Codex Arena

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The Codex Arena is a four vs. four PvP game type where players are limited in their build creation by a limited pool of skills, the Codex. It replaced the old Team Arenas and Hero Battles in the October 22nd, 2009 update. This PvP game type found its roots in "Sealed Deck" combat, and is considered an in-game implementation of such.

The Codex[edit]

The Codex is the list of skills that Codex Arena players must choose from. To keep things interesting, we'll change the skills in The Codex each day at 12:01 AM Pacific (7:01 UTC). [sic] When The Codex changes over, we'll let you know by sending a chat message to all players in the Codex Arena outpost.

If you're playing a match when the daily [sic] skills change, you can finish your match. Once the match is completed, you will be sent back to the outpost, and must select from the current day's [sic] skills in The Codex before playing again.

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  • The available skills can be viewed from the Skills and Attributes Panel (default "K") in the Codex Arena.
  • The Codex skill pool changes weekly on Monday at 15:00 GMT/UTC (8:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time).


Balthazar faction
Unique kill 40
Victory 50
Flawless 50
5 Consecutive 50
1 Strategist's Zaishen Strongbox
Honor points after each win
2-4 wins 1
5-9 wins 2
10-14 wins 3
15-19 wins 4
20+ wins 5
Bonus Honor points
Every fifth consecutive win 3
  • There is a 100 Honor points cap per day. The cap is doubled during the Codex Arena weekly bonus.
  • There is a five Strategist's Zaishen Strongboxes cap per day.



  • Priests in Codex Arena have 800 health and lack Heal Area.
  • Victories achieved in 60 seconds or less (counting from the moment the match was created) do not give any rewards. This includes honor points, zaishen strongboxes, and even quest progression. Players however will still recieve credit during the game for kills in form of Balthazar faction and experience.
  • According to Robert Gee, the skill selection is random (source).
Bug Bug. If an elite skill of another profession than your Primary is added to your skill bar in combat, it will be locked due to Codex rules. However, the skill is still useable the first second.


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  Locations in the Battle Isles
Ports, towns and outposts: Great Temple of BalthazarGuild hallZaishen MenagerieCostume Brawl (Hidden; Halloween festival only)
Cooperative missions: Embark Beach (Quest)
Challenge missions: Zaishen Challenge (outpost) • Zaishen Elite (outpost)
Arenas: Random Arenas (outpost) • Codex Arena (outpost) • Heroes' Ascent (outpost)
Explorable areas: Isle of the NamelessIsle of the Nameless (PvP)Zaishen Menagerie Grounds
Landmarks: Forbidden Path