Arena, the full game
Since the 10th Anniversary of The Elder Scrolls series, Arena has been free to download.
|ElderScrollsArena_Deluxe_DOS_Mac.7z||17 July 2018||25.08 MB||Arena, both floppy disk and Deluxe Edition, placed in a DOSBox wrapper, pre-installed and configured specifically for macOS users. Requires macOS 10.6 or later.|
|ArenaSetup.exe||17 August 2013||30.5 MB||ArenaSetup was done for installing a ready to play Arena CD Version 1.07 easily on modern Windows Systems. The game works with an already configured DosBox. In option, you can install translation(s).
Here is the direct download link if the site page is having issues.
|Arena106Setup.zip||06 May 2004||8.8 MB||Official Arena Release courtesy of Bethesda Softworks available directly from Bethesda's Elderscrolls.com website. Note that this is the floppy-disk 1.06 version, and the CD version's cutscene audio is not included. The main page for this software can be found here and support for it can be found here in a list with other Bethesda games.|
Official Patches and Utilities
Get the latest Arena patches and official game utilities released by Bethesda.
|16 October 1998||255 KB||The latest official Arena patch 1.06. To apply, download and unzip into your game directory.|
|ARUPD5.ZIP||1 January 1995||245 KB||The official Arena patch 1.05. To apply, download and unzip into your game directory.|
|ARUPD4A.ZIP||1 September 1994||198 KB||The official Arena patch 1.04. To apply, download and unzip into your game directory.|
|ArenaManual.zip||18 January 2010||1 MB||Manual & Addendum in PDF from the CD version.|
|20 May 2003||1.8 MB||Demo of the floppy-disk version of Arena.|
|ARENASLD.ZIP||29 December 2010||507 KB||A slideshow of Arena screenshots which show beta elements, released almost a year before the demo.|
|ARENA.ZIP||28 December 2010||510 KB||A second slideshow of Arena screenshots from shortly before the game's release.|
Arena in other languages.
|ProjetFrenchArena||18 January 2010||1.25 MB||The Projet French Arena is an unofficial translation of Arena in French.|
|Arena_RU||9 May 2015||1.6 MB||Unofficial Russian translation.|
|TES Arena ReFonted for Spanish||21 Jun 2016||3 KB||Unofficial translation to Spanish. Hosted on Nexus.|
|Tes Arena Türkçe Çeviri Çalışması||8 July 2017||7.60 MB||Unofficial Turkish translation for Arena. (Completed)|
Save Game Editors
Edit just about anything you want to in your save games.
|5 June 1994||34 KB||Money and stats cheat programs, complete with how-to.|
|24 March 1995||50 KB||Text-based save game editor allowing changes to attributes, gold, or experience.|
|arenaed.zip||10 June 1994||131 KB||Full save game editor with Borland-style text UI.|
|ArenaMoneyCheat||4 June 2015||6 KB||Text-based save game editor that gives the player 64,000 Gold. (it's an edit on Gladu's money cheat, that makes it more convenient)|
The following are user-submitted save-games from Arena. Please feel free to add your own saves, provided they're useful or notable in some way. See sections below table for instructions.
|09 November 1995||46 KB||Ediih, 13th level Knight. All stats at 100, with the exception of Intelligence. A few artifacts and staff pieces.|
|13 May 1996||56 KB||Level 22 Spellsword with some nice equipment.|
|LilithChan.zip||24 February 2008||149 KB||A modded lvl 229 Dark Elf Sorceress with maxed out stats, all spells, and over 30,000 health for those who keep dying in the game.|
|Ka'dar Namarri.zip||28 March 2015||204 KB||Ka'dar Namarri, an unmodded Level 5 male Khajiit Thief with some basic equipment to start a budding adventurer on their way to greatness.|
|Cynrik.zip||22 June 2015||44 KB||The character is a Level 8 male Redguard Bard named Ennah in a random dungeon in Skyrim.|
|Selene Gray-Thuxis.zip||22 September 2020||85 KB||Two save files of a level 23 Argonian Ranger character named Selene Gray-Thuxis. First save is a save after the completion of the story, the second is on the last part of the story, in front of the Imperial Palace. Artifacts obtained: Character read two Oghma Infiniums and have the Ebony Mail.|
Exporting Arena Save-Games (DOS)
Arena comes with the ability to store ten different saved games. These ten saves are represented by files *.00, *.01, ..., *.09 in the Arena directory. All files with a .00 extension (a.k.a. *.00) are associated with the top slot in the list of saved games when you load a game in Arena; all files with a .01 extension are associated with the second slot, and so forth.
The names of the saved games' slots are contained in the file NAMES.DAT. The names are 48 characters long and are padded on the right by the X'00' character and thus cannot be edited with a normal text editor. However, there is absolutely no link between the names in NAMES.DAT and your save files. The link is between the slot itself (irrespective of the name) and the saved game files' extension. So, for the purpose of exporting or importing a saved game, NAMES.DAT isn't important.
To export a saved game from Arena, first create a place to put the files. If you are at a DOS command prompt, the command md ArenaSavedGame will create a folder in which to put the saved game; then, command copy *.00 C:\ArenaSavedGame will put a copy of the saved game associated with the top slot into the ArenaSavedGame folder. Those files can be bundled any way you like (e.g., in a zip file) as a saved game you can pass along, import, etc.
Importing Arena Save-Games (DOS)
The simplest method by which to import a save-game into Arena is to overwrite a previously created save. This may be accomplished as follows:
- Backup the desired save by copying the appropriate files via Dos. For example, enter copy c:\temp\*.01
- Rename the save to be transferred to the same title as the backed-up file. For example, rename *.04 files to *.01
- Copy the save-game into the Arena directory and load it within the game.
Save-game files may also be imported into an empty slot which, while less likely to incur an error, is also more difficult. This is due to the fact that the save's name must be entered in the NAMES.DAT file, which can only be modified using a binary editor. Those familiar with binary editors can modify NAMES.DAT with little effort by merely filling the appropriate EMPTY slot with some meaningful text. For those without a binary editor, or unfamiliar with such, the following program will allow the NAMES.DAT file to be easily modified:. The zip-file contains an executable, help file, and the source code in C.
Exporting Arena Save-Games (Windows)
Exporting Arena save-games is a little trickier in Windows. First, locate where Arena stores its files. With Bethesda's official release, the default location is C:\Program_Files\Bethesda_Softworks\Arena; with the handier ArenaSetup program, the default location is C:\Games\Bethesda_Softworks\Arena (note that "C:\" may need to changed to whichever letter your computer's primary drive is; this will be the drive with a larger storage capacity, on machines with what appears to be more than one drive). For easy access, create a new folder in this location, preferably called "Save-games" (though it can be whatever you wish), and copy the *.0x files to this location. These files can now be passed along to anybody that would like to enjoy them.
Importing Arena Save-Games (Windows)
After downloading/receiving the desired save-games, they must be copied to the location where Arena stores its file (see Exporting Arena Save-Games (Windows) above). The best way to do this is to copy the saves to an empty slot; see the second paragraph of "Importing Arena Save-Games (DOS)" above for instructions on how to do this.
More editors and utilities for viewing Arena resources.
|Arena Gamesave Backup Utility||8 Jun 2016||1.3 MB||A simple, easy to use, utility for backing up game saves for The Elder Scrolls: Arena. Must be run from Windows!|
|ArenaToolBox.zip||01 May 2017||580 KB||BSATool (Replacement for BSA_F-EX, WinArena, ArenaFile and Project 4) and TemplateEditor (TEMPLATE.DAT editor) by Dysperia.|
|ArenaSuite01e.zip||13 August 2014||580 KB||A collection of tools for Arena, allowing unpacking and repacking of BSA files, including image conversion and INF file decryption. Also includes a font editor and some basic information on INF files.|
|WinArena0.20.zip||31 December 2006||350 KB||A useful tool for extracting Arena's game resources. Also allows exploration in the starting dungeon and the ability to wander the streets of a randomly selected city when you exit the dungeon. Includes source code.|
|ArenaFile-src_0.3.2.zip||10 April 2008||35 KB||A useful tool for extracting Arena's game resources, based on WinArena.|
|bsa_f-ex_1.3.2.zip||17 March 2008||169 KB||Another tool for extracting and reinserting Arena's resources.|
|project4_1.2.zip||18 August 2006||171 KB||A tool for converting Arena's IMG Format to BMP.|
|16 October 1998||3 KB||Freeware utility to slow the processing speed of Pentium-based computers from 1 to 99%, allowing Arena to operate properly.|
|16 October 1998||50 KB||Free utility for slowing down your computer under Windows 95 or NT. Also includes assembly processes for recent versions of Windows.|
Non-exhaustive list of mods available for Arena. More can be found on the nexusmods page of the game.
|TES Arena Remapped||Controls - QoL||10 May 2015||327 KB||Custom DOSBOX mapper.txt file that completely revamps and modernizes TES:Arena control scheme while maintaining ability to properly input text (by hold the L ALT key).|
|Sound Patch||Audio - Bug Fix||22 May 2017||324 KB||It removes undesirable clicking noises from the audio files. Should reduce headache.|
|OpeningFix||Bug Fix||8 Oct 2016||32 KB||This fixes minor errors found on the slides between the title screen and main menu.|
|TES Arena IntroFix||Bug Fix||9 Jan 2016||56 KB||Fixes additional slides: Changes Uriel Septim IV to VII and adds punctuation.|
|IntuitiveUIv2||QoL - Retexture||2 Apr 2016||6 KB||This mod is a retexture of the map, the bottom menu, the key, the savelist and the compass. The new textures are very simple and extremely accurate.|
|Clean UI||QoL - Retexture||4 Nov 2020||63 KB||Dark and clean interface with escape menu. Meant to be used with IntuitiveUIv2.|
|TES Arena ReFonted||QoL - Retexture||31 Jan 2016||7 KB||Changes in-game font style to be more readable.|
|SpiderReplacer - Babe||QoL - Retexture||19 March 2016||37 KB||Replaces spiders by summer 'babe'. An exclusive creature that was removed from the game.|
|Increase View Distance Mod||Tutorial - Retexture||12 Jun 2016||5 KB||Tutorial showing how to increase the rendering distance through hacking (much like EyeOfArgonia for DaggerFall). Also includes a mod for removing trees.|