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Puzzles & Survival Events Guide & Schedule

Get the basics about the recurring Events in Puzzles & Survival.

Welcome to our Puzzles & Survival Events Guide! If you haven’t come from there, be sure to visit our ➡️Puzzles & Survival Master Guide⬅️ to find everything you need to know to succeed in this game. This guide will just go over the basics of events in the game. Stay tuned into the High Ground for event-specific guides coming soon!

Not a single day goes by in this game without an event. Besides giving you a different activity to focus on every day, events are your main source of obtaining multiple upgrade materials, copious amounts of resources, and even rare 5-star hero fragments.

Unfortunately, there’s too many events to cover all of them in a single guide. However, we are steadily rolling out in-depth guides for major events. For now, we’ll cover some basics that apply to all events.

How Events Work in Puzzles & Survival

You can check what events are going on and upcoming by tapping on the event center button in the top right corner of your screen. While it won’t showcase all the upcoming events, you can get an idea and start preparing for major ones.

Most events are split into multiple reward tiers. The best prizes (like rare 5-star hero fragments) are always locked behind the highest tier.

Additionally, there’s often a Personal (Phase) and State (Total) ranking as well where you compete with players across the entire game. If you continue earning points in the event, you’ll climb the ranks and can earn even more rewards.

It’s difficult to get into the top ranks (and maintain said rank), so you’ll have to often settle for a lower tier – such as top 10% instead of the top 1%. Spend your resources in increments to gauge how far your resources will take you in the rankings and stop when you’re at a happy point.

Puzzles & Survival Events Calendar
It’s a constant struggle to maintain your rank. | Image: 37Games via HGG / Jeffrey Hsu

How to Earn Points & Rank in Events

Always read up on what exactly gives points. If you go to an event, you can usually tap on the image under ‘How to Earn Points’ to get a detailed breakdown of what actions will give points and how many. Then you can calculate if it’s actually worth the effort or not.

Whether or not it’s worth climbing the ranks depends on how many supplies you’ve hoarded. Most of the time, you’ll have to pass on climbing an event’s ranks until you stockpile enough resources from normal activities to make meaningful progress in an event.

For example, some events are based around obtaining materials related to something like Modules. If you’ve been holding off on opening chests obtained from Zombie Lairs and have been stockpiling Rare Earth from the Pit, you can cash them all in and climb the event’s leaderboards like a maniac.

Check If and When Event Items Expire

Some events have currencies you can stockpile until the next time the event comes around (like Joy Coins from the 777 Jackpot event). Others will have their currency expire and be converted into very low amounts of basic resources, so you should always spend those before their related event ends.

You can typically tap on an event currency in the top left corner from the event exchange shop to see if it expires or not.

Double Dip on Concurrent Events

Finally, try to double dip on events. Sometimes you’ll have events that run for a couple days. If you think another event with the same criteria for earning points will run concurrently with the first event, wait to spend your resources until both events are active.

A prime example of this is Break Loose, which cycles over to a new point criteria every 8 hours. One of the regularly occurring events that takes place at the same time as Break Loose is the Nova & Module event.

As such, you’ll want to wait and see if one of the 3 instances of Break Loose that day is related to Modules. That way you can get points towards both Break Loose and the Nova & Module event at the same time.

Regular Event Schedule

A majority of regularly occurring events in Puzzles & Survival are on an alternating 2-week schedule. Note that the following days are based on UTC time. As such, some players will have a day come “early” depending on their time zone.

Week 1

  • Monday
    • Ace Commander Day 1 (Hero Frags)
    • Timed Tavern
    • Nanoweapon
    • Alliance Trial
  • Tuesday
    • Ace Commander Day 2 (Build/Research)
    • Timed Tavern
    • Alliance Trial
  • Wednesday
    • Ace Commander Day 3 (Gather/AP/Stamina)
    • Timed Tavern
    • Alliance Trial
    • Alliance Clash (Sign-Ups)
  • Thursday
    • Ace Commander Day 4 (Training Speedup)
    • Alliance Clash (Betting/Endorsement)
    • Break Loose
    • Special Operations I
  • Friday
    • Ace Commander Day 5 (Bioenhancer/Gear Refiner)
    • Alliance Clash (Battle)
    • Break Loose
    • Special Operations II
  • Saturday
    • Ace Commander Day 6 (Enhancer/Promoter/Modification)
    • Wasteland King (starts part way through the day)
    • Strike First (Ephraim reward)
    • Alliance Conquest (Preparation Stage)
    • Doomfest
    • Break Loose
    • Special Operations IV
  • Sunday
    • Ace Commander Day 7 (Build/Research/Train Units)
    • Wasteland King
    • Strike First (Ephraim reward)
    • Doomfest
    • Nukaland
    • Attack on Destroyer

Week 2

  • Monday
    • Joy 777 (do NOT spend Joy Coins on this day)
    • Apex Match (Sign-Ups)
    • Hero Upgrade
    • Nukaland
    • Alliance Trial
  • Tuesday
    • Joy 777
    • Apex Match (Sign-Ups)
    • New Development
    • Alliance Trial
  • Wednesday
    • Joy 777
    • Apex Match (Battle)
    • Gear Upgrade
    • Alliance Trial
  • Thursday
    • Apex Match (Quarterfinals)
    • Reservoir War (Endorsement)
    • Nova & Module
    • Special Operations I
    • Break Loose
  • Friday
    • Apex Match (Semifinals)
    • Reservoir War (Battle)
    • Glory & Bioenhancer
    • Special Operations II
    • Break Loose
    • Valiant Conquest (starts partway through the day)
  • Saturday
    • Apex Match (Finals)
    • Strike First (Ulrik reward)
    • Diamond Expert
    • Diamond Exchange Shop
    • Break Loose
    • Special Operations III
    • Valiant Conquest
  • Sunday
    • Apex Match (Finals Rewards)
    • Strike First (Ulrik reward)
    • Diamond Expert
    • Diamond Exchange Shop
    • Chip & Cube
    • Attack on Destroyer

Alliance Showdown

This week-long event takes place every 3 weeks, so the events that it overlaps with alternates each time it comes around.

You can check out our in-depth Puzzles & Survival Alliance Showdown guide here to maximize the value of your resources and plan ahead for which quests to do.

Trials of Survival

Image: 37Games via HGG / Jeffrey Hsu

Trials of Survival is a week-long event that usually takes place once a month, but it doesn’t have a consistent start time.

You’ll have a series of daily and weekly missions that you can complete to earn event points and earn various reward tiers (up to a total of 25). As long as you complete the bulk of the daily missions and do some of the weekly ones, you should be able to claim all the rewards fairly easily.

We’re currently working on a more in-depth guide, so stay tuned!

Holiday & Irregular Events

Most events in Puzzles & Survival are recycled and reused with minor tweaks to them. You’ll begin to recognize them after playing the game for a while. However, the schedule for some of these events is very inconsistent.

The following events sometimes regularly appear every couple weeks before disappearing for a few months. Others only occur once as part of some new flagstone event promoting a new hero or a crossover with another series.

Here are some of the events that keep returning in Puzzles & Survival but with unknown schedules:

Visit the Traveling Merchant (Chest Events)

One of the variants of the event. | Image: 37Games via HGG / Jeffrey Hsu

One staple event is visiting the Traveling Merchant whenever his event rolls around. Each visit consumes 20 AP and rewards you with some event currency and a chance at a locked box and corresponding key.

These locked chests are one of the few ways to get hero frags for Lee. The problem is obtaining the keys to open them. While you have a very high chance at getting a locked box with each visit, the keys are an opposite story. Even worse, you can only get 10 free keys per day from visits.

If you want to claim all 10 free keys per day, you will have to use AP Refills. This is very much so worth it, given how valuable Lee hero frags are.

Additionally, you can spend the event’s currency on shovels for a related side-event. These shovels can be stockpiled between events, which is a good thing since you need around 600 shovels to guarantee the jackpot.

There are often variants of this event that require you to visit some NPC for a different type of locked box and key. These event variants are usually one-and-done, so make sure to open and claim all of those locked boxes and spend the event currency.

Attack of the Mutants/Raiders/Etc.

Sometimes a new threat will emerge in the wastelands, always flavored as requiring commanders to band together and quell. These are basically just Zombie Lairs disguised as individual threats.

As such, here’s the equivalence chart denoting how tough they are compared to a usual lair:

LevelZombie Lair Equivalent
16
210
320
425
530
635
740
843
945
1048
1150
1253
1355

You should also be aware that the amount of event currency that drops from these threats is dependent on the stamina cost. Levels 1-5 cost the same amount of stamina, while levels 6-13 are double that amount.

If you’re solely interested in the event currency, it doesn’t really matter what level you do. However, higher level threats will give more secondary common resources (like Antiserum).

Distress Signal Events

Image: 37Games via HGG / Jeffrey Hsu

Every once in a while (about 2-3 months), a Distress Signal event will come along, serving as the main way to get Samuel hero frags. This event is all about stockpiling Distress Signals every time it comes around until you have enough to reach your desired reward tier in one go.

There are 3 main ways to get more distress signals:

  • Each time the event rolls around you can use diamonds to purchase 30 distress signals.
  • You can also earn up to 3 distress signals for free each day by doing daily quests (you can get an extra one if you’re willing to buy a box with real money).
  • Every time you defeat a zombie lair while the event is active, you earn a Scattered Clue. This item will appear in your Bag under the Gadget tab. Opening these gives you a small chance to get another distress signal.

This event is one of those cases of rewarding you for spending in bulk, as you’ll get credit for 10 Distress Signals if you spend 9 at a time. The most efficient way to tackle this event is to save up 450 Distress Signals before spending them.

Yes, it will take you a long time to save up that many, but it’s by far the most efficient strategy in the long run. Try to schedule Hunt Mastery parties while this event is live to get more Scattered Clues for chances at extra Distress Signals.

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Amanda Neid

Hello! I found your page and absolutely love all the information. I’m using some of it for my Discord server. I was wondering if you’ll be covering other events individually? Thank you!

Yes! We’re currently working on adding more individual event guides – covering all pertinent information (timing/frequency, objectives/points, and tips/tricks for them)! We’re glad you found our guide useful!


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