Apex Legends – Everything You Need To Know About Arenas

The ninth season of Apex Legends is upon us, (Ditching the numeral tradition and simply going by “Legacy”) and it’s been a bit of time since we got some major content updates, so a big change is without a doubt overdue. Thankfully, Legacy will not only bring us a new, aerial, Japanese-inspired legend, but also a new 3v3 gamemode: Arenas! Arenas is a gamemode that will take the intensity and fast-paced chaos of regular Apex into a focused 3v3 setting, where you won’t have to worry about getting third-partied by enemy squads, a huge problem the game’s community has been facing for months. In this guide, we go over the Arenas gamemode and how it plays out. Credit to the official Apex Legends website for the screenshots.

How Arenas Works

Before each round, you’ll spend materials earned from the previous round to purchase and upgrade weapons and healing supplies. The system is very similar to that of Call Of Duty, where you can create and customize loadouts.

When you’re eliminated, you cannot be respawned, but can fight again in the next round. Do not worry if you’ve been shot, however – knocked teammates can be revived. Rounds end if all of one team are killed, and the cycle continues until a match winner is decided. There’s also a Ring which will close throughout the match, and a care package that will bring in new upgraded weapons for your team.

Another thing to note is that you can level up in Arenas too, and most challenges will be divided between Arena and Battle Royale.

How To Win An Arenas Match

Match winners are decided if the highest team has 3 rounds won and is at least 2 points ahead of the enemy team.

The easiest way is to win three rounds without dropping more than one round to your opponent. In other words, go 3-0 or 3-1 and the match is over. 

The easiest way is to win three rounds without dropping more than one round to your opponent. In other words, go 3-0 or 3-1 and the match is over.

However, if your opponent is able to win at least two rounds, things get interesting. You’ll have to pull ahead by two full rounds to win. Going 3-2 or 4-3 won’t cut it. Instead, you’ll have to go 4-2 or 5-3 to secure victory. Rounds will continue until one team pulls ahead by two rounds. If this continues all the way to the ninth round (by going 4-4) the game kicks into sudden death mode. Whoever wins round nine takes home all the glory.

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The video down below showcases how score is kept. The scoreboard will turn blue when your team is close to winning, red when the enemies are, and yellow if a tiebreaker has been counted. 3 tiebreakers mean instant death.

Arsenal And Abilities

After every round, your inventory is reset and you must choose your weapons once again – which you can buy with materials! Materials are granted at the start of the match and can be earned after every round, which you can use to purchase weapons and upgrades. Purchasing a weapon gives you the base, default version which you can later upgrade with preferred hop-ups.

As for legend abilities, unlike in the regular modes, these abilities to not recharge overtime and can only be used a couple times each round. You can purchase perks to charge your abilities in the store section with materials, and, fortunately, unused ability chargers carry on to the next round.


Arenas offers a variety of different maps instead of the same 3 maps we’re used to – some of which will be on rotation.

Party Crasher

The Party Crasher map is based off Olympus and is rather vivid. It’s neon lights and bright colors allow for an interesting setting, to say the least, and is pretty varied and unique. It’s a bit cramped, so some short-range combat will probably happen here.

Phase Runner

The Phase Runner map is based off World’s Edge and takes inspiration from Olympus’ Phase Runner location, and yes, just like Olympus, the Phase Runner does actually work and can allow you to teleport. The area surrounded by the phase runner is pretty open, so some interesting strategies can come out of this map.

Rotating Maps

Arenas will also allow for maps on bi-weekly rotation based off Artillery from King’s Canyon, Thermal Station from World’s Edge and Golden Gardens from Olympus, giving legends a total of 5 maps to play in.

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