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April 28th
COTLI: Mini Talent Update 

Greetings Crusaders!

Just in time for the end of April, we've got a mini Talent update for you to enjoy!

New Tier 6 Active Talent

  • Power Saws Ablaze
    Increases Global DPS when at least 3 DPS buff cards of different rarities are active. Max levels: 50.

New Tier 8 Active Talent

  • Backline Defensive
    Increase the DPS of Crusaders in the back column of the formation. Max levels: 200.

New Tier 8 Passive Talent

  • Legendary Hoards
    Increase Global DPS for every 5 Legendary levels. Max levels: 150.

Also, the Flash Sale Frenzy event makes its return today and runs until Noon Pacific Time on Friday, April 30th, 2021.

Check out the in-game change log for a list of some other changes made with this update. Enjoy!
April 28th
Idle Champions: The Running 4 
Posted in Idle Champions.

A young elven wizard is on a pilgrimage to the Grandfather Tree, and she has hired the Champions to escort her.

The wizard has foreseen an acorn falling from the tree - an extraordinary and truly rare occurrence - and she hopes to collect the holy relic to take to Silverymoon.

Yet as the party ventures forth, the very forest itself resists them, while elves from the Feywild and the Underdark seek to claim the acorn for themselves...

The Running 4 introduces Shaka, Tiefling Celestial Warlock of Rivals of Waterdeep, and brings back Krydle, the charismatic half-elf rogue of the Heroes of Baldur's Gate, Spurt, the beloved shortlived Kobold. Players have until Monday, May 10th at 12PM Pacific to complete their The Running 4 unlocks and objectives.

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

I. New Champion: Shaka

Dungeons & Dragons Shaka Shareef Jackson

    As a member of Rivals of Waterdeep, Shaka is always looking for the latest adventure and the latest puzzle. His party has encountered mysteries and foes throughout Waterdeep, Candlekeep, Icewind Dale, and Avernus. Their base of operations is located in the Trollskull Manor in Waterdeep where a brain in a jar named Brian stands watch.


Shaka is here to help, using his keen intellect to solve the Celestial Puzzle and bolstering his allies with Celestial Resistance. When you want to add him to your formation, you can swap him with Makos (Slot 9).

II. Shaka’s Stats

Race: Tiefling Alignment: Neutral Good
Class: Warlock (Celestial) Gender: Male
Age: 29 Affiliation: Rivals of Waterdeep

STR: 10 DEX: 16 CON: 15
INT: 16 WIS: 13 CHA: 16

Role: Support & Healing
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr, Strahd von Zarovich, Zariel
Slot: 9 (Makos)


Shaka's Abilities

Shaka is a Support and Healing Champion. He can boost damage with A Celestial Puzzle, provide shielding with Celestial Resistance, and further amplify his abilities through specialization choices.

If more direct action is needed, Shaka can summon a Wall of Light as his Ultimate Ability and choose to Blind or Disintegrate enemies. The Blinding Wall of Light will push enemies away from the formation and cause their attacks to miss, while the Disintegrating Wall of Light will kill or damage those attempting to do his friends harm!

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


Year Four Variants


  • The Web Was On The Wall — Giant Spiders appear in each area. Whenever a Champion destroys a Giant Spider, they become webbed (stunned) for 3 seconds. Gold Find is reduced by 99%.
  • Reach Area 75.
  • Shaka's Puzzle — Shaka starts in the formation, he can be moved. Only Shaka and the Champions who match the tag for their slot from Shaka's A Celestial Puzzle ability can deal damage; Shaka's A Celestial Puzzle starts out unlocked.
      Getting to know Shaka: Shaka's main ability is A Celestial Puzzle. It will tag 4 random slots with a specific tag. When you solve the puzzle and place a Champion that matches the tag, A Celestial Puzzle buffs the damage of the entire party by 100%. Match all the tags to give your party the biggest boost.
  • Reach Area 125.
  • Lolth's Blessing — A Drow Wizard spawns in each area, with the Blessing of Lolth: 8 armored hit points that must be cleared before they can be killed. While the Drow Wizard is alive, all Drow enemies deal 300% additional damage and move 100% faster.
  • Reach Area 175.
For information on previous years' variants, check out the The Running 3 blog.
April 23rd
BW2: Creature Collector - Long Mounts! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Coppers of the Creature Collector

The eccentric Creature Collector has returned to the Commons, this time with a trio of Long (Eastern Dragon) mounts!



Head to the event area and choose one to train. You have until noon on Wednesday March 10th to complete the collector's four daily quests, level up your chosen creature, earn Creature Coppers to spend in their store, and get another page to your Creature Collector's Compendium!

The Compendium Page will be given after the event ends. If you don't have the Creature Collector's Compendium ranch item, you'll get it when you get your first page.

After the event, the collector will be taking their creature back unless you adopt it by purchasing its corresponding mount pack, available starting Monday April 26th.

New this update!
You can now buy level ups for Bush Bucks and Mount Bucks when talkin to Clint in the Commons. The Mount Bucks cost increases with the XP required for the next level. Can only buy one level at a time, due to the mount bonus odds changing each level.

Train hard, Bush Whackers!

The training quests unlock at noon on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Those busy on the weekends can still catch up!

Notes
- The VIP "Quest Reset" power does not reset these mini event quests, and they are not affected by the Time Turner and Timey Whimey Watch.
- Swapping your event mount with a higher level mount doesn't count towards event progress.
- These three mounts earn double the experience compared to other mounts for the duration of this mini-event!
- You can buy level ups for Bush Bucks and Mount Bucks when talkin to Clint in the Commons. The Mount Bucks cost increases with the XP required for the next level. Can only buy one level at a time, due to the mount bonus odds changing each level.

Ye Olde Creature Collector's Galleria - Mounts

When you speak to Tanela Tiva in the event area, you can select the "What past mounts are for sale?" chat option.

This will open a new store, which will contain 3 non-event premium mounts you have never owned! They cost Bush Bucks, like in event stores. The selection will change next time Tanela Tiva visits to event area.

We've done this in response to players asking to see old premium mounts they've missed out on, to help you fill out your pet collection. Snag those old-school mounts you're missing out on!

Read the Release Notes!

Chat about this mini-event on the forum!
April 23rd
BW2: April 23rd, 2021 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Creature Collector - Long Mounts! (April 23rd, 2021)

- Rerunning Coppers of the Creature Collector mini event with 3 new mounts and custom items.

- Can now buy mount levels for Bush Bucks and Mount Bucks when talking to Clint.

- Potentially fixed the Catching a Cactus quest chain sometimes not continuing after completing the first quest.

- Updated Kaine’s Mystery of the Mushroom Malady quest descriptions with more info.

- Worked on the next major area content update!

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
April 23rd
Idle Champion Spotlight: Shaka 
Posted in Idle Champions.

A puzzle master arrives to help unravel all your mysteries!

Sharafka aka 'Shaka' is a tiefling celestial warlock from the Rivals of Waterdeep, who brings a love of mazes while protecting his friends from monsters. He joins the Champion ranks next week during The Running!

I. Shaka

Dungeons & Dragons Shaka Shareef Jackson

    As a member of Rivals of Waterdeep, Shaka is always looking for the latest adventure and the latest puzzle. His party has encountered mysteries and foes throughout Waterdeep, Candlekeep, Icewind Dale, and Avernus. Their base of operations is located in the Trollskull Manor in Waterdeep where a brain in a jar named Brian stands watch.


Shaka is here to help, using his keen intellect to solve the Celestial Puzzle and bolstering his allies with Celestial Resistance. When you want to add him to your formation, you can swap him with Makos (Slot 9).

II. Shaka’s Stats

Race: Tiefling Alignment: Neutral Good
Class: Warlock (Celestial) Gender: Male
Age: 29 Affiliation: Rivals of Waterdeep

STR: 10 DEX: 16 CON: 15
INT: 16 WIS: 13 CHA: 16

Role: Support & Healing
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr, Strahd von Zarovich, Zariel
Slot: 9 (Makos)


Dungeons & Dragons Shaka

III. Shaka's Design

It’s been truly wonderful to work with Shareef Jackson, a passionate STEM diversity advocate and founder of Math Looks Good LLC, which provides math and physics tutoring services. He’s been featured in the New York Times, the Smithsonian, the Guardian, NPR, Scientific American, and MacLean's talking about science and technology. Shareef has been on Rivals of Waterdeep not just as the tiefling warlock Shaka, but stepping into the Dungeon Master role for two of their seasons!

While helping his adopted family through Avernus, Shaka made a pact with the Celestial Kagoya and now uses those powers to focus on healing and support. He can boost damage with A Celestial Puzzle, provide shielding with Celestial Resistance, and further amplify his abilities through specialization choices.

If more direct action is needed, Shaka can summon a Wall of Light and choose to Blind or Disintegrate enemies. The Blinding Wall of Light will push enemies away from the formation and cause their attacks to miss, while the Disintegrating Wall of Light will kill or damage those attempting to do his friends harm!

IV. Shaka's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Eldritch Blast — A beam of crackling green shoots towards an enemy, dealing damage.

Formation Abilities

  • A Celestial Puzzle — Shaka attempts to solve a celestial puzzle with the potential for great rewards. Four random slots in the formation are assigned a random tag. For each Champion in those slots that match the slot's tag, Shaka buffs the party by 100%, stacking multiplicatively. Tags pull from a fixed set of odds, with two being "easy", one "medium", and one "hard";
    • Easy: male, female (non-binary Champions count in either)
    • Medium: support, dps, gold
    • Hard: human, kobold, elf, dwarf, tiefling
  • Celestial Resistance — Shaka adds 10 temporary hit-points to the entire party when changing areas. This is increased by 25% for each A Celestial Puzzle slot that is filled properly, stacking additively (ie. +100% with 4 slots filled properly). This ability can be buffed by upgrades, equipment, and feats.
  • Feats or Famine — Shaka increases the effect of A Celestial Puzzle by 20% for each puzzle slot he's adjacent to, stacking multiplicatively. This ability can be buffed by equipment and feats. Buffs apply to the post-stack value.

First Specializations

The first set of specializations deal with the ability A Tough Puzzle:
  • Sunday Edition — A fifth slot in the formation is assigned a random tag and can be matched to further increase A Celestial Puzzle.
  • Better Luck Next Time — The slots chosen for A Celestial Puzzle are rerolled. Note that the rerolled slots and tags are consistent for the adventure, so you can't use Potions of Specialization to repeatedly reroll for different slots (if you do respec and pick the other spec will swap back to the original slots/tags).

Second Specializations

Another set of specializations determine how Shaka’s Ultimate works:
  • Blinding Wall of Light — Unlocks the Blinding Wall of Light ultimate, which pushes enemies back and then appears near the formation and causes enemies that pass through it to miss with most of their attacks.
  • Disintegrating Wall of Light — Unlocks the Disintegrating Wall of Light ultimate, which appears close to where enemies spawn and can cause enemies that pass through it to instantly be killed; enemies not killed take additional damage for the next little while.

V. Shaka's Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: A Celestial Puzzle
Slot 4: Celestial Resistance
Slot 5: Feast or Famine
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

We’re very excited to have Shaka joining Idle Champions, and excited to see him lending his skills to the rest of the Champions! What do you think about Shaka? If you have feedback, let us know in a Community Q&A or Champion feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

April 21st
Idle Champions: The Grand Tour, Part 13 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Remember that time we ended up lost in the underdark? Well, it’s time to head to the kuo-toa city of Sloobludop to find our way out, but the underdark can be confusing...

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Grand Tour Adventures, Into the Unknown and Prisoner of Velkynvelve, in order to access these new Adventures.



Lost in the Underdark

While finding your way to Sloobludop you’ll need to avoid the drow from Velkynvelve that continue to hunt you!
  • Variant: Demons Here, Demons There — Find your way to Sloobludop with a collection of demons standing in your way! Abyssal Chickens, Bulezau, and Quasits will appear in each area, causing havoc and debuffing the Champions while granting a buff to enemies.
    Reach Area 375.

Leemooggoogoon Rises

You’ve arrived in Sloobludop and just need to find a boat, which would be easy if you weren’t continually distracted with requests for assistance!
  • Variant: Stragglers — While helping the Kuo-toa, a few straggler prisoners join the formation while being accompanied to safety. Gold find is reduced by 99%
    Reach Area 375.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!
April 19th
Psychomancer Beadle & Grimm 

We are proud to partner with Take This, Parker Games, & Beadle & Grimms to offer these Psychomancer Beadle & Grimm skins, available by donating to the Boxed-In: The Enclosure Experience!"

Content Creator, Gamer, Influencer and Disney XD star Parker Coppins a.k.a. ParkerGames, has set the goal to raise $1,000,000 and vital awareness in an effort to highlight COVID’s impact on mental health.

“By raising awareness of mental health, depression and isolation – how it affects many in the gaming community, my goal will be to reinforce to those who are currently dealing with these issues, that they are not alone” said ParkerGames. “Covid has taken a toll on everyone’s mental health. I felt it was necessary to not only raise much need funds for a great cause, but in my own way help reduce the stigma about seeking support.

From April 19, 2021 to April 29, 2021, Parker will be completely isolated (under professional supervision) inside a 12’ x 9’ plexi-box located in his studio in Harlingen, TX. Each day Parker will provide his fans and over 1M followers updates by live-streaming his experiences, playing video games and encouraging those who can to donate funds to help him reach his goal. Proceeds will benefit Take This a 501(c)(3) non-profit mental health organization providing comprehensive resources and support that is tailored for the unique needs of gamers and the game development community.
  • Players and supporters can donate $10+ receive a code to unlock the exclusive Beadle & Grimms Champion and Limited Edition Psychomancer skin (limit one code per unique qualifying donor).
  • Codes will be sent to donors via email after April 28th at the conclusion of Boxed-In: The Enclosure Experience.

  • Parker will also be playing in a D&D game segment featuring Matthew Lillard from Beadle & Grimms, and Dr B from Take This as the Dungeon Master. The game starts on Monday, April 19 at 4:30 PM PT / 6:30 PM CT and ends around 7:30 PM PT / 9:30 PM CT.

  • Please be sure to add support@parkerboxedin.com to your contacts, address book, and safe senders list to help prevent your message from ending up in spam.

  • Parker will be playing Idle Champions every morning from 6:30 AM PT / 8:30 AM CT to start his day throughout the 10-days.

The entire event will be multi-cast across Parker's YouTube and Twitch channels.
April 16th
Celebrate Bush Whacker 2's 9th Anniversary! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

As some of you may know, April 18th marks the day BW2 was first released.

Like last year, you can join a small developer celebration in the Commons where the Theater currently stands.

Much like the 8th anniversary, you'll be able to get cake, buy items from past anniversary celebrations from Nick, and complete Georgia's quest to get 5 new developer gnomes.

The celebration will start at noon Pacific on Saturday April 17th and end at noon (PDT) on Monday April 19th. Don't miss out!

Lastly, we'd like to thank you for being such an amazing community.
April 16th
COTLI: Superhero Spring 6 

No matter how perilous the world becomes, hope still remains.

Emerging from a far corner of space Garnet, Enchantress of Luck embodies power and grace, and she's here to help the Hero League to victory...

Superhero Spring 6 has begun!

Today's update also brings another batch of slot 5 runes.

New Tier 6 Crusader: Garnet, Enchantress of Luck

Tags: Event, Female, Magical, Alien, Superhero, Good


With origin stories too many to count, Garnet, Enchantress of Luck emerges from a far corner of space and reality to join your team. With her alien magic, she hexes the enemies and their bad luck is her Good Luck, as she buffs the Crusaders behind her and prepares to warp reality. When you reset the world, all her good luck becomes fuel for her powers, and she'll be able to spend some of it warping you ahead two areas at a time, as long as she has warp power.

Garnet, Enchantress of Luck is a Support Crusader. When you want to add them to your formation, you can find her in slot 34.



New Tier 6 Objectives

  • Recruit Garnet, Enchantress of Luck | Garnet takes up a slot in the formation. The Bat Billionaire and The Metal Soldierette take up spots in formation and can't be moved. The Jester spawns randomly and fires projectiles. If Garnet is killed, the formation wipes and she applies a 5% DPS debuff, stacking multiplicatively for each death. Note: This will require having cleared the objective To Infinity and Beyond on Ghostbeard's Greed to complete. Reach area 600.

  • Special Webbing | Arachnobuddy and Foresight take up spots in formation and can't be moved. Monsters can only be killed if stunned by Arachnobuddy's webs. Note: This will require having cleared the objective To Infinity and Beyond on Ghostbeard's Greed to complete. Reach area 650.

  • Alternate Reality | Thoonoose takes up a spot in formation and can't be moved. All Crusaders except Gold Finders can be used.The formation has been changed. Monsters spawn in larger waves. Note: This will require having cleared the objective To Infinity and Beyond on Ghostbeard's Greed to complete. Reach area 675.

  • Hard Mode | Deathpuddle takes up a spot in formation and can't be moved. Legendary effects are disabled. Note: This will require having cleared the objective Bullet Hell on Ready Player Two to complete. Reach area 700.

  • Masks On |Adina the Wonderful takes up a spot in formation and can't be moved. Only the Crusader in Adina's column does DPS. Only Crusaders wearing a skin can be used. Note: This will require having cleared the objective Bullet Hell on Ready Player Two to complete. Reach area 725.

More info

You'll have until Wednesday, April 28th at 12:00 PM Pacific Time to complete Superhero Spring 6!

For more info on previous Superhero Spring Crusaders and objectives check out the Superhero Spring 5 blog post.

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Superhero Chests, which you can earn from objectives and the free play or buy in the shop. Each non-recruitment objective will drop a chest for its given tier of Crusaders, and free play will drop All Tier chests. Gear for Tier 2, Tier 3, Tier 4, Tier 5, and Tier 6 Crusaders will only appear in All Tier chests once you've unlocked the respective Crusaders. You can select the tier of chest you buy in the shop when you go to purchase chests with real money or event currency.

April 14th
Idle Champions Presents: A Fool's Errand Synopsis 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Find the full synopsis and links to each episode below! Warning, here be spoilers!

Our Champions have concluded their Idle Champions Presents: A Fool's Errand adventure. If you're looking for a quick recap of the adventure with links to each episode, look no further!

Idle Champions Presents: A Fool's Errand starring B Dave Walters as the Dungeon Master and Freely, Krystina Arielle as Orisha, Erin M Evans as Havilar , Mark Meer as Baeloth Barrityl Jen Kretchmer as Alyndra Saarbarand, and Adam Bradford as Briv Steelmarrow. Our adventure saw the Champions starting in the village of Hornfirth during the Festival of Fools.

We are proud to present Fool's Errand encounter, written by Scott Fitzgerald Grey for you to download and play here.

Find the full synopsis and links to each episode below! Warning, here be spoilers!



Idle Champions Presents: The Unfair Seas B Dave Walters Erin M Evans Krystina Arielle Mark Meer Jen Kretchmer Adam Bradford


Episode 1

Disembarking from their Drow submarine ride are Freely, Orisha, Baeloth, and Havilar. They’ve arrived in the village of Hornfirth during the colorful Festival of Fools, and Orisha is once again overcome with a cryptic vision and warning that she imparts to the group. Revelry with the party and the bar patrons ensues.

A sudden ruckus nearby, including the sounds of Freely calling out in distress, cause the group to dash outside. In a nearby alley, they find the halfling protecting a red panda from a pack of wild dogs. No one wants to hurt the dogs, and between some illusions, fire, and snacks they are able to convince the dogs to run away. Freely is happy to see his old friends, and introduces the red panda as Cinnamon.

Another cry of terror rings out, and running back out of the alley the heroes find a tipsy conjurer using a spell scroll to summon fiends! Spined devils, quasits, and a nightmare appear as well as a drunken group of angry party goers who want to join the fight. Our heroes are quick to dispatch the spined devils and quasits, convince the intoxicated revelers to stand down, and persuade the nightmare to a truce. The fake Halister Blackcloak is killed, and several scrolls are found on his body. Briv makes a connection with the nightmare, who agrees to come four times when he calls, before disappearing.

Link to the full episode here

Episode 2

Just as one problem is solved another commotion starts up from Heiley, a distraught festival reveler crying for help. Her husband Beirn and his friends have gone into the mountains to play a prank on the frost giant Wrerdor and his ogre servants. Normally the frost giant is a good neighbor, but the townsfolk are terrified that Wrerdor will be infuriated and attack the village. Iris the friendly beholder shows up to offer some advice on the situation and agrees to help with any plans the heroes come up with, as well as offer a new title for both Alyndra and Briv.

The group head up the mountain to try and find the pranksters before they can strike. Their way is blocked and their trip is hampered by a Sneeze Breeze trap and then a pack of angry owlbears. The creatures are quickly killed, but Orisha’s deva rewinds time to save the owlbear’s life. After casting speak with animals they discover she’s just protecting her cubs hiding in a nearby tree, so Briv casts revivify to bring the other back to life. Continuing up the mountainside, they are distracted by the sight of a flaming mountain with a massive creature flying over it that brings Havilar infernal vibes. But it’s too far away to do much about.

Eventually, they find a tunnel entrance with a sign indicating it leads to Wrerdor, and running out of the cave is a screaming woman - a member of Beirn’s crew. She relays the group put itching powder in Wrerdor’s underclothing, but the giant did not appreciate the prank and attacked. After a stern talking about the stupidity of their actions, she is sent out into the cold to head back to town while the group head into the caves to try and rescue the other eight townsfolk. After getting lost for a while they finally find the cavern with ice mephits tormenting the captured townsfolk. They defeat the creatures and free the prisoners but are informed that Wrerdor and his ogres are heading for the town to extract revenge!

Link to the full episode here

Episode 3

Beirn informs everyone that he knows a quick way to get back to town, so after a few healing words they rush off. He leads them to a log flume that can be used to get down the mountain quickly as long as they can put together a raft. Havilar’s strength and Briv’s liquid metal are put to good use in crafting the raft, Alyndra oversees the building, and Baeloth and Orisha terrify and inspire the townsfolk to help. The heroes jump on the raft and head down the flume, narrowly avoiding several potential disasters including an otter dam they manage to dodge while saving the otters. With a frantic leap, they manage to exit the raft just before hitting the lake, taking a variety of cuts and scrapes but no major injuries. While the trip was dangerous, it did manage to get them in front of Wrerdor!

Bubbles the Hollyphant appears and offers to help them scare off the giant, transforming them all into were-red pandas before disappearing again. The group prepares to try and stop Wrerdor and his three ogres, putting up a wall of fire and preparing a massive pond full of bubbles. The ogres charge into battle, but some persuasive words from Havilar and Orisha, a joke from Briv, and a command to parlay from Alyndra convinces Wrerdor to talk first. The giant admits that he’s not mad, he’s just upset he was left out of the festivities. After some discussion and calming down, Wrerdor is convinced to throw his own party! They’re going to have a foam party, with drinks and snacks, and Baeloth agrees to sing for entertainment. Orisha coordinates the decorations, Briv takes over food prep, Alyndra leads some on some calming meditation, and Freely gathers up the townsfolk to join the festivities.

The party is a success! The Festival of Fools is finished with a fantastic festival of foam!

Link to the full episode here