[UPDATED 22 Oct] Halloween 2022: It’s Pumpkin Bash Time!7 min read
IMPORTANT UPDATE (22 Oct):
The conditions for completing each stage have been made significantly easier, now only requiring to place within the top 7 on your team in three (3) rounds of the Pumpkin Bash mode (rather than 8) to receive the crew member/2D style for the stage.
Furthermore, by placing in the top 10 players on your team in one (1) round of the Pumpkin Bash mode, you will receive 30,000 credits as a reward. This reward can be earned up to five (5) times per day, meaning you can now receive up to 150,000 credits per-day from playing the mode!
An official message has been published regarding these changes:
Dear pumpkin bashers!
We see you are enjoying our new Halloween game mode, and we want to make it easier for you to participate and not worry about losing credits.
Here are the changes:
- Daily missions: We decided to add an extra daily mission that gives you up to 150,000 credits each day for playing Pumpkin Bash battles.
- Event progression: We decided to make the mission that rewards you with / crew members and + customizations easier to complete.
Changes will come into effect with the start of the 2nd stage of the event.
The Pumpkin Bash Halloween mode is
just around the corner has now begun (as of 19-20 Oct), and thus, more details are now available:
The premise of the Pumpkin Bash mode is fairly straightforward, taking the form of an arcade-style 15v15 PvP gamemode for tier VI-VIII vehicles, separate from Random Battles. This mode will feature 10-minute battles with two bases to capture, infinite respawns, power-ups including active and passive abilities which can be purchased with credits before the battle (as well as special Jack-‘o’-Lantern power-ups which can be collected in-battle), and a number of unique mechanics. Here are some more specifics:
1. Eligible Vehicles:
- You can participate in Pumpkin Bash battles in any Tier VI–VIII vehicle.
- The matchmaker will try to set up a single-tier, 15v15 battle.
- If that isn’t possible, the matchmaker will consider other options: first, multi-tiered battles, and then the 10v10 and 7v7 formats.
1a. Wheeled Vehicles
Wheeled vehicles will have separate battles, consisting only of wheeled vehicles, in the Pumpkin Bash mode (with the same matchmaker logic as above). On some occasions, you may have to wait in a queue for your battle to start. For those who don’t have wheeled vehicles, the following rental ones will be available for the duration of Pumpkin Bash mode:
- VI 🇫🇷 Panhard AMD 178B
- VII 🇫🇷 Hotchkiss EBR
- VIII 🇫🇷 Panhard EBR 75 (FL 10)
2. Victory Conditions
Unabashed Halloween PvP fun shows in very special victory conditions. In Pumpkin Bash engagements, you can win in either of the following ways:
- Capturing both (yes—BOTH) bases • Helping your team do more overall damage than the other side before the battle ends* [*As mentioned in the above video — if neither team manages to successfully capture both bases within the 10-minute duration of a battle, then whichever team has the higher damage score at the end of the battle will be the winner.]
3. Resurrection/Battle Economy
Relentless foe-bashing is more than welcome because, should your vehicle get destroyed, you respawn again in the same vehicle in designated Resurrection Points, with no limits for resurrections.
Upon resurrecting, you come back into battle with full ammo, regular consumables, and replenished special consumables (Combat Abilities) that you had at the battle’s start. By the way, repairs and ammo are free and unlimited in Pumpkin Bash. It should be noted that you receive neither credits nor XP in Pumpkin Bash battles, but the prizes more than make up for that!
4. Combat Abilities
Pumpkin Bash magical Combat Abilities come in addition to regular consumables in event battles.
Passive Combat Abilities give your vehicle some juicy bonuses, and Active Combat Abilities bestow some quirky beneficial effects upon your ride. They cost just 3,000 credits each in the in-game Store.
Before a Pumpkin Bash battle, you can outfit your tank with up to three different Combat Abilities, mixing and matching them as you wish. It doesn’t matter how many of them are Active or Passive. You can even go all Active or all Passive.
IMPORTANT: Combat Abilities are activated with the 1, 2, and 3 buttons on your keyboard, and the shell types are instead mapped to the 7, 8, and 9 buttons. This is for your convenience, as you most likely will use Combat Abilities more often than you will change your shell type in Pumpkin Bash battles. The regular consumables stay in their place (buttons 4, 5, and 6).
Active Combat Abilities
Protects against any damage (except drowning and impact) for 3 seconds.
Increases engine power and top speed.
Restores 20% of vehicle hit points, extinguishes fire, and repairs all damaged modules.
Sets an enemy vehicle on fire upon penetration.
Destroys enemy tracks and gun upon penetration.
Passive Combat Abilities
Increases vehicle hit points by 25%.
Hail of Fire
Reduces gun reload time by 20%.
Increases damage from your ramming and protects your vehicle from ramming.
Reduces gun dispersion and aiming time.
Increases damage dealt by you by 100%.
Each hit sets the enemy vehicle on fire upon penetration.
Each hit destroys enemy suspension and gun upon penetration.
Increases rate of fire by 50%.
The Pumpkin Bash progression consists of five Stages. For every Stage, there’s a three-day period to complete its Stage Missions and claim the rewards. After that, the Stage gets locked and the next one starts. Make sure not to miss any of the Stages—some of the prizes’ features work only in a team (more on that in the Rewards section below). And make sure to log in daily for a helping of Combat Abilities!
Sorcery-infused armored combat gives you Halloween Points after each battle you win. The number of Halloween Points you receive is calculated according to the same rules as the amount of XP in Random Battles.
Every Stage has two Stage Missions for you:
- To complete the first one, you need to earn Halloween Points. You will receive bonds and regular consumables.
- The second Mission of every Stage requires you to use a specific Combat Ability in multiple Pumpkin Bash battles. The reward is a fabulous female crew member or a sarcastic feline crew member, plus a special personalized 2D style and some decals matching the character you receive.
Bonds and consumables are good, but we dare say the first-ever witch crew is even better! Especially considering it’s a fully voiced crew of sorceress tankers and their token cat. And by “fully voiced,” we mean every crew member has custom lines and reactions to what is happening in a given moment.
To have them all talking (and to make your battles feel like something between a road trip movie and a magic carpet ride), you need to put all five magical crew members into the same vehicle. That’s why it’s important to complete all five Stages of the Pumpkin Bash event! However, if you do miss some Stages, don’t worry—you’ll still be able to unlock supernatural crew members, 2D styles, anddecals for gold later.
When only the commander, Cordelia Astra, is present in a tank of yours, the limited second-option soundtrack will activate, which features the lead witch’s voiceover.
Also, all five members of the team have the Coven zero perk. It works exactly like Brothers in Arms but has a special arcane flair. On top of that, each witch—and the cat—has enough experience to fully train a second perk or skill right off the bat (pun intended).
Both crew voiceovers can be previewed within the official article on the portal.
Each Pumpkin Bash heroine and their hero cat comes with a fit-all 2D style. Their patterns are the same, but the coloring is different.
1. Cordelia Astra
2. Sybill Brennheart
3. Aurelia von Alden
4. Deirdra Grimmhildt
Along with the reward ones, there are two more 2D styles to remember Halloween 2022: “Iron Jack” and “Boo”, which will both be obtainable from the in-game Store for gold:
The event will take place on different dates per-region:
NA: Wednesday, 19 October – Wednesday, 2 November 2022
EU: Thursday, 20 October – Thursday, 3 November 2022
Feel the night wind and drive on for Pumpkin Bash adventures, Commanders!