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Arena

To help you fight a war, your War Council will take up arms and fight along side with you.

  • Your War Council is made up of your Heroes and yourself. You may take 6 heroes and yourself, for a total of 7 heroes.
  • It's highly recommended that you add yourself to War Council. Most of the better heroes have an attack and defense of about 20 or so. Even though the generals stats are multiplied by six, you probably have a higher attack and defense stats than that. Unless you put every one of your skill points into stamina and energy. For example, Celesta has an attack score of 25,5 (15*0,7+15) which is then multiplied by 6: 25,5*6=153. 153 is still a lot lower than most players would have,
  • Be mindful for which hero you put into which spot in your war council. See the table below.


Each slot has a point value assigned to the position. It is strategic to place better heroes to higher valued slots. Note that points listed in the War Council are only to used to determine the victor of the War and not the same as War Points. The number of War Points won are determined based on your current War Rank versus your opponent's War Rank.


Heroes shown below are randomly selected and do not suggest any selection strategy.

Slots

Your Opponent's War Council
West Rampart
(+2 points)
Mage Tower
(+3 points)
Archer Wall
(+1 point)
Main Gate
(+5 points)
Armory
(+1 point)
Tower
(+3 points)
East Rampart
(+2 points)
Vorenus
Vorenus
Theorin
Theorin
Lilith and Riku
Lilith and Riku

 
 Opponent 
Cartigan
Cartigan
Zin
Zin
Vulcan
Vulcan
Your War Council
West Rampart
(+2 points)
Mage Tower
(+3 points)
Archer Wall
(+1 point)
Main Gate
(+5 points)
Armory
(+1 point)
Tower
(+3 points)
East Rampart
(+2 points)
Theorin
Theorin
Zin
Zin
Vorenus
Vorenus

 
 You 
Vulcan
Vulcan
Cartigan
Cartigan
Lilith and Riku
Lilith and Riku

Equipment

Your heroes will bring the best available equipment into battle with them, up to 3 of any specific item. This means in order to have the best fighting team available you would need 3 of your best, 3 of your second best, and 1 of your third best main, offhand, helmet, armor, amulet, glove, boot and magic. The game automatically chooses the best equipment. In the event that the game hasn't updated your council yet as you get better equipment, you can update it manually by re-assigning your War Council and save your changes, even if you set them to the same place as before.

What equipment goes to which slot is assigned randomly, this also includes any General's equipment you may have purchased. If for example you own Kanbe and Gaia Boots (+5 attack - effective 11 Attack, 2 Defense) there is no guarantee that these will be assigned to Kanbe or even assigned at all if you already have enough "better boots".


Optimal War Council Equipment

Weapons:

Offensive Defensive
  • Last Rites Last Rites (48/42), x3
  • Living Death Living Death (50/28), x3
  • Dukes Bone Blade Dukes Bone Blade (45/32), x1
  • Last Rites Last Rites (48/42), x3
  • Heros Relicblade Hero's Relicblade (25/50), Unique
  • Heros Greatsword Hero's Greatsword (28/47), Unique
  • Heart of the Woods2 Heart of the Woods (30/44), x2

Hero's Greatsword and Hero's Relicblade were prizes from Arena Season 4 and Season 5, respectively. They can no longer be obtained. Replace with a Redeemer's Blade for Offense while adding Soulforge and another Living Death for Defense

Off-hand/Shield:

Offensive Defensive
  • The Corrupted The Corrupted (60/60), x3
  • Aegis From Ashes Aegis from Ashes (50/55), x3
  • Warrior Unbound Warrior Unbound (52/48), x1
  • The Corrupted The Corrupted (60/60), x3
  • Aegis From Ashes Aegis from Ashes (50/55), x3
  • Retribution Aegis Retribution Aegis (45/55), Unique

Helmets:

Offensive Defensive
  • Mandible Crown Mandible Crown (75/55), x3
  • Mask of Urmek Mask of Urmek (50/72), x3
  • Retribution Helm conquest Retribution Helm (55/63), Unique
  • Mandible Crown Mandible Crown (75/55), x3
  • Mask of Urmek Mask of Urmek (50/72), x3
  • Retribution Helm conquest Retribution Helm (55/63), Unique

Armor:

Offensive Defensive
  • Legends Wargear Legends Wargear (55/40), Unique
  • Nethervoid Plate Nethervoid Plate. (40/50), x3
  • Armor of Redemption Armor of Redemption (45/38), x3
  • Legends Wargear Legends Wargear (55/40), Unique
  • Nethervoid Plate Nethervoid Plate. (40/50), x3
  • Armor of Redemption Armor of Redemption (45/38), x3

Amulet:

Offensive Defensive
  • Heart of Abomination Heart of Abomination (45/45), x3
  • Keeper of Chaos Keeper of Chaos (50/35), x3
  • Transcendence Transcendence (46/36), x1
  • Heart of Abomination Heart of Abomination (45/45), x3
  • Force of Nature2 Force of Nature (35/50), x3
  • Keeper of Chaos Keeper of Chaos (50/35), x1

Gloves:

Offensive Defensive
  • Windgrasp Gauntlet Windgrasp Gauntlet (25/30), x3
  • Dragonform Claw Dragonform Claw (27/24), x3
  • Vanguards Gauntlets Vanguards Gauntlets (25/25), Unique
  • Windgrasp Gauntlet Windgrasp Gauntlet (25/30), x3
  • Dragonform Claw Dragonform Claw (27/24), x3
  • Vanguards Gauntlets Vanguards Gauntlets (25/25), Unique


Boot:

Offensive Defensive
  • Soul Greaves Soul Greaves (10/10), x3
  • Desolation Treads Flamewalker Greaves (8/7), x3
  • Deaths Steps Deaths Steps (7/8), x1
  • Soul Greaves Soul Greaves (10/10), x3
  • Deaths Steps Deaths Steps (7/8), x3
  • Desolation Treads Desolation Treads (8/7), x1

Magic:

Offensive Defensive
  • Deaths Embrace Deaths Embrace (45/45), x3
  • Whirlpool Whirlpool (30/38), x3
  • Molten Core Molten Core (38/25), x1
  • Deaths Embrace Deaths Embrace (45/45), x3
  • Whirlpool Whirlpool (30/38), x3
  • Molten Core Molten Core (38/25), x1

If you are having trouble obtaining these high end items and/or you missed the Arena season(s), you can go for slightly weaker equipment as stopgaps:

Alternative War Council Equipment

Weapons:
Redeemer's Blade - 38/31
The Reckoning - 40/28
Meat Cleaver (Unique) - 44/22 Arena S1 reward, it can no longer be obtained.
Hammer of Storms - 36/32
Trident of Atlantis - 30/40
Lavaflow Cleaver - 34/34
Pierce the Sky! - 35/32
Festivus Sword (Unique) - 33/33 Alpha 10 reward.
Conqueror's Axe - 30/30
Stormcrusher - 35/20
Kingblade - 31/24
Staff of Jahanna - 26/30
Fangblade - 28/26
Exsanguinator - 32/22

Note: Celesta's Devotion requires near impossible luck to acquire (for most players) while the Meat Cleaver is no longer obtainable.

Off-hand/Shield:
Angelic Aegis (Unique) - 42/42 Arena Season 5 reward, no longer available
Sword of Redemption (Unique) - 50/30
Redeemer's Aegis - 40/40
Aegis of Skulls - 35/42
Aegis of Battle - 40/35
Aegis of Stone - 30/40
Warbringer Shield (Unique) - 38/26 Conquest Path Shop First Conqueror Item
Sea Kings Shield - 30/30
Purgatory - 30/30
Heart of the Pride - 20/44
Honors Defender - 25/30
Defender of the Wild - 24/26
Aegis of the Winds - 28/22
Flamehide Shield - 20/32
Lavawave Shield - 25/25
Deathshield - 24/24
Warrior's Calm - 24/24
Aegis of the Tower - 22/26

Note: Deathshield is easily dropped by Skaar so it won't be difficult getting at least 3 of them. The others make take a bit more work considering they are from next gen alpha monsters. Kessaran's Aegis of Skulls is also a great alternative as it has excellent stats for a rare drop.

Helmets:
Vanguard Doomhelm (Unique) - 45/45 Arena Season 3 reward, no longer available
Slayer Helm (Unique) - 38/32
Vanguard Helm (Unique) - 35/35 Arena Season 2 reward, no longer available
Helm of the Conqueror - 36/32
Gladiator Crown (Unique) - 32/36 Arena Season 4 reward, no longer available
Mask of Death - 40/22
Crown of Flames - 33/32
Dragonslayer Cowl (Unique) 32/30 Conquest Path Shop First Hunter Item
Helm of Frost - 33/28
Mask of Agamemnon - 32/29
Helm of Dragon Power - 30/30
Igniting Helm - 30/28
Windchaser Helm - 29/29
Rigtheous Helm - 28/30
Legatus Helm - 28/28

Note: Tyrant Crown is an ingredient for the better Crown of Flames. Combine for it as soon as you can.

Armor:
Heroes Warplate (Unique) - 45/40 Arena Season 8 reward, no longer available
Krakenhide Armor - 30/35
Deathskull Plate - 29/31
Gladiators Battlearmor (Unique) - 28/26 Arena Season 5 reward, no longer available
Lion Scar Plate - 33/18
Plate of the Wild - 23/30
Bestial Plate - 28/25
Glorius Plate - 20/31
Demonwalker's Armor - 28/22 Conquest Chest Uncommon Item, not recommended to pursue unless you have it already
Plate of Fenix - 24/26
Plate of Glaciers- 25/25 Oracle Special Item, not recommended to buy

Note: Deathskull Plate is a very nice alternative item. It has terrific stats (6th best armor overall) and is only a rare drop from Kessaran.

Amulet:
Moonfall Amulet (Unique) - 40/40
Pendant of Undeath - 42/35
Blood Amulet of Typhonus - 36/40
Blade Charm - 35/30 Conquest Chest Rare Item, not recommended to pursue unless you have it already
Guardian Amulet (Unique) - 32/28
Ring of Power - 30/30
Signet of Lotus - 40/15
Signet of Azriel - 15/40
Eye of the Storm - 28/30
Signet of Sylvana - 35/20
Signet of Keira - 20/35
Bloodwell Pendant - 28/28
Gladiator Pendant (Unique) - 30/26 Arena Season 3 reward, no longer available
Pendant of the Sea - 30/25

Note: These nearest-stat alternatives are a pain to get themselves. Good luck in getting them. Kessaran's Pendant of Undeath is the most attractive in the list considering the damage needed to get an epic off him.

Gloves:
Vanguard's Power Gauntlet (Unique) - 22/18 Arena Season 4 reward, no longer available
Stormbinder - 18/18
Gladiators Gauntlets (Unique) - 18/17 Arena Season 8 reward, no longer available
Warbringer Gauntets (Unique) - 17/17 Conquest Path Shop Third Conqueror Item
Soul Crusher - 16/16
Hand of Valhalla - 17/14
Fist of Abaddon - 12/14
Tentacle Armlet - 12/12
Death Touch Gauntlet - 12/12
Phantasmal Armguards - 12/12 Oracle Special Item, not recommended to buy
Fighter Gauntlet (Unique) - 12/11
Gauntlets of War - 11/12
Gauntlet of Fire - 13/9
Nightcraft Gauntlets - 9/14 Onslaught Chest Rare Item, not recommended to pursue unless you have it already
Bladebourne Gauntlet - 10/12 Oblivion Chest Uncommon Item, not recommended to pursue unless you have it already

Note: Gloves give the lowest stat addition to your council, it's better to farm for this slot last.

Magic:
Divine Blast - 32/20
Whirlwind (Unique) - 28/17 Arena Season 2 reward, no longer available
Heroic Inspiration (Unique) - 25/20 Arena Season 3 reward, no longer available
Gladiator's Strength (Unique) - 25/12 Arena Season 1 reward, no longer available
Infernal Flames - 21/15 Conquest Chest Uncommon Item, not recommended to pursue unless you have it already
Empowered Arcane - 16/22
Swarm of Darkness - 20/16
Frost Bolt - 12/25
Natures Sunder - 18/18
Necronic Blast - 18/18 Annihilator Chest Rare Item, not recommended to pursue unless you have it already

Note: Magic is another underpowered slot. It's best to farm for these last (before gloves that is) especially if you have Heroic Inspiration, Whirlwind and Gladiator's Strength.

Boot:
Swordsmans Greaves (Unique) - 6/6 Arena Season 8 reward, no longer available
Judgement Threads - 2/2

Note: This alternative is actually not a good pursue unless you ignore Flamewalker Greaves. It has the poorest stats of the 4 pairs of boots available while having the highest damage requirement for a chance drop (Azeron).

Category Rankings

Taking to account the optimal equipment stats above, the following table shows how much each slot or category contributes to war power should a council have the best possible equipment available.

Rank Category Total Attack Total Defense
1 Helmet +622.8 +631.8
2 Off-hand +600.3 +598.2
3 Amulet +507.1 +501.7
4 Armor +464.4 +465.5
5 Weapon +452.3 +455.1
6 Magic +358.9 +336.3
7 Glove +280.0 +272.5
8 Boot +53.6 +52.4

In this comparison, Helmet, Off-hand and Amulet items contribute the most points while Magic and Gloves have the least contribution. In the optimal game, it is better to concentrate on getting the off-hands and helmets first before pursuing the top items in other categories as they provide the best boost in a council. However, several items in these categories are comprised of top Arena prizes or Legendary items and alchemies. As such, the more regular, casual players would probably be lucky to have even one of them.

The table below shows the ranking based on the top 7 equipment that are neither legendaries, FP items, limited arena prizes nor epic drops from super alpha and divine monsters (post-Valhalla ones). Rare drops from them are counted. Although weaker, they are relatively easier to acquire compared to the optimal set.

Rank Category Total Attack Total Defense Items Used
1 Off-hand +417.2 +417.5 Sword of Redemption, Aegis of Skulls, Purgatory
2 Weapon +382.5 +382.5 Lavaflow Cleaver, Festivus Sword, Conqueror's Axe
3 Helmet +349.9 +351.1 Helm of Dragon Power, Righteous Helm,
Windchaser Helm
4 Amulet +344.3 +342.5 Moonfall Amulet, Pendant of the Sea,
Eye of Transcendence
5 Armor +320.4 +331.7 Deathskull Plate, Glorious Plate,
Plate of Fenix
6 Magic +214.9 +222.0 Frost Bolt, Swarm of Darkness, Nature's Sunder
7 Glove +142.1 +142.1 Death Touch Gauntlet, Tentacle Armlet,
Fighter Gauntlet, Gauntlets of War
8 Boot Alternative is harder to get than Optimal Equipment

In this example, the rankings are pretty much the same except that the off-hand and weapon slot takes the top two spots. Kessaran, the Undying's outstanding selection of rare drops give a major boost to the war gear in the non-optimal game. His battle is a bit complex but the damage-for-loot ratio is manageable even for those who are not fully equipped to take him on. Also, Thanatos of Fire & Ice's Lavaflow Cleaver is a great weapon alternative coming from a non-divine monster. This table can be varied depending on how each player handle legendaries, divine and resistance monsters.

Generals

Your War Council consists of seven Generals or six Generals and yourself. Generally, it is recommended that you include yourself in your War Council, guarding the Main Gate (+5) as the game counts your base attack and defense.

It is commonly recommended to rearrange your two strongest Generals at the Towers (+3), the next best at either Ramparts (+2) and the next best at the remaining spaces (+1). However it is not always the best as different players have different strategies depending on the build, equipment and generals that they and their opponents have. Please see the War Council Formation Strategy Guide for alternative set-ups for your war council.

Item Bonuses (complete set of all available att/def boosters so far) are considered and sorted in a separate column, assuming they work.


Best Available Generals (Level 4 stats used)

Offense Defense
No Item Bonuses All Item Bonuses No Item Bonuses All Item Bonuses
Jera
Jera (58/50)
93.0 attack
Jera
Jera (66/54)
103.8 attack
Mischa
Mischa (47/58)
90.9 defense
Krystalia
Krystalia (55/64)
102.5 defense
Krystalia
Krystalia (51/55)
89.5 attack
Krystalia
Krystalia (55/64)
99.8 attack
Krystalia
Krystalia (51/55)
90.7 defense
Jera
Jera (66/54)
100.2 defense
Kang
Kang (53/51)
88.7 attack
Kang
Kang (59/57)
98.9 attack
Jera
Jera (58/50)
90.6 defense
Kang
Kang (59/57)
98.3 defense
Mischa
Mischa (47/58)
87.6 attack
Mischa
Mischa (50/62)
93.4 attack
Kang
Kang (53/51)
88.1 defense
Mischa
Mischa (50/62)
97.0 defense
Kolrath
Kolrath (48/38)
74.6 attack
Kolrath
Kolrath (51/45)
82.5 attack
Azorah
Azorah (38/49)
75.6 defense
Azorah
Azorah (43/55)
81.5 defense
Deimos
Deimos (45/40)
73.0 attack
Deimos
Deimos (50/46)
82.2 attack
Kolrath
Kolrath (48/38)
71.6 defense
Deimos
Deimos (50/46)
81.0 defense
Azorah
Azorah (38/49)
72.3 attack
Azorah
Azorah (43/55)
81.5 attack
Deimos
Deimos (45/40)
71.5 defense
Kolrath
Kolrath (51/45)
80.7 defense

The above generals are ideal, however getting them can potentially get very expensive as all are Epic chest rewards, which have a 5% chance of dropping and cost between 20 to 30 Favor Points just for the chance. Some of their item bonuses can be found on the same chest where they are obtained.

Alternative FP/Monthly Special Generals (Level 4 stats used)

Offense Defense
No Item Bonuses All Item Bonuses No Item Bonuses All Item Bonuses
Sorkan
Sorkan (31/29)**
51.3 Attack
Kanbe
Kanbe (39/27)***
57.9 Attack
Sorkan
Sorkan (31/29)**
50.7 Defense
Sorkan
Sorkan (34/34)**
57.8 Defense
Ravendor
Ravendor (27/31)**
48.7 Attack
Sorkan
Sorkan (34/34)**
57.8 Attack
Ravendor
Ravendor (27/31)**
49.9 Defense
Ravendor
Ravendor (31/33)**
54.7 Defense
Brakus
Brakus (30/26)**
48.2 Attack
Ravendor
Ravendor (31/33)**
54.1 Attack
Kendra
Kendra (26/30)**
48.2 Defense
Kanbe
Kanbe (39/27)***
54.3 Defense
Kanbe
Kanbe (31/24)***
47.8 Attack
Brakus
Brakus (34/28)**
53.6 Attack
Zolthar
Zolthar (25/30)*
47.5 Defense
Kendra
Kendra (26/30)**
54.2 Defense
Kendra
Kendra (26/30)**
47.0 Attack
Kendra
Kendra (26/36)**
51.2 Attack
Brakus
Brakus (30/26)**
47.0 Defense
Zolthar
Zolthar (28/33)*
52.6 Defense
Zolthar
Zolthar (25/30)*
46.0 Attack
Zolthar
Zolthar (28/33)*
51.1 Attack
Kanbe
Kenbe (31/24)***
45.7 Defense
Brakus
Brakus (34/28)**
51.8 Defense
Feredir
Feredir (27/26)**
45.2 Attack
Feredir
Feredir (29/28)**
48.6 Attack
Erynion
Erynion (26/27)*
45.2 Defense
Feredir
Feredir (29/28)**
48.3 Defense

*Has two items that boost stats, costing an additional 50 FP.
**Has three items that boost stats, costing an additional 75 FP.
***Has six items that boost stats, costing an additional 150 FP.

These generals still cost FP but they are a guaranteed investment. You can buy them directly unlike the chest ones which requires lucky FP rolls to acquire. Their equipment can also be directly purchased so you don't need another batch of luck if you want to boost their stats.

Alternative non-FP Generals (Level 4 stats used)

Offense Defense
No Item Bonuses All Item Bonuses No Item Bonuses All Item Bonuses
Eternal Alystra
Eternal Alystra (35/28)***
54.6 attack
Eternal Alystra
Eternal Alystra (41/34)***
64.8 attack
Alperon
Alperon (30/33)
54.0 defense
Eternal Alystra
Eternal Alystra (41/34)***
62.7 defense
Alperon
Alperon (30/33)
53.1 attack
Alperon
Alperon (30/33)
53.1 attack
Eternal Alystra
Eternal Alystra (35/28)***
52.5 defense
Alperon
Alperon (30/33)
54.0 defense
Kraxus
Kraxus (30/27)*
48.9 attack
Kraxus
Kraxus (30/27)*
48.9 attack
Kraxus
Kraxus (30/27)*
48 defense
Kraxus
Kraxus (30/27)*
48 defense
Vincent
Vincent (25/19)
38.3 attack
Vincent
Vincent (26/20)
40.0 attack
Excelsior
Excelsior (20/25)
39.0 defense
Excelsior
Excelsior (22/25)
40.4 defense
Excelsior
Excelsior (20/25)
37.5 attack
Excelsior
Excelsior (22/25)
39.5 attack
Keira
Keira (18/26)
38.6 defense
Keira
Keira (20/26)
40.0 defense
Keira
Keira (18/26)
36.2 attack
Keira
Keira (20/26)
38.2 attack
Vincent
Vincent (25/19)
36.5 defense
Vincent
Vincent (26/20)
38.2 defense
Gabrielle
Gabrielle (22/18)***
34.6 attack
Gabrielle
Gabrielle (22/20)***
36.0 attack
Gabrielle
Gabrielle (22/18)***
33.4 defense
Gabrielle
Gabrielle (22/20)***
35.4 defense
Serene
Serene (23/16)
34.2 attack
Arielle
Arielle (21/19)
34.3 attack
Darius
Darius (19/19)
32.3 defense
Darius
Darius (20/20)
34.0 defense
Cartigan
Cartigan (20/18)
32.6 attack
Serene
Serene (23/16)
34.2 attack
Serene
Serene (23/16)
32.1 defense
Araxis
Araxis (20/20)
34.0 defense
Darius
Darius (19/19)
32.3 attack
Darius
Darius (20/20)
34.0 attack
Cartigan
Cartigan (20/18)
32.0 defense
Arielle
Arielle (21/19)
33.7 defense

*Level 4 stats confirmed by a CA-user named Duane, who finally acquired him'
**Has limited edition item bonuses that cannot be obtained anymore.
***General and items are limited edition that cannot be obtained anymore

Finally, these generals are free and acquired without needing to use FP. They are either alchemy generals, gold bought ones or prizes for doing something in the game. Their stat-boosting item bonuses can also be obtained without needing to use FP. There are exceptions for Vanquish, Shino and Gabrielle. In the case of Vanquish, all of her items are craftable via gift sets. However, two of those gift sets (Wrath of Vanquish and Bloodblade) have been discontinued and thus cannot be obtained anymore. Only Flamestrike Amulet is available for her. For Shino, 5 of his items can no longer be obtained due to them being prizes in ArenaSeason 2. Only Frostwolf Axe is currently available for him. Gabrielle and her stat boosting item bonus are limited edition prized from Arena Season V. The highest rank of Alpha Vanguard must be reached to obtained both, though getting Gabrielle only requires Vanguard rank.

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