The Arena system will match you up with an opponent of similar skill, based on their ranking, to provide the most even and fair competition possible. If you’d rather practice your martial skills and not affect your ranking, you can choose to spar with other players by selecting the Sparring option at the bottom of the Arena Lobby, and enter your opponent’s character name.
Once your opponent has been chosen, your character will be transferred to the Dueling Grounds where you will enter a 30 second preparation period prior to starting the fight. In the preparation period, you’ll be able to change your Specialization, switch your Talents, and select your Skill Points to contend against your opponent as you see fit. Once you’ve selected and learned your skills and are ready for battle, go ahead and press Shift +F to begin the round before the preparation timer runs out.
Arena matches are best of three, with each round being determined by either the first player to reduce their opponent’s health to zero, or by the total amount of damage dealt within three minutes—if neither opponent reaches zero health. Survive two rounds to win the match!
When completing a Duel Match, you'll be awarded with a certain amount of Zen Beans, much based on your performance. Zen Beans can in turn be exchanged for valuable goods at any of the many Zen Bean Traders that you can find in larger towns. However, some of these items, like the Brilliant Arena Reward Chest and Sparkling Arena Reward Chest, requires you to have a high enough rank to be eligible to purchase them.
As with other Rankings, Duel Match rewards are distributed in two ways: from Weekly Rewards on Wednesdays and from Season Rewards. Both of these rewards are based on your specific Class Ranking, rather than from all Classes.