September 18th
Idle Champions: Variants Update (Sept. 2019) 
Posted in Idle Champions.

    "Looking for a new challenge? We can arrange that!
    How do you feel about being attacked by flaming undead?"
Our latest Idle Champions update introduces six new variants for the Grand Tour of the Sword Coast and Waterdeep: Dragon Heist campaigns. Some of these variants include extra Flameskulls, while others require either your smartest or least-insane Champions. You will need to have completed the original adventures in order to unlock these variants.

Don't forget to bring fireproof clothing! Enjoy :)

Grand Tour of the Sword Coast Variants

  • The Mists of Ravenloft: We're not in Faerȗn Anymore — A group of 3 armored and powered up Flameskulls appears in each area (after 10 enemies). Each of them has the following enhancements:
    • 4 hits of armored health.
    • Deals 300% damage.
    • Stuns the target for 3 seconds.
  • You can only use melee/ranged Champions.
    Reach area 275.
  • Family Entanglements: Relentless Misfortune — Relentless Undead monsters spawn and attack your formation. When they are killed, Relentless Undead don't disappear. Instead after 3 seconds, they get back up and start attacking again.
    Reach area 275.
  • Tower on the Lake: Intelligence Hunt — Only Champions with an Intelligence (INT) score of 13 or higher may be used.
    Reach area 275.

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Variants

  • A Mysterious Summons: Vajra's Guards — Vajra has asked that three Stone Golems accompany you on your adventures. I'm sure she's not monitoring them at every moment.
    Reach area 200.
  • Hopelessly Lost: Flame(skull) War — Trenzia's Flameskull is back and ready to start a war in Undermountain! Not only has she hoarded all the treasure, but she's also found a way to power herself up!
    • Instead of appearing only in areas 41-45, she now appears in every area, and her damage is increased by 200%.
    • All gold found is reduced by 99%.
    Reach area 250.
  • Enter the Sargauth: The Madness Grows — You've become lost. The friends you knew have abandoned you and been replaced with gibbering mouthers. I doubt it'll be long before Halaster himself appears to smite you. All champions in the 'even' (2, 4, 6, etc) seats have disappeared. They probably abandoned you. Or maybe they are the sounds you hear from the shadows?
    Reach area 250.
See the in-game Change Log for more information!
September 4th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Turiel 
Posted in Idle Champions.

If you're going to journey into the depths of the Nine Hells, you'll want the aasimar Turiel on your side.

A Cleric of the Order Domain, Turiel has spent a mortal lifetime in service of the God of Dragons, Bahamut. He has traveled across Toril under the guidance of his patron, hunting fiends from the Abyss and the Nine Hells. He has unearthed and destroyed Cults of the Dragon. And he is relentless in his pursuit of justice.

Now it seems that Turiel's lifetime of battle was merely preparation for a single holy mission: to enter Avernus and prevent the wielder of the Hand of Vecna from breaking Tiamat free...

Are you here for the Turiel Champion Spotlight? Good. Let's dive in, shall we?

I. Turiel's Story

    Wherever the aasimar known as Turiel goes, devils and demons know to tread lightly. Acting on orders of their divine patron, Bahamut, Turiel works tirelessly to bring law, order, and justice to Toril. When not busy with inquisitions or crusades, Turiel calls the endless libraries of Candlekeep their home, studying ancient tomes and seeking guidance for their next holy mission.
Turiel is a front-line Support Champion, best placed alongside your tanks and with your DPS Champion(s) as far behind him as possible. Whenever enemies attempt to attack Turiel, he will redirect them towards the tanks in his column and increase the power of his buffs. He is especially potent when fighting Fiends. When you want to add Turiel to your formation, you can swap him with Bruenor (Slot 1).

II. Turiel's Stats

Class: Cleric (Order Domain) Alignment: Lawful Good
Race: Aasimar (Scourge) Gender: Male
Age: 121 Affiliation: none

STR: 9 DEX: 11 CON: 16
INT: 13 WIS: 17 CHA: 12

III. Designing Turiel

We've been wanting to create an aasimar Champion for a long time. At the same time, we've been eyeing the Order Domain Cleric from Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica since it came out last year. It seemed only fitting that as we get closer to descending into Avernus we make sure there is a Champion fitting to lead the charge.

The look of Turiel came before the abilities. An internal conversation about how aasimar manifest their divinity across the subraces led to one artist suggesting we go with a Kintsugi-like approach to Turiel's features, as if his body was cracking apart under the strain of containing so much radiance. Dark skin, brightly-colored hair, and heavily worn and weathered clothes and armor round out his aesthetic. The idea is that he only has time for his mission, and he's always in the thick of battle, leading to drab and damaged attire.

From his very first iteration, Turiel was a Champion that led either from - or near - the front of the formation. Order Domain Clerics are amazing at managing the ebb and flow of battle, with a selection of spells and subclass abilities that really allow their allies to shine. We knew we wanted to incorporate Embodiment of the Law into Turiel's design, but giving allies 'reaction attacks' didn't really translate in a way that we liked, and we were fixated on a Support Champion that could buff Champions behind him in the formation, with the buff becoming even more potent the further back your DPS Champions are.

Order's Demand was born of necessity. When your Support Champion is not a Tank but still needs to be able to join the front row of the formation, what do you do? Well, how about a kind of 'reverse-taunt'? Turiel is able to defer potential attacks on himself towards another Champion in his column, if one is available. Think of what you can make happen with that kind of ability.

Turiel's mission is to destroy all evil on behalf of his patron, Bahamut. Unflinching Hatred buffs Order's Demand whenever Turiel attacks an enemy of the fiend type. Turiel will really start to shine whenever your formation is fighting monsters from the Nine Hells or the Abyss. That might be handy in our next campaign!

With Voice of Authority, Turiel offers your high-constitution Champions some serious buffing. Whenever Turiel attacks, all other Champions deal bonus damage on their next attack based on their individual CON ability scores. It might be time to dust off your Jamilah or Binwin DPS formations.

When it comes to specializations, you can choose Lawful Mission to increase the effect of Embodiment of the Law, or you can choose Hearty Constitution to increase the effect of Voice of Authority. Depending on which type of DPS Champion you're focusing on, one of these may be better than the other for you.

Aasimar have some awesome subclass options in Volo's Guide to Monsters, but truth be told we only ever considered one type: scourge aasimar. There is something compelling about aasimar who feel the need to fight evil with every fiber of their being — aasimar who are so filled with divine radiance it threatens to consume them from the inside, leading them to wear masks. We always knew we wanted to adapt Radiant Consumption as Turiel's ultimate ability. It became Beacon of Light, a powerful AoE knockback and scaling damage buff - with a drawback. While the buff scales up, Turiel cannot attack, and whenever the formation is attacked it halves the buff.

If you're interested in learning more about the details of Turiel's abilities, you can get that information below.

IV. Turiel's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Sacred Flame — Turiel points at a random enemy and flame-like radiance strikes them from above. Random target, 10-second cooldown.

Formation Abilities

  • Embodiment of the Law — Turiel increases the damage of Champions in the columns behind him by 100%, increasing by an additional 100% for each column further back (stacking multiplicatively).
    • 1 column = 100%
    • 2 columns = 300%
    • 3 columns = 700%
    • 4 columns = 1500%
    • etc.
  • Order's Demand — Enemies that attempt to choose Turiel as a target instead choose to attack another Champion, assuming another valid target exists. Each time this occurs, Turiel increases the effect of Embodiment of the Law by 100% for 30 seconds, stacking additively up to 30 times.
    • Note: This only affects single-target attacks that target Turiel directly (for example it does not deflect AOE attacks, multi-target attacks, or other attacks that hit Turiel indirectly).
  • Unflinching Hatred — Turiel has a singular mission: to destroy all evil. After attacking a fiend-type enemy, his Embodiment of the Law ability is increased by 100%. When Order's Demand redirects the attack of a fiend-type enemy, its effect is increased by 100% as well.
    • Note:These effects do not stack, but last for 30 seconds, and their cooldowns restart if they are triggered again.
  • Voice of Authority — After Turiel attacks, all other Champions deal bonus damage on their next attack based on their individual Constitution (CON) ability scores (50% per point of CON starting at >10, stacking multiplicatively).
    • <=10 CON = 0%
    • 11 CON = +50%
    • 12 CON = +125%
    • 13 CON = +238%
    • etc.

Specializations

  • Lawful Mission — Increase the effect of Embodiment of the Law by 50% for each Lawful Champion in the formation (including Turiel, stacking additively, then applying to Embodiment of the Law multiplicatively like a normal upgrade).
    • +50% (just Turiel) to +500% (10 Lawful), depending on the formation used.
  • Hearty Constitution — Increase the stack size of the Voice of Authority ability by 50% (to 75% per stack).
    • <=10 CON = 0%
    • 11 CON = +75% (+50%)
    • 12 CON = +206% (+65%)
    • 13 CON = +436% (+84%)
    • etc.

Ultimate Ability

  • Beacon Of Light — Unleashing the radiance of his scourge aasimar nature, Turiel becomes a Beacon of Light, pushing back enemies and increasing your party's every second while they are not being attacked. Increases the damage done by the formation by 25% per second, stacking multiplicatively. Each time the formation is attacked by an enemy, the number of stacks are reduced by 50% and the light diminishes. The effect ends after 30 seconds or when it is reduced below 1 stack due to enemy attacks, whichever comes first. During this time, Turiel is immobile and does not attack.

V. Turiel's Equipment



VI. Conclusion

With Turiel we wanted to create a Champion you'd follow into Avernus. We wanted to create a Support who buffs the back row, and who can also buff your CON DPS Champions. We think we've done something really awesome with our latest Champion, and we look forward to seeing how he fits in to your formations!

Feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
August 7th
Idle Champions: Feats & The Grand Tour, Part 9 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Following a climactic battle with the vampire lord Strahd von Zarovich in Castle Ravenloft, the Champions have found their way back to the Sword Coast, close to Mirabar and the Lurkwood.

Along the road, the Champions come across Volothamp Geddarm, the scholar they first met back in Waterdeep during A Botched Kidnapping. Volo invites them on a hunt for an elusive beast...

Today's update features the ninth (nein!) update for our Grand Tour of the Sword Coast campaign, along with our new Feats system! Read on to learn more!

Note: You will need to complete the Grand Tour Adventure Towering Expectations in order to access these new adventures.

Feats

Feats have arrived! Feats are small, Champion-specific buffs that can be unlocked and assigned to your Champions. They offer an additional level of customization for your favorite Champions — and may even provide some new formation opportunities!

Various rarities of Feats can be found or unlocked throughout Idle Champions. Some Feats are available by default for each Champion, while others are found in Gold Chests, purchased with gems, or sold with Weekend Buff Chests or other premium packages. Don't worry, Feats sold with Weekend Buffs or premium packages will also be available for larges sum of gems when the chests or package goes on sale.

For more information on Feats, check out our Feats Developer Blog.

Who Lurks in Lurkwood

Back from Barovia, the Champions find themselves on the road to Mirabar. Along the way they run into Volothamp Geddarm, who invites them on a hunt for an elusive beast...
  • Variant: Bullywugs in the Bog — Two local Bullywugs take up spots in the formation. Reach area 325.

Orcs are Wild

A wounded Eye of Gruumsh pleads for aid. A Hobgoblin Wizard has taken over his tribe and corrupted them, and it's up to the Champions to stop it..
  • Variant: An Abyssal Situation — Abyssal Chickens are everywhere! After every 10th enemy spawn, an armored Abyssal Chicken will appear. They do not grant gold or quest progress. Every 10 areas the number of Abyssal Chickens that spawns increases by one (2 per area in area 11–20, 3 per area from 21–30, 4 per area from 31–40, etc, with 32 in area 291–300). Reach area 300.

See the in-game Change Log for more information!
July 17th
Idle Champions: Year One Champion Update, Part 1 
Posted in Idle Champions.


Today we're introducing the first half of our year one Champion balance update. The purpose of this update is to give fresh life to some underappreciated and/or underutilized Champions from the first year of events and adventures. This update includes everything from small tweaks to complete reworks for Binwin, Bruenor, Catti-brie, Diath, Drizzt, Evelyn, Nrakk, Regis, Stoki, Wulfgar, and Zorbu. Read on to learn more about the Champion changes in this update.



Binwin

We wanted to give Binwin a major overhaul while retaining his ability to hit things a lot of times and smash through armor and hits-based health like butter. His new abilities give you many options for building a formation around Binwin, but shorter races will win out over taller ones for the biggest boosts. The new "Lingering Damage" ability also gives Binwin an interesting catch-up mechanic if he's playing the role of secondary DPS. Try him out!
  • Binwin's base attack cooldown is now 6 seconds, up from 4 seconds
  • Binwin's "Extra Attacks" ability now grants extra attacks based off of attacks by adjacent Champions, instead of doing so randomly. It still grants bonus damage for each successive hit, but is no longer buffed by any other upgrades or gear
  • Added a new ability "Extra Damage" at level 70 which grants additional bonus damage on Binwin's next attack(s) based on kills by adjacent Champions since his last attack, including kills via ultimate attacks
  • Added a new ability "Tallest in Faerun" at level 260 which buffs Binwin's damage based on the number of dwarves, gnomes, kobolds, and halflings in the formation
  • Added a new ability "Lingering Damage" at level 380 which causes "Extra Damage" to roll over a portion of its bonus damage to Binwin's next attack(s) if he doesn't kill anything with his current attacks
  • Removed Binwin's old specializations
  • Added a new specialization choice "More Minions" at level 200 which increases the range of "Extra Attacks" and "Extra Damage" so that all Champions within 2 slots of Binwin contribute hits and kills
  • Added a new specialization choice "Antisocial Dwarfing" at level 200 which changes "Extra Attacks" and "Extra Damage" to only trigger off of non-adjacent Champions, but which also boosts Binwin's base damage by a large amount
  • Binwins's upgrades and balance has been completely redone
  • Slot 3 gear now buffs Binwin's "Extra Damage" ability instead of global DPS
  • Slot 4 gear now buffs Binwin's "Tallest in Faerun" ability instead of increasing his "Extra Attacks" chance
  • Added the "barbarian" tag to Binwin, as we now have support for mutli-class Champions in the game that we didn't have when he was originally released



Bruenor

Not a major change, but we added an ability to Bruenor for synergy with the Companions of the Hall (Bruenor, Drizzt, Catti-brie, Regis, and Wulfgar). It's a small bump for Rally even if you can only sneak one other Companion into your formation, but the payoff could be huge if you're going to try out a full Companions combo.
  • Added a new upgrade for "Long Lost Companions" at level 1000 which synergizes with the other Companions of the Hall Champions, increasing your gold find by 100% and buffing "Rally" based on the number of Companions in the formation



Catti-brie

Catti-brie got some small buffs to increase both her buffing ability and her solo damage. Her design intent is to have her as a secondary DPS and support for Drizzt in a Companions of the Hall formation. She should now be able to support well in almost any formation, though, thanks to her "Death March" ability, which stacks multiplicatively (though buffs apply after the stacks, like normal).
  • Catti-brie's base attack cooldown decreased to 5.3 seconds from 5.4 seconds
  • Added a new ability "Death March" at level 135 which increases the damage of all Champions in front of Catti-brie based on the number of enemies affected by "Mark of Death"; the stacks apply multiplicatively, so the numbers get quite large when a lot of enemies are afflicted by "Mark of Death"
  • Added a new ability "Take Them Down" at level 375 which synergizes with the other Companions of the Hall Champions, increasing your gold find by 100% and increasing the damage enemies take in certain situations based on the number of Companions in the formation
  • Changed the specialization "In The Zone" to increase Catti-brie's attack speed after a critical hit
  • Catti-brie's upgrades and balance has been completely redone



Diath/Xander

Diath has been replaced by Xander. Xander's stats, formation abilities, and attacks are functionally identical to Diath's (with the exception of one affiliation-specific formation ability), although their names and appearances are different.
  • Replaced Diath with Xander
  • Converted all Diath chests into Xander chests
  • Updated Xander's ultimate attack to summon a stone giant
  • Updated some achievements to require Xander; existing progress is not lost
  • Updated some adventures/variants to require Xander
  • "Childlike Wonder" now buffs "Streetwise" for each sorcerer, warlock, and wizard adjacent to Xander
  • Updated Xander's tags
  • Note: Paultin's "Stronger Together" ability has had its base value increased



Drizzt

Drizzt has been completely refactored from his scimitars up. His panther summon has moved from his ultimate to an innate ability, and he is now built around bursts of damage and speed when Guenhwyvar is active. As with other Companions of the Hall, he also synergizes in a very powerful fashion when more of them are active in the formation.
  • Drizzt's attacks have been refactored; he now attacks in sequence, similar to Delina, striking first with his scimitar Icingdeath, then his other scimitar Twinkle, then both at once
  • Added a new ability "Guenhwyvar" at level 20 which causes Drizzt to randomly summon Guenhwyvar to aid him in combat for 30 seconds. Guenhwyvar attacks two enemies just before Drizzt and deals Drizzt's damage plus a 20 second bleed; Some of Drizzt's other abilities are triggered off of attacking enemies who have this bleed on them
  • Changed "Icingdeath" to cause Drizzt to deal more damage and reduce his cooldown when he attacks an enemy bled by Guenhwyvar with his scimitar Icingdeath
  • Changed "Twinkle" to cause Drizzt to deal AOE damage and increase the target's chance to miss when he attacks an enemy bled by Guenhwyvar with his scimitar Twinkle
  • Note the effects of both "Icingdeath" and "Twinkle" proc when Drizzt attacks Guenhwyvar-bled enemies with both scimitars at once
  • Changed "Companions of the Hall" to synergize with the other Companions of the Hall Champions, increasing your gold find by 100% and increasing the damage Drizzt does based on the number of Companions in the formation
  • Replaced the "Whirl of Steel" specialization with "Leader of the Companions" which boosts the gold find synergy of the "Companions of the Hall" ability
  • Changed the "Drow Stalker" specialization to increase Drizzt's base damage
  • Drizzt's upgrades and balance has been completely redone
  • Drizzt's ultimate attack has been replaced by "Whirl of Steel", which attacks enemies for massive damage one after another until a hit doesn't kill an enemy (similar to Jalaxle's base attack, but with ultimate level damage)
  • Slot 3 gear now buffs Drizzt's new "Icingdeath" ability instead of Global DPS
  • Added a Champion achievement for Drizzt



Evelyn

Evelyn didn't need much work this round, since she was recently a part of the Shielding, Healing, and Tanking update. We did give her some health gear to give her a bit more scalability, but the price to pay was a small decrease in the power of her specializations.
  • Slot 4 gear now increases max health instead of specialization abilities
  • Evelyn's specialization have had their base values increased to compensate for the lost gear. They now increase Divine Prayer by 300% when active, up from 100%



Nrakk

We've rebuilt Nrakk from the ground up to focus on a unique "Ki Points" mechanic. Nrakk generates Ki Points from his attacks and abilities and uses those Ki Points to increase his damage, decreasing his attack cooldown, and stun enemies. Each specialization choice results in a unique attack rotation with predictable stuns, cleaves, and big bursts of damage. Oh, and did we mention he can buff adjacent support Champions to be even more supportive, so even if you're not using him for DPS there may be some super unique and effective formations he can fit in. Super interesting!
  • Added a new ability "Ki Master" at level 20 which causes Nrakk's base attack to grant Ki Points whenever he attacks. Ki points increase Nrakk's damage and decrease his base attack cooldown for each one he has. He can have up to 8 Ki Points at once
  • Changed "Stunning Strike" to trigger when Nrakk has 4 or more Ki Points. Guaranteed stun instead of a change to stun, and consumed 4 Ki Points
  • Changed "Deft Strike" to grant an additional Ki Point (for a total of 2 per Deft Strike attack)
  • Added a new ability "Githzerai Focus" at level 185 which increases the effectiveness of adjacent Champions' formation abilities if their WIS score is 14 or higher
  • Changed Nrakk's "Kensei Advantage" specialization to grant 3 Ki Points (for a total of 4, or 5 with a Deft Strike) whenever "Kensei Cleave" hits more than one enemy
  • Renamed Nrakk's "Unerring Accuracy" specialization to "Unerring Precision" and changed it to make "Deft Strike" grant 2 extra Ki Points per hit instead of 1 (for a total of 3 Ki Points per Deft Strike), and also grant a moderate damage increase
  • Nrakk's upgrades and balance has been completely redone
  • Nrakk's base attack has been renamed Naginata, and the base cooldown has been increased to 5.5 seconds from 5 seconds
  • Slot 3 gear now buffs "Ki Master" instead of global DPS
  • Moved Nrakk's old achievement to the "Legacy" category; it is no longer attainable
  • Added a new achievement for Nrakk



Regis

We wanted to bump up the power of Regis to give him a shot in some formations. His new ability increases the effectiveness of his buffing, potentially by a lot if you can structure your formation properly. We also gave him a Companions of the Hall synergy ability which grants a big one-time heal when your formation comes under attack. It has a pretty hefty cooldown, but if you're constantly coming under attack and then wiping out your attackers, it could be useful.
  • Added a new ability "Ruby Amplification" at level 320. This ability increases the effect of "Ruby Encouragement" for each Champion being affected by it
  • Added a new ability "Ruby Invigoration" at level 450 which synergizes with the other Companions of the Hall Champions, increasing your gold find by 100% and causing Regis to heal the formation when it comes under attack for an amount based on the number of Companions in the formation. The heal is large, but has a 15 second cooldown and only triggers when the formation becomes under attack, not while it is already under attack
  • Regis' ultimate attack now deals damage and slows all enemies. Enemies slowed by his ultimate take additional damage. His ultimate is now classified as a magical ranged attack, instead of melee
  • Slot 1 gear now buffs global DPS instead of self DPS
  • Added the "healing" tag to Regis since he now has an ability that can heal the formation



Stoki

Stoki has been refactored in order to excel as a formation buffer and gold finder at your wall or during challenging encounters with lots of enemies. Her abilities now buff people directly instead of her Marks of Ki debuffing enemies, but she still marks enemies to power those buffs.
  • Stoki's base attack now hits random enemies instead of the front-most
  • Stoki's base attack cooldown is now 5.75 seconds instead of 3.75
  • Changed "Ki Strike" to be a base ability (no specialization required); instead of debuffing enemies to take more damage, Stoki now buffs Champions on the edge of the formation based on how many Marks of Ki are active on enemies
  • Changed "Golden Palm" to buff gold dropped when Champions adjacent to Stoki kill enemies. The amount of bonus gold is again based on the number of Marks of Ki active on enemies
  • Added a new ability "Ki Infusion" at level 190 which makes it so each enemy can have up to five Marks of Ki at once. Stoki adds one Mark of Ki each time she attacks an enemy, and can add multiple Marks of Ki per attack if she attacks the same enemy multiple times
  • Added a new specialization option "Ki Overflow" at level 275 which causes enemies with five Marks of Ki to have a chance of being stunned when struck by Stoki
  • Added a new specialization option "Ki Explosion" at level 275 which causes enemies with five Marks of Ki to have a chance to explode when struck by Stoki, doing damage and spreading additional Marks of Ki to other nearby enemies
  • Stoki's upgrades and balance has been completely redone
  • Slot 1 gear now buffs global DPS instead of self DPS
  • Removed the "dps" tag from Stoki - she is now intended to be a full support Champion
  • Moved Stoki's old achievement to the "Legacy" category; it is no longer attainable
  • Added a new achievement for Stoki



Wulfgar

Wulfgar has been turned into the Companions of the Hall go-to tanking Champion, with multiple abilities that synergize powerfully with other Companion Champions. He's still a stunning machine, with bursts of power when he stuns multiple enemies multiple times in a row.
  • Removed Wulfgar's existing specializations, but the names are being used for the new formation abilities, just to be confusing
  • Added a new ability "Clangeddin's Will" at level 20 which provides powerful formation buffs when Wulfgar stuns 3 or more enemies at once (more likely when he's tanking a cluster of enemies)
  • Added a new ability "Dumathoin's Will" at level 70 which provides a powerful damage shield for Wulfgar when he stuns a boss creature. The size of the shield is relative to the remaining health of the boss monster he stunned
  • Added a new ability "King of the Elk Tribe" at level 110 which increases the health of all Champions by a percentage of Wulfgar's max health
  • Added a new ability "Moradin's Will" at level 130 which increases the damage of Companions of the Hall Champions based on the number of enemies Wulfgar is tanking
  • Added a new ability "Empowered Warhammer" at level 180 which synergizes with the other Companions of the Hall Champions, increasing your gold find by 100% and increasing the chance of Wulgar's base attack stun based on the number of Companions in the formation
  • Updated the "Smash 'n Grab" ability to temporarily buff the damage of the whole party when Wulfgar attacks an armored enemy but doesn't break a piece of armor
  • Added a new specialization choice "Heavy Blows" at level 265 that increases Wulfgar's base attack stun chance
  • Added a new specialization choice "Flag Bearer" at level 265 that gives Wulfgar an additional chance to stun boss enemies, and causes stuns against bosses to trigger Clangeddin's Will with a higher damage buff than normal enemies
  • Added a number of upgrades that increase Wulfgar's max health
  • Wulfgar's upgrades and balance has been completely redone
  • Removed the "dps" tag and added the "tanking" tag, since Wulfgar has been rebalanced as a tank intended for Companions of the Hall formations
  • Slot 1 gear now buffs global DPS instead of self DPS
  • Slot 2 gear now buffs max health instead of self DPS



Zorbu

We removed Zorbu's Favored Enemies idea and replaced it with Lifelong Enemies, our second ability whose stacks persist through resets. Zorbu gains damage buffs against certain enemies for each enemy of that type that he kills, and the rest of his abilities receive buffs based on those totals, meaning if you focus on Zorbu as your DPS, the scaling potential is massive. We haven't forgotten that Zorbu can also play a big support role, so we've bumped up his global DPS buffs by quite a bit (more than making up for a small gear swap)
  • Removed the "Favored Enemy" specialization choices
  • Removed the "Colossus Slayer/Horde Breaker" specialization choices
  • Added a new ability "Lifelong Enemies" at level 30 that increases Zorbu's damage against humanoid, beast, undead, drow enemies based on the total number of those enemies he has killed. Persists through resets
  • Added a new ability "Seething Hatred" at level 50 which increases Zorbu's damage by a portion of the aggregate "Lifelong Enemies" buff
  • Added a new specialization choice "Lead The Pack" at level 90 which increases Hunter's Pack by the same amount as Seething Hatred increases Zorbu's damage
  • Added a new specialization choice "Favored Enemies" at level 90 which increases Zorbu's "Lifelong Enemies" damage bonus
  • Added a new specialization choice "Focused Anger" at level 90 which increases the rate at which stacks are earned with "Lifelong Enemies"
  • Zorbu's upgrades and balance has been completely redone
  • Slot 2 gear now buffs self DPS instead of global DPS
  • Slot 3 gear now buffs his new "Seething Hatred" ability instead of "Favored Enemy"
June 26th
Idle Champions: Upgrade Cap Increase 
Posted in Idle Champions.

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

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

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

Coming Soon

  • Year One Champion Balance Update (Part 1)
  • Additional QoL Updates & Fixes
  • And much more...
June 11th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Korth 
Posted in Idle Champions.

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

Who is Korth?

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

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

Korth's Stats


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

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


Basic Attack

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

Formation Abilities

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

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

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

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

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

Specializations

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

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

Ultimate Attack

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

Equipment



Final Thoughts

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

As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
June 5th
Idle Champions: Locked Chests & Combinations 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Have you been frustrated that the in-game codes we and our partners give away could not be redeemed on your platform?

Well, fret no more, because there's a new system to redeem codes on all platforms as of today! Read on to find out how to redeem a new 12-character combination, how to enter an old 16-character code, and get a combination for a Gold Chest to try it out!

What previously were "codes" for free in-game items are now "combinations" for a Locked Chest that is always available in the game. Locked Chests can be accessed in 2 different ways depending on your platform.

Xbox One and PlayStation 4

On consoles, you can access the new "Locked Chest" redemption system in one of two ways:
  • On your inventory screen, you'll see a new Locked Chest icon as your first chest. If you select that chest, it'll bring you to the Locked Chest combination screen!


  • Otherwise, when you access the store, you'll see a new option in the upper right to "Unlock a Locked Chest". Select Y (Xbox) or Triangle (PlayStation 4) and it'll bring you to the Locked Chest combination screen!



All other platforms

On the rest of the platforms, you can access the new "Locked Chest" redemption system in one of two ways:
  • You'll see a new Locked Chest in the upper right side of the chest screen. If you select that chest, it'll bring you to the Locked Chest combination screen!


  • Otherwise, when you access the store, you'll see a new option in the upper right to "Unlock a Locked Chest". Select that and it'll bring you to the Locked Chest combination screen!



What about old codes?

On all platforms, if you have an old 16-character code, you'll see an option to switch to a 16-character combination in the lower left-hand corner of the combination screen! We'll be moving our partners to the new 12-character system in the coming weeks, so you might still see some 16-character codes popping up here and there.

Can I try it out?

Sure! Log into the game and enter this combination for a free Gold Chest!

AGOLDCHEST4U

While you're logged in, make sure to check out the new "C" Team weekly challenges for week 5!!
June 5th
Idle Champions: Variants Update (June 2019) 
Posted in Idle Champions.

How long has it been since your last challenge? No need to answer — I can tell from your expression that you are eager for the latest test of your formation mastery: six new challenging variants!

Today's update includes two new variants for each of our permanent campaigns: Don't Look Up! and Friends of the Forest for Grand Tour of the Sword Coast, Treasure Hunters and Cramped Quarters for Tomb of Annihilation, and Stumbling Escape and Spined Nuisances for Waterdeep: Dragon Heist.

Your latest challenges await...

Grand Tour of the Sword Coast Variants

  • The Silken Swamp: Don't Look Up! — Spiders descend upon the formation every 10 seconds, poisoning random Champions for 15 seconds. While poisoned, Champion damage is reduced.

  • Supply Run: Friends of the Forest — Annoying (yet adorable) animals spawn with an assortment of obnoxious abilities, debuffing and attacking the formation.

Tomb of Annihilation Variants

  • The Ring of Regeneration: Treasure Hunters — Two greedy Treasure Hunters take up slots in the formation, stealing 99% of the gold dropped for themselves along with half of all Quest Items.

  • Seeking Allies: Cramped Quarters — Only dwarves, gnomes, kobolds, and halflings may be used.

Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Variants

  • Nimble Escape: Stumbling Escape — Only Champions with a DEX (Dexterity) score of 13 or lower may be used.

  • Fugitives: Spined Nuisances — Empowered Spined Devils appear at random and attack the formation.

See the in-game Change Log for more information, including a list of fixes!
May 21st
Idle Champion Spotlight: Qillek Ad Khollar 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time for our newest Champion Spotlight! Today, we're previewing and releasing Qillek Ad Khollar. He's an aarakocra cleric/bard and our newest member of the Heroes of Aerois! Aila isn't the only Champion from the High Rollers Aerois campaign any more! Qillek is here to give you a leg up on your upcoming weekly challenges.

Who is Qillek?

Qillek (KEY-lek) or Qill (Quill) to his friends joins the Champions from the High Rollers Aerois campaign. He's a 3-year-old Aarakocra who used to be a part of the Aarakocran Messenger Guild, until a visit to the Valley of Storms and an accident led to the loss of his left arm and wing. While he lost his ability to fly, he also found his god H'esper. With the divine powers granted from H'esper, Qill is able to help protect and heal the party. He may be down a wing, but he's got more than enough bravery to make up for it!

Qillek is played by Tom Hazel, a member of The High Rollers D&D crew, based in the UK. The High Rollers stream each week at the High Rollers Twitch page at 5PM BST, or noon Eastern every Sunday. You can also follow thair adventures on Youtube! For more info on Qillek, the High Rollers crew, and the homebrew world of Aerois created by professional dungeon master Mark Hulmes, check out the High Rollers Aerois wiki.

Qillek's Stats

Race: Aarakocra Class: Cleric/Bard Alignment: Lawful Good
STR: 12 DEX: 15 CON: 12
INT: 13 WIS: 18 CHA: 14

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


Basic Attack

Feather Flurry: Qillek flaps his wing as hard as he can, throwing out a flurry of ethereal purple feathers that damage the two nearest enemies.

Formation Abilities

  • Prayer of Healing — Every second, Qillek heals everyone in the formation who is damaged. The amount of healing is based on the distance they are from Qillek, with farther Champions being healed more. Starting at 2 slots away, the healing is increased by 25% per slot, additively. For example, he'll heal adjacent champions for the base value (starting at 8HP but increasing as you level up), but those 2 slots away will be healed for Base+(Base*.25) or 10HP/second. Those 3 slots away will be healed for Base+(Base*.5) or 12HP/second. And so on. The farther away he is from those taking damage, the more he'll heal them!

  • Bless — Increases the damage of Champions adjacent to Qillek based on the number of Champions NOT adjacent to Qillek. This is another bonus that can be maximized if he's off in a corner of the back row. The damage increase starts at a 50% boost per non-adjacent Champion, additively. Additionally, the effect of Bless is increased by the total Aerois Synergy Pool (see below)

  • Aerois Synergy — We're introducing a new affiliation boon for the Heroes of Aerois! There will be a pool created when either Qillek or Aila (blog updated) is in your formation and has the Aerois Synergy upgrade unlocked. The pool is noted as the Aerois Synergy Pool. Heroes of Aerois contribute to the pool based on how well they're performing in the formation, and then one or more of their abilities are buffed by a percentage of that total pool. The more Heroes of Aerois Champions you have in the formation, the higher the pool, and the higher the buffs to each Champions' ability!

    You can see what the pool total is by viewing the formation buffs for each Champion once they unlock their Synergy formation ability. The details of Qillek's contributions are listed below. For him, Bless is increased by a percentage of the total Aerois Synergy Pool.



Specializations

  • Expanded Blessing — Take this specialization route if your DPS slot is better positioned away from him, or you have multiple DPS spots and want to maximize how much he is affecting the whole party.

  • Empowered Blessing — Take this specialization route if you have a formation where there are an abundance of champions 2 spots away and you want to maximize your Bless buff for those adjacent!

Ultimate Attack

    Calm Emotions! — Qillek takes a deep breath and casts Calm Emotions, raining ethereal purple feathers down on the screen. All enemies take damage and then attack 3x less often (their attack cooldown is multiplied by 3) for 30 seconds. The boss/enemy enrage timer also fills 3x slower for 30 seconds.

Equipment



Final Thoughts

Qillek is a skilled healer and support champion that should do well in formations where you don't want to waste a spot near your tank to heal! He'll get even better if you use him with Aila, a fellow Hero of Aerois.

As always, feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
May 15th
Idle Champions: Dragon Heist, Part 5 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The Champions are on the hunt for Nihiloor, a Mind Flayer in service to The Xanathar Guild. They entered the sewers of Waterdeep in pursuit only to become lost in the labyrinth of tunnels while searching for Skullport.

Unfortunately for the Champions, they've stumbled into Undermountain, the dungeon of the mad mage Halaster Blackcloak...

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Dragon Heist Adventures, Nimble Escape and Fugitives, in order to access these new Adventures.

Hopelessly Lost

After following their quarry into Waterdeep's sewers, the Champions have become lost in Undermountain. It's going to take everything they have to try and find their way back out again!
  • Variant: Bazaar Exploits — Two Goblins accompany the Champions, taking up spots in the formation. Every 25 Areas the two Goblins change their location. While attacking Xanathar Guild enemies, Champions' damage is increased.

Enter the Sargauth

The Champions are on the hunt, looking for a way to Skullport - after all, they have a stone to find - but something else is already on the hunt for them...
  • Variant: Elder Rune Madness — Each time you enter the portal, a different Elder Rune takes effect for the next 50 Areas. These Elder Runes vary in effects from Champions taking damage whenever monsters spawn to random debuffs, monsters dropping less gold, and Champions being unable to regain hit points or gain shields. Good luck!

See the in-game Change Log for more information!