The Elder Scrolls: Blades has just had a big update which adds multiple new features to the game, and there's a lot to get excited about - it genuinely feels like a much more pleasant experience to play.

Chest timers? Gone! Arena mode? In! New items and decorations? In! Guilds? Oh, you better believe they're in. This is finally a far more fully-featured game and feels like something that is slowly moving out of Early Access. Heck, even the dungeons are far more interesting, and you'll find loot much more regularly. Wonderful stuff.

But we're not here to talk about all of that, we're here to talk about the Arena. The Arena has been teased since the beginning of The Elder Scrolls: Blades, and now we can finally enjoy PVP battles with people all over the world. But how do you win? Well, that's the big question we're here to answer.

I'm sure the meta for PVP battles will evolve over time, but as of right now, all it requires is some smart combat and the right equipment. Read on for all the tips you need…

Battle strategy

This is possibly the most important tip, but it's also the one that could mean something completely different to you than me. So these will be some personal tips that might not fit your build.

In general, it's good to aim for status inflictions like stun so your attacker has less time to move. Burn, poison, and others are all great for getting your opponent into a weakened state without having to risk too much. Spells are incredibly helpful.

Lightning magic also saps mana, which can greatly hinder opponents that focus on magic too much and can make them inactive for a period of time.

It's also a good idea to have some health regen skills, like Adrenaline Dodge, available to you so you can top up your health without using potions.