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June 26th
Idle Champions: Upgrade Cap Increase 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Your adventures in Faerûn have taken you around the world of Toril, from the City of Sails in the north of the Sword Coast, all the way south to the jungles of Chult. It has been a grand tour of the realms, and along the way you've explored lost cities, delved into countless dungeons, crossed through pocket dimensions, and fought endless beasts, fiends, monstrosities, and more.

You've become Champions — but that's not all. These adventures have brought you more than just equipment and wealth: it's time to level up!

Today's update for Idle Champions brings with it increases to the upgrade cap for all 45 Champions, taking you from the e49 to the e56 range (roughly). This newfound strength will help your formations to push further than ever before. Good luck!

Coming Soon

  • Year One Champion Balance Update (Part 1)
  • Additional QoL Updates & Fixes
  • And much more...
June 21st
COTLI: Alien Invasion 4 

You fought on the beaches, you fought on the landing grounds, you fought in the fields and the streets, you fought them in the hills, and you never surrendered...

Now, a fourth invasion has begun, here to annihilate the Crusaders and all they hold dear. But you're not alone, dear Crusaders — another alien has joined your forces! Xygallix, the Alien Mechanic is here to help you rally against Alien Invasion 4!

Alien Invasion 4 introduces Xygallix, the Alien Mechanic and brings back President Billy Smithsonian, Kizlblyp, the Alien Traitor, Slisiblyp, the Alien Scientist, Red, the Ace Pilot, and First Lady Betty Smithsonian! The invasion ends on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at 12:00PM PDT!

New Tier 4 Crusader: Xygallix, the Alien Mechanic

When the fate of the world is at stake, the Cruaders need all the help they can get — luckily, Xygallix, the Alien Mechanic is here to Support the Formation!

Xygallix is here to increase Global DPS in every way possible. Peace Bribe and Machine Talk will increase the damage of your Formation. New Friends will buff all the non-Alien Crusaders in your formation. We Can Rebuild It increases the DPS of your formation based on the amount of Robot Crusaders in the formation, but at the cost of their health.

With Fleet Tactics, Xygallix will buff the DPS of any Crusader less than three formation slots away. And finally, Xygallix's Hourly Rate ability allows you to buy Global DPS upgrades indefinitely — though the price increases with each purchase.

You know, because mechanics always cost more than you think they will. We know, it's a bad joke ;)

Crusaders Return

If you haven't collected them already, you can unlock previous Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 Crusaders by completing their respective objectives. President Billy Smithsonian, Kizlblyp, the Alien Traitor, Slisiblyp, the Alien Scientist, Red, the Ace Pilot, and First Lady Betty Smithsonian are all once again available to unlock!

New Tier 4 Objectives

  • Recruit Xygallix, the Alien Mechanic | Xygallix, the Alien Mechanic takes up a slot in the formation. Only Robot Crusaders do DPS. Reach area 600.

  • Special Defense | Only Alien Invasion Crusaders may be used. If Slisiblyp and Kizlblyp and/or if Billy and Betty are adjacent to each other, you are granted a bonus. Reach area 700.

  • Banelings Return! | The Banelings have returned — and this time they have shields! Reach area 750.

  • Alien Experience | Take you time reaching area 800. Only Healers, Tanks and Gold Finders may be used. Area quest requirements are extremely inflated, but Thoonoose takes up a spot in formation to help you out. Reach area 800.

  • My Friend the Alien | Only Crusaders next to Alien Crusaders can do DPS. Reach area 850.


Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Independence 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, and Tier 4 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.

You'll have until Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019 at 12:00PM PDT to complete Alien Invasion 4!
June 21st
BW2: June 21st, 2019 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Patriot Event (June 21st, 2019)

- Updated Patriot Event
- Added new customization and ranch items
- Added new ribbons and 100% reward
- Added a new challenging quest
- Added 3 new pets available from June 28th to July 1st
- Added Jersey Devil mount available in Bush Bucks sale from May 31st to June 3rd
- Added Skeletal Jersey Devil and Twilight Jersey Devil mounts in standard mount packs from June 21st to June 24th

- Increased the number of unsocketed runes you can have from 100 to 200, so you can collect each different type (and then some). (as of June 17th)

- You can now see your current unsocketed rune capacity on the disenchant dialog (eg. 50/200 Runes). (as of June 17th)

- The “You have too many runes!” warning on the rune crafting dialog now says how many you have. (as of June 17th)

- Fixed the empty rune socket notification showing when it shouldn’t. (as of June 17th)

- Derringer will no longer give you a perfect rune if you have too many unsocketed runes, so you don’t miss out on it. (as of June 17th)

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
June 21st
BW2: Patriot Event 2019 Edition! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Patriot Event 2019

It's party time in the Commons! Come join in the fun as the Bushwhackian natives celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day with a big extravagant barbecue and endless displays of fireworks!

Collect hot dogs, hamburgers, chickens, ribs and the rare steak to grill up for Patriot tokens and bonus energy! Find the green, red, yellow, blue and rare purple fireworks from the bushes for Fiona to put on awesome displays!

As well, help assorted party guests with their quests to make their celebration even funner! Some are one part, some are multi-part that will unlock as the event goes on so check back daily for all the excitement!

First up, help Scoutmaster Sam find Globes today, so that she can see the glorious world of Bushwhackia in its entirety.

New for 2019

A new patriot by the name of Leopold has arrived in the event area! They're looking to study the vast history of Bushwhackian politics, and need your help collecting the many books that make up the Bushwhackia Political History Encyclopedia! You can start this challenging quest right from the get-go, as you'll need all the time you can get to complete it before the event is over.

Event Achievements -- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT

There are a total of 20 possible achievements to earn in the Patriot Event 2019.

Achievements Returning for 2019
Fine Dining - Cook 5 kinds of food during the event.*
Iron Chef - Cook 300 pieces of food during the event.
Colorful Booms - Fire off 6 types of fireworks during the event. **
Many Booms - You've set of 600 fireworks during the Patriot event.
The Tyrant - You overthrew Nate's illegitimate kingdom.
The People's Quester - Complete all of the Patriot event side quests. (Updated with this year's quest)
Patriot Fireworks Launcher - You crafted a Fireworks Launcher!
Patriot Fireworks Launcher Rare - You found a Rare addition for your Fireworks Launcher!
Patriot Fireworks Launcher All Rares - You found all the Rare additions for your Fireworks Launcher!
Sesquicentennial - Help Connie the Canadian and make full use of a Free Parks Pass.

*If you are having trouble finding the Steak, you can buy it for Celebration tokens from an NPC in the Commons.

**The 6th firework for the quest is the one you help an NPC build later in the event. As well, if you are having trouble finding the Purple firework, you can buy it for Celebration tokens from an NPC in the event area.



Added/Changed for 2019
Fancy Fanfare - You bought all the 2019 Patriot event items!***
Political History Hunter - You found all the History Books for Leopold!


We also have 8 achievements from previous years which may be earnable by spending Bush Bucks if you missed getting them the first time around.

Free Trade - You bought all the 2018 Patriot event items!***
National Acquirer - You bought all the 2017 Patriot event items!
Patriotic Purchases - You bought all the 2016 Patriot event items!
Celebratory Splurge - You bought all the 2015 Patriot event items!
Freedom's Price - Purchase all of the 2014 Patriot custom items.
Freedom of Purchases - Purchase all of the 2013 Patriot event items.
Dressed for Freedom - Buy all 6 player items from the 2012 Patriot event.
A Patriotic Pad - Buy all 7 house items from the 2012 Patriot event.

***The Patriot event mini-golf piece is not required for the Fancy Fanfare achievement.

BB Sale Mount and Mount Packs

New 2019 Mounts!

All new mounts are available this weekend, from June 21st to 24th!

The Jersey Devil mount comes free with your first purchase of 100 Bush Bucks or more!

The Skeletal Jersey Devil and Twilight Jersey Devil are in packs containing 100 Bush Bucks, 10 Pristine Feed Vouchers, and a VIP Voucher! These two mounts produce their own unique spark and flame particles when you ride them!



Pet Packs

New 2019 Pet Packs (Coming Soon)



Post your celebrations on the forums!

The event will run until Friday July 5th at Noon PDT!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will the last quest unlock?
    All quests will be unlocked by the 10th day of the event.

  • Where can I see how much meat and fireworks I've done for the achievements?
    Click on the inventory icon and then click on the Achievements list (gold star). Find Many Booms and Iron Chef to see your progress.

  • Where can I buy Last Year's items?
    There are two vendors. The one near the entrance of the Event Zone has this year's items. The other is under the American balloon arch and will have all previous year items for Bush Bucks.

  • What contributes to my 100% progress?
    Turning in the meats and fireworks as well as quests for the folks in the event area.

  • Why do I want to ask friends for help?
    It increases the amount of progress you get from doing a turn-in.

  • Do I have to do the achievements?
    No. Completing the goals for the achievements is totally optional. You get either a large energy pack or a title for your character from them, no event progress.

  • Where can I see all the achievements available and how to get them?
    Either on the holiday dialog, the achievements dialog, or on the blog.

June 14th
BW2: Explorer's League Quest Part 5 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Hi Whackers!

Are you one of the dauntlessBush Whackers who has captured all 20 Lockbox Creatures using the clasps in part 4 of the grand quest and have also completed the content up to the Winter Wonderland zone?

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 again challenge your knowledge of Bush Whacker 2 zones, taking you everywhere up to the Winter Wonderland on your journey around Bushwhackia, and your learned whacking skills!

Discuss this update on the forums!
June 14th
BW2: June 14th, 2019 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Explorer’s League Part 5 (June 14th, 2019)

- Added part 5 of the Explorer’s League epic quest line!
- Available a day after you’ve completed part 4.
- Must have 100% completion of the Winter Wonderland area.

- Clicking your pet enough times makes it happy.

- Fixed being able to collect more than 100 unsocketed runes due to a bug in the code. If you currently have more, you will keep them, but won’t be able to acquire more until you disenchant enough to make room.

- Added a ‘Disenchant All’ button on the ‘Alchemist - Disenchanting’ dialog. See the question-mark tooltip next to it for details!

- Fixed some tiles getting hidden under the floor of the lake island cottage.

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
June 13th
New Bush Whacker 2 Player Council! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Hi Whackers!

Here are your Bush Whacker 2 Player Council members! Over the next little while, they will participate in quarterly meetings with us at Codename Entertainment to give us meaningful feedback on different areas of the game and their thoughts on potential upcoming features.

From Facebook:
  • Deana Shultz Lowe
  • Dalton Stodgel
From Kongregate
  • Phagras
  • 00Nem
From Armor Games
  • unoroberto
  • Oglethorpe1983 (returning)
CNE Games
  • SmudgieSmum
  • WendyInWV
  • ArcticDweller
  • lilbit0219
  • DragonPoker
We appreciate their willingness to join and their passion and knowledge of Bush Whacker 2.

Congratulate them on the forums!
June 12th
Idle Champions: Dragondown 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The City of Sails, Luskan, needs your help! While celebrating their annual Summer Solstice festivities, the Luskans have somehow drawn the ire of a powerful Bronze Dragon and their kin. It's up to you to save them...

Dragondown 2 introduces Korth, a ruthless Lizardfolk Samurai, and brings back Binwin Bronzebottom, legendary Dwarven Fighter and Barbarian. Players will have until Monday, June 24th, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT, to unlock them!

New Champion: Korth

    Raised as a gladiator in the pit arenas of Kara-Tur, Korth has since traveled the world studying fighting styles and the art of war. Korth is infamous for his skill and efficiency in battle – and for his ruthlessness, as he never spares the lives of his opponents. Those who cross Korth's path do so at their own risk.
Korth is a Support Champion who marks enemies he hits. Attacking marked enemies can increase Champion damage, lower cooldowns, and grant temporary shields. When you want to add Korth to your formation, you can swap him with Celeste (Slot 2).

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

Returning Champion: Binwin Bronzebottom

    Binwin Bronzebottom was a member of a rather infamous adventuring group/company, until he left to spend more time with his family. A grumpy and headstrong dwarf with a penchant for springing traps rather than disarming them, if he's not the first into battle then he's disappointed. There's nary a door, tankard, or acid pit that hasn't felt the wrath of Binwin Bronzebottom at one time or another. These days, when he's not adventuring with the likes of Drizzt and Minsc, Binwin leads a small group of incompetent and eminently replaceable minions through perilous adventures.
Binwin is a celebrity dwarf and DPS Champion, played by Scott Kurtz on Acquisitions Incorporated and now the leader of Binwin's Minions. He excels at destroying objects and armored enemies, able to attack multiple times through his Extra Attacks ability. When you want to add Binwin to your party, you can swap him with Nayeli (Slot 3).

Year Two Variants

  • It's All Going To Be O.K. — Only Champions with an 'o' or 'k' in their name may be used.

  • Korth's Kobold Kleanup Krew — Korth begins the Adventure in your formation with his Lizardfolk Tactics upgrade unlocked. Armored kobolds attack the formation. These kobolds are invulnerable until marked by Korth.

  • Durable Dragon — When the Dragon boss in area 50 is defeated, she immediately resurrects with additional armor hits (+20%), attack speed (+25%) and damage (+33%). She gains additional resurrection (and stacking bonuses) for every 50 areas completed (resurrects once in area 50, twice in area 100, three times in area 150, etc.).

Year One Variants

  • Awaken the Beasts — Beasts move much more quickly and deal far more damage.

  • Binwin's Minions — Two of Binwin's Minions take up slots in the formation, decreasing the damage of adjacent Champions by 90% with the exception of Binwin, whom they buff by 400%. Binwin's Minions move to different slots in the formation every 20 areas.

  • Untrusting — The bronze dragon doesn't trust you to return her egg, so she continuously sends her Wyrmlings to keep an eye on you. Four different varieties of Wyrmling spawn at random.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

June 12th
Dev Blog: DPS Updates & BUD 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Today we are unveiling major changes to the DPS meter in Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms. These changes are in response to confusion around the existing DPS meter. Some of these changes are purely visual, and won't affect your effective damage, while others change how some of your damage numbers are calculated. Read on to learn more.

DPS Meter Options

Prior to this update, your DPS Average displayed in the top-left corner was based off of a variety of factors, including effective hits by your Champions, time, dynamic buffs, etc. This lead to a large amount of variance, and this variance often happened for reasons that were unclear. It also meant that some actions, such a leveling up a Champion, may not have been immediately impactful, and could happen while a natural downward curve was occurring, leading to a great amount of confusion.

The new DPS meter can be customized to display two possible completely new values: Base DPS and (Running) Average DPS.

Base DPS is calculated without any dynamic factors involved. It does not take into account the number of enemies on screen, the actual effectiveness of your Champions (AOE vs single target), or the real-time multipliers of any dynamic effects, such as Deekin's or Vlahnya's stacking abilities. In the case of dynamic effects, each such effect is factored into the calculation using a static, predetermined multiplier, so the true effect may be slightly higher or lower than what is calculated. It is a pure, static DPS number that only changes when you, the player, take an action, such as moving a Champion around in the formation or leveling them up. It is very useful for comparing the base effectiveness of two different formations, or seeing the relative effect of an upgrade or swap, but it may not accurately represent the true effectiveness of your Champions.

Average DPS is a true running average of the actual damage being done by your Champions. It uses only the actual damage numbers being done by your Champions, and averages them into the number using a low pass filter (each hit is averaged in using 90% of the previous average and 10% of the latest hit). This results in a DPS number that truly takes into account every single dynamic effect, debuff, enemy stack, AOE attack, etc., though due to the averaging it may take a minute or so to catch up to large changes in party damage. On the other side of the coin, because it is a running average, it will not be greatly affected by highly temporal DPS spikes or lulls, meaning it won't jump all over the place like the old DPS meter. This number is very useful for determining the true DPS potential of your formation, though it takes a little while to respond to changes in your formation or upgrades.

In the settings you will now find options to display one or both of these numbers in the top-left corner. We encourage you to experiment to find the option that works best for your play style.

TL;DR: Base DPS is calculated without any dynamic factors involved. Average DPS is a true running average of the actual damage being done by your Champions.

Base Ultimate Damage (BUD)

The second major change in this update is how Ultimate attack and Fire Breath potion damage is calculated. Prior to this update, these both used the DPS Average displayed in the top-left corner of the game. This lead to both Ultimate and Fire Breath potion damage being extremely feast vs. famine. When your DPS Average was high, they were great! But when it unexpectedly sank, they were disappointing to say the least.

With the new system, your Ultimate attack and Fire Breath potion damage is based on a new value: Base Ultimate Damage (BUD). Your BUD is based on the DPS of the largest hit against a single enemy done by your Champions in their last few hits. AOE or multi-target attacks use the largest amount of damage done against a single enemy, not the total damage done by the attack. In general, this is going to be very similar to your overall formation DPS, since the most effective strategy is to stack as many buffs as you can onto one or two Champions.

Your BUD degrades over time, so if you swap out your main DPS, or they die, your BUD will begin to degrade rapidly after 15 seconds. Every 15 seconds thereafter it loses approximately 90% of it's current effectiveness. When a new hit comes in that is higher than the effective BUD, the base BUD is updated and the degradation timer is reset.

What does BUD mean for your Ultimate and Fire Breath damage? In general, it should not be much of a change from the previous version. The minor difference is two-fold: 1. It will no longer spike or dip as much, giving you more reliable damage (in general). 2. If your party starts to wipe, your Ultimate and Fire Breath damage will not immediately tank, as they did before. Instead, you will have a grace period where your Fire Breath clicks or Ultimates may just be able to pull through and complete the boss or area that was slowly wiping you.

TL;DR: BUD, based off the damage of your hardest hitting Champion, is now used to calculate Ultimate and Fire Breath potion damage.

Effect on Progression

From our testing, we have not noticed a impactful change on the area in which players are walling. In general players are able to wall at around the same area, and we look forward to seeing what, if any, new strategies emerge with regards to BUD manipulation. Perhaps this system will breathe new life into old Champions that couldn't cut it previously.

In any event, we welcome any and all feedback on the new DPS meters and the BUD system. Feel free to post your feedback on our subreddit, the Steam forums, or open a ticket from in-game.
June 11th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Korth 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time for our newest Champion Spotlight! Today, we're previewing the release of Korth, the Lizardfolk Fighter (Samurai). Read on to learn about this new and exciting Champion debuting tomorrow June 12 in Dragondown Y2!

Who is Korth?

Korth is the latest CNE original Champion to join the roster. He joins fellow CNE Champions in helping us fill in races and classes for a super diverse group of Champions with more than enough bards!

Raised as a gladiator in the pit arenas of Kara-Tur, Korth has since traveled the world studying fighting styles and the art of war. Korth is infamous for his skill and efficiency in battle – and for his ruthlessness, as he never spares the lives of his opponents. Those who cross Korth's path do so at their own risk.

Korth's Stats


Race: Lizardfolk Class: Fighter (Samurai) Alignment: Neutral Evil
Age: 55 Affiliation: None
STR: 14 DEX: 18 CON: 16
INT: 10 WIS: 13 CHA: 12

To add Korth to your formation, you can swap him with Celeste (Slot 2).


Basic Attack

Samurai Slice: Korth charges out and attacks the nearest enemy with his Samurai sword.

Formation Abilities

  • Lizardfolk Tactics — Whenever Korth attacks an enemy, that enemy gets a Marked debuff. A Champion that attacks one or more Marked enemies gets a single .25 second reduction to their next Base Attack cooldown.

  • Fighting Spirit — When any Champion attacks a Marked enemy, they get a temp HP shield that is on a 15-second cooldown.

  • Calculated — When any Champion attacks any Marked enemy, Korth increases the damage of all Champions by 25% (multiplicatively) for 15 seconds. Each in-formation Champion can contribute a single stack, and each stack expires separately.

  • Rapid Strike — When any Champion kills a Marked enemy, they get a 25% chance to immediately attack again and have 5 seconds removed from their Ultimate Attack cooldown.

  • Strength Before Death — When Korth is about to die, he is instead resurrected at 1HP and instantly performs an Ultimate Attack against the enemy that struck him. This ability has 3 charges, which restore at a rate of 1 per 5 minutes while online.

Specializations

  • Group Tactics — Take this specialization to make Korth the centerpoint of a circle whose Champions deal greater damage against Marked targets.

  • Rapid Training — Take this specialization if you want to focus on speed. Champions not adjacent to Korth will gain an additional .25 seconds to their base attack cooldown reduction when attacking Marked enemies. In addition, they will be more likely to attack again with Rapid Strike.

Ultimate Attack

    Hungry Jaws — Forget the hippos! Fear the Lizardfolk! Korth leaps to the nearest enemy and ferociously bites them, causing massive damage and a bleed for 4x the base damage over 10 seconds!

Equipment



Final Thoughts

Korth is a skilled warrior who, despite his evil nature and alien way of thinking, supports your formation with multiple abilities centering around him Marking enemies. He'll be a skilled addition to your formation during tough boss battles!

As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!