The Anima Squad release date is set for Summer 2024.

Riot Games’ premiere PvE event this year is based on the 2022 skinline of the same name that features Bunny Miss Fortune, Battle Bunny Prime Riven, and Battle Cat Jinx.

This cybernetic, animal theme turns our favorite League of Legends champions into superhuman warriors primed to oppose the Primordians — an alien race that’s invaded the planet, threatening annihilation.

All League of Legends champions featured in Swarm Anima Squad PvE mode
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All League of Legends champions featured in Swarm Anima Squad PvE mode

How does the Anima Squad PvE mode work?

You’ll start off by choosing your champion — one out of nine options — whom you’ll control. You can play the mode solo, in a pair, in a party of three, or maximum, four. Difficulty varies according to party size.

As the battle unfolds, players unlock and upgrade powerful weapons, which mirrors Arena and TFT mechanics, so there’s definitely an element of luck.

The key difference is that outside the actual match, you can gain permanent upgrades by purchasing Power Ups with gold earned. These permanent buffs will give you and your team an edge in the future, allowing you to advance incrementally with each match you play.

Anima Squad 2024 key visual in ONE Esports featured image for article "All Anima Squad skins in PVE game mode that you can also use on Summoner’s Rift"
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All Anima Squad skins in PvE game mode that you can also use on Summoner’s Rift

“At the start of the year, we talked about creating fun, new ways to enjoy League of Legends, and we’re really excited to introduce Swarm to players during this summer’s Anima Squad event,” said Game Director Pu Liu.

“We’re very proud of the team’s work, and hope that Swarm will bring players a lot of laughs and fun times with friends old and new.”

Anima Squad PvE game mode is a bullet heaven survivor — here are your objectives

LoL Champion Ziggs with bombs in art concept, a featured image for ONE Esports article "Full list of PvE game modes in League of Legends — past and upcoming"
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Full list of PvE game modes in League of Legends

Expect intense gameplay when you enter the bullet heaven survivor genre, for it challenges players to navigate complex bullet patterns while striving to stay alive.

Typically found within shoot ’em up games, this genre inundates the screen with numerous projectiles, demanding precise movements and strategic positioning to avoid damage.

Seraphine in Anima Squad 2024 PvE game mode bullet heaven survival
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Your primary goal? To survive as long as possible amidst a barrage of bullets. Success hinges on the player’s ability to react swiftly and maneuver effectively.

PvE mode Anima Squad release date

The Anima Squad event starts globally on July 17 (Thursday) and runs until August 19, 2024 (Monday).

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