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A strange but welcome chill in the air heralds the coming of one of the most anticipated seasons in the world of Anthem, Icetide. It’s a time of joyous celebration, friendly competition, and harvest – but it also has its dangers. While some enemies avoid the cold, others flourish in the frigid temperatures and will test you to your limits. Better bundle up, Freelancer, it’s time to take on Icetide!

Icetide is a themed, season-long event that offers unique rewards and challenges for its duration – similar to the Season of Skulls. The normally steamy jungles undergo a fantastic transformation as Bastion becomes a winter wonderland, for a time. The people of Fort Tarsis celebrate by hanging colorful lights and delicate glass ornaments in every public space.

The Freeplay map was completely reskinned to cover in snow, change the foliage to shades of red, and include Shaper Globes.

The Season of Icetide was released on December 11th 2019[1] along with Patch 1.6.0. The season would last for 8 weeks.

The following are the changes included.

Overview

Icetide Image

There are no level requirements for the Icetide content, anyone at any level is welcome to enter. To participate in the Seasonal Stronghold events, the only requirement is to have completed the Incursion story. Players can select currently available events by visiting the Game Modes menu.

The map is themed, Fort Tarsis is themed, and the Launch Bay is themed appropriately to fit the season. There are a lot of activities going on.

Seasonal Expedition

Icetide Launchbay Image

They can be found in the Game Mode menu and change weekly. Strongholds were given additional mechanics, such as solving puzzles, summoning secret bosses and following trails of Notes to receive more points.

Multipliers are added to get more points, and a special puzzle is included to summon a hidden boss, which requires to locate and destroy certain objects from start.

The following are the Competitive Strongholds:

Seasonal Store

Herschel's Seasonal Store has returned with brand new Legendary only war chests. Along with them, there is a new War Chest offering Universal Components.

There is also a Relics of Heliost puzzle in the store. As with other Bioware games, Anthem continues the tradition of incorporating the Tower of Hanoi puzzle in the form of Relics of Heliost with a small lore bit attached to it.

Tomb of Legionnaires Offering

Legionnaire's Tombs offering is a new mechanic where crafting materials and Guardian Tokens can be exchanged for a guaranteed legendary item.

  • Tomb of Artinia: Legendary Weapons
  • Tomb of Cariff: Legendary Gear
  • Tomb of Gawnes: Legendary Melee Weapons and Javelin-Specific Components
  • Tomb of Yvenia: Legendary Support Gear and Universal Components

Freeplay World Event

Icetide Freeplay World Image

Freeplay has more outlaws now, while other enemy types are scarce.A season exclusive Freeplay event called Ice Flower Frenzy was added. This event happens in one of the four Shaper Globes.

This Event counts towards completing the World Events Feat and Daily World Events challenge.

Freeplay Time Trials

There are time trials in Freeplay which challenge the Freelancer's skills at flying. Unlike a race, these are obstacle courses which follow a specific path. There are 8 Time Trials in total. Each trial, can be completed in Gold, Silver or Bronze times.

  • Watcher's Run
  • Emerald Run
  • Stone Canyon Run
  • Razor's Edge Run
  • Rust Bowl Run
  • Fortress Run
  • Smuggler's Run
  • Dark Water Run

Season of Icetide Challenges

Note: Certain challenges are time limited as they are tied to the weekly competitive stronghold, and available only when that particular seasonal expedition is active. They are mentioned as Time Limited in the list.

Type Challenge Description Rewards
Path to Glory/ Daily Put it on Ice Complete 1 Coolant

Harvesting Event in Freeplay

COIN neat 200

Minor Crystal-0 750

Path to Glory/ Daily Frost Warning Complete 1 Seasonal Expedition COIN neat 400

Minor Crystal-0 2000

Guardians Token 1

Path to Glory/ Daily Heart of Time (Time Limited) Complete Secret

Puzzle in Seasonal Expedition:

Heart of Rage

COIN neat 400

Minor Crystal-0 2000

Guardians Token 1

Path to Glory/ Daily Thin Ice

(Time limited)

Complete Secret

Puzzle in Seasonal Expedition:

The Sunken Cell

COIN neat 400

Minor Crystal-0 2000

Guardians Token 1

Path to Glory/ Daily Deep Freeze

(Time limited)

Complete Secret

Puzzle in Seasonal Expedition:

Temple of Scar

COIN neat 400

Minor Crystal-0 2000

Guardians Token 1

Path to Glory/ Daily Snowed Under

(Time Limited)

Complete Secret

Puzzle in Seasonal Expedition:

Tyrant Mine

COIN neat 400

Minor Crystal-0 2000

Guardians Token 1

Path to Glory/ Daily Ranger Time Trials Complete 2 Time Trial events

in Freeplay using Ranger (before the time ends)

COIN neat 200

Minor Crystal-0 500

Path to Glory/ Daily Colossus Time Trials Complete 2 Time Trial events

in Freeplay using Colossus (before the time ends)

COIN neat 200

Minor Crystal-0 500

Path to Glory/ Daily Storm Time Trials Complete 2 Time Trial events

in Freeplay using Storm (before the time ends)

COIN neat 200

Minor Crystal-0 500

Path to Glory/ Daily Interceptor Time Trials Complete 2 Time Trial events

in Freeplay using Interceptor (before the time ends)

COIN neat 200

Minor Crystal-0 500

Path to Glory/ Weekly Cold Competition Complete goals in

Icetide Seasonal Mode:

  • 5 Seasonal Expeditions Completed
  • 30 Exploration Notes Completed
  • 10 Bonus Objectives Completed
  • 15 targets Destroyed
Decal: Piercing Cold

Minor Crystal-0 4000

Guardians Token 1

Path to Glory/ Weekly Harvester Complete Icetide Freeplay Events:
  • 8 Coolant Harvesting Events Completed
  • 8 Silver or higher trials completed
Decal: Dead of Winter

Minor Crystal-0 5000

Guardians Token 1

Path to Glory/ Weekly Heart of Ice (Time limited) Complete Heart of Rage in

Seasonal Mode 3 times with a

score of 3.5 Million or better in

under 20 minutes

Decal: Icy Slice

Minor Crystal-0 3000

Guardians Token 1

Path to Glory/ Weekly Cracked Ice (Time Limited) Complete the Sunken Cell in

Seasonal Mode 3 times with a

score of 3.5 Million or better in

under 20 minutes

Decal: Frosting Charm

Minor Crystal-0 3000

Guardians Token 1

Path to Glory/ Weekly Frostbite

(Time Limited)

Complete Temple of Scar in

Seasonal Mode 3 times with a

score of 3.5 Million or better in

under 20 minutes

Decal: Frosted Strike

Minor Crystal-0 3000

Guardians Token 1

Path to Glory/ Weekly Snow Day (Time Limited) Complete Tyrant Mine in

Seasonal Mode 3 times with a

score of 3.5 Million or better in

under 20 minutes

Decal: Frosted Strike

Minor Crystal-0 3000

Guardians Token 1

Season of Icetide/ Stronghold Seasonal: Winter King Complete 3 seasonal

expeditions in GM3 difficulty

Minor Crystal-0 6000
Season of Icetide/ Stronghold Seasonal: Winter Knight Complete 6 seasonal

expeditions in GM2 or higher

Minor Crystal-0 5000
Season of Icetide/ Stronghold Seasonal: Winter Squire Complete 9 seasonal

expeditions in GM3 or higher

Minor Crystal-0 4000
Season of Icetide/ Stronghold Seasonal: Freezer Burn Get the Maximum score multiplier in a Seasonal Expedition Minor Crystal-0 5000
Season of Icetide/ Stronghold Seasonal: Stone Cold

(Time Limited)

Complete All Seasonal Expedition:
  • Successfully complete the Temple of Heart Stronghold
  • Successfully Complete the Sunken Cell Stronghold
  • Successfully Complete the Heart of Rage Stronghold
Decal: Frost Lock

Minor Crystal-0 2000

Season of Icetide/ Stronghold Seasonal: Cold Steel

(Time Limited)

Complete All Seasonal Mode Challenges:
  • Seasonal: Winter King
  • Seasonal: Winter Knight
  • Seasonal: Winter Squire
  • Seasonal: Freezer Burn
  • Seasonal: Stone Cold
Graphic: Laced Temper

Minor Crystal-0 10,000

Season of Icetide/ Stronghold Seasonal: My Blood Runs Cold[2] Complete all weekly Seasonal Mode Challenges. Each challenge is limited timed:
  • Weekly: Cracked Ice
  • Weekly: Heart of Ice
  • Weekly: Snow Day
  • Weekly: Frostbite
Minor Crystal-0 6000
Season of Icetide/ Stronghold Cool as Ice You got lucky!

You or a team member flawlessly completed the secret puzzle in

Seasonal: Tyrant Mine expedition

Minor Crystal-0 6000
Season of Icetide/ Stronghold ??? TBD
Season of Icetide/Endurance Exploration: Storm Chaser Visit all localized ice storms in the region during freeplay:
  • First Refuge visited
  • Honor Valley visited
  • Iron Serpent visited
  • Sanctuary of Dunar visited
Minor Crystal-0 1000
Season of Icetide/Endurance Fall Harvest Defeat 500 outlaw enemies during the Coolant Harvesting event in Freeplay Graphic: Hunter's Pelt

Minor Crystal-0 4000

Season of Icetide/Endurance Trial: Bronze Flyer Complete all 8 time trial events in Freeplay with a Bronze rank or better using any Javelin suit. Minor Crystal-0 2000
Season of Icetide/Endurance Trial: Silver Flyer Complete all 8 time trial events in Freeplay with a Silver rank or better using any Javelin suit. Minor Crystal-0 3000
Season of Icetide/Endurance Trial: Gold Flyer Complete all 8 time trial events in Freeplay with a Gold Rank. Wrap: Checkered Passed

Minor Crystal-0 3000

Season of Icetide/Endurance Trial: Ranger Gold Complete all 8 time trial events in Freeplay with a Gold Rank using Ranger suit. Wrap: Rip Glow
Season of Icetide/Endurance Trial: Colossus Gold Complete all 8 time trial events in Freeplay with a Gold Rank using Colossus suit. Wrap: Shatter Stripes
Season of Icetide/Endurance Trial: Storm Gold Complete all 8 time trial events in Freeplay with a Gold Rank using Storm suit. Wrap: Jet Stream
Season of Icetide/Endurance Trial: Interceptor Gold Complete all 8 time trial events in Freeplay with a Gold Rank using Interceptor suit. Wrap: Afterburnt
Season of Icetide/Endurance Trial: Icetide Champion Complete all time trial challenges:
  • Trial: Gold Flyer
  • Trial: Ranger Gold
  • Trial: Colossus Gold
  • Trial: Storm Gold
  • Trial: Interceptor Gold
  • Weekly: Harvester
  • Weekly: Cold Competition
Graphic: Sleet Step

Minor Crystal-0 10,000

Season of Icetide/Endurance Colllection: A Winter's Tale Find 50 Hidden Wreaths in Freeplay Wrap: Thermal Bind
Season of Icetide/Endurance Collection: Left Out In The Cold Collect all 10 hidden wreaths in each region during Freeplay:
  • High Road
  • Academy Ruins
  • Monument Watch
  • Fortress of Dawn
  • Ruins of Shadowmark
  • Valley of Tarsis
  • Great Falls Canyon
  • Emrald Abyss
  • East Gate
  • Eastern Reach
Material: Pink Anode

Minor Crystal-0 5000

Season of Icetide/Endurance Endurance: Tip of the Iceberg I Complete a number of Icetide activities:
  • 10 Seasonal Expeditions Completed
  • 60 Exploration Notes Collected
  • 20 Bonus Objectives Completed
  • 30 Targets Destroyed
  • 20 Trials Completed
  • 20 Coolant Harvesting

Event Completed

  • 55 Outlaws Defeated
Minor Crystal-0 5000
Season of Icetide/Endurance Endurance: Tip of the Iceberg II Complete a number of Icetide activities:
  • 20 Seasonal Expeditions Completed
  • 120 Exploration Notes Collected
  • 40 Bonus Objectives Completed
  • 60 Targets Destroyed
  • 40 Trials Completed
  • 40 Coolant Harvesting

Event Completed

  • 1000 Outlaws Defeated
Minor Crystal-0 10,000
  • Ranger Icon The Decoy's Armorset
  • Colossus Icon The Bulwark's Armorset
  • Storm Icon The Traitor's Armrset
  • Interceptor Icon The Infiltrator's Armorset
Season of Icetide/Endurance Endurance: Tip of the Iceberg III Complete a number of Icetide activities:
  • 30 Seasonal Expeditions Completed
  • 180 Exploration Notes Collected
  • 60 Bonus Objectives Completed
  • 90 Targets Destroyed
  • 60 Trials Completed
  • 60 Coolant Harvesting

Event Completed

  • 1500 Outlaws Defeated
Minor Crystal-0 15000
Season of Icetide/Endurance Frost Warrior Complete goals in Icetide Seasonal mode:
  • Seasonal: Winter Squire
  • Trial: Bronze Flyer
  • Exploration: Storm Chaser
  • Weekly: Harvester
  • Weekly: Cold Competition
  • Seasonal: Stone Cold
  • Collection: Left Out In The Cold
Minor Crystal-0 5000
Season of Icetide/Endurance Frost Master

(Time Limited)

Complete All Icetide Challenges:
  • Fall Harvest
  • Exploration: Storm Chaser
  • Trial: Icetide Champion
  • Seasonal: Cold Steel
  • Weekly: Harvester
  • Weekly: Cold Competition
  • Weekly: Heart of Ice (Time Limited)
  • Weekly: Cracked Ice (Time Limited)
  • Weekly: Frostbite (Time Limited)
  • Seasonal: Stone Cold
  • Collection: Left Out In The Cold
Banner: Icetide

Minor Crystal-0 15,000

Icetide Lore

Several cortex entries have been added to the journal. And, similar to the Season of Skulls, there are stories associated with this event.

Additional

The Seaonal Store is now only offering legendary War Chests. A new Universal Component only War Chest has been added.

References

  1. https://www.ea.com/games/anthem/news/everything-you-need-to-know-anthem-icetide
  2. One of the ??? Icetide Challenge: https://answers.ea.com/t5/General-Discussion/One-of-the-Icetide-Challenges/m-p/8668273#M101773
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