Spectral Halloween Special
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On October 23, 2012, the head of the Spy portrait on the TF2 Official Blog was changed to resemble a skull. Clicking on the skull led to a hidden page, with a newspaper page titled "The Teufort Reader". The bottom of the newspaper is ripped, showing two cards with odd symbols.
The next day, October 25, a page was posted that announced the event begins the following day, October 26th, and gave a link to the update page with all the info. It announced a new Mann vs. Machine mission called "Wave 666", where instead of fighting robots, the players fight zombies, and a new Halloween King of the Hill match (on koth_lakeside_event) with Merasmus (with the Bombinomicon) as the boss. It added two new achievements and introduced Magic Spells, which players can cast on other items in their backpack to give their items new effects, from shifting paint colors to flaming footsteps. Additionally, the Gift Drop system will be different; during the last two years, gifts spawned publicly and could be claimed by whoever arrived there first, while this year, players will receive private gift spawns that they can grab at their leisure.
Merasmus is a non-playable character wizard boss, who attacks both RED and BLU teams until he is slain. He has several attacks, including using the Bombinomicon to rain bombs around the Control Point. His health range varies from 50000 to around 100000, depending on the number of players in the server. Merasmus does not appear until ten or more players are present (not including spectators or bots).
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|Notes||†Not available for the Engineer and the Spy.|
Halloween Spells are single use tool items that are used to give various Halloween themed effects to weapons or hats depending on what spell it is. It should be noted that not only do the Spell Items expire on November 9th, but the spell effects upon other items expire on November 9th as well.
|Name||Picture||Game mode||File name|
|Ghost Fort|| King of the Hill
|Ghost Town|| Mann vs. Machine
- Several encoded messages appear on the update's pages, and they use Agathodaimon symbols.
- The first one, found on the Scout's card on the hidden page, translates to "Super Spped"( ). The encoded message on the Heavy's card on the Spectral Halloween Special update page says "Small Head".
- On the Spectral Halloween Special update page, the first header says "Explo Capitus" while the second says "Barpo Kabalto".