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September 25th
BW2: Explorer's League Quest Part 6 

Hi Whackers!

Are you one of the dauntless Bush Whackers who has sniffed out all 20 Strange Tablets by taming the mysterious Pelorus Gryphi creatures in Part 5, and have completed up to The Cumulus Fields?

Then Josephine, the leader of the Explorer's League, would like to talk to you again. Talk to the Town Crier in the Commons, then seek her out on the fourth story of the Skyscraper to get started.

This new series of daily quests will challenge skills you learned long ago, and take you all over the lands of Bushwhackia in the process.

Note: Time Turner and Timey Wimey Watch trinkets will not work on the dailies this epic quest line.

Discuss this update on the forums!
September 25th
BW2: September 25th, 2020 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Mannequins & Explorer’s League Epic Quest Part 6! (September 24th, 2020)

- Added the next part of the Explorer’s League Epic Quest!

- Added Mannequin Ranch Items, which can be set to display your current outfit and a custom label. You can easily equip the style from a mannequin. Click a mannequin on your ranch to see how you can interact with it.
- Mannequin ranch items are bought with a Base, which the mannequin stands on. There are bases without visible display labels, and deluxe bases with them.
- Different mannequins are added to the following stores: Ye Olde Island Exchange, Tailor, Ye Knavish Burglary Boutique, Ye VIP Premium Emporium, and Ye Glitchy Flux Shoppe.
- The Tailor will be in on Amicus until Monday Sept 28th so you can pick up their coloured mannequins!

- Can buy multiple Starfish and White Beach Chair ranch items from the ranch store.

- Potentially fixed some issues where the Desktop Launcher would get into a state where the server wouldn’t commit any modifications made by it’s calls. Like buying a store item, but nothing happens.

- Fixed being able to load multiple instances of the same account.

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
September 25th
BW2: Customizeable Ranch Mannequins! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Introducing: Mannequins for your ranch!

Mannequin ranch items can be set to display your current outfit and a custom label. You can easily equip the style from a mannequin. Click a mannequin on your ranch to see how you can interact with it.



Mannequin ranch items are bought with a Base, which the mannequin stands on. There two varieties of mannequin base: bases without visible display labels, and deluxe bases with them.

Different mannequin bases have been added to the following stores: Ye Olde Island Exchange, Tailor, Ye Knavish Burglary Boutique, Ye VIP Premium Emporium, and Ye Glitchy Flux Shoppe. Peruse the shops and pick up your favourite mannequin bases, then get styling! Buy 3 or more and earn the Fashionista achievement and title!



Visitors will be able to see your suave styles on display, so why not show off your impeccable taste?

We invite you to post pictures of mannequin ranch setups on the Bush Whacker 2 Facebook community page!
September 24th
Wizkids Icons of the Realms Giveaway Winners! 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Congratulations to the winners of the Wizkids D&D Icons of the Realms: Premium Figures giveaways as part of our Third Anniversary Celebration!

  • Roger S, Kingston, ON, Canada
  • Addison T, Delta, BC, Canada
  • Espen T, Oslo, Norway
  • Mark T, Sandhurst, United Kingdom
  • Pedro R, Pontal do Parana, PR, Brazil
  • Mark R, Saint Charles, USA
  • Marc M, Bochum, Germany

  • All is not lost if you didn't win. You can buy the Wizkids D&D Icons of the Realms: Premium Figures at any reliable retailer. Check out all the minis at WizKids.com.
September 23rd
Idle Champions: Highharvestide 4 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The Savage Frontier of the Sword Coast can be a dangerous place. At the junction of the Long Road and Evermoor Way, the town of Triboar seeks the aid of heroes. Bandits have begun to assail the small town while the citizens are meant to prepare for the Highharvestide Festival...

Highharvestide 4 sees the beginning of Year 4 Events in Idle Champions and the introduction of the savage Minotaur Barbarian bodyguard to Arkhan the Cruel and the third Champion from the Dark Order: Torogar Steelfist!

This event also brings back the loyal Dwarven Battlerager, Thibbledorf Pwent, and the Tiefling Pact of the Fiend Warlock, Farideh. Players have until Monday, October 5th at 12PM Pacific to complete their Highharvestide 4 unlocks and objectives.

For more information about Year 4 Events and how they work, please check out our Year 4 Events Dev Blog.

New Champion: Torogar Steefist


Torogar's Bio

    There's savage, and then there's Torogar. Few had even survived a head-to-head match with him before he ran into Arkhan the Cruel. He was known worlds over as an unstoppable brute. Now, as a part of the Dark Order, Torogar leads armies and communes with a god, but he's always down for another one-on-one match.

Torogar's Stats

Race: Minotaur Alignment: Lawful Evil
Class: Barbarian Gender: Male
Age: 32 Affiliation: Dark Order

STR: 23 DEX: 17 CON: 14
INT: 8 WIS: 9 CHA: 15

Role: DPS, Support
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt, Vajra
Slot: 10 (Tyril)


Torogar's Formation Abilities

Torogar is a support and DPS Champion who powers up Evil Champions. While blood raging, he increases the damage of the formation significantly, with permanent power-ups that unlock the more you use him. His DPS and buffs increase with his devotion to Tiamat through his Zealot stacks, affecting his Markings of a Zealot & Preach abilities. Initially, Torogar only gets a Zealot stack when he or an adjacent Champion kills an enemy, however, his Word of Tiamat specialization extends this power to all evil Champions.

Torogar is a lynchpin for evil formations, doubling down on the boosts they are already receiving from other Dark Order members — Arkhan the Cruel & Krull — and making them stronger as they push further into the adventure.

For more information on Torogar and his abilities, check out his Champion Spotlight!


Year Four Variants


  • An Abyssal Mess — Two Abyssal Chickens start in the formation and every 25 areas, ANOTHER Abyssal Chicken joins the fun. The Abyssal Chickens don't do much, they just like hanging out with you..
    Reach Area 75.

  • CONfirmed Sightings — The Resurrected Hero of the Vale appears in area 25 as an additional boss, where you'll need to defeat him. Again. Only Champions with CON of 14 or higher can be used.
    Reach Area 125.

  • The Dark Order Arrives — Torogar & Arkhan start in the formation and cannot be moved. Only members of the Dark Order (Torogar, Arkhan, and Krull) can deal damage. All other Champions have their DPS disabled, but their formation abilities are active.
    Reach Area 175.

For information on previous years' variants, check out the Highharvestide 3 blog.
September 22nd
Dev Blog: Year 4 Events 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Hey everybody! Justin Stocks, Lead Game Designer for Idle Champions back again with another Dev Blog during our Third Anniversary Celebration Third Anniversary Celebration . This time I want to talk about our next year of events in Idle Champions.

Dungeons & Dragons Third Anniversary

This week will mark the fourth time Highharvestide has come upon us. As we mentioned in our Dev Blog at the end of 2019, we've been planning some changes for Year 4 events for quite a while. While you will still be able to recruit and gear up three unique Champions during the event, including the brand new minotaur Champion Torogar Steelfist, our Year One Champion Stoki will no longer be available to recruit or gear up as part of the event.

We made this change for a number of reasons, but the primary one was to keep events of a fixed, manageable size moving forward. We wanted to avoid overwhelming new players with four (this year), five (next year), six (in Year 6 events), or more new Champions during each event, and the amount of effort required for year three events felt like a good spot to focus in on.

Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms

We understand that some players were looking forward to either recruiting or continuing to gear up their year one Champions during the events this year, and with that in mind, we've spent the past year making it easier than ever to recruit and gear up the Champions of your choice through the expanded Time Gate system and Patron chests. With Time Gates you can now pick a Champion from a full list, rather than just three random options, and the rewards have been improved with an additional gold chest and multiple silver chests. The Patron system offers an alternative method of gearing up event Champions via the Patron chests, which can contain gear for any Champions that meets the Patron's restrictions.

Moving forward players can expect us to, as always, monitor player feedback regarding these adjustments. We have already made some small changes based on community feedback, such as always offering at least one year one Champion during free weekend Time Gates.

We hope you enjoy Torogar and all of the other Champions coming your way in our Year 4 events. Thanks again for helping to make Idle Champions the great success it has been.

Feedback Wanted!

We know that this choice will not be popular with all players, but we always appreciate your feedback, so please let us know what you think in a Community Q&A or feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, a post on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

September 21st
Idle Champion Spotlight: Torogar Steelfist 
Posted in Idle Champions.

    "A colossal dragon's skull leans against a mountainside, surrounded by bones the size of houses. Acrid smoke rises from the skull's maw. A military tent has been pitched among the bones, and parked next to it is a Devil's Ride belonging to Torogar Steelfist, the savage minotaur bodyguard of Arkhan the Cruel."

You may recognize Torogar from Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus or from some of the awesome art posted online. Let's dive right in and see how this raging minotaur shapes up, shall we?

I. Torogar Steelfist

    There's savage, and then there's Torogar. Few had even survived a head-to-head match with him before he ran into Arkhan the Cruel. He was known worlds over as an unstoppable brute. Now, as a part of the Dark Order, Torogar leads armies and communes with a god, but he's always down for another one-on-one match.

II. Torogar's Stats

Race: Minotaur Alignment: Lawful Evil
Class: Barbarian Gender: Male
Age: 32 Affiliation: Dark Order

STR: 23 DEX: 17 CON: 14
INT: 8 WIS: 9 CHA: 15

Role: DPS, Support
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt, Vajra
Slot: 10, (Tyril)

III. Torogar's Design

When it came to designing Torogar, we were lucky to have the direct assistance of his creator, Joe Manganiello. Joe really helped us to distill down the essence of who Torogar is, what his relationship is like with Arkhan the Cruel, and more importantly, how Torogar and the Dark Order operate.

To start, we knew when introducing Krull last year, that Torogar and the Dark Order would be coming to Idle Champions. With the release of Torogar, Arkhan & Krull will gain the Dark Order affiliation, as well as a new Dark Order Synergy ability for both. Get ready, Champions. The Dark Order has arrived!

Torogar is a lynchpin for evil formations, doubling down on the boosts they are already receiving from other Dark Order members and making them stronger as they push further into the adventure.

Torogar's DPS and buffs increase with his devotion to Tiamat through his Zealot stacks affecting his Markings of a Zealot & Preach abilities. Initially, Torogar only gets a Zealot stack when he or an adjacent Champion kills an enemy his Word of Tiamat specialization extends this power to all evil Champions.

Now that his design has come together, Torogar is a support and DPS Champion who powers up Evil Champions. While blood raging, he increases the damage of the formation significantly, with permanent power-ups that unlock the more you use him. Torogar is potent in formations focused on evil Champions and is especially powerful when combined with Arkhan the Cruel & Krull. When you want to add Torogar to your formation, you can swap him with Tyril (Slot 10).

IV. Torogar's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Fiery Longswords — Torogar inflames his golden blades and then attacks the nearest enemy.

Formation Abilities

  • Markings of a Zealot — Whenever Torogar or an adjacent Champion kills an enemy, Torogar gains a Zealot stack. Torogar's Damage is increased by 0.01% for each Zealot stack he has collected (additive), and stacks persist through resets. This damage bonus is increased by 100% when Blood Rage is active. At various Zealot stack thresholds, the Blood Rage increase is buffed. These buffs apply multiplicatively.

  • Preach — Increase the damage of all other evil Champions by 0.01% for each Zealot stack Torogar has (additive).

  • Dark Order Synergy — The effect of Preach is increased by 100% for each Dark Order member adjacent to Torogar (multiplicative). While Blood Rage is active, this ability is increased by 100%. At various Zealot stack thresholds, the Blood Rage increase is buffed.

  • Note: We have also added Dark Order Affliations and Synergies for Arkhan the Cruel and Krull
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    • Arkhan the Cruel — Arkhan's Normal Attack Cooldown is decreased by 0.5 seconds for each other Dark Order member in the formation.
    • Krull — The effect of Krull's Arkhan's Army ability is increased by 100% (multiplicative) for each Dark Order member adjacent to Krull.

  • Blood Rage — Whenever Torogar's Zealot stacks reach a multiple of 50, Torogar enters a Blood Rage for 30 seconds. While Blood Rage is active, enemies damaged but not killed by Torogar gain a Mark of Tiamat debuff. Enemies with a Mark of Tiamat take 300% additional damage. Enemies cannot gain a Mark of Tiamat twice. Once Torogar's Zealot stacks reach the thresholds noted below, the listed effect will also activate when Blood Rage is active. Triggering Blood Rage while it's already active resets the duration.
    • 250: Whenever an enemy gains a Mark of Tiamat, they are stunned for 2 seconds.
    • 2,500: Torogar adds a small AOE to his base attack at 50% of his damage. This AOE attack can trigger multiple Mark of Tiamat debuffs from one attack.
    • 25,000: Enemies with a Mark of Tiamat attack 1 second slower.
    • 250,000: Torogar reduces his base attack cooldown by 1 second.
    • 2,500,000: The damage bonus from Mark of Tiamat is increased by 200%.

Specializations

  • Tiamat's Word — Torogar now also gains a Zealot stack when any evil Champion kills an enemy (not just Champions adjacent to Torogar). Only one stack can be gained per kill, so an evil Champion next to Torogar still only counts once.

  • Tiamat's Rage — The duration of Torogar's Blood Rage is extended by 15 seconds, and it automatically triggers after using Torogar's ultimate.

Ultimate Ability

Bull Rush — Torogar lowers his head and rushes at an enemy in the back, leaving a trail of fire in his wake. Enemies who are rushed through, or who walk through the remaining fire take damage. If the Tiamat's Rage specialization is chosen, Torogar triggers Blood Rage when he returns to the formation regardless of the number of Zealot stacks, or reset the duration if Blood Rage is already active.

V. Torogar's Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Self DPS
Slot 3: Markings of a Zealot
Slot 4: Preach
Slot 5: Dark Order Synergy
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

We've been wanting to include Torogar in Idle Champions since the very first time we set our eyes on his character art, and we're excited to have had another chance to work with Joe to bring this badass Minotaur to life and to debut the Dark Order in Idle Champions! We hope you like him!

Feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
September 16th
Idle Champions: Third Anniversary Celebration 
Posted in Idle Champions.

New Features, Content Update, and Daily Rewards, oh my! It's time for our Third Anniversary Celebration!

If you're interested in learning more about what's coming with this week's update, you've come to the right place...

Table of Contents


Dungeons & Dragons Third Anniversary

Third Anniversary Celebration



It's been quite the year for Idle Champions! In our third year we've rolled out quite a few features and systems, including the Patron system, Offline Progress, Modron Automation & Multi-Party Play, and reworked Time Gates! We also released two Evergreen Champions, started a new campaign, launched on Nintendo Switch, and left Early Access! Check out our Year 3 Retrospective Dev Blog for details! All that certainly deserves a celebration, right?


Dungeons & Dragons Third Anniversary Daily Rewards

Daily Rewards

Every day during the Third Anniversary Celebration you can log in and open a new Anniversary chest, but each chest is only available for 24 hours! Each chest contains four awesome items, hand-picked by the team here at Codename Entertainment to help you in your adventures.

Once you have claimed at least four daily Anniversary chests, you unlock the following additional rewards!

  • Exclusive Icewind Dale Tyril Skin
  • Exclusive Snow Click Damage
  • 5 Gold Chests

Dungeons & Dragons Third Anniversary Updates

New Features

We're thrilled to announce the debut of the New Gem Store with our Third Anniversary Celebration! This week's update includes the addition of two new gem skins, a new Evergreen Golden Epic in each patron's shop, and some new DLC. More on those below!

Dungeons & Dragons Summer Spectacular Modron Automation

Gem Store

The Gem Store is a new tab in the in-game Shop that features items you can only purchase with gems! Curious how much your next gem familiar costs? Want to see what new skins are available for Champions? Go to the Gem Store! This also includes the hugely popular community request of purchasing multiple Gold Chests with gems at once! Check out our Gem Store Dev Blog for full details!

Dungeons & Dragons Third Anniversary Celebration Familiars

New Familiars

New Familiars have appeared in the Shop! We've added five new Familiars to the shop: Arctic Fox, Wartsworth the Toad, Sylgar; the Xanathar's Goldfish, Yeti Tyke, & Hedgehog Familiar (as part of the Founder's Pack III DLC).

Dungeons & Dragons Third Anniversary Celebration New Evergreen Golden Epics

New Patron Evergreen Golden Epics

Champions who find themselves in service of Mirt the Moneylender will have access to Ulkoria Stonemarrow's Watchful Order Staff (Slot 1) Golden Epic , those in the service of Vajra Safar may access Azaka Stormfang's Volo's Guide to Chult Pullout Map (Slot 5) Golden Epic and those in the service of Strahd von Zarovich will have access to Dragonbait's Shield (Slot 2) Golden Epic through the Patron Shop.

Dungeons & Dragons Third Anniversary Celebration New DLC

New DLC Packs

New DLC Packs are now available!

The Founder's Pack III includes 42 Gold Chests, with 5 guaranteed Shiny loot cards, Exclusive Hedgehog Familiar, Exclusive Pirate Jarlaxle Skin, 5000 Gems, an Exclusive 50% Gem Buff, and an assortment of Epic potions.

Dungeons & Dragons Third Anniversary Celebration Max Dunbar Companions of the Hall Skins

The Icewind Dale Skin & Feat Pack Bundle Inspired by the art of Max Dunbar, each of the Companions of the Hall has bundled up for their next blizzard-filled trip to Ten-Towns! This Bundle will unlock Catti-brie, Regis & Wulfgar if you don't already have them, and includes Bruenor's Icewind Dale Skin & his King of Mithral Hall Feat, Catti-brie's Icewind Dale Skin & her Trained in the North Feat, Regis' Icewind Dale Skin & his Ruby Reflection Feat, Wulfgar's Icewind Dale Skin & his Dwarven Raised Feat.

The Bundle also includes 7 Gold Supply Chests, 7 Catti-brie Gold Chests, 7 Regis Gold Chests, 7 Wulfgar Gold Chest, and an assortment of Epic potions, and a Potion of Polish. Each Champion's Skin & Feat Combination may also be purchased separately.


Dungeons & Dragons Summer Spectacular Descent into Avernus, Part 6

Descent into Avernus, Part 6

This week's content update brings Descent into Avernus, Part 6. We meet Red Ruth and she sends us to Uldrak, who may have a new solution to his problems in Avernus... Check out the full Descent into Avernus, Part 6 blog post for details about the new adventures and variants.

Feedback Wanted!

These changes are scheduled to go live later today. We very much look forward to your feedback, so please let us know what you think in a Community Q&A or feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, a post on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

September 16th
Idle Champions: Descent into Avernus, Part 6 
Posted in Idle Champions.

We introduce ourselves to Red Ruth as our trip through Avernus takes a decidedly more dangerous turn...

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Descent into Avernus Adventures, The Path of Dreams and The Lost Hollyphant, in order to access these new Adventures.


Dungeons & Dragons Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus

The Wandering Emporium

We introduce ourselves to Red Ruth, who demands a favor before she'll help us...
  • Variant: Madcap Adventures Redux —The Madcaps are back! Madcaps arrive in each area. If a Madcap deals damage to a Champion, another Madcap immediately spawns (bloodspawned). The bloodspawned Madcaps do not drop gold or count towards quest progress. Each time a Madcap is bloodspawned, Champion damage is reduced by 99% for 3 seconds.
    Reach area 400.

Tiamat's Army

It's time to pay a visit to Arkhan's Dragon Queen and meet Arkhan's minotaur bodyguard Torogar...
  • Variant: Show of Strength — Only Champions with STR of 16 or higher can be used.
    Reach area 425.

See the in-game Change Log for more information, including a full list of changes and fixes included in this update.
September 15th
Dev Blog: Gem Shop 
Posted in Idle Champions.

I've got gems, you've got gems. Let's do something with them!

What is the Gem Shop?
The Gem Store is a new feature coming to Idle Champions on September 16th, 2020!

What is it?
Oh, I'm glad you asked! It's a new tab in the in-game Shop that features items you can only purchase with gems! Curious how much your next gem familiar costs? Want to see what new skins are available for Champions? Go to the Gem Store!

Dungeons & Dragons Gem Shop

What is a familiar?
New to familiars, eh? Check out the video below! The bottom line: you'll want some familiars for your adventures, as they help click enemies and level up your Champions! As you're collecting gems, check back often to see when you can unlock your next little buddy!

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What are skins?
New to customizing your Champions, eh? Skins are cosmetic upgrades that we offer for many of the Champions. They change the look of the Champion to a whole new rocking outfit! You can swap back and forth between looks for a Champion once you have unlocked them.

A friend says that they can see a skin in the Gem Store that I can't!
Champion skins in the Gem Store are only shown if you've already unlocked the Champion.

What else is in the Gem Shop?
At the moment, we are only featuring Skins, Familiars, and Chests in the gem store. When you purchase a Silver or Gold chest in the Gem Store, you can purchase up to 100 of them at a time (if you have enough gems, of course)!

Dungeons & Dragons Multi Purchase Chests

OK, so you made gem familiars more visible. I have them all.
Well, we've also added skins for many of our Champions, including brand new skins for Drizzt & Dhadius! Which Champions do you want to see skins for next? Let us know!

Dungeons & Dragons Lich Dhadius

Feedback Wanted!

For now, check out the Gem Shop, an all-new permanent addition to the game, when the Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms Third Anniversary launches tomorrow at Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)! We very much look forward to your feedback on the store, so please let us know what you think in a Community Q&A or feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, a post on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!