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    Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Arena FAQ
    
    Author: Freddy_Jade
    
    This Document is Copyright 2006 Freddy_Jade
    
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    Version History
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    -Version 1.00 Completed 5/02/06
    
    -Version 1.10 5/05/06 
    Added some info on raiments and made other changes
    
    -Version 1.15 5/08/06 
    Added some extras and other changes
    
    -Version 1.30 5/30/06
    Added FAQ section and hints subsection
    
    -Version 1.35 6/11/06
    Added another FAQ and more info on creature battles
    
    -Version 1.36 1/04/08
    No more information actually added, fixed and smoothed A LOT of grammar and
    spelling things, email changed
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    {| I. Introduction                    AFS1     |}
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    {| II. About the Arena                AFS2     |}
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    {| III. Gambling                      AFS3     |}
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    {| IV. Fighting                       AFS4     |}
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    {| V. The Matches: Pit Dog            AFS5     |}
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    {| VI. The Matches: Brawler           AFS6     |}
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    {| VII. The Matches: Bloodletter      AFS7     |}
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    {| VIII. The Matches: Myrmidon        AFS8     |}
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    {| IX. The Matches: Warrior           AFS9     |}
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    {| X. The Matches: Gladiator          AFS0     |}
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    {| XI. The Matches: Hero              AFC1     |}
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    {| XII. The Matches: Grand Champion   AFC2     |}
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    {| XIII. Extras                       AFC3     |}
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    {| XIV. Copyright Info                AFC4     |}
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    {| XV. Credit                         AFC5     |}
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    {| XVI. Contact Info                  AFC6     |}
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    {| XVII. Frenquently Asked Questions  AFC7     |}
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                               =~ I. Introduction ~=
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    Hey, welcome, you've stumbled across an in-depth FAQ for the Arena section of 
    Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.  This guide contains information on gambling, 
    fighting, and exploring the Imperial City's Arena.  More information will be 
    added after I finish the first version. 
    
    This is the first FAQ/Guide I've written.  I decided to write about on the
    arena because it is a very exciting portion of the massive game.  
    
    If you find a mistake or think I should add something in this guide, please
    email me at ea.peyton@gmail.com.  If I change something due to feedback,
    I will give credit in the credits section.  Almost no emails were answered in
    the year of '07, sorry.  The account was deactivated and I was too lazy to check
    it.
    
    And I will no longer delay your adventure in the Imperial City Arena!
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                             =~ II. About the Arena ~=
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    The Imperial City Arena stands grand and mighty in the Arena District of the
    Imperial City.  It has been there since the days of Gaiden Shinji, the first
    blademaster of the Arena.  
    
    There are two ways to enjoy the Arena, winning money as a gambler, or fame and 
    money as a fighter.  Anyone can enter as a combatant.  You have to beat 27 
    opponents in 22 matches to become the grand champion.  To participate either 
    way, go to the arena from 9 am. to 9 pm. anyday.
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                                  =~ III. Gambling ~=
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    If you wish to gamble in the arena speak to Hundolin, who is the gatekeeper.
    This little guy will be happy to accept your bet for either the Blue or Yellow 
    team for 25, 50, or 100 gold.  Once you've made your bet enter the door to your
    right to find yourself on a balcony overlooking the arena itself.  
    
    Both combatants are randomly equipped and a invisible wall is blocking your 
    way down into the arena.  That means you cannot affect the battle directly.
    But your luck attribute does help, the more luck you have, the more hitpoints
    the team member you bet on receives.  Good luck!
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                                    =~ IV. Fighting ~=
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    To become a combatant, use the left hand door to enter the Arena Bloodworks.
    Talk to the blademaster, Owyn, who is in the east side of the north room.  He
    makes you a "pit dog" and also gives you the choice of light or heavy raiment. 
    You can exchange this raiment anytime by getting a new one from the cabinet 
    beside Owyn.  There are five of each and they regenerate once-a-day.  The 
    raiment is a full body armor, so you cannot wear boots, greaves, a cuirass, 
    gauntlets, or bracers of your own.  But you can equip your own helmet, shield, 
    weapon, or even your enchanted jewelry.
    
    If you remove your raiment during a match you are disqualified and be forced to
    fight the match again.  If you try this twice you are expelled from the Arena 
    for good (Ouch!).  
    
    Once it's between 9am to 9pm in-game, and you currently do not hold any bets 
    with the gatekeeper, you are able to begin a match.  Venture into the bloodworks
    and speak with Owyn.  After asking for a match, he'll give you the first of many
    encouraging words and open the gate for you.
    
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     Hints
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    This is a subsection for hints on general arena battles.  Yeah, I know, it's
    weak right now.  I'm so lazy.
    
    Hint #1
    1. Buy an invisibility spell that you can use and has fair amount of time
    Ex. Shadow Shape (30sec. invisibility) from Ita Rienus at Bravil Mages Guild
    
    2. Start an arena match and equip your best weapon
    
    3. Cast the invis. spell upon yourself before entering battle
    
    4. Sneak around the dumbfounded opponent
    
    5. Use your power attack while in sneak mode and you will get a bonus damage
    
    6. Back away and cast the spell oncemore
    
    7. Rinse and repeat until dead
    
    
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                               =~ V. The Matches: Pit Dog ~=
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    At the end of the passage go through the door and you'll find yourself behind 
    a gate.  The mysterious announcer will speak a few words before dropping the 
    gates.  Once the bars have lowered, a circular arena will be available infront
    of you.  The yellow team's starting area is directly across from you.
    
    All of the yellow team's combatants as a pit dog are one level above you. Your 
    first match is a Wood Elf.  She has a longsword and a light shield and helmet.
    Take her down easily and report back to Owyn for 50 gold.  
    
    Tell him you are ready oncemore and you will then fight an Imperial.  He has 
    a heavier shield and helmet and is the hardest of your pit dog matches.  
    After you kill him report back to Owyn for 50 gold again.  
    
    Your next match is a Argonian archer, melee fighters charge him and take him 
    down.  Talk to Owyn once again and you'll get 100 gold and a promotion to 
    Brawler.
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    You are now a brawler.  Not much of a better name, but you're getting there.
    Your first match is a Nord with an axe two-levels above you.  You'll receive
    100 gold after defeating him.
    
    Your second match is two Wood Elf twin sisters, who are each a level above you.
    One has a bow while the other has a claymore.  The bowman (or bowwoman) holds a 
    Chameleon potion, so don't be suprised when she disappears on you.  The best 
    tactic would be to hide until the potion ends.  Report back to Owyn for another 
    100 gold.
    
    Your last match as a brawler is an axe-wielding Khajiit two levels above your
    own.  Defeat him and get back to Owyn for 150 gold and a new rank, Bloodletter.
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    Let's hope you won't be letting any blood. Anyway, your first match is a 
    Redguard, who uses either a sword or a mace.  Defeat him and return to Owyn for 
    150 gold.
    
    In the second match you will encounter a female Breton equipping a shortsword, 
    heavy armor, and also some Endurance and Speed potions at hand
    
    Your last opponent is a Dark Elf that uses a bow from long range.  Charge him to
    force a switch to melee, then easily take him down. Make your way down to Owyn 
    for 200 gold and promotion to Myrmidon.
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    You are now a myrmidon, a  Greek mythological figure.  Your first opponent 
    is a little Wood Elf with a little magic dagger.  It has a weak frost 
    enchantment that shouldn't cause you too much trouble.  Owyn gives you 200 
    septims for this victory.
    
    Next you have a normal High Elf with light armor and longsword.  Take em'
    down for another 200 gold.
    
    Your last fight is a normal Orc with heavy armor and a silver battleaxe.
    Own him for 250 gold and a promotion to Warrior.
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    Warrior, huh?  Not bad.  A better name means tougher fights, unfortunately.  A 
    Nord three levels above you with nasty longsword skills opens up your warrior 
    matches.  Take her down and win 250 gold.
    
    Next Owyn matches you up with the first of two magic users in the arena.  Close
    on her fast so she will unsheath her blade, lessening the damage she deals.  
    Return to Owyn for another 250.
    
    Last is a beastly orc with a big ole' warhammer.  Keep safe from that thing
    and hit her real quick after she misses.  Report to Owyn for 300 gold and
    a promotion to Gladiator.
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    Gladiator...sweet.  First you're up against three Argonian prisoners; two of 
    which are unarmed, the last one wields a sword.  They all are higher
    levels than you so don't let them corner you.  Run until you can seperate them 
    then take them down one at a time.  When you've shown the lizards
    the punishment for their crimes Owyn will reward you 300 septims.
    
    Second is a Khajiit with his own healing potions.  You should be able to take
    him down easily.  Return to Owyn for another 300.
    
    Last is a Breton with a longsword and should be the easiest of your gladiator
    matches.  Report to Owyn again for 350 gold and a promotion to Hero.
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    You are a Hero now and at your last 4 matches in the Arena.  It ends
    pretty tough.  It opens with a former Blade that still wields his Akaviri
    Longsword, Blade helmet, and Blade shield.  He is quite a few levels 
    above you.  Be ready for a long and bloody fight.  After killing him, get back 
    to Owyn for 350.
    
    Second is the last magic user you'll face.  She's five levels above you, and
    has various fire damaging spells.  She also has an enchanted shield called
    the Grey Aegis with a Resist Magic enchantment.  Do like the other mage
    and move up close for a melee fight.  Return to Owyn for 350 again.
    
    The last one is a very dangerous match.  You face the yellow team champion, that
    rude woman in the bloodworks, along with a pair of friends.  She
    herself is seven levels above your own, and her allies, a mage and an archer,
    are two levels above.  Owyn sends Porkchop, the blue team mascot, up with you.
    Make sure he occupies one of the three enemies the whole match.
    Take care of the lesser foes first, so you may focus on the other champion.
    After the allies are dead, kill the champion herself.
    Find Owyn once more to get 500 gold and promotion to Champion.
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                             =~ XII. Grand Champion ~=
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    To challenge Agronak gro-Malog, the Grey Prince, current Grand Champion, talk
    to Battle Matron Ysabel Andronicus.  She'll explain the rules of this match.
    Fortunately, you can wear whatever you please in this match, along with being 
    able to loot the victim's body.  gro-Malog wears his Raiment of Valor which 
    boosts his Helath, Fatigue, Athletics, and Personality by 10 points each.  He 
    wields a longsword and shield along with being skilled in both.  Before you 
    challenge him yourself, prepare very well with everything.
    
    There is a way around this battle though,  talk to him about the "Origin of 
    the Grey Prince".  This quest is covered in Idiosyncrat's Side Quest FAQ.
    If you completed this quest then he will beg you to challenge him.  After you 
    challenge him, go back to Isabel to select a nickname.  My favorite is the
    Crimson Blade, but that's just me.
    
    When you begin the battle, Agronak charges at you then suddenly stops.  He 
    sheathes his sword, stands still, and asks you to kill him.  Take him down
    easily, loot his body then return the Valor to Ysabel for 1000 gold.  You also
    are able to select your own Heavy or Light Raiment of Valor for keeping. 
    
    Congrats!  You are now the Grand Champion of the Arena!
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    There are many things to do while you are exloring the Arena.
    
    Even if you've become Grand Champion, Ysabel wishes you to fight on.  That 
    means she wants you to do weekly matches against creatures leveled to your
    own.  You'll always have three options of animals and a sum of gold depending
    which ones you fought.  
    
    How you fight them might depend on you how much gold
    you get, I'm not sure about this and I'll have to test it but if anyone finds
    out for sure before please email me.  One thing I've heard is that your
    reward is lowered by about 500 gold if you summon a creature to help you.
    Another factor might be how fast you finish the battle.
    
    If you are level 5 or lower, you can choose to battle with a Boar, a Boar and
    a Wolf, or two Wolves and a Goblin Skirmisher.  At levels 6-8, you may choose
    a Goblin Berserker, two Trolls, or two Goblin Berserkers and a Troll.  At
    levels 9-11 you may choose a Mountain Lion, two Mountain Lions, or two
    of them and a Spriggan.  At levels 12-14 you can choose among a bear, 
    two Minotaurs, or a Bear and two Minotaurs.  At levels 15-17, you can go up
    against an Ogre, two Ogres, or two Ogres and a Land Dreugh.  At level 18 and
    higher you can pick from 1-3 Minotaur Lords.
    
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    Another little thing is that you will have your own Adoring Fan.  You'll meet
    him after exiting the Arena when you become Grand Champion.  All this little
    guy will do is stay put, follow you, or leave you.  If he leaves he'll
    just sit around at the arena, crying, waiting for his only friend to come
    back to him...   
    
    He's a little helpful though, when at night he'll carry a torch to light the 
    way.  Also, he'll run away early at any sign of danger and come back when it
    is safe again.
    
    You can attack him and he'll helplessly defend himself, because he is six 
    levels below you.
    
    Word of your rising will go into gossip and rumors.  Along with that,  the Blue 
    Team gladiator will no longer be pleased with you.  Agronak was his friend.
    
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    One last thing.  If you look in the crumbled paper beside Owyn's cabinet 
    beside Owyn, you'll find a note Branwen wrote to him saying she's his daughter.
    Branwen is a girl who trains outside the Arena with her friend.  This does not
    strike a quest but is interesting to know.  Neither of them will say anything
    about the note.
    
    Branwen fights with her friend on a mat from like 6am. to 1am. everyday.
    Watch them fight for a couple minutes and your hand to hand skill will shoot
    up 5 levels.  They also hold a helpful item called the bands of
    Kwang Lao in their chest nearby.  It's their chest so it'll be 
    classified as stealing.  It increases your hand to hand skill by 20 points
    when you wear them.  There's an extra 15 hand to hand levels for you...
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                              =~ XIV. Copyright Info ~=
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    This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal, 
    private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed 
    publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other 
    web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a 
    violation of copyright.  The only sites who may use this document is:
    www.gamefaqs.com
    www.neoseeker.com
    www.supercheats.com
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                                  =~ XV. Credit ~=
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    -I would like to give credit to Bethesda for making such an awesome game
    -For GameFaqs, for posting my FAQ
    -The Official Strategy Guide for giving me facts about the enemies
    -Nali and Veronica, for information on the battle raiments
    -RunnningMonkey, for info on creature fights and some extras
    -Diggit, for informing me on what in lord's name a Myrmidon is
    -Ted, for telling me hints on general arena battles
    
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                               =~ XVI. Contact Info ~=
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    If you wish to contact me to add information, fix errors, or just tell me 
    something, email me at ea.peyton@gmail.com.  I will send you a thank-you
    reply for any information and I will also credit them in the credit section.
    
    Thanks for reading my guide, I hope to make many more in the future!
    
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                        =~ XVII. Frenquently Asked Questions ~=
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    Here I will list some of the frequently asked questions that are emailed to me.
    
    Q: How do I complete the whole quest and get it off my active quests?! I beat
    all the Minotaur Lords!
    
    A: Right now, I have no clue how.  I think it stays there the whole game.
    Then again, there's not much of a point on completed it unless you get an
    acheivement for it (on the Xbox 360).  Or unless you go crazy about conquering
    the game and completing every single quest.  Though I will keep my eye-out on
    a way to beat it.
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    Q: I lost my battle raiment, and I don't want to travel everywhere I've been
    looking for it, how can I get a new one?
    
    A: There is a raiment cabinet beside Owyn with five of each kind of raiment.
    They regenerate once-a-day and are free to take.