DUNGEON DEFENDERS: AWAKENED is a story about a team of four heroes -- a Huntress, an Apprentice, a Monk, and a Squire -- who must continuously defend their homeland, Etheria, from invasion by monsters known as the Old Ones. At the beginning of the story, the team's strong and has much experience fighting these battles, but one day they are faced with a mysterious time rift that sends them back into the past. Suspecting that the time rift is somehow caused by the Old Ones as they seek revenge, the four must regain their powers and learn how to return back to the present day, all while keeping the Old Ones away from Etheria's energetic cores, called "Etheria Crystals" in-game. Along with the four heroes mentioned, all of which can be switched between during the "warm-up" phase at every level, players can also take on a Rogue, Warden, or Cyborg character to help the main cast with their campaign. Each level is broken up into three stages: the warm-up phase, where players can change their characters, weapons, and gear, the "build" phase, where characters use in-game currency to build defense structures like walls, laser beams, and tree-like roots, and finally the "combat" phase, where five waves of enemies attack the defense structures with hopes of reaching the level's Eternia crystal or crystals.