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May 28th, 2021
BW2: Creature Collector - Plumedragon 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 plumedragon pets!

Head to the event area and choose one to train. You have until noon on Wednesday June 2nd 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 May 31st.

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!

- 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.
- These three 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!

May 19th, 2021
Idle Champions: The Great Modron March 4 
Posted in Idle Champions.

A modron sighting is a rare occurrence outside Mechanus, the plane of true law.

At least, it's supposed to be a rare occurrence -- word has it that thousands of modrons have been seen on the march in the wilderness, and they are heading towards Waterdeep!

The Great Modron March 4 introduces Mehen, Dragonborn Fighter and adoptive father of Farideh and Havilar of Brimstone Angels, and brings back Jaheira, the renowned half-elf druid from Baldur's Gate, Qillek Ad Khollar, the Aarakocra Cleric of High Rollers. Players have until Monday, May 31st at 12PM Pacific to complete their The Great Modron March 4 unlocks and objectives.

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

I. New Champion: 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)

Mehen's Abilities

Mehen is a Support and Gold Find Champion. With the new Brimstone Angels affiliation, he buffs his daughters Farideh and Havilar (and they buff him), 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. Grumpy gives buffs to Champions in front of him, and Gruff boosts this buff based on how far ahead Champion in question is, while We’ve Trained For This increases the amount of gold he’ll collect the further back he’s placed. For more information on Mehen and his abilities, check out his Champion Spotlight!

Year Four Variants

  • The Elusive Bounty — Mehen is on the hunt for a pixie from the feywild who has been harassing adventurers for years! He starts in the formation. He can be moved or removed. The pixie arrives in each boss area to taunt Mehen, buffing all enemies so they move 100% faster and deal 100% additional damage.You must defeat her in addition to the area requirements to advance.
      Getting to know Mehen: To maximize Mehen's benefit within your formation, you'll want to watch his Grumpy stacks and keep them within the middle range.
      • Mehen gains Grumpy stacks based on which column he is in with a gain of 1 stack per second in the front row, to 5 stacks per second in the back row.
      • Mehen loses Grumpy stacks when one of the following things happens to either Mehe, Farideh or Havilar: They attack (10% loss), they take damage (10% loss), or they kill an enemy (5% loss).
  • Reach Area 75.
  • The Neverending March Continues — Every time a Modron is killed in non-boss areas it shuts down for 5 seconds and then comes back to life with full health. Modron enemies deal 100% additional damage.
  • Reach Area 125.
  • Volo's Guide to Grumpy Guys — Volo has returned to observe the formation. Only Male Champions can be used. Enemies move 100% faster, and deal 100% additional damage.
      Getting to know Mehen: While Mehen works best with his daughters Farideh & Havilar, he's no slouch on his own. Without the Brimstone Angels in your formation, you need to manage Mehen's Grumpy stacks a bit differently. Remember that changing his column will alter how quickly he is gaining Grumpy stacks.
  • Reach Area 175.
For information on previous years' variants, check out the The Great Modron March 3 blog.
May 14th, 2021
BW2: The 10th Spring Garden Event! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Flowers In Bloom!

The Tenth annual Grow-A-Thon has returned to the Commons! Whack the bushes and gather their bounty so that you can plant flowers and trees in the Event area to make yourself a gorgeous garden. Impress the judges every 20 hours to earn Spring tokens to buy this year’s Custom Items. You need to impress the previous judge to get a rating from the next one.

Plus, fill your magnificent garden with critters! There are 5 to get throughout the event, starting with the Squirrel today! You can send out requests for a free one.

Also returning is the Gorgeous Garden contest! Check back next week for more details!

George has such a terrible green thumb, he’ll be looking for you to help him out trying to grow a plant for the first (or fourth) time.

Spring usually means spring cleaning, right? Freddy needs some help cleaning up his house. It’s gotten a little bit spooky. Cleaning items can only be whacked in his house.

Timmy wants to wake his turtle up from its hibernation after that long, cold winter. Aid him in finding things to tempt it back to consciousness.

Earn another copy of your old Bee pet, or one of the other two Bees when you complete the quests again this year!

Have too many seeds? There's now two new things you can spend them on:
- 10 Fertilizer, once daily
- The Spring Gift Bouquet, once daily (alternatively to buying for Spring Tokens)

New for 2021

If you can complete the event, you'll earn the Spring Mannequin Base!

Four new growable decorations have been added! They are the Sunset Sunflower, Yellow Rose, Hedge, and Pink Hedge! Plant seeds for these in your garden boxes in the event area.

For players level 400+, Farmer McDonald will reward you with Tier 2 Spring Fruit and Spring Vegetable seeds! These crops will yield energy and gold balanced for your higher level.

The contest manager will now show a warning before you make a submission after your first, explaining that it will overwrite your last submission and reset your ranking.

Finally, the garden contest page has been updated to show if your submission is in the top 10, 25, 50, or 100 of all ranked submissions! If your submission fall into one of these categories, you'll see a message saying so below your submission image.

Event Achievements -- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT

There are a total of TWENTY ONE possible achievements to earn in the Spring Garden 2021 event.

Achievements Returning for 2021
Flower Master- You’ve grown 1 of each common plant in the Spring Event!
Beast Master- You’ve gotten every animal in the Spring Event.
Spring Decorator- You’ve bought 3 of each planter and 1 Watering Can.
Impressive- You impressed all of the Gardening Judges in the Spring Event.
Most Impressive- You got the highest mark from the final Gardening Judge in the Spring Event!
Five Days at Freddy's - Complete all of Freddy's Spring Daily Quests!
Spring Botanist - You collected flowers for all the Spring Garden judges.
Beekeeper - You completed the Spring Garden beehive quests.
Bee Buddy - Help Joel make Bushwhackia a better place for the bees.
Bug Collector - Help Satoshi expand his bug collection. Garden Critic - Vote 50 times in the Gorgeous Garden Photo contest.
Onionling Sheperd - Round up all 100 Onionlings during the Spring Garden event.

Added/Changed for 2021
Planter Purchases - You bought all the 2021 Spring Garden event items!*

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.

Flowery Frills - You bought all the 2020 Spring Garden event items!
Ripe Raiments - You bought all the 2019 Spring Garden event items!
Garden Gatherer - You bought all the 2018 Spring Garden event items!
Organic Acquisitions - You bought all the 2017 Spring Garden event items!
Spring Token Trader - You bought all the 2016 Spring Garden event items!
Garage Sale Connoisseur - Purchase all the 2015 Spring Event items!
Spring Spender- Purchase all the 2014 Spring Event items!
Fresh Year Round- Purchase all the 2013 Spring Event items!

*The Flowalker mini-golf piece is not required for the Planter Purchases achievement.

Mount Packs

New 2021 Mounts!

All new flower dragon mounts are available this weekend, from May 14th to 17th!

The Wealdiff mount comes free with your first purchase of 100 Bush Bucks or more!

The Sunset Wealdiff and Hollow Wealdiff are in packs containing 100 Bush Bucks, 10 Pristine Feed Vouchers, and a VIP Voucher!

Pet Packs

New 2021 Pet Packs (Coming Soon!)

Stay tuned for the reveal on the Bush Whacker 2 Community Facebook page!

Post your green thumb adventures and questions on the forum!

The event will run until Friday May 28th at Noon PDT!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I find the seeds?
    Just keep whacking. The Holiday Item runes and pets will help attract them as well.

  • How do I grow plants?
    There are the planters outside the garden to grow flowers in. If you click on them, you can see the plant store. Each plant has a different cost and grow time to get you your event progress points. You start with 4 free planters.

  • Is it good to buy extra planters for growing the plants?
    If you have the seeds to spare and prefer to plant long-growing plants, then yes, it’s worth it.

  • How do I get the Decorator achievement?
    If you go into the gardening area, the store button ($) has a selection of garden decorating items, where you can find the planter styles and watering can. These items also cost seeds.

  • What are the possible seed combinations for Farmer MacDonald’s quest?
    You can choose seeds that grow either Energy or Gold, and then choose between 20, 15, 4, and 3 hours of growth time.

  • Why do my custom seeds cost Gold to plant?
    You created the combination, which is unlocked until they expire. Just like normal plants, they cost Gold for planting. We don't award a flat number of seeds, because not all players have the same amount of farm plots. This way, you get to choose how many you end up growing. :)
  • Why don’t my custom seeds last longer?
    Because they're OP! Enjoy them while they last. :)

  • How do I please the judges?
    Just keep growing plants. As your event progress increases, you will impress the judges more and more. You DO NOT need to place them in your garden if you don't wish to. The plants still count for progress.

  • Does the Timey-Wimey watch or Time Turner affect the judges?
    No, judges do not have quest cooldowns, so trinket effects that work for quests will not apply to them.

  • What adds to my event progress?
    Growing plants worth points and completing the side quests. To get the points from your plants, you don't even need to place them in your garden! Just grow them!

  • Do I have to do the achievements?
    No. Completing the goals for the achievements is totally optional. You get either a large energy pack or a title for your character from them, no event progress.

  • Where can I see all the achievements available and how to get them?
    Either on the holiday dialog, the achievements dialog, or on the blog.

May 10th, 2021
BW2: Lost Woods Mini-Event 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Are you tired of hearing endless talk of 'Endless Dungeons' by the devs? Roll your eyes no more, as a mini-event demonstrating a lite version of Endless Dungeons is here! Delve into the Lost Woods!

What are Endless Dungeons?

'Endless Dungeon' is the technical term for a new system, where you enter the dungeon, complete puzzles in a series of small areas, and collect a special reward at the end, where you return to the entrance and can enter again.

When you click the entrance of a dungeon, you'll see the following popup with some details about your progress in the dungeon. Click the big arrow/doorway button to enter the dungeon!

Runs and Tiers

Each of these can be called a "run". Each run requires you complete an increasing number of areas to complete. The first might be 3 areas, the next 6, then 9, etc. These goals are called "Tiers" of the dungeon. You start at Tier 1, complete its 3 areas, and claim its reward to complete it. You can then enter it again at Tier 2.

Each area has a small reward in a silver chest, and each tier has a more unique or greater reward.

Some dungeons will have a maximum tier (like the Lost Woods), and some will not. And some dungeons will have increasing bush whacking costs (bush energy and mana whack), and some will not (like the Lost Woods).

Areas and Effects

Each area of a dungeon is randomly generated. The field, the decorations, visitors, where you enter and leave, and the 'Area Effects'.

What are Area Effects? There modifiers like what your trinkets, pets, mounts, and runes give you, but apply only when you're in the area. These could be positive or negative. Maybe increase energy odds, decreased power odds, or maybe something more weird.

If an area has effects, you can see what the area effect is by mousing over the 'E' star near your mana bar.

What are the Lost Woods?

The Lost Woods are an Endless Dungeon with a maximum tier of 9 and no increasing bush whacking costs. These limits are added so it can fit in the limited time period of a week long mini-event.

To accommodate the different bush whacking skills of early and veteran players, you can complete the event by Tier 3, but can continue on for unique rewards if you're able.

In the Lost Woods, you whack bushes to solve field puzzles, area by area, in search of lost fairies and earn rewards as you delve deeper and deeper! Enter it via the entrance in the Commons event area.

This mini event runs until noon on Friday May 14th. Chat about this mini-event on the forum!
May 6th, 2021
COTLI: Gardeners of the Galaxy 6! 

Unrelenting alien plants return, and it's up to the Gardeners of the Galaxy to stop them. It's time for a new strategy. You've fought plants with fungus, but what about fighting plants with other plants?

This year Viragallant, the Alluring joins the garden.

Gardeners of the Galaxy 6 has begun!

New Tier 6 Crusader: Viragallant, the Alluring

Tags: Event, Male, Female, Flora, Support, Good

Wandering around on a lush green planet they'd thought looked perfect for a picnic, the Crusaders find themselves hoping that rustling is just the wind. Every so often, with no breeze to speak of, the vegetation shivers and rustles. Nate being Nate, wanders a bit further from the group and falls into a hidden pit. The rustling almost seems agitated as the other Crusaders manage to rescue him.

However, when Merci casts Alchemy to heal Nate, they glimpse a white bloom open slightly and the rustling seems to calm down, as well as healing Nate better than normal. Bat Billionaire and Polly also cast Alchemy and the white bloom opens fully to reveal a face. The being steps out from the vegetation it had been hiding in, and motions for the group to follow them.

It leads the Crusaders to the portal off the world. As Merci is about to go through, the being tugs his sleeve and nods toward the portal, a shy, questioning look on their face. Merci nods at them, and the Alluring Viragallant steps through the portal to join the team.

Viragallant, the Alluring is a Support Crusader. When you want to add them to your formation, you can find them in slot 35.

New Tier 6 Objectives

  • Viragallant, the Alluring | Viragallant, the Alluring takes up a slot in the formation. Broot and Robbie Raccoon take up spots in formation and can't be moved. Only Robbie does DPS. Note: This will require having cleared the objective To Infinity and Beyond on Ghostbeard's Greed to complete. Reach area 600.

  • Gramma's Best Boy | Spaceking and Grandmora take up spots in formation and can't be moved. Only Spaceking does DPS. Note: This will require having cleared the objective To Infinity and Beyond on Ghostbeard's Greed to complete. Reach area 650.

  • Farmer Wrestling | Rex the Wrestler takes up a spot in formation and can't be moved. The formation has been changed. Every area quest is changed to killing the farmer monster. Note: This will require having cleared the objective To Infinity and Beyond on Ghostbeard's Greed to complete. Reach area 675.

  • Mushroom to Meet You | Mycall the Mushroom takes up a spot in formation and can't be moved. Mushroom monsters spawn, each with an annoying ability. Note: This will require having cleared the objective Bullet Hell on Ready Player Two to complete. Reach area 700.

  • Healing Powers | Drosenthes takes up a spot in formation and can't be moved. Viragallant, the Alluring takes up a slot in the formation. You can only do DPS while Alchemy is active. 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, May 18th at 12:00 PM Pacific Time to complete Gardeners of the Galaxy 6!

For more info on previous Gardeners of the Galaxy Crusaders and objectives check out the Gardeners of the Galaxy 5 blog post.

Equipment for event Crusaders can be found in Silver and Jeweled Gardener'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.