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The Season of Skulls is a themed, season-long event that offers unique rewards and challenges for its duration – similar to the Cataclysm. In addition, a strange fog creeps over the land, luring deadly enemies out of the shadows.

Not only Fort Tarsis gets a seasonal makeover (including the launch bay and the guard posts outside the fort), but the land of Bastion has new events and changes everywhere.

The latest updates can always be found on the official forums.

In 2019, the whole season took place during a course of 6 weeks.

In 2020, it was reduced to a simple Festive holiday called Festive: Season of Skulls to favor the work on the next iteration of Anthem.


Overview

Decoration in Fort Tarsis

As a thick and ominous fog gathers among the trees and strange sounds echo in the distance, the people of Bastion gather together to rise up against the darkness with determination, defiance, and celebration.

Fort Tarsis stands proud with towering bonfires, colorful banners, and the bones of its vanquished foes–-a bastion of security amid the chaos. The Season of Skulls marks a change from the grim necessity of survival to the celebration of life and courage in the face of darkness.


How to Begin

Launch Bay

There are no level requirements for the Season of Skulls content, anyone at any level is welcome to enter. But you will need to have completed the Incursion story to gain access to the Echoes of Reality level. If you played any of the Cataclysm the lay of the land will be quite familiar to you, but there are definitely some surprises in store. To begin your experience select the “Season of Skulls” option on the Game Modes menu. You’ll take on formidable arenas filled with enemies – master them for your chance to climb each season’s leaderboards.

Getting Started

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Similar to the Echoes of Reality, there will be inversions applied by the game that change how you play but don’t directly impact your score. They’ll shake up gameplay and, in some cases, make it more challenging. Inversions will also reward different kinds of play and will change from week to week throughout the duration of the season.

You have a limited amount of time to maximize your score during arena runs, so use it wisely. Understanding how to increase your score by planning out your arena strategies and keeping score multipliers in mind will also mean more Crystals. You can find out why they’re important and what you can use them to purchase below.

Before you suit up and fly off to face the horrors awaiting you just outside the walls, take some time to look around Fort Tarsis. Keep an eye out for hidden clues that will reveal some of the more intriguing secrets about the Season of Skulls.

Anomalies and Enemies

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If you’ve unlocked Freeplay, you can also encounter season-related events, and this is where you’ll find challenging new Anomalies – similar to the Storm Gates you faced during the Cataclysm.

The Anomalies are faction-themed, select Arcanists, Freelancers, or Sentinels events on the map and battle your way through challenging enemies like brutal skull-clad Scars and elementals and terrifying Mistborn Skorpions. Complete them to unlock a tough “boss” event which will change weekly and offer up some of the best rewards.

A never before seen Hidden Place called the Somber Halls is available for a limited time during the season.


Currency and War Chests

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You’ll earn Crystals throughout the event that you can then use to purchase War Chests and items at Herschel’s Hut (in the Fort Tarsis market, near the doors to the courtyard), which will be updated weekly. The Season of Skulls also brings increased Legendary drop rates plus the opportunity to purchase a Legendary-only War Chest. If cosmetic items are your goal don’t look just for them in the store. Instead, complete weekly and seasonal challenges to unlock each new look!


Seasonal Short Stories

These are the 5 Season of Skulls short stories which add to Anthem's lore:


Freeplay Events

Three new time limited freeplay legendary world events were added for the Season of Skulls.


Conjunctions

There are 5 conjunctions during each week of the Season of Skulls. All their details can be found here.


Challenges During the Event

There are several seasonal challenges, along with new Daily and Weekly challenges relevant to the seasonal theme.

Type Challenge Name Description Rewards
Path to Glory/ Daily Dark Arenas Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 600

Path to Glory/ Daily Foul Echoes Complete Echoes of Reality within Season of Skulls COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 600

Path to Glory/ Daily Discordant Notes Collect 50 notes (Inside Echoes of Reality) COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 600

Path to Glory/ Daily Beast Slayer Defeat any Boss (Escari/Fury/Titan/Swarm Tyrant/Bristleback inside the conjunction) COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 600

Path to Glory/ Daily Grim Exterminator. Defeat 30 Mistborn Skorpions COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 2000

Path to Glory/ Daily Vermin Fiend Defeat the Elder Escari COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 2000

Path to Glory/ Daily Howling Apparition Defeat the Dominion Fury COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 2000

Path to Glory/ Daily Nameless Behemoth Defeat the Titan COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 2000

Path to Glory/ Daily Crawling Horror Defeat the Swarm Tyrant COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 2000

Path to Glory/ Daily Ghastly Monstrosity Defeat the Bristleback COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 2000

Path to Glory/ Daily Dark Ranger I Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Ranger Melee War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Dark Ranger II Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Ranger Ranger Gear War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Dark Ranger III Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Ranger Ranger Melee War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Dark Ranger IV Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Ranger Ranger Support War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Dark Ranger V Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Ranger Ranger War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Unsettling Interceptor I Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Interceptor Melee War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Unsettling Interceptor II Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Interceptor Interceptor Gear War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Unsettling Interceptor III Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Interceptor Interceptor Melee War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Unsettling Interceptor IV Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Interceptor Interceptor Support War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Unsettling Interceptor V Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Interceptor Interceptor War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Uncanny Storm I Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Storm Melee War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Uncanny Storm II Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Storm Storm Gear War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Uncanny Storm III Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Storm Storm Melee War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Uncanny Storm IV Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Storm Storm Support War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Uncanny Storm Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Storm Storm War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Monstrous Colossus I Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Colossus Melee War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Monstrous Colossus II Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Colossus Colossus Gear War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Monstrous Colossus III Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Colossus Colossus Melee War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Monstrous Colossus IV Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Colossus Colossus Support War Chest
Path to Glory/ Daily Monstrous Colossus Complete any 3 Arenas inside Echoes of Reality as Colossus Colossus War Chest
Path to Glory/ Weekly Gloom Chaser Join the effort to collapse the storm:
  • Silence Cataclysm 4 times
  • Find 200 Cymatic Notes
  • Complete 8 Season of Skulls Cataclysm Events
First Time: Wrap: Bone Grit

COIN neat.png 2000

Gray Minor Crystals.png 1500

Repeat:

COIN neat.png 2000

Gray Minor Crystals.png 1500

Path to Glory/ Weekly Pack Hunter Join the effort to defeat the unnatural creatures:
  • Defeat 30 Enemies
  • Complete 9 World Events
  • Defeat any 9 Conjunction Boss
Week 1: First Time:Graphic: Carpal Guard

COIN neat.png 2000

Gray Minor Crystals.png 1500

Repeat:

COIN neat.png 2000

Gray Minor Crystals.png 1500

Week 2 Onwards:

Graphic: Carpal Guard

(No repeat Rewards)

Season of Skulls/ Cataclysm Dawn Patrol Complete these Seasonal Freeplay World Events 10 times* Arcanist Research
  • Freelancer Pilgrimage
  • Sentinel Bonfire
Decal: Dawned Omen
Season of Skulls/ Endurance Deadly Ambush Defeat Vara in Grandmaster 1+ within 2 minutes Decal: Grim Warning

Gray Minor Crystals.png 60

Season of Skulls/ Endurance Swift Strike Defeat Vara in Grandmaster 2+ within 3 minutes Decal: Wasteland

Gray Minor Crystals.png 120

Exploration/ Bastion Collectibles

or

Season of Skulls/ Endurance

Lost in Darkness Find the 10 shrines across Bastion
Season of Skulls/ Endurance Bone Collector: Experience Collect 10 skulls within Echoes of Reality COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 600

Season of Skulls/ Endurance Bone Collector:

Talented

Collect 50 skulls within Echoes of Reality COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 600

Season of Skulls/ Endurance Bone Collector: Adept Collect 100 skulls within Echoes of Reality COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 600

Season of Skulls/ Endurance Score: Sombre Courage Score 100,000 in a single cataclysm run 18 times. Gray Minor Crystals.png 60
Season of Skulls/ Endurance Score: Bloody Purpose Score 1,000,000 in a single cataclysm run 9 times. Gray Minor Crystals.png 120
Season of Skulls/ Endurance Score: Dark Resolve Score 5,000,000 in a single cataclysm run 3 times. Graphic: Slick Marrow

Gray Minor Crystals.png 240

Season of Skulls/ Endurance Elimination: Displel the Shades Defeat 500 enemies in Echoes of Reality Gray Minor Crystals.png 60
Season of Skulls/ Endurance Elimination: Turn the Hordes Defeat 2000 enemies in Echoes of Reality Gray Minor Crystals.png 120
Seaon of Skulls/ Endurance Elimination: Banish the Monsters Defeat 5000 enemies in Echoes of Reality Decal: Beware

Gray Minor Crystals.png 240

Season of Skulls/ Endurance Grandmaster of Sorrow Silence Cataclysm in GM1+ once COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 600

Season of Skulls/ Endurance Grandmaster of Despair Silence Cataclysm in GM2+ once COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 600

Season of Skulls/ Endurance Grandmaster of Anguish Silence Cataclysm in GM3 once Decal: The Skull's Standard

COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 600

Season of Skulls/ Endurance Defeat the Undying Defeat Vara 5 times within Echoes of Reality Decal: Cranial Pierce

COIN neat.png 200

Gray Minor Crystals.png 600

Season of Skulls/ Endurance Night Hunter Defeat all conjunction bosses 1 time:
  • Defeat the Escari Elder
  • Defeat the Dominion Fury
  • Defeat the Titan
  • Defeat the Swarm Tyrant
  • Defeat the Bristeback
Graphic: Calcic Regalia
Season of Skulls/ Endurance Indomitable Complete all Season of Skulls challenges:
  • Night Hunter
  • Defeat the Undying
  • Bone Collector: Adept
  • Score: Dark Resolve
  • Deadly Ambush
  • Swift Strike
  • Grandmaster of Anguish
  • Elimination: Banish the Monsters
  • Dawn Patrol
  • Lost in Darkness
Banner: Freelancer 01

Armor Packs:

(Note: Only the Armor parts are the rewards)

Week 1

Start: Wednesday, October 16th


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Freeplay

To unlock the weekly anomaly, complete the three previously mentioned seasonal events.

Echoes of Reality Arenas

Inversions

  • Turbo Gear - Gear recharge rate is increased
  • Ultimate Boost - Ultimate meter from kills is increased

Challenges

Note that these are in addition to regular Daily/Weekly/Monthly challenges and are not the only ones active during this time.

  • Daily: Vermin Fiend
  • Daily: Dark Ranger III
  • Daily: Monstrous Colossus III
  • Daily: Unsettling Interceptor III
  • Daily: Uncanny Storm III

Week 2

Start: Tuesday, October 22

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Freeplay

Again, to unlock the weekly anomaly, complete the three previously mentioned seasonal events: Arcanist Research, Freelance Pilgrimage, and Sentinel Bonfire. If you completed them in a previous week, the anomaly will automatically be unlocked.

Echoes of Reality Arenas

Each week, another arena is added to the list, keeping any from previous weeks as well.

Inversions

  • Close Encounters - Shotguns and SMGs deal increased damage
  • Lightning Rod - Close-range kills chain lightning to nearby enemies

Challenges

  • Daily: Howling Apparition
  • Daily: Uncanny Storm II
  • Daily: Dark Ranger II
  • Daily: Monstrous Colossus II
  • Daily: Unsettling Interceptor II

Store Refresh

Here’s what you’ll find in the Seasonal Store this week. As a reminder, Crystals can only be obtained from in-game events and activities, such as the Echoes of Reality.

The War Chest: Legendary is a new item to the game that guarantees a random Legendary drop upon opening.

Leaderboard Refresh

Just like during the Echoes of Reality event, leaderboards will refresh weekly, giving everyone a clean slate as they try to get the top score.


Week 3

Start: Tuesday, October 29

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Freeplay

To unlock the weekly anomaly, complete the three seasonal events if you haven’t already: Arcanist Research, Freelance Pilgrimage, and Sentinel Bonfire. If you completed them in a previous week, the anomaly will automatically be unlocked.

Echoes of Reality Arenas

Each week, another arena is added to the list, keeping any from previous weeks as well.

  • Britaheim (Added)
  • Crucible of Astrid
  • Casja’s Forge
  • Sea of Takaro
  • Diana’s Landing

Inversions

Bring your ranged guns for this week.

  • Immunity Pack
    • Ammo pickups grant brief immunity to damage
  • Precision Operator
    • Snipers and Precision rifles do increased damage

Challenges

  • Daily: Nameless Behemoth
  • Daily: Uncanny Storm IV
  • Daily: Dark Ranger IV
  • Daily: Monstrous Colossus IV
  • Daily: Unsettling Interceptor IV

Store Refresh

As a reminder, Crystals can only be obtained from in-game events and activities, such as the Echoes of Reality or in Freeplay.

As mentioned previously, the War Chest: Legendary is a new item to the game that guarantees a random Legendary drop upon opening it.


Week 4

Start: Wednesday, November 6

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Freeplay

To unlock the weekly anomaly, complete the three seasonal events if you haven’t already: Arcanist Research, Freelance Pilgrimage, and Sentinel Bonfire. If you completed them in a previous week, the anomaly will automatically be unlocked.

Echoes of Reality Arenas

Each week, another arena is added to the list, keeping any from previous weeks as well.

  • Ring of Magnus (Added)
  • Britaheim
  • Crucible of Astrid
  • Casja’s Forge
  • Sea of Takaro
  • Diana’s Landing

Inversions

  • On the Edge
    • At low armor, damage dealt increases
  • Soldier's Reward
    • Killing an enemy restores a small amount of shields

Challenges

  • Daily: Crawling Horror
  • Daily: Uncanny Storm I
  • Daily: Dark Ranger I
  • Daily: Monstrous Colossus I
  • Daily: Unsettling Interceptor I


Week 5

Start: Tuesday, November 12

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Freeplay

To unlock the weekly anomaly, complete the three seasonal events each week: Arcanist Research, Freelance Pilgrimage, and Sentinel Bonfire.


Echoes of Reality Arenas

Each week, we’ll add another arena to the list, keeping any from previous weeks as we go.


  • Castle Kelrik (added)
  • Ring of Magnus
  • Britaheim
  • Crucible of Astrid
  • Casja’s Forge
  • Sea of Takaro
  • Diana’s Landing

Inversions

Bring your ranged guns for this week.


  • Air Support
    • Defeating an enemy while hovering grants increased damage while on the ground for a short time; stacks up to 5 times
  • From the Skies
    • Heat build-up while hovering is decreased

Challenges

  • Daily: Ghastly Monstrosity
  • Daily: Beast Slayer
  • Daily: Grim Exterminator
  • Daily: Uncanny Storm V
  • Daily: Dark Ranger V
  • Daily: Monstrous Colossus V
  • Daily: Unsettling Interceptor V


Week 6

Final Week

Start: Tuesday, November 18

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Freeplay

To unlock the weekly anomaly, complete the three seasonal events each week: Arcanist Research, Freelance Pilgrimage, and Sentinel Bonfire.


  • Boss Events (all from previous weeks)
    • Escari Elder: Up Up and Away
    • Fury: The Undying
    • Titan: Shaper Disturbance
    • Swarm Tyrant: No One Likes Spiders
    • Bristleback: Sentinel Monument


Echoes of Reality Arenas

All arenas are open this week!



Inversions

This week's inversions all revolve around ammo and will no doubt force you to think strategically.


  • Broken Magazine
    • Weapons have no spare ammo, but enemies drop ammo more often
  • Running on Empty
    • Firing the last shot in a weapon's clip increases all damage for a short time


Challenges

This is the last chance to complete any uncompleted challenges from previous weeks! Best of luck, Freelancers.

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