Just in time for Easter, AFK Arena launched their first special event. Egg Hunters is all about hunting down ways to collect a new currency (eggs, naturally), and then redeeming them for neat prizes.
While it sounds cool in practice, it's actually probably not all it's cracked up to be. In any case, see below what you can and should expect from this Egg Hunters event so you can make the most of it.
Temper your eggspectations, free players
Egg Hunters is a bit of an underwhelming event for a couple reasons. First, it doesn't really add much to the game. The new egg currency isn't tied to any new modes; it's just tacked onto all of the game's existing content.
More importantly though is the fact that Egg Hunters feels like an event for payers, rather than players. Much like redemption games at an arcade, the sweetest rewards from this event cost so many eggs that they aren't really attainable unless you put money into AFK Arena. As a rough estimate, an active free player can likely earn around 350 eggs by the time Egg Hunters is over, but the top prize costs 450 eggs.
Maxing out eggs
If you want to get anywhere close to 350 eggs or so in Egg Hunters, you're going to have to earn it. The event overview itself outlines how you can get eggs throughout the event, but there are a few tips to help you maximize your earnings.
The first thing you should do is join a guild if you haven't already, particularly one that is active. Being in a guild grants you access to guild hunts, which you can get four eggs from when you hunt Soren. Joining an active guild is particularly important because Soren is only available to fight if your guild earns enough points to unlock him and a guild leader initiates the hunt.
Another way to maximize your egg gains is through fighting battles with a red flag in the Arcane Labyrinth. These fights are what the game refers to as Praetorian Labyrinth Stages for the Egg Hunters event, and are the only labyrinth stages that give you any eggs at all. So, when taking on the Arcane Labyrinth for the next week or so, make sure to fight as many red flag battles as possible.
On idle eggs
As part of the Egg Hunters event for AFK Arena players can earn eggs just through idling. Every two hours, the game will give players two eggs for free. Although the game isn't entirely clear about this, eggs will drop at two hour increments no matter how long you've actually gone without redeeming your idle rewards, so don't feel like you have to set a two hour timer between redeeming your loot piles to maximize your earnings.
Over the course of Egg Hunters, idling can get you the bulk of the eggs you need to redeem rewards, but not all the way there. Over the ten days of the event, you can only accumulate 192 eggs from idling alone. This can definitely let you get some faction scrolls and Hero's Essence, but the sweeter rewards begin at 300 eggs, so you'll want to do some of the extra event requirements to ensure you can get something worthwhile from this event.
Unless you put some money into AFK Arena, you cannot get Athalia from the Egg Hunters event, but that doesn't mean you should just flat out ignore it. Sure, she is the best reward, but there are other solid things to pick up if you don't want to spend money.
In particular, it's probably worth shooting to get 300 eggs to unlock Brutus, especially if you don't have this unit already. There are a lot of differing tier lists out there in the AFK Arena community, but most of them agree that Brutus is the strongest individual unit in the game right now.
Otherwise, you might want to redeem your eggs to ascend Lucius, unless there's some other unit up for offer that might round out your roster a little better. Generally speaking though, it's better to go for the guaranteed units at 300 eggs than taking a chance through the scrolls, as those are–quite literally–a gamble.