This thread is to provide early insights and discussion on the New Sand Empire Gameplay & Rewards.
For information and discussion on New Sand Empire Hero & Family please see: 🧪 Early Information on New Sand Empire Hero & Family [Part of The Beta Beat v30]
Don’t get too attached
Details from Beta, especially brand-new Beta content, don’t tend to be very reliable for actual release.
It’s incredibly common that features are changed during Beta testing, or sometimes even after testing but before release. That is, after all, the purpose of Beta testing.
So I wouldn’t get too attached to any of this — it’s not unheard of for entire portions of features to be removed or reworked, or for radical changes to functionality to be made.
New Match Special Shields
The updated Sand Empire features replacements for the usual Match 4 Dragons, and Match 5 Diamonds.
This battle features new Match 4 & 5 Special shields!
Match 5 Shield: explodes in a big diagonal cross formation. Prevents all enemies from taking action for 2 turns.
Match 4 shield: Explodes in a small diagonal cross formation. Prevents all enemies from taking action for 2 turns.
Enemy actions can be prevented for a maximum of
To explain that in a little more detail:
Instead of Match 5+ forming a Diamond that explodes all same-color shields, it instead forms a genie’s lamp, which explodes in a diagonal X to each edge of the board.
Instead of Match 4 forming a Dragon that explodes the adjacent shields, it instead forms an hourglass, which explodes the hourglass and each shield diagonally adjacent to it, forming a small X.
Both special shields cause all enemies to have their turn counter increased by 2, to a maximum of
5turns. In addition, Bosses are unable to fire Special Skills while delayed, even with full Mana. Their Mana Bar flashes gray until the delay expires.
New Difficulty Mode
Previous versions of Seasonal Events had Normal and Advanced Modes — like the revised version of Springvale, this new version of Sand Empire also has an Easy Mode as well.
Change in Recommended Team Power
I’ve taken note that the Recommended TP for each Stage is considerably higher than those for Springvale.
Recommended TP tends to be a bit arbitrary, but this may indicate an intended higher difficulty level, offset by the new Match 4 & 5 Special Shields in Sand Empire, which considerably benefit players when used wisely.
Like previous versions of Sand Empire, there are 20 Stages per Difficulty Mode.
With the addition of Easy, that now means there are a total of 60 Stages across the three Difficulty Modes.
There don’t appear to be storyline intro dialogue screens yet, so it’s unclear whether they will be updated or the same as last year’s.
Updated Rewards & Flag Requirements
NOTE: Springvale had avatars at a number of points that Sand Empire currently does not. I suspect this is just a function of it being the first test version, not because they won’t be added. I’ve indicated the Stages which had avatars in Springvale below as “No Avatar (yet).”
The rewards for Easy are similar to last year’s rewards for Normal.
|1||3||1500||6x Clean Cloth|
|2||3||1550||6x Common Herbs|
|3||3||1600||8x Clean Cloth|
|4||3||1650||6x Crude Iron|
|5||3||1700||8x Common Herbs|
|6||3||1750||7x Large Bone|
|7||3||1800||6x Leather Strips|
|8||3||1850||10x Practice Sword|
|9||3||1900||3x Minor Healing Potion|
|10||4||1950||1* Yellow Trainer Hero, 3x Minor Mana Potion, 8x Leather Strips|
|11||4||2000||2x Antidote, 7x Oil|
|12||4||2050||10x Adventurer’s Kit, 7x String|
|13||4||2100||2x Arrow Attack, 10x Clean Cloth|
|14||4||2150||4x Axe Attack, 10x Common Herbs|
|15||4||2200||1x Mana Potion, 10x Crude Iron|
|16||4||2250||10x Training Manual, 9x Large Bone|
|17||4||2300||1x Axe Attack, 10x Leather Strips|
|18||5||2350||1x Potent Healing Potion, 13x Oil|
|19||5||2400||1x Mana Potion, 13x String|
|20||5||2450||2x 1* Yellow Trainer, 1x Epic Troop Token, 10x Training Manual|
|1||6||2500||5x Crystal Shard|
|3||6||2600||6x Crypt Mushroom|
|4||6||2650||6x Crystal Shard|
|6||6||2750||3x Leather Armor, 7x Metal Ores|
|7||6||2800||4x Axe Attack, 7x Potent Leaves|
|8||6||2850||1x Mana Potion, 7x Sunspire Feathers|
|9||6||2900||3x Leather Armor, 8x Metal Ores|
|10||7||2950||, 2* Yellow Trainer Hero, 1x Chainmail Shirt, 1x Axe Attack|
|11||7||3000||1x Potent Healing Potion, 8x Potent Leaves|
|12||7||3050||3x Leather Armor, 8x Sunspire Feathers|
|13||7||3100||1x Mana Potion, 7x Crypt Mushroom|
|14||7||3150||2x Bomb Attack, 7x Crystal Shard|
|15||7||3200||3x Arcane Scripts, 7x Firestone|
|16||7||3250||2x Super Antidotes, 9x Metal Ores|
|17||7||3300||1x Dragon Banner, 9x Potent Leaves|
|18||8||3350||3x Leather Armor, 9x Sunspire Feathers|
|19||8||3400||1x Revive Scroll, 3x Fine Steel|
|1||9||3600||1x Super Antidotes, 5x Grimoire Dust|
|2||9||3650||3x Arcane Scripts, 3x Hardwood Lumber|
|3||9||3700||1x Dragon Banner, 3x Midnight Roots|
|4||9||3750||1x Revive Scroll, 2x Meteor Fragments|
|5||9||3800||3x Leather Armor, 3x Dragon Bone|
|6||9||3850||1x Bomb Attack, 2x Orichalcum Nugget|
|7||9||3900||3x Leather Armor, 4x Fine Steel|
|8||9||4000||1x Dragon Banner, 5x Fine Steel|
|9||9||4050||7x Grimoire Dust, 1x Dragon Bone|
|10||10||4100||2x 3* Yellow Trainer, 1x Orb of Magic, 3x Arcane Scripts|
|11||10||4150||4x Rogue Emblem, 1x Bomb Attack, 4x Hardwood Lumber|
|12||10||4200||4x Sorcerer Emblem, 1x Super Antidote, 4x Midnight Roots|
|13||10||4250||4x Wizard Emblem, 1x Super Mana Potion, 6x Hardwood Lumber|
|14||10||4300||4x Barbarian Emblem, 1x Super Healing Potion, 6x Midnight Roots|
|15||10||4350||, 1x Epic Hero Token, 4x Cleric Emblem|
|16||10||4400||4x Druid Emblem, 1x Revive Scroll, 3x Meteor Fragments|
|17||10||4450||4x Fighter Emblem, 1x Timestop, 5x Dragon Bone|
|18||11||4500||4x Monk Emblem, 1x Tornado, 5x Meteor Fragment|
|19||11||4550||4x Paladin Emblem, 1x Miracle Scroll, 4x Orichalcum Nugget|
For a full list of items currently in beta testing, as well as their related threads, please see: