays as follows: total fame gained displays first, followed by a breakdown of modifiers in brackets (zone type bonus, group bonus, and Premium bonus). As always, the following group bonuses apply to Fame earned:
      • Party of 2: no bonus
      • Party of 3: 17% Fame bonus
      • Party of 4: 33% Fame bonus
      • Party of 5-20: 40% Fame bonus
    29 March 2018Lancelot Hotfix #3
    • Fixed an issue where players would get stuck in the Arena after a match
    6 December 2017Kay Update
    • Reworked Diminishing Returns:
      • Every crowd control effect now has its own Diminishing Return, i.e. stuns only diminish the duration of subsequent stuns, silence only of silences, etc.
      • With this change, slows will trigger Diminishing Returns again.
    • Channeled Movement abilities can now be cancelled by pressing the button again. (i.e. Whirlwind, Hurricane, Block, Focused Run can be manually cancelled)
    25 October 2017Joseph Patch #2 - Joseph Patch #2 Hotfix #1
    • Fixed an issue where arena kills were incorrectly counting towards the "Total Killed Players" stat for each player
    17 October 2017Joseph Patch #1
    • Arena party UI should now preserve player order when signing up as a party
    ... further results