December 1 through January 4: Santa’s Challenge 2019 Christmas Seasonal Event!
@Pois1’s excellent guide to Santa’s Challenge
@Mariamne’s excellent guide to Santa’s Challenge
Rewards & Flag Requirements!
|Stage||Normal Flags||Normal Rewards||Advanced Flags||Advanced Rewards|
|1||3||6x Clean Cloth||10||7x Metal Ores|
|2||3||6x Common Herbs||10||7x Potent Laves|
|3||4||10x Clean Cloth||11||7x Sunspire Feathers|
|4||4||6x Crude Iron||11||9x Metal Ores|
|5||4||10x Common Herbs||11||9x Potent Leaves|
|6||5||1x Tall Boots, 1* Blue Trainer||12||1x ETT, 3* Blue Trainer|
|7||5||7x Large Bone||12||9x Sunspire Feather|
|8||5||8x Leather Strips||12||5x Fine Steel|
|9||6||10x Crude Iron||13||5x Fine Steel|
|10||6||9x Large Bone||13||7x Fine Steel|
|11||6||13x Oil||13||7x Grimoire Dust|
|12||7||Rudolph Avatar, 1x Daily Summon, 1* Red Trainer||14||Mother North Avatar, 1x EHT, 3* Red Trainer|
|13||7||2x Minor Healing Potion, 8x Leather Strip||14||3x Potent Healing Potion, 5x Hardwood Lumber|
|14||7||2x Minor Mana Potion, 13x Oil||14||3x Mana Potion, 5x Midnight Roots|
|15||7||2x Antidote, 13x String||15||2x Bomb Attack, 8x Hardwood Lumber|
|16||8||2x Arrow Attack, 5x Crypt Mushroom||15||2x Super Antidote, 8x Midnight Roots|
|17||8||2x Axe Attack, 5x Crystal Shard||15||1x Super Mana Potion, 4x Dragon Bone|
|18||8||, 2* Blue Trainer, 1x Daily Summon||16||1x ETT, 4* Blue Trainer|
|19||8||2x Mana Potion, 5x Firestone||16||1x Super Healing Potion, 4x Meteor Fragments|
|20||9||2x Axe Attack, 7x Crypt Mushroom||16||1x Revive Scroll, 4x Dragon Bone|
|21||9||2x Potent Healing Potion, 7x Crystal Shard||16||1x Time Stop, 6x Meteor Fragments|
|22||9||2x Mana Potion, 7x Firestone||16||1x Tornado, 6x Orichalcum Nugget|
|23||9||2x Antidote, 7x Crypt Mushroom||16||1x Miracle Scroll, 4x Dragon Bone|
|24||9||Buddy Avatar, 2* Red Trainer||16||Santa Avatar, 4* Red Trainer|
Special Game Play: Frosted Shields
Normal and Advanced Modes
There are two modes for Seasonal Events, Normal and Advanced. You can play either or both, and must complete each stage in that mode to advance.
The modes are separated, a bit like tiers in Challenge Events. Unlike Normal/Hard modes in Atlantis, advancing in the Normal mode won’t give you access to the corresponding Stages in Advanced. You need to beat each stage in each mode to progress.
No Hero Restrictions
Unlike Challenge Events, there are no restrictions on hero or troop rarity in the Normal and Advanced modes. There are also no restrictions on hero Classes, unlike Class Trials.
You’re free to use any heroes you’d like!
No Elemental Barrier/Color Reflection
Also unlike Challenge Events, Seasonal Events have no enemies or bosses with Elemental Barriers that reflect damage and status effects. So you can use any of your heroes as you see fit!
No Replaying Completed Stages
Unlike Challenge Events, Seasonal Events don’t allow replaying a completed Stage — much like how Quests work.
Once you beat each Stage, it’s locked, and once you beat the entirety of the Seasonal Event, you can’t play any more.
If you fail at a Stage, you can retry as many times as you’d like, up until the Event ends.
No Event Heroes as Rewards
Also unlike Challenge Events, Seasonal Events have no possibility of receiving event heroes as rewards.
There are avatars available in the loot for completing some Stages, which sometimes are confused by players as being the actual heroes when looking at the rewards list. Seasonal Heroes can only be acquired by Summoning, and the odds for them are extremely low.
Please see the linked threads below for each Seasonal Event hero for more information on them and the low Summoning odds.
During Seasonal Events, there is a special calendar with a different offer each day, each available for 24 hours.
The offers are not visible until the start of each day, and show for all players at the same time (for Springvale, Sand Empire, and Return to Morlovia, they rotated at 00:00 GMT).
Once closed, the Offers Calendar can be accessed by tapping a special icon on the Stronghold screen.
Four of the calendar days also offer free items — typically these are crafting ingredients, and sometimes flasks or tokens.
The offers on Seasonal Event Calendars are varied in price range, and often offer some of the best deals on purchasing particular individual ascension materials and gems. Not all items will be offered, and the quantity available for each item is typically restricted to just 1.
Santa’s Challenge Offers Calendar Log
|1||1 Dec||-||-||-||-||-||5x Arrow Attack, 5x Healing Potion, 5x Antidote||1||FREE|
|3||3 Dec||1000||Damascus Blade||-||-||-||-||1||$9.99|
|5||5 Dec||2800||Tonic, Cape, Hidden Blade||2||3||1x Titan||4x Orichalcum Nugget, 2x Meteor Fragments||1||$29.99|
* EHT = Epic Hero Token; ETT = Epic Troop Token
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:
January 2020 HOTM: 🧪 Early Information on the January 2020 HOTM (Vela)
During each of the Seasonal Events, your Base is updated in the spirit of the season.
For Santa’s Challenge, this includes snow, snowmen, Christmas lights on trees, and aurora/northern lights in the sky.
Like with the coconuts during Sand Empire and pumpkins during Return to Morlovia, the snowmen will bounce when tapped.
How do you feel about the Frosted Shields?
- I love them! They’re a lot of fun, too bad they only come once per year, and you can’t replay the Stages.
- They’re a fun change of pace, and I like playing them now, but once through the Stages is enough.
- I don’t like or dislike them
- I dislike them, I’m glad they only come once per year.
- I hate them! I won’t play Santa’s Challenge, or will do so begrudgingly just for the loot.
What’s your favorite part of Santa’s Challenge?
- Different Content – I like having something new to play that’s not available all the time
- The Offer Calendar — I like more opportunities to purchase items and gems
- The Ascension Materials – I like getting the Warm Cape, Hidden Blade, Telescope and/or Mystic Rings
- The Avatars – I like getting Rudolph, Buddy, Mother North, and Santa avatars
- The Loot – I like the items available for completing Stages other than the avatars and ascension materials
- Something Else – share in the comments below!
- Nothing – I don’t like anything about Santa’s Challenge
For more polls, see the other Santa’s Challenge 2019 threads below!
Share Your Teams, Results (once the event starts), and Ask Questions!
Many players will switch up their heroes used for each Stage, based on the monster/boss colors — are there heroes you’re using consistently for Santa’s Challenge?
Are there any Stages you’re having a hard time with, and would like advice on beating?
Are you using particular items to beat Santa’s Challenge stages?
How do you find playing with the Frozen Tiles?
Do you have insights on strategy to share, or questions?
Is there anything about Santa’s Challenge that you’re wondering about?