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January 8th
Idle Champions: Midwinter 3 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Deadwinter Day has arrived once again in Longsaddle. While most citizens keep warm in their homes and exchange gifts to celebrate the midpoint of winter with friends and family, the Champions have been hired by the infamous Harpells to patrol the outskirts of town...

Midwinter 3 introduces Môrgæn, the High Elf Ranger (Hunter) played by Morgan Webb on Acquisitions Incorporated. The event also brings back K'thriss Drow'b, the Drow Warlock played by Kris Straub on Acquisitions Incorporated: The "C" Team, and Regis, Halfling Rogue of the Companions of the Hall. Players have until Monday, January 20th at 12PM Pacific to complete their Midwinter 3 unlocks and objectives.

Dungeons & Dragons Môrgæn Morgaen Acquisitions Incorporated

New Champion: Môrgæn

    The ranger Môrgæn is a renowned tracker and hunter, able to pinpoint-target foes at any range, then vanish into the woods with no one the wiser. Her legendary ability with the longbow and the custom arrows she crafts instills fear into the hearts of her many enemies -- and more than a few of her coworkers. Famously, she is the only member of Acquisitions Incorporated known to be paid in advance, lest a missed invoice lead to dire repercussions.

Môrgæn is a Support Champion who takes a percentage of your gold find in exchange for a powerful DPS buff with her Paid Up-Front ability. The more gold Môrgæn takes, the greater the power of the buff, which persists through resets. When you wish to add Môrgæn to the formation, you can swap her with Makos (Slot 9).

For more information about our latest Champion, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: Môrgæn dev blog!

Dungeons & Dragons K'thriss Acquisitions Inc C Team

Year 2 Champion: K'thriss Drow'b

    Curious, affable, and morbid, the Drow heretic K'thriss Drow'b seeks the insane god-truth behind the veil of reality. As the "C" Team's hoardsperson, he keeps an eye out for occult relics that could aid him in his unearthly quest.
K'thriss is an unusual Support Champion. He reduces Gold Find to increase Global DPS, summons Shadow Demons to assist the party, and buffs distant allies. When you want to add K'thriss to your party, you can swap him with Bruenor (Slot 1).

For more information, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: K'thriss dev blog!

Dungeons & Dragons Regis

Year 1 Champion: Regis

    As a poor urchin on the streets of Calimport, Regis quickly learned that survival often requires bending the rules in your favor. He fled to the north to avoid capture after stealing his former master’s magical ruby pendant. Eventually, he found companionship amongst the Companions of the Hall, becoming one of Bruenor Battlehammer’s most trusted confidants. Bruenor was the one who gifted Regis with the nickname “Rumblebelly” due to the halfling’s insatiable appetite.

    Regis would prefer nothing more than to relax in the sun with a full belly near his home in Ten-Towns and fish for knucklead trout, the source of all of his scrimshaw carvings. But when his friends need help, Regis is always there for them. He never sees himself as the hero, even though his true friends know better.

Regis is a Support Champion. He uses a magical ruby amulet to buff Champions in front of or behind him, and to make enemies weak to different types of damage. When you want to add Regis to your party, you can swap him with Celeste (Slot 2).

Year Three Variants

  • Utterly Devoured — Anyone the Devourer completely devours is now devoured for the entire adventure and can't be used again until you reset the adventure. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
    Reach Area 75.
  • Limited Resources — Only Champions in the first bench seat are initially available. Every 10 areas, another bench slot unlocks, allowing Champions from that slot to be used.
    Reach Area 125.
  • Careful Positioning — Môrgæn starts in the formation in slot 3 and can be moved, but not swapped out or removed from the formation. Only Môrgæn and Champions buffed by Paid Up-Front can deal damage; other Champions' attacks will still proc stuns/slows/etc., but will deal 0 damage.
    Reach Area 175.

Year Two Variants

  • Velvet's Midwinter Adventure — K'thriss summons his unseen servant, Velvet, to help with party. Unfortunately, Velvet has been tasked with collecting gold for K'thriss, causing enemies to drop 50% less gold. K'thriss and Velvet both start in the formation, and once unlocked, K'thriss' Unseen Encouragement ability extends from both K'thriss normally, but also extends to those adjacent to Velvet.
    Reach Area 125.
  • Truth Beyond Knowing — K'thriss desires more knowledge of his unknowable god. Every area, a Drow Cultist empowered by the sign of the Ur appears, attacking with Chain Lightning. The Drow Cultist drops no gold upon death, but does drop a glyph (book). Every time you collect a glyph, Champions with an Intelligence (INT) score of 13 or higher have their damage increased by 5%, while Champions with below 13 INT have their damage go down by 5% for the remainder of the adventure.
    Reach Area 125.
  • More Like the Scream Team — The Devourer now arrives as a second boss in Area 25, and if that wasn't scary enough, the Devourer now devours Champions every 8 seconds instead of every 10 seconds!
    Reach Area 175.

Year One Variants

  • Deadwinter Date — You've been tasked with escorting two young Harpell wards on a date during your adventure. They take up slots and are otherwise pretty useless.
    Reach Area 125.
  • Deadwinter Fey — A large number of sprites and pixies spawn with each wave of enemies (not during boss areas). These extra monsters do not drop gold, and when killed they sprinkle a random Champion with pixie dust. Any champion that is sprinkled with 10 Pixie dust has their DPS and Formation Abilities disabled. Pixie dust stacks reset when you change areas.
    Reach Area 125.
  • Deadwinter Pay (-back) — Every time you defeat an enemy (in a non-boss area) your Champions take 10% unavoidable damage. Champions adjacent to Regis take one third of that damage while Regis himself is immune.
    Reach Area 175.
See the in-game FAQ for more information!

January 7th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Môrgæn 
Posted in Idle Champions.

    Môrgæn is a solver of problems, at great range and with terrible efficiency. I don’t mean terrible like: “she can’t do it;” I mean terrible like: “scary.” With Jim, I pay when I get around to it. I don’t know the last time I paid Viari. But Môrgæn? She’s an elf from the Elsewynn and she shoots arrows she makes herself. Some of these arrows are made with some kind of evil tooth on the front. So, she gets paid a month in advance. It’s not in the contract! I just like how my head is all in one piece right now and that seems like a good investment.

    ~Omin Dran


If you're in the market for a High Elf Hunter who specializes in killing enemies and making you money, look no further than Môrgæn, the ruthless and efficient Ranger played by Morgan Webb on Acquisitions Incorporated!

Would you like to know more?

I. A solver of problems...

Dungeons & Dragons Môrgæn Morgaen Acquisitions Incorporated

    The ranger Môrgæn is a renowned tracker and hunter, able to pinpoint-target foes at any range, then vanish into the woods with no one the wiser. Her legendary ability with the longbow and the custom arrows she crafts instills fear into the hearts of her many enemies -- and more than a few of her coworkers. Famously, she is the only member of Acquisitions Incorporated known to be paid in advance, lest a missed invoice lead to dire repercussions.

Môrgæn is a Support Champion who takes a percentage of your gold find in exchange for a powerful DPS buff with her Paid Up-Front ability. The more gold Môrgæn takes, the greater the power of the buff, which persists through resets. When you wish to add Môrgæn to the formation, you can swap her with Makos (Slot 9).

II. Môrgæn's Stats

Race: High Elf Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Class: Ranger (Hunter) Gender: Female
Age: 150 Affiliation: Acquisitions Incorporated

STR: 12 DEX: 20 CON: 12
INT: 14 WIS: 15 CHA: 10

Dungeons & Dragons Môrgæn Morgaen Acquisitions Incorporated

III. Môrgæn's Design

Since Môrgæn is in many ways a highly skilled mercenary, we wanted to make sure that she took her 'cut' of the profits, so Môrgæn will take a percentage of your Gold Find with her Paid Up-Front ability, and in exchange she will increase the damage of other Champions and help you kill enemies. She has multiple sets of specializations that allow you to customize Paid Up-Front further, so you can make sure that she's helping your favorite DPS Champions. And did we mention that this buff is boosted by all the gold Môrgæn collects, persisting through all her adventures? We probably should have mentioned that :)

Môrgæn's second ability is Friends in Wealth, which increases the formation's damage with the aid of Gold Find Champions (and stacks multiplicatively for each one you field), giving her some extra oomph when grouped with Champions like the dashing and debonair Jarlaxle, who may have poisoned a certain roguish AI employee once.

Finally, Môrgæn's last formation ability is Double Tap: whenever Môrgæn's first arrow kills a target, the second arrow fired through her Rapid Shot basic attack not only makes sure the enemy is dead, but miraculously doubles the amount of gold dropped. How does she do it? We don't know*, and we certainly aren't complaining!

When you really feel like messing up some enemies, use Môrgæn's ultimate ability, Customized Arrow, can kill groups of enemies together, in a line, or even cause significant damage over time to an enemy.

(*Note: we definitely 'know')

IV. Môrgæn's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Rapid Shot — Môrgæn shoots an arrow at a random target, then quickly follows up with a second arrow.

Formation Abilities

  • Paid Up-Front — Môrgæn collects 25% of the gold dropped by enemies, but in turn increases the damage of all adjacent Champions by 100%. This buff is increased by 5% for each order of magnitude of gold that she collects (stacking additively and then applying multiplicatively), with the sum persisting through resets.
  • Friends In Wealth — Môrgæn increases the damage of all Champions by 100% for each Champion with the Gold Find role (stacking multiplicatively).
  • Double Tap — If Môrgæn's first arrow kills her target, the second arrow hits the now-dead(?) target again, causing it to drop a second set of gold.

Specializations

  • Buff Targets — The first Specialization determines which other Champions Paid Up-Front applies to:

    • Fine As IsPaid Up-Front continues to only apply to adjacent Champions.

    • Keep Your DistancePaid Up-Front now only applies to all non-adjacent Champions.

    • Monster FodderPaid Up-Front now only applies to all Champions in front of Môrgæn.

    • Stay Out Of My WayPaid Up-Front now only applies to all Champions behind Môrgæn.
  • Buff Modifiers — The second Specialization determines what additional factor modifies Paid Up-Front's magnitude:

    • Keep It SimplePaid Up-Front's buff is increased by 300%.

    • Tight FormationPaid Up-Front is increased by 75% for each Champion adjacent to Môrgæn (stacking additively, then applying multiplication; 6 adjacent = 450%).

    • Calm Under PressurePaid Up-Front is increased by 20% for each enemy attacking a Champion within 2 slots of herself (additively), up to a max of 20 enemies (max 400%); each enemy can only count once, even if it's attacking multiple Champions.

    • The Long GamePaid Up-Front is increased by 10% each second an enemy is not killed (additively), stacking up to 60 times (max 600%); any enemy dying resets the stack amount to 0.
  • Buff Modifiers 2 — Choose a second Specialization choice from Buff Modifiers.

Ultimate Ability

  • Customized Arrow — Môrgæn pulls a customized arrow from her quiver at random and fires this more powerful arrow towards her enemies. This ultimate can have one of three effects at random:

    • Skull-carved Arrow — Môrgæn's arrow rips through all enemies it hits, continuing in a straight line until it leaves the screen.

    • Smokepowder Arrow — Môrgæn's arrow explodes on the enemy it hits, dealing damage to all other enemies nearby.

    • Green-leaf Arrow — Môrgæn's arrow causes the enemy it hits to take damage over time.

V. Môrgæn's Equipment

Dungeons & Dragons Môrgæn Morgaen Acquisitions Incorporated Equipment

Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Paid Up-Front
Slot 4: Friends In Wealth
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

What do you think of Môrgæn? Have we done justice to Acquisitions Incorporated's most dangerous employee? Let us know!

Feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
January 1st
Idle Champions: Tomb of Annihilation, Part 9 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The time has finally come to wrap up your unfinished business in Chult. Five new challenging variants await the most stalwart of adventurers, with the reward of unlocking Dragonbait, the Saurial Paladin with their completion.

Good luck!

Note: you will need to have completed the base adventures and at least 17 additional adventures in the Tomb of Annihilation campaign in order to unlock the first of these variants.

New Champion: Dragonbait



    Dragonbait is a champion of good and a saurial—a race that originated on a distant world and whose members have long lives. Very few saurials dwell in the Forgotten Realms, and no saurial communities are believed to exist anywhere in the world. The saurial's language is a combination of clicks and whistles beyond the human range of hearing, so Dragonbait relies on 'shouting' scents to communicate emotions. Dragonbait's known scents include: brimstone (confusion), roses (sadness), lemon (pleasure or joy), baked bread (anger), violets (danger or fear), honeysuckle (tenderness or concern), wood smoke (devotion or piety), tar (victory or celebration), and ham (nervousness or worry).

Dragonbait is a Tank and Support Champion. His Shen-state formation ability offers a variety of scent-based positional formation buffs. When you wish to add Dragonbait to the formation, you can swap him with Jamilah (Slot 11).

For more information about our latest Evergreen Champion, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: Dragonbait dev blog!

Tomb of Annihilation Variants

  • Exploring Port Nyanzaru Variant 3: Patience is Key — Only Champions with a base attack cooldown of 5 seconds or more can be used.
    Reach area 300.
  • Running of the Saurs Variant 3: Relay Race — Each Champion can only be used for 150 unique areas. Once a Champion has been in the formation for 150 unique areas, they are no longer allowed to be used until the adventure is reset.
    Reach area 325.
  • The Templar's Camp Variant 3: Overwhelming Force — All monsters deal 50% more damage and move 20% faster for each enemy alive.
    Reach area 350.
  • Rescue in the Jungle Variant 3: Starving in the Jungle — Gold drops are reduced by 2% per area (stacking multiplicatively). Your Champions take 4% unavoidable damage every second in non-boss areas.
    Reach area 375.
  • The Lost Love Variant 2: A Saurial's Resolve — Dragonbait takes up a slot at the very front of your formation, and cannot be moved or swapped out.

    While alive, Dragonbait will buff your formation. Each time you encounter Valindra Shadowmantle (the Area 50 Boss), she respawns after she is killed, gaining increased health and damage for each resurrection.

    Valindra will respawn once for every 50 areas you've unlocked (so once on area 50, twice on area 100, three times on area 150, etc). Whenever she respawns, Dragonbait increases his resolve, gaining buffs to his tanking and buffing abilities.
    Reach area 400.

Completing A Saurial's Resolve rewards you with Dragonbait - the latest Evergreen Champion

January 1st
Idle Champion Spotlight: Dragonbait 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Happy new year! Would you like to learn about your first new Champion of 2020?

It's time to dive in to the wondrous world of Saurial scents and see what we can find...

A truly rare creature...



    Dragonbait is a champion of good and a saurial—a race that originated on a distant world and whose members have long lives. Very few saurials dwell in the Forgotten Realms, and no saurial communities are believed to exist anywhere in the world. The saurial's language is a combination of clicks and whistles beyond the human range of hearing, so Dragonbait relies on 'shouting' scents to communicate emotions. Dragonbait's known scents include: brimstone (confusion), roses (sadness), lemon (pleasure or joy), baked bread (anger), violets (danger or fear), honeysuckle (tenderness or concern), wood smoke (devotion or piety), tar (victory or celebration), and ham (nervousness or worry).

Dragonbait is a Tank and Support Champion. His Shen-state formation ability offers a variety of scent-based positional formation buffs. When you wish to add Dragonbait to the formation, you can swap him with Jamilah (Slot 11).

II. Dragonbait's Stats

Race: Saurial Alignment: Lawful Good
Class: Paladin Gender: Male
Age: 242 Affiliation: none

STR: 15 DEX: 13 CON: 17
INT: 14 WIS: 16 CHA: 18

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt, Vajra

III. Dragonbait's Design

Bringing an old character with a lot of history to life is always a unique challenge -- even more so when said character is as unique and quirky as Dragonbait. Saurials are rare, after all, and not originally native to Toril. Yet here is Dragonbait, co-starring in The Finder's Stone Trilogy of novels by Kate Novak and Jeff Grub, starting with Azure Bonds in 1988, and then popping up again decades later in 2017's Tomb of Annihilation where he has since become the traveling companion of Artus Cimber. This little sauriel gets around!

Luckily for us, Dragonbait's unique quirks made for a rich opportunity with his design. Since Dragonbait is unable to speak common, he communicates his emotions primarily with scents, so we used those scents as the base for his design with Shen-state. Everything builds off Shen-state, from the range of Dragonbait's formation buff with Scent: Pie Crust to the effective power of the buff with Scent: Roasted Vegetables and Scent: Meat Sauce.

We hope you like him!

IV. Dragonbait's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Slice Through — Dragonbait attacks the closest enemy with his sword, hitting all nearby enemies with a small cleave.

Formation Abilities

  • Shen-state — Dragonbait increases the damage of Champions within one slot of himself by 100%. This ability is buffed by Dragonbait's various Scents.
  • Scent: Pie Crust — The range of Shen-state is increased by 1 for each Healer Champion in the formation, stacking additively.
  • Scent: Roasted Vegetables — The effect of Shen-state is increased by 100% for each enemy attacking Dragonbait and each enemy enrage stack, stacking additively. This effect is increased by 100% for each other Tanking Champion in the formation (multiplicatively).
  • Scent: Meat Sauce — The effect of Shen-state is increased for each Support Champion in the formation. The increase amount is based on how close the Support Champion is to Dragonbait. The following values are used:
    • 1 slot away: 50%
    • 2 slots away: 150%
    • 3 slots away: 100%
    • 4 slots away: 50%
    • 5+ slots away: 25%
  • Fast Friends — Dragonbait increases the health of all other Champions by 25% of his max health.

Specializations

  • Scent: Roasted Chicken — The effect of Scent: Meat Sauce now uses the following values for each Support Champion in the formation:
    • 1 slot away: 75%
    • 2 slots away: 100%
    • 3 slots away: 125%
    • 4 slots away: 150%
    • 5+ slots away: 200%
  • Scent: Herbs and Spices — The effect of Scent: Roasted Vegetables is increased by an additional 50% for each Tanking Champion in the formation (multiplicatively).

Ultimate Ability

  • Holy Avenger — Dragonbait jumps out and strikes with his Holy Avenger, dealing damage to all enemies on screen and immediately clearing any stun/charm effects on Champions. Any Fiends or Undead left alive are marked with an overlay of the Holy Avenger, causing Champions who attack them to take 400% additional damage.

V. Dragonbait's Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Max Health
Slot 3: Roasted Vegetables
Slot 4: Meat Sauce
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

Your latest Evergreen Champion has arrived — complete those Tomb of Annihilation variants, unlock Dragonbait, and then let us know what you think!

Feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
December 18th, 2019
Idle Champions: Wintershield 3 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Wintershield sees a celebration of maps in the Realms, symbolizing our paths through the new year. As part of this year's tradition the Champions have purchased a map from a Waterdeep street vendor. And then it started talking...

Wintershield 3 introduces Artemis Entreri, the Human Assassin who first appeared in RA Salvatore's 1988 novel The Crystal Shard, and brings back Nerys Kathon, Human Cleric of Kelemvor, and Barrowin Undurr, Dwarf Cleric of Gond. Players have until Monday, December 30th at 12PM Pacific to complete their Wintershield 3 unlocks and objectives.

Dungeons & Dragons Artemis Entreri

New Champion: Artemis Entreri

    Raised by the thieves' guild in Calimport, Artemis Entreri has since become one of the deadliest and most feared assassins in the history of Faerûn. Entreri is completely devoted to mastery of his craft, leaving no room in his life for emotional attachment or even personal pleasures. His fighting skills and tactical brilliance are equalled only by one other - the drow warrior Drizzt Do'Urden.
Artemis is an extremely potent DPS Champion who observes and copies the support abilities granted to other DPS Champions, duplicating them for himself. When you wish to add Artemis to the formation, you can swap him with Nayeli (Slot 3).

For more information about our latest Champion, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: Artemis Entreri dev blog!

Dungeons & Dragons Nerys

Year 2 Champion: Nerys Kathon

    Nerys Kathon joined the Heroes of Baldur's Gate on a mission to protect her church, but was soon pulled into a harrowing journey to Barovia and beyond. As a cleric of Kelemvor, she grew up in service to the dying and the dead, and developed a cold detachment to anything outside of duties to her faith. Beneath that frosty exterior is a loyal and caring adventurer, but it's a side she rarely shows to anyone outside her closest friends.
Nerys is a Support / Healer Champion. She uses her Spiritual Weapon ability to support DPS Champions, giving a powerful extra attack to the highest DPS Champion in the formation, while at the same time healing Champions within two spaces. When you want to add Nerys to your formation, you can swap her with Arkhan (Slot 12).

For more information about Nerys, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: Nerys dev blog!

Dungeons & Dragons Barrowin

Year 1 Champion: Barrowin Undurr

    A proud daughter of Clan Undurr and a devout follower of Gorm Gulthyn, the dwarven god of vigilance and duty. She spent fifteen years in the city of Ironmaster, in Icewind Dale, overseeing and protecting her family’s investment in the city’s lucrative mining operations. However, she saw little action and feared that her talents were being squandered. She has recently found a home within a budding organization called the Order of the Gauntlet, which vigilantly guards against the rise of evil in all its forms.

Barrowin is a Support / Healer Champion. She uses her Blessed Hammer ability to increase the power of Champion’s attacks through a stacking buff each time she attacks, while at the same time healing Champions in her column. When you want to add Barrowin to your formation, you can swap her with Tyril (Slot 10).

Year Three Variants

  • The Infamous Assassin — Only DPS and Support Champions may be used. Artemis begins the adventure in the formation. Champions other than Artemis cannot deal damage; instead, Artemis' Basic Attack Cooldown is reduced to 3 seconds and his Ultimate Ability Cooldown is reduced to 60-seconds and he begins the adventure with his Ultimate Ability unlocked.
    Reach Area 75.
  • Designation: Hostile — Only Champions with a Strength (STR) score of 12 or higher may be used. Mechanical Guards spawn in each area. These Mechanical Guards stun Champions at random whenever they appear, and the stun only wears off once the Mechanical Guard has been killed.
    Reach Area 125.
  • Fan Club — A really excited costumed Arkhan fan joins the formation. Every 50 areas, another costumed fan takes up another slot in the formation (this ends after Area 151).
    Reach Area 175.

Year Two Variants

  • Dragons Are Wild — The Cult of the Dragon attempts to distract you by unleashing illusionary dragons within the walls of Waterdeep! Armored Bronze Dragon Wyrmlings spawn in each area. They do no damage and drop no gold.
    Reach Area 75.

  • A Waterdhavian Party — Now that you're a 'local' adventuring group, you've become a tourist attraction. Two Drunk Waterdhavians join your adventure, taking up slots in your formation and moving every 25 areas.
    Reach Area 125.

  • Once More with Necromancy — Nerys begins the adventure in your formation. Relentless Undead spawn in each area, attacking your formation. When Relentless Undead are killed, they get back up after three seconds and continue their attack. However, Relentless Undead killed by Nerys' Spiritual Weapon are destroyed for good.
    Reach Area 175.

Year One Variants

  • The Chatty Map — The map is extremely chatty. Every 15 seconds it engages in deep conversation with a random Champion in your formation, disabling their DPS and Formation Abilities for 15 seconds.
    Reach Area 75.

  • The Cult of Daggers — Dagger-throwing Cultists spawn alongside normal waves and toss daggers at random Champions in your formation. These additional monsters drop no gold.
    Reach Area 125.

  • Only the Strong Survive — Only Champions with a Strength stat of 13 or higher can be used.
    Reach Area 175.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

December 17th, 2019
Idle Champion Spotlight: Artemis Entreri 
Posted in Idle Champions.

    "...He recognized the man at once, though he hadn't seen him in years, by the emerald-encrusted dagger hilt protruding from the sheath on his hip. Regis had often contemplated stealing that beautiful weapon, but even he had a limit to his foolhardiness. The dagger belonged to Artemis Entreri..."

    RA Salvatore, The Crystal Shard (1988)
One of the most-requested characters we've ever had for Idle Champions finally arrives with Wintershield 3 later this week. It's time to introduce Artemis Entreri, the legendary assassin and ruthless arch-enemy of Drizzt Do'Urden, in the final Idle Champion Spotlight of 2019.

Are you ready to learn more?

A Legendary Assassin...

Dungeons & Dragons Artemis Entreri

    Raised by the thieves' guild in Calimport, Artemis Entreri has since become one of the deadliest and most feared assassins in the history of Faerûn. Entreri is completely devoted to mastery of his craft, leaving no room in his life for emotional attachment or even personal pleasures. His fighting skills and tactical brilliance are equalled only by one other - the drow warrior Drizzt Do'Urden.

Artemis is an extremely potent DPS Champion who observes and copies the support abilities granted to other DPS Champions, duplicating them for himself. When you wish to add Artemis to the formation, you can swap him with Nayeli (Slot 3).

II. Artemis' Stats

Race: Human Alignment: Lawful Evil
Class: Rogue (Assassin) Gender: Male
Age: unknown Affiliation: none

STR: 14 DEX: 20 CON: 15
INT: 16 WIS: 16 CHA: 13

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt, Vajra

Dungeons & Dragons Mirt and Vajra

III. Artemis Entreri's Design

How do you bring to life Drizzt Do'Urden's ultimate nemesis? A legendary assassin able to match skills with anyone he comes across? As it turns out, you make him do just that!

We approached Artemis Entreri as an incredibly capable, observant, and adaptable fighter. When Artemis sees a move in combat, he can immediately duplicate it — and this is also true with formation abilities. If a DPS Champion other than Artemis receives a positional formation buff, Artemis will also receive a portion of the effect of that formation buff as well. This means Artemis is at his most powerful when fighting alongside other DPS Champions, opening up new formation possibilities where a support champion might be substituted for a DPS Champion so Artemis can duplicate multiple formation abilities from them. These stolen formation buff 'fragments' stack multiplicatively with any formation abilities that Artemis himself receives, and with the proper specialization choice, if the buffs are stolen from Drizzt or Catti-brie, this effect is further increased.

In addition to this unique mechanic, Artemis has a unique attack with his Vampiric Dagger. Getting a killing blow causes the dagger to become empowered, increasing Artemis' damage. This effect can stack multiple times, and with each attack there is a chance that the empowered dagger's power will be unleashed, dealing additional damage to whichever enemy was unlucky enough to be hit with the unleashed attack. Vampiric Dagger can cause Artemis' damage to spike randomly whenever he is reliably killing enemies, increasing his BUD-boosting potential.

Finally, Artemis' Ultimate Attack, One Upped, furthers increases his synergy with other DPS Champions by causing his Basic Attack cooldown to become reset whenever another DPS Champion attacks. This increases his damage based on the number of other DPS Champions in the formation, and lasts for the duration.

IV. Artemis Entreri's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Vampiric Dagger — Artemis attacks the nearest enemy with his Vampiric Dagger.

Formation Abilities

  • Observance — Artemis observes and copies the positional formation abilities applied to other DPS Champions in the formation and gains a copy of those abilities on himself at 75% of their effectiveness, even if he himself already receives that effect.

  • Jeweled Power — Artemis' Vampiric Dagger is empowered. Whenever Artemis kills an enemy, Artemis' damage is increased by 100%, stacking multiplicatively. While this ability has at least 1 stack, there is a 10% chance per stack (additive) that the power will be unleashed when Artemis attacks, dealing 300% additional damage on that attack and resetting the empowered stacks to 0.

Specializations

  • Friend — Observance's effect is increased by 10% for positional formation abilities observed and copied from Champions adjacent to Artemis.

  • Foe — Observance's effect is increased by 25% for each positional formation ability observed and copied from either Drizzt Do'Urden or Catti-brie.

Ultimate Ability

  • One Upped — For 30 seconds, Artemis concentrates on showing off his martial prowess, increasing his base damage by 300% for each DPS Champion in the formation (including himself), stacking multiplicatively. Artemis' Basic Attack cooldown is reset to 0 whenever another DPS Champion attacks.

V. Artemis Entreri's Equipment

Dungeons & Dragons Artemis Entreri equipment

Slot 1: Self DPS
Slot 2: Self DPS
Slot 3: Observance
Slot 4: Jeweled Power
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

It's been a long time coming, but Artemis Entreri is finally coming to Idle Champions. We had a fantastic time trying to find a way to bring this legendary character to life, and we think we've created a unique and potent DPS Champion with Artemis Entreri -- and more importantly, he really shines when he's stealing the buffs of the Companions of the Hall. We can't wait to see how far players go from here!

Feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
December 11th, 2019
Idle Champions: Descent into Avernus, Part 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

An unknown disaster has struck the city of Elturel, and the remaining citizens have fled west to Baldur's Gate seeking refuge.

But the metropolitan city harbors secrets of its own, and the Champions soon find themselves entangled in the even-seedier underbelly of Baldur's Gate...

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Descent into Avernus Adventures, A Tale of Two Cities and The Dead Three, in order to access these new Adventures.

Dungeons & Dragons Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus

The Darkness Runs Deeper

It's time to find out what's going on in Baldur's Gate, and there's no better place to start than in the Lower City...
  • Variant: Troublesome Prisoner — Amrik Vathampur takes up a slot in the formation, doing no damage. Additionally, Champions adjacent to Amrik also deal no damage.
    Reach area 200.

Difficult Terrain

The Champions leave the darkened streets of Baldur's Gate on a journey to the library-fortress of Candlekeep in search of answers.
  • Variant: Cold & Wet — Two members of the Flaming Fist take up slots in the formation, changing positions every 25 aeas. In all areas where it is raining, Champion DPS and Gold Find is reduced by 99%.
    Reach area 225.


Hand of Vecna

As we descend deeper into Avernus we’re excited to release our latest DLC ⁠— The Hand of Vecna Skin & Feat pack for none other than Arkhan the Cruel. Pick up this awesome skin and get a wicked double-edged boost for Arkhan.


Arkhan the Cruel Hand of Vecna


See the in-game Change Log for more information, including a full list of changes and fixes included in this update.
November 27th, 2019
Idle Champions: Simril 3 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Holidays are a time for togetherness; a time to get back together with family and friends and celebrate together. At least, that's what holidays are supposed to be about...

Someone outside Luskan has been pillaging the food stores in advance of this year's Simril celebration. Residents are becoming worried that there may not be enough to last the long Sword Coast winter to come!

Simril 3 introduces Krull, the Tortle Death Cleric of Tiamat from Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus, and brings back Warden, the corrupted Warforged Warlock, and Dhadius the Scarlet, an arrogant Human Wizard. Players have until Monday, December 9th at 12PM Pacific to complete their Simril 3 unlocks and objectives.

Dungeons & Dragons Krull

New Champion: Krull

    Krull is a death-cleric of Tiamat who swore allegiance to Arkhan the Cruel after being bested by him in combat. He's Arkhan's alchemist, his experimenter, his torturer... Always surrounded by the dead, Krull wears a white painted face mask that makes him look undead in an effort to confuse and strike fear in his opponents.
Krull is a Support and Gold Find Champion, dedicated to serving his master, Arkhan the Cruel. He inflicts plagues on his enemies, debuffing them with various ailments. When you want to add Krull to the formation, you can swap him with Asharra (Slot 6).

For more information about our latest Champion, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: Krull dev blog!

Dungeons & Dragons Warden

Year 2 Champion: Warden

    Forged to be the jailer for a prison filled with eldritch horrors in a faraway land, Warden became corrupted by the monstrosities they sought to keep locked away. Now they journey at the behest of an otherworldly master, seeking souls for the insatiable Dark Hunger to corrupt and feast upon.
Warden is a DPS and Support Champion, corrupted by their Hexblade, the source of their otherworldly strength. At the same time, it is also from this Hexblade that the Elder Evils of Realmspace have laid their claim to Warden, infesting their body with eldritch malignancy. They use their Hex ability to curse enemies, debuffing them and causing them to take additional damage for each stack of the Hex curse they are afflicted with.

When you want to add Warden to your formation, you can swap them with Jamilah (Slot 11).

For more information about our Warden, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: Warden dev blog!

Dungeons & Dragons Dhadius

Year 1 Champion: Dhadius the Scarlet

    Dhadius is a mage of legendary status and acclaim (at least, in his own mind), who sees everyone else as intellectual worms. Being an egomaniac, he seeks out esoteric lore and rare magical secrets, so he may know things that the 'common fools' do not.

    Dhadius hails from Luskan in the north, where he is a member of the Arcane Brotherhood, an infamous group of wizards. He joined them only recently and hasn't been taken as seriously by the others as he thinks he should be. He's determined to let it be known far and wide that he is a wizard to be respected and feared.

Dhadius is an arrogant Wizard and Support Champion. His Skill Empowerment ability increases the damage of nearby Champions - if they are intelligent enough.

When you want to add Dhadius to your formation, you can swap him with Calliope (Slot 5).

Year Three Variants

  • Spoiled Staples — You'll need barrels if you want to cart all this food back to town before it spoils! At the start of the adventure, two barrels on wagons take up slots in the formation.
    Reach Area 75.

  • Master Plaguebringer — Krull begins in the second column of the formation. He can be moved, but can't be removed from the formation. Non-Plagued enemies deal 100% more damage (additive) and move 10% faster (additive) for each enemy on the screen that doesn't have a Plague on them (including themselves).
    Reach Area 125.

  • The Creeping Chill — Every 5 areas, the temperature drops by 5 degrees. For each change in temperature, the enemies get stronger, increasing their health and damage by 100% (additive).
    Reach Area 175.

Year Two Variants

  • Unlucky Hunters — Local beasts do not take kindly to the Champions trespassing upon their land. Beasts deal increased damage, and their hides are thickened like armor.
    Reach Area 75.

  • Frostbitten — The thickness of the falling snow in outdoor areas increases as the adventure goes on. Champions on the outside of the formation deal less damage the further they go due to the cold weather.
    Reach Area 125.

  • Unspeakable Horrors — Warden begins in your formation. Starting in the first area and continuing every 25 areas after, you lose a formation slot to creeping eldritch horrors. For each tentacle taking up a slot in the formation, Warden's damage is increased.
    Reach Area 175.

Year One Variants

  • Frightful Weather — In areas where it is snowing (excluding boss areas), the party takes damage every second.
    Reach Area 75.

  • Light in the Darkness — Several slots in the formation are taken up by floating magical torches.
    Reach Area 125.

  • A Wise Endeavour — Only champions with a wisdom score of 13 or higher – and of course, Dhadius – may be used.
    Reach Area 175.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

November 26th, 2019
Idle Champion Spotlight: Krull 
Posted in Idle Champions.

    The malevolent black spire of twisted metal stands before you, ascending hundreds of feet into the crimson sky. Bristling with charred skulls impaled on iron spikes, the tower's apex splits into five narrow spires reaching upwards like a dragon's claws. An Ancient White Dragon colored gray with ash and soot circles the air above the tower. As you approach, the spiked iron portcullis yawns open like the mouth of a dragon.

    Hunched over and wrapped in decaying violet robes, a muscular tortle shambles out of the darkness, flanked on either side by armor-clad undead. The tortle's shell is covered in pyramid-like spikes, each carved with draconic runes. Its face is painted in the visage of a gleaming white skull.

    "If you wish to meet with my master," rasps the tortle, "you will need to convince me first. I am Krull, and I serve the Champion of Tiamat, Arkhan the Cruel. What business do you have here?"

Today we are excited to finally reveal Krull, the Tortle Death Cleric of Tiamat coming this week with our third annual Simril event. Some of you may recognize Krull 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 evil tortle shapes up, shall we?

Who is Krull?


    Krull is a death-cleric of Tiamat who swore allegiance to Arkhan the Cruel after being bested by him in combat. He's Arkhan's alchemist, his experimenter, his torturer... Always surrounded by the dead, Krull wears a white painted face mask that makes him look undead in an effort to confuse and strike fear in his opponents.

II. Krull's Stats

Race: Tortle Alignment: Lawful Evil
Class: Cleric (Death Domain) Gender: Male
Age: 40 Affiliation: none

STR: 20 DEX: 14 CON: 15
INT: 12 WIS: 20 CHA: 12

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt, Vajra

III. Krull's Design

When it came to designing Krull, we were lucky to have the direct assistance of his creator, Joe Manganiello. Joe really helped us to distill down the essence of who Krull is and what his relationship is like with Arkhan the Cruel, and more importantly, how Krull prefers to operate. This led us down the path of creating a dark and twisted character who specializes in experimentation and creating different plagues while also supporting his master.

Now that his design has come together, Krull is a Support and Gold Find Champion, dedicated to serving his master, Arkhan the Cruel. He inflicts plagues on his enemies that can increase the amount of gold they drop, cause them to take more damage, and cause damage they take to also deal damage to other enemies around them. Krull is potent in formations focused on evil Champions, and is especially powerful when combined with Arkhan the Cruel. When you want to add Krull to the formation, you can swap him with Asharra (Slot 6).

IV. Krull's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Krull's Maul/Necrotic Touch — Krull attacks a random enemy with his Maul. Once Draconic Plague is unlocked, this upgrades to Necrotic Touch. At that point, if the enemy he attacks doesn't have all three types of Draconic Plague on them, he infects them with one of the plague strains they do not already have. Otherwise, he adds two stacks to each plague on them (if possible; respecting their individual caps).

Formation Abilities

  • Draconic Plague — Krull applies a draconic plague to the next enemy to spawn. Plagues have a random effect (see below). This ability has a 5 second cooldown. Because of the Virulent Strain ability, enemies can have multiple Plague debuffs on them, including multiple debuffs of the same type. Multiple plague debuffs of the same type stack multiplicatively.

    • Plague: Pilfer — An enemy infected with this plague drops 5% more gold for every 3 seconds it stays alive (additively), capping at 10 stacks (50%). Starts at 1 stack.
      • Enemies drop 5% more gold immediately
      • 10% after 3 seconds
      • 15% after 6 seconds
      • etc.

    • Plague: Pain — An enemy infected with this plague takes 20% more damage every 3 seconds it remains alive (additively), capping at 10 stacks (200%). Starts at 1 stack.
      • Enemies take 20% more damage immediately
      • 40% after 3 seconds
      • 60% after 6 seconds
      • etc.

    • Plague: Traitor — An enemy infected with this plague causes all enemies near it to take damage equal to 10% of the damage it itself receives. This amount is increased for every 3 seconds it remains alive (additively), capping at 10 total stacks (100%). Starts at 1 stack. Does not cascade -- damage caused by Plague: Traitor on other monsters does not trigger it. Note this is very beneficial to Arkhan and other single-target attackers as it provides them with a potential AOE.
      • Nearby enemies take 10% of damage received immediately
      • 20% of damage taken after 3 seconds
      • 30% of damage taken after 6 seconds
      • etc.

  • Virulent Strain — When an enemy with a Plague on it dies there is a 10% chance that its Plague will transfer to another enemy that is not quite so dead. In this way, enemies can have multiple Plague debuffs on them, including multiple debuffs of the same type. Multiple debuffs of the same type stack multiplicatively. This ability is buffed by feats, but not by any normal upgrades or equipment.

  • Arkhan's Army — Krull increases the damage of all "evil" Champions in the formation by 100%. This effect is decreased by 10% (additively) for "each" good Champion in the formation. Buffs to this ability increase both the base buff percentage and the decrease for each "good" Champion.

  • The Master's Call — Krull increases the damage of Arkhan the Cruel by 400%, reduced by 75% (multiplicatively) for each slot away from Arkhan he is greater than one.
    • Examples:
    • 1 slot away = 400%
    • 2 slots away = 100%
    • 3 slots away = 25%
    • etc.

Specializations

  • Plague Focus: Pilfer — Increases the effect of Plague: Pilfer by 100%.

  • Plague Focus: Pain — Increases the effect of Plague: Pain by 100%.

  • Plague Focus: Traitor — Increases the effect of Plague: Traitor by 100%.

Ultimate Ability



Corrupted Ghouls — Krull summons four corrupted ghouls which spawn behind the formation and rush through it towards the nearest enemies. When a ghoul reaches an enemy it explodes, dealing damage in a small radius and leaving behind a pool of necrotic green goo that damages enemies that move through it. These goo pools last for 30 seconds.

V. Krull's Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Plague: Pilfer
Slot 3: Plague: Pain
Slot 4: Arkhan's Army
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

We've been wanting to include Krull 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 heavy metal tortle to life! We hope you like him!

Feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
November 20th, 2019
Idle Champions: Grand Tour, Part 10 & Extra Life 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The Champions find themselves in turmoil. The newer Champions are mounting a grumbling mutiny after many adventures of following silently behind the core group. They feel it's time for them to take charge. Perhaps then, we can make some progress!

As it turns out, we have a perfect opportunity for them to show off their leadership skills. We come across a forest town besieged by kobolds, with a mystery surrounding goblins and some enchanted apples. Kobolds, goblins, and a sunken citadel, Oh my! It's time to split the party!

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Grand Tour Adventures, Who Lurks in Lurkwood and Orcs are Wild, in order to access these new Adventures.

Begun, Our Extra Life Charity Drive Has...


We're super excited to launch our 2019 Extra Life charity drive! We've added a new DLC pack for Celeste to the store. Codename Entertainment will be donating the net proceeds of all sales of the Healer of Toril Celeste Skin & Feat pack through November 27th to Extra Life! Pick up this awesome skin, get a boost for Celeste's healing ability, AND help sick kids through Extra Life!

Celeste's new Healer of Toril Skin

Don't forget to tune into our 24-hour stream from the studio starting on Friday November 22nd at 9AM at twitch.tv/cnegames. Clive and Alexis will be running live D&D games! Check out the Idle Champions Extra Life page here

New Updates

We've added 3 new Quality of Life updates into the build today:
  • Formation saves will now also save your placed familiars!
  • The character sheets on PC & mobile have been updated with two toggle options, the first one allows you to see upcoming upgrades, so you can have more information when you're at your wall!
  • The second character sheet toggle combines upgrades, allowing you to see your Champions' progress towards their level cap. You'll now know how many more upgrades of each type remain before you reach your level cap!


The Sunless Citadel

The Champions find a mystery that requires them to split the party. We'll see the first half of the adventure from the point of view of the Evergreen Champions. The Sunless Citadel is our first base adventure with restrictions: You can only use Evergreen Champions (The Core 12 + Drizzt, Azaka, and Hitch).
  • Variant: Veteran Brigade — Continuing the restriction from the base adventure, only Evergreen Champions can be used in this variant. Jot, the quasit joins your formation in area 23 onward. Additionally, each boss has 50 points of armored health. These are the veterans, after all.
    Reach Area 325.

Meepo's Quest

The Champions find a mystery that requires them to split the party. We'll see the other half of the adventure from the point of view of the Event Champions. Meepo's Quest also has a restriction for the base adventure: You can only use Event Champions.
  • Variant: She's Harmless! — Continuing the restriction from the base adventure, only Event Champions can be used in this variant. Meepo, the kobold joins your formation in area 21 onward. Additionally, because we all know we're not going to return Meepo's 'pet', Champion damage is reduced by 25% for each 'good' Champion in the formation. . These are the veterans, after all..
    Reach Area 325.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!