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February 24th
Idle Champions: Fleetswake 4 
Posted in Idle Champions.

You've been recruited by a merchant guild in Waterdeep to look into a number of mysterious missing ships over the past year. The Fair Seas Festival is a good time to look into this as people are quite open about the dangers of the sea, the fury of Umberlee, and so forth.

Many people blame Umberlee for the missing ships, but the merchant guild isn't so sure...

Fleetswake 4 runs until Monday, March 8th, 2021 at 12:00pm PST, introduces Orisha, an Aasimar Cleric and Bard and brings back Sisaspia, a Yuan-Ti Pureblood Circle of Spores Druid, and The Black Viper, an infamous Human Rogue from Waterdeep.

For more information about Year 4 Events and how they work, please check out our Year 4 Events Dev Blog.

New Champion: 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)


Orisha's Abilities

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.

For more information on Orisa and her abilities, check out her Champion Spotlight!


Year Four Variants


  • Umberlee's Abyssal Adventure — Abyssal crabs appear in each area, they do not drop gold, nor do they count towards quest progress. Enemies deal 200% additional damage. Only Champions with the Support tag can be used.
  • Reach Area 75.
  • Volo's Guide to Umberlee — Volo joins the formation. Only Champions adjacent to Volo deal damage. Champions not adjacent to Volo deal no damage, but their formation abilities are still active.
  • Reach Area 125.
  • Sirens Sound Check — A collection of bards that were rejected at the last Sirens of the Realms audition are back for revenge! In each area 3 bards appear. Each of them has a unique effect that is active while they are alive:
    • Duergar — Enemies deal 300% additional damage.
    • Elf — Enemies move 200% faster.
    • Goblin — Champions normal attack cooldown is increased by 0.5 seconds.
    • Non-Bard Champions have their damage reduced by 99%.
  • Reach Area 175.

Pirate Orisha

Dungeons & Dragons Orisha Krystina Arielle

Also launching today is the Pirate Orisha skin, available for 20, 000 gems in the in-game gem shop!

For information on previous years' variants, check out the Feetswake 3 blog.
February 12th
BW2: Be our Valentine! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Happy Valentine’s Day Bushwhackers!

The residents of the Commons are putting on a Valentine’s Day dance, so you know what that means! Helping with the set-up through one-time and daily quests, plus turn-ins!

It’s not Valentine’s without presents! Help stock the stands with Chocolates, Teddy Bears and Roses by turning in Candy Hearts as the stations unlock.

The event organizer seems a bit frazzled. Why don’t you help her out by doing her set-up quests each day? And don’t forget to keep those party supplies topped off!

Once the Valentine's dance has started, you get to look for the partner of your choice to share a moment on the dance floor.

Jim and Sasha's relationship quests are around. If you haven't married them yet, you'll see either their Dating or Proposal quest line. If they are married, you get to help the pair pack for their honeymoon, or celebrate their anniversary.

You can also learn how to play guitar to serenade your loved one! And who is that mysterious note from this year?

Aaron's bunnies, Cinnamon and Snowball, have run off and are making like, well rabbits! This is a challenging quest that might take you the better part of the event to complete, as you've got to catch not only Cinnamon and Snowball, but their 100 little bunny babies as well! Good luck!

New for 2021

Nate's been dumped and needs your help setting up a date with his one true love: Adventure! When he returns from his "date", he'll bring you back a Trophy for his sister Natalie. Later on, one of the girls will need some support after her Kindler Date dumps her. Ice Cream daily quests ought to help, until it's time to help them through the 5 stages of grief. All five quests will unlock right after each other and then she will have a new daily quest for you.

If you can complete the event, you'll earn this awesome 100% reward: the Valentine's Mannequin Base!



Follow your passions and tame a flying lion mount during the first weekend of the event!



Starting next Friday, the 3 new Valentine's themed pets for this year will be available to purchase over the weekend! Can they woo your heart?



Event Achievements -- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT

There are a total of 18 possible achievements to earn in the Valentine’s Day 2021 event.

Achievements Returning for 2021
Party Planning Committee - You helped at least once at each Valentines Station.
Party Planning Leader - You helped 50 times at each Valentines station.
Pet Detective - You found each of the lost pets at least once.
Nate's Date - You helped Nate pick a Date.
The Five Stages of Grief - You helped Nate's rejection get through her pain.
Two Left Feet - You danced at the Valentines Dance.
Setup Wizard - You helped the party organizers with all their tasks.
Guitar Training - Follow through with Virtuoso Guitarist Jimmie's lessons.
A Secret Admirer - Find a note from a true secret admirer.

Added/Changed for 2021
Beguiling Garments - Purchase all of the 2021 Valentine's Event Item!*

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

Customization Lover - You bought all the Valentines things from 2013!
Customize Your Love - You bought all the Valentines things from 2014!
Heart-wearer - You bought all the Valentines things from 2015!
Hearts Hearts Hearts! - You bought all the Valentines things from 2016!
Passionate Purchases - You bought all the Valentines things from 2017!
Romantic Acquisitions - Purchase all of the 2018 Valentine's Event Item!
Winsome Wardrobe - Purchase all of the 2019 Valentine's Event Item!
Smitten Shopper - Purchase all of the 2020 Valentine's Event Item!

*The Valentine’s mini-golf piece is not included in the Beguiling Garments achievement.

This event runs until Friday February 26th @ Noon PST (8pm GMT).

Post your love for the event here!
February 11th
COTLI: Merci's Mix-Up 6! 

Merci is nothing if not tenacious. After five years of trying to find a match for a Valentine's Day outing, he's still game to try and try again with help from his ever growing collection of friends.

This year he's bringing in the flowers: Rosoideae!

It's time for Merci's Mix-Up 6!

Merci's Mix-Up 6 runs until Tuesday, February 23rd, introducing Rosoideae and bringing back Alacrity the Matchmaker, Rocky the Rockstar, Sally the Succubus, Warwick the Warlock, Katie the Cupid, Frankie the Demon Crooner, and Ishtar!

New Tier 6 Crusader: Rosoideae

Tags: Event, Demon, Flora, Tank, Support, Male, Female


They’re a rose bush demon! What does that mean, what is their job? Trundle around every Valentine's distributing rose bouquets due to popular demand? Or the opposite - they visit now-flowerless rose bushes and console them?

Rosoideae is a tank rosebush, here to support other demon and flora Crusaders! When you want to bring them into your formation, you can find them in slot 32.



New Tier 6 Objectives

  • Recruit Rosoideae |Rosoideae takes up a slot in the formation Rocky the Rockstar and Sally the Succubus take up spots in the formation and can't be moved. Only Rocky does DPS. Note: This will require having cleared the objective To Infinity and Beyond on Ghostbeard's Greed to complete. Reach area 600.

  • Driver's License | Warwick the Warlock and Katie the Cupid take up spots in formation and can't be moved. The formation has been changed. Note: This will require having cleared the objective To Infinity and Beyond on Ghostbeard's Greed to complete. Reach area 650.

  • Dearest 0x0000FF | Frankie the Demon Crooner takes up a spot in formation and can't be moved. Only Demon or Flora Crusaders can be used. Note: This will require having cleared the objective To Infinity and Beyond on Ghostbeard's Greed to complete. Reach area 675.

  • Mom Cherry |Ishtar takes up a spot in formation and can't be moved. Only Royal Crusaders can be used. Tired Mom monsters spawn, living for a short amount of time, and don't count as a kill or drop items for area progress. Note: This will require having cleared the objective Bullet Hell on Ready Player Two to complete. Reach area 700.

  • You Broke Me First |Alacrity the Matchmaker takes up a spot in formation and can't be moved. The formation only does DPS when Alacrity has all 3 Imps out. Note: This will require having cleared the objective Bullet Hell on Ready Player Two to complete. Reach area 725.

More info

You'll have until Tuesday, February 23rd at 12:00 PM Pacific Time to complete Merci's Mix-Up 6!

For more info on previous Merci's Mix-Up Crusaders and objectives check out the Merci's Mix-Up 5 blog post.

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Valentine's Chests, which you can earn from objectives and the free play or buy in the shop. Each non-recruitment objective will drop a chest for its given tier of Crusaders, and free play will drop All Tier chests. Gear for Tier 2, Tier 3, Tier 4, Tier 5, and Tier 6 Crusaders will only appear in All Tier chests once you've unlocked the respective Crusaders. You can select the tier of chest you buy in the shop when you go to purchase chests with real money or event currency.

February 5th
BW2: Creature Collector - Bushicorn Pets! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Coppers of the Creature Collector

The eccentric Creature Collector has returned to the Commons, this time with a trio of Bushicorn pets!



Head to the event area and choose one to train. You have until noon on Wednesday February 10th to complete the collector's four daily quests, level up your chosen creature, earn Creature Coppers to spend in their store, and get another page to your Creature Collector's Compendium!

The Compendium Page will be given after the event ends. If you don't have the Creature Collector's Compendium ranch item, you'll get it when you get your first page.

After the event, the collector will be taking their creature back unless you adopt it by purchasing its corresponding mount pack, available starting Monday February 8th.

Train hard, Bush Whackers!

The training quests unlock at noon on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Those busy on the weekends can still catch up!

Notes
- The VIP "Quest Reset" power does not reset these mini event quests, and they are not affected by the Time Turner and Timey Whimey Watch.
- Swapping your event mount with a higher level mount doesn't count towards event progress.

Updates

The three Bushicorn pets earn double the experience compared to other pets for the duration of this mini-event!

Ye Olde Creature Collector's Galleria - Pets

When you speak to Tanela Tiva in the event area, you can select the "What past pets are for sale?" chat option.

This will open a new store, which will contain 3 non-event premium pets you have never owned! They cost Bush Bucks, like in event stores. The selection will change next time Tanela Tiva visits to event area.

We've done this in response to players asking to see old premium pets they've missed out on, to help you fill out your pet collection. Snag those old-school mounts you're missing out on!

Read the Release Notes!

Chat about this mini-event on the forum!
February 3rd
Idle Champions: Grand Revel 4 
Posted in Idle Champions.

As Camp Vengeance gets ready to celebrate Grand Revel, a lone Templar approaches the Champions. Her merchant friend's caravan is missing.

The investigation found only scattered supplies and wreckage along the trail. If there are any survivors, they seem to have been taken into the jungles of Chult...

Grand Revel 4 introduces Hew Maan, a definitely human Champion and not three kobolds in a trench coat, and brings back Havilar, the Tiefling Fighter (Battlemaster) and twin sister to Farideh, and Paultin Seppa, the Vistani Bard. Players have until Monday, February 15th at 12PM Pacific to complete their Grand Revel unlocks and objectives.

For more information about Year 4 Events and how they work, please check out our Year 4 Events Dev Blog.

New Champion: 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.


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)


Hew Maan's Abilities

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....

For more information on Hew Maan and their abilities, check out their Champion Spotlight!


Year Four Variants


  • Kobolds in Trench Coats! — Hew Maan starts in the front of the formation. They can't be moved or removed. Two of Hew Maan's "Human" friends have also joined the formation to see them in action! Quest requirements are doubled in non-boss areas.
      Getting to know Zrang — Because of their location in the formation, Zrang is on top of Hew Maan, meaning that enemies have a 25% chance to count double for quest progress (Teamwork). Kleeb and Yassa are not on top, which means that hits-based and armor-based enemies and blockers have a 50% chance of spawning with 25% of their hits already gone, and the base attack cooldown of Champions adjacent to Hew Maan are reduced by .5 seconds (Please Stand By)!
    Reach Area 75.
  • More Dead Than Hew Maan — Hew Maan starts in one of the middle columns of the formation. They can't be moved or removed. Relentless Undead monsters spawn and attack your formation. When they are killed, they don't disappear. Instead, after 5 seconds, they get back up and resume their relentless attack.
      Getting to know Kleeb — Because of their location in the formation, Kleeb is on top of Hew Maan, meaning that Champion damage against bosses is increased and if that boss has hits-based or armor-based health, successful attacks destroy twice as many segments as they normally would (Teamwork), Yassa and Zrang are not on top, which means that boss enemies move 25% slower, and the base attack cooldowns of Champions adjacent to Hew Maan are reduced by .5 seconds (Please Stand By)!
    Reach Area 125.
  • Hit 'em fast, Hit 'em hard — Hew Maan starts in the back of the formation. They can't be moved or removed. Armored abyssal chickens spawn in each area. These chickens drop no gold, nor do they count towards quest progress. Every 10 areas, the number of Abyssal Chickens that spawn per area increases by 1.
      Getting to know Yassa — Because of their location in the formation, Yassa is on top of Hew Maan, meaning that Champion damage is increased in the two columns in front of Hew Maan (Teamwork), Kleeb and Zrang are not on top, which means that hits-based and armor-based enemies and blockers have a 50% chance of spawning with 25% of their hits already gone, and bosses move 25% slower (Please Stand By)!
    Reach Area 175.
For information on previous years' variants, check out the Grand Revel 3 blog.