🎅 Costumed Krampus -- 5* Ice/ Blue from Santa's Challenge (Winter)

New Santa’s Challenge Costume is released: Costumed Krampus

This thread is for discussing strategy related to Costumed Krampus, as well as your thoughts on him.

Costumed Krampus

Rarity Element Class Mana Speed Mana CB
Level Attack Defense Health

+1 Costume
+1 Costume
+1 Costume
Origin Family
Santa’s Challenge Winter
Image Aether Power Description
dodge Dodge At the start of each battle, this Hero gets +20% chance to dodge Special Skills that deal damage for 6 turns.
In battles with multiple waves, the effect is refreshed at the beginning of each wave.
:dizzy: Special Skill: Merriest Mysery
  • Summons an Elf Minion for each ally with 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster.
  • The Caster gets Taunt that prevents enemies from using Special Skills on the caster’s allies for 3 turns.
  • The caster gets +30% defence for 3 turns.
  • All allies get +45% attack, and a further 20% increase every time they are hit during 3 turns.

All-in-one still under construction. Card image to be added when available.

:hugs: Family Bonus

Christmas (Winter) Heroes now all have a family bonus for unique heroes of the same family.

Winter Family
Bonus for 2 / 3 heroes:

  • +2% / +3% health for Minions
  • +5% / +10% attack for Minions

:balance_scale: Balance Changes

Feb 2022

Jun 2023 (Big Balance Update)

:test_tube: Changes from Beta

There appear to be no changes to Costumed Santa Claus from last-seen Beta stats, skill, and design.

Beta Information: 🧪 Early Information on Santa's Challenge Hero Costumes [Part of The Beta Beat v43]

:thought_balloon: What do you think of Costumed Krampus ?

This thread is for thoughts and discussion on Costumed Krampus.

Based on preferences Forum members have expressed, please try to stick mainly to Costumed Krampus and not wander off topic too much to other heroes.

Some Popular Questions for Discussion

  • Is Costumed Krampus worth summoning for?

  • Would you use Costumed Krampus on Defense? Offense? War? Quests/Events? Titans?

  • Which heroes on your Roster best pair with Costumed Krampus ?

  • What heroes would you take when facing Costumed Krampus as an opponent?

  • Would you give Costumed Krampus Rogue Emblems? Which Talent Grid path will you choose?

  • What do you think of special?

  • What do you think of Costumed Krampus’s character design?

  • If you Summoned Costumed Krampus and would like to post your results, please include some thoughts on why you Summoned Costumed Krampus, and whether/how you plan to make use of them.*

*NOTE: Summon Results posted without any commentary/feedback at all should be flagged as Off Topic and removed, based on preferences expressed by the Forum community. Please include some comments about what you think of Costumed Krampus when posting Summon Results. In addition to opinions about Costumed Krampus, you are also encouraged to include how many Summons it took before receiving Costumed Krampus (or how many Summons you’ve done without receiving Costumed Krampus), so other players are presented with realistic experiences of the rarity of Legendary Event Hero.

:money_with_wings: Avoiding Overspending & Heartache :broken_heart:
Or: How many summons are needed to get a Legendary Challenge Event Hero?

It’s important to remember that Challenge Event Heroes have EXTREMELY low summoning odds. No amount of summoning will guarantee a Challenge Event Hero.

On average, in a 10-pull, you have a 1.65% chance of summoning Costumed Krampus.

But that statistic can lead our minds astray in exactly how our odds play out as we continue summoning.

Some useful insights:

  • 15 times out of 100, you’ll get Costumed Krampus by pull 100 (26,000 gems)
  • 56 times out of 100, you’ll get Costumed Krampus by pull 500 (130,000 gems)
  • 95 times out of 100, you’ll get Costumed Krampus by pull 1,796 (467,200 gems)
  • 99 times out of 100, you’ll get Costumed Krampus by pull 2,761 (717,900 gems)

Putting that in Perspective

  • 85 out of every 100 people won’t get Costumed Krampus by the 100th pull

  • If 1 Million players each spent $259.97 (US) to summon :one::zero::zero: times, 846,364 of those players wouldn’t get Costumed Krampus

  • 5 out of every 100 people won’t get Costumed Krampus by the 1800th pull

  • If 1 Million players each spent $4,671.53 US to summon :one::eight::zero::zero: times, 49,663 of those players wouldn’t get Costumed Krampus

More Insights & Reading

I highly recommend reading these three threads for more information and context on summoning odds:

If you’ve read them a million times before, you may consider reading them again before deciding on your budget for summoning. A little time spent deciding on how much money you want to risk on summoning goes a long way to avoiding disappointment, frustration, and regret later. :slight_smile:

:thinking: Wondering About Your Personal Situation?

Feel free to discuss your team and roster here, and ask for advice from other Forum members.

If you’d like more extensive advice on sorting out your particular roster, I recommend creating a new thread in Gameplay Help & Tactics, and posting screenshots of your hero roster, along with your questions.

:link: Related Threads You May Be Interested In


Feedback Poll - Costumed Krampus (post release)

:question: Is Costumed Krampus worth Summoning For?

  • Yes, absolutely
  • Only if you’re P2P
  • Yes, but only when featured.
  • Not really
  • Not at all

0 voters

:question: How many copies of Costumed Krampus would be useful to keep & Level?
Note - this is roster space dependent & isn’t the same for everyone!

  • Zero
  • Just one
  • 2
  • 3
  • All of them

0 voters

:question: What do you think Costumed Krampus’s Primary Purpose is?

  • Minion Summoner
  • Taunter (Ally Protector)
  • Defense Buffer (Self)
  • Attack Buffer (Allies)

0 voters

:question: What do you think of Costumed Krampus compared to other Heroes?

  • Over Powered (OP)
  • Little stronger than Most
  • On Par with Most
  • Little Weaker than Most
  • Completely Broken (Under Powered)

0 voters

:question: How does Costumed Krampus’s Special Skill and Intended Purpose match Costumed Krampus’s Base Stats?

Note this means her Class, Attack, Defence & HP Stat

  • Perfectly
  • Better than Most
  • On Par with Most
  • Worse than Most
  • Terribly

0 voters

:question: What do you think which version of Krampus is better ?

  • Normal Krampus
  • Costumed Krampus

0 voters

:question: Is Costumed Krampus worth giving Sorcerer Emblems to the original hero?

  • Yes absolutely
  • Depends on who else you got
  • Hmmmm, not sure yet
  • No I don’t think so
  • No… Not at all.

0 voters

:question: In Defence, where do you think Costumed Krampus is best used?

  • Left Wing
  • Left Flank
  • Tank
  • Right Flank
  • Right Wing
  • Not on defence at all.

0 voters

:question: How do you think Costumed Krampus is best used?

  • PvP Raids/ War attack
  • Normal Defence
  • War Defence
  • Titans
  • Farming
  • Tournaments
  • Event Teams

0 voters

Choose up to 3 options

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I’m glad they finally made him a rogue.
Of all the heroes who need adjustment,
Let’s fix Krampus!

For those of you who spent money on him last year, I have a burning question:

How does this make you feel?


Original Krampus is seemingly better than this costumed version - so feeling just swell, thanks!


You are unquestionably wrong by this amount of math:

You will be censured by a rogue taunter vs a sorcerer that does no damage.

And debatably wrong vs drastically increasing his team output damage while still be very difficult to kill.

Strike 3
go back to the dugout


I failed to notice he’s rogue. So we have a taunter that can dodge attacks that can be only aimed at him. Fun stuff. Thankfully Rogue talent does not negate dispels so at least that will affect him.


As usual. Plurality is important!

Summons hits will will charge their dmg.
Empty tiles will count towards your doom!
Each cascade, will charge mana, and…
If I remember right. The cap is +145% damage.

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Yet another OP pain in the butt hero who was already bad enough to face before the costume, let alone with the infuriating rogue talent.

Haha, well played!

Personally, I like him best as a tank - which the non-costume version does have some positives over.

The difficulty with Krampus was always the scaling undispellable def up. I’d far rather face his costume version. Changing him to rogue means little, does anyone really get scared firing a special at a rogue who can only evade the damage part, and only 25% chance to at that? Dispell for the taunt followed by a def down and scary krampus goes bye bye. Plus as its not a S1 costume the stat bonuses are inconsequential.


Rogue is the second best class in the game. It is very annoying when the damage is evaded, and will be extra annoying when you can only hit him. I also cant believe no one has commented on the extra turn of taunt. His costume version is much better than regular.


Krampus was already amazing, and now we are going to make him a rogue and give him and extra turn of taunt? A year after he was released and chased, as well. Very poor taste SG.

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I worry far more about cleric manashield and monk resisting ailments than rogue. The only time rogue concerns me is when it is a damage dealer like frigg whose special is about to wipe you if you don’t kill her but she evades.

Krampus as a rogue with a small chance to avoid the damage does not concern me in any form.


Here’s some rough math:

After emblems:
Def: 1,060
HP: 1,667

After LB:
Def: 1,140
HP: 1,793

And after he fires:
Def: 1,710
HP: 1,972

  • Plus dodge chance
  • Plus an extra round of taunt
  • Plus stacking ally damage for every tile and every minion hit.

Now by comparison to after current fires:
Def: 1,543
HP: 1,871

with wasted emblems,

One of the more annoying factors that people will discover isn’t when he dodges with taunt active… which admittedly will be annoying.
I’m usually dumping my sniper skills
Before Krampus fires…!
Knock him down to where I can manage him with tiles. If he dodges that…? …
Regardless… now he has emblems that mean something. Is still difficult to kill even without them, and that’s IF…you survive his ally cannon fire (up to +145%)
And people shrug lol…

This hero did not need a costume…
Guess we will see how "inconsequential" and "unconcerning" it all is as time wears on. Those two word will likely be accurate, after a few 2022 portals.


Current Krampus’ defense can increase over time post-special, if he’s hit (+10% per hit). It’s also undispellable - which appears different from the costumed flat-50%.

I agree - numbers are insane, and costume was not needed.

Hitting either version of Krampus with a sniper AFTER they fire is a waste

Hitting the current version with a sniper BEFORE he fires is not a waste!
Hitting the Costume…? That might be…

After either fire, you need 2 dispel

For the current version, If you need to move tiles to charge your dispel, then you’re skating on thin ice.

For the costume version, If you need to move tiles to charge your dispel…


Premier defenses care more for damage.

And the Costume of Krampus
Is not made of paper…

For offense I would probably stick with the original version unless fighting heavy summons.

On defense use costume at reverse right wing, with red or green at left wing, someone like C. Kad.
And 3 fast damage up the middle.

If your enemy doesn’t take 2 4* dispeller, Which also happen to be charged after Krampus… Then they will learn to appreciate what cascades do to that team

You don’t need 2 dispell though. A dispell and a defence down works better (costume kiril would be perfect to also reduce attk from the scaling attk up, but in the same way I don’t bother with that when it’s Khiona, I won’t be too concerned about it here either). The +50% def being turned into a -35% or lower works much better. Which you can’t do against the regular because of its undispellable. I use snipers all the time on my attacks including against Krampus. That won’t be changing.

If I had original Krampus there is no way I’d be fretting and worrying about needing his costume in the same way I don’t need the costumes for my Poseidon, Seshat or the upcoming 9ne for LotL.

I personally like the original more because as a sorc class he gets an additional 2% mana, which is helpful for average heros and I primarily use him for his defense gain.

Sure you can dispell the taunt but being able to absorb title damage and a special prior to a dispell is great. And his defense up cant be dispelled.

As a Rogue he can dodge a special but that doesn’t mean he can dodge a dispell. On rush wars he may be more annoying but for normal defenses I find his regular version with the bonus better.

Either way he is an amazing hero, I have the original and will pull for his costume with my 30 EHT. Not a gaurentee summon but a blue BK is always worth it.

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Actually doesn’t make me feel bad since he is already such a great hero regardless of the costume.


Well there you have it SG.
Krampus owners don’t care about the costume. Some are even happy.

It appears you are a go
To release S3 costumes by spring,
Your road is paved in gold!