Arma 3: Getting Started

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Buying Arma 3

Arma 3 is a Steam platform exclusive game and can be bought on the Arma 3 Steam page.


Arma 3 has some Editions and bundles to purchase. Bundles are always cheaper than purchasing products separately.

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Buying DLCs

You may wonder if you need to buy DLCs. You do not need anything to enjoy playing Arma 3 (but the base game), but depending on which experience you are after the common recommendations change:

  • For a Singleplayer experience, the base campaign, Arma 3 Laws of War and in an other style Arma 3 Contact singleplayer campaigns are considered among the best singleplayer moments. If you can afford it too, see also the Arma 3 Tac-Ops Mission Pack for a combat experience from multiple points of view.
  • For a Multiplayer experience, it is recommended to at least own Arma 3 Apex to be able to play with its assets and have access to the Tanoa terrain. The cooperation campaign is good to play through too.
  • Every asset such as weapons and vehicles provided by Bohemia Interactive are free to test in Arsenal (LEARN > VIRTUAL ARSENAL). If you wonder if the DLC is worth your money, it is possible to try it for free.
  • You can purchase Arma 3 DLC Essentials (Steam page) to collect the entire DLC sets (except the Expansions, Arma 3 Apex and Arma 3 Contact).

Informative Important

Starting with the game

You bought the game, downloaded it, installed it, configured it via the launcher, started it: now what?
If you are not familiar with the armaSeries series, a usual recommendation is to access the main menu and select Tutorial, you can find choices such as:


Playing in Single Player

In-game training

  • Play the VR Training missions to understand the principles
  • Play the Showcases to apply these principles in real action
  • Play the Bootcamp campaign
  • Practice weapons and vehicles in the Virtual Arsenal
  • Discover the available Terrains in Eden Editor


Playing in Multiplayer


  • If you own Arma 3 Apex, play its Multiplayer campaign "Apex Protocol" with experienced friends
  • Hours of practice will help you:
    • Find the kind of game you like, among the various Multiplayer game types
    • Getting different experiences no training can bring (situational awareness, reflexes, specific cases)
  • If possible, try to play on multiple servers with friends or an Arma 3 Unit!

Steam Workshop 101

Arma 3 does support Steam Workshop. You can find mods (a.k.a addons) that add some assets, features and experiences that don't exist in vanilla (addon-free) Arma 3, or user-made scenarios providing another game experience.

To add and install Workshop items, follow these steps:

Download and play a Scenario

  1. Open the Arma 3 Steam Workshop and select the Scenario tag.
  2. Find a scenario you like.
  3. Click subscribe on Steam SubscribeButton.png to subscribe to a scenario. It will automatically download when the game is started.
  4. Open the game and navigate to SINGLEPLAYER > SCENARIOS.
  5. The subscribed mission will be downloaded and found under the Steam Subscribed Content.

Download and activate a Mod

  1. Open the Arma 3 Steam Workshop and select the Mod tag.
  2. Find a mod you like.
  3. Click subscribe on Steam SubscribeButton.png to subscribe to a mod.
  4. Start Arma 3 from your Steam Library, that will open Arma 3 Launcher.
  5. Subscribed mods will be downloaded automatically.
  6. Click the MODS tab.
  7. Downloaded mods are automatically loaded. If you need to unload a mod, click the checkbox.
  8. Press PLAY to launch Arma 3 with selected mods.


Finding players, communities and help

Official communication channels

Common game modes servers

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