Challenge Event – 2020 Full Guide

This guide covers everything about Empires and Puzzles Challenge Events. (Seasonal Events are not covered in this guide, a separate one will be written).

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What are Empires and Puzzles Challenge Events

The Empires and Puzzles world is chock full of events to give you as much fun and excitement as possible. (while taking all your money away for hero pulls).

Challenge events are different from Seasonal Events.
There are 5 Challenge event:

Each of these events have their own unique (and powerful) heroes, along with awesome loots for finishing the stages.

There is one challenge event per month, beginning on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and continues through the weekend. It rotates through the 5 events in the order listed above.

2020 Tentative Calendar of Events

DateEvent
Jan 8 – 12Guardians of Teltoc
Jan 20 – 22Costume Event
Jan 23 – 26Atlantis
Feb 3 – March 23Path of Valor Event
Feb 7 – 9Atlantis
Feb 12 – 16Knights of Avalon
Feb 17 – 19Costume Event
March 6 – 8Atlantis
March 11 – 15Pirates of Corellia
March 16 – 18Costume Event
March/AprilSpringvale(Easter Event)
April 3 – 5Atlantis
April 8 – 12Riddles of Wonderland
April 20 – 22Costume Event
May 1 – 3Atlantis
May 6 – 10Fables of Grimforest
May 18 – 20Costume Event
June 5 – 7Atlantis
June 10 -14Guardians of Teltoc
June 15 – 17Costume Event
June/JulySand Empire(Summer Event)
July 3 – 5Atlantis
July 8 – 12Knights of Avalon
July 20 – 22Costume Event
Aug 7 – 9Atlantis
Aug 12 – 16Pirates of Corellia
Aug 17 – 19Costume Event
Sep 4 – 6Atlantis
Sep 9 – 13Riddles of Wonderland
Sep 21 – 23Costume Event
Oct 2 – 4Atlantis
Oct 14 – 18Fables of Grimforest
Oct 19 – 21Costume Event
Nov 6 – 8Atlantis
October/NovemberReturn to Morlovia(Halloween Event)
Nov 11 – 15Guardians of Teltoc
Nov 16 – 18Costume Event
Dec 1 – 31Santa’s Challenge(Christmas Event)
Dec 4 – 6Atlantis
Dec 9 – 13Knights of Avalon
Dec 21 – 23Costume Event

Empires and Puzzles Challenge Event – Beginner Guide

The ultimate Beginner Guide for completing ANY challenge event without a full roster of heroes.

Beginner Hero Guide

As an example,

Heroes selected: Gormek, King Arthur, Sabina, Kiril & Lixiu for legendary stage 15. (Pirates of Corellia)

Items: Tornado, Dragon attack, Axe attack and Bomb Attack

The strategy:

1. Hero Selection/criteria

  1. Avoid the reflected color
  2. Two healers (at least)
  3. Heroes that have mana reduction/mana stop/silence effects. (Chao, Lixiu, Bauchan, Proteus, Gretel, Hansel etc)
  4. Heroes that have attack increase buffs or defense reduction debuff special skills.
  5. Heroes that have high attack/high damage specials

2. Item Selection

Rare: Axe attack, Arrow attack, Small mana Potion, Mana Potion
Epic: Bomb Attack, Axe attack, Mana Potion, Small mana potion
Legendary: Dragon Attack, Bomb Attack, Tornado, Axe attack

3. Begin the challenge event!

  1. Clear the first two waves of monsters without using any items*
  2. Leave 1 monster up in the second wave. Start by charging up all your heroes’ mana to maximum and to clear away useless tiles while absorbing hits from that one monster.
  3. Enter Boss wave with Full mana, full items and a good board
  4. Use all your damage items (Rare: 1500 damage, Epic: 2500 Damage, Legendary: 4500 Damage). These should already be enough to burst down most stages. Note: You can use these sparingly in the earlier stages if it is not necessary for you to use items to complete the stages.
  5. Use all your heroes special, use mana potions to charge up your heroes to fire again over and over again.
  6. You should be able to achieve enough burst damage to prevent the bosses from firing their troublesome specials (where most people have the most difficulty at)

*If you are unable to clear the first two waves without using any items, and heroes dying, you will need to build a better roster, or level up your heroes. This guide.. cannot help you achieve the impossible (like clearing legendary stage15 with unleveled heroes).

Hopefully this helps you get the important items and emblems at completion of the challenge event.

Good luck, have fun!

Empires and Puzzles Challenge Event – Pro Guide for high score

Why aim for the highscores?

  1. Top 1000 in Rare Challenge Event gives you 1 Epic Ascension Item, 1 Epic Troop Token, 1 Epic Hero Token
  2. Top 500 in Epic Challenge Event gives 1 Epic Ascension Item, 2 Epic Hero Token and 3 Epic Troop Token
  3. Top 1000 in Legendary Challenge Event gives you 3 Epic Troop Token & 3 Epic hero token.

These Summon tokens and Epic Ascension item are extremely rare and cost money or a significant amount of gems to acquire.

Using items and World Energy flask (which you get 13 for completion of challenge events) are easy to get items which “trade-in” to get items that are difficult to farm for.

Hero Selection for Challenge Events

You will want to have heroes that have
1. Defense reduction (Color specific & Generic)
2. Attack up buff
3. Heroes that have special skills that are able to hit 3 targets at once, with a high base attack stat. (Most of the end stages have 3 targets)

Item selection for Challenge Events

Rare: Arrow attack, Axe attack, Small Mana Potion, Mana potion
Epic: Axe attack, Bomb attack, Small Mana potion, Mana Potion
Legendary: Bomb Attack, Dragon attack, Tornado, Mana Potion or Super mana potion

Part 1: Understanding the scoring System

Fables of Grimforest scoring
Scoring System for Challenge Event: Fables of Grimforest

As you can see, the scores are divided into a Enemies Defeated, Time Bonus, Match Bonus, Health Bonus and Suspicious Chest

Enemies Defeated is a constant score for that particular stage.
Time Bonus is how quickly you finish the stage.
Match Bonus is based on the average number of combos within that round
Health Bonus is how much total health your heroes end with
Each Suspicious chest you defeat will reward you with 5000 points and 1 challenge coin.

Part 2: The high-score Strategy

Match Bonus Score

The score that you really want to focus on is the match bonus score. The score is based on the total combos divided by the total number of moves. Your target will be to match at least 7 combos on the first move. Doing so will help you to get a good score.

Getting this part down is already going to drain plenty of world energy. Typically most players run from the battle if they are unable to average 7 combos in the first move.

With the onset of challenge coins, it is viable to complete the stage to farm coins. (You will not use items to complete the stage if you cannot get the highscore to preserve your items)

Any remaining monsters in wave 1 and wave 2 will be killed off with your damage items, and the boss will be taken out with mana potions and your heroes special.

The final result will be 1 move with 7 combos, close to full health on your heroes and a timer within 1 minute.

As you progress to the more difficult stages where it is no longer as viable to take down wave 1 and wave 2 with damage items, it becomes a requirement to full clear wave 1 with a full cascade of high combos. This is where it drains the most World Energy. (It is not necessary to fulfil this requirement if you are not fighting for a top 10 placement.) Finishing the stage with a high average combo would be able to put you in placement for the ascension items (for rare and epic)

For Legendary stages,

For legendary stages, Tornadoes will be your life saver as it allows you to shift the boards to your favour and gives the most mana per item. Additionally, using a tornado would also not give the turn to enemy heroes to fire off their troublesome specials. Tornadoes also rack up combos without taking a turn.

Suspicious Chests

Suspicious chests will begin as shielded.

They are unshielded for 1 turn when you take exactly two moves. You will only be able to kill them when they are unshielded, even with items.

Overall,

this is what an actual stage will look like.

1. Enter the stage, pick a move and hope it cascades into 5-10++ combos.
2. Use arrows, axes, and one or two hero skills to clear the remaining waves
3. At the boss stage, fire off all your heroes specials, use up all your damage items, and recharge your hero mana to full over and over again to kill the remaining enemies. At this point you do not want to make any additional moves if possible.

You can watch this video for a visual guide on scoring

Preparation starts BEFORE the actual challenge event

Going for the high score is very expensive on items and word energy flasks.

So it is best that you get prepared ahead of time. If you are not ready for this challenge event, start preparation for next month’s challenge event.

Total battle items required:

Rare: 75-100 Arrow Attacks, 75-100 Axe attacks, 75-100 Small Mana potions, 30-50 Mana Potions
Epic: 75- 100 Axe attacks, 75-100 Bomb Attacks, 75-100 Small Mana potions, 50-80 Mana potions
Legendary: 75-100 Bomb attacks, 75-100 Dragon attacks, 50-80 Tornadoes and 50-80 Mana potion or Super mana potions in total.


Below are some of my scores for the previous challenge event. This will give you an estimate of how much you need to score for each category.

Good Luck, Have Fun. See you at the top of the leader board for future Challenge Events

Challenge Event scoring in action

Here’s a video of WeakTofu doing his Challenge event hit. You will notice that he resets the board multiple times and only going for the rest of the monsters after hitting 7 combos.

Challenge Event Rare score

Based on 2020 February, the minimum score for a top 1000 finish is 740,000.

Challenge Event Epic Score

Based on February 2020, the minimum score for a top 500 finish is 950,000

Challenge Event Legendary Score

Based on February 2020, the minium score for a top 1000 finish is 1,070,000

and a top 100 score of 1,180,000.

Empires and Puzzles: Knights of Avalon

Knights of Avalon Stage

Knights of Avalon challenge event stages

Elemental Reflection: Ice / Blue
Majority of Monsters: Ice & Nature

Recommended Heroes for Knights of Avalon

Recommend Elements: Nature & Holy

Recommended Nature HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special SkillHigh Damage Single Target
3 Star / Rare HeroesBrienne Costume-Brienne, By-UlfIsshtakBerden, Mnesseus
4 Star / Epic HeroesBuddy-Gaederius-Peters
5 Star / Legendary Heroes-EvelynTarlak, GregorionThe Hatter, EvelynGregorion, Kingston, Lianna
Notes: Most Green Epic heroes are not good enough to be considered in any of the categories.
Gregorion is added as an attack increase buff due to his increase in critical hit buff

Recommended Holy HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special SkillHigh damage single target
3 Star / Rare Heroes---DawaBane
4 Star / Epic HeroesMist (Special Skill)Guardian Jackal-MistGuardian Jackal
5 Star / Legendary HeroesVivica Costume, White Rabbit, -Guardian Gazelle, White Rabbit, Onatel* (Extremely recommended), Drake FongPosiedon, Joon
Notes: Wu Kong not recommended because of his chance to miss on special skills - making him too unreliable to use together with your mana potions. Same for Ranvir

*Multiples of a single hero can be used.
**Heroes are planned for mono color usage – to maximize the chance to be able to clear the first wave of enemies with a good cascade of tiles & to synergize Elemental defence reduction

Knights of Avalon Heroes

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Empires and Puzzles: Pirates of Corellia

Pirates of Corellia Stage

Pirates of Corellia stage

Reflects: Dark
Majority of Monsters: Nature, Dark & Fire

Recommended Heroes – Pirates of Corellia

Despite the fact that most of the enemies in the Pirates stages are Dark Element, it is difficult to use Holy element heroes as they lack synergies across many levels.

Recommended Holy HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special SkillHigh damage single target
3 Star / Rare Heroes---DawaBane
4 Star / Epic HeroesMist (Special Skill)Guardian Jackal-MistGuardian Jackal
5 Star / Legendary HeroesVivica Costume, White Rabbit, -Guardian Gazelle, White Rabbit, Onatel* (Extremely recommended), Drake FongPosiedon, Joon
Notes: Wu Kong not recommended because of his chance to miss on special skills - making him too unreliable to use together with your mana potions. Same for Ranvir

As you can see, Holy Heroes lack the necessary special skills at Rare and Epic stages to do well in the challenge event. A Holy element Team composition is only recommended at Legendary stages

For Epic Stages, we recommend using Fire Heroes

Recommended Fire HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special Skill/ High Damage Single TargetHigh Damage Single Target (optional)
3 Star / Rare HeroesNilNilNamahage, Hawkmoon CostumeEi-Dunn, Namahage, Nashgar
4 Star / Epic HeroesGormek, WilburGuardian FalconBoldtusk, Sir LancelotScarlett, Sumitomo, Sir Lancelot
5 Star / Legendary HeroesSanta ClausZimkitha, Black Knight, AresMitsuko, Captain Kestrel

And for Rare stages, we recommend using Ice heroes

Recommended Ice HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special SkillHigh Damage Single Target
3 Star / Rare HeroesUlmer, Gunnar Costume, ValenNordri-KarilValen, Gato
4 Star / Epic HeroesGrimm, Kiril,GrimTriton, Miraweave
5 Star / Legendary HeroesAthena, Isarnia, FinleyKing Arthur, Frida,MikiFrida, Master Lepus, ThorneAlice, Alasie, Magni, Misandra, Finley

*Multiples of a single hero can be used.
**Heroes are planned for mono color usage – to maximize the chance to be able to clear the first wave of enemies with a good cascade of tiles & to synergize Elemental defence reduction

Pirates of Corellia Heroes

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Empires and Puzzles: Riddles of Wonderland

Riddles of Wonderland Stages

Riddles of Wonderland Stage

Reflects: Nature
Majority of Monsters: Green

Therefore you will want to bring Fire heroes.

Recommended heroes – Riddles of Wonderland

Recommended Fire HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special Skill/ High Damage Single TargetHigh Damage Single Target (optional)
3 Star / Rare HeroesNilNilNamahage, Hawkmoon CostumeEi-Dunn, Namahage, Nashgar
4 Star / Epic HeroesGormek, WilburGuardian FalconBoldtusk, Sir LancelotScarlett, Sumitomo, Sir Lancelot
5 Star / Legendary HeroesSanta ClausZimkitha, Black Knight, AresMitsuko, Captain Kestrel

*Multiples of a single hero can be used.
**Heroes are planned for mono color usage – to maximize the chance to be able to clear the first wave of enemies with a good cascade of tiles & to synergize Elemental defence reduction

Highscore for Riddles of Wonderland Stage

Riddles of Wonderland Heroes

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Empires and Puzzles: Fables of Grimforest

Fables of Grimforest Stages

Fables of Grimforest stage level

Reflects: Fire
Majority of Monsters: Fire
Minority – Ice, Nature, Dark

Recommended heroes – Fables of Grimforest

Ice heroes will be recommended overall, with exceptions to stage 9, 11, 13.

These stages have quite an amount of Nature based heroes and the recommendation for those 3 stages will be for Dark element.

Recommended Ice HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special SkillHigh Damage Single Target
3 Star / Rare HeroesUlmer, Gunnar Costume, ValenNordri-KarilValen, Gato
4 Star / Epic HeroesGrimm, Kiril,GrimTriton, Miraweave
5 Star / Legendary HeroesAthena, Isarnia, FinleyKing Arthur, Frida,MikiFrida, Master Lepus, ThorneAlice, Alasie, Magni, Misandra, Finley

Recommended Dark HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special SkillHigh Single Target Damage
3 Star / Rare HeroesGill-Ra---Balthazaar
4 Star / Epic HeroesTibertus, Chersire Cat--Tibertus-
5 Star / Legendary HeroesKunchenGuardian PantherKhionaHel, Obakan, Seshat, Sartana, Jabberwock
Notes:
Kageburado is not included in the high damage single target because of his damage reduction at less than 50% enemy health.

*Multiples of a single hero can be used.
**Heroes are planned for mono color usage – to maximize the chance to be able to clear the first wave of enemies with a good cascade of tiles & to synergize Elemental defence reduction

Fables of Grimforest heroes

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Empires and Puzzles: Guardians of Teltoc

Guardians of Teltoc Stage

Guardians of Teltoc stage
Guardians of Teltoc

Reflects: Holy
Majority of Monsters: Nature & Holy

Recommended heroes – Guardians of Teltoc

Straight recommendation for Fire and Dark based team composition.

Recommended Fire HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special Skill/ High Damage Single TargetHigh Damage Single Target (optional)
3 Star / Rare HeroesNilNilNamahage, Hawkmoon CostumeEi-Dunn, Namahage, Nashgar
4 Star / Epic HeroesGormek, WilburGuardian FalconBoldtusk, Sir LancelotScarlett, Sumitomo, Sir Lancelot
5 Star / Legendary HeroesSanta ClausZimkitha, Black Knight, AresMitsuko, Captain Kestrel

Recommended Dark HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special SkillHigh Single Target Damage
3 Star / Rare HeroesGill-Ra---Balthazaar
4 Star / Epic HeroesTibertus, Chersire Cat--Tibertus-
5 Star / Legendary HeroesKunchenGuardian PantherKhionaHel, Obakan, Seshat, Sartana, Jabberwock
Notes:
Kageburado is not included in the high damage single target because of his damage reduction at less than 50% enemy health.

However, an exception can be made for 3 star (rare) stages if you have a Costumed Brienne and Regular Brienne in your team composition.

Recommended Nature HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special SkillHigh Damage Single Target
3 Star / Rare HeroesBrienne Costume-Brienne, By-UlfIsshtakBerden, Mnesseus
4 Star / Epic HeroesBuddy-Gaederius-Peters
5 Star / Legendary Heroes-EvelynTarlak, GregorionThe Hatter, EvelynGregorion, Kingston, Lianna
Notes: Most Green Epic heroes are not good enough to be considered in any of the categories.
Gregorion is added as an attack increase buff due to his increase in critical hit buff

*Multiples of a single hero can be used.
**Heroes are planned for mono color usage – to maximize the chance to be able to clear the first wave of enemies with a good cascade of tiles & to synergize Elemental defence reduction

Guardians of Teltoc Heroes

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All recommended Heroes for Challenge events

Fire Element Heroes

Recommended Fire HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special Skill/ High Damage Single TargetHigh Damage Single Target (optional)
3 Star / Rare HeroesNilNilNamahage, Hawkmoon CostumeEi-Dunn, Namahage, Nashgar
4 Star / Epic HeroesGormek, WilburGuardian FalconBoldtusk, Sir LancelotScarlett, Sumitomo, Sir Lancelot
5 Star / Legendary HeroesSanta ClausZimkitha, Black Knight, AresMitsuko, Captain Kestrel

Ice Element Heroes

Recommended Ice HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special SkillHigh Damage Single Target
3 Star / Rare HeroesUlmer, Gunnar Costume, ValenNordri-KarilValen, Gato
4 Star / Epic HeroesGrimm, Kiril,GrimTriton, Miraweave
5 Star / Legendary HeroesAthena, Isarnia, FinleyKing Arthur, Frida,MikiFrida, Master Lepus, ThorneAlice, Alasie, Magni, Misandra, Finley

Nature Element Heroes

Recommended Nature HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special SkillHigh Damage Single Target
3 Star / Rare HeroesBrienne Costume-Brienne, By-UlfIsshtakBerden, Mnesseus
4 Star / Epic HeroesBuddy-Gaederius-Peters
5 Star / Legendary Heroes-EvelynTarlak, GregorionThe Hatter, EvelynGregorion, Kingston, Lianna
Notes: Most Green Epic heroes are not good enough to be considered in any of the categories.
Gregorion is added as an attack increase buff due to his increase in critical hit buff

Dark Element Heroes

Recommended Dark HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special SkillHigh Single Target Damage
3 Star / Rare HeroesGill-Ra---Balthazaar
4 Star / Epic HeroesTibertus, Chersire Cat--Tibertus-
5 Star / Legendary HeroesKunchenGuardian PantherKhionaHel, Obakan, Seshat, Sartana, Jabberwock
Notes:
Kageburado is not included in the high damage single target because of his damage reduction at less than 50% enemy health.

Holy Element Heroes

Recommended Holy HeroesDefence Reduction DebuffElemental Defence Reduction DebuffAttack Increase BuffTriple unit Special SkillHigh damage single target
3 Star / Rare Heroes---DawaBane
4 Star / Epic HeroesMist (Special Skill)Guardian Jackal-MistGuardian Jackal
5 Star / Legendary HeroesVivica Costume, White Rabbit, -Guardian Gazelle, White Rabbit, Onatel* (Extremely recommended), Drake FongPosiedon, Joon
Notes: Wu Kong not recommended because of his chance to miss on special skills - making him too unreliable to use together with your mana potions. Same for Ranvir