🎅 Santa's Challenge (Christmas) 2023 - Teams, Strategy, FAQs, Discussion, and Links – Starts December 01

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Santa’s Challenge (Christmas) Event is (almost) Here!

Start End Duration
2023-12-01T07:00:00Z 2024-01-01T07:00:00Z 31 days

:world_map: Guides

Credit @Zartanis ({Master - Zartanis' Guides} Building, Crafting, Event, Talent Grid Guides, etc)

Details based on beta testing so may vary

Quick Guide by @Zartanis - Mobs & Bosses

Click for Other Guides by @Zartanis

Credit @Zartanis

:dizzy: Updated Rewards & Flag Reqs.

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 Rudolph Avatar
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 Frosty 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 Buster Avatar
4x Axe Attack
10x Common Herbs
19 4 :triangular_flag_on_post: 2200 1x Mana Potion
13x 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 Jolly 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 Buddy Avatar
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 Carol 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 Holly avatar
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 Dizzy 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 Mother North Costume Avatar
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 Santa Claus Costume 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 Krampus Costume 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 Mr. Pengi Avatar
1x 4* Red Trainer Hero
10x Ranger Emblems
1x Mystic Rings

Santa’s Booster


This will be an offer, which is available through the Santa’s Challenge event, and it contains of two components:

  • Battle Bonus
  • Stage Gift

The offer also contains 300 gems and 1 Epic Hero tokens, ??? Awatar.
The price was 11.99 USD in 2022.
Will be updated if the price is changed.

:crossed_swords: Battle bonus


All of your heroes receive stat boost based on their rarity:

:gift: Stage Gift


If you buy the Santa’s Booster, then a :gift: icon will be shown after each stage, which you can open after you finished that level.
If you buy the offer after you have completed some stages, then you are still able to open the gifts for the already completed stages.

Each stage gives either Food or Iron Bundles (50k / 100k / 250k), and some additional items.

List of Stage Gifts

Credits to @BirkSG for creating these

Total amount of summons you get from the Booster alone:

  • 100 Super Elemental Coins
  • 100 Covenant Coins
  • 100 Dune Coins
  • 2 Epic Hero Tokens
  • 24 Loot Tickets
  • 2950k Food
  • 950k Iron
  • 1x Orb of Magic
  • 1x Damascus Blade
  • Bunch of (Master) Trainer Heroes
  • Bunch of basic battle items

:snowflake: Special Game-Play - Frosted Tiles!

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.

:sweat_smile: Easy, Normal and Advanced Modes

New for 2020, there are now three Modes for the Seasonal Event — Easy (new), Normal, and Advanced. You can play any or all three, and must complete each Stage sequentially 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 Easy or Normal Modes won’t give you access to the corresponding Stages in Advanced. You need to beat each Stage in each mode to progress. And unlike Normal/Hard Modes in Valhalla, the Modes can be played entirely separately — you could start with Advanced, for instance, without playing Easy and Normal.

:triangular_flag_on_post: Stages

Like previous versions of Santa’s Challenge, there are 24 Stages per Difficulty Mode.

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

:no_entry_sign: No Hero Restrictions

Unlike Challenge Events, there are no restrictions on Hero or Troop rarity in the Easy, 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!

:repeat: No Replaying Completed Stages

Unlike Challenge Events, Seasonal Events don’t allow replaying a completed Stage — much like how Quests & the Ninja Tower 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.

:spiral_calendar: Offers Calendar & Log

:arrow_right: Details & Discussion Thread:

: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.

:partying_face: Festive Stronghold

Note: these images are from 2019; I will update with new content if there are changes.

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. Also, the dragon that flies across your base sky is replaced with a Sleigh pulled by Reindeer.

She snowmen will bounce when tapped.

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:left_speech_bubble: Share Your Teams & Results, 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 Frosted Shields?
  • Do you have insights on strategy to share, or questions?
  • Is there anything about Santa’s Challenge that you’re wondering about?

:link: Santa’s Challenge Emoji Extravaganzaa

@Dudeious.Maximus is holding his usual extravaganza for this seasonal event too.

You can check it out and apply for it here:

Please use the following topic for the discussion about it:

:link: Other 2023 Santa’s Challenge (Christmas) Threads

Click for #beta-beat threads

nice to have a seasonal event again - I enjoy the change in gameplay!


Love the new avatars :heart_eyes:


Is the Winter Gift worth it? Do your alliance team get 10x of those coins daily, or is that gift for the alliance a 1 off?
If it’s only a 1-off, then I wont buy 1500 gems and 3x eht for £9.99

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Did past Christmas events have two 4* AM’s in the Advanced challenges? I can’t remember but I am quite happy about it as it happens to be the two types I need the most of.

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why Christmas’s hero don’t have passive skills?

Not yet. Hottie from 2017 to 2019 getting passives in V63 beta. Once that is approved and released into live game, other dated heroes should start getting passives too. At least one.

Good to hear that. Hope it coming soon.

Here’s the beta thread:

Thanks @PlayForFun :green_heart:

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Santa’s still mad at Mom North for that argument they had last night…


Having some epic battles in this challenge. I don’t have many good damage dealers but have recently acquired a few heroes that over-heal so I’ve been going with 1 or 2 damage dealers with 3 or 4 healers and having marathon matches.

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I cant recall, but does this offer an alpha aether in the booster?

If you look at the first post - spot the Christmas present :gift: click on the drop down and it shows the gifts in the Santas Booster.

Short answer - No


I have never seen this.

Does anyone know how often he is supposed to appear? The rest of the year I see the dragon often, but Santa? Not at all :cry:

Can anyone post a screenshot to prove Santa does exist? :santa:

Question should be, can we shoot him down. We can with the dragon, so now I have to watch out for this and try lol.

but… but… what about all the kids waiting for their pwesents? :face_holding_back_tears:

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Do it the old fashioned way … courier. Imagine all the people who will now have a job to earn money.

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good point! and with all the new heroes released recently, there’s certainly enough pairs of hands to handle all the delivery :wink:

(just hope Zynga doesn’t use as an excuse to create 20 new Christmas heroes next year!)

Where are the epic hero coin offers?
First, they were reduced from 8 to 4 and until now, they were only offered once. What is happening?