Dark Harvest Festival
The Dark Harvest Festival is an annual event.
This event honors the mischievous Punkin King in order to ensure a healthy fall harvest for Haven. All Clockwork Tunnels-style levels like Power Complexes and Blast Chambers now have a chance of featuring special rooms inhabited by the Punkin King. Simply hop on the party pad and discover if the Punkin King has candy tokens or something else in store for you! - Forum Post.
The Punkin King can be found in areas that spawn in Clockwork Tunnels-Style levels in the Arcade during the event. Similar to Scenario Rooms, these areas have a chance to randomly appear in appropriate arcade levels. Players should be prepared for a TRICK or a TREAT when stepping on the party button in these rooms.
"The Dark Harvest" is a prestige mission where the player can always find the Punkin King and Grave Scarabs. This mission can be completed once per day and is only available during this event.
Rewards and Prizes
Along with the merrily menacing monster that is the Pumpkin King, there are several other things out there to show off the Dark Harvest spirit! Maskwell and Bulky come to town with their plethora of masks, only wanting candy in return! These masks come in fabulous flavors, each in three varieties.
Players can earn Candy Tokens from encountering the Punkin King (hard, sour, sweet) or Grim Gourdlings (brittle) and exchange them for various prizes with Maskwell.
Players can also purchase a Prize Box:
- Dark Harvest Prize Box - From Maskwell for tokens.
Other events considered "scary" or "spooky" by the community (such as the Shroud of the Apocrea) are not directly tied into the Dark Harvest Festival. These events just sometimes occur simultaneously.
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Since events last a short time, players like to figure out how to most efficiently obtain an event's prizes. For the Dark Harvest Festival, this means gathering Candy Tokens.
Hard, Sour, and Sweet candy tokens are dropped by the Punkin King. Since the event's prestige (The Dark Harvest) can only be played once a day, getting friends together to search the Arcade for his lairs is a good way to go. Search alone until a lair is found, then invite 3 more people and step on the party button for either a TRICK or a TREAT. Many friends searching alone all at once and inviting each other this way is likely to yield lots of candy. See the Punkin King's page on this wiki for more information on the TRICK scenario.
Brittle candy tokens are dropped by defeated Grim Gourdlings, which appear when a Grim Scarab is defeated. These enemies are encountered in Graveyard levels. A Grim Scarab might appear when the player gets close to a grave. The bug has a chance to "replace" a Dust Zombie grave spawn. If players wish to "spam" or "grind" graveyards quickly to find many Brittle candy tokens, the first floor of the 9-1 Rank Mission "An Occurrence at Owlite Keep" is a good farming location.
Haven gets spooky during The Dark Harvest Festival.
An entrance to a Punkin King Lair in the Arcade.
Players using Trick or Treat Confetti. This can be used any time you want, not just during the Festival!
The Dark Harvest Festival has happened several times. Below is a calendar for each occurrence of this event. So far, directly-Dark Harvest-Festival-related-items that were introduced during a given Dark Harvest Festival have been available in some way during all Dark Harvest Festivals following the Dark Harvest Festival in which they were introduced.
|1|| 19 October 2011 |
01 November 2011
|14 days||Forum|| Hard, Sour, and Sweet candy tokens were introduced.
Shadow Lairs were introduced during this event.
|2|| 17 October 2012 |
01 November 2012
|16 days||Forum||The Dark Harvest Prize Box, Jack o' Bombhead Mask, Haunted Aura, and hallow costumes and accessories ("recolors") were introduced.|
|3|| 23 October 2013 |
04 November 2013
|13 days||Forum||The first Shroud of the Apocrea event occurred simultaneously with this event.|
|4|| 22 October 2014 |
02 November 2014
|12 days||Forum|| The Brittle Candy token was introduced.
The Maskeraith (Punkin) Battle Sprite reskin was introduced.
The Authentic Scarab Mask costume (and its expiring versions) were introduced.