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September 27th, 2023
Idle Champions: Highharvestide 7 
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 7 sees the beginning of Year 7 Events in Idle Champions and the introduction of Certainty Dran from Acquisitions Incorporated!

This event also brings back D'hani, the aarakocra monk from Rivals of Waterdeep, and the intimating Minotaur Barbarian Torogar Steelfist. Players have until Monday, October 9th at 12 PM Pacific to complete your Highharvestide 7 unlocks and objectives.

I. Certainty



    Certainty Dran, the heiress apparent of Acquisitions Incorporated, is endowed with knowledge surpassing even her father, Omin Dran, and privileged with access to the finest schools and resources. With a fusion of martial skill, clever magic, and unwavering self-belief, Certainty is certainly an unstoppable force.

Certainty is a support and gold find champion that increases the damage of Champions in the column in front of her. As an expert at rebooting timelines, her support abilities increase the more she completes long adventures. She can be found in Slot 5 opposite Calliope once you've hired her services.

For more information on Certainty and her abilities, check out his Champion Spotlight Blog!

Year Seven Variants



The Veil of Certainty - Bandits are attempting to pilfer the harvest during Highharvestide and must be stopped with Certainty!
  • Certainty Dran joins the formation. (slot 7) She can't be moved or removed.
  • Only Certainty and Champions in the row in front of her can deal damage.
  • Getting to know Certainty: Certainty increases the damage of Champions in the column in front of her. Place your damage dealers in front of her to make the most of her abilities!
  • Reach Area 75.

The Bonds of Acquisition - Bandits are attempting to pilfer the harvest during Highharvestide and must be stopped by Acq Inc!
  • Certainty Dran joins the formation. She can be moved, but not removed.
  • Quest requirements are doubled.
  • Enemies defeated by Acquisition Incorporated and "C"-Team affiliation members drop double quest items and count for double quest progress.
  • Getting to know Certainty: Certainty's damage buff and gold find increases as you level members of Acq Inc and the "C"-Team.
  • Reach Area 125.

The "Genius" Gambit - Bandits are attempting to pilfer the harvest during Highharvestide and must be stopped with charming and clever Champions!
  • Certainty Dran joins the formation. She can be moved, but not removed.
  • You may only use Champions with an Intelligence and/or Charisma of 12 or higher.
  • Getting to know Certainty: Certainty's specialization choice makes her work better with Champions with a high Intelligence or Charisma. Which stat will you focus on?
  • Reach Area 175.

We would love to hear about your experiences in Idle Champions on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!



September 8th, 2023
BW2: Jr. Whacker Event 2023 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!

The Junior Whackers

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.

Badges!

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

What's more fun than 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.

Another aspiring whacker seeks their environmental conservation badge! Help them plant saplings and unlock their unique Ye Environmental Conservator's Equipage store!

Target Practice

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.

Nate?

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

Nate's Minions

If you've kept up with Nate's saga in this event, Nate has collected a gaggle of jr treasure hunters, or minions, as he likes to call them. Unsurprisingly, Nate's minions still aren't happy with their working conditions. Help Nate with a daily quest to meet his minions demands.

New for 2023

This year's update includes:

- new pet and sword VIP rewards!
- new costume items in the store!
- new ranch items in the store!
- new pet packs!
- new mount packs!
- new 2023 holiday 100% reward!
- new conservation items!
- Rebalanced turn-in progress. Station turn-ins are worth less event progress, but you can get 100% by completing all the quests and turning in station items found while whacking a minimum of 3 energy bars worth of bushes.

Holiday Rubber Duckies

If you can complete the event, you'll earn this awesome 100% reward: The Jr Whacker Ducky! Collect them all to fill out the holiday duck pond, which you can purchase in the event store and prior items store!

Ye Environmental Conservator's Equipage

There's a new ranch item and sword item to collect in this year's Ye Environmental Conservator's Equipage store, available after helping a junior whacker get their conservation badge!

VIP Rewards!

Active VIP members can claim unique rewards based on their event progress! If you don't have an active membership, you have the entire event to consider becoming one! You can earn and claim these rewards until the end of the event.

And more!

And there's some minor fixes and improvements which you can check out on the Release Notes, which are linked at the bottom of the page!

Achievements

-- POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT
There are an incredible TWENTY SIX possible Achievements to earn in this Jr. Bush Whacker event:

Returning Achievements

  • 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.

New Achievements

  • Scout's Scavenges - Buy all the 2023 Jr. Bush Whacker items. *

Retired Achievements

We have 12 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.
  • Whacker Welfare - Buy all the 2021 Jr. Bush Whacker items.
  • Guide's Gadgets - Buy all the 2022 Jr. Bush Whacker items.

*The Mini Golf piece is NOT included in the Scout's Scavenges achievement, and therefore it is not required to purchase it.

Mount Packs

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 the first weekend of the event!

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

The Autumn Owl and Haunting Owl 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!



Pet Packs

Three new Junior Bush Whacker pets can be seen in the event area! You can pick them the second weekend of the event, September 15th to 18th, in Pet Packs bursting with goodies! Want them all? Grab them all for less in the bundle!


Get Ready!

Share your mentoring success on the forums!

The event will run until Friday, September 22nd at Noon PDT!

Check out the Release Notes here!
September 6th, 2023
Idle Champions: Brightswords 6 
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 6 introduces Astarion, the vampire rogue from the recently released Baldur's Gate 3, and brings back Dob the upbeat, half-orc bard from The Oxventure crew, as well as Dob's teammate Corazón de Ballena, the dashing Human Pirate. Players have until Monday, September 18th at 12PM PDT to complete their event unlocks and objectives.

I. Astarion



    Astarion prowled the night as a vampire spawn for centuries, serving a sadistic master until he was snatched away by the Mind Flayers. Now he can walk in the light and has the chance at a new life, but how long can he keep his past buried?

Astarion is a support and gold find Champion who likes to sink his teeth into tough problems. As a rogue, he knows how to outflank his foes, increasing the damage of Champions on the edge of the formation. If that includes him, he'll help the rest of your formation recharge their ultimates just a bit faster. Once unlocked, you can find this high elf in Slot 10 opposite Tyril. For more information on Dob and his abilities, check out his Champion Spotlight!

Year Six Variants

Grab a Quick Bite - Help the Harpells track down a lost artifact with Astarion!!
  • Astarion joins the formation. He can be moved, but not removed.
  • Only Champions in the top or bottom slot of each column can deal damage.
  • Getting to know Astarion: Astarion's specialization can increase the damage of Champions on the top or bottom edge of the formation. Make the best choice for your formation!
  • Reach Area 75.

Fangs and Fortune - Help the Harpells track down a lost artifact with your oldest Champions.
  • Astarion joins the formation. He can be moved, but not removed.
  • You may only use Champions that are 50 years old or older.
  • Getting to know Astarion: Astarion's gold find bonus increases as you include older Champions. Use your oldest Champions to get the biggest boost!
  • Reach Area 125.

Fangs for the Memories - Help the Harpells track down a lost artifact with Champions with long ultimate cooldowns.
  • Astarion joins the formation with The Ultimate Outflank ability unlocked. He can be moved, but not removed.
  • You may only use Champions with a base Ultimate cooldown duration of 300 seconds or longer.
  • Getting to know Astarion: When Astarion is buffed by his own Outflank ability, he can reduce the ultimate cooldown duration of other Champions in the formation.
  • Reach Area 175.

We would love to hear about your experiences in Idle Champions on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!



September 1st, 2023
BW2: Creature Collector - Joey 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 joey pets!



Head to the event area and choose one to train. You have until noon on Wednesday September 6th 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 4th.

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.
- 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 pets you're missing out on!