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October 3rd
COTLI: Carnival of Sorrows 5! 

Come one, come all and step right up! That's right! No mirrors, no tricks! It's just magic!

The fifth edition of the Carnival of Sorrows event is now live, and adds a magic show to its attractions!

This is also our first Tier 5 event! Read on for more details about what's new for this year of events!

Carnival of Sorrows 5 runs until Tuesday, October 15th at Noon Pacific Time, and introduces conjoined twins, Carmen and Petunia!

New Tier 5 Crusader: Carmen and Petunia

Carmen and Petunia both love stage magic. Petunia's specialty is tricks with turning balls into fruits while Carmen is so good at slight of hand, you'll wonder how she did it. Finding less than stellar success advertising as just a magic act, they've embraced being conjoined twins and have been making the money ever since with their new marketing angle: conjoined magicians!

Once you've recruited Carmen and Petunia, you'll find them providing support to your formations that contain female and human Crusaders, and they'll provide their financial skills to help your gold find. They occupy seat 32 on the bench.

Crusaders Return

If you haven't collected them already, you can unlock previous Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4 Crusaders by completing their respective objectives. Sashimi the Seal, Chiyome, The Half-Blood Elf, Mindy the Mime, Mister the Monkey, and Pete the Carney are all once again available to unlock!

What's New for Tier 5

Another year of events means some changes to how events work, and we hope you like them!
  • Accessing the Event | The Fourth Time's the Charm Talent now unlocks Tier 4 objectives and higher, which means it unlocks the Tier 5 objectives if you have it purchased, and it will unlock additional higher objective tiers in the future.

  • Event Idol Bonus | The buff to Idols for completing event objectives now buffs the Boss Idol drops in addition to the normal Idols you earn, though at a different rate from normal Idols.

  • Event Free Plays | Good news everyone! You can now increase the Free Play bonus for free plays on permanent campaigns by completing areas on the event free play!

  • Event Currency Costs | Since there are now 5 tiers of objectives to complete in an event period, we've lowered the cost of the objectives for Tiers 1 to 3, to help those players who are playing catch-up with an event.

  • Starting EP | Tier 5 event Crusaders will come with 450 EP when you recruit them.

  • Tier 5 Objectives | Rather than just go further and further, we're trying something different. The areas you are required to reach to complete the Tier 5 objectives are lower, but the difficulty of the monsters scales up much more quickly.

  • Bonus Skin! | The reward for completing the 5th Tier 5 event objective has been changed. Instead of awarding a Tier 5 event Jeweled chest, the reward is now a skin for one of the event Crusaders! For the Carnival of Sorrows event, the lucky Crusader getting a skin is Chiyome! This skin does not have an effect associated with it, but does make her fit in more with her fellow Carnival Crusaders when she wears it.


New Tier 5 Objectives

  • Recruit Carmen and Petunia | Carmen and Petunia occupy a slot in the formation. They reduce the effectiveness of other columns' formation abilities by 50%. Reach area 450.

  • The Prestige | A dunk tank occupies a slot in the formation and every few seconds a Crusader drowns. Reach area 450.

  • The Illusionist | A crystal ball occupies a slot in the formation and summons visions of your potential future self. Reach area 475.

  • The Carnivorous Carnival | A beast tamer occupies a slot in the formation and summons savage beasts randomly. Only the front spot of the formation can deal DPS to dispatch your enemies. Reach area 500.

  • Fortune's Fool | Some days you just spend it all on trying to win the supreme prize on a rigged carnival game. In this objective, your Idols provide no Gold bonus. Reach area 525.

Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Carnival 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 and Tier 5 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.

You'll have until Tuesday, October 15th at 12:00pm Pacific Time to complete Carnival of Sorrows 5!
September 26th
COTLI: Missions & Challenges Update (Sept 2019) 

Happy Thursday, Crusaders!

Our latest update will have you test your mettle against new challenges, earn gear for the remaining Tier 4 Crusaders, and complete additional new missions for Enchantment Points and crafting materials.

Today brings:
  • Additional missions to earn gear and/or recruit the four remaining Tier 4 Crusaders: Kebos the Mummy, Langley the Conductor, Euodia the Fencer, and Aphelion the Distant

  • 10 new missions that award Enchantment Points

  • 2 new missions that award crafting materials

  • 2 new Challenges have been added to the challenge rotation (Top to Bottom and The Grail of Power)
See the in-game change log for the QoL changes also added in this update!
September 12th
COTLI: Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 4 

Heading back to school is the worst. Literally anything is better! Even a full-on invasion by demonic hordes resulting in some kind of 'Schoolhouse Scourge' would be better.

This year it's time to get edgy. You thought we were being edgy last year with our brooding Crusader? Well this new pixie gives no fluffs! Their name is Aphelion, the Distant, and they are definitely too cool for school...

Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 4 introduces Aphelion, the Distant and brings back Karen, the Cat Teenager, Mr Boggins, the Substitute, Willy the Weregoat, The Exchange Student, and Zoraeban, Demonic Angel. The adventure ends on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at 12:00PM Pacific!

New Tier 4 Crusader: Aphelion, the Distant

    "You couldn’t handle my true dark side..."
Don't let the size of this moon pixie fool you — Aphelion is a formidable Support/DPS Crusader. Their Waxing Gibbous increases the DPS of Crusaders at the top and bottom of the formation, and Twilight increases the effect of Waxing Gibbous for each Evil Crusader in the formation.

When it comes to self-DPS buffs, Synchronous Rotation increases Aphelion's DPS for each Crusader affected by Waxing Gibbous, and it gets even better once you unlock Waning Crescent to improve the buff for each Flora Crusader. Jade Rabbit is a straight self-DPS buff, and Lunar Mare increases Aphelion's DPS by the square of all owned Epic or Legendary items(!).

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. Karen, the Cat Teenager, Mr Boggins, the Substitute, Willy the Weregoat, The Exchange Student, and Zoraeban, Demonic Angel are all once again available to unlock!

New Tier 4 Objectives

  • Recruit Aphelion, the Distant | Aphelion takes up a slot in the formation. Only Evil Crusaders may be used. If Aphelion dies, the formation wipes.
    Reach area 600.

  • Jock Shock | Only Crusaders whose names begin with 'J', 'O', 'C', or 'K' may be used. Burly fellows attach the formation.
    Reach area 700.

  • After School Club | Four representatives from a variety of after school clubs take up spots in the formation. Did we mention they each have annoying debuffs? They're the worst.
    Reach area 750.

  • High School Recap | From Area 1 to 200 you can only use Tier 1 event Crusaders. From Area 201 to 400 you can only use Tier 2 event Crusaders. From Area 401 to 600 you can only use Tier 3 event Crusaders. From Area 601 to 800 you can only use Tier 4 event Crusaders.
    Reach area 800.
    Note: Starting at Area 801 you cannot use any Crusaders!

  • Supernatural Activities | Only Supernatural Crusaders may be used.
    Reach area 850.


Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Educational 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 Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 at 12:00PM Pacific to complete Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 4!
August 22nd
COTLI: Dr. Evil's Summer Sabotage 4 

OH NO! DR. EVIL IS AT IT AGAIN!

Wait... didn't this happen last year? And the year before? And the year before that?

We should have seen this coming! Luckily, it seems at least one person was prepared for Dr. Evil's inevitable return: Euodia, the Fencer is here to help the Crusaders foil Dr. Evil's plans once again!

Dr. Evil's Summer Sabotage 4 introduces Euodia, the Fencer and brings back Veronica, the Android Archer, Bubba, the Swimming Orc, The Gold Hound, Milgrid the Mining Mage, and Dr. Evil, PhD. The adventure ends on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 at 12:00PM PDT!

New Tier 4 Crusader: Euodia, the Fencer

Euodia is deceptively fast for a minotaur, able to increase the speed of monster spawns through First Blood and Lightning Precision and even increase the speed of quest item drops with Sense of Direction. She can even improve First Blood with Fancy Footwork as Orcs, Dwarves, and Elves join the formation! Euodia improves DPS and Global DPS through Cradle the Bird and Toe Pokes.

If you want to get as far as possible as quickly as possible, Euodia, the Fencer is the Crusader for you!

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. Veronica, the Android Archer, Bubba, the Swimming Orc, The Gold Hound, Milgrid the Mining Mage, and Dr. Evil, PhD are all once again available to unlock!

New Tier 4 Objectives

  • Recruit Euodia, the Fencer | Euodia takes up a slot in the formation. Non-DPS Crusaders who aren't adjacent to a DPS Crusader will be disabled.
    Reach area 600.

  • A Tankless Task | Only Taskmasters and Abilities can do damage. No tank Crusaders allowed.
    Reach area 700.

  • Relay Race | Only 6 consecutive bench slots are available at a time, starting with the first 6 and working up to the final 6 as you approach area 750.
    Reach area 750.

  • Pair Up! | Each Crusader is randomly paired up with a partner. Crusaders have their DPS and formation abilities disabled unless they are adjacent to their partner.
    Reach area 800.

  • Amateur Volleyball | The middle column of the formation is removed. Crusaders now toss a volleyball between each 'side' of the formation. Crusaders hold on to the volleyball for 10 seconds, violating the rules of the game and disabling their abilities.
    Reach area 850.


Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Crusader Games 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 Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 at 12:00PM PDT to complete Dr. Evil's Summer Sabotage 4!
August 1st
COTLI: Littlefoot's Big Adventure 4 

Nothing says 'summer' like going on adventures in the wilderness! Join Littlefoot and her entourage of Crusaders who love the great outdoors for another one of Littlefoot's Big Adventures!

Littlefoot's Big Adventure 4 introduces Langley, the Conductor and brings back Ranger Rayna, Littlefoot, Penny the Park Planner, Beary McBearFace, and Rosie the Rocklechaun. The adventure ends on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 at 12:00PM PDT!

New Tier 4 Crusader: Langley, the Conductor

Langley is a naturally adventurous person. While on vacation, they came across the rest of the Crusaders and decided to join them on Littlefoot's Big Adventure!

If you're hoping for extra Gold Find and Support, Langley is here to help! Their Chew Chew ability increases Gold Find for each adjacent Crusader in the formation while also increasing the damage of Crusaders two or more spaces away. Ticket Please and Whistle all the Way increase your Gold Find even more. With My Friend Thomas Langley will throw a toy train at an enemy, causing the monster killed by the train to drop even more gold. Flip the Switch allows formation abilities affecting Langley to also apply to those Crusaders in the column directly behind Langley and All Aboard increases the effect of Chew Chew for each boss area you clear for the first time on the current reset.

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. Ranger Rayna, Littlefoot, Penny the Park Planner, Beary McBearFace, and Rosie the Rocklechaun are all once again available to unlock!

New Tier 4 Objectives

  • Recruit Langley, the Conductor | Langley, the Conductor and their friendly train take up slots in the formation. Reach area 600.

  • Back to Nature | Only Animal Crusaders and Littlefoot Crusaders can be used. Reach area 700.

  • Trail Mix | Only 10 bench slots are availiable. The available slots change every 100 areas. Reach area 750.

  • Divergent Evolution | Monsters alternate between being immune to DPS, click damage, and projectiles. Reach area 800.

  • The Lost Grove | Trees gradually take over the formation. Reach area 850.


Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Bigfoot 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 Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 at 12:00PM PDT to complete Littlefoot's Big Adventure 4!
July 26th
COTLI: Fourth Anniversary Bash Giveaway! 

It's our fourth anniversary! Well, next week on Jul 31st, but we're celebrating early. Crusaders of the Lost Idols is turning four (!!!) years old. It is totally time to do another Anniversary Bash Giveaway!

We'll be giving away three days of rewards to our players in the form of codes from our Facebook, Twitter and Newsletter with a special BONUS reward for players who redeem all three codes! Amazing!


Day One — Quadruple the loot!

Starting tomorrow Saturday, July 27th, we'll be giving away some special goodies to Crusaders of the Lost Idols players, starting with sharing a code through the Crusaders of the Lost Idols Facebook page!

Day Two — Legendary Power

On Sunday, July 28th, we will be posting a code through the Crusaders of the Lost Idols Twitter page. These rewards will be... 'legendary' ;)

Day Three — MOAR IDOLZ!

Finally, on Monday, July 29th, we will be sending out a Special Anniversary Newsletter, sure to be a big hit with any Idols fans.

BONUS — Master those Tasks!

If you find and redeem all three codes, you'll gain a new friend!
July 24th
COTLI: Mme. Finklebottom's Revenge, Tier 2! 

At last, Mme. Finklebottom's Revenge joins the rest of the campaign pack, with a slew of new objectives including the tier 1 and 2 11th-slot objectives. Beat them to unlock Arenvarr the Beheaded, and Bonus Idols for the campaign.

This update today sees the addition of eleven objectives for you to tackle on our most recent campaign Mme. Finklebottom's Revenge!

Remaining Tier 1 Objectives

  • Vertical Limits - Reach area 700 while avoiding frostbite.

  • Dead Snow - Reach area 750 while looking out for zombies, with a unique formation.

  • Everest - Reach area 800, if you can still breathe. This Tier 1 11th objective unlocks the Crusader Arenvarr, the Beheaded. Arenvarr's gear can be found in normal Silver and Jeweled chests.

Tier 2 Objectives

  • The Journey of the Ring The journey continues on to area 800, and a Wizard has joined his halfling-friends in your party.

  • Call in the Eagles! Suffer your avian companions for another 200 areas, to reach area 850.

  • Let's Dial In Reach area 850 not only with the pesky Astronomy Arch, but also with an alien influencer who disables the DPS of adjacent Crusaders.

  • It's the Climb Climb to area 900 this time, with your DPS spending more time at 0.

  • It's Getting Hot in Here The volcano is stepping up its game, as you escort it to area 900. Non-magical Crusaders adjacent to the volcano are disabled, and its starting to rain fire.

  • Vertical Limits - Reach area 900 while avoiding frostbite that builds up quicker than in Tier 1.

  • Dead Snow - Reach area 950 while avoiding the faster onslaught of zombies. Never fear though, the deathly chill empowers Zombie Winter, RoboQueen, and all Dragons, doubling the effects of their formation abilities.

  • Just So - Reach area 1000 with everything right where it ought to be. This Tier 2 11th objective unlocks Bonus Boss Idol drops for the Mme. Finklebottom's Revenge campaign and buffs all Bonus Boss Idol drops for all campaigns.


Enjoy!
July 12th
COTLI: Crusader Skins Dev Blog 

Wrena’s Skin

While we share some of our upcoming plans for the game, we like to keep some things as surprises. We generally do not announce upcoming weekend promo Golden loot, and we felt this skin fell into the same category, though we appreciate that some players feel the skin is a more major change than we did. In hindsight, we should have handled the release of this skin in a more open fashion.

We also realize that players would have liked to hear from us sooner than the Q&A on Tuesday. We have been discussing the community's reaction to the skin internally and wanted to make sure our follow-up plans were solidified before we made any announcements.

Skins in General

A previous Q&A response had suggested that skins would not affect gameplay. We didn’t mean to imply that the decision had been finalized, and we’re sorry that people feel misled. Going forward, we expect most skins to have an effect on the game, whether via tags or something else entirely. We hope to keep these fair to all players.

Skins in the Challenge Shop

To start, in early August, we will be adding a new rotating item to the Challenge shop, exclusively for skins. As with Golden loot, a different skin will be offered every 2 weeks, as long as there are any you do not own. Initially it will contain 3 all-new skins, with more down the line.

Wrena’s Skin in the Challenge Shop

Until December 2019, Wrena's “The Foul” skin will remain exclusive to those who received it with the weekend chests. Then, it will be added to the pool of skins that can be offered in the Challenge shop.

Future Premium Skins

Future premium skins, except those sold as part of DLC packs, will follow the same model. They will become available in the Challenge shop 5 months after their initial sale.

Regarding Skin Tags

Generally, a Crusader’s new set of tags from an equipped skin count as their real tags (unlike tags applied by formation abilities.) This means they affect mission success, and can allow the use of these Crusaders in objectives where they would not otherwise be available. Note that Crusaders’ skins cannot be changed while they are on a mission.

Thank you for your patience and understanding on this matter.

Here's a code to redeem for 24 hours of 50% Idols buff: WEEK-ENDO-FIDL-INGS

Expires Dec 31st 2019 23:59:59
July 11th
COTLI: The Hidden Temple 4 

In ages long past, Kebos was a Goddess. As the world changed and her era came to an end, she was wrapped in ceremonial linens and preserved through mummification. It is the greatest honor her people could bestow upon their goddess, hoping to bring her a peaceful rest for all time.

Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever — not even death.

Her tomb unearthed and her rest interrupted, Kebos, The Mummy has arisen to join the Crusaders for their latest journey to The Hidden Temple...

The Hidden Temple 4 introduces Kebos, The Mummy and brings back Montana James, Serpent King Draco, Danni the Daring Damsel, Polly the Parrot, and The Holy Guardian. The trek comes to a conclusion on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 at 12:00PM PDT!

New Tier 4 Crusader: Kebos, The Mummy

Kebos is an ancient goddess, preserved through mummification. Now known as Kebos, The Mummy, this undead goddess brings her supernatural power to the formation in the form of massive DPS buffs (Show Them Some Teeth, Defend the Innocent). She grows stronger with each DPS Crusader in the formation (This is a Knife!), growing stronger still as you level her up (Better with Age) and earn Trinkets (Lady of the Dead). She is also a righteous DPS Crusader, growing more powerful for each Good Crusader in the formation (The Power of Good).

When the dead start to rise, it usually means the end of days is nigh — but in this case, the Crusaders may have instead found one of their strongest allies...

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. Montana James, Serpent King Draco, Danni the Daring Damsel, Polly the Parrot, and The Holy Guardian are all once again available to unlock!

New Tier 4 Objectives

  • Recruit Kebos, the Mummy | Kebos, The Mummy takes up a slot in the formation. Only Undead and Good Crusaders can do DPS. Fossilized Crocodile monsters attack the formation; when killed, Kebos transforms another random Crusader into a crocodile, disabling their DPS and Formation Abilities. Reach area 600.

  • Uncanny Valley | Only Supernatural and Alien Crusaders may be used in the new formation. Two Alien ships also patrol the formation, wreaking havoc. Reach area 700.

  • Tomb of Kings | Only Royal and Healer Crusaders may be used. Reach area 750.

  • Pilgrimage | Only Good, DPS, or Undead Crusaders may be used. Every so often an Altar Monster appears, taking all your gold on hand and reducing Gold Find to 0 while you pay your respects. Reach area 800.

  • Secret Torch Society | Only Crusaders next to the Torchbearer do DPS. Another Torchbearer joins the formation every 150 areas. Reach area 850.


Help! Where’s the Loot?

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Hidden Temple 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 Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 at 12:00PM PDT to complete The Hidden Temple 4!
July 3rd
COTLI: New Tier 6 Talents 

Greetings, Crusaders!

My, you're a talented bunch, pushing your way through endless hordes of monsters, beating all the objectives we can throw at you. But you know what? You could be even more talented than you are now! All you have to do is unlock some of these powerful new Tier 6 Talents, and the digital world is your oyster. We can't wait to see how far you'll go now...

NEW TALENTS

Active Tree

Phase Skip



Free Plays start with the first 5 areas completed. Max level: 20.





Passive Tree

Big Earner



Increase the cap of the Free Play bonus by 5%. Max level: 10.

Idolatry



Increases Global DPS by 10% per power of 10 Idols owned, multiplicative. Eg 10 Idols 1 stack, 100 Idols 2 stacks, and so on. Max level: 20.

Utility Tree

Montage Training



Increases the max Crusader level by 25. Max level: 120

Marathon Sprint



Increases your maximum Sprint level by 25 areas. Note: If you've completed the From the Ashes objective, then each level of this Talent increases your maximum Sprint level by 50 areas instead. Max level: 20.

Arithmagician



Increases the maximum number by a factor of 1e25. Max level: 8.

Cash in Hand



Instantly gain 5 Challenge Tokens when starting a weekly challenge. Max level: 10.

Changes

  • Increased the max level of the Synergy Talent from 15 to 20.

  • Increased the max level of the Bonus Training Talent, to accommodate the 31st bench seat.