Squad Arena is a PvP game mode in Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes where players use a team of characters to climb ranks by battling against other players' AI controlled teams. The last team a player chooses to attack with will be the team used to defend their rank spot. It unlocks when a player reaches Level 28 and the ranks go from 20,000 to 1 with rewards varying based on rank.
There are 3 opponents to choose between; the opponent on the right holds the highest rank possible to obtain at the current rank and will not change when clicking the refresh button on the Matches tab. The middle and left opponents can be changed by clicking refresh unless you are rank 4. Each battle has a limit of 5 minutes to defeat the other team in and running out of time will result in a Draw which is counted the same as losing the battle. When a player defeats an opponent they will swap rank positions with them. There is a max of 5 battles per day with a cooldown of 10 minutes before being able to start the next battle. The cooldown can be instantly refreshed by paying 50 crystals. Crystals can be used to refresh the battles count back to 5, below is a table that shows the number of times it can be refreshed and the cost associated with it. In total, there can be 30 battles a day.
Prizes and Payouts
Prizes are the rewards you get each day based on the rank you are in and can be found in the Prizes tab on the Squad Arena screen. Payout is a term used to describe the exact moment a player receives their prize for the rank they made it to. The Payout times are determined by the time zone associated with the device when you start the game for the first time. To view or change the payout times for arenas and daily activities reset go to Settings and choose Time Settings. You are allowed to change them twice a year.
|Rank 6 - 10||700||250||40K|
|Rank 11 - 20||675||200||30K|
|Rank 21 - 50||650||150||25K|
|Rank 51 - 100||625||100||22.5K|
|Rank 101 - 200||600||75||20K|
|Rank 201 - 500||500||60||18K|
|Rank 501 - 1000||400||50||16K|
|Rank 1001 - 2500||300||40||14K|
|Rank 2501 - 5000||200||35||12K|
|Rank 5001 - 10000||100||25||10K|
An Arena Shard or "Shard" is the term given by the community to talk about the group of players they have to compete against in Squad Arena. They have also been referred to as arena groups and the developers refer to them as Leaderboards. The way the arena shard works is when a player reaches level 28 they get assigned to an arena shard and when it reaches 20,000 players a new arena shard is created.
Shard chats are a chatroom, usually in-game or on a social platform such as Line or Discord, where the top 50 or 20 players in an Arena Shard can talk with each other. Since payouts are specific to each player and not paid out to everyone at a set time, shard chats are usually used to inform other players of when everyones payout time is so people can avoid battling them near their payout. This can potentially help more people obtain higher payouts within their shard while also spending less crystals and time in-game. Unfortunately the exact rules of a Shard Chat are set by those running it and will vary from shard to shard with some even dictating who can be in which ranks. This has led to a lot of mixed feelings in the community about the fairness in Squad Arena and the use of Shard Chats. For help finding your Shard Chat see Tips below.
- Look at the top 50 teams in your arena shard to get an idea of what teams would be good to use or farm for. SWGOH.GG Meta Report is also another great place to get team ideas.
- Do not spend more crystals on refreshes than you will get from your payout.
- Several bots for Discord servers have an option for showing you the highest arena rank you can achieve within 5 battles.
- Most shard chats will contact you once they see you enter the rank range they may have set for it, but if you want to find out info on it before then, you can contact the top 10 players or so in the Arena Shard and ask about it. To find them do a search for them on google by doing site:swgoh.gg playername. If they have a profile on that website check their player page to make sure the Guild name matches, then use their ally code to send them a message in-game about it.
Information on speed climbing
Note: This information is not meant to be an argument for or against any of these tactics players may choose to use.
Some players in the community like to maximize their efforts in arenas by starting off in higher positions or with better rosters. There are three ways they achieve this:
- Spend lots of money to increase their roster and levels within a short amount of time.
- Use accounts not bound to any email/facebook account or watch chats in discord, official forum, or reddit to see when a new shard is opened to obtain a higher starting position.
- Get into a good guild and just sit below player level 28 to hoard shards, gear and energy for several months until they can unlock key characters or ships to secure high positions in a fresh arena shard.
Each of these tactics is going to have a downside. Option 1 is going to be very expensive because time is the most expensive resource to spend money on in the game and trying to quickly level from just beginning the game adds up fast. When trying to do options 2 and 3 there is no guarantee that the shard they get on will not have players who will spend lots of money to get into a position higher than them. The Hyperdrive Bundle has helped lessen the amount of money needed, but will also decrease the edge people have for hoarding by increasing the number of people they will have to compete with as well as decreasing the amount of time they can stay at the top without anyone being able to drop them. The Hyperdrive bundle also means anyone trying to do option 3 now has to add buying it to stay ahead otherwise they will not be able to increase their player level fast enough without it.
- Squad Arena was available when the game launched 11-24-2015.