Arena Encyclopedia

Arena Encyclopedia



This is a comprehensive guide of the game's features.

Compiled both from information of other guides on steam,

and my personal experience with the game after finishing it twice.

This guide will not contain any in-game dialgoue or bosses. Only general tips and info.

This guide will be updated whenever there is new information.The guide is also getting filled out more as I have time to write.

planned game basics

tips for all levels

full gameplay of every stage from the start

With that said, the rest of the guide is split into categories, please skip things that are of no use to you, and good luck on your journey of Madness.

Starter Tips

Being proud doesn't get you anywhere.Your first few levels will be hard, so if you have issues just bump down the difficulty to easy.

You don't earn any XP or money for failing a wave anyways, so it's just wasted time.

Your main goal at the start is to get experience.So get in there and kick a little ass in the Sleep-walker training program before you take on armaddas of trained mercenaries.

Unlike in Project Nexus 1,

Weapons don't dissapear if you throw them away during a mission.Don't be afraid to use your weapons to their full potential, and when they're useless?

Throw em' at your enemy!

The same applies to death,

if you die, mission progress gets reset, but all your weapons stay with you.

You can unlock abilities without going to the gym area all the time.By pressing I to open your inventory,

you can equip weapons without opening the storage chest,

aswell as train abilities by switching to the other tab.

You can also use this to switch weapons between waves while deployed.

You can also use this menu to see what skills your hirelings have,

and to give them weapons and armor.

♣---Character Stats---♣

Focus Skills (What You Lose, And What You Get.)

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For a detailed summary of the downsides, I'd recommend checking out

For the short version:

If you have a Focus on a particular genre of murder,

you gain twice the stat points from unlocking its abilities,

aswell as getting 3 extra abilities to unlock.

However if you are Weak in a skill, you lose out on quite a few abilities,

aswell as not getting ANY stat points for unlocking it's abilities.

The special abilities you unlock are for having Focus in a skill are:

A focus into fisticuffs lets you (fists)

Always STUN enemies in 10 punches.

Dodge Tackle enemies.

Guard against bladed attacks with just your hands.

A bruteish dedication to sticks lets you (melee)

Knock away weapons of enemies with smaller sticks than yours

Block bullets

AND deflect bullets with more precision than the average Madness OC

Being a gun-fu master lets you (guns)

Run around without losing any accuracy

Gain confidence and hit more shots whenever you hit an enemy

Always hit, even if someone tries to dodge.

Going pro in parkour inexplicably lets you (athletics)

Throw swords right trough multiple heads

Jump over the heads of your enemies

Sprint with such reflexes that you dodge bullets coming from behind

Take these into consideration when picking your

Origins! (The Classes)

As I haven't finished the game with all classes yet, I would recommend picking whatever seems appealing to you.

Please refer to

again for further details.

♦---Level Tips---♦

Sleepwalker Program

Just Start Yeeting ░░░░.

Technically the first level, and also the only one that doesn't kill your crew.

You read that right, your 3 5 man squad of hirelings can't die in this mission,

so it's perfect for getting them up a few levels before deploying them into real combat.

On your first playtrough of this level (if you're somehow having issues with it) you should

Yup, just throw all those handy weapons your enemies start bringing in after the first wave,

it works absolute wonders, as all the holograms die in one or two hits even if you have no skills.

Generally, focus on avoiding getting ganked by backpeddaling.

Be aware that you start the game with three weapons in your inventory.

A plank, a pistol, and throwable rocks.

Pilot Episode

The first story mission of the game.

It's not difficult by any stretch of the word. But right now you have almost no abilities.

You'll be a bumbling bag of packing peanuts, but you can still send your enemies packing.

Remeber you can equip the free weapons from your inventory.

Which include, a pistol, a board, and the most useful of them... thirty rocks.

Those pebbles will help you deal with bigger groups of enemies.

Two hits and they're out!

Save the pistol for when you get into the building.

Everyone in this stage wields blunt melee weapons, up until the last room.

Don't forget to utilize the "Throw everything" tactic.

Apart from being fun, it's effective at getting rid of melee enemies without wasting ammo.

When you reach the elevator room with two guards in it, press the button and dodge to the floor.

It can save you a corpus if your luck isn't the best.

The last room has 4 gunmen, 3 more run in after you kill everyone inside.

They shouldn't be much of an issue, as you can onetap them with any of the pistols the others drop,

and cover is plentiful in here.

After you kill everyone in the last room, the mission ends.

Pit Stop

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Your second mission, and your first Siege mission of the game.

Unlocked after Pilot Episode.

Your goal is to protect four gas pumps,

you lose a fourth of the money you'd get from the mission if one gets destroyed.

half if two get destroyed, a quarter if three get destroyed,

and the mission FAILS if all the gas pumps get destroyed.

You have a gun in your inventory which you can equip, aswell as throwable rocks.

Don't forget to use them.

Bandits will attack in waves.

Some will attempt to break the barrier on the right side of the level, which lets in more enemies.

While most of them will focus on either you or the pumps.

Word of caution, zombies appear on wave 3.

They come from the ground randomly around the map, stay sharp and don't get swarmed.

Try saving your ammo as much as possible,

only use it to deal with the zombies, and to deal with people attacking the pumps quickly.

At the end of the third wave a GOL3M will show up,

avoid its attacks by dodging around it, and stay behind its back.

Fast Track

This is the first Infiltration mission of the game.

It's unlocked after the first story mission.

It's one of the moderately difficult stages during your progression.

The enemies here have guns, a few have melee weapons.

I recommend saving your guns until after the first wave.

As the difficulty and amount of enemies quickly goes up.

After the first deployement you should have a few hirelings at your disposal,

give them some nevada protectors, it'll be enough for them to survive most of this mission.

For the first wave, I recommend staying on the roof, keep your hirelings up with you aswell.

If you start running low on health or TAC-Bar, jump down, you'll be fine. usually.

For the second wave, try staying on one side of the room as long as you can, taking out as many enemies as you can. Once they start closing in on you, run to the other side, and repeat.

For the third wave is usually where you will start losing HP on your first playtrough.

a HalfMAG agent appears here, when charging particles appear under his legs, DODGE.

He will charge towards you and most probably knock you off the stage.

The fourth wave can be easily cheesed by staying on the roofs and killing the enemies climbing up to you. If they happen to get up to you, just jump down, get to the other roof, and repeat. Another HalfMAG appeares here, he's easy to kill with all the weapons dropped by the rest of the enemies.

Slaugher Time

Probably the second easiest, and most profitable arena in the game.

Unlocked after the second story mission.

Most of your enemies only have their fists, and you can easily defeat them.

Even just with the basic fist/melee abilities.

No enemies in this level use normal bullets, making your Tac-Bar useless.

Rely more on dodging and your own legs.

In the later waves you will see a HalfMAG Unit with a rifle.

It fires a lot of projectiles, just run around it in circles and smack/shoot it when you can.

Haunting At Nevada House

The second Siege mission of the game.

Unlocked alongside Slaughter Time.

This one is honestly just time consuming.

The enemies come slowly, none of them have ranged weapons.

the only thing you have to "worry" about is not letting them destroy the gates.

If the gates happen to break, grab some planks from the room on the left and patch them up.

Don't let the outside enemies near the table in the middle room.

If they succesfully activate it the mission fails.

Suprisingly, this level doesn't contain any zombies during it's required waves.

Even though it takes place in a hounted mansion.


There are vents on both of the edge rooms which allow you to teleport between them.

You probably won't be needing these.

?---Game Mechanics---?

Controlling Your Crew

Please refer to this incredible guide by Wiawyr for advanced control of your crew

Important things:

Your hirelings never die pernamently, instead going to the medbay.

You can pay to heal them immeadietly, or wait 15 minutes to lower it to a fraction of the price.

You can also buy Cloning Pods.

2000$ for the first

4000$ second

8000$ third

20000$ fourth which is currently useless, as you can only bring 3 hirelings in V1.01these let you ressurect your hirelings as soon as you get out of a level

for the lowered price you'd normally get for waiting 15 minutes.

You can hold Control to give your hirelings instructions for where to move and stand.

LMB=Move there

MMB=Stay there

RMB=Select which hireling to command (works both on models and on name list)

Weapon Workshop

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After finishing the second story mission, you unlock a very useful table in several locations.

The first place you will notice it's right next to your quartermaster, behind your storage chest.

This workshop allows you to upgrade your weapons with attachements that:

Increase damage

Make your guns look cooler

Increase accuracy

Change ammo types

Increase magazine size

Reduce recoil

Silence your weaponsand if you picked Tinkerer as your origin,

you can turn anything into a rocket/plasma launcher.

These attachements cost very little to add and give you back your money if you remove them.

They do however also add to the size of the weapon, so if you want to dual-wield modified pistols, make sure you can hold normal sized weapons.

You unlock more attachements as you finish missions.

(Attachements unlock list coming soon)

Boon Tokens

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What are those orange baseballs you're getting? I wondered that too.

After you finish the contract Fickle Friends,

you can exchange these for new colors for your clothes, your skin, your blood, and Alphaware.

It might seem impressive but in reality they really aren't.

Alphaware are stat upgrades which aren't very impactful as you can only have one at a time.

After you buy one that fits your class, you don't need any more.

Now then.

You wanna make yourself glow?

You're gonna need more tokens.

How do you get more tokens?

Simple. You just hunt down these drones.

These drones only spawn in endless arena waves. (Waves after completion of level)

They spawn on all difficulties but their spawnrate is vastly increased on Hard and Madness.


Known Bugs

Infinite Money*

This bug is limited to the Tinkerer origin, and requires you to finish the Slaughter Time arena.*

Door clippingIn V1.01 If you dash trough a doorway in the storymode, you clip out of bounds, sometimes being able to walk on the background, sometimes falling out of the world.

Madness Difficulty Easy Unlock

TL;DR: Finish a mission on easy or normal, then launch it on hard and exit it.

This will make the game think you finished it on hard and unlock Madness.

○---THE END---○

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For now...

The guide is still being updated, expect the rest of the level's tips very soon.

New RAM is arriving soon, once that gets here I'll have more time to find more useful strategies.

Thanks to

legomenleboss for the ability info

Angel for emotional support

Wiavyr for NPC control info

S4ky for money glitch

Good luck on your journey to complete Madness!


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