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The Elder Scrolls: Arena

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Title Screen

The Elder Scrolls: Arena

Developer: Bethesda Softworks
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platform: DOS
Released in US: April 1994
Released in EU: 1994


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

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This page is rather stubbly and could use some expansion.
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THE EMPORER 'SEPTIM' HAS BEEN CAPTURED BY EVIL HENCHMAN 'THARN'. USING ANCIENT SCEPTER 'CHAOS', GO FIND THE 8 PIECES 'PLAYER' TO SAVE HIM.

Arena is the first entry in the Elder Scrolls series. It was initially a gladiator game that was transformed into an RPG over time.

Unused Text

Present from 3C4D8 to 3C60A in a decompressed executable of a.exe are a few leftovers from when the game allowed the player to have team members:

Team leader
Team member 2
Team member 3
Team member 4

Revisional Differences

  • Version 1.01 added the ability to check the version number.
  • v1.05 added the ability to rename spells.
  • v1.06 added the ability to slow the game down with the '-delay' command for faster processors, such as the Pentium.
  • Patches added the ability to have messages instantly pop in instead of pixellating in by pressing F4.

Unused Graphics

ElderScrollsArenaPOPTALK.gif ElderScrollsArenaS2.gif

These two HUDs are in the graphics files, but there is seemingly no way to enable either. The HUD on the left is featured in screenshots from very early versions of the game, where the player could have up four characters in his or her party.