🎅 Rudolph: Santa's Challenge 2019 – Thoughts & Discussion

Santa’s Challenge Hero RETURNING: Rudolph!

Hero Card

:bar_chart: Stats

Rarity Element Class Mana Speed
:fire: Fire/Red Fighter Fast
540 391 608

:dizzy: Special Skill: Antler Attack

  • Deals 285% damage to the target.
  • Reduces the mana of the target by 20%.
  • Summon an Elf Minion with 10% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster.

:thought_balloon: What do you think of Rudolph?

This thread is for thoughts and discussion on Rudolph.

Based on preferences of Forum members expressed recently, please try to stick mainly to Rudolph and not wander off topic too much to other heroes.

Some Popular Questions for Discussion

  • Is he worth summoning for?

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

  • Would you give Rudolph Fighter Emblems? Which Talent Grid path would you choose?

  • What do you think of his special?

  • What do you think of his character design?

  • The theme of Santa’s Challenge heroes is Minion Summoners paired with hitting and negative effects (except Mother North, who pairs Minions with healing and reviving). What do you think of this sort of special skill?

:broken_heart: Avoiding Overspending & Heartache :broken_heart:

Or: How many summons are needed to get Rudolph?


Special thanks to @Garanwyn for assistance on summoning odds and proofreading for this section.

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

On average, in a 10-pull, you have a 56.6% chance of summoning Rudolph.

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

Some useful insights:

  • 81 times out of 100, you’ll get Rudolph by pull 20 (5,200 gems)
  • 96 times out of 100, you’ll get Rudolph by pull 40 (10,400 gems)

Putting that in Perspective

  • 19 out of every 100 people won’t get Rudolph by the 20th pull
  • If 1 Million players each summoned 20 times, 190,000 of those players wouldn’t get Rudolph
  • 4 out of every 100 people won’t get Rudolph by the 40th pull
  • If 1 Million players each summoned 40 times, 40,000 of those players wouldn’t get Rudolph

More Insights & Reading

I highly recommend reading these two 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:

:star2: Epic Hero Tokens Can Be Used for Seasonal Summoning

The Seasonal Summons replaces the regular Epic Hero Summons.

Because of that, unlike Challenge Event Summons, the Summoning Portal for Seasonal Events allows using saved up Epic Hero Tokens that can otherwise normally only be used for Epic Hero Summons.

That makes Seasonal Events the only place you can currently use Epic Hero Tokens for a chance at non-Season 1 heroes.

Many people regard the Christmas heroes as the best Season Heroes, and therefore prefer to save their Epic Hero Tokens for December or early January during this Santa’s Challenge Event. For more discussion of this, please see: What is the best Seasonal Summons?

You’ll also have the same chance at the HOTM as usual when using Epic Hero Tokens.

Because Santa’s Challenge 2019 is expected to run from through all of December into the beginning of January, you should have an opportunity to Summon while either HOTM is available.

For information on the December and January HOTM, please see:

: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.

:bulb: Have an Insight on Rudolph’s Game Mechanics?

Click for Info on Creating Player Guides

This thread is a great place to discuss anything and everything related to Vlad.

Once those discussions have yielded notable insights, I encourage others to make reference guides in #player-guides that synopsize specific questions and answers about Vlad.

Topics that are most appropriate for that are ones that players are likely to be searching for or wondering about in the future.

Creating a guide is a good way to make that information findable in the future without having to read through a ton of posts. You can make use of the Forum quote feature to avoid having to rewrite explanations that have already been well written.

Here’s an example of such a post: [GUIDE] How does the Queen of Hearts’ Taunt work with AoE specials, or specials affecting nearby enemies in addition to the target?

:ballot_box: Polls

Do you already have Rudolph from a previous Santa’s Challenge?

  • Yes, I have Rudolph already from a past Santa’s Challenge
  • No, I tried to get Rudolph previously, but didn’t succeed
  • No, I was playing during Santa’s Challenge last year, but didn’t try for Rudolph
  • No, I wasn’t playing during the last Santa’s Challenge

0 voters

Do you plan to Summon for Rudolph this Santa’s Challenge?

  • Yes, I want to try to get Rudolph this Santa’s Challenge
  • No, I already have Rudolph, and don’t want to try for another
  • No, I’m not interested in Rudolph, or don’t think it’s worth trying with the Summoning odds

0 voters

Overall, what do you think of Rudolph’s usefulness?

  • I think Rudolph is one of the very best heroes
  • I think Rudolph is above average
  • I think Rudolph is very average
  • I think Rudolph is below average
  • I think Rudolph is one of the very worst heroes

0 voters

Be sure to share your detailed thoughts in comments below!

What do you think of Rudolph’s design?

  • Rudolph is one of my MOST favorite hero designs
  • Rudolph is one of my LEAST favorite hero designs
  • I’m indifferent to Rudolph’s design, I don’t have strong feelings either way

0 voters

:link: Related Threads You May Be Interested In

Main Thread for Santa’s Challenge 2019: 🎅 Santa's Challenge 2019: Teams, Strategy, FAQs, Discussion, and Links – Christmas Event

Older Threads Discussing Buddy

Other Recent Threads on Santa’s Challenge


Last 4* or lower hero in the game I don’t have. So close! Using my EHT’s. I hope I get him. I’m much less worried than I would be about a 5*. 8% isn’t bad at all.

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I had Rudolph, he’s long been digested by Khagan.

I want him again, so that I can say I have Rudolph!


I see a whole herd coming my way … because I’m hoping for Mother North.


I’d love Mother North, but I’m not chasing her. With only a handful of summons, I’m most likely not getting her. I hope you get her!


Good luck!

Just remember:


I got Rudolph off a second single pull.


In a vacuum, he’s a solid 3* hero with a good ability. In reality, however, there currently isn’t a significant niche for him for higher end players. If you want a red for challenge events you’re rocking Namahage. For raid tourneys Rudy is outshone by Namahage in buff booster and Bauchan in VFast (and probably a push with Namahage in this format as well). That said, I’m keeping one for variety and, come on, he’s Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer


4 pulls gave 3* feeders and a Rudolph. I really was surprised to see his defense so low, thought he was better than that. I’ll keep him since he’s unique though. Hopefully I’ll find other opportunities to get some winter heroes on my roster this month, I’d like Buddy or MN, but not going to pull like I have in the past. Also I want to try and get Kage if he shows for Atlantis later this month.

I saw today I’m not the only one who fed Rudolph. I didn’t know back then about tournaments (who knew?). Would be nice to pull him again, but imo a duo or trio of Namahage is much better in attack; great skill and family bonus.

I just pulled Rudolph. Is he something like a better Azar?

Family Bonus won’t work with the same character.

Rudolph is equally good as Namahage in my opinion cause his minions do damage, too. And his minions helped me in the events to defeat enemies with less health so that I don’t have to use another tile or special to clear a wave on time.

Both are great and I use them both a lot, and nearly always in rare events.


He needs his red nose, SG!!


My 8 EHT yielded 1 Buddy, 2 Rudolph, and fodder. My daughter said she would be very upset if I made one of the reindeer into food lol. I was planning on keeping one, but I guess I am keeping them both.


I didn’t know such a banal thing… Thanks.

That’s what I’m here for. Rare but essential. Some sort of a Bane.:wink:


I made a mistake and ate the Rudolph I got last year. Can’t do many summons this time, but I hope I get him again.


To hear Donner or Blitzen tell it, he’s more like Rudolf the brown-nosed reindeer


Sup with red nose? Just pulled.

From what I read, I am keeping my rudolph, hope to get two

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