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July 16th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Ellywick Tumblestrum 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The greatest bard in the multiverse is here to sing her song of victory!

Ellywick Tumblestrum is the latest Champion to join the Idle Champions roster with Midsummer 4! Read on to hear the music of her bardic might!

I. Ellywick Tumblestrum

Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter Sergeant Knox

    Thanks to a lucky draw from the notorious Deck of Many Things, Ellywick Tumblestrum is now the Greatest Bard in the Multiverse! Her magnificent music has dazzled beings across many planes, including royalty from the Feywild. The Summer Queen and the Queen of Air and Darkness were so moved by her performance that they gifted the bard her exquisite instrument, the beautiful lute Morningmist. She tells tales of her amazing adventures at the Witchlight Carnival, aided by her frog companion Groak.


Ellywick is a Support, Gold Find, and Healing Champion who uses the Deck of Many Things to augment her abilities. When you want to add her to your formation you can swap her with Tyril (Slot 10).

II. Ellywick's Stats

Race: Gnome Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Class: Bard Gender: Female
Age: 125

STR: 12 DEX: 17 CON: 14
INT: 13 WIS: 12 CHA: 20

Role: Support, Gold Find, Healing
Eligible for Patrons: Vajra, Strahd, Zariel
Slot: 10 (Tyril)


Dungeons & Dragons Sgt Knox

III. Ellywick's Design

Ellywick Tumblestrum is not only a featured Planeswalker in the latest Magic: The Gathering release: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, she is also a character you may encounter in the upcoming D&D TRPG Adventure: The Wild Beyond The Witchlight. We are so excited to continue the fun that Magic started with Ellywick's debut, and get everyone up to speed on her before you run into her on your next D&D campaign!

When we started to design Ellywick, we had the benefit of learning her backstory from The Wild Beyond Witchlight, but also what her Planeswalker Card would bring to the table. It allowed us to take inspiration from both brands' representations of Ellywick to create our own!

Ellywick's title of 'Greatest Bard in the Multiverse' is a powerful title, and it's all based on a lucky pull from the Deck of Many Things. Thanks to the Moon card, she was granted the ability to cast a wish spell, and as those of us lucky enough to wield that power in a D&D game know, a wish spell is not something you cast lightly. She used her wish to become the Greatest Bard in the Multiverse, and join an elite set of bards in Idle Champions, including Calliope, Birdsong, Vlahnya, Paultin, Qillek, Freely, Hew Maan, Orisha, and of course: Deekin. Well, maybe she didn't use the wish spell to join our motley crew, but it was at least a fun side effect!

Because The Deck of Many Things was so integral to her backstory, we leaned heavily on it for her design. The Deck of Many Things is filled with cards that are both beneficial and detrimental, and as Ellywick progresses with the Champions, she pulls a random card from the deck, bringing those effects to the rest of the party! They might buff her Powerful Following which increases the damage of Champions in the column behind her, embolden her Greatest Song In The Multiverse which reduces the health of enemies, or bring extra luck to her Fortunate Soul ability which increases how much gold is found. But there is a small chance a card will be pulled that will make enemies faster and more powerful! There are 5 cards she can pull from the Deck of Many Things, and we took inspiration from both Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons with how those cards affect both Ellywick and the formation.

Her Specializations allow you to increase the power of one of her abilities and increase the chance of drawing more beneficial cards, while her Ultimate Call Of The Feywild takes direct inspiration from her Planeswalker card, bringing 6 fey creatures forth to heal her allies and harm her enemies.

IV. Ellywick's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Quick Strum — Ellywick strums her lute, Morningmist, three times in quick succession, sending out three streaks of magical musical energy that damages random enemies.

Formation Abilities

  • The Deck Of Many Things — Ellywick draws a random card from the Deck of Many Things, gaining the effect as listed below. The effect persists until she draws a new card. She draws a new random card from the Deck of Many Things after completing 100 areas in the formation. This card replaces any card she is already holding. She can draw the same card multiple times during an adventure, but can not draw the same one twice in a row. Possible cards include:
    • Knight (25% chance) - Grants one Knight stack for every 100 monsters killed while this card is active. Knight stacks affect Ellywick's Powerful Following ability.
      • A maximum of 25 Knight stacks can be earned each time this card is active, and all Knight stacks persist after the card is discarded.
    • Moon (25% chance) - Grants one Moon stack for each boss loot sack earned while this card is active. Moon stacks affect Ellywick's Greatest Song In The Multiverse ability.
      • A maximum of 20 Moon stacks can be earned each time this card is active, and 50% of the total Moon stacks persist after the card is discarded, rounded up.
    • The Fates (5% chance) - Disables all existing stacks from The Deck of Many Things while this card is active.
      • When this card is discarded, all existing stacks amounts are re-enabled and increased by 25%, rounded up.
    • Flames (20% chance) - Grants one Flames stack when this card is drawn. All monsters move 100% faster and deal 100% more damage while this card is active for each Flames stack you have, stacking additively.
      • All Flames stacks persist after the card is discarded.
    • Gem (25% chance) - Gain one Gem stack for every three gems collected while this card is active. Gem stacks affect Ellywick's Fortunate Soul ability.
      • A maximum of 20 Gem stacks can be earned each time this card is active, and 75% of the total Gem stacks persist after the card is discarded.
  • Powerful Following — Ellywick increases the damage of Champions in the column behind her by 100%. This ability is increased by 10% for each Knight stack that Ellywick has, stacking additively and applying multiplicatively.
  • Greatest Song In The Multiverse — Ellywick plays music that emboldens the hearts of her allies and saps the will of her enemies. This ability decreases the max health of enemies by 50%. For every 5 Moon stacks the enemy health debuff is applied again, stacking multiplicatively with itself.
  • Fortunate Soul — Gold Find is increased by 50%. This ability is increased by 5% for each Gem stack Ellywick has, stacking additively and applying multiplicatively.

Specializations

  • For The Fans — The effect of Knight stacks on Powerful Following is increased to 25% per stack. In addition, the chance to draw the Knight Card is increased by 10%, while the chance to draw Moon and Gem cards is decreased by 5% each.
  • Faster Tempo — It only takes 3 Moon stacks instead of 5 to increase the effect of Greatest Song In The Multiverse. In addition, the chance to draw the Moon Card is increased by 10%, while the chance to draw Knight and Gem cards is decreased by 5% each.
  • All That Sparkles — The effect of Gem stacks on Fortunate Soul is increased to 7.5% per stack. In addition, the chance to draw the Gem Card is increased by 10%, while the chance to draw Knight and Moon cards is decreased by 5% each.

Ultimate Ability

  • Call Of The Feywild — Ellywick draws six feywild creatures to her; they appear on the right side of the screen and dash towards her across the enemies, dealing damage as they pass by. Once they are gathered, Powerful Following is increased by 200% for 15 seconds and all Champions adjacent to Ellywick are healed for 50% of their max health. After 15 seconds they dash off again to the right, dealing damage to any remaining or newly spawned enemies.


V. Ellywick’s Epic Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Powerful Following
Slot 4: Fortunate Soul
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

It was an absolute pleasure to get the opportunity to reveal Ellywick Tumbestrum's card for Magic the Gathering: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms! We enjoyed the challenge of portraying her epic bardic abilities, as well as the excitement and chaos of one of the most fabled magic items in Dungeons and Dragons. Let us know how excited you are to use Ellywick in your formations, or if you've ever had a game that used the Deck of Many Things, on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

June 25th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Sergeant Knox 
Posted in Idle Champions.

An imposing tree trunk of a man with an eyepatch stands before you, his greataxe casually on his back. He turns to you and says "Celeste said you needed help from an old mercenary?"

Sgt. Knox of Neverwinter is the latest Champion to join the Idle Champions roster with Founder's Day 4! Read on to learn about this formidable tank's abilities.

I. Sergeant Alphonse Knox

Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter Sergeant Knox

    The imposing presence of Sergeant Knox came to Neverwinter when the Mintarn mercenaries were hired to retake the city following the eruption of Mount Hotenow. Soon he became a daily presence and mentor for new Adventurers in the city. Celeste reached out to her old friend following the catastrophic events at Elturel, hoping the veteran mercenary would join the Champions as they face the greatest foe the Sword Coast has ever seen!


Sgt. Knox is a Tanking & Support Champion who leads from the front, using his Rallying Cry to increase the damage of those behind him. Additionally, he has great synergy with Neverwinter allies Makos and Celeste, buffing and being buffed by their abilities in turn. When you want to add him to your formation, you can swap him with Asharra (Slot 6).

II. Sgt. Knox’s Stats

Race: Human Alignment: Neutral Good
Class: Fighter Gender: Male
Age: 50

STR: 19 DEX: 12 CON: 15
INT: 12 WIS: 10 CHA: 14

Role: Tanking & Support
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr, Zariel
Slot: 6 (Asharra)


Dungeons & Dragons Sgt Knox

III. Sgt. Knox's Design

Sergeant Knox chooses what is right above all else, even orders. Hailing from Neverwinter along with his companions Celeste and Makos, Sgt. Knox is fiercely loyal to his city. Alphonse Knox is a sergeant in the Neverwinter Guard, and one of Lord Neverember's personal guards. Sgt. Knox was in charge of the defense efforts when Valindra Shadowmantle put Neverwinter under siege.

Sgt. Knox is a solid Tanking and Support Champion even without his Neverwinter Companions: Celeste and Makos. He buffs Champions behind him with Rallying Cry and this can be further enhanced with Explosive Rally. Sgt. Knox has great synergy in formation with Celeste and Makos, with Allies of Convenience buffing both Makos' Dark Blessing and Sgt. Knox's own Rallying Cry. An old war ally, Celeste is used to healing Sgt. Knox, and his thus Blessed by Selȗne, if he is affected by Celeste's Mass Cure Wounds. As a Hero of Neverwinter Sgt. Knox can increase the health of all of his companions, and protect them with his Shield Wall.

IV. Sgt. Knox's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Battleaxe — Knox swings his enormous Battleaxe through the nearest group of enemies.

Formation Abilities

  • Rallying Cry — Increase the damage of Champions in the columns behind Sergeant Knox by 100% for each positional formation ability affecting them (each individual champion), stacking additively and including this one. Buffs will apply to the post-stack value.
  • Blessed By Selȗne — If affected by Celeste's Mass Cure Wounds, Sergeant Knox takes 25% less damage from all attacks, excluding attacks that instantly kill him.
  • Allies Of Convenience — If adjacent to Makos, the effects of Rallying Cry and Makos' Dark Blessing abilities are increased by 200%.
  • Hero of Neverwinter — Sergeant Knox increases the health of all other Champions by 25% of his max health.

Specializations

  • Explosive RallyRallying Cry now stacks multiplicatively, with buffs applying to the post-stack value, but it's base percentage is decreased to 35%.
  • Altruistic Rally — Increase the effect of Celeste's Crusader's Mantle and Makos' Dark Blessing abilities by 100% each.
  • Shield Wall — Increase the max health of Sergeant Knox by 50%.

Ultimate Ability

  • Break The Line — Knox swings his massive axe in a huge arc, knocking all nearby enemies back, and moderately damaging and stunning them for 2 seconds. He then leaps forward at a random enemy and swings his axe in a massive overhead blow, dealing massive damage and stunning enemies in the area for 5 seconds.


V. Sgt. Knox’s Epic Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Max Health
Slot 4: Rallying Cry
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

What do you think about Sgt. Knox and how he fits into the meta with his Neverwinter companions, Celeste and Makos? 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!

June 4th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Selise 
Posted in Idle Champions.

This relentless paladin will protect those she cares for, and her shield is just as deadly as it is defensive!

Selise Astorio is a human paladin who started on her path of vengeance after the death of her wife. During her travels she joined the Rivals of Waterdeep despite her initial misgivings, and now does what she can to protect them with all of her considerable power. She joins the Champions, as well as her fellow Rival Shaka, next week during Dragondown!

I. Selise

Dungeons & Dragons Selise Tanya DePass

    With steadfast confidence and a knowing smirk, Selise is ready to jump into battle whenever necessary, though afterwards she may pine for a hot bath. She keeps her wife’s ring on a chain around her neck, and her well worn Psychomancy shield on her arm. Despite losing her connection to her God after dispatching the one she swore vengeance upon, Selise continues to try to help those in need, even if sometimes she takes the morally gray path.


Selise knows a thing or two about using her shield, and can change her stance with that shield to buff the party in a variety of ways. When you want to add her to your formation, you can swap her with Arkhan (Slot 12)

II. Selise’s Stats

Race: Human Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Class: Paladin Gender: Female
Age: 42 Affiliation: Rivals of Waterdeep

STR: 19 DEX: 11 CON: 11
INT: 15 WIS: 13 CHA: 15

Role: Tanking and Support
Eligible for Patrons: Strahd von Zarovich, Zariel
Slot: 12 (Arkhan)


Dungeons & Dragons Selise

III. Selise's Design

As the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, part of the development team behind Into The Mother Lands, and a prolific writer and consultant on a variety of projects, we were very excited to work with Tanya DePass to bring her Rivals of Waterdeep character to life in Idle Champions! Selise Astorio has gone on an amazing, complex journey over the last 10 seasons of the show, and it was important to reflect that in the multiple ways she has to protect her fellow Champions.

Using her Divine Sense to detect enemies around her, Selise can leverage that knowledge to better prepare for battle. She prefers to be in the front lines of a formation, increasing the damage of those behind her and offering extra buffs depending on her current shield stance. When the time is right to strike, her Thunderous Smite will decimate an entire group of foes!

IV. Selise's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Sword and Board — Selise leaps out and attacks the nearest enemy. This attack has a bonus effect based on her current stance:
    • Aggressive: Bash the enemy before attacking them, stunning them for 2 seconds. This can cause hits- and armor-based enemies to take two hits.
    • Wall: Take 25% less damage from all attacks for the next 5 seconds.
    • Deflect: Damage all enemies in a small AOE if Reflective Shield is chosen and gain one charge of deflection for each enemy hit.
    • Last Resort: Damage and knock back all enemies in a small AOE.

Formation Abilities

  • Divine Sense — Selise increases the damage of Champions in the two columns behind her by 100%. This ability has a bonus effect based on Selise's current shield stance, which can be changed by using her Ultimate Attack:
    • Aggressive: Champions affected by Divine Sense have their base attack cooldowns reduced by 0.5s.
    • Wall: Champions in the same column as Selise take 25% less damage from melee attacks; this stacks multiplicatively with Selise's normal attack Wall-stance buff on herself.
    • Deflect: Champions affected by Divine Sense take 25% less damage from ranged and magical attacks.
    • Last Resort: Selise's overwhelm point is increased by 15.
  • Shield of Psychomancy — While in Aggressive stance, every 4th attack instead of her normal attack, Selise will toss her shield in an arc targeted at the farthest enemy. It deals damage and stuns all enemies hit for 2 seconds, and the effect of Divine Sense is increased by 50% for each enemy hit until Selise attacks with Shield of Psychomancy again or changes stances.
  • Vow of Vengeance — While not in Aggressive stance, Selise increases the effect of Divine Sense by 100% for each enemy attacking her, stacking additively.
  • Thunderous Smite — When switching from Last Resort to Aggressive stance, Selise channels the divine power of Tyr and attacks a random enemy with her sword, dealing BUD-based AoE damage and BUD-based chaining lightning damage from the enemy struck to five nearby enemies. This effect can only trigger every 180 seconds.

Specializations

  • Relentless Avenger — While in Wall stance, Selise cannot be stunned. Any enemy that attempts to stun Selise is instead stunned themselves for 4 seconds, if they can be stunned.
  • Reflective Shield — While in Deflect stance, Selise can deflect ranged and magical projectiles back at the enemies that shot/cast them, completely negating their damage and dealing 6 seconds of BUD-based damage. She can deflect one attack for each charge of deflection she has, and gains deflection stacks by attacking while in Deflect stance.
  • Mithral Skin — While in Last Resort stance, Selise takes less damage the more damaged she is. At 80%+ health she takes normal damage, but below 80% she receives a damage reduction bonus equal to 80% - her current health percentage.
  • Tyr's Eyes — Increase the range of Divine Sense to affect the three columns behind Selise rather than just two.

Ultimate Ability

  • Shield Stance — As a stalwart tank, Selise knows a thing or two about using a shield. She can subtly change her shield stance to buff the party in different ways depending on what the situation calls for. Using this ability rotates her stance through the following options in order, then looping when reaching the end: Aggressive -> Wall -> Deflect -> Last Resort

V. Selise’s Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Increase Max Health
Slot 4: Divine Sense
Slot 5: Shield of Psychomancy
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

We’re excited to continue to bring the Rivals into our Champion roster, and can’t wait to see Selise offering her tanking and support abilities in your formations! If you want to find out more about all the Rivals of Waterdeep you can check out their shows as livestreams or podcasts!

What do you think about Selise? 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!

May 14th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Mehen 
Posted in Idle Champions.

This father is here to do the right thing, though he doesn’t have to be happy while doing it!

Verthisathurgiesh Mehen is a dragonborn fighter, adoptive father of Havilar and Farideh, and a character from the Brimstone Angels D&D Novel series written by Erin M. Evans. He’ll be bringing his commanding presence to the Champion ranks next week during The Great Modron March!

I. Mehen

Dungeons & Dragons Verthisathurgiesh Mehen

    Mehen is a tall, powerful dragonborn with dull-ocher scales and a blunt attitude. With strong opinions on the right course of action, he is just as comfortable yelling orders on the battlefield as he is fiercely protecting his daughters. Despite a life thrown into turmoil after being exiled from his clan and attempting to raise twin tieflings, Mehen remains resilient in his sense of self and his abilities with a falchion.




Mehen is both Grumpy and Gruff and uses those qualities to buff and bolster his allies, especially if those party members include Farideh and Havilar. When you want to add him to your formation, you can swap him with Nayeli (Slot 3).

II. Mehen’s Stats

Race: Dragonborn Alignment: Neutral Good
Class: Fighter Gender: Male
Age: 48 Affiliation: Brimstone Angels

STR: 19 DEX: 8 CON: 15
INT: 13 WIS: 12 CHA: 14

Role: Support & Gold Find
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr, Strahd von Zarovich, Zariel
Slot: 3 (Nayeli)


New Affiliation: Brimstone Angels - Mehen is the final member of the Brimstone Angels affiliation, which includes himself, as well as his twin daughters: Farideh & Havilar.
Dungeons & Dragons Mehen

III. Mehen's Design

We continue to be blessed to work with Erin M. Evans, and are excited to bring another one of her brilliant characters to life in our game! Mehen’s experience in the Lance Defenders as well as his work as a mercenary and monster hunter make him a formidable warrior, and his power becomes even more bolstered when fighting alongside his daughters. Brimstone Angels stick together and buff Mehen, while Exiled helps all three find the gold they need to continue their adventures.

Mehen prefers to be towards the back of any formation where he can think tactically about the battle and issue precise orders. Gruff gives buffs to Champions in front of him, while We’ve Trained For This increases the amount of gold he’ll collect the further back he’s placed.

IV. Mehen's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Double Strike — Mehen leaps out and attacks a random enemy with his Falchion, swinging down at first and then up with the second swing, scoring a hit each time.

Formation Abilities

  • Grumpy — Mehen buffs Champions in his column and all columns in front of him based on the number of Grumpy stacks he has. He gains stacks based on the column he is in and loses stacks when himself, Farideh, or Havilar take or receive certain actions. The buff is significantly higher when he is close to 50 stacks (it falls off sharply on either side), and stacks cap at 100.
    • The column position determines the rate at which stacks are added: Front column +1 stack/second, Back column +5 stacks/second, Middle columns are prorated between 1-5 based on the column.
    • Stacks are removed based on the actions of Mehen, Farideh, or Havilar: if any of them attack -10% stacks (once per attack), if any of them take damage -10% stacks (4 seconds of shared cooldown), or if any of them get a kill with a base attack -5% stacks (triggers for each kill).
    • Work to adjust where Mehen, Farideh and Havilar are in your formation to find the best spot to gain stacks as quickly as you’re losing them!
    • This ability is buffed by upgrades, equipment, and feats. Buffs will apply to the post-stack value.
  • Gruff — Mehen increases the effect of his Grumpy buff on Champions based on how many columns ahead of him they are. It is doubled for each column. This ability is buffed by upgrades, equipment, and feats. Buffs to this ability apply to the post-stack value.
  • Exiled — Kills by Farideh, Havilar, or Mehen grant 200% more gold. Buffed by upgrades, equipment, and feats.
  • Brimstone Angels — Increase the effect of Grumpy by 400% if Farideh is in the formation, and a further 400% if Havilar is in the formation. Buffs apply to the pre-stack value, and stack multiplicatively.

Specializations

  • Cheer Up Pops — Increases the rate at which Grumpy stacks are added by 1 and increases the effect of Grumpy by 400%.
  • We've Trained for This — Increase the effect of Exiled based on how far from the front of the formation Mehen is placed. Effect is increased by 20% for each column, stacking multiplicatively.

Ultimate Ability

  • Lightning Breath — Mehen leaps forward and breaths a cone of lightning that damages all enemies on the screen. If he damages more than 5 enemies then his Grumpy stacks are set to 50 and he gains and loses stacks at a reduced rate for 30 seconds.

V. Mehen’s Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Grumpy
Slot 4: Gruff
Slot 5: Exiled
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

It’s good to have Havilar and Farideh reunited with their father, and we are excited to see Mehen helping his fellow Champions as grumpy dad! If you want to find out more about Mehen, or the tiefling twins he raised, consider checking out the Brimstone Angels series by Erin M. Evans. You can also listen to Brimstone Angels Go Go Go from our Bardic Inspiration Soundtrack!

What do you think about Mehen? If you have feedback, let us know in a Community Q&A or Champion feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

April 23rd
Idle Champion Spotlight: Shaka 
Posted in Idle Champions.

A puzzle master arrives to help unravel all your mysteries!

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

I. Shaka

Dungeons & Dragons Shaka Shareef Jackson

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


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

II. Shaka’s Stats

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

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

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


Dungeons & Dragons Shaka

III. Shaka's Design

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

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

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

IV. Shaka's Abilities

Basic Attack

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

Formation Abilities

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

First Specializations

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

Second Specializations

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

V. Shaka's Equipment



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

VI. Conclusion

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

April 2nd
Idle Champion Spotlight: Orkira Illdrex 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Orkira Illdrex joins her friends Avren, Penelope, Freely, and Briv Steelmarrow, and Alyndra Sarrbarand.

You may recognize Orkira from Heroes of the Planes and D4. Previously, she starred on D&D Beyond's Silver & Steel, Heroes of the Vale.

We are delighted to welcome her Idle Champions roster with your Year 4 Greengrass event. It's time for the latest Idle Champion Spotlight!

I. Orkira Illdrex



    Orkira Illdrex is a gold dragonborn from the Nentir Vale, where she grew up nurturing a love of healing and fire. Between a strange life filled with monsters, Gods, time and multiplanar travel, death, the destruction of worlds and the saving of others, Orkira has survived and adapted to deal with any situation with a motto of 'One problem at a time.'

Orkira is a Healing and Support Champion who continuously heals non-adjacent damaged Champions with Lesser Restoration, and will Self-Sacrifice if she can prevent the death of one of her companions. She also boosts DPS with Elemental Fire. When you want to add Orkira to your formation, you can swap her with Bruenor (Slot 1).

II. Orkira's Stats

Race: Dragonborn (Gold) Alignment: Chaotic Good
Class: Cleric (Phoenix Domain) Gender: Female
Age: 34 Affiliation: Heroes of the Planes

STR: 13 DEX: 14 CON: 16
INT: 8 WIS: 20 CHA: 18

Role: Healing, Support

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr, Zariel

Slot: 1, (Bruenor)


III. Orkira's Design

We were always excited about the possibility of working with Lauren Urban about bringing her beloved Orkira to Idle Champions, and little did we think many moons ago during our initial planning meetings that we would be welcoming not only Orkira to Idle Champions but also Lauren herself as our Community Manager!

When Lauren isn't working with us at Codename, she's a prolific DM and player on a variety of livestreams and podcasts (Heroes of the Planes, D4, Dungeon Drunks), as well as a professional classical oboist.

Orkira is sweet and straightforward, much like she is on livestream, healing and buffing the party. Orkira continuously heals nonadjacent Champions with Lesser Restoration, like most healing, it's most effective when her allies are damaged. Noble and kind of heart, she will Self-Sacrifice to swap places with a non-adjacent ally when they are about to receive a killing blow. Orkira also aids the party by damaging enemies with Elemental Fire. This is boosted by her Healing Flame.

The Phoenix has played a large role in Orkira's life, and her bond with the Phoenix is explored with her Specializations Breath of the Phoenix to increase damage and Tailfeather of the Phoenix to increase healing.

IV. Orkira's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Burning Hands — Orkira leaps to a random enemy and raises her hands, causing fire to erupt from the tips of her claws in a small area of effect cone.

Formation Abilities

  • Lesser Restoration — Orkira heals all non-adjacent damaged Champions. Buffed by equipment, feats, and upgrades.
  • Elemental Fire — Whenever Orkira damages an enemy, they receive one stack of Elemental Fire, taking 10% of Orkira's damage per second for 15 seconds and receiving 100% additional damage from all attacks. This ability stacks up to 10 times (additively) and attempting to add another stack will reset the cooldown of all stacks. Buffs to this ability increase only the damage debuff bonus (not the damage over time). Buffed by equipment, feats, and upgrades.
  • Healing Flame — Increase the effect of Elemental Fire by 100% for each order of magnitude worth of effective healing done with Lesser Restoration on the current run. Buffed by equipment, feats, and upgrades. Buffs apply to the post-stack value.
  • Self Sacrifice — If a Champion Orkira is able to heal (ie. non-adjacent) is about to take a killing blow, Orkira instantly swaps formation slots with that Champion for 10 seconds and takes the hit for them. During this time Orkira's overwhelm point is set to twice the other Champion's and neither Orkira nor the other Champion can be moved, removed, or swapped out; after the time expires they swap back regardless of whether Orkira and/or the other Champion died during the time. This effect can only occur once every 60 seconds. This ability is not buffed.

Specializations

  • Breath of the Phoenix — Increase the size of Orkira's Burning Hands area of effect cone and have Elemental Fire apply two stacks instead of one.
  • Tailfeather of the Phoenix — Increase the effect of Lesser Restoration by 100%. Lesser Restoration will now "heal" undamaged Champions and Healing Flame will count 1% of this non-effective healing as well.

Ultimate Ability

  • Radiance of the Phoenix — Orkira flies up over the enemies, grasping The Domain of the Phoenix and uttering a prayer, summoning The Phoenix to rain Elemental Fire down upon the battlefield. This deals damage over time and increases the Elemental Fire stacks of affected enemies by 1 every 2 seconds for 10 seconds.

V. Orkira's Epic Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3:
Lesser Restoration
Slot 4:
Elemental Fire
Slot 5:
Healing Flame
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

We are thrilled Orkira is keeping her friends on the Idle Champions roster alive and we are excited to see how well she fits into the meta. 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!
March 26th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Reya Mantlemorn 
Posted in Idle Champions.

We met Reya earlier in our Descent into Avernus campaign and she joined the Champions following the apparent destruction of Elturel. She swore to remain with the defenders of the city, but the Blood War took its toll on her. She was asked to face one more trial, to sacrifice herself to become a Celestial, the Avatar of Zariel. You can unlock Reya Mantlemorn by completing the Reya Reborn variant of the Idyllglen adventure.

Read on to learn more about our latest Evergreen Champion.

I. Reya Mantlemorn



    Born in the land of Turmish, Reya came to the holy city of Elturel to train as a Hellrider when she was twelve. As a faithful follower of Torm, Reya trained to sacrifice herself for the greater good. That preparation led to her taking Zariel's sword and joining the Champions, after rescuing the city of Elturel from Avernus.

Reya powers up Champions adjacent to her with her Searing Radiance. You can power up that ability by increasing Champions who are Lawful and/or Good in the formation. When you want to add Reya to your formation, you can swap her with Asharra (Slot 6).

II. Reya's Stats

Race: Human/Celestial Alignment: Lawful Good
Class: Paladin Gender: Female
Age: 19 Affiliation: none

STR: 18 DEX: 12 CON: 14
INT: 13 WIS: 11 CHA: 20

Role: Support

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr, Strahd von Zarovich, Zariel

Slot: 6, (Asharra)


III. Reya's Design

Born in the land of Turmish, but came to the city of Elturel when she was twelve so that she could train as a Hellrider. She was away from the city when Elturel was transported to Avernus, but always stayed true to the Creed Absolute and remained devoted to Elturel and its people. As the lone Hellrider who could truly defend her city, Reya takes up the Sword of Zariel, losing her former self to become the Avatar of Zariel, imbued with celestial power.

As a Lawful Good Celestial and the Avatar of Zariel, Reya often communes with Zariel and attracts her gaze with Echoes of Zariel boosting other Lawful, Good, and especially Lawful Good Champions in the formation. Without bringing the gaze of Zariel upon her enemies, Reya supports adjacent Champions with her Searing Radiance, due to her experience in the Blood War, this ability is especially powerful against fiends.

IV. Reya's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Sword of Zariel — Reya leaps out and slashes at random enemy with the Sword of Zariel, cleaving all other enemies nearby as well.

Formation Abilities

  • Searing Radiance — Reya imbues adjacent Champions with her Searing Radiance, causing their attacks to deal 100% more damage. This effect is doubled against fiends. Can be buffed by upgrades, feats, and equipment.
  • Echoes of Zariel — The gaze of Zariel turns from Reya and sweeps across the formation, looking at random Champions before returning to Reya. It has an equal chance of looking at any Champion in the formation (including returning to Reya) but won't look at the same Champion twice without having returned to Reya first. Once it returns to Reya it increases the effect of Searing Radiance by 100% for each Champion it looked at, including Reya, stacking multiplicatively. Gaze moves every 5 seconds. Buff lasts until the gaze returns to Reya again. Can be buffed by upgrades, feats, and equipment.
  • Celestial Champion — All Lawful Good aligned Champions' damage is increased by 100%. Can be buffed by upgrades, feats, and equipment..

Specializations

  • Champions of Good — The gaze of Zariel focuses on Good aligned Champions. Echoes of Zariel is guaranteed to look at all Good aligned Champions in the formation before returning to Reya (though may also look at non-Good aligned Champions using its normal mechanics). This guarantees a minimum number of stacks on the Echoes of Zariel effect.
  • Champions of Law — The gaze of Zariel focuses on Lawful aligned Champions. Echoes of Zariel is guaranteed to look at all Lawful aligned Champions in the formation before returning to Reya (though may also look at non-Lawful aligned Champions using its normal mechanics). This guarantees a minimum number of stacks on the Echoes of Zariel effect.

Ultimate Ability

  • Avatar of Zariel — Reya launches to the sky, flying off of the top of the screen. She lands by SLAMMING the Sword of Zariel into the ground with a shockwave, summoning Zariel and her friend Lulu. While Reya communes with Zariel, Lulu zips around the board, putting all enemies to sleep for 10 seconds. While the enemies are asleep and reya remains in her pose, the Champions deal massive damage against them. When the 10 seconds is complete, Reya removes the sword and swings it in a massive circle.


V. Reya's Epic Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Searing Radiance
Slot 4: Echoes of Zariel
Slot 5: Celestial Champions
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

We are awed Reya has taken up the Sword of Zariel and is joining Idle Champions roster as our latest Evergreen and we are excited to see how well she fits into the meta. 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!
March 12th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Alyndra Sarrbarand 
Posted in Idle Champions.

"I Have Foreseen This Moment..." the serene elf said evaluating the infinite possibilities of all possible futures."Remember my friends, you are blessed."

Alyndra Sarrbarand joins her companions Avren, Penelope, Freely, and Briv Steelmarrow from D&D Beyond's Silver & Steel & Beyond Heroes, and now Heroes of the Planes, and is delighted to meet the aquaintance of her new companions on the Idle Champions roster, with Festival of Fools 4.

Working with Jen to bring Alyndra to Idle Champions was an absolute delight to capture the essence of Alyndra and bring the most authentic representation of her to Idle Champions. She is accompanied by her two familiars, Griff and Grant, the Baby Blue Dragon. We are deeply touched that Jen would think of us to honor Grant's legacy and we are privileged to work with her and the Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation.

It's time for the latest Idle Champion Spotlight.

I. Lorekeeper of Rime Spiro, Kinscribe of Clan Monkeymouse



    Alyndra Alexandria Garanahil Sarrbarand is known by many names: Lorekeeper of Rime Spiro, Kinscribe of Clan Monkeymouse, Daughter of Oblivion, Fate Changer, Knight of Wonder and Captivation...and apologetic offspring of Avren & Sofieus.

Alyndra is a Support Champion whose powerful portents increase the damage of those adjacent to her. Her companion Griff judges their enemies, further increasing the damage they take due to her portents. When you want to add Alyndra to your formation, you can swap her with Asharra (Slot 6).

II. Alyndra's Stats

Race: Elf Alignment: True Neutral
Class: Wizard/Cleric Gender: Female
Age: 168 Affiliation: Heroes of the Planes

STR: 8 DEX: 14 CON: 14
INT: 18 WIS: 14 CHA: 11

Role: Support

Eligible for Patrons: Vajra Safahr, Strahd von Zarovich

Slot: 6, (Asharra)


III. Alyndra's Design

We were thrilled to work with Jen Kretchmer, a producer, writer, actor, streamer and disability advocate. You may recognize her from Beyond Heroes, Silver & Steel, and forthcoming Heroes of the Planes, and we are thrilled to announce that not only is Alyndra joining Idle Champions, but Jen Kretchmer will be playing her as a member of the cast of Idle Champions Presents: A Fool's Errand.

A Divination Wizard, Alyndra buffs adjacent Champions with her Portent ability guiding their attacks and increasing their damage. This ability is heightened when the adjacent Champion is one of Alyndra's adventuring companions of the Heroes of the Planes affiliation. Griff, Alyndra's very judgy owl familiar, is never far from her side and marks unworthy enemies for her when she's unsure if it's a cultural misunderstanding. Her equipment is made up of wonderful ties to her past and future, and the close relationship she shares with her adventuring companions, and of course, Logic and Reason, her sword and spellbook-mace, respectively.

IV. Alyndra's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Mind Spike — Alyndra reaches into the mind of a random enemy, dealing damage and slowing the enemy by 50% for 3 seconds.

Formation Abilities

  • Portent — Every 30 seconds, Alyndra randomly chooses (up to) two adjacent Champions and peers into their futures, helping guide their attacks and increasing their damage by 100%.
  • Heroes of the Planes — If Portent is applied to a Champion under the effect of certain Heroes of the Planes Champions' abilities, those effects are increased in power:
    • AvrenMirror Image effects on the Portented Champion +100%.
    • Freely — Unlucky For Them +100% for each Portented Champion affected by Luck of Yondalla(stacking multiplicatively).
    • PenelopeChwinga Mask: Tools for the Job Charm +100% for each Portented Champion affected by Chwinga Mask (stacking multiplicatively).
    • OrkiraOrkira will be receiving his Heroes of the Planes buff in a later update.
    • BrivBriv will be receiving his Heroes of the Planes affiliation and buff in a later update.
  • Brows of Judgement — Griff, Alyndra's owl companion, sits on Alyndra's shoulder and judges enemies as they spawn. They have a 25% chance to judge normal enemies as unworthy, and a 100% chance to judge bosses as unworthy. For each living unworthy normal enemy, Portent's base buff is increased by 100%, stacking additively. Each living boss increases Portent's base buff by 400%. Unworthy enemies have an overlay that counts as a debuff for the purposes of Alyndra's ultimate but has no other effect.

Specializations

  • Expansive VisionPortent now applies to 3 random adjacent Champions instead of 2.
  • Extra Judgy — Double Griff's chance to judge enemies as unworthy with Brows of Judgement, and increases the buff by 100% as well.

Ultimate Ability

  • I Have Foreseen This — Alyndra slips into a trance and foresees the death of all the formation's enemies. For the next 30 seconds, all enemies (regardless of whether or not they spawn after the Ultimate starts) take extra damage equal to the total Portent buff being given (cumulatively).

V. Alyndra's Epic Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Portent
Slot 4: Heroes of the Planes
Slot 5: Brows of Judgement
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

We are delighted Alyndra is joining her companions on the Idle Champions roster and we are excited to see how well she fits into the meta. 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!
February 19th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Orisha 
Posted in Idle Champions.

A gleaming aasimar with flaming wings and flowing white robes descends into battle, singing her songs with an inciting voice.

Orisha is an aasimar whose Radiant Soul brings divine fury to the battlefield with style and grace. When her Flaming Wings ignite, Orisha gains a stacks buff that increases with each kill.

I. Orisha

Dungeons & Dragons Orisha Krystina Arielle

    A glamorous diva possessed by a Deva, with an inciting voice and gleaming pristine robes, Orisha is the lead vocalist of the Sirens of the Realms, her found family. She is of such great renown, that she needs no last name.


Strong as a solo artist, Orisha can be used as a DPS, or as a Support when used in combination with her fellow Siren Vlahnya. When you want to add her to your formation, you can swap her with Jamilah (Slot 11).

II. Orisha's Stats

Race: Aasimar Alignment: Neutral Good
Class: Cleric/Bard Gender: Female
Age: 30 Affiliation: none

STR: 14 DEX: 13 CON: 10
INT: 13 WIS: 17 CHA: 17

Role: DPS, Support
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Strahd von Zarovich
Slot: 11, (Jamilah)


Dungeons & Dragons Orisha

III. Orisha's Design

We are absolutely thrilled to work with Krystina Arielle, who you may know from Sirens of the Realms, Star Wars The High Republic, co-host of our very own Improvised Champions, and one of the stars of Idle Champions Presents: The Unfair Seas.

As a member of the Sirens of the Realms, Orisha joins her fellow Siren Vlahnya Um'vairar on the Idle Champions roster. A glamorous vocalist, her robes always remain pristine, even in the heat of battle, which she never shies away from the thick of.

Solo, Orisha is a DPS champion whose ultimate Radiant Soul ignites her wings, increasing her damage. Every time she gets a kill her wings return to full power, slowly decreasing in power over time. Her wings can be buffed to be more powerful or to remain alight for longer based on specialization choices.

When Orisha is joined on the field by fellow Siren Vlahnya, Orisha can be used as a Support Champion instead, or continue to be used as a DPS Champion. With Bardic Connection Champions along the shortest path(s) between Orisha and Vlahnya are massively buffed, and Vlahnya's stacks degrade slower than they otherwise would.

IV. Orisha's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Scorching Ray — Orisha summons three rays of fire and hurls them at up to three random targets.

Formation Abilities

  • Flaming Wings — Whenever Orisha uses her Radiant Soul Ultimate her angel wings burst aflame and Flaming Wings gains 30 stacks. Stacks decrease by 1 per second. The damage of Scorching Ray is increased by 100% plus 10% for every stack remaining (stacking additively), and when there are no stacks left her wings disappear and the damage bonus is removed. If any of Orisha's Scorching Rays kill an enemy, the stacks reset to 30, but the rate at which they decrease is increased by 20%, stacking multiplicatively. This can only occur once per attack. If Radiant Soul is used again before this ability expires the number of stacks and the rate of decrease are reset. This ability can be buffed by upgrades, equipment, and feats. Buffs apply to the total damage bonus to Scorching Ray.
  • Bardic Connection — Orisha seeks out Vlahnya in the formation and increases the damage of Champions along the shortest path(s) (via formation slot adjacencies) between herself and Vlahnya by 400%. If Vlahnya is not in the formation, this ability applies to only adjacent Champions at only 25% effectiveness. This ability can be buffed by upgrades, equipment, and feats.
  • Diva Mode — Whenever there is a boss monster on the screen, Orisha's Flaming Wings and Bardic Connection abilities are increased by 100%. This ability can be buffed by upgrades, equipment, and feats.

First Specializations

The first set of specializations deal with Flaming Wings:
  • Blazing Soul — The effect of Flaming Wings is increased by 200%.
  • Long BurnFlaming Wings starts with and refills to 50% more stacks.

Second Specializations

The second set of specializations modify Bardic Connection:
  • Sirens' Connection — The effect of Bardic Connection is increased by 200%.
  • Fierce Connection — Orisha's damage is increased by 100% for each other Champion affected by Bardic Connection (stacking multiplicatively) and if Vlahnya is in the formation, her Enthralling Performance buff now always applies to Orisha, and Orisha counts as adjacent to her for the purpose of the Bass portion, regardless of their positions in the formation.

Ultimate Ability

  • Radiant Soul — Orisha eyes light aglow and two angel wings burst from her back (lighting aflame if she has Flaming Wings unlocked). A wave of divine energy surges across the screen damaging all enemies.

V. Orisha's Legendary Equipment



Slot 1: Self DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Buff Flaming Wings
Slot 4: Buff Bardic Connection
Slot 5: Buff Diva Mode
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

What do you think about Orisha? 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 29th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Hew Maan 
Posted in Idle Champions.

"Hello, fine bartender, we... I mean... I would like one cup of your finest beverage, please. Yes, yes, thank you ...the ...uh, ...normal human beverage, please." The patron's trench coat shuffled in an unusual way, but the bemused bartender poured a flagon of ale and left three smaller cups, just in case. "It's working," the knees muttered. "The human beverage is ale! I should've done the talking." "How tall we are..." the torso whispered, "So tall..." "SHHHH!!!"

MORE KOBOLDS IS MORE BETTER. Introducing our latest champion, arriving with Grand Revel, Hew Maan, a definitely human champion and not at all three kobolds in a trench coat.

I. Hew Maan

Dungeons & Dragons Hew Maan Three Kobolds in a Trenchcoat

    Zrang, his twin brother Kleeb, and their brood-sister Yassa began their Icewind Dale existence stealing gems and dreaming of being respected by the locals. Inspired by their mentor, Jarlaxle, they stand tall to form Hew Maan - who is totally a human and not on a nefarious mission to steal all the Champions' stuff.


Hew Maan's origin story is ongoing in our Icewind Dale, Rime of the Frostmaiden campaign, and cameoed in two of our Idle Champions Comics. They hold a special place in our hearts, and we were excited and inspired by the community reaction to bring them to Idle Champions as a champion, for deep down, aren't we all just three kobolds in a trench coat?

Zrang, Kleeb, and Yassa team up and stack up to form Hew Maan, providing different buffs based on who's on top of the stack. Hew Maan is a Support champion, when you want to add them to your formation, you can swap them with Delina (Slot 8).

II. Hew Maan's Stats

Race: Kobold & "Human" Alignment: Lawful Evil
Class: Rogue/Bard Gender: Male & Female
Age: 67 Affiliation: none

STR: 11 DEX: 12 CON: 16
INT: 12 WIS: 8 CHA: 16

Role: Support
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr
Slot: 8, (Delina)


Dungeons & Dragons Hew Maan

III. Hew Maan's Design

Hew Maan is a multifaceted and dynamic individual. Well actually, they aren't an individual at all, but three kobolds, Zrang, his twin brother Kleeb, and their brood sister Yassa, each with their own distinct personalities!

Zrang is surprisingly insightful, but definitely still a kobold, and is working on the difference between kobold and human vocabularies.

Rough and tumble and ready to tussle; Kleeb is the kobold you want in control when you're gearing to fight.

Yassa was charmed by Trex's complimentary nature. She cheers on her fellow kobolds & Champions. She's a glass-half-full sort of kobold, and a bit of a fast talker.

Zrang and his siblings hide inside a trench coat and masquerade as a human, and their teamwork makes their dream work! Their buffs change based on where they are located in the formation. With Teamwork, they provide three different buffs that are useful in different situations. Place them near the front of the formation and they increase your rate of progression, place them in the center of the formation and they assist with killing bosses. Place them near the back of the formation and they greatly increase your damage against non-boss monsters. Hello, Fellow Humans, allows them to buff their fellow human Champions, but they can masquerade and buff another race through their specialization ability Did We Say Humans? We Meant....

IV. Hew Maan's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Crossbow — The middle kobold shoots a random enemy with a small crossbow.

Formation Abilities

  • Teamwork — Depending on where they are placed in the formation, a different kobold takes the top slot in the trench coat and provides a different buff:
    • Zrang: Front X columns — Enemies have a 25% chance to drop double quest items or count for double quest progress.
    • Kleeb: Middle columns — Increase the damage of Champions against boss enemies by 400%; if the boss has hits-based or armor-based health, successful attacks destroy twice as many segments as they normally would
    • Yassa: Back X columns — Increase the damage of Champions in the two columns in front of Hew Maan by 100%.
    Note: in formations with four or less columns, X is always 1. In columns with five or more columns, X is always 2.
  • Hello, Fellow Humans — Increase the effect of Kleeb and Yassa's Teamwork abilities based on the number of human Champions in the formation:
    • 1-3 "other" humans: +100%
    • 4-5 "other" humans: +700%
    • 6-7 "other" humans: +3100%
    • 8-9 "other" humans: +12700%
  • Carefully Balanced — Increase the effect of Zrang's Teamwork ability by 10% for each Champion adjacent to the kobolds (stacks additively and then applied to Teamwork multiplicatively).
  • Please Stand By — The two kobolds that are not on top provide lesser buffs passively. These abilities are not buffed by Hello, Fellow Humans.
    • Zrang: Boss enemies move 25% slower.
    • Kleeb: Hits-based and armor-based enemies and blockers have a 50% chance of spawning with 25% of their hits already gone.
    • Yassa: Reduce the base attack cooldown of Champions adjacent to the kobolds by 0.5s.

Specializations

  • Did We Say Humans? We Meant... — The Hello, Fellow Humans ability now uses the most populous race in your formation instead of Human. Ties do not matter as only the count is important.
  • Impressive Coatwork — The effect of all Teamwork abilities are increased by 100%.

Ultimate Ability

Each kobold in the stack attacks repeatedly with their own crossbow, peppering a random target with 12 bolts in total. An additional effect then occurs based on whichever kobold is on the top of the stack. Moving the kobolds while the effect is active does not update it.
  • Zrang: Roll Out! — The effect of Zrang's Teamwork is doubled for 30 seconds.
  • Kleeb: Stop! — Non-boss enemies are stunned and no additional enemies will spawn for 15 seconds.
  • Yassa: Faster! — Reduce any active ultimate cooldowns of all Champions in the formation by 25%.

V. Hew Maan's Legendary Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Hello, Fellow Humans
Slot 4: Carefully Balanced
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

What do you think about Hew Mann? 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!