🧪 Early Information on New Santa's Challenge (Christmas) Gameplay & Rewards [Part of The Beta Beat v33]

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This thread is to provide early insights and discussion on the New Christmas Gameplay & Rewards.

For information and discussion on New Christmas Heroes & Family please see: 🧪 Early Information on New Christmas Heroes (Santa's Challenge) & Family Bonus [Part of The Beta Beat V33]


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 Difficulty Mode

Previous versions of Seasonal Events had Normal and Advanced Modes — like the revised version of Springvale, Sand Empire & Return to Morlovia, this new version of Santa’s Challenge also has an Easy Mode added as well.


Stages

Unlike the other Seasonal Events, Santa’s challenge features 24 stages per difficulty (vs. 20 for the other 3 seasonal events).

With the addition of Easy, that now means there are a total of 72 Stages across the three Difficulty Modes.


Storyline

Storyline dialogue appears to be the same as previous iterations of Santa’s Challenge.



Updated Rewards & Flag Requirements

There is a total energy requirement of 89 WE for Easy, 161 WE for Normal & 233 WE for Hard; with a combined total of 483 WE for all 3 difficulties.

Rewards Summary:

Item Quantity
Emblems 10x of each Class
4* Ascension Mats 1x Farsight Telescope
1x Mystic Rings
4* Ascension Mats 1x Warm Cape
1x Hidden Blade
Avatars 1x of each Winter Family Hero
(Rudolph, Frosty, Carol, Buddy, Mother North, Santa Claus & Krampus
Summon Tokens 2x EHT
1x ETT

Click for Easy Mode Info
Stage WE Required Recommended TP Rewards
1 3 :triangular_flag_on_post: 1500 5x Clean Cloth
2 3 :triangular_flag_on_post: 1520 5x Common Herbs
3 3 :triangular_flag_on_post: 1550 6x Clean Cloth
4 3 :triangular_flag_on_post: 1570 5x Crude Iron
5 3 :triangular_flag_on_post: 1600 6x Common Herbs
6 3 :triangular_flag_on_post: 1620 5x Large Bone
7 3 :triangular_flag_on_post: 1650 5x Leather Strips
8 3 :triangular_flag_on_post: 1670 6x Crude Iron
9 3 :triangular_flag_on_post: 1700 8x Large Bone
10 3 :triangular_flag_on_post: 1750 6x Leather Strips
11 3 :triangular_flag_on_post: 1800 8x Clean Cloth
8x Common Herbs
12 4 :triangular_flag_on_post: 1850 Rudolph Avatar
1x 1* Blue Trainer
10x Leather Armor
8x Crude Iron
13 4 :triangular_flag_on_post: 1900 4x Minor Healing Potion
6x Large Bone
14 4 :triangular_flag_on_post: 1950 4x Minor Mana Potion
8x Leather Strips
15 4 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2000 2x Antidotes
7x Oil
16 4 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2050 10x Adventurer’s Kits
7x String
17 4 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2100 2x Arrow Attack
10x Clean Cloth
18 4 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2150 4x Axe Attack
10x Common Herbs
19 4 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2200 1x Mana Potion
10x Crude Iron
20 4 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2250 10x Training Manual
9x Large Bone
21 5 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2300 1x Axe Attack
10x Leather Strips
22 5 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2350 1x Potent Healing Potion
13x Oil
23 5 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2400 1x Mana Potion
13x String
24 5 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2450 Frosty Avatar
1x 1* Red Trainer
1x Epic Troop Token
10x Training Manual

Click for Normal Mode Info
Stage WE Required Recommended TP Rewards
1 6 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2450 4x Crystal Shards
2 6 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2470 4x Firestone
3 6 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2500 4x Crypt Mushroom
4 6 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2520 5x Crystal Shard
5 6 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2550 5x Firestone
6 6 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2600 5x Metal Ores
7 6 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2650 3x Leather Armor
5x Potent Leaves
8 6 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2700 1x 2* Blue Trainer
4x Axe Attack
7x Sunspire Feathers
9 6 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2800 1x Mana Potion
8x Metal Ores
10 6 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2850 3x Leather Armor
6x Crystal Shards
11 6 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2900 1x Axe Attack
6x Firestone
12 7 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2950 Buddy Avatar
1x Chainmail
5x Crypt Mushroom
13 7 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3000 6x Potent Leaves
6x Metal Ores
14 7 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3050 1x Axe Attack
1x Fine Steel
15 7 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3100 1x Potent Healing Potion
8x Potent Leaves
16 7 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3150 1x 2* Red Trainer Hero
3x Leather Armor
8x Sunspire Feathers
17 7 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3200 1x Mana Potion
7x Crypt Mushroom
18 7 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3250 2x Bomb Attack
7x Crystal Shard
19 7 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3300 3x Arcane Scripts
7x Firestone
20 7 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3350 2x Super Antidote
8x Metal Ore
21 8 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3400 1x Dragon Banner
7x Potent Leaves
22 8 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3450 3x Battle Manual
9x Sunspire Feathers
23 8 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3500 1x Revive Scroll
3x Fine Steel
24 8 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3550 Carol Avatar
1x 3* Blue Trainer
1x Epic Hero Token
1x Hidden Blade

Click for Hard Mode Info
Stage WE Required Recommended TP Rewards
1 9 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3550 1x Super Antidote
3x Grimoire Dust
2 9 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3570 3x Arcane Script
2x Hardwoon Lumber
3 9 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3600 1x Dragon Banner
2x Midnight Roots
4 9 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3620 1x Revive Scroll
1x Meteor Fragments
5 9 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3650 1x Strong Rope
3x Dragon Bone
6 9 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3700 3x Bomb Attack
2x Orichalcum Nuggets
7 9 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3750 1x Warm Cape
4x Fine Steel
8 9 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3800 1x 3* Red Trainer Hero
3x Dragon Banner
5x Fine Steel
9 9 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3850 3x Bomb Attack
4x Groimoire Dust
10 9 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3900 1x Super Antidote
1x Dragon Bone
11 9 :triangular_flag_on_post: 3950 7x Grimoire Dust
2x Meteor Fragment
12 10 :triangular_flag_on_post: 4000 Mother North Avatar
1x Farsight Telescope

1x Chainmail
13 10 :triangular_flag_on_post: 4050 3x Hardwood Lumber
1x Meteor Bone
14 10 :triangular_flag_on_post: 4100 4x Dragon Banner
3x Midnight Roots
15 10 :triangular_flag_on_post: 4150 10x Rogue Emblems
1x Super Antidote
4x Hardwood Lumber
16 10 :triangular_flag_on_post: 4200 1x 4* Blue Trainer Hero
10x Sorcerer Emblems
4x Bomb Attack
4x Midnight Root
17 10 :triangular_flag_on_post: 4250 10x Wizard Emblems
1x Super Mana Potion
7x Hardwood Lumber
18 10 :triangular_flag_on_post: 4300 Santa Claus Avatar
1x Epic Hero Token

10x Barbarian Emblems
1x Super Healing Potion
19 10 :triangular_flag_on_post: 4350 10x Cleric Emblems
7x Midnight Root
1x Dragon Bone
20 10 :triangular_flag_on_post: 4400 10x Druid Emblems
1x Revive Scroll
3x Meteor Fragment
21 11 :triangular_flag_on_post: 4450 10x Fighter Emblems
1x Time Stop
5x Dragon Bone
22 11 :triangular_flag_on_post: 4500 10x Monk Emblems
1x Tornado
6x Meteor Fragments
23 11 :triangular_flag_on_post: 4550 10x Paladin Emblems
1x Miracle Revive Scroll
4x Orichalcum Nugget
24 11 :triangular_flag_on_post: 4600 1x Krampus Avatar
1x 4* Red Trainer Hero
10x Ranger Emblems
1x Mystic Rings

Gameplay Features

The Frosted Tiles (frozen) are returning from last year & feature the same gameplay mechanic.

The shields which are covered with frost! Frosted shields can’t be used in attacks. Match shields to break the frost!

All other match mechanics are the same as regular gameplay.

How this works:

  • Tiles which are frosted CAN be moved
  • Tiles which are frosted involved in a match DO NOT “fire”. They simply lose the frosting.
  • Matching a Diamond or Dragon Bomb by swiping a “frosted tile” DOES NOT result in the formation of the Diamond/ Dragon Bomb.

:superhero: Stage Bosses

will update later if time permits. Will be shared tho before the event starts.


:mantelpiece_clock: Date…???

Unknown. Preliminary guess is that the event will start on the 1st of December & run through to the 4th of January.


For a full list of items currently in beta testing, as well as their related threads, please see:

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I was really hoping that they would revise the mechanic for the frosted tiles. The impact it had on limiting combos made gameplay almost unbearable last year. By far the least enjoyable event. If they wanted to make it a bit better while keeping the “frozen” theme, they could do something like the runestones in Valhalla, where the tiles don’t move but behave normally once they have been used in a match.

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Wow two four star ascension materials in hard mode instead of one. Nice :slight_smile:

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Yup; doing so allows 1x 4* mat to be gained throughout the year from the Seasonal Events.
Santa = rings & scopes
Spring = tonic
Summer = darts
Halloween = tabard

Not much but at least its even lol

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At least, Aife can defeat a level on her own :smiley:

Wait, what, no, surely not, cannot be…

…Nooooo, it’s a typo :scream: ,Sorry Aife :cry:

Edit: Table formatting didn’t survive quoting, sorry but I don’t (yet) know how to fix.
Important column was Recommended TP 3.

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@Guvnor Thanks for fixing the table layout :+1: and thanks for TP update :smiley: (3550)

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@Guvnor Thanks as usual for the info. Do you know if there will be two 10k-gem offers like there were last year? It would be great if they finally let us go back in the calendar and buy older offers, but I’m not expecting that to happen for this event or anytime soon.

Typo, should be: 3* Ascension Mats

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:man_shrugging:

No idea haha

They’ve changed the offers calendars a fair bit in 2020 compared to the same event calendar in 2019… so unsure…

There’s likely to be 2-3 big big offers given that it’s a 4 week event vs. the other Seasonal Events which had 2x large offers over a 2-week event

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Closing this topic out as the content is now added in to live game.

As always, there is still the chance that stuff may change so don’t get too attached.

Please see the main discussion/ FAQ thread for the 2020 Santa’s challenge for more info/s or ongoing discussions:

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