- This article is about the 12 player PvP battles. For the Zaishen Challenge Quest, see Alliance Battles (Zaishen quest).
|Takes place||Kurzick-Luxon border|
|Parties per team||3|
Alliance Battles are 12 versus 12 (3 parties of 4) PvP battles that determine control of the Kurzick-Luxon border in Cantha. Kurzicks wear their traditional blue color and appear as blue dots on the map while Luxons wear their traditional red color and appear as red dots on the map.
To access Alliance Battles, you must enter a guild hall that's allied with either faction. If you don't have a guild, a guest pass to another guild's hall will suffice. Talk to the Alliance Battles representative, the Kurzick Kommandant or Luxon Navigator, to be zoned to the respective outpost of the current arena.
There are 5 different maps. The map in which the fight takes place depends on the red/blue border line of the faction war. Maps that are deep into Luxon or Kurzick territory are heavily weighted in their favor.
|Map||Side||Attacker underdog bonus||Border|
|Kaanai Canyon||Deep Luxon||+ score * 5 (Kurzick side)||Kurzicks control at least 4 Jade Sea outposts|
|Etnaran Keys||Luxon||+ score * 3 (Kurzick side)||Kurzicks control 1 to 3 Jade Sea outposts|
|Saltspray Beach||Neutral||None||Kurzicks control no Jade Sea outposts and Luxons control no Echovald Forest outposts|
|Grenz Frontier||Kurzick||+ score * 3 (Luxon side)||Luxons control 1 to 3 Echovald Forest outposts|
|The Ancestral Lands||Deep Kurzick||+ score * 5 (Luxon side)||Luxons control at least 4 Echovald Forest outposts|
Winning the battle
- Winning conditions
To win a battle the winning side has to achieve one of the following conditions:
- Accumulate 500 points before the other side.
- Holding all 7 control points for 60 consecutive seconds sets the winning team's point total to 500.
- If every member of the opposing party resigns or leaves, i.e. a white towel win.
- Accumulating points
Your team gains points by killing opponents or holding control points:
- 3 points: each time you kill a player from the opposing faction. (Killing pets, minions, or shrine NPCs will not award points.)
- 1 point: for each control point owned by your side; awarded every 7 seconds.
There are seven control points on the map. They will be placed on the map closer to the faction that is losing the overall border war; they are the same distance from both sides only when the Kurzick/Luxon border evenly divides the Echovald Forest from the Jade Sea.
- Capturing control points
Each control point starts the battle in neutral status; they are captured by standing on or next to the shrine:
- If one team has more characters nearby, then the control point starts to shift in the direction of that team.
- The speed of transition is one pip for each extra member that the team has nearby. e.g. if there are four members from Team A and 1 from B, the rate will be 3 pips.
- The control point's ownership will not switch if both sides have the same number of players.
- If one team already owns the shrine, the opposing side has to neutralize it before it can start to take ownership. Neither side receives points for neutral shrines.
- Allied NPCs are counted, including those that guard shrines and any that follow the team.
- Pets, minions, and spirits do not count as allies when affecting the shift.
- The maximum transition speed is capped at 4 pips.
- Captured shrines
Once captured, a control point will spawn NPC guards and offer some other special ability (resurrecting allies closer to the battle, increasing characters speed, elemental protection, spawning NPCs that follow players around). The NPC guards generally do not respawn, unless the point is neutralized and then recaptured so it can often be advantageous to kill one even if it means your character's death. (The saltspray dragon hatchlings do respawn.)
- Base defenders
Both the Kurzick and the Luxon base are guarded by invulnerable Base Defenders that can kill players in a single hit, which prevents the enemy team from capturing the base.
- The winning side receives 1,000 Imperial faction points.
- Both sides also receive 10 Imperial faction for each point equal to their end score. This reward is increased by the map's Underdog bonus. (Neutral maps provide no bonus while maps deep into enemy territory provide an extra 50%; see Arenas (above) for details.)
- Each kill (excluding pets, minions, and spirits) awards all members of that side with 40 Imperial faction points and 20 Balthazar faction points.
- Reward Scenarios
- Scenario 1: Luxons won the battle 500 - 418 in Kanaai Canyon
- Luxons = 5,000 (500 pts*10) + 1,000 (Victory) = 6,000 Imperial faction.
- Kurzicks = 4,180 (418 pts*10) + 2,090 (50% Underdog Bonus) = 6,270 Imperial faction.
- Scenario 2: Kurzicks won the battle 500 - 471 in Saltspray Beach
- Luxons = 4,710 (471 pts*10) = 4,710 Imperial faction.
- Kurzicks = 5,000 (500 pts*10) + 1,000 (Victory) = 6,000 Imperial faction.
- Scenario 3: Luxons won the battle 500 - 392 in Grentz Frontier
- Luxons = 5,000 (500 pts*10) + 1,500 (30% Underdog Bonus) + 1,000 (Victory) = 7,500 Imperial faction.
- Kurzicks = 3,920 (392 pts*10) = 3,920 Imperial faction.
- Resurrection skills are not generally useful because:
- Skills which profit from deaths, like the wells and minions of the Necromancer, are very effective in alliance battles due to the many corpses available.
- It is important to spread out early in the match. Having 4 players on each side portal and 4 out front will maximize the capping speed at the nearest shrines on Etnaran Keys and Grenz Frontier. This is sometimes called "4-4-4".
- Consider bringing running skills as there is a great deal of running between control points. The mobile nature of the battle also makes stationary skills like wards, wells and spirits less useful.
- If your team holds the resurrection orb shrine, carrying the resurrection orb will give you "two lives" since dying will cause you to drop it on your body, resurrecting you, nearby teammates and NPCs (the orb will then disappear so you can't drop it repeatedly to make yourself immortal).
- It is useful to know which Control point, or points, you can capture on your own (solo cap).
- It is not an uncommon occurrence for two teams to collide and form a mob. A mob can kill anything in its path but it is a very inefficient way to cap shrines. It is a bad idea to try to fight the mob, instead, spread out and cap the shrines the mob is leaving undefended. Conversely, if your team ends up as a mob, and the other team is avoiding the mob, try to get your party to break away.
- Having the mission (U) map open and fully zoomed out allows you to see which team holds the control points.
- It is beneficial to have some Area of effect damage source in the team so that dealing with enemy NPCs is quicker reducing time for capturing as well.
- It is generally a bad idea to keep attacking a lonely "decoy" character like a 55 Monk, tanking warrior or a terra tank elementalist since unless your team has certain skills to quickly crack the highly defensive build, it could waste precious minutes that your team could have used to run and/or cap a shrine.
- Using a longbow or flatbow you can kill any of the NPC shrines (except the warrior shrine) without them fighting back.
- On maps where a particular faction has an advantage on the current map (Grenz Frontier and Ancestral Lands for Kurzicks, or Etnaran Keys and Kaanai Canyon for Luxons), this side tends to become overcrowded, resulting on long queues to enter battle. You can avoid long queues by fighting on your "underdog" maps which also yields higher rewards, but, of course, these are harder to win.
- There is no Death Penalty in alliance battles.
- By talking to an alliance spy, you will be sent to the opposing side's outpost.
- Contrary to popular in-game belief, wait times for this arena are not caused by lack of server space, but by a lack of players on either side.  
- Drawings and pings on the map can only be seen by your party, so drawing instructions for other parties is an exercise in futility.
- Usually takes around 15 - 25 minutes per battle
- Alliance battles began awarding Imperial faction instead of Kurzick or Luxon faction after the June 2, 2011 update.
- The amount of rewards were changed in the May 17, 2012 update.
|Alliance Battle maps|
|The Ancestral Lands (K/L) • Grenz Frontier (K/L) • Saltspray Beach (K/L) • Etnaran Keys (K/L) • Kaanai Canyon (K/L)|