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January 12th, 2022
Idle Champions: Midwinter 5 
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 5 introduces Rust on the Habour, hydrophobic Tabaxi rogue and sometimes member of the Oxventure Guild. Midwinter also brings back Talin Uran, a Combat Wheelchair-using Tiefling Rogue, a Combat Wheelchair-using Tiefling Rogu, and Môrgæn, the High Elf Ranger (Hunter) played by Morgan Webb also on Acquisitions Incorporated. Players have until Monday, January 24th at 12 PM Pacific to complete their Midwinter 5 unlocks and objectives.

I. Rust on the Harbour

Dungeons & Dragons Rust Key Art
    Rust on the Harbour is a former pirate who gave up a life at sea because it was far too wet. His deadly skills are in contrast to his sweet nature and short attention span, and he enjoys seeing others succeed even if they are supposed to be antagonists. Now trying life as an adventurer on land, he'll lend his roguish skills to anyone who can give him that which his heart desires most: one gold piece.

Rust is a Support and Gold Find Champion whose excitement to find coin helps the rest of the formation increase their gold find. When you want to add him to your formation you can swap him with Jamilah (Slot 11).

II. Rust's Stats

Race: Tabaxi Alignment: Neutral
Class: Rogue Gender: Male Pronouns: He/Him
Age: 23

STR: 12 DEX: 18 CON: 15
INT: 11 WIS: 12 CHA: 14

Role: Support, Gold Find
Eligible for Patrons: Vajra, Zariel
Slot: 11 (Jamilah)

Dungeons & Dragons Rust

III. Rust's Design

We are fortunate to get to work with a huge variety of live-play D&D series, but it's a rare treat to be able to include the Dungeon Master as one of the Content Creators who bring a Champion to our game. So we're very happy that our third Champion from the Oxventure crew from Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra comes from DM Johnny Chiodini! They created Rust as their character for a Saltmarsh campaign, and brought the supportive tabaxi in as an NPC for Oxventure to enjoy.

Rust does his best to help his allies be more deadly on the battlefield, but his main focus is cashing in on all the coin he can collect! He's always on the hunt for One Gold Piece, which he will happily grab from the field when dropped by a defeated enemy. As long as he holds a precious coin in his claws, he buffs the damage bonus to Highest Bidder and the gold find bonus for Rust For Hire. Plus the more Oxventurers Guild Champions there are in the formation, the more likely he'll find a shiny gold piece while saying Hello, Friends!

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

Year Five Variants

  • Adventure Variant 1: Gold Devourer — Rust begins in the formation. He can't be moved or removed from the formation. The Devourer appears as a secondary boss on area 25. It must be defeated in order to advance. Gold Find is reduced by 99%. Gold Find is increased by 200% per Champion in formation with the Gold Find Tag.
    Getting to know Rust: Rust increases your damage based on your total gold find. Use gold find buffing Champions in your formation to boost his support abilities!
    Complete Area 75.

  • Adventure Variant 2: Deadwinter Drama — Only Champions with CON of 14 or higher can be used. In every area, frozen skeleton archers that attack a random Champion from a ranged distance appear. These enemies do not drop gold, nor do they count towards quest progress. If any undead enemy attacks a Champion, that Champion is stunned for 1 second.
    Complete Area 125.

  • Adventure Variant 3: Heads or Tails — Rust begins in the formation (slot 6) with his One Gold PIece ability unlocked. He can't be moved or removed from the formation. When Rust is not holding his shiny gold piece, adjacent champions damage is disabled. When Rust is holding his shiny gold piece, non-adjacent champion damage is disabled.
    Complete Area 175.

For information on previous years' variants, check out the Midwinter 4 blog. And if you have feedback, let us know in a Community Q&A or Champion feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!
January 5th, 2022
Idle Champions: Jan 5 2022 Adventure Variants 
Posted in Idle Champions.

This week's update brings not only 11 new adventure variants for the 5 active campaigns of Idle Champions, but we're also updating the Patron Shop and adding Tier 6 & 7 Patron Perks! Each adventure variant is Patron-themed, and some of them have the Patrons along to supervise!

Adventure Variants

This week's update brings 11 new adventure variants for our 5 active campaigns! Many of these adventure variants have the patrons joining the party to supervise. Enjoy!

Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Grand Tour of the Sword Coast Variants

Grand Tour of the Sword Coast Adventure Variants

  • Seeds of Deceit: The Strahd Squad
  • Protect the Martikov family winery from destruction while fighting back hordes of zombies.
    • There is a 40% chance with each wave that 5 additional Strahd Zombies appear. They don't drop gold, nor do they count towards quest progress.
    • Due to Strahd’s influence, Champion healing is reduced by 75%.
    • Complete area 275.

  • Flies on the Wall: A Nod from Strahd
  • Head to the Amber Temple to help Kasimir while repelling Strahd.
    • In each boss area Strahd on Horseback appears. You must defeat this additional boss to advance. When defeated, he runs off the screen.
    • Only champions with INT of 13 or higher can be used..
    • Complete area 325.

  • Lost in the Goblin Halls: Temporal Rift in the Goblin Halls
  • Search through the citadel to find the twilight grove in record time!
    • Time is sped up by 2x.
    • You must complete area 100 within 30 minutes of starting the objective.
    • You must click on 50 distractions before completing the objective.
    • Complete area 100.

Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Variants

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Adventure Variants

  • Attack on the Manor: Review by the Blackstaff
  • Investigate a heinous attack just outside your new manor under the watchful eye of the Blackstaff.
    • Vajra joins the formation to advise.
    • Champions with Melee and Ranged attacks deal no damage.
    • Complete area 250.

  • Nimble Escape: Distracted Escape
  • Search Gralhund Villa for the Nimblewright while protecting Mirt.
    • Mirt leads the formation.
    • Champions adjacent to Mirt deal no damage due to his distracting presence.
    • Only good and evil champions may be used.
    • At the start of each area, an Iron Defender with 10 armored HP appears. Other monsters are invulnerable while the Iron Defender is there.
    • Complete area 275.

Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Baldur's Gate Descent into Avernus Variants

Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus Adventure Variants

  • Questlines: Just The Worst
  • Clear off your quest to do list with the worst of the worst.
    • Good Champions cannot be used.
    • Neutral Champions (on the good/evil axis) deal no damage.
    • Complete area 500.

  • Bel's Forge: Fire and Brimstone
  • Begin to unravel Bel's intentions while fighting fire and fiends!
    • In each non-boss area, one Lesser Fire Elemental appears with each wave. They do not count towards quest progress, nor do they drop gold. The Elemental’s movement is 300% faster. If the Elemental hits with an attack, it explodes (and dies) and all champions lose 20% of their HP.
    • In each boss area a Cultist of Zariel appears. You must defeat this additional boss to advance.
    • Only champions with STR of 10 or higher and CHA of 13 or higher can be used.
    • Complete area 525.

Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden Adventure Variants

  • Deekin's Mission: Fire and Ice
  • Escort the survivors to Bryn Shander with the redeemed Zariel.
    • Redeemed Zariel takes up a slot in the formation.
    • Zariel’s presence has attracted hordes of angry devils due to her redemption. In Non-Boss levels, each wave creates an extra 1-3 random devils. They do not drop gold or count towards quest progress. In Boss levels, create an additional random boss that must also be defeated to advance.
    • Evil champions may not be used.
    • Neutral (on the good/evil axis) champions deal no damage.
    • Complete area 450.

  • Frozen Vengeance: REALLY Frozen Vengeance
  • Return to Sunblight fortress during the coldest day of the year.
    • The cold causes all Champion base attack cooldowns to be doubled, making them attack less often.
    • Only slow Champions with a DEX of 13 or lower can be used.
    • Complete area 475.

Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions Wild Beyond the Witchlight Variants

Wild Beyond the Witchlight Adventure Variants

  • Thieves of the Coven: Patron Party
  • Dive deeper into the mysteries of the Witchlight Carnival while protecting the patrons.
    • Redeemed Zariel, Mirt, and Vajra escort the party and take up slots in the formation.
    • Complete area 350.

  • Hither of Witchlight: Don’t Blast the Brigands
  • Venture into the Feywild in a fog that blocks ranged attacks.
    • Additional Harengon Brigands appear in each area. They don't drop gold, nor do they count towards quest progress.
    • Only Champions with a melee or Magical base attack can be used.
    • Complete area 400.

New Patron Perks and Patron Shop Updates

With this Adventure Variant Update, it's also time to update Patron Perk Tiers and the Patron Shop! In addition to Tier 6 & 7 Patron Perks, each Patron will receive a skin for an Evergreen Champion, a Golden Epic for an Evergreen Champion, and Rare & Epic Feats.

Tier 6 & 7 Patron Perks

  • Mirt the Moneylender:
    • Tier 6 Local — Dig Deep: Increase the damage of all Champions by 1% for each enemy on screen.
    • Tier 6 Global — Price of Inflation: Gold Find +2.5%.
    • Tier 7 Local — Moneylent: Reduce the amount of gold required to level up Champions by 3%
    • Tier 7 Global — Silvery Gates: Time Gate Silver Chest drops have a +2% chance of being doubled.
  • Vajra Safahr:
    • Tier 6 Local — Embassy: Increases the damage of non-human Champions by +50%.
    • Tier 6 Global — The Less Fortunate: Damage of Champions without the "Gold Find" role +10%.
    • Tier 7 Local — Young Guns: Damage of Champions aged 50 or younger +40%
    • Tier 7 Global — Golden Gifts: Gold chest drops have a +2% chance of being doubled.
  • Strahd von Zarovich:
    • Tier 6 Local — Long Lived: Damage of Champions aged 50 or older +50%.
    • Tier 6 Global — Arm's Length: Damage of Champions adjacent to 2 or fewer Champions +10%.
    • Tier 7 Local — And Prosperous: Increases the damage of all Champions by 10% for every Gold Find Champion in the formation (mult)
    • Tier 7 Global — Unlikely Allies: Global Damage +5% for each Good/Evil pair of Champions in the formation.
  • Zariel:
    • Tier 6 Local — Only the Strong: Increase the damage of Champions with a STR score of 12+ by 75%.
    • Tier 6 Global — No Trial Left Undone: Increase the damage done by Champions while on a Trials of Mount Tiamat trial adventure by 50%.
    • Tier 7 Local — Only the Loved: Increase the damage of Champions with a CHA score of 15+ by 75%.
    • Tier 7 Global — Tiamat Unleashed: Increase the Assault Party DPS provided by reaching the daily Trials of Mount Tiamat area goal by 1%.

New Patron Feats

  • Mirt the Moneylender:
    • Rare Feat
      • Celeste — Sturdy Mantle: Crusader's Mantle +40%.
    • Epic Feat
      • Krond — Striker Training: Survival of the Fittest +80%.
  • Vajra Safahr:
    • Rare Feat
      • Nayeli — Strong Willed: Aura of Courage +40%.
    • Epic Feat
      • Calliope — Wound Master: Song of Protection +60%.
  • Strahd von Zarovich:
    • Rare Feat
      • Shandie — Bonus Blast: Explosive Arrows +40%.
    • Epic Feat
      • Makos — Prodigal Leader: Global Damage +50%.
  • Zariel:
    • Rare Feat
      • Ishi — Well Rounded: Monsters are People Too +40%.
    • Epic Feat
      • Krull — Golden Touch: Plague: Pilfer +80%.

Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions New Golden Epics

New Patron Golden Epics

  • Mirt the Moneylender:
    • Ulkoria Slot 3 — Animated Gargoyle
  • Vajra Safahr:
    • Azaka Slot 1 — Scimitar of the Weretiger
  • Strahd von Zarovich:
    • Dragonbait Slot 3 — Belt of Many Pouches
  • Zariel:
    • Reya Slot 3 — Armor of the Avatar

Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions New Patron Skins

New Patron Skins

  • Mirt the Moneylender:
    • Mindflayer Ulkoria
  • Vajra Safahr:
    • Farmer Azaka
  • Strahd von Zarovich:
    • Vampire Dragonbait
  • Zariel:
    • Blood War Reya

See the in-game Change Log for more information!