The Arena is a mode and stage in which the player is able to fight against opponents and gain money and rank.
Difference from Missions Edit
The Arena's main purpose is to allow players to test their skills in combat against Ravens of equal or greater skills, while also providing incentives such as cash prizes or parts. Because most Ravens in Arena are also in missions, it is also a good way to test and look for weakness in both the enemies and the player's own Armored Core.
Difference of the Arena Modes for Each Game Edit
Armored Core 1 to Master of ArenaEdit
- Armored Core - Did not have an Arena mode, but did show rankings based on points from completed missions.
- Armored Core Project Phantasma - First to have an Arena mode
- Armored Core Master of Arena - First game to make the story plot around it and introduced several Arenas as well.
Armored Core 2 to Another AgeEdit
- Armored Core 2 - Very similar to Project Phantasma's version but had more combatants.
- Armored Core 2: Another Age - The Arena mode has been omitted this time around. However, a few of the game's missions involve an Arena, including 2 "matches". For a list of Ravens appearing in the game, see Armored Core 2: Another Age Ravens
Armored core 3 to Last RavenEdit
- Armored Core 3 - Had a arena mode with a small difference than Armored Core: Master of The Arena as there were tiers in ranks of E->D->C->B->A. Some of the Ravens also participate in Story mode, but if they are killed, they are taken off of the ladder and replaced by a new opponent in the E-Rank. Clearing the game unlock 22 new Ravens in the E-tier. Defeating all Ravens in the Arena unlocks the EX-Arena where the player can choose a Raven to partner up with and fight against two opponents at once for two-on-two action.
- Silent Line: Armored Core - The same as Armored Core 3, but fewer rankings and Ravens (see above)
- Armored Core: Nexus- The arena is tied into the story and each arena match helps progress the story. The ranking system in the arena mode changed from Raven Rank to a Points system which also tied into completing missions from which you get points, also with successful Arena victories
- Armored Core: Nine Breaker - The second game in the series to revolve around the Arena it has a similar system to Nexus but you have a chance of losing points for losing a match.
- Armored Core: Formula Front- Had league matches which functioned very similarly to arena matches.
- Armored Core: Last Raven - The original Arena is renamed the VR Arena and no longer has a story connected to Arena like Master of Arena or Nexus. After beating one of the paths, an EX Arena opens up allowing you to fight defeated Ravens for their emblems.
Armored Core 4 to For AnswerEdit
- Armored Core 4- Simulated battles between sets of enemies in Arena combat. Similar NEXTS from each company are placed in a data pack. Once a data pack has been completed, a new one is unlocked.
- Armored Core For Answer- An expanded arena with one or two arenas depending on the player's actions.