Duel Arena

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If you die here, you will not lose any of your items.
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Duel Arena
Duel Arena.png
Also called Sand casino
Released 25 March 2004 (Update)
Type Minigame
Members No
Location Al Kharid
Participants 2
Skills Combat
Requirements None
Reward currency N/A
Tutorial No
Music Shine, Duel Arena
Audio options icon.png
Duel Arena
The music which plays when inside the arena

The Al-Kharid Duel Arena is a place where players can go to engage in one-on-one Combat, either for fun or for staking coins and platinum tokens. The Duel Arena is available to both members and free-to-play, though there is a limit to how much you can stake in both members and free-to-play.

Duel Arena challenge areas are identified upon entering by a battleaxe (Duel Arena battleaxe.png) which appears in the bottom right hand corner of the interface, during a duel this is changed to a skull (Skull (status) icon.png).

There is no official world where players engage in the Duel Arena, but the unofficial world with the largest population is world 302.

According to in-game lore, the Duel Arena was built in the Second Age in the northern part of Kharidian Empire.

Location on World Map
Mage Training Arena
Al Kharid Mine Duel Arena River Salve
Citharede Abbey

Origins[edit | edit source]

The Duel Arena was added in RuneScape 2 shortly after the end of its beta to replace the "Duel anywhere" feature in RuneScape Classic. This was partially due to the feature being a concern because some players would abuse it in order to get a free teleport to Lumbridge.

Location[edit | edit source]

The arena is located northeast of Al-Kharid. It is fenced off from the rest of the area.

Players can also rub a Ring of dueling to teleport directly to the arena entrance. This saves on having to walk from far away, although using an Amulet of glory to teleport to the Al Kharid Palace is another viable option along with the Lumbridge Home Teleport as it is close to the Duel Arena.

Picking a fight[edit | edit source]

To fight another player, players must right-click their intended opponent and select the "Challenge" option. This will tell that player that someone wishes to duel with them, and they accept by challenging that player in return.

Combat[edit | edit source]

This will open the dueling options screen, which defines the parameters for the battle. The screen shows the name and Combat level of the opponent, as well as the amount of gold each player is offering up for a "bet", or a "stake". A player may not stake more than 10 million coins during a single duel, and the difference between the stakes must not exceed 10,000 coins. Finally, there are 11 different options that can be turned on or off and are adjustable by either player. These are detailed as follows:

  • No Ranged: No ranged weaponry can be equipped during the battle.
  • No Melee: Players cannot engage in hand-to-hand combat, including bare fists/feet.
  • No Magic: No magical attack spells can be cast.
  • No Special Attacks: Special attacks cannot be used.
  • Fun Weapons: The only allowed weapons are those with negative attack stats, such as the Rubber chicken,Flowers, Birthday cake, rubber mouse toy, and Golden tench. Bare fists/feet are not allowed.
  • No Forfeit: Players cannot escape the arena; the fight lasts until one player dies.
  • No Drinks: Players cannot drink anything that boosts stats, such as potions. All stats that are boosted prior to the fight are reset to their default values once the fight begins.
  • No Food: Eating food to heal is not allowed, including Saradomin brews.
  • No Prayer: Using the Prayer skill is not allowed.
  • No Movement: Players can't walk or run during the battle.
  • Obstacles: One of the walled arenas is used during the fight, putting the players in a sort of mini-maze.

Some of the options can't be combined; for instance, having no Ranged, Melee, or Magic makes it impossible to fight.

It is also possible to select and disable equipment slots on this screen. Rangers should be careful not to check off shield if they intend to use a bow.

Once the battle begins, players are teleported into the arena itself with a 3-second countdown before the fighting actually begins. If "No Forfeit" was not checked off, players who are losing (or simply wish to end the duel early) can retreat through one of the trapdoors, ending the battle immediately. Anything staked is awarded to the other player.

Presets[edit | edit source]

A player may save the duel options and load it as a preset. This is very handy especially for stakers to avoid getting scammed.

The 5 different options are:

  • Save as preset icon.png Save as preset: Saves the current choice of options and saves it as a preset.
  • Load preset icon.png Load preset: Loads the preset that the player saved.
  • Load preset icon.png Load last duel: Loads the last duels options.
  • "Whip": Only allows the use of any one-handed weapon, no armour permitted.
  • "Boxing": No weapons or armour permitted.

Outcome[edit | edit source]

Audio options icon.png
You have won the duel.

After the battle ends, players are teleported back to the building beside the arena and healed (poison and stat-reducing effects are negated as well). Any Ranged weapons that fell to the ground are automatically returned to the owner. If there was a stake, the victor claims the prize(s). When you die you only lose the gold you staked.

The winnings (the combined total of both players' stakes) are also taxed by a percentage depending on the size of the stake. This tax acts as a gold sink by removing part of the winnings from the game. If the total winnings are less than ten million coins, then 0.25% is deducted. If the winnings are over ten million coins, then 0.5% is deducted.

Near the gate is a scoreboard where players can view the last 50 battles on that server. This includes the combat levels of the combatants and who won the round. The scoreboard automatically updates every five minutes.

Warning[edit | edit source]

Staking can become a very addictive activity if players are not careful. It's highly recommended to only stake small increments and never stake gold that you are not willing to lose. Many stakers fall into the trap where they will start off small but will eventually stake their entire bank in an attempt to recover the losses.

National Council on Problem Gambling Hotline [USA/Canada]: 1-800-522-4700

GamCare National Gambling Helpline [UK]: 0808 8020 133

SAMSHA Website: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

NPCs[edit | edit source]

The following NPCs are found at the Duel Arena:

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
12 January 2022

The south-west corner of the Duel Arena that was unsafe on PvP worlds is now safe.

16 December 2021

An obscure corner of the Duel Arena that was unsafe on PvP worlds is now safe.

17 November 2021
  • There is now a stake limit of 10 million coins per player in every duel.
  • Two new presets based on settings players commonly for 'boxing' and 'whip' duels has been added.
16 August 2018
  • Players can no longer stake items; only Coins and Platinum tokens can be used.
  • Each stake must now be within 10,000 Coins of each other in value.
  • Winnings (the combined total of both players' stakes) are now taxed by a percentage depending on the size of the stake.
6 October 2016
  • The Duel Arena confirmation page shows more information about the duel’s settings.
  • The colour of your opponent’s levels on the Duel Arena setup interface will change based on your own levels.
22 October 2015

Duel Arena Scoreboard now shows Wins and Losses

3 September 2015

Ammo is now returned at the Duel Arena more reliably if you lose the duel.

20 August 2015

Receiving multiple challenge requests will no longer prevent you accepting all but the most recent.

6 August 2015

It is no longer possible to search a panning tray inside a duel at the Duel Arena.

23 July 2015

More challenge messages at the Duel Arena will now appear under the trade chat tab.

16 July 2015
(update | poll)
  • It is now possible to save and load a chosen set of rules for duels.
  • Possible to choose to use the same rules as your previous duel.
  • When a change is made to the rules the 'Accept' button cannot be clicked for a few seconds. This is to prevent scamming
  • The second screen that appears when starting a duel has been given a makeover.
18 December 2014

You can no longer buy rotten tomatoes from the duel arena crate on free-to-play Worlds.

27 November 2014
(update | poll)

Because organised commission staking FCs are acting as a front for real world traders, from now anyone being part of a commission staking friends chat (that is hosting, participating and advertising) will be considered as involved in real world trading. In effect, commission staking is now against the rules.

6 November 2014

You can no longer stake a stack of items if the total stack of spoils will be greater than 2147M due to inventory space limits.

9 October 2014

Fixed a typo when talking to duel arena nurses.

21 August 2014
(update | poll)

No movement duels are added in a dedicated arena.

26 June 2014
(update | poll)

Your duel partner's chat and any game messages relating to the stake setup, are now output to the trade tab while the challenge interfaces are open. If either player closes the first or second screens the chat stops appearing on the trade tab.

29 May 2014
  • In order to fix a pathfinding issue in the duel arena the trapdoors were moved one square closer to the wall.
  • Treasure trail caskets can no longer be opened inside the duel arena.
22 May 2014

In preparation for the F2P trial period, we've made the Duel Arena available on free-to-play worlds so that non-members can duel there.

27 March 2014

Fadli the banker will now look after your stake winnings if your inventory becomes full during a duel.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It was once possible to create a neverending duel, by setting Ranged on, arrows off and movement off made it so the game was fooled and players stood facing each other unable to attack.
  • Using Retribution prayer to kill your opponent as you die will still give the win to your opponent.
  • While players are in a duel with each other, players cannot lay box traps. Attempting to do so will state in the game chat to the player: "I don't think your opponent will fall for that."
  • Players cannot trade whilst dueling. Attempting to do so will state in the game chat to the player: "You can't trade in a duel arena."