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The Siege of the Crystal Empire is a 10-day Limited-Time Siege that begun on September 21, 2018 and ended on October 1, 2018 (held again on August 23, 2019 and the third time on January 21, 2022).

Story

Quest #1: One Apple Less...

Twilight Sparkle: I can't believe the Crystal Faire is coming up so soon! I've cleared out my whole schedule to make sure we can get these party supplies to the Crystal Empire on time...

Spike: Yeah... but do they REALLY have to call everything "the Crystal Whatever" up there? We get it! It's crystal!

Twilight Sparkle: They're just proud of their home, Spike. Anyway, I thought you loved the Crystal Empire -- you're a hero there!

Pinkie Pie: Yeah! From that time when you defeated the evil unicorn King Sombra by bringing the legendary Crystal Heart to the Crystal Dais and poofing him into smoke with the power of love!

Spike: Uhhh... Yeah, Pinkie. I was there.

Twilight Sparkle: Well, nothing like that's going to happen this time! That's why we have pegasus security and our friends monitoring the Faire preparations. I think Applejack's keeping an eye out...

Quest #1: One Apple Less...
"Uh... about that. Flim and Flam just showed up sayin' they're DEFINITELY not plannin' to steal anything from my farm while the Faire's goin' on? So... uh... I'm gonna make sure they haven't stolen anything." Task/Skip Task requirement Rewards

Send Applejack to triple-check the Apple Stand.
Skip: 5 Gems


1 Time
Task Time: 3 minutes


50 XP


1,000 Bits


1 Gems



Quest Giver: Applejack
Ending text
"I guess Applejack has the right idea... Flim and Flam are nothing but trouble, wherever they show up!"


Quest #2: Dash Away...

Rainbow Dash: Yeah -- I actually might need to take five on this "security" thing, too. Lightning Dust just dared me to beat her stunt-flying record, and I mean... she's the worst! I've GOTTA do this!

Quest #2: Dash Away...
"Yeah -- I actually might need to take five on that whole "security" thing, too. Lightning Dust just dared me to beat her stunt-flying record, and, I mean... she's the worst! I've GOTTA do this!" Task/Skip Task requirement Rewards

Send Rainbow Dash to beat Lightning Dust's stunt-flying record.
Skip: 6 Gems


1 Time
Task Time: 15 minutes


60 XP


1,000 Bits


1 Gems



Quest Giver: Rainbow Dash
Ending text
"Okay... I guess Rainbow Dash isn't going to be guarding the Faire either? Should I be worried about this, or...?"


Quest #3: Fleeting Twilight...

Spike: Twilight...? I'm glad you think everything's gonna be okay, but a lot of ponies seem like they're --

Twilight Sparkle: Not now, Spike! Didn't you see Chrysalis challenging me to a magic duel when you were talking with Rainbow Dash just then?!

Quest #3: Fleeting Twilight...
I don't know how or why she got here, but I have to stop her! I just have to look up EXACTLY the right spell, first... Task/Skip Task requirement Rewards
Send Twilight Sparkle to research a counterspell.

Skip: 6 Gems

1 Time

Task Time: 15 minutes

Sombra or 50 Gems
Quest Giver: Twilight Sparkle
Ending text
"Oh no... Now Twilight's busy, too?! I've got a bad feeling about this..."


Battle #1: Under Siege (Minions)

Pinkie Pie: Hey, everypony! So, I don't know if this is a bad time, but I just wanted you to know that I THINK I just stopped Iron Will from stealing the Crystal Heart?

Pinkie Pie: ... Maybe. There was a lot of running around! But he stuffed it in this satchel (I think), and then I GOT the satchel, and... Oh. I guess there's nothing IN the satchel! Never mind!

Twilight Sparkle: Wait... but if YOU don't have the Crystal Heart, and it's not on the Crystal Dais... then... Who DOES have the --

Sombra: The king has returned. Long live the King!

Twilight Sparkle: Oh no... Chrysalis, Iron Will, everypony else... they were just a distraction! Sombra must've regained his physical form somehow, but...

Twilight Sparkle: No -- the "how" isn't important right now! My friends and I have to stop him from retaking the Crystal Empire! I don't even want to THINK about what happens if he gets past us...

Minion: Celestia's Royal Guard
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Reward per Minion Defeat Shadow Crystal Cap Minion HP Number of Minions to move on Bonus Crystals per Tap
1 Shadow Crystal 3 50 12 1

NOTE: Butterflies appears around Sombra during stages (minions and bosses). Tappin' him while the butterflies focus on him awards bonus Shadow Crystals (up to 10 taps at a time and 100 taps total before the butterflies disappear) and it is repeated each 1 hour (This only applies to re-runs.)


Battle #2: Under Siege (Boss)

Boss: Twilight Sparkle
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Reward Upon Completion Recommended Team Power Boss HP Time Limit To Defeat
Crystal Cage (Décor) 3 180 1 minute
End Text
"No... TWILIGHT!!! This can't be happening... This can't be happening!"
  • Only 1 upgrade (mane or body) is enough to defeat this boss.


Battle #3: Dawn Breaks (Minions)

Sombra: So, little pony... you're a princess now. Not that anything has come of it. Minions... take these six to their cages -- and the dragon, too. Make sure their magic is contained.

Twilight Sparkle: No... I can't believe it... We lost...! Is this... Is this it...?

Princess Celestia: Not quite. It seems Cadance was right to call me here after all.

Sombra: YOU! Celestia... When you defeated me before, I was young and inexperienced... but now I'm stronger.

Princess Celestia: Sombra -- it matters not how powerful you are. You are powered by hatred!

Radiant Hope: That's not entirely true. Hello, Princess...

Princess Celestia: Hope?! But... I haven't seen you for a thousand years! After you warned us about Sombra's treachery... studied with Luna and me to become a princess... then left...! I thought you were lost!

Radiant Hope: No... I'm right where I belong. It was my fault that you banished Sombra... which is why I had to bring him back. He's my best foalhood friend...

Radiant Hope: ...and I won't let you hurt him again! Quick, Sombra -- while I've got her distracted! Defeat her!!!

Minion: Unicorn Guard
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Reward per Minion Defeat Shadow Crystal Cap Minion HP Number of Minions to Move On Bonus Crystals per Tap
2 Shadow Crystals 330 1,000 50 1

Battle #4: Dawn Breaks (Boss)

Boss: Princess Celestia
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Reward Upon Completion Recommended Team Power Boss HP Time Limit To Defeat
Crystal Empire Guardspony or 50 Gems 22 6,600 5 minutes
End Text
"Is Celestia okay...? PLEASE tell me Celestia's okay... I can't look!"
  • Without helpers, is recommended that Sombra reach level 9 on both pieces to defeat this boss.


Battle #5: Crack in the Armor (Minions)

Twilight Sparkle: NOOOO! You turned Celestia to stone! Sombra... You may have imprisoned me, but as long as I still have the strength to stand, I will see to it that you're punished for this.

Sombra: You're a brave fool, Twilight Sparkle... but soon, you'll just be another entry in my journal. Soon, I will set the Umbrum free... and I want you to see what they will do to your world.

Sombra: Farewell, Princess. When I return, I will have my own army... and you will call me EMPEROR Sombra.

Radiant Hope: Sombra... don't overextend yourself. You can't free the Umbrum if you do... They're your people... and it's your destiny to save them, ever since Princess Amore locked them away!

Sombra: Hope... You may have lived among them, but you should know more than anypony -- you give them too much credit. They are monsters. Just like me.

Sombra: I've known that ever since I saw my reflection in the Crystal Heart all those years ago... since I learned I was an Umbrum myself. THAT is my destiny -- and I cannot escape it.

Sombra: Now -- leave me. I must defeat the rest of the Crystal Empire's Royal Guard if I am ever to take the castle... including one meddlesome Prince in particular.

Minion: Stalwart Royal Guard
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Reward per Minion Defeat Shadow Crystal Cap Minion HP Number of Minions to move on Bonus Crystals per Tap
3 Shadow Crystal 600 1,500 45 2

Battle #6: Crack in the Armor (Boss)

Boss: Shining Armor
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Reward Upon Completion Recommended Team Power Boss HP Time Limit To Defeat
Mirror-Sombra's Castle Guard or 50 Gems 38 22,800 10 minutes
End Text
"(Sssssh... Don't tell anypony, but Twilight broke out of her cage while Sombra was distracted! Good thing, too... we REALLY needed a win.)"
  • Without helpers, is recommended that Sombra reach level 15 on both pieces to defeat this boss.


Battle #7: Umbrum Rising (Minions)

Sombra: Hmph. Out cold. So much for the pride of the Crystal Empire. But with Shining Armor defeated... nothing stands between me... and this.

Sombra: The door to the world of the Umbrum... deep below the castle. I've dreamt of opening it for so long, but... what if they're good after all? What if I'm the only real monster?

Twilight Sparkle: You ARE a monster, Sombra -- and I told you you'd be punished! You hurt my friends... hurt my family... made me doubt myself! But we escaped -- and it's time you learned a lesson!

Radiant Hope: Sombra! You can't open the door! I just came from the Umbrum's world, and I was wrong about -- GyAAAAH!!!

Twilight Sparkle: No... She ran in front of my magic blast! I didn't mean to hit her... Hope -- I'm so sorry! I --

Sombra: WHAT DID YOU DO?!

Sombra: You want to fight monsters, little pony...? I'll give you monsters. Umbrum -- the door is open! Come forth and destroy these pests with me!

Umbrum: Gladly. All hail Emperor Sombra...

Minion: Crystal Empire Guardspony
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Reward per Minion Defeat Shadow Crystal Cap Minion HP Number of Minions to move on Bonus Crystals per Tap
4 Shadow Crystal 1,020 2,000 40 1

Battle #8: Umbrum Rising (Boss)

Boss: Twilight Sparkle
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Reward Upon Completion Recommended Team Power Boss HP Time Limit To Defeat
Mirror-Sombra's Castle or 50 Gems 62 55,800 15 minutes
End Text
"I'm just going to hide under a rock and hope the terrifying shadow monsters go away on their own... My poor dragon heart can't take this!"
  • Without helpers, is recommended that Sombra reach level 24 on both pieces to defeat this boss.


Battle #9: Last Hope (Minions)

Sombra: It is done... They are all captured or turned to stone, save for Cadance. That fool has fled towards the Crystal Dais... if we turn her to stone there, then this campaign will be over.

Radiant Hope: And I'm to be your empress in all this? An empress of monsters... The Umbrum told me this was who you would become, but I didn't believe it. I should have listened. But I had... hope.

Sombra: Hope! You're awake... But -- but you don't understand! When we looked into the Crystal Heart, I saw THIS! I saw my destiny... I was born to be a monster.

Radiant Hope: And I saw myself as a princess! And I was going to be one... but I left my training to try and find you. I had a choice between my destiny and you, and I chose you.

Radiant Hope: I've never believed in destiny, Sombra. You're the only thing I've ever believed in. And if all this is really what you want... then let's go and forge our destiny together.

Sombra: Hope...

Minion: Crystal Guard
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Reward per Minion Defeat Shadow Crystal Cap Minion HP Number of Minions to move on Bonus Crystals per Tap
5 Shadow Crystal 1,245 2,500 35 1

Battle #10: Last Hope (Boss)

Boss: Princess Cadance
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Reward Upon Completion Recommended Team Power Boss HP Time Limit To Defeat
Crystal Mailpony or 50 Gems 78 70,200 15 minutes
End Text
"What's happening? Sombra put me in another cage, and I have NO idea where Twilight or Cadance are right now... HELP!!!"
  • Without helpers, is recommended that Sombra reach level 29 on both pieces to defeat this boss.

Umbrum: The traitor Cadance has been defeated! Now, we must make the Crystal Empire see that there is no hope. Eliminate the princesses now, Sombra!

Radiant Hope: Wait... I have a better idea. Princesses are fine, but they come and go. All you need to destroy their hope is this: the Crystal Heart.

Radiant Hope: It's the same thing that hurt you... that locked the Umbrum away. But if you smash it... they'll be free forever.

Sombra: The Crystal Heart... I remember the first time I looked into this thing. It was the first time I saw myself as a monster... But now, I just see me. Just my reflection.

Umbrum: It must not work if it's not powered up. All the more reason to destroy it!

Sombra: No... No, I think it's working fine. Hope? ... Thank you. I think it's time I made my own destiny.

Sombra: Everypony -- help Hope get the Crystal Heart to the Dais! I'll keep the Umbrum away from her until she can imprison them again... It's not too late!


Battle #11: Shadow and Light (Minions)

Minion: Cute Umbrum
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Reward per Minion Defeat Shadow Crystal Cap Minion HP Number of Minions to move on Bonus Crystals per Tap
6 Shadow Crystal 1,690 3,000 30 1

Battle #12: Shadow and Light (Boss)

Boss: True Umbrum (Rabia)
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Reward Upon Completion Recommended Team Power Boss HP Time Limit To Defeat
Umbrum Sphere (Décor) 101 121,200 20 minutes
End Text
"Oh my gosh... Did I hear that right? Is Sombra fighting the Umbrum now?! SOMEPONY UNLOCK MY CAGE SO I CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING!!!"
  • Without helpers, is recommended that Sombra reach level 38 (head) / 39 (body) to defeat this boss.


Umbrum: SOMBRA! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!

Radiant Hope: The Crystal Heart is trapping the Umbrum! It's pulling them back into their prison... but... Sombra! You're an Umbrum too! You're...

Sombra: I'm the reason everypony is in danger, Hope. It doesn't matter what happens to me...

Radiant Hope: Stop it... You're a hero, Sombra!

Sombra: Heh... Maybe. It's a funny thought...

Sombra: Now... let me do this. Let me defeat these last few Umbrum, and when I'm done... Just promise me you won't run away again. You can do so much good in this world.

Radiant Hope: Sombra... I promise.

Battle #13: Darkness Falls (Minions)

Minion: Cute Umbrum
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Reward per Minion Defeat Shadow Crystal Cap Minion HP Number of Minions to move on Bonus Crystals per Tap
7 Shadow Crystal 2,401 3,500 25 1

Battle #14: Darkness Falls (Boss)

Boss: True Umbrum (Rabia)
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Reward Upon Completion Recommended Team Power Boss HP Time Limit To Defeat
Princess Amore or 50 Gems 142 213,000 25 minutes
End Text
"No... Sombra... he's fading away! I never thought I'd feel sorry for him, but... but..."
  • Without helpers, is recommended that Sombra reach level 51 (maxed) on both pieces to defeat this boss.

Radiant Hope: NO! Sombra... You said I could do good, and now I'm doing it! The other Umbrum may be gone, but I'm not letting YOU go... even if I have to fight the magic of the Crystal Heart myself!

Princess Cadance: You're not alone, Hope! I'm the Princess of the Crystal Empire, after all -- the empire the two of you just saved!

Twilight Sparkle: The empire your FRIENDSHIP saved -- and friendship is kinda my thing! Princesses: Focus your magic on the Crystal Heart. On my mark... ready... and... GO!

Sombra: Am... am I really here? Hope... everypony... You saved me! I don't know how to thank you, or how to apologize...

Princess Celestia: There is no need, Sombra. You have saved Equestria, and you have been forgiven. You have another chance to decide what sort of pony you will be... What will you do with it?

Sombra: I... I think I'll start by forgiving someone myself. Princess Amore... I always blamed her for imprisoning the Umbrum, but she deserves a second chance.

Sombra: I made her into a statue and scattered her pieces across Equestria. But Hope... if you helped me rebuild the statue...

Radiant Hope: ... We could save her? We could bring her back?!

Sombra: I think so.


Sombra: Let me tell you a story, everypony... Once upon a time, there was a young pony who wasn't like the others. All he wanted was a friend.

Sombra: And then, he found one. She was the most amazing friend that anypony could have asked for. He loved her and she loved him... but he didn't love himself.

Sombra: He was worried he was a monster... and how could anypony ever care about a monster?

Sombra: That's the thing about friendship, though. Your friends are friends because they can see the great things you have inside.

Sombra: They can see past looks, and family, and even your own worries... And they can see the goodness inside of you, even if you don't see it yourself.

The End

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Helpers

Character Crystals Cap Extra Team Power
Radiant Hope (500 Gems) +20% +20
Shadow Lock (580 Gems) +20% +20
Chrysalis (1,500 Gems) +20% +20
  • Helpers increase the maximum amount of Shadow Crystals you can store in the "bag" and adds extra Team Power.


Other

Upgrades

From (Lvl) To (Lvl) Power (Mane) Power (Body) Mane Shadow Crystals Cost Body Shadow Crystals Cost
0 1 1 1 0 0
1 2 2 2 1 1
2 3 3 3 2 2
3 4 4 4 3 3
4 5 5 5 120 140
5 6 6 6 170 190
6 7 7 7 210 235
7 8 8 8 258 280
8 9 11 11 310 330
9 10 12 12 350 380
10 11 13 13 400 420
11 12 14 14 445 465
12 13 15 15 490 510
13 14 16 16 534 560
14 15 19 19 580 600
15 16 20 20 625 650
16 17 21 21 675 695
17 18 22 22 715 740
18 19 23 23 765 790
19 20 24 24 810 830
20 21 25 25 855 880
21 22 26 26 900 930
22 23 27 27 950 970
23 24 31 31 990 1,020
24 25 32 32 1,040 1,060
25 26 33 33 1,090 1,100
26 27 34 34 1,140 1,155
27 28 35 35 1,180 1,200
28 29 39 39 1,225 1,245
29 30 40 40 1,270 1,290
30 31 41 41 1,315 1,340
31 32 42 42 1,360 1,385
32 33 43 43 1,410 1,430
33 34 44 44 1,455 1,475
34 35 45 45 1,500 1,525
35 36 46 46 1,545 1,570
36 37 47 47 1,590 1,615
37 38 48 48 1,640 1,660
38 39 53 53 1,685 1,705
39 40 54 54 1,730 1,755
40 41 55 55 1,775 1,800
41 42 56 56 1,820 1,845
42 43 57 57 1,870 1,890
43 44 58 58 1,915 1,935
44 45 59 59 1,960 1,985
45 46 60 60 2,005 2,030
46 47 61 61 2,050 2,075
47 48 62 62 2,100 2,120
48 49 63 63 2,165 2,200
49 50 64 64 2,200 2,210
50 51 71 71 2,350 2,400
  • Note: Whatever you spend on the upgrade in the battle screen lowers the cost in Pony Editor to craft Sombra's Outfit.
    • Starting from the first re-run, you can no longer craft the outfit from Pony Editor. You earn it when you upgrade Sombra’s outfit on the battle screen.
  • Note: When you tap a bag to the left of the number of Shadow Crystals collected during a fight, all the Shadow Crystals will be immediately collected into the total amount you own.
     


King's Armor (Sombra's Outfit)

Tier Piece Team Power Increase Shadow Crystals Cost
Bronze
(Armor Level 9)
Mane: +10 1,074
Body: +10 1,181
Silver
(Armor Level 22)
Mane: +25 9,218
Body: +25 9,631
Gold
(Armor Level 36)
Mane: +45 26,688
Body: +45 27,396
Platinum (Maxed)
(Armor Level 51)
Mane: +70 55,543
Body: +70 56,621
  • At max outfit level, Sombra gives a total of 142 Team Power (without any helpers).



Community

Leaderboard Time Limit:
10 Days
Assign Characters to complete tasks and earn: Statue Fragments.
Prize 1 (1-100) Prize 2 (101-500) Prize 3 (501-1000)
Umbrum Crystal (Shop) Bust of Sombra (Decor) 30 Gems

Community Helpers

Pony Statue Fragments Produced Time
Flim 10 30m
Scootaloo (X2) 20 1h 30m
Flam + Pinkie Pie (X2) 20 1h 15m
Princess Cadance + Canterlot Theater (X4) 40 2h 45m
Shining Armor + Twilight Velvet (X6) 60 2h 30m
King Sombra (Crystal Empire, X7) 70 3h
Iron Will + Lyra Heartstrings (X10) 100 3h
  • Tasks


Gallery

Trivia

  • This is the first Limited-Time Story to use the new "idle collection" battle mechanics.
    • Limited-Time Stories that use this mechanics are frequently called "Siege" LTS based on this story's name (Siege of the Crystal Empire).
  • This is the only Siege LTS to not have a bonus "Magic Chest" round, which allows players to farm additional Shadow Crystals after defeating the final boss.
    • Therefore, it is highly advised that players stay on the last farming stage (Battle #13) for as long as possible, then beat the final boss close to the end of the event.
  • This is the only Siege LTS to use Shadow Crystals as the event currency. All other Siege LTS use Magic Coins instead.
  • In the first few rounds, as 100 taps give 100 crystals in roughly 3-4 minutes while minions only give 2 every 2 minutes, it is strongly recommended that players take advantage of the bonus coins whenever possible.
    • Additionally, clearing a boss stage skips the bonus crystals cooldown time once, so players should take all the bonus coins before defeating a boss.
  • The minions (Royal Guards, Umbrum; even Royal Guards that have no wings) behave like Changelings, while the Bosses (some Royal Guards, Princess Celestia, more powerful Umbrums) behave like Queen Chrysalis (in the boss battle in Canterlot). Twilight Sparkle, Shining Armor, and Princess Cadance do not roar or laugh like Queen Chrysalis.
  • Twilight Sparkle wears the outfit you have selected for her in the Boss Battle.
  • Sombra's Platinum Tier outfit resembles that of his Mirror Universe self in the IDW comic arc "Reflections".
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  • All unspent Shadow Crystals that have been collected will be converted to Gems (up to 30) when this event ends.
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