The Ant Challenge is an arena-style challenge found past the Ant Gate with emphasis on waves of ants. The Ant Challenge is similar to the Stick Bug Challenge, but a distinct contrast is that the player must collect pollen after each wave, whereas the Stick Bug Challenge only requires pollen collection when players are stuck in twigs and Stick Bug is hiding in the flowers.
Accessing and Participating
Upon entering, the player has 5 minutes to defeat as many ants as they can. The timer on the right side of the anthill shows the time remaining for the challenge. The ants come in waves, starting with level 1 and 2 ants, and increases in level with each wave. Each wave launches an assortment of ants that contain regular ants, fire ants, army ants, and/or flying ants. Every 5th wave always contains a giant ant, with the exception of the 40th wave, which contains 2 giant ants. Each ant defeated grants 1 point.
To progress, fill the meter on the anthill by collecting pollen. The amount of pollen needed to progress to the next wave starts at 4,000, and increases by at least 2,000 more of the previous requirement each wave.
Upon reaching wave 8, the white doors on the sides will start flashing red. This indicates that a lawnmower is about to come out and pass through the lane the door directs to. Move away from the targeted lane to avoid getting damaged. Getting hit by a lawnmower deals about half of the player's health with no defense. Lawnmowers will move faster and appear more frequently as the challenge progresses, with multiple lawnmowers running simultaneously is possible near the end of the challenge.
After the challenge ends, a message box displays the rewards. The player will always get an Ant Amulet, honey, treats/jelly beans, and royal jelly. The number of rewards received increases with a higher score.
The rewards increase in quality and quantity relative to your score. A higher score will also give you a higher-tier Ant Amulet:
- 0-24 Points: Bronze Ant Amulet.
- 25-49 Points: Silver Ant Amulet.
- 50-99 Points: Gold Ant Amulet.
- 100-149 Points: Diamond Ant Amulet.
- 150+ Points: Supreme Ant Amulet.
If the player already has an existing Ant Amulet, they may choose to keep their old one or replace it with the new one, depending on which one has better/more favorable buffs.
- Try to collect as many tokens (Haste, Baby Love, Bear Morph, etc.) as possible before participating in the challenge.
- Rage tokens can be used to take out ants faster, as they increase Bee Attack.
- High level bees will be able to make the later waves easier to get through. Bees with higher attack and/or speed will also prove to be more effective than those with lower attack and/or speed.
- A high-level Vicious Bee is vital, as the spikes from its ability, Impale, can deal significant damage to multiple ants. In addition, wait to activate the ability when many ants are in the arena to maximize it effectively.
- A Gifted Stubborn Bee can help in this case as it increases the lifespan of your ability tokens, allowing you more time to spawn ants before activating Impale.
- Windy Bee’s Tornado can be even more effective than Impale in the Ant Challenge. Not only does it collect pollen, but it also deals massive area damage (which cannot miss) and collects tokens. However, haste stacks and powerful sprinklers are required to maximize their potential.
- Honey Gift and Honey Gift+ tokens can be used to fill progress meter on the anthill, so the player may consider using Honey Bees or Diamond Bees to spawn these tokens.
- Having amulets that boost bee attack damage, having a Gifted Brave Bee, and having a Gifted Rage Bee makes it easier to defeat ants.
- The Fire Mask and Demon Mask will boost attack and add Flame-generating passives. Well placed Flames will grant Flame Heat, collect pollen, and do damage to nearby ants.
- Using stingers will boost attack for a short time, which helps clear ants faster and deal with higher-level ants. The player can also use red and blue extracts, oil, glue, tropical drink, and gumdrops. This will help with honey production and boost bee capabilities, but isn't necessary to get a good score.
- Coconuts can prove to be an unpredictable but powerful tool to take out clusters of ants. Coconuts can deal incredible amounts of damage, are incapable of missing high-level ants, and collect decent amounts of pollen.
- To maximize the score, defeat as many ants as possible in the first three minutes, because later waves get more difficult and the lawnmowers appear more frequently and come faster.
- Use your pollen collector to summon ant waves faster at the beginning of the challenge, and then stop using your collector and just let your bees collect pollen towards the end of the challenge if there are many ants on the field.
- Since the player has 100% Instant Conversion in the Ant Challenge, don't try to go after tokens from Coin Scatter or coconuts, since they won't have much value, as they have nothing to convert from, making them virtually useless.
- Sprinklers can be useful for regenerating flowers and making pollen collection easier, especially when ants and lawnmowers cut the player off from certain areas of the field.
- Using the Glider can help as the player can glide over ants, escaping from certain situations.
- Zoom out all the way to see where all the ants are and where lawnmowers may be coming from.
- The Spark Staff is statistically the best tool to use in the Ant Challenge.
- When new ants spawn, it is a good idea to go as far away from the ant hill as possible, to avoid being hit by an incoming ant.
- The Supreme Star Amulet Star Saw passive is very effective at killing ants and collecting pollen.
- The Ant Field and the Mountain Top Field are the only two fields that do not have their own badges.
- The Ant Field is the only field to have exclusively single flowers. It is also the only field that can't be boosted with glitter, the only field where a magic bean cannot be planted, and the only field where clouds cannot be summoned.
- The flowers on this field are hardcoded to have 100 pollen per flower, and even if the flowers are boosted though pollination, it will not increase the pollen amount.
- Pollen collected in the Ant Field counts towards non-field-specific quests, such as some of Black Bear's repeating quests.
- If the player uses jelly beans while inside or right outside the Ant Challenge, no jelly bean tokens will appear.
- When the player enters the Ant Challenge, any pollen in their container is instantly converted into honey.
- When entering the arena, the player will gain a boost of +100% Instant Conversion. The boost used to be represented by a Haste token with an expired timer.
- As of the 11/25/2018 update, the boost is now represented as the Ant Pass icon. There used to be a visual glitch that when leaving the ant challenge, the player would still have this buff. It was only a visual glitch, so the player did not actually have a +100% Instant Conversion boost active.
- There is an ant pass token hidden behind the Ant Challenge area. To get it, go behind the leaderboard and follow the hallway around the corner. This also leads to the Gummy Bee Egg Claim.
- If the player has equipped their tool and dies right when the Ant Challenge is about to end, they will respawn without their pollen collector equipped. However, the character's arm will be positioned to look like it’s actually holding it.
- Since the Egg Hunt 2019 update, the player can get jelly beans as a reward from the Ant Challenge.
- There used to be a bug where the pollen meter displayed the cumulative total instead of the total required to reach the next wave. This was fixed in the 9/10/2018 update.
- Players are able to glitch into arena without triggering the actual challenge. This can only be achieved by having a slow internet connection or bear morph and/or haste+.
- If the player leaves their sprinkler(s) in the field and the challenge ends without the player dying, the sprinklers remain in the field.