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A Guide to the OSRS PvP Arena

A Guide to the OSRS PvP Arena

If you’re looking to dominate tournaments in Old School RuneScape, we’ve prepped up a Guide to the OSRS PvP Arena!

The PvP Arena replaces the old Duel Arena, where all kinds of illegal dealings went on. This new arena would function much like what it replaced, but with a few improved mechanics and updated rewards. Participating in this is an excellent alternative to farming OSRS gold and discovering whether your PvP build is viable (in a fashion).

A Guide to the OSRS PvP Arena

How to Access the PvP Arena

There’s a new button in the Grouping menu saying “PvP Arena.” Clicking it will bring you to another window where you can press “Find” to start looking for a group. There are three options:

  • Join an official 1v1 Tournament
  • Join an official 1v1 Duel
  • Find a group by name

The arena itself is an instanced area, so you don’t have to wait for your duel to start. You’ll be instantly teleported to your desired PvP battle and be returned afterward. It will only interrupt your other activities slightly.

All duel participants will have their stats set to one of the following builds. These builds will rotate weekly, so ensure you’ve selected the right items in your PvP inventory.

Attack Strength Defense Hitpoints Ranged Magic Prayer
Max/Med 75 99 70 99 99 99 77
Zerker 60 99 45 99 99 99 55
Pure 60 99 1 99 99 99 77

As for the inventory, an “Equipment” tab will appear when joining a PvP duel. You’ll be selecting the items you’ll be bringing and using in the arena. There’s a choice of 400 things you can use for the battle. Ensure that you can use the items you’re bringing along since you’ll only be able to use what you have the stats for.

Battle Types

Official and unofficial versions work the same way, so this will be a general explanation.

Tournaments put an even number of players into 1v1 battles. The winners will then start 1v1 fights of their own and on and on. The contest ends when there’s one winner. For example, with 8 participants, there’ll be 4 1v1s in the first round. Then there will be two battles, and the winners will fight for 1st place.

A duel is just that. You’ll fight one on one with another player. You’ll get rewards if you win, but you might lose your ranking when you lose.

The difference between official and unofficial duels is that you don’t get rewards from unofficial battles. However, if there’s a sponsor for an unofficial tournament, they might give their own prizes. The point is unofficial ones won’t affect your ranking in the PvP system, nor will they award you Reward points.

Rewards and Rankings

Winning official duels will give you Ranking and Reward points. Ranking points are the basis for your ranking in the PvP system. The more you have, the higher your rank. They’re also used in matchmaking. You’ll be matched to players with similar ranking points. Reward points may be exchanged for items. These items range from PvP-oriented equipment to Ornament Kits and Imbue Scrolls. The PvP-oriented equipment will start out broken and will have to be repaired before use. They can only be used in PvP areas such as the Wilderness and PvP worlds.

When dropping them upon a PvP death, they will break, and gold will be given to your killer in its place. Also, they’re untradeable to prevent illegitimate players from getting them. There are many new items and some old updated ones to collect! You won’t find these OSRS items for sale anywhere else.

In Tournaments, your points rely on what place you achieved. The goal and the one that gives the highest rewards is 1st place. Placing anywhere else will give diminished prizes. Duels are more straightforward, with winning streaks increasing the points you get. However, the reverse is also true. A losing streak will increasingly deduct your ranking points. You might also fall in rank as a result.

Take Your Place in the Rankings

That’s all you need to know to enjoy the PvP Arena in OSRS. You’ll have to make sure the items you bring into the arena are those you can use and match the build in the current rotation. Keep your winning streaks or try and get first place for the best rewards. This will also let you climb the rankings as quickly as a monkey climbs a tree. While it won’t reward you with OSRS gold, it’s rewarding in its own way.

Old School RuneScape is available and free-to-play on Windows PC (via Steam and the official website), Android, and iOS.

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