Arenas are unique battlegrounds that are unlocked as the player's Trophy count increases. Each Arena, besides the Legendary Arena, will unlock new Cards. Chests with a higher Arena level will contain more Gold and Cards. Once a player advances to a higher Arena, they cannot be demoted to a lower Arena.
Certain features are unlocked when the player reaches new Arenas rather than Experience levels.
- Goblin Stadium (Arena 1) unlocks TV Royale and Shop.
- Bone Pit (Arena 2) unlocks a separate 500-Chest cycle, with each cycle containing one Mega Lightning Chest.
- P.E.K.K.A's Playhouse (Arena 4) adds Epic Chests to the 500-Chest cycle and unlocks Legendary Cards.
- Spell Valley (Arena 5) unlocks the Fortune Chest's ability to guarantee "Daily Fortune" Cards.
- Builder's Workshop (Arena 6) unlocks the higher tier Pass Royale rewards.
- Royal Arena (Arena 7) adds Legendary Chests to the 500-Chest cycle. It also upgrades the King's Chest to the Legendary King's Chest, which guarantees one Legendary Card and adds the feature to choose one card between two.
- Hog Mountain (Arena 10) unlocks the ability to buy Legendary Cards in the Shop for Gold.
- Legendary Arena (Arena 13) unlocks Leagues.
- The 4/1/16 soft launch originally had 7 Arenas: Training Camp (Tutorial), Goblin Stadium (Arena 1), Bone Pit (Arena 2), Barbarian Bowl (Arena 3), P.E.K.K.A's Playhouse (Arena 4), Spell Valley (Arena 5) and Royal Arena (Arena 6, which required 1,700 trophies then).
- On 2/2/16, the February 2016 Update introduced Arena 7, Legendary Arena, and removed the battle costs for Battles & Friendly Battles. Previously, the Battle costs for the Arenas were: 1 Gold for the Goblin Stadium, 2 Gold for the Bone Pit, 3 Gold for the Barbarian Bowl, 4 Gold for P.E.K.K.A's Playhouse, 5 Gold for Spell Valley and 6 Gold for the Royal Arena.
- On 9/2/16, the Chest Rewards & Card Balance changed the Arena 3-7 Chest rewards, containing more Cards & Gold, with a higher number of Gems.
- On 29/2/16, the March 2016 Update introduced a new Arena, Builder's Workshop at 1,700 Trophies, and pushed the lower limit of Royal Arena to 2,000 Trophies. Builder's Workshop became the new Arena 6 while Royal Arena and Legendary Arena became Arenas 7 and 8 respectively.
- On 4/7/16, the Tournaments Update introduced a new Arena, Frozen Peak at 2,300 Trophies. This would take Legendary Arena's place to become the new Arena 8 while Legendary Arena became Arena 9.
- On 29/8/16, a Minor Update increased the Seasonal Trophy reset from 3,000 to 4,000, in an effort to decrease the number of mismatches, where for example a level 9 player is matched against a level 13.
- On 15/12/16, the December 2016 Update introduced a new Arena, Jungle Arena, at 2,600 Trophies, that was later released on 13/1/17. Legendary Arena became Arena 10 while Jungle Arena took its place as Arena 9.
- On 13/3/17, the March 2017 Update renamed the old Legendary Arena (Arena 10) to Hog Mountain and made a new Legendary Arena available from 3,800 trophies and above. Despite Legendary Arena moving up in trophies, you will still be able to get Legendaries in the shop from 3,000 trophies.
- On 12/12/17, the Electrifying Update moved the Legendary Arena up to Arena 12 and added the Electro Valley Arena as Arena 11.
- On 20/6/18, the Summer Update changed the Arena at which a card can be unlocked of many cards in the game.
- On 28/1/19, the January 2019 Update added a new Arena at 3,600 Trophies called Spooky Town, and moved Legendary Arena to 4,000 Trophies. As a result, some cards were moved to different Arenas.
- On 15/4/19, the April Update added the "Trophy Gate”. When the player reaches a new Arena, they cannot drop back down to a previous Arena. However, players can still be demoted to a lower League. The Draft Chests received at the end of each season were also removed and replaced with the Trophy Road, where reaching certain Trophy counts will immediately reward the player with a small prize.
- The 1/7/19 Update started adding skins of the Legendary Arena.
- The Training Camp has the most cards available to be unlocked, being 12.
- As of December 2020, Arenas 1~3 each unlock two Common, two Rare and two Epic Cards, while each of Arenas 4~12 are meant unlock two Cards of each rarity, including Legendary. However, Arena 11 has three Epics while Arena 9 has only one.
- P.E.K.K.A's Playhouse shares its name with a single player map from Clash of Clans.
- Arenas are usually related to the cards that they unlock.
- Training Camp unlocks Arrows and Archers, which fit the 'archery' theme.
- Goblin Stadium unlocks 4 cards based on Goblins (Goblins, Spear Goblins, Goblin Barrel, and Goblin Hut).
- Bone Pit unlocks 5 cards based on Skeletons (Skeletons, Bomber, Tombstone, Witch, and Giant Skeleton).
- Barbarian Bowl unlocks 4 cards based on Barbarians (Barbarians, Barbarian Hut, Barbarian Barrel, and Battle Ram).
- P.E.K.K.A's Playhouse unlocks the P.E.K.K.A., and the Inferno Tower, Lava Hound, Minion Horde, and Mega Minion, which fit the fiery/dark theme of the Arena.
- Spell Valley unlocks the Wizard, the Magic Archer and several spell cards like Poison which all fit the magic theme.
- Builder's Workshop unlocks 7 cards (Mortar, Skeleton Barrel, Flying Machine, Rocket, X-Bow, Balloon, and The Log) which fit the mechanical theme of the Arena.
- Royal Arena unlocks 8 cards related to royalty in some way (Royal Recruits, Royal Giant, Three Musketeers, Royal Hogs, Dark Prince, Guards, Mega Knight, and Princess). They seem to be more 'royal' versions of some of the previous cards.
- Frozen Peak unlocks 5 ice-themed cards (Ice Spirit, Giant Snowball, Ice Golem, Freeze, and Ice Wizard).
- Jungle Arena unlocks the jungle-themed Rascals, as well as the Goblin Gang, Dart Goblin, and Goblin Giant, which implies that the jungle is where the various Goblins come from.
- Hog Mountain unlocks the Ram Rider.
- Electro Valley unlocks 5 electrical cards (Tesla, Zappies, Electro Dragon, Electro Wizard, and Sparky).
- Spooky Town unlocks 4 spooky cards (Royal Ghost, Graveyard, Executioner, and Skeleton Dragons).
- Legendary Arena unlocks Leagues.
- It is possible for the player to be matched with someone in a higher Arena and obtain a chest from that Arena without actually being in that Arena, typically due to being right outside of the next Arena's Trophy Gate. This can also occur both ways in 2v2 Battles if the player is partnered up with someone of a different Arena level.
- The Arena is 32 tiles long at its longest point and 18 tiles wide, and it has two bridges. The bridges are 2 tiles wide in Arenas 1-6 and 8-9; however, in Arenas 7 and 10-13, the bridges are 3 tiles wide.
- Some Arenas are decorated with Clash of Clans buildings that aren't added to Clash Royale as cards. This includes the Archer Towers and Barracks in Arena 3, Spell Factories in Arena 5, and Gold Storage in Arena 9. Also, the Clock Tower, the Workshop and the Master Builder could be inspired by Arena 6's design.
- Touchdown mode and Clan Wars' Colosseum Duel each uses an exclusive Arena different from the Training Camp and the 13 main Arenas.
- As of the Pass Royale update, playing between the Trophy counts 4,000 and 6,999 will have the battle take place with the seasonal Arena skin. Past 7,000 Trophies, the Legendary Arena will override the seasonal skin.
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