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"Test yourself."
— Arena description

Arena is a game mode introduced in the House of Wolves expansion with the Prison of Elders.[1] It's also featured in Destiny 2 with The Reckoning, the Menagerie, the Vex Offensive, The Sundial and Battlegrounds.


Arena is a special cooperative game mode that pits players against a series of trials.[2] It is a cross between Raids and Strikes.

Prison of Elders[edit]

The Prison of Elders is an Arena located in The Reef and features a randomized base mode with matchmaking available, as well as several higher-level challenge modes that rotate each week, offering more rewards. It applies a different Modifier each round, and a different set of Modifiers per week, and may contain critical objectives that the three-player team must complete, or else the team wipes.[3]

In the April Update, this was expanded with the Challenge of the Elders with an Elder's Sigil required to gain access with scoring system implemented; points are deducted after five minutes have passed.[4]

The Reckoning[edit]

The Reckoning is an Arena Activity on the Haul in Destiny 2.

Wager motes to attempt to gain the favor of the Nine.

Wager your motes to fight waves of Taken to earn the prizes and accolades of the Nine.

Modifiers apply and change every day to the Tiers.

As of Beyond Light's launch, this activity is no longer available.

The Menagerie[edit]

The Menagerie was a 6-player Arena activity that took place aboard the Leviathan. It required players to persevere through a series of 7 different encounters before finally facing one of 3 randomized bosses.

As of Beyond Light, this activity is no longer available

Vex Offensive[edit]

Vex Offensive was a 6-player Arena activity that sent players back into the Black Garden to stop a Vex incursion from happening on the Moon. The final boss was Crotheon, Gate Keeper, who was replaced by The Undying Mind during the Final Assault. As of the end of the Season of the Undying, it is no longer available.


Battlegrounds is a 3-player Arena activity, in which the Guardians challenge Caiatl's champions in ritual combat. It is accessible from the Vanguard playlist.

The Wellspring[edit]

The Wellspring is a six-man Arena matchmaking activity that takes place within Savathûn's Throne World, introduced with the launch of The Witch Queen expansion. It has two versions that rotate daily, The Wellspring: Attack and The Wellspring: Defend. It has both a Legendary and Master version.


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