Published On: March 29, 2023
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Live Arena Preview – Raid Shadow Legends


Raid: Shadow Legends, has recently announced a highly anticipated feature to its gameplay: the Live Arena. This new game mode allows players to engage in real-time PVP battles against other players, bringing a whole new level of excitement and competition to the game.

The Live Arena is a significant addition to Raid: Shadow Legends, providing players with a unique experience that challenges their skills and strategies. Players can use their champions and battle against other players in real time, making every decision crucial and every move impactful.

In addition to the thrill of battling other players, the Live Arena also comes with new quests and artifact sets, providing players with additional challenges and rewards. Winning battles earns players Live Arena points and crests, which can be used to unlock additional bonuses in the Great Hall and upgrade their champions.

To ensure a fair and balanced gameplay experience, the Live Arena uses a matchmaking system that pairs players with opponents of similar skill levels. Additionally, the Live Arena has a set daily schedule during which it is open, providing players with ample time to engage in battles.


When can you do Live Arena?

You can participate in Live Arena in Raid: Shadow Legends during specific times of the day, as it operates on a set daily schedule. The schedule for the Live Arena mode is displayed in the game and includes two-hour windows during which players can engage in real-time PVP battles.

It is important to note that Live Arena is not always available to players, as it is only open during specific times of the day. This is to ensure that matchmaking is reliable and that players are not waiting for an extended period to find a match.

Players can participate in Live Arena once they reach level 50, and they can engage in battles as long as they have Live Arena tokens. Each new refill of Live Arena tokens costs more gems than the previous one, and players can have a maximum of five tokens at any given time. The refill price and default tokens reset each day at midnight UTC.


Will there be Live Testing?

Yes, there will be a testing phase for Live Arena. The developers will run a live Arena test launch with a limited group of players to make sure everything is working correctly ahead of its grand opening. The schedule for the test launch was provided during the update preview, and players were encouraged to check it to see if they were eligible to participate. It’s important to note that the full launch schedule is subject to change, and players will be notified if and when it does.


How does Live Arena work?

Live Arena is a new game mode in Raid: Shadow Legends that allows players to engage in real-time PVP battles against other players. Here’s how it works:

  • Initiating a Battle: To initiate a Live Arena battle, players need to use a Live Arena token. Players can have a maximum of five tokens at any given time, and they can purchase a refill with gems if they run out. Each new refill will cost more than the last one, though both the refill price and the default Live Arena tokens reset each day at midnight UTC.
  • Picking Champions: Once a player initiates a battle, the game will find a worthy combatant of a similar skill level within the player’s current Live Arena tier. During the first phase of the battle, players pick their champions. A coin flip decides who picks first, and then each player takes a turn picking champions from their roster. Both players go back and forth until they both have a team of five. Then, each player gets to ban a single champion from the opposing team.
  • Team Leader Selection: After the teams are locked in, each player selects their team leader. The team leader’s Aura skill will empower the rest of the player’s champions, so players need to choose carefully.
  • Battle Time: Once the teams are set, it’s time to battle. There is no mechanical difference between Live Arena and Classic Arena battles. The turn order of champions is determined by their speed stat, and each champion takes a turn and uses skills like they always do. However, since players are now fighting a real human instead of an AI, they need to be prepared for anything.
  • Time Limits: There are time limits for each phase of the battle. Players have 15 seconds to make their skill choices, and if they don’t decide in time, the game will fail to take their turn three times in a row, and they’ll go into auto-battle mode until they assume direct control. There’s also an overall time limit for every battle, and if players fail to finish within 30 minutes, both players will be credited with a loss.

Overall, Live Arena provides a new level of excitement and challenge for Raid: Shadow Legends players who enjoy PVP battles. By choosing their champions carefully, making strategic decisions during the battle, and managing their time effectively, players can achieve victory and earn Live Arena points and crests, which they can use to unlock additional bonuses in the Great Hall.


Live Arena Rewards

There are several rewards available in Live Arena. Winning Live Arena battles will earn you Live Arena points and Live Arena crests. The Live Arena points will help you advance through the different Live Arena tiers, from bronze to gold. As you reach higher tiers, losing battles will cause you to lose points once you hit Silver I, so it’s important to keep fighting to maintain your rank.

Live Arena also offers several repeatable quests that give you various rewards, including a Live Arena token refill and new artifacts. There are also multiple one-time rewards for reaching certain point milestones, such as a new Avatar and even a legendary champion.

As for the new artifacts, there are two sets available in Live Arena: Impulse and Zeal.

The Impulse artifacts increase your Champion’s speed and provide a chance of reducing the cooldown of a random skill by one turn.

The Zeal artifacts increase your Champion’s critical damage by 25% and have them dealing more damage if their target still has high HP.

Both sets will be available in the reward chests you get for winning 35 Live Arena battles, so you’ll be able to farm these artifacts as long as you keep winning.

Finally, you can spend the Live Arena crests you win in Live Arena battles to unlock area bonuses in the Great Hall. These bonuses boost the stats of your Champions in specific locations, such as the Potion Keeps or the Fire Knight’s Castle and can be upgraded by using higher-tier crests. The area bonuses apply directly to a Champion’s base stat, making them incredibly powerful in certain areas.


New Live Arena Champion – Quintus the Triumphant

A new legendary Champion will be added and become available from Live Arena, by earning Fragments as you progress through the tiers.

Faction – Banner Lords
Rarity – Legendary
Type – Attack
Affinity – Void

Encore Performance
Attacks 1 enemy. Places an extra hit if the target has no buffs. If this attack is critical, repeats the attack once.

Strip Away – Cooldown: 4 Turns
Attacks 1 enemy. Removes all buffs, then places a 60% [Decrease DEF] debuff on the target for 2 turns before attacking. These effects cannot be resisted or blocked.
Damage inflicted y this skill cannot be decreased by enemy Passive skills or Masteries, except by the Passive skills of Bosses. Damage inflicted by this skill cannot be increased by either this Champion’s Masteries or ally Passive Skills, except when attacking Bosses.
Resets the cooldown of the Crowd Favorite skill if this attack kills an enemy.

Crowd Favorite – Cooldown: 4 Turns
Attacks all enemies. Places a 50% [Increase ATK] buff and a 30% [Increase C.DMG] buff on this Champion for 3 turns before attacking.
Resets the cooldown of the Strip Away skill if this attack kills an enemy.

Percussion – Passive
Each of this Champion’s skills deals additional pure damage. The amount of pure damage dealt is equal to 10% of the target’s MAX HP for each buff on them.
The additional pure damage dealt will ignore [Shield] buffs.

Increases Ally ATK in Arena Battles by 35%.


Final Thoughts

In conclusion, Live Arena is an exciting new addition to Raid: Shadow Legends that allows players to engage in real-time PvP battles against other players. It offers a unique challenge for players who want to test their skills and strategies against human opponents. The live arena comes with new quests, artifact sets, and a great hall expansion, which provides players with additional bonuses to unlock using special live arena crests earned from winning battles.

Players can enter the Live Arena by reaching level 50, and it is open several times a day on a set daily schedule to ensure reliable matchmaking. The Live Arena Champion is an exclusive reward for players who reach Gold Tier or higher. Winning live arena battles also earns players live arena points and crests, which can be used to unlock area bonuses in the Great Hall that can boost the stats of their champions.

Overall, the addition of Live Arena adds a new layer of excitement and challenge to Raid: Shadow Legends and provides a new way for players to test their skills and compete against others. The rewards and bonuses offered by the Live Arena provide an additional incentive for players to participate and strive for success. With its unique gameplay mechanics, diverse rewards, and thrilling competition, the Live Arena is an excellent addition to Raid: Shadow Legends that is sure to keep players engaged and entertained.

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1 year ago

I was initially not all that excited about this game mode (I have very few arena focused champions). But these rewards are pretty compelling. Those artifact sets look fantastic and this new champ looks like he will be an arena monster.

*side note: where is the artifact auto sell sorting functionality that was previewed a while ago?

1 year ago
Reply to  Gramps1702

Prob not to high on the prio list, as it’s considered QoL.

1 year ago

This seems pretty amazing! Great rewards (as long as you don’t need to be in Gold V to get the champ), and seems like a fun competitive gamemode.

1 year ago

So far, I’m finding Live Arena to be s-l-o-w and boring. Getting opponents 30 levels high than I am – horrible “matchmaking”.