12 Arena achievements were added to the game. This would be cool but most of them are unrealistic and will be impossible to achieve for some players. It looks like the pay to play concept is now flowing over to achievements as 3 of them require you spend reward points. This is bad news for an already fragile game and Zynga should really reexamine these achievements. The Arena itself is not easy for weak players or for those with low stamina pools. If you are OCD about achievements, this may be the final straw. Some more bad news for players who already have the Arena is that none of the previous Arenas you have participated in count towards 9 of the achievements.
Before reviewing what it will take to earn these achievements, lets take a look at them.
Highly Respected Bronze
Earned by reaching 1600 Respect in the Shootout Arena
Highly Respected Silver
Earned by reaching 2000 Respect in the Shootout Arena
Highly Respected Gold
Earned by reaching 2400 Respect in the Shootout Arena
Damage Dealer Bronze
Earned by dealing 100,000 damage (Score) in the Shootout Arena
Damage Dealer Silver
Earned by dealing 1,000,000 damage (Score) in the Shootout Arena
Damage Dealer Gold
Earned by dealing 10,000,000 damage (Score) in the Shootout Arena
View from the Top Bronze
Earned by being at the #1 position on the Scoreboard at the end of a Shootout Arena battle 10 times
View from the Top Silver
Earned by being at the #1 position on the Scoreboard at the end of a Shootout Arena battle 100 times
View from the Top Gold
Earned by being at the #1 position on the Scoreboard at the end of a Shootout Arena battle 1000 times
God of Death Bronze
Earned by using the Kamikaze power up 10 times in the Shootout Arena
God of Death Silver
Earned by using the Kamikaze power up 100 times in the Shootout Arena
God of Death Gold
Earned by using the Kamikaze power up 1000 times in the Shootout Arena
The Highly Respected achievements require that you earn respect. Respect is gain in small increments and is based on yours and that of the other players. As you earn more Respect, it becomes harder to get but much easier to lose. Below is how Zynga defines Respect .
Currently the Top 10 Global Respect Leaderboard has a range of 1,875-1,709. Yeah that’s me in the #1 position but it’s only because I’ve participated in too many Arenas to count. Almost all the Arenas I do now net in 0 respect because the players I’m up against don’t have enough Respect to raise my score. Needing to get to 2,400 seems impossible. Once more of the stronger players get the Arena, I anticipate losing a lot of this Respect.
Q: What is Respect? How do I earn it?
A: Respect shows your strength as a fighter in the Arena. At the end of each Arena, you will gain (or lose) some respect. The amount of Respect earned or lost depends on your Final position in the Arena compared to your opponents as displayed on the Results page after an Arena battle ends. You will gain significant Respect if you are able to position yourself higher than an opponent with a higher Respect compared to you. On the other hand, you will lose Respect if an opponent with lesser Respect stands higher than you in an Arena.
The Damage Dealer achievements require you do a certain amount of cumulative damage. Your score is the amount of damage you deal. I typically deal between 10,000-20,000 damage.
You can see the score I earned in the Arena Table shown above is applied to my achievement. Assuming all my Arenas have this same score, I will need to participate in 560 more to deal 10 million damage. The average player in the Arena shown above will need to participate in 8,026 more Arenas!
The View From The Top achievements are earned by coming in 1st place. This will be easier for some than it will be for others. The main factors which contribute to success in the Arena are stamina and your personal attack. The stronger you are, the more damage you will do to your opponents. The more stamina you have, the more attacks you can do in the Arena. Placing 1st requires that you outclass and outlast all the other participants in the Arena. Placing 1st a thousand times is very unrealistic and will take some players a very long time.
The best has been saved for last. Players are expected to use the Kamikaze Power Up 1,000 times. What’s unique about Kamikaze Power Ups is you can’t craft them from Power Cards and you can’t earn them. The only way to acquire them is to purchase them using reward points. Each Kamikaze costs 4 reward points and there isn’t even a discount if you buy them in bulk.
Kamikaze Power Ups aren’t even needed to do well in the Arena. In fact they can hurt you if used at the wrong time. Because they use all your stamina in one attack, you can find yourself out of bullets if you use them too soon. If your opponent has activated a Reflector Power Up, you may find the damage you planned on doing to your opponent is actually done to yourself! If you use a Kamikaze Power Up, you will also need to use a Stamina Refill if you want to do well in your Arena fight. Stamina Refills cost 8 reward points each.
To break this down, 1,000 Kamikazes will cost 4,000 reward points and that is the equivalent of $800.00 USD. If you wait for Marketplace Promotions to purchase reward points, it will cost you $400.00! I’m very OCD about achievements but this one crosses the line. I use my reward points to make my character stronger and I can’t justify spending $400.00 for 1 achievement. Something needs to give or this will be the reason I finally quit playing this game.