KrampusNacht 2017 – Niflheim Hel Summons

Don’t forget the Lore…!

NIFLHEIM! Land of Frost and Ice…! And the Legendary Home of Krampus and Hel in the Secret World!

This is one of my favorite holiday events from TSW. There is a lot to do if you want to see it all here. First, you have to coordinate gathering 8 items to bring with you to Niflheim. You can get these items by killing Krampus in each of the 8 zones from the base game:

  1. Kingsmouth – Lump of Coal
  2. Savage Coast – Dead Yew Branch
  3. Blue Mountain – Pouch of Soil
  4. Scorched Desert – Wolf Fang
  5. City of the Sun God – Foul Whiskey Bottle
  6. Besieged Farmlands – Corpse Maggots
  7. Shadowy Forest – Severed Hand*
  8. Carpathian Fangs – Snake Skin

*= The Severed Hand needs to Be disassembled into 5x Nails. You will only use one of the Nails per Summons, so I recommend gathering 5x of all the other components so you can summon her 5 times!

There is a 9th item you need for the summon, but you get it in Niflheim from the Krampus Boss. I’ll go over that im a moment.

So how do you get there…?

I’m glad you asked that, Chuck! I’m sure, at some point you’ll have noticed that once you’ve attacked a Krampus, and get him below half health, he will run away and try to escape through a Portal.


Kill him before he can jump through it and you can then use the portal to enter Niflheim!

Once inside, you’ll be greeted by a number of groups of Krampus, and they should be easy enough to solo down if you want. There is also a small charlie Brown Christmas tree about 50 feet down the entry hall, on the left hand side. You should get a yellow reticle (if you have it showing) to indicate you can ‘Use’ this tree. hit your Activate/Use key and a Lore will spring up above it! (See first picture in this post!)

Something else you might notice by now, is that you have the ‘Equal Footing’ Buff. The first clue is that you suddenly have 150K health! So Soloing all the Krampus in here shouldn’t be a problem. Once you’ve killed all these little Krampus, a BIG Krampus spawns in the middle! This Krampus Boss is also soloable, just make sure you get out of his AOE abilities. He will drop your Last item needed to Summon Hel, ‘Horns of Krampus’.

Ok, so what do we do with all these things?

Now you’re ready to summon Hel! Open the picture below and activate each item from your Mission Inventory bag near the indicated area.

The things we do for Loot….!

As each section is activated, it will glow, or in the case of the Pillars, a Torch will be lit. I usually arrange the items in my bags so all the pillars are done first from left to right, and then the inner items are ordered the same as they are here, and then use the Horns of Krampus last so I’ll be right next to where Hel Spawns. But if the game doesn’t limit you on order, do them anyway you want! You do you, Boo!

Now, before you activate that last Component, ask yourself: “What difficulty do I want to do this at?” This is a thing! There are two difficulties for her: E1 and E5. Don’t worry too much about gear here, remember, you have the Equal Footing Buff! So it’s more a matter of how well can you dance? If you think you can handle the E5 difficulty, there is a stone Bench near the Arena that you can ‘Use’ to Activate Hard Mode.

So Now that I have this Goddess of the Underworld, what do I do with her?

I should probably also note here, that Hel is a Group fight! You will want to have people with you! You want someone to act as a tank, and someone to act as a healer, and then 3 DPS to kick her Arse back to the Underworld!

Phase 1 – Now I can’t speak for the E5 difficulty level, but On E1, this is how it goes: Hel will Spawn in the middle of the Floor, and she does not move. If you are too far away, she will attack you with a Ranged Attack. It doesn’t hurt MUCH, but it will add up if you don’t have a healer.

From here on out, I have ‘Phase Numbers’, but these can happen in pretty much whatever order she wants to.

Phase 2 – She will split into 4 copies of herself, and the copies will continue attacking you at range from each of the four pillars in the middle of the floor. Kill each of the copies before the end of her cast timer to avoid… well tell you the truth I’m not sure what the cast does… I haven’t seen it go off yet. >.> Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s supposed to do bad things to you and your party, so just kill her before it goes off!

Split up and Send a DPS to each of the copies and the Tank can take the last one. Any DPS that finishes their’s first, can come help the tank. Again, on E1 this goes pretty quick, but I’m sure they have more health on E5, making them harder to kill before her cast completes.

[UPDATE: Actually, I just ran this after I posted this, and Her Cast is called ‘Hel on Earth’ and the Debuff only says that…. ‘Hel on Earth’. You do seem to take increased damage the more stacks of this you have on you. So make sure your Healer is aware!]

Phase 3 – She will teleport in one of the Compass directions from the middle, out to near the wall. From this place, she will send a HUGE gust of Freezing Wind toward you, and you HAVE to get behind one of the pillars ASAP so you don’t get caught out in the open. And believe me, no matter the difficulty, you WANT to be SNUG up close to the pillar! If you are standing like 5 feet behind it, you WILL be affected by the wind. Get Close. Cuddle Pile behind that pillar!

Something else to mention, you aren’t trying to keep Hel 180° opposite from you on the other side of the pillar. You want to be on the compass point 180° from the direction the wind is coming from. Important distinction. I’ve seen more than enough videos and party members try to keep Hel 180° opposite from them and die to the wind. It’s the WIND you need to be afraid of… not her.

Phase 2.5 – (I never said I was good at making a reference index!) This is a harder version of Phase 2. Instead of making only 4 copies of herself and standing within the boundaries of the pillars, Now she makes 8 copies of herself, 2 per compass point, and will be out beyond the pillars near the walls. Again, spit the DPS up and kill them before her cast goes off or I’m sure something awful will happen! On E1, they tend to die pretty easily, but on E5, I’m sure they will have more health and be harder to take down.

Phase 4 – THIS is the Phase where she casts that Light/Dark thing that you have to throw the snowball for the achievement. She will cast this and Channel it giving everyone in the party a random Light or Dark symbol over your head. The symbol itself is sometimes confusing and you can get mixed up which side you need to be on fairly easily. The trick is to NOT look at the face of the symbol over your head, but rather the swirly cloud that is around the symbol.

Hel will always start this ability facing South (The direction you came from the portal). If you are facing her, the Light side will always be ON YOUR LEFT (Her right), and the Dark side will be ON YOUR RIGHT (Her left). Match the Cloud color of your symbol to the Light/Dark side of the floor as appropriate. As she channels, she will turn in a random direction and the light/dark sides of the floor turn with her. WATCH HER LEG THAT IS CLOSEST TO YOU and turn with it!


“Sucking at Something is the First Step in becoming Sorta Good at something…”

“Snowball’s Chance in Hell” – You need to have the achievement for scoring 75 points in a snowball fight and then go buy your Snowball Emote Item from the Guy in Mall-gartha. I recommend placing this emote on your Quick action bar before the fight begins. (Heck, probably before you even step foot in Nifelheim!)

[UPDATE: There are 2 Snowball Emotes that you can use to get this achievement – The First comes from Dr Caligari in Mall-gartha for completing the Snowball Fight Achievement.

What Is he a Doctor OF., anyway..?

The Second is the Emote that you got on the first day of the Event Rewards.  BUT, you can’t just type /snowball to make it work.  You Have to use it from the Emote Menu:

When in Niflheim, Hit ‘SHIFT + O’ To open the Emote Window, and it will stay open during the fight for you.  When she starts casting Light/Dark, hit your Alt Key to get your Mouse pointer, and then click that emote in the menu to get it to work!]

If you are lucky, and you start off on the correct side of the floor and she turns in a favorable direction for you, you can then hit your Quick Action that you assigned to the Snowball, and hit her with it before she finishes her channel. You should then get your notification that you got your achievement!

If, however, you are not lucky enough to get a favorable spin, hopefully, your Healer can keep you up since if you aren’t on the same side as the Light/Dark symbol over your head, you will take a LOT of damage! (And probably die… so there is that.) E5 will definitely cause more damage than E1, so act accordingly.

There’s another achievement you can get in here, “The Two-Faced Mother.” Remember when she splits up and I said to klil all her copies before she finishes her cast? Yeah, don’t. Let her do it. Let her finish her cast each time, and I think I heard the magic number was 3 stacks of the debuff she casts. Kill her with three stacks of this Debuff, and you will get this achievement as well. Don’t die during the fight, or you’ll lose your stacks, and then lose your achievement. Again, I’m still not entirely sure exactly what this debuff does, but I think it adds extra damage the higher it gets. On E5, you may want to time getting the last stack to how low she is on her health so you have less time with stacks to kill her.

Lastly, there’s the Icy Claws! These were a ‘Hot Item’ last year (No pun intended). What you need to so is hit her with a snowball during her Light/Dark Phase, until she ‘Flinches’. You will notice she will stop her channeling and wobble back and forth for a few seconds, stunned. If this happens, TAKE HER DOWN!!! Once you’ve made her flinch, she WILL drop the Icy Claws for you!

This was doable on Elite, and NM modes in TSW, so it shouldn’t matter what difficulty you have it set to in SWL. Something to watch for when you throw your snowball, is a message at the top of the screen that says it had no effect. It’s hard to see, being white text on a light, frosty blue background. But it’s there.

Again, you have to hit her with the snowball when she’s starting her channel of Light/Dark Phase. If your throw doesn’t have any effect, just hang out and let her go through her phases until she does the Light/Dark again. Then try again. There is no set time limit for this fight to take place. So whittle down her health and then stop DPS and let her do her thing until you get the right result. If you are lucky, it can happen in 2-3 shots. But in TSW, we had rounds where it took us over a dozen attempts to finally get her to flinch. Be prepared to let this fight go for a while if you REALLY want the claws!

I am not sure how many claws will drop. In TSW, there was one set and we had to coordinate who got them or it was an open roll. But with the Personalized Loot system in SWL, everyone may be able to get them. Someone drop me a line if you know!

[UPDATE: Icy Claws Drops for Everyone in the Party! And this is Doable in E1! Good luck out there!]


So what else do we get? Well for E1 at least, you’ll get a Lore item (Hopefully the last one you need to complete the Krampusnacht Lore section) and a Blue Loot Bag. Inside the Loot bag is 1200 Anima Shards and a ‘Festive Gift Bag’. The Contents of the Festive Gift bag is random and I won’t bother trying to list all the things you can get out of it. Basically, more cosmetics. I think the bags themselves are trade-able, so you can put them on the AH if you like. But then you won’t have the chance to get some Nifty Cosmetics that we all crave!

Again, I can’t talk for the E5 crowd, since I’m a Filthy Casual. If anyone knows if what you get is better, on E5, drop me a line in the comments below. Or you can catch me on twitter, or the FunCom Discord.

That about wraps it up. Hopefully something here was helpful for you. again, let me know if you have any info I may have missed, or if you just want to say hello! Thank you for stopping by! And as always, I hope to see you in the Secret World!

Krampusnacht 2017 Advent Calendar!

Yeah, yeah, yeah… I failed to do one of these for Samhain.  Just wasn’t feeling it at the time and no one seemed to be screaming for one.  But THIS TIME…. we get the event rewards on ALL our characters!  Got an alt?  Got 3 alts?  Got a full stable of characters?  LOG THEM ALL IN ‘CAUSE THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE DAILY EVENT REWARDS!


So there’s 15 days worth of Loot, and then 6 days of Filler.  Each day you log in, on each character on your account, you can get a special Item, and a Malevolent Snowflake, up to 15 days.  On Days 16 through 21, all you get is the Snowflake.  These Daily Event Rewards reset at the same time as your normal Daily Rewards and the Daily Challenges,  2am EST/11pm PST. (Or whatever your local time zone translates these times to.)

PLEASE NOTE:  If you log into a character and the Holiday Event Reward Calendar does not pop up, Just click the little ‘Gift’ icon in your Top-Bar and it should appear for you to claim!

This Little Teeny Gift looking icon…!

The Snowflakes are a special loot bag that you can only open after defeating the Holiday Boss in the Public Raid Platform on the Main Mall-gartha platform.  This ‘Super-Hel’ Raid boss runs at the top of each hour. Once you have Defeated Super-Hel, you will have a 10 minute buff that will allow you to open the Snowflake to get what’s inside!

First off, here’s a list of the Main items you get each day, from Day 1 through Day 15:

  1. Figuros Padurii (Pet) + Malevolent Snowflake
  2. 5000 Anima Shards + Malevolent Snowflake
  3. Purified Talisman Distillate (1600cc) + Malevolent Snowflake
  4. Purified Weapon Distillate (1600cc) + Malevolent Snowflake
  5. Orochi Hovertech Snowboard** + Malevolent Snowflake
  6. 25 AP + Malevolent Snowflake
  7. 30 SP + Malevolent Snowflake
  8. 7500 Anima Shards
  9. Purified Weapon Distillate (2000cc) + Malevolent Snowflake
  10. Weapon Fusion Catalyst (Epic) + Malevolent Snowflake
  11. Purified Talisman Distillate (2000cc) + Malevolent Snowflake
  12. 30 AP + Malevolent Snowflake
  13. 35 SP + Malevolent Snowflake
  14. 10,000 Anima Shards + Malevolent Snowflake
  15. Glyph Anima Imbuer + Malevolent Snowflake
  16. Malevolent Snowflake
  17. Malevolent Snowflake
  18. Malevolent Snowflake
  19. Malevolent Snowflake
  20. Malevolent Snowflake

** = If you already have the Orochi Hovertech Snowboard, you will be given 2000 Anima Shards when you try to add it to your Sprint

As for the contents of the Malevolent Snowflakes, they seem to be scripted to give the same thing in order each day.  So far I have seen the following:

  1. EMOTE: Throw Snowball*
  2. Elfin Cap – Green & Elfin Tunic – Green***
  3. Elfin Leggings – green & Plastic Elf Ears & TITLE: Hypothermal***
  4. Ugly Woolen Sweater – Faction***
  5. PET – Revenant Polar Bear
  6.  Knitted Festive Sweater Gray & Knitted Pom-Pom Hat Gray
  7. White Onesie Pajamas & TITLE: ‘Winter’s Soldier’
  8. PET – Holiday Devil
  9. Ski Pants, Black & Ski Jacket, Black & Ski Boots, Black***
  10. SPRINT – Winter Flurry
  11. Wassailer Corset Bodice Top – Festive & Wassailer Buckled Lace-up Knee-High Boots – Festive
  12. TITLE: Spirit of the Season & Festive Scary Snowman Mask  (Thanks to WinterySerpent and Leogrim on Discord!)
  13. Wassailer – Long Lace Gloves – Festive & Wassailer – Ruffled Skirt with Stockings – Festive
  14. Wassailer – Lace Trimmed Velvet Jacket – Festive & Wassailer – Lace Cameo Choker – Festive & Wassailer Velvet Mini Top Hat – Festive
  15. SPRINT – Flightless Reindeer
  16. 2000 Anima Shards
  17. (2000 Anima Shards)
  18. (2000 Anima Shards)
  19. (2000 Anima Shards)
  20. (2000 Anima Shards)
  21. (2000 Anima Shards)

*= This emote is different from the Snowball Emote you get for the Snowball Fights Achievement.  This emote seems to be just the motion of throwing a snowball, but you don’t see an actual snowball. (Or at least I don’t.)

[UPDATE: I THINK the /snowball emote that you type in chat may have already been there, which is why it doesn’t throw a snowball. instead, open your EMOTE Tab by typing “SHIFT + O” and then find the Snowball emote there and it will throw a snowball at your target!]

***= Since I Had some of these rewards on my female characters, i ended up skipping a day or items here and there.  Thank you to Aeryl on the SWL Discord for updating me on what I’d missed!

I will update this each day as I see new things awarded, so be sure to come back and check the updated list!

[UPDATE AGAIN:  After Day 15 od opening Malevolent Snowflakes, you seem to get 2000 Anima Shards.  So once you get the Flightless Reindeer, you pretty much have everything.]

Another thing to note is if for some reason you only have time to claim your Daily Snowflake, and don’t have time to do the Hourly Raid to open it, the Malevolent Snowflakes WILL STACK in your inventory!  AND, once you complete a Raid and you come out and have opened your Snowflake, you can usually turn around and run a second one, or log onto an alt to run a second one before the entrance closes.

BE WARNED: If you get into a Super-Hel Raid and take your sweet time getting to the fight, you will get ported out, and you will get a Deserter Debuff so you won’t be able to reenter until the next hour’s raid happens. (Spoken from experience!)

That’s it for tonight.  I think that covers the basics at least.  I plan to do another post tomorrow on the Holiday Nifelheim instances and Krampus hunting and how to summon Hel in Nifelheim!   Until then, Happy Krampusnacht!  And as usual, I hope to see you in, the Secret World!

KRAMPUSNACHT is Coming, to Town!

[UPDATE:  If you are looking for Niflheim Information, Check out my Newer post here!]

You better not Pout… You better not Cry….!

Are you Ready…?!?!

Wait, what do you mean, “What is Krampusnacht?” It’s the Secret World’s Winter Holiday Event!

When does it start? This Tuesday, December 12, after the server restarts. (Check the SWL website/Redit/Discord/Twitter for your local times.)

What can we expect? Well, Daily login event rewards that you can get on ALL YOUR ALTS! FINALLY!!1! No longer will you have to choose just one character to receive the Daily Event Rewards for, but you can log into each character on your account and get an Awesome Holiday Event Reward!

What kind of rewards will we get? That’s uh…. a very good question… I’ll have to get back to you on that. Whatever we do get, I’ll have to do another Advent Calendar post to keep up with the items on a daily basis.  In any case, I can’t thank FunCom enough for finally getting past the technical hurdles to enable this!

So, is that it? No! There’s also the actual event! There hasn’t been a preview of the event, that I know of, but what I can do is give you a brief rundown on the old TSW version of Krampusnacht.

Please keep in mind that this is just a rundown of the old TSW event and these things may or may not be a part of the SWL event. And even if they do come back, they will likely have some minor changes to them.  Please check’s legacy site for full details of the old event by clicking HERE.


With luck, they will bring back the Snowball fight! There was a nifty holiday event bag that we got that had a chance to give us a ‘Pile of Snowballs’ item that would allow us to throw down and have a snowball fight anywhere!  If you scored a certain amount of points, you would be granted a Snowball Emote so you can throw a snowball at anyone at anytime, anywhere! (Can’t wait to get mine back!) It’s also used for another achievement later.

Krampus, Krampus Everywhere..!

You should be able to find Krampus throughout the game zones. Killing a Krampus in any particular zone will give you a chance for it to drop a special quest item. These quest items will be specific to that zone, so there are 8 different quest items that you will need to acquire. (I don’t believe Kaidan takes part in the Krampus Holidays. Sorry!) With any luck, these will fall into your mission item Inventory. (HINT HINT!)

What do we do with these quest items? Once you have one of each quest item, get a group together, and hunt down another Krampus! (I recommend gathering about 5 sets of items before starting this, so you can do it 5 times in a row.) Once you find the Krampus, attack him until he runs away and follow him. He’ll open a portal and try to escape. Kill him after the portal is opened and before he escapes and now you’ll have your own portal to his home plane of existence, Niflheim!

What’s in Niflheim?

More Krampus. LOTS MORE KRAMPUS! Kill all the Krampus and you’ll get a BIG KRAMPUS to kill! The Big Krampus also drops the last item needed to summon Hel.

Once you’ve killed the Big Boss Krampus, this is where your quest items come into play. Use your quest items at specific points around the room and you’ll summon Hel! Kill Hel for MOAR LOOT!

I recommend using the Horn of Krampus Last for the Summons.


I don’t know if the Icy Claws will be available this year or not, but during last year’s event, this was fun for us to figure out!  Remember that Snowball emote I told you about earlier? THIS is where it gets used.  The Emote, NOT the Pile of Snowballs.  I’m not going to tell you everything about the fight, but at some point, Hel will cast a spell that causes everyone to get Light or Dark affinity, and then the ground will also get light and dark energy. I recommend watching the cloud above the icon over your head when it happens so you get on the right side soonest! The floor will spin and you have to stay on the correct side, or you die. When she starts this, you have to time your /snowball emote just right, and hopefully you can stun her with the snowball. If you are successful in stunning her, she will drop the Icy Claws!

(MINOR ISSUE – Targeting Hel with a Snowball.  In TSW we could tab/click target Hel.  We can’t do that in SWL.  This technicality may void this whole section of the event and they will have to find another way to do the Icy Claws.)

Now, in TSW, you could just fight her until she started trying to cast this spell, and then just back off and stop attacking her so she can continue doing this until someone can finally stun her. It seemed to be pretty random and could take up to a dozen tries if you are REALLY unlucky! Be prepared to let this fight draw out for a while if you are REALLY determined to get the Claws!

The issue here is that in TSW, she dropped one set and we all got to roll on it. SWL however, has individual loot.  So if she drops Icy Claws now, does EVERYONE in the group get them? Or does only one person get them kinda like the Blue bag with the kitty at Stonehenge during the Samhain event? We’ll have to wait and see.


In TSW, killing Hel in the Dungeon gave you a chance for her to drop a Dagger named ‘Famine,’ that was used in Summoning Super-Hel in Savage Coast. (Super-Hel is explained in the next segment.)

You could also change the difficulty of Hel in Niflheim by using the Bench near the central arena to initiate Nightmare Mode before you summoned her. SWL has said that E5 was about where the old TSW NM difficulty was, so I’m not sure how hard she will be here. I’m not geared for E5’s yet so hopefully it’s only about E1-2 level or something.

So why would we put her on NM Mode? She’d have, I think, a 100% Chance to drop ‘Famine,’ as opposed to what seemed to be maybe a 10% chance in normal mode.


This was an open World Boss that required tons of people to come out to the Savage Coast and kill her! SWL, however, doesn’t have Open World Bosses like that anymore. Judging by the Samhain event, it looks like Super-Hel can be done in either of two ways:

  1. Every hour at the special portal off the main Mall-gartha platform.
  2. If she does drop ‘Famine’ still, maybe we’ll have to summon her the same way they summon the Lair Bosses on the Public Raid Platform..?  Probably at the Holiday platform in any case.

Killing Super-Hel also gave you a chance to get specific clothing items. These would drop in a specific order leading up to Krampus’ horns and finally Hel’s horns! (Crown of Krampus and Crown of Hel, respectively.)  What other items will she give us? Distillates? Weapon skins? Again, we’ll have to wait and see.

UPDATE: Super-Hel happens at the top of every hour!  No ‘Famine’ Needed!

There should be some other missions and things related to the Event happening, but again, We don’t know the specifics yet.  Also, not to forget the new Winter ‘Frost-Bound Cache’ that will be dropping as well.  Time to see if we can get some nifty new weapons skins and outfits!  I think I heard rumor of a Snowmobile sprint?  Don’t quote me on that.

Hopefully this wasn’t too rambling for you all.  This was mostly all off the top of my head, remembering things from TSW Holidays past.  I know there are all kinds of little things and cosmetics that we could get, but this wasn’t meant to be an end-all-be-all list of everything.  Again, check the TSWDB Legacy site for all those tidbits of information!

Thank you for stopping by.  Good luck and Have fun with this event!  And as always, I hope to see you, in the Secret World!