Overview: Event

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In Arknights, events are more than temporary instances where players can claim various rewards, as many of them introduce additional content to the game that further expands Arknights' gameplay and/or setting, often including information and covering subjects that are not elaborated in the Main Theme.

Based on the scale, events can be divided into major events, minor events, commemorative events, and seasonal events.

Major

Major events feature their own operations and stories/interludes, and are distinct in that they tend to feature much more robust event stores, and introduce new "tilesets" with some exceptions (notably Operation Originium Dust and A Walk in the Dust which reuses the "Sargon Desert" tileset due to being set in the eponymous region) as well as new enemies and mechanics. The stories/interludes of major events are always unlocked in sequence, and is tied to the operations themselves; the major event's plot are usually contained within the main operations, though some are also included in the extra operations.

All major events will receive a rerun (known in the CN server as retrospection) at a later date following the event's release.

As of A Walk in the Dust, major events are grouped into two categories and their operations become available to play permanently after release, with some restrictions (see Event operations § Major).

Intermezzi

Intermezzi.png

Intermezzo (plural Intermezzi, which is used in-game) events serve as additional narratives which expands the details surrounding important subjects in the Arknights storyline and worldbuilding.

Event Release/rerun dates
CN Global TW
EN Darknights Memoir banner.png 2020/4/21
2021/4/30
2020/12/10
2021/9/7
2021/5/13
2021/12/19
EN A Walk in the Dust banner.png 2021/4/15
2022/3/29
2021/9/30
2022/10/4
2022/1/11
2022/12/15
EN Under Tides banner.png 2021/5/1
2022/5/30
2021/10/21
2022/11/25
2022/1/26
2023/2/23
EN Stultifera Navis banner.png 2022/5/1
2023/4/20
2022/11/3
2023/11/28
2023/1/31
2024/3/7
EN Lone Trail banner.png 2023/5/1
2024/5/24
2023/11/7 2024/3/19
CN Babel banner.png 2024/4/11 TBA TBA

Side Stories

Side Story.png

Side Story events serve as additional, often self-contained narratives independent to the Arknights storyline.

Event Release/rerun dates
CN Global TW
EN Grani and the Knights' Treasure banner.png 2019/5/30
2020/10/1
2020/2/5
2020/11/26
2020/7/23
2021/4/29
EN Heart of Surging Flame banner.png 2019/8/27
2020/8/11
2020/4/29
2021/1/20
2020/10/14
2021/6/10
EN Code of Brawl banner.png 2019/11/19
2020/12/1
2020/5/27
2021/5/14
2020/11/19
2021/10/14
EN Twilight of Wolumonde banner.png 2020/7/9
2021/6/27
2020/10/28
2021/12/17
2021/4/1
2022/3/22
EN The Great Chief Returns banner.png 2020/8/25
2021/7/20
2021/2/25
2022/2/4
2021/6/21
2022/4/26
EN Maria Nearl banner.png 2020/10/15
2021/10/1
2021/4/8
2022/3/31
2021/8/12
2022/7/6
EN Mansfield Break banner.png 2020/12/17
2021/12/7
2021/6/22
2022/5/26
2021/10/28
2022/9/14
EN Who is Real banner.png 2021/5/2
2022/1/10
2021/7/30
2022/7/14
2021/12/23
2022/10/13
EN Operation Originium Dust banner.png 2021/3/9
2024/3/21
2021/8/18 2021/9/9
EN Dossoles Holiday banner.png 2021/8/3
2022/7/6
2022/1/14
2023/2/28
2022/5/10
2023/5/4
EN Near Light banner.png 2021/11/1
2022/9/22
2022/4/28
2023/4/14
2022/8/4
2022/5/30
EN Break the Ice banner.png 2021/12/21
2022/12/1
2022/6/30
2023/6/13
2022/9/29
2023/8/29
EN Invitation to Wine banner.png 2022/1/25
2023/1/1
2022/7/29
2023/8/11
2022/10/27
2023/11/2
EN Guide Ahead banner.png 2022/3/15
2023/2/21
2022/9/16
2023/9/21
2022/12/29
2024/2/6
EN Lingering Echoes banner.png 2022/6/9
2023/6/20
2022/12/27
2024/1/5
2023/3/28
2024/5/14
EN Dorothy's Vision banner.png 2022/7/5
2023/7/18
2023/3/14
2024/3/5
2023/4/13
EN Ideal City banner.png 2022/8/11
2023/8/31
2023/1/13
2024/2/6
2023/6/20
2024/5/24
EN Il Siracusano banner.png 2022/11/1
2023/10/22
2023/5/23
2024/5/23
2023/9/12
EN What the Firelight Casts banner.png 2022/12/15
2023/12/22
2023/7/13 2023/10/19
EN Where Vernal Winds Will Never Blow banner.png 2023/1/17 2023/7/28 2023/11/21
EN A Flurry to the Flame banner.png 2023/3/7 2023/9/7 2023/12/12
EN Hortus de Escapismo banner.png 2023/6/8 2023/12/21 2024/4/25
EN So Long, Adele banner.png 2023/8/1 2024/1/16 TBA
EN Come Catastrophes or Wakes of Vultures banner.png 2023/9/5 2024/3/19 TBA
EN Zwillingstürme im Herbst banner.png 2023/11/1 2024/4/30 TBA
CN The Rides to Lake Silberneherze banner.png 2023/12/5 TBA TBA
CN Here a People Sows banner.png 2024/2/1 TBA TBA
CN Operation Lucent Arrowhead banner.png 2024/3/7 TBA TBA

Minor

Vignettes

Vignette events, officially Story Collections[1] and colloquially called omnibus events by the CN and JP communities, are a collection of short stories. Up until Preluding Lights, Vignette stories are self-contained and unrelated or loosely related to each other; from Vigilo onwards (with the exception of To Be Continued), they form an overarching narrative like Intermezzi and Side Stories.

Vignettes are distinct by the fact that the event currency is acquired from all operations except those that do not cost Sanity.png Sanity and Annihilation. Vignettes reuse previously introduced content on their operations and do not add new content into the mix. The other main feature of Vignettes, which give them the name, is the nature of their story content. Instead of unlocking a story related to the operations in sequence, Vignettes feature a menu with several interludes that can be unlocked in any order at the cost of one Information Fragment.png Information Fragment. The only medal given out by these events is for unlocking these interludes.

Vignettes are never rerunned, but everything specific to the event except the operations will be included to the Record Restoration system over time.

Event Release dates
CN Global TW
EN Operational Intelligence banner.png 2019/10/15 2020/3/25 2020/9/10
EN Ancient Forge banner.png 2020/1/9 2020/7/29 2021/2/4
EN Stories of Afternoon banner.png 2020/2/25 2020/8/26 2021/1/21
EN Children of Ursus banner.png 2020/6/18 2020/9/29 2021/3/18
EN Rewinding Breeze banner.png 2020/9/24 2021/3/25 2021/7/29
EN Beyond Here banner.png 2021/1/5 2021/7/6 2021/11/11
EN Preluding Lights banner.png 2021/6/1 2021/12/9 2022/3/8
EN Vigilo banner.png 2021/7/13 2022/2/17 2022/4/16
EN Pinus Sylvestris banner.png 2021/10/15 2022/4/14 2022/7/20
EN A Light Spark in Darkness banner.png 2022/2/15 2022/8/18 2022/11/17
EN To Be Continued banner.png 2022/7/19 2023/2/17 2023/4/27
EN An Obscure Wanderer banner.png 2022/9/8 2023/3/31 2023/5/16
EN It's Been A While banner.png 2022/9/15 2023/4/7 2023/6/13
EN A Death in Chunfen banner.png 2023/2/14 2023/8/22 2024/1/9
EN The Black Forest Wills A Dream banner.png 2023/7/6 2024/2/27 TBA
CN To the Grinning Valley banner.png 2024/1/9 TBA TBA

Login

These events can be run during or separate from any other event, as they are "non-intrusive." The systems of login events differ from one another, but they are usually defined by giving out rewards for logging in several days in a row, or add temporary additional rewards to daily and weekly missions. The rewards for these events are typically simple materials and an outfit.

Commemorative

Commemorative events are released to celebrate the release of Main Theme episodes or other important dates. Commemorative events usually grants access to all Supply operations, like that of Contingency Contract, and often includes login events. They also give all operations that costs Sanity with the exception to Annihilation a special drop in form of Emergency Sanity Sampler.png Emergency Sanity Sampler or a box that contains various upgrade materials. The specific mechanics of commemorative events are subject to change on a per-event basis.

Four types of commemorative events always include a limited headhunting banner, but have different release dates in the different servers due to scheduling issues:

Type Details Includes
Celebration #1
  • [CN] Released to commemorate half-year anniversaries in November 1.
  • [Global] Released in late April to early May as an interim between the yearly and half-year anniversaries, labeled Thank-You Celebration.
  1. Fan Appreciation Event
  2. Near Light
  3. Il Siracusano
  4. Zwillingstürme im Herbst
Festival
  • [CN] Released to commemorate the Chinese New Year in late January to early February.
  • [Global] Released to commemorate Global's half-year anniversaries in late July to early August.
  1. Ancient Forge
  2. Who is Real
  3. Invitation to Wine
  4. Where Vernal Winds Will Never Blow
  5. Here a People Sows
Celebration #2
  • [CN] Released to commemorate yearly anniversaries in May 1.
  • [Global] Released in late October to early November as an interim between the half-year and yearly anniversaries.
  1. Under Tides (Gift of the Deep Ones)
  2. Stultifera Navis (Gift of the Deep Ones)
  3. Lone Trail (One Giant Leap)
  4. 5th Anniversary Celebration (CN)*
Carnival
  • [CN] Released to celebrate the peak of yearly summer around August.
  • [Global] Released to commemorate Global's yearly anniversaries in around January 16 (the Global server's release date).
  1. Dossoles Holiday
  2. Ideal City
  3. So Long, Adele

Interestingly, the release dates of events featuring limited headhunting banners in all three Arknights servers are closely aligned to each other since Dossoles Holiday in Global and Near Light in TW, as shown in the table below. This is most likely intentional from Hypergryph and the respective publishers' part in order for limited banners (though not necessarily of the same category) to be released nearly simultaneously in all three Arknights servers.

Server/time January–February April–May July–August October–November
CN Festival 2nd Celebration Carnival 1st Celebration
Global Carnival 1st Celebration Festival 2nd Celebration
TW 2nd Celebration Carnival 1st Celebration Festival

Seasonal

Contingency Contract

Trials for Navigator

Other

Collaborations/crossovers

Simply said, a crossover event is the one in which Arknights will make a special collaboration with other franchises/organizations. Not all crossovers are available in every Arknights servers however; due to covering a lot of countries across the world, some crossovers, particularly those involving real-world interactions and those legally impossible in certain countries, are never held in the EN server.

Collaboration (with) Release dates
CN Global TW
CN KFC Collaboration banner.png 2019/11/11 (JP only) 2024/5/16 Never released in the TW server
EN Coexistence banner.png 2020/3/3 2021/5/19 2021/5/19
EN Operation Originium Dust banner.png See Side Stories
Preluding Lights
EN Display of Auspices banner.png Concurrent with Who is Real Rerun
EN It's Been A While banner.png See Vignettes
EN A Flurry to the Flame banner.png See Side Stories
CN Among the Luminaries banner.png 2023/6/29 Never released in the Global server Never released in the TW server
Come Catastrophes or Wakes of Vultures
Operation Lucent Arrowhead (Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege)
CN Operation Lucent Arrowhead banner.png
See Side Stories
Untitled (Sanrio Family)
TBA
TBA

The following collaboration is the other way round where the particular franchise/organization collabs with Arknights:

Miscellaneous

These events, such as the roguelike mode Integrated Strategies and the cooperative mode Multivariate Cooperation: Defence Protocols are unique special events tend to be run alongside major events. They are new game modes and content types that do not follow the typical Arknights event formula, and work with their own rules. These, similar to Contingency Contract, do not cost Sanity (as they are run alongside events that do).

The only exception to this rule is Interlocking Competition: Hymnoi Wisdom, which does feature stages that cost Sanity, and was run separately from any other event, but does not fall within the purview of typical Arknights events.

References

  1. Operational Intelligence's event banner in the Global server states that the said event is part of the "Vignette series," but later events are stated to be part of "Story Collection" instead. The Arknights Terra Wiki will use "Vignette" when referring to the events for the sake of simplicity and familiarity.