Duel Arena

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For the music track, see Duel Arena (music track).
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This is a safe minigame.
If you die, you will not lose any of your items.
Worlds Icon.png The official worlds for Duel Arena are worlds 61 (F2P), 40 (Friendly), 54 (Staked) (P2P).
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Duel Arena map

The Duel Arena is an ancient site where all players can go to engage in one-on-one combat. It is located slightly north-east of Al Kharid.

History[edit | edit source]

Despite being property of Al Kharid, the Duel Arena is in fact much older than the town. The arena was constructed as early as the Second Age by forces unknown. It became a training ground for the warriors of the Menaphite demi-god Het. There was also a nearby settlement, but little remains of that today.[1]

At some point in history, parts of the Duel Arena, and the area around it, were destroyed. The arena was most likely seized by the Zarosian forces during the early stages of the Kharidian-Zarosian War, where they marched on with little resistance [2]. The fortress of Kharid-Et, which lies slightly further to the south became the marker of the southern border of the Zarosian Empire. The Duel Arena itself suffered surprisingly little damage, even surviving the following violent campaigns in the Third Age. Over time, long after it had last been used, the arena was buried by sand and forgotten by mankind.

In the late Fifth Age, excavations started in a dig site east of Varrock, where the ruins of three ancient cities, Saranthium, a Zamorakian city and Senntisten, had been discovered. With agreement of Emir Shah of Al Kharid, archaeologists broadened their search in the desert town and uncovered the Duel Arena. With only ancient symbols, statues and carvings to remind people of its original purpose, the Duel Arena became a commercial attraction. Run by master duellists such as Mubariz, adventurers and other fighters alike were invited to participate in one-on-one duels in the partially excavated arena. A Saradominist hospital was erected with the aid of the Abbey of St. Elspeth Citharede[1] and the arena attracted many visitors to watch the duels. Archaeological worked stagnated in the area, and as such the Duel Arena has not completely been unveiled in the Sixth Age.

Getting there[edit | edit source]

Entering the arena grounds.

The arena is located north-east of Al Kharid. Players can rub a ring of duelling to teleport directly to the arena entrance. Other options include the Al Kharid lodestone and then walk north, an amulet of glory which teleports to the Al Kharid palace, or a fire altar teleport and then walk south.

Main building[edit | edit source]

The hospital at the northern end of the arena.
The banners in the Duel Arena.

The main building is located along the northern fence of the arena. This is where the majority of players stay to challenge others. There are a good number of surgeons there that can heal a player when needed. There is also an altar in the southern side of the building. The capability to heal and recharge Prayer are somewhat useless however, as when a player enters a duel, all statistics are restored to their normal levels. In the north east side of the building there are two bank chests. Since the graphical update, Fadli is no longer the banker and does not sell the player rotten tomatoes.

Picking a fight[edit | edit source]

The obstacle arena.
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Let the battle commence.

To fight another player, players must right-click their intended opponent and select the "Challenge" option. By doing so, they will have the option to do a "friendly" duel or a "staked" one. This will tell that player that someone wishes to duel with them, and they accept by challenging that player in return.

This will open the duelling options screen, which defines the parameters for the battle. The screen shows the name and combat level of the opponent, as well as what each player is offering up for a "bet", or a "stake". Free-to-play players can only bet up to their trade cap in coins or items worth up to that amount. Pay-to-play players can bet limitless amount of money, or items in any value. Finally, there are 11 different options that can be turned on or off and are adjustable by either player. These are detailed as follows:

  • No Ranged: No ranging weaponry can be equipped during the battle.
  • No Melee: Players cannot engage in hand-to-hand combat, including bare fists/feet.
  • No Magic: No magical attack spells can be cast.
  • No Abilities: Abilities and special attacks cannot be used.
  • Fun Weapons: The only allowed weapons are the rubber chicken, flowers, mouse toy, and other items that have very negative combat bonuses. Bare fists are not allowed, nor are snowballs as they do not cause any damage.
  • No Forfeit: Players cannot escape the arena; the fight lasts until one player dies.
  • No Drinks: Players cannot drink anything that boosts stats, such as potions. All stats that are boosted prior to the fight are reset to their default values once the fight begins. This is available on free servers as well, as a free player can obtain low level combat potions.
  • No Food: Eating food and/or using the phoenix necklace is not allowed.
  • No Prayer: Use of any Prayers is not allowed.
  • No Movement: Players cannot move during the battle, and they start next to each other, which means they can still use melee. Players are also prevented from being knocked back by kick and stomp, as well as the special attacks of the dragon and Zamorakian spear. Surge and escape cannot be used at all.
  • Obstacles: The arena becomes like a mini-maze during the fight, also the fighting area is separated from the obstacle-free one.
  • Summoning Enabled: Players are allowed to summon during the battle. This is also separated from the obstacle-free and obstacle arena(s). (Members option only)

It is also possible to take equipped items off on this screen, rangers should be careful not to check off shield if they intend to use a bow.

Restrictions[edit | edit source]

Some of the options cannot be combined with one another, as they would create situations where players would either not be able to duel. Examples include:

  • No Ranged, No Melee, and No Magic cannot be active all at once, as players will not be able to fight at all.
  • No Forfeit cannot be enabled alongside No Melee as players may run out of ammo or runes.
  • Obstacles cannot be enabled alongside No Movement.
  • Familiars cannot be enabled if Obstacles is enabled, as they may become stuck.
  • Fun Weapons cannot be enabled alongside No Melee as all fun weapons are melee weapons.
  • No Melee cannot be enabled if the mainhand slot is disabled because players cannot use ranged or magic if they are not wielding a weapon in their mainhand.
  • The quiver slot cannot be disabled if No Melee and No Magic are enabled, even though options exist for ranged without the quiver slot (such as thrown weapons and chargebows).

Combat[edit | edit source]

When the battle begins, players are teleported into the arena itself with a 3-second countdown before the fighting actually begins. If "No Forfeit" was not checked off, players who are losing (or simply wish to end the duel early) can retreat through one of the trapdoors, ending the battle immediately. Anything staked is awarded to the other player. When a player's opponent has a weapon that is faster than the speed of a longsword (For example, dual wielded weapons), it is relatively difficult, if not impossible, to forfeit, as the screen to confirm "Yes", disappears when attacked.

During the fight[edit | edit source]

After reciting "3-2-1-Fight!", the players can then engage in combat. Any player on the walls of the Duel Arena can throw rotten tomatoes at any other player. This will, however, cause no damage to either person duelling. When in the duel, they can only fight players with a yellow arrow above them, signalling they are one other player's opponent.

Outcome[edit | edit source]

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You have won the duel.
The results of the fights.

After the battle ends, players are transported back to the building beside the arena and all the stats are healed, along with fully recharged run energy (poison and stat-reducing effects are negated as well). Any ranged ammo that fell to the ground are automatically returned to the owner, if the ranger had no inventory space, the arrows would drop to the ground, ready to be picked up by the ranger only. If there was a stake, the victor claims the prize(s).

If the stake lasts for 15 minutes, the outcome will end in a tie and both players will be refunded the amount staked. Note that login off during a duel will result in a lose, not a tie.

A player watching the duels from the "Lean on" option. The arrow keys can be used to move the view.

Near the gate and outside the main building, are scoreboards, where players can view the last 50 battles on that server. The scoreboards show the combat levels of the combatants and who won the round. The scoreboard automatically updates every five minutes. Lots of free xp is earned at 200-700 per death/kill based on how much damage is done to the opponent

Watching a duel[edit | edit source]

If a player walks up the stone steps leading to the statue of Het, the player will be in a network of walkways on top of the walls of the various Arena rooms. A good view of the fights from up here is available. If you right click on a certain part of wall, you'll be given a "Lean on Wall" option. If you select it, you will get a close up view of the battles. You can exit this window by clicking the X in the smaller sub-window by the minimap. Another option is to use the orb of oculus to get a close up view, but the player can't be using the Legacy Mode interface, as the orb only works with the new interface system.

NPCs[edit | edit source]

The following NPCs are found at the Duel Arena:

Historical gameplay[edit | edit source]

Trade limit[edit | edit source]

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The trade limit was significantly altered after an update.
This article is retained to provide information on past elements of RuneScape.

On 20 November 2007 a limit of 3,000 gold (or items value thereof) per stake, per every 15 minutes, was put into place. This update was heavily criticised by players. On 30 September 2008, the limit was raised to 5,000 coins and 60,000 coins depending on quest points. For free-to-play, the limit was raised to 10,000 coins. On 1 February 2010, the trade limit was updated again. Friends with each other's names on the friends list for over 1 month will have their trade limit doubled when trading with each other, tripled if over 2 months, and quadrupled if over 3 months. However, the limit was reset if one accidentally removed the friend from their list.

Currently there is no limit for duelling for members. All F2P duels have a limit of 40,000 coins.

Tournaments[edit | edit source]

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Tournaments was removed after an update.
The contents of this page no longer exist in RuneScape, and this article is kept for historical purposes.

On 20 November, 2007, A new way of participating in the Duel Arena called tournament mode was added. Up to 64 players can compete and the entry fee is based on the registrar the tournament is being held from; up to 1 million coins on register 5 for a 64 player tournament.

In the Tournament dungeon, 5 registrars hold 5 different tournaments with random rules varying on difficulties. The rules might include food or potion usage, healing between rounds and special attacks, although some rules never change.

All combat styles are always allowed (to discourage real world trading) and there are rarely ever obstacles. Additionally, winning or losing against a player will affect the winner's and loser's tournament rank. If a weak player loses against a high levelled player the tournament points won or lost won't be of much significance.

Tournaments are also restricted with a range of tournament ranks allowed; the tournament value depends on the set of rules and the rank range allowed. It also affects the players rank more or less at the end of the tournament respecting to its value.

On 20 October 2009, the tournaments were reworked in response to player feedback asking for fairer fights. As a result, registrars are now assigned on entry to the waiting area based on a player's highest status in strength/range/magic.

Each registrar now has a rank cap limit, incrementing in 500s; Registrar 1 has a rank cap of 1999, Registrar 4 has a cap of 3499, and Registrar 5 has no rank cap. Ranks are now secured at every 500 milestone. If a player has a rank of 1754, said player cannot fall below a rank of 1500.

Rewards have also been affected: first place in a tournament will only receive 80% of entry fees, and second place now receives 20%.

With the Wilderness & free trade update on 1 February 2011, the tournaments were removed from the game. Jagex stated that it was not providing the service that both they and players wanted, and it was better to remove it overall.[3]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 28 September 2020 (Update):
    • Familiar overrides are now reapplied when the player leaves the Duel Arena.
  • patch 13 July 2020 (Update):
    • The Duel Arena scoreboard will no longer display errors when players have long account names and high combat levels.
  • patch 4 November 2019 (Update):
    • Expanded the area which is considered the lobby of the Duel arena for the purposes of an easy clue scroll.
  • patch 16 September 2019 (Update):
    • Removed Duel Arena restriction from a tile outside of Duel Arena.
  • patch 1 July 2019 (Update):
    • You can no longer remove items from your toolbelt whilst in the duel arena.
  • update 11 February 2019 (Update):
    • Updated the Duel Arena interfaces to use the modern interface frame style.
  • patch 8 May 2018 (Update):
    • Ability cooldowns are now reset at the end of a fight in the duel arena.
  • ninja 13 November 2017 (Update):
    • Free players now have the option to utilise Summoning creatures within the Duel Arena (Spirit Wolf and Dreadfowl). This option can be controlled within the challenge interface via the Enable summoning toggle.
  • ninja 31 July 2017 (Update):
    • Players are now locked to 1 of 5 locations (each corner and the centre) within the Dual Arena when initiating a No Movement challenge.
  • ninja 17 July 2017 (Update):
    • The purple Clan Wars portal and staked duels have been added to the high-risk area entry bank PIN toggle.
  • ninja 8 May 2017 (Update):
    • The duel arena has been updated:
      • The minimum number of players in a duelling arena before private arenas are created for new duels has been lowered to 10 (from 20).
      • The south-west duelling arena is now reserved for no-movement duels only.
      • Players will no longer spawn on top of another player at the start of a no-movement duel.
  • patch 5 December 2016 (Update):
    • Players will no longer see previously staked players' inventories at the Duel Arena.
  • patch 11 January 2016 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to place box traps within the Duel Arena arenas.
  • patch 13 July 2015 (Update):
    • Passive Godsword effects will no longer work in duels with special attack/abilities disabled.
  • patch 13 April 2015 (Update):
    • Players can no longer use the lava whip's special attack in a no movement duel.
  • patch 19 January 2015 (Update):
    • The dragon battleaxe special attack buff is now cleared upon starting a duel.
  • patch 10 November 2014 (Update):
    • Players can no longer use the Excalibur special effect in Duel Arena with the abilities rule toggled off.
  • patch 1 November 2014 (Update):
    • Marinated jogre bones and celebration cakes will no longer stall damage in Duel Arena.
  • patch 22 July 2014 (Update):
    • Queued spells are now cleared from previous duels if the players next duel has Magic disabled in legacy mode.
  • patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
    • Players no longer float in certain parts of the Duel Arena.
  • patch 13 May 2013 (Update):
    • An issue with an elite compass treasure trail not showing 'X' when you standing on the correct spot near Duel Arena has been fixed.
  • patch 24 April 2013 (Update):
    • Some green polygons that are visible when using the orb of oculus at the Duel Arena have been removed.
  • patch 28 January 2013 (Update):
    • A new "pocket" rule set has been added to Duel Arena.
    • Flowers can now be used as fun weapons in the Duel Arena again.
  • patch 4 December 2012 (Update):
    • Duel arena now states "No Abilities" rather than "No special attacks".
  • patch 9 October 2012 (Update):
    • A wagon near Duel Arena can no longer be walked through.
  • patch 22 November 2011 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to use an aura in a duel.
  • patch 17 October 2011 (Update):
    • If you activate a dragonfire shield’s special attack before entering a duel, it will be deactivated when the duel begins.
  • patch 21 September 2011 (Update):
    • The Prayer Renew timer is now stopped when entering a Duel Arena match.
  • patch 17 August 2011 (Update):
    • The ring of stone, Easter ring, and bone brooch are now restricted in duels if ‘disable rings’ is selected.
  • patch 1 June 2011 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to smuggle extra food into a duel using a dismissed familiar.
  • patch 12 April 2011 (Update):
    • The vecna skull is now restricted using the ‘No Potions’ rule.
    • The vecna skull's cooldown is now reset on leaving a duel.
    • The overload potion's effects are now reset when entering a duel, in line with resetting all stats.
  • patch 9 February 2011 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to try to stake a number of items greater than what can be held in a player's inventory.
    • The countdown at the beginning of a duel is now far more synchronised.
  • patch 1 February 2011 (Update):
    • Excalibur's special attack no longer works in no-special Duels.
  • patch 14 December 2010 (Update):
    • Performing emotes while trying to begin a duel will no longer give a confusing message about incorrect equipped items.
  • patch 24 November 2010 (Update):
    • Korasi’s sword’s special attack no longer works in ‘No specials’ duels.
  • patch 6 October 2010 (Update):
    • No longer play the death sound twice in the Duel Arena.
    • Fixed the start sound effects in the Duel Arena.
  • patch 19 July 2010 (Update):
    • Smoothed some of the flag animations in the Duel Arena.
  • patch 24 June 2010 (Update):
    • Fixed a nurse's skillcape in the Duel Arena hospital.
  • patch 1 February 2010 (Update):
    • Fixed a leaky roof in the Duel Arena.
  • patch 3 December 2009 (Update):
    • Inserted a proper fix for the fruit bat familiar when used in the Duel Arena.
  • patch 7 October 2009 (Update):
    • Prevented emotes in all areas of the Duel Arena and Tournaments.
  • patch 2 September 2009 (Update):
    • The new capabilities of our graphics engine have enabled us to update the feature where you lean on the Duel Arena walls to spectate. In particular, you can now control your camera while watching the duels below.
  • patch 10 August 2009 (Update):
    • You can now retrieve lent items from the Duel Arena banker.
  • patch 21 April 2009 (Update):
    • Ensured that the correct attack options are displayed outside of the Duel Arena.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to 10 December 2007, the Duel Arena was members only.
  • Setting ranged on, arrows off and movement off, the game was fooled and players stood facing each other unable to attack, making the duel never ending. It was also used as a scam, with a duel set to only ranged, movement off, and at the last second arrows off, one player used knives while the other player couldn't use a bow. This is no longer possible. However, as there are many ways to create this scenario, the situation itself can still occur.
  • Entering a duel with movement turned off between two melee players, one used the "fetch" interaction with a pet rock to be able to move, and could then range or mage their opponent to death. This is no longer possible.
  • "Snowball fights" are sometimes (but rarely) used as scams. Players would each stake items and set no melee, ranged, magic and fun weapons. The idea of this was that the opponent would eventually give up and forfeit, losing the stake. Setting no forfeit as well would make it time out.
  • Just under 25,000 players are ranked in the tournament hiscores because it required 1800 or more points.
  • Both the ice amulet and the snow imp it summons are not allowed into duelling, though they actually have no effect in combat. They are from the 2008 Christmas event.
  • If you run on top of the arenas and talk to the NPCs, one may shout "Keep Fighting!!! It's Just a Flesh Wound!", in reference to the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b Mod Emilee. "Duel Arena - FAQ." 19 April 2013. Recent Game Updates Forums.
  2. ^ Zaros, "Fate of the Gods", RuneScape. "I expected little resistance from the forests to the south"
  3. ^ Mod Hohbein. "Wilderness & Free Trade Q&A." 2 February 2011. Community Home Forums.