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The first special mission, Holiday Quest

The Special Mission is a game mode existing in the mobile video game Minion Rush.

Description

In early versions of Minion Rush, there was a kind of limited-time event that asked the player to collect items for prizes, and the method to complete such events is similar to that of Subway Surfers.

In the update 2.5.0 on December 8th, 2015, Gameloft introduced a new location, The Arctic Base, and a brand new special mission called Holiday Quest.

From then on, a series of similar missions start in each following update and the common features of them are:

  • It appears before level 1 of Jelly Lab (but it doesn't mean the mission needs to be done before entering the Jelly Lab; in fact, the player needs to gain enough Despicable Multiplier to participate in the missions).
  • There are 3 stages and 16 parts in each mission.

Since the "Piggy Power" mission, one can play a mission multiple times to claim more rewards. The mission consists of 2 or 3 Laps with 3 stages and 16 parts in each lap.

Strategy

The collection items appear relatively frequently in the early stages, but less frequently in the later stages. The special items for the Props or mini-games, later switched to Fevers, are awarded daily and as prizes for intermediate stages, or they can be purchased with tokens. The optimal approach is to save all the items for the last stage, and to use them with a costume that:

Given the choice of a Prop or an item just beyond it, it's usually quicker just to grab the Prop rather than take the time in the mini-game to get the item.

Once all of the items needed for a particular part of a stage have been collected, no additional items will appear, so it's best to use the Props or Fevers when there are still plenty of items left to be collected.

History

The following list are about the missions that have/had been held so far.

Special Missions History
# Mission Date Location Prop/
Mini-Game
Main Prize Costume Market Costume Laps
1 Holiday Quest 2014.12.08 - 2014.12.29 The Arctic Base Snowboard Snowboarder
2 Wedding Party 2015.02.10 - 2015.03.16 Minion Park Skateboard Cupid
3 April Fool's Prank 2015.03.25 - 2015.04.27 Eduardo's House BMX Bike Mariachi
4 Spring Is Back! 2015.05.06 - 2015.06.08 Residential Area Minion Glider Jogger
5 Extreme Sports 2015.06.23 - 2015.07.27 Super Silly Fun Land (all the above) Tourist
6 Minion Safari 2015.08.06 - 2015.09.07 The Volcano Motocross Hunter
7 Back To School 2015.09.17 - 2015.10.19 The Mall Scooter Grandpa
8 Horror Night Party 2015.11.04 - 2015.12.07 Anti-Villain League Minion Submarine Vampire
9 Festive Festivites 2015.12.16 - 2016.01.25 The Arctic Base Minion Sled Snowboarder
10 Romance for All 2016.01.28 - 2016.03.27 Minion Park Roller Skates Cupid
11 Trickster Stories 2016.03.23 - 2016.04.25 Pier 12 Rocket Ski Surfer
12 Field Sports 2016.05.14 - 2016.06.12 Residential Area Mini Soccer Balls Quarterback
13 Family Vacation 2016.06.29 - 2016.08.01 The Pyramids Kite Ski Vacationer
14 Minion Games 2016.08.10 - 2016.09.11 Minion Beach Flippers Dancer
15 Mower Minions 2016.09.21 - 2016.10.17 Residential Area Minion Mower Maid
16 Haunted Hustle 2016.10.17 - 2016.11.21 Halloween Residential Area UFO Firefighter
17 Piggy Power 2016.12.07 - 2017.01.09 The Mall Shopping Cart Jogger Leotard 3
18 Hunting for Love 2017.02.01 - 2017.03.06 Minion Park Love Scooter Quarterback Athenian
19 Trip to the Theme Park 2017.03.15 - 2017.04.17 Super Silly Fun Land Airplane Tourist Skater
20 Bubble Gum Invasion Episode 1: Back to the 80's 2017.04.26 - 2017.05.22 Gru's Lab Fever Mode Firefighter Stereo
21 Episode 2: Operation Bubble Gum 2017.05.24 - 2017.06.26 Downtown Spy Fever Vacationer Disco
22 Episode 3: Attack of the Bubbles 2017.06.28 - 2017.07.31 Bratt's Lair Neon Fever Surfer Bratt's Workout
23 The Strike Saga Episode 1: Minions on Strike 2017.08.09 - 2017.08.27 Residential Area Angry Fever Striker 2
24 Episode 2: Minion Vacation 2017.09.01 - 2017.09.17 Minion Beach Summer Fever Skater
25 Episode 3: Showtime Minions 2017.09.20 - 2017.10.08 The Mall Stage Fever Cancan Dancer
26 Episode 4: Good to Be Bad 2017.10.13 - 2017.10.30 Halloween Residential Area Haunted Fever Skater
27 Episode 5: Minion Break 2017.11.01 - 2017.12.03 Prison Jailbird Fever Prisoner 3
28 Seasonal Event Jolly Christmas 2017.12.06 - 2018.01.01 Holiday Lab Festive Fever Holiday Sweater 2
29 New Year's Chase 2018.01.05 - 2018.01.22 The Arctic Base Arctic Fever Skater
30 Bratt's Comeback 2018.01.25 - 2018.02.12 Bratt's Lair Robo Fever Lab Coat
31 The Minions' Valentine 2018.02.14 - 2018.03.05 Pier 12 Cupid's Fever Skater
32 Spring Fling 2018.03.07 - 2018.03.26 Minion Park Flower Fever Peace and Love
33 Wacky Dash 2018.03.29 - 2018.04.16 Super Silly Fun Land Funny Fever Skater
34 Banana Day 2018.04.18 - 2018.05.07 The Volcano Banana Fever Jungle
35 Cinco De Mayo 2018.05.11 - 2018.05.28 Eduardo's House Spicy Fever Skater
36 Soccer Tournament 2018.05.30 - 2018.06.18 Residential Area Sports Fever Soccer Fan
37 Adventures in Egypt 2018.06.22 - 2018.07.09 The Pyramids Global Fever Skater
38 Secret of the Deep Sea 2018.07.11 - 2018.07.30 Pier 12 Seafaring Fever Sea Dog
39 Beach Party 2018.08.03 - 2018.08.20 Minion Beach Seaside Fever Skater
40 Ancient Trove 2018.08.28 - 2018.09.13 El Macho's Lair Golden Fever Minionaire
41 Ticket to Space 2018.09.19 - 2018.10.05 Super Silly Fun Land Venture Fever Skater

Since the 6.1.0 update came, the Special Missions changed considerably. This is the new list.

# Mission Date Location Fever Mode Stages
42 5-Year Celebration 2018.10.10 - 2018.10.28 Anti-Villain League Party Fever 6

Items Needed

Missions 1-16
# Mission Stage Total Items
1 2 3
1 Holiday Quest 118 613 1545 2276
2 Wedding Party 290 670 920 1880
3 April Fool's Prank
4 Spring Is Back! 317 769 1049 2135
5 Extreme Sports 1059 2145
6 Minion Safari
7 Back To School 829 2205
8 Horror Night Party
9 Festive Festivites
10 Romance for All
11 Trickster Stories
12 Field Sports
13 Minion Vacation
14 Minion Games
15 Mower Minions
16 Haunted Hustle


Missions 17-22; 27
# Mission Lap 1 Lap 2 Lap 3 Total Items
1 2 3 Total 1 2 3 Total 1 2 3 Total
17 Piggy Power 200 400 500 1100 667 1143 1500 3310 1714 2400 3750 7864 12274
18 Hunting for Love
19 Trip to the Theme Park
20 Back to the 80's 280 490 575 1345 815 1405 1800 4020 13229
21 Operation Bubble Gum
22 Attack of the Bubbles 271 1336 13220
27 Minion Break


Missions 23-26; 28-present
# Mission Lap 1 Lap 2 Total Items
1 2 3 Total 1 2 3 Total
23 Minions on Strike 236 320 305 861 1370 2060 3420 6850 7711
24 Minion Vacation
25 Showtime Minions 305 315 856 7706
26 Good to Be Bad
28 Jolly Christmas
29 New Year's Chase
30 Bratt's Comeback
31 The Minions' Valentine
32 Spring Fling
33 Wacky Dash
34 Banana Day
35 Cinco De Mayo
36 Soccer Tournament 336 485 505 1326 1625 2470 4105 8200 9526
37 Adventures in Egypt 236 305 315 856 1370 2060 3420 6850 7706
38 Secret of the Deep Sea 336 485 505 1326 1625 2470 4105 8200 9526
39 Beach Party 236 305 315 856 1370 2060 3420 6850 7706

Trivia

  • In the first 22 missions, there was a minion costume as one of the prizes for completing a mission (it would be replaced by Tokens if the player had purchased/gained the costume before).
  • During "Piggy Power" until "Episode 3: Attack of the Bubbles", one can run the a mission for three laps; however, due to the negative feedback that three laps were too tedious to complete since the special items required skyrocketed as the stage became higher, the 3rd lap was removed as of August 2017.
  • Wedding Party was scheduled to be held since February 4th, 2015; however, it didn't started until the issue in the game was fixed in February 10th.
  • In the first two missions, there are introduction videos for each stages; however, in April Fool's Prank, there are only two clips for the mission, and it's the last mission with multiple mission introduction videos.
  • Locations after Vector's Fortress were introduced with updates with a mission and were the location where the mission were held.
  • In the mission Extreme Sports, no new prop was introduced; the props allowed to be used were those previously added, namely Snowboard, Skateboard, BMX Bike, and Minion Glider.
  • Since the Horror Night Party mission, it is also possible to collect an item in the Mega Minion, Fluffy Unicorn, and The Moon mini-games, and Blueprint is also introduced since this update and is given as one of the prizes for the mission. An item can also be collected while riding Gru's Rocket. In addition, there are also challenges for achieving certain goal in certain parts of the mission, and the player can be awarded with amounts of items as a reward, but it should be done in a run.
  • The missions are often related to the current event (such as festivals) or season at the time rather than the plot in the film and thus are non-canon.
  • Missions often kick off in Wednesdays.
  • Mower Minions is the first mission that is adapted from non-Despicable Me film content (its original work, Mower Minions is the mini-movie for The Secret Life of Pets); Piggy Power is the second one, adapted from the film Sing and one of the characters, Gunter, appears briefly in the introduction.
  • The Mower Minions mission was set to end in October 19, 2016; due to technical issue, however, the mission was stopped suddenly in October 17 and the next mission, Haunted Hustle, started in the same day.
  • For missions prior to the Piggy Power mission, once the player completed all the stages. There was a competition to collect the most items with prizes. With the Piggy Power mission, the Market was added, and players can complete multiple laps of the stages to earn more Market tickets. The number of items needed to complete the first lap was significantly lower than the number required for previous missions (for example, the last stage was 500 items, rather than 1,059); the higher laps acquire more items to be collected, but the prizes are more and rather valuable than previous laps.
  • Fever Mode is the first mini-game that wasn't categorized as a prop. It was a time-limited item and can be upgraded only in the market; before it, unused props can be stored in the inventory.
  • Since the Strike Saga began, main updates cover two special missions. The first one offers a new costume for Dave available only in the Market. Nine blueprints are offered, three at the price of 500 market tickets and six for 1,000 market tickets. The market offers golden tickets for various costumes. The main golden tickets belong to the new costume and sometimes the one that preceded in the beginning of the previous update or costumes that had recently been given a golden ability. Additionally, gold, mega-perks and seasonal pods are always included in the market. During the second mission the market offers Skater at the price of 6,000 market tickets and Island Hopper for 500 market tickets. Additionally, the second special mission offers golden tickets for an older costume that has been given new golden ability, tickets for the first mission's main costume as well as Skater costume. Fifteen blueprints are offered, three at the price of 500, six for 750 and six for 1,000 market tickets, as well as gold, mega-perks and seasonal pods.
  • Every two special missions, Skater Minion is offered only in the Market for two main reasons: one is because it is no longer available in the Shop and the other that its powers work mostly* in fever mode during special missions. Skater as well as Spy Minion are the top choices to win special missions faster. Spy's powers add significant time to Fever Mode duration while Skater's add more fever uses without adding extra time to them. Additionally, Singer Minion's golden ability adds a few more seconds to Fever Mode, but it is not as efficient as the other two. Time extending costumes such as Vampire, Lucy etc do not add time to the Fever duration.
  • Skater's powers were originally meant for both the lab / events extending power-up time and prop use (and time). Many jelly lab areas still offer the use of a prop at the beginning of specific levels and the extra props still apply there using Skater.

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