Fighting in the arena is intense, exciting, and can be very profitable if you know what you’re doing. You can earn tokens to purchase gold, boosters, manna stones, and ability gems in the Arena store. Once you reach the Legendary League you’ll be able to buy those angel and bat wings that heroes in Grayhaven have growing out of their backs! Trust me. After you’ve won your first fight and have a bag of tokens in your hand you will be coming back for more. Read on.
How it Works
In the Arena you will be playing against real players and their partners. They will be controlled by the GoH servers. Your partner will be controlled by the GoH servers. You will not.
The Arena is two-on-two so you will need a partner, drawn from your Tavern or, since update 1.61.1, from the list of Top Players in the Arena. You can literally enlist the most powerful players in the game now. Unfortunately, that means that victory often goes to whoever can afford it.
Now it’s time to pick a fight. You’ll see three potential opponents and their partners. See the image below.
Select an opponent whose power level is comparable to your own. Never challenge opponents whose power level is significantly above your own. If you’re using boosters you can reach a little farther but be careful; if you lose the battle you will lose trophies. You will not lose your tokens. Once you win them they cannot be taken away.
How to Pick a Fight
When you’re choosing an opponent you are probably most interested in your opponents partner. My partner is power level 103, power score 250,200 or so. He usually has five potions of vitality, five potions of strength, and a potion of vitality active. I look for opponents whose partner my partner can beat.
Check all three possible opponents. Check to see if they are using potions. If you can beat an opponent and your partner can beat their partner you should attack.
If you don’t see any likely opponents you can refresh the window and get three new ones. If you’re still not happy you can refresh again after two minutes. You can do this all day!
Fighting in the Arena
You can run arena battles on auto play or you can try a little fancy footwork instead. Attack whatever opponent did not activate a shielding ability. Gang up on an opponent by attacking whoever you opponent attacks. Run away and let your partner do the heavy lifting, then attack the weakest opponent. There are different strategies. If you have a good one let me know what it is!
The arena has seven leagues. You’ll start in the Bronze league and earn one arena token for every trophy. If you keep at it you’ll progress through the Silver, Gold, Emerald, Topaz, Amethyst leagues until you finally reach…Legendary League. As you move through the leagues your token to trophy ratio will increase from 1:1 in the Bronze league to 1:22 in the Legendary league. You’ll be able to spend these tokens on high-level runes and ability gems, huge manna Stones, large piles of gold, and valuable boosters. This, in my experience, is the best way to get your hands on piles of loot without having to run dungeons or spend diamonds (real money) at the shop.
Deception was a serious issue in the Arena for a long time. Opponents or their partners would shed one or more pieces of gear, usually their head piece, chest piece, or both. This dropped their power level to the point where they looked like easy targets. They were not. They held on to their monstrously destructive weapons and used them for their intended purposes.
Everything changed with update 1.61.1. Now it’s all about who you can enlist as a partner. No one really bothers to power down anymore. Update 1.61.1 also let us click on our opponents and review their gear, their statistics, everything. If someone was powering down it would be obvious.
What are You Gonna Do?
The only thing you can do: enlist the most powerful players you can afford. Go to the Top Players tab in the Arena. Click on your favorite, then “invite”. The player will show up in your Tavern for 48 hours even if they don’t accept your invitation. Go back to the Arena. When you are selecting a partner click “more” to go to your Tavern. Enlist the monster and begin.
You can learn a lot from the Top Players, even if you are not enlisting them. Look at the gear that they are using and the abilities they have chosen. You can learn a lot from the best. You should spend some time there. People often ask me which hero class is best. Take a look at the top ten Players in the Arena and you see which class is dominant. It changes whenever the Developers play around with the code.
Just So You Know
I defeated Satan in the Arena. It was easy. You’re welcome.