Let’s talk about the game phases in Shadow Arena, a game in the genre of “battle royal” from the company Pearl Abyss, CBT launched on January 2.

When there are 50 players in the lobby, the match will start. Your task is to kill monsters as fast as possible, get a valuable loot and collect buffs. You will definitely meet other players in the arena, which you will have to destroy. The last one to stay alive is the one who won the match.

Shadow Arena - Gameplay guide

Waiting for the match
When you first appeared in the arena, the waiting phase for the match awaits you. Here you can watch and test your character’s abilities. No one can die during this phase.

Shadow Arena - Gameplay guide

During the waiting phase, you can practice with other players. Point on one of them, press the R Button and wait for the duel to be confirmed. Before the main match starts, all the abilities you used during the duel will be restored. If you want to cancel the duel, you must click on ESC.

Shadow Arena - Gameplay guide

When the lobby has enough players, the middle of the screen will start counting down. After it is over, the match starts.

Match Start
As soon as the match starts you will turn into the Black Spirit and will be thrown high into the air. You can control the flight, so you can choose your own landing site. To exit the spirit mode, you need to click on the LMB. It is worth remembering that after landing you can stay in the form of Black Ghost, if you see that there is another player next to you and you need to find another place for the moot.

Shadow Arena - Gameplay guide

Before Blackstar wakes up (first 4 minutes)
When you find a spot, you need to kill the monsters as soon as possible and get a loot from them. Drop can be items of equipment, books with ability glasses, buffs that increase AP and DP. It’s worth remembering that you need to study a particular skull when you have gained enough points. Automatic abilities will not be studied.

During this phase, you will encounter other players. If you defeat them in battle, you will get them:

Buff that raises AP and DP by +20 and lasts 2 minutes.
Ability Points
Quick recovery of HP
Buff, which allows you to ignore all debuffs and lasts 3 minutes.
If you die during this phase, you will be reborn after 10 seconds of waiting. This way you don’t lose anything when you die, but the player who beats you gets useful buffs. But he cannot lose your equipment during this initial phase.

Shadow Arena - Gameplay guide

After Blackstar wakes up (after 4 minutes).
When you wake up Blackstar, which will be shown on the screen in an information message, you will begin to lose your health if you fall into the mist of spirits.

Shadow Arena - Gameplay guide

Click on Tab to see the arena map. The red circle indicates an area that is continuously compressed to the blue circle area. The blue area is a safe area where there is no fog on your character. Between the red and blue circles,there is also no fog of spirits on your character, but this area is constantly shrinking, so you need to move to the blue circle area as quickly as possible. Behind the red circle, here is a Spirit Fog area that causes health damage.

Shadow Arena - Gameplay guide

During this phase,you will be able to pick up the loot from the killed players. Remember that you can be killed quickly when collecting a Lout (R key), so you must do it as soon as possible. In the Spirits Mist area, your health won’t be taken away as quickly.

Shadow Arena - Gameplay guide

In the fog area, special chests will drop out of certain monsters. With their help you can restore some health, and also have a chance to get good equipment. It is therefore sometimes a good idea to stay in the area of mist of spirits for a while.

Sometimes Shadow Lords (bosses) and Sealed Relic’s Towers (towers) will appear in the arena. From the bosses you can get red-grades outfit, and from the towers – buffs with the following effects:

Attack speed +30%.
AP +150
DP +150

Shadow Arena - Gameplay guide

The winner will be the last survivor in the arena. Good luck in your battles!

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