October 28, 2020

Hunt: Showdown - The Halloween Event

On Halloween, the veil between the worlds thins, stretches, and transforms, causing many strange occurrences and apparitions. The barriers that protect us against the darkness are weakened, and on All Hallows' Eve - and the days surrounding it - the influence of the Sculptor is particularly strong. Hunters have reported strange hallucinations and visions, deadly apparitions, and a sudden abundance of pumpkins…

But we Hunters are no strangers to the otherworldly. And so we claim this dark time as our own, and celebrate with mischief and pranks. But it is a game of the Devil's roulette - yes, sweetened by rewards from the AHA, as is tradition, of course - but the fun masks the truth but temporarily. The life of a Hunter is brutal and short, and we must take our pleasure where we can find it. Halloween is a dangerous time - cold, dark, and unforgiving - but a rewarding one.

Greetings, Hunters! Hunt's very first Halloween Event starts today. From now until END DATE, you'll have the chance to unlock exclusive equipment, and a few other naughty treats. To get the gear, you'll need to collect special Event Points, which you can do by heading down the bayou and:

• Destroying pumpkins scattered through the world

• Destroying the Butcher's pumpkin head

• Investigating a Halloween-themed Clue or Rift

• Destroying pumpkins mounted on scarecrows

There's a trick to boosting the points you earn with the Halloween-exclusive consumable – the Wormseed Shot. You'll receive three of these to get you started – just for logging in during the event. You can equip up to four of them onto your Hunter in Bounty Hunt, and using one will increase the amount of Event Points earned in that match by 25%. And if you need more, you can buy them in the store using Blood Bonds. Using more than one will multiply the effect, and the effect will also apply to any Hunters on your team – so get your friends together and really rake in the points! In Quick Play, you cannot equip any Wormseed shots before a mission, but will find them as you go in the world.

It takes 1000 Event Points to unlock all the Halloween goodies. Up to 500 points you earn over that will be considered a Bonus and converted into Blood Bonds at the end of the event. Your additional Wormseed Shots will also be converted in Blood Bonds.

Each day, there's a cap on the amount of Event Points which you can earn. On the first day, you will cap out at 200 points. Once you hit the cap for that day, you can still play the event, but you won't rack up any more Event Points. On the second day, your point total caps out at 600. (If you capped out on day one with 200 points, then this means on day two, you can earn an additional 400 points.) On the third day of the event your points cap out at 1000. Every day after that (and until the end of the event), your Event Points will cap out at 1500. So lock yourself in for a full weekend of mischief and mayhem!

Just for launching Hunt at least once during the event, you'll not only a one-time reward of three Wormseed Shots, you'll also get the new Legendary Heavy Knife (more on that later).

In the United States in 1895 – the year of our Hunt – Halloween was a mischievous affair, and those who enjoy the holiday today would recognize the ghoulish, antic-filled spirit of those celebrations. There were jack-o'-lanterns and pranks and party games, though the holiday was – unlike today — also associated with matters of love, and many people celebrated the day by playing games to help divine who you were going to marry. Though it had been a tradition in the past, and would come back into vogue sometime in the 1920s, trick or treating was less popular, and people preferred to pull off other pranks like stealing each other's fence gates (not kidding), dressing up as ghosts to spook the neighbors, and bobbing for apples.

So in this spirit, we hope you'll have some fun spooking other Hunters and smashing up pumpkins in the Bayou during our event. Check back again tomorrow for more information on all the Halloween-themed gear you'll be able to earn, and as always, happy hunting!

~The Hunt Team

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