Squad Arena

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Squad Arena is a PvP game mode in Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes where players use a team of characters to climb ranks by battling against other players' AI controlled teams. The last team a player chooses to attack with will be the team used to defend their rank spot. It unlocks when a player reaches Level 28 and the ranks go from 20,000 to 1 with rewards varying based on rank.


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There are 3 opponents to choose between; the opponent on the right holds the highest rank possible to obtain at the current rank and will not change when clicking the refresh button on the Matches tab. The middle and left opponents can be changed by clicking refresh unless you are rank 4. Each battle has a limit of 5 minutes to defeat the other team in and running out of time will result in a Draw which is counted the same as losing the battle. When a player defeats an opponent they will swap rank positions with them. There is a max of 5 battles per day with a cooldown of 10 minutes before being able to start the next battle. The cooldown can be instantly refreshed by paying 50 crystals. Crystals can be used to refresh the battles count back to 5, below is a table that shows the number of times it can be refreshed and the cost associated with it. In total, there can be 30 battles a day.

Battle Refreshes
Times Cost Total Cost
1 Game-Icon-Crystal.png 50 Game-Icon-Crystal.png 50
2 Game-Icon-Crystal.png 100 Game-Icon-Crystal.png 150
3 Game-Icon-Crystal.png 100 Game-Icon-Crystal.png 250
4 Game-Icon-Crystal.png 200 Game-Icon-Crystal.png 450
5 Game-Icon-Crystal.png 200 Game-Icon-Crystal.png 650

Prizes and Payouts

Prizes are the rewards you get each day based on the rank you are in and can be found in the Prizes tab on the Squad Arena screen. Payout is a term used to describe the exact moment a player receives their prize for the rank they made it to. The Payout times are determined by the time zone associated with the device when you start the game for the first time. To view or change the payout times for arenas and daily activities reset go to Settings and choose Time Settings. You are allowed to change them twice a year.

Rank 1 Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 900 Game-Icon-Credits.png 50K
Rank 2 Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 850 Game-Icon-Credits.png 48K
Rank 3 Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 800 Game-Icon-Credits.png 46K
Rank 4 Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 775 Game-Icon-Credits.png 44K
Rank 5 Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 750 Game-Icon-Credits.png 42K
Rank 6 - 10 Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 700 Game-Icon-Credits.png 40K
Rank 11 - 20 Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 675 Game-Icon-Credits.png 30K
Rank 21 - 50 Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 650 Game-Icon-Credits.png 25K
Rank 51 - 100 Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 625 Game-Icon-Credits.png 22.5K
Rank 101 - 200 Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 600 Game-Icon-Credits.png 20K
Rank 201 - 500 Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 500 Game-Icon-Credits.png 18K
Rank 501 - 1000 Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 400 Game-Icon-Credits.png 16K
Rank 1001 - 2500 Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 300 Game-Icon-Credits.png 14K
Rank 2501 - 5000 Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 200 Game-Icon-Credits.png 12K
Rank 5001 - 10000 Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 100 Game-Icon-Credits.png 10K
Rank 10001+ Game-Icon-Squad Arena Token.png 50 Game-Icon-Credits.png 5K

Arena Shards

An Arena Shard or "Shard" is the term given by the community to talk about the group of players they have to compete against in Squad Arena. They have also been referred to as arena groups and the developers refer to them as Leaderboards. The way the arena shard works is when a player reaches level 28 they get assigned to an arena shard and when it reaches 20,000 players a new arena shard is created.


  • Look at the top 50 teams in your arena shard to get an idea of what teams would be good to use or farm for. SWGOH.GG Meta Report is also another great place to get team ideas.
  • Several bots for Discord servers have an option for showing you the highest arena rank you can achieve within 5 battles.

Information on speed climbing
Note: This information is not meant to be an argument for or against any of these tactics players may choose to use. With the removal of crystals from the rewards the importance of this is much less, resulting in a decline in players looking to do this.
Some players in the community like to maximize their efforts in arenas by starting off in higher positions or with better rosters. There are three ways they achieve this:

  1. Spend lots of money to increase their roster and levels within a short amount of time.
  2. Use accounts not bound to any email/facebook account or watch chats in discord, official forum, or reddit to see when a new shard is opened to obtain a higher starting position.
  3. Get into a good guild and just sit below player level 28 to hoard shards, gear and energy for several months until they can unlock key characters or ships to secure high positions in a fresh arena shard.

Each of these tactics is going to have a downside. Option 1 is going to be very expensive because time is the most expensive resource to spend money on in the game and trying to quickly level from just beginning the game adds up fast. When trying to do options 2 and 3 there is no guarantee that the shard they get on will not have players who will spend lots of money to get into a position higher than them. The Hyperdrive Bundle has helped lessen the amount of money needed, but will also decrease the edge people have for hoarding by increasing the number of people they will have to compete with as well as decreasing the amount of time they can stay at the top without anyone being able to drop them. The Hyperdrive bundle also means anyone trying to do option 3 now has to add buying it to stay ahead otherwise they will not be able to increase their player level fast enough without it.


  • Squad Arena was available when the game launched 11-24-2015.
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Retired Information

Squad arena use to be the best place to gain crystals on a daily basis but they were removed as rewards in late 2021 and placed as rewards for Grand Arena. This change basically killed the need and use for Shard Chats, but for historical purposes the information pertaining to them has been moved to this section.

Shard Chats

Shard chats are a chatroom, usually in-game or on a social platform such as Line or Discord, where the top 50 or 20 players in an Arena Shard can talk with each other. Since payouts are specific to each player and not paid out to everyone at a set time, shard chats are usually used to inform other players of when everyones payout time is so people can avoid battling them near their payout. This can potentially help more people obtain higher payouts within their shard while also spending less crystals and time in-game. Unfortunately the exact rules of a Shard Chat are set by those running it and will vary from shard to shard with some even dictating who can be in which ranks. This has led to a lot of mixed feelings in the community about the fairness in Squad Arena and the use of Shard Chats. For help finding your Shard Chat see below.

  • Most shard chats will contact you once they see you enter the rank range they may have set for it, but if you want to find out info on it before then, you can contact the top 10 players or so in the Arena Shard and ask about it. To find them do a search for them on google by doing site:swgoh.gg playername. If they have a profile on that website check their player page to make sure the Guild name matches, then use their ally code to send them a message in-game about it. If they do not have a GG Profile then you may try to find them on: