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September 29th, 2021
Idle Champions: Highharvestide 5 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The Savage Frontier of the Sword Coast can be a dangerous place. At the junction of the Long Road and Evermoor Way, the town of Triboar seeks the aid of heroes. Bandits have begun to assail the small town while the citizens are meant to prepare for the Highharvestide Festival...

Highharvestide 5 sees the beginning of Year 5 Events in Idle Champions and the introduction of D'hani from the Rivals of Waterdeep!

This event also brings back the loyal Dwarven Battlerager, Thibbledorf Pwent, and the intimating Minotaur Barbarian Torogar Steelfist. Players have until Monday, October 11th at 12PM Pacific to complete your Highharvestide 5 unlocks and objectives.

New Champion: D'hani

Dungeons & Dragons D'hani LaTia

    Moving to Waterdeep provided D’hani with more of the opportunities she was searching for after living in Chult. At first, she took a job as a mercenary with the Cassalanter family and tasked with infiltrating and spying on the Rivals. As her familiarity and friendship with the Rivals grew, she preferred to stay with them and continue to help with their adventures. Her skills in combat are impressive, and while she never means to kill anyone, she gets carried away in the thrill of battle where even the most flashy combat maneuvers can be deadly!

D’hani’s love of painting infuses her fighting style with both color and tactics. She becomes more powerful the more her Rivals family is at her side. When you want to add her to your formation, you can swap her with Bruenor (Slot 1)

II. D’hani’s Stats

Race: Aarakocra Alignment: Chaotic Good
Class: Monk (Kensei) Gender: Female
Age: 10 Affiliation: Rivals of Waterdeep

STR: 11 DEX: 20 CON: 14
INT: 11 WIS: 20 CHA: 7

Role: DPS and Gold Find
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt, Vajra
Slot: 1 (Bruenor)

Dungeons & Dragons D'hani

III. D’hani's Design

We were very excited to have the opportunity to work with LaTia Jacquise, who is the Community Relations Coordinator for Monte Cook Games. She is a prolific writer, developer, and streamer with many years of experience in the TTRPG space, with recent contributions to D&D Beyond, DMs Guild, and the Into the Mother Lands RPG. Along with her work as both a player and DM on Rivals of Waterdeep, LaTia can be seen on a variety of streams and shows, including as a cast member for Tampo and a guest on the Dimension 20 show Adventuring Academy.

With a brush in one hand and her other hand prepared to punch, D’hani is ready to Paint Them Red one way or another! She’ll use every color in the rainbow when on the attack. Her Way of the Brush means each time she gets to practice painting an enemy, her skills grow even more deadly! Put this deadly bird into your formation and she'll take down all of your enemies!

For more information on D'hani and her abilities, check out her Champion Spotlight!

Year Five Variants

  • Variant 1: Red Alert! — Champion Damage and Gold Find is reduced by 99%, and enemies who have not been painted by D'hani move 100% faster.
    Reach Area 75.

  • Variant 2: Bullywug Brawl — Bullywugs appear in each formation, but they do not drop gold, nor do they count towards quest progress. Only Champions with DEX of 14 or higher can be used.
    Reach Area 125.

  • Variant 3: Doubling Down — The effects of D'hani's specializations are doubled, but quest requirements are also doubled! The bosses also get in on the doubling fun, as in each boss area, a second boss spawns. Both bosses must be defeated in order to progress.
    Reach Area 175.

For information on previous years' variants, check out the Highharvestide 4 blog. And if you have feedback, let us know in a Community Q&A or Champion feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!
September 16th, 2021
COTLI: Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge Y6! 

Heading back to school is the worst. Literally, anything is better! Even a full-on invasion by demonic hordes resulting in some kind of 'Schoolhouse Scourge' would be better.

Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 6 has arrived, bringing with it Shir Brio of Cadenza.

This year's event runs until Tuesday, September 28th at 12:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC -7), introducing Shir Brio of Cadenza and bringing back Hildr, Valkyrie of PE, Karen, the Cat Teenager, Mr Boggins, the Substitute, Willy the Weregoat, The Exchange Student, Zoraeban, Demonic Angel, and Aphelion, the Distant!

New Tier 6 Crusader: Shir Brio of Cadenza

Tags: Event, Magical, Supernatural, Support

Can you feel the music? Like really feel it? No? Well, then you're definitely not like Shir Brio of Cadenza, expert in cello and actual cello too. When they play a piece, they're definitely feeling the music as it vibrates their body.

Music is all about practice, practice, practice. The more experience you have, the better, so Shir Brio is ready to help those Crusaders in formation who put in the time.

Plus, who doesn't love a good song? Even the monsters are appreciative, as they rush to meet this new artist of acclaim and pass on with a soulful melody in their ears.

Shir Brio is joining your expedition to learn new songs and styles of music, because life is music.

Shir Brio of Cadenza is a Support. When you want to add them to your formation, you can find them in slot 37.

New Tier 6 Objectives

  • Recruit Shir Brio of Cadenza | Shir Brio takes up a slot in the formation. Karen, the Cat Teenager and Mr. Boggins, the Substitute take up spots in formation and can't be moved. Aside from the required Crusaders, only DPS Crusaders can be used. Note: This will require having cleared the objective To Infinity and Beyond on Ghostbeard's Greed to complete. Reach area 600.

  • The Farm Upstate | Willy the Weregoat and The Exchange Student take up spots in formation and can't be moved. Only Animal crusaders can be used. Note: This will require having cleared the objective To Infinity and Beyond on Ghostbeard's Greed to complete. Reach area 650.

  • Welcome to the Hellmouth | Zoraeban, Demonic Angel takes up a spot in formation and can't be moved. Only Demon, Angel or Undead tagged Crusaders can be used. Monsters with annoying abilities spawn. Note: This will require having cleared the objective To Infinity and Beyond on Ghostbeard's Greed to complete. Reach area 675.

  • Just a Phase | Aphelion the Distant takes up a spot in formation and can't be moved. The formation has been changed. Aphelion is the only one who can do DPS. Note: This will require having cleared the objective Bullet Hell on Ready Player Two to complete. Reach area 700.

  • Hildr's Boot Camp | Hildr the Gym Teacher takes up a spot in formation and can't be moved. Besides Hildr, only Tier 6 Crusaders can be used in the formation. Every 15 seconds, Hildr assigns a random letter grade to a random crusader, buffing or debuffing them. Grades will either increase DPS by 100% or 50%, or reduce by 25% , 50%, or 95%. 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, September 28th at 12:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC -7) to complete Sasha's Schoolhouse Scourge 6!

For more info on previous Sascha's Schoolhouse Scourge Crusaders and objectives check out the Sascha's Schoolhouse Scourge 5 blog post.

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

September 10th, 2021
BW2: Jr. Whacker Event 2021 Edition 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Teach Me How to Whack!

It's time to put your knowledge of whacking bushes to good use as you help educate the next generation! Take a trip to the Event Area of the Commons and get helping!

Help three aspiring young ones learn how to whack bushes, mana whack, and power whack! Bring the Jr. Whackers some Cardboard Swords to use, found in bushes throughout the world, and they'll share the spoils of their training with you. As you help them, they gain experience, "leveling up" and will award more items with each turn-in. Each of the determined young padawans will have a daily quest to power up the spoils from their next turn-in.

One Jr. Whacker appears to have suffered a head injury, since they are idolizing Nate. Talk to them and see what's going on.

Another Jr. Whacker is pursuing their Capitalism badge. After you help them achieve that, perhaps they'll try their hand at Socialism?

What's a funner thing to earn than your Baking badge? Nothing of course! Help one Jr. Whacker get theirs later on in the event.

Help Keisha get her camping badge again this year! Check back daily for her quest unlocks. A young student of the bush whacking arts challenges you to whack more than 100 cardboard bushes before the end of the event! This is a challenging quest, and we hope you enjoy it. Note: Quest Odds will not increase the likelihood of these cardboard bushes to appear.

New for 2021
Nate's got more ideas regarding recruiting his own kind of jr. whackers...

If you can complete the event with 100%, you'll earn the Jr. BW Mannequin Base!

Event Achievements - POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!

There are an incredible TWENTY FOUR possible Achievements to earn in the Jr. Bush Whacker 2021 event:

Achievements Returning for 2021:
  • Working Harder - You've helped a Jr. Bush Whacker level up.
  • Power to the People - You've helped each Jr. Bush Whacker power up.
    • Working Better - You've helped each Jr. Bush Whacker level up to 5.
    • Working Faster - You've helped each Jr. Bush Whacker level up to 10.
    • Working Stronger - You've helped each Jr. Bush Whacker level up to 15.
  • Honorary Jr. Whacker - You completed all 8 enthusiastic Jr. Whacker quests!
  • Won a 'Diamond!' - You got a cardboard diamond. Isn't that awesome? No?
  • Fashion Badge - Help the Jr. Whacker earn their Fashion badge.
  • Capitalism Badge - Help the Jr. Whacker earn their Capitalism badge. (Cookie selling quest-line)
  • Cooking Badge - You helped Jaidee earn her Cooking Badge.
  • Camping Badge - Help Keisha set up a demo campsite to help other Jr. Whackers get their Camping badges!
  • Tree Planter - You planted 100 trees for Julia during the Junior Bush Whacker event!
  • Cardboard Crusher - Whack all the Cardboard Bushes. *

Added/Changed for 2021:
  • Whacker Welfare - Buy all the 2021 Jr. Bush Whacker items. *

We have 8 achievements from previous year's events, which may be earned by spending some Bush Bucks, if a player was not present during the initial years:
  • Putting on the Uniform - You got all the player items from the Jr. Bush Whacker Event!
  • Junior Decorating Award - You got all the house items from the Jr. Bush Whacker Event!
  • Jr. Merchandiser - You bought all 11 items from the 2013 Jr. BW Event!
  • Supporting the Cause - Buy all the 2014 Jr. BW Event items.
  • Jr. Shopaholic - Buy all the 2015 Jr. Bush Whacker custom items.
  • Jr. Patron - Buy all the 2016 Jr. Bush Whacker items.
  • Jr. Whacker Wares - Buy all the 2017 Jr. Bush Whacker items.
  • Jr. Acquisitions - Buy all the 2018 Jr. Bush Whacker items.
  • Jr. Benefactor - Buy all the 2019 Jr. Bush Whacker items.
  • Dedicated Donor - Buy all the 2020 Jr. Bush Whacker items.

*The Mini Golf piece is NOT included in the Dedicated Donor achievement, and therefore it is not required to purchase it.

Pet Packs

New 2021 Pet Packs (Coming Soon)

New 2021 Mounts!

To kick off the event, we're having a sale! Get 30% more on purchase of 50 Bush Bucks or more! Plus, all new mounts are available this weekend, from September 11th to 14th!

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

The Amber Lynx and Taiga Lynx are in packs containing 100 Bush Bucks, 10 Pristine Feed Vouchers, and a VIP Voucher! These two mounts produce their own unique sparkly particles when you ride them!

Share your mentoring success on the forums!

The event will run until Friday, September 24th at Noon PDT!
September 3rd, 2021
BW2: Creature Collector - Flamingo Floaty mounts! 
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 flamingo floaty mounts!

Head to the event area and choose one to train. You have until noon on Wednesday September 8th 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 September 3rd.

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 mounts earn double the experience compared to other mounts for the duration of this mini-event!
- Expiring mounts cannot have their bonuses swapped.

Ye Olde Creature Collector's Galleria - Mounts

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

This will open a new store, which will contain 3 non-event premium mounts 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 mounts 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!

September 1st, 2021
Idle Champions: Brightswords 4 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Seeking rest and respite from a year of adventure, the Champions arrive in the tranquil town of Longsaddle - only to find it under siege!

Drow from the Underdark are on the hunt in Longsaddle for a Harpell artifact, and it's a race against time to find it before they do...

Brightswords 4 introduces Corazón de Ballena, the dashing Human Pirate of the Oxventurer's Guild, and brings back Lazaapz, the Goblin Armorer Artificer, and Turiel the Aasimar Cleric. Players have until Monday, September 13th at 12PM PDT to complete their event unlocks and objectives.

Dungeons & Dragons Corazon

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

I. New Champion: Corazón de Ballena

Dungeons & Dragons Corazon

    The young man who would eventually join the Oxventure Guild originally grew up as the posh Percival Milquetoast, heir to the Milquetoast estate. But the life of an aristocrat under a Father he despised inspired him to leave it all behind for the high seas! As Corazón de Ballena he became a flamboyant pirate and swashbuckler ready to try and one-up any other rogues he meets. But it was Corazón's own actions that caused the crew of his ship, the Joyful Damnation, to fall under a horrific curse. While he was able to flee to safety, Corazón never forgot his former comrades, and now is on a personal quest to lift the curse he caused. Fortunately, he has his new friends in the Oxventure Guild, and a few more tricks up his sleeve!

Corazón is a Support Champion who focuses on aiding his fellow Champions with his skills and pirate style. When you want to add him to your formation you can swap him with Delina (Slot 8).

II. Corazón's Stats

Race: Human Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Class: Rogue Gender: Male
Age: 30

STR: 13 DEX: 18 CON: 12
INT: 16 WIS: 15 CHA: 18

Role: Support
Eligible for Patrons: Strahd, Zariel
Slot: 8 (Delina)

III. Corazón's Design

Our second Champion from the Oxventure crew from Outside Xbox and Outside Xtra brings a tremendously insecure rogue who hides his self-consciousness both figuratively and literally! It was a delight to work with Andy Farrant to bring Corazón's fast-talking, sneak attacking, Grease loving rogue to life in our game.

Corazón likes to avoid getting his hands dirty and prefers to focus on increasing the damage of his fellow Champions rather than having to do all the attacking himself. To make that easier, his Pirate's Code increases the damage of all Neutral (along with the Good/Evil spectrum) Champions, and Honorary Crewmates lets him add the Neutral tag to anyone who is adjacent. His Specializations Distant Crewmates changes the way Honorary Crewmates works to affect non-adjacent Champions instead of adjacent ones, and Mage Hand modifies Grease to drop puddles on the enemy furthest from the formation instead of the ones he attacks. When the field is filled with pools of Grease, Corazón uses his ultimate Fiery Bombardment to set them alight.

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

Year Four Variants

  • A Pirate's Curse - Corazón starts in the formation and can't be moved or removed. Every area cursed pirate ghosts appear. When a cursed pirate ghost attacks a Champion, they are stunned for 1 second. Only Corazón can deal damage to the cursed pirate ghosts, and he prioritizes attacking them over anything else.
  • Reach Area 75.

  • Grease the Wheels — In every boss area an orc war wagon appears to hamper the Champions' progress. The war wagon (and the orcs within it) must also be defeated in order to progress. The effects of Corazón's Grease ability are doubled against the War Wagon (and the orcs within it).
    Getting to know Corazón: Not only does Grease slow enemies, but if you time Corazón's ultimate correctly, you can unleash a massive firestorm, burning the enemies as they slip and slide through the grease puddles!
    Reach Area 125.

  • Haunted by the Past — Corazón starts in the formation and can't be moved or removed. Two cursed pirate ghosts join the formation, watching and judging Corazón. Every 25 areas they change positions. Cursed pirate ghosts increase the base attack cooldown of adjacent Champions by 1 second. Neutral Champions (on the Good/Evil spectrum), deal 100% additional damage.
  • Reach Area 175.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!