Apex Legends Arenas 3v3 Style Game Mode Explained

Nafiu Aziz
By Nafiu Aziz
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Respawn finally gave us an in-depth look into exactly how their new 3v3-style permanent game mode called “Arenas” will work.

Note: You are reading an old article from 2021. So, the information may not be up-to-date.

Arenas game mode is Respawn’s first attempt at taking Apex Legends’ gameplay loop in a new direction. In short, it is a new 3v3-style team deathmatch-type mode where legends will have to buy loadouts using crafting material at the beginning of each round.

On top of that, players will be able to use the crafting materials to level up their current loadouts with better attachments. Also, airdrops will be available in each round for some quick power-ups.

Unlike the base game, players won’t be able to respawn their teammates. For Arenas, Respawn reuses maps from the current map pool and introduces some new ones. These maps are slightly tuned to suit the condensed 3v3-style gameplay.

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How to win Arenas

The first team to get three consecutive wins will win the round. However, if your opponent is able to win at least two rounds, things get interesting. You’ll have to pull ahead by two full rounds to win. Going 3-2 or 4-3 won’t cut it.

Instead, you’ll have to go 4-2 or 5-3 to secure victory. Rounds will continue until one team pulls ahead by two rounds. If this continues all the way to the ninth round (by going 4-4) the game kicks into sudden death mode. Whoever wins round nine takes home all the glory.

Custom Arenas Maps

You’ll be fighting in a mix of custom maps and existing BR locations from within Kings Canyon, World’s Edge, and Olympus. The design goal for custom maps is to emulate the tactics and strategies used in BR within a symmetrical, competitive space.

Arenas is, first and foremost, about proactive combat, and that means creating spaces that give you plenty of room to analyze the other team, make meaningful choices, and utilize your Legend’s capabilities to come out on top. With the Legacy update, we’ll launch with two custom maps, with more coming in the future.

Party Crasher

Party Crasher
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Phase Runner

Phase Runner
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BR Arena Locations

BR Arena Locations
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In addition to the two new maps, other areas from our three BR maps will be thrown into a biweekly rotation, giving you five maps total for Arenas. At the start, you’ll get the Artillery from Kings Canyon, the Station from World’s Edge, and the Golden Gardens from Olympus.

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Nafiu Aziz is an avid gamer and a writer at GameRiv, covering Apex Legends, CS:GO, VALORANT, and plenty of other popular FPS titles in between. He scours the internet daily to get the latest scoop in esports.