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November 13th
BW2: Thankful Thanksgiving Event 2020 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Thanksgiving Time!

The residents of The Commons are preparing for a massive feast to celebrate the end of harvest season, and of course they need your expertise at finding things in bushes!

First and foremost, it's all about helping the chefs fill their food stations to the brim - and beyond. There's three of them for three types of meals, so you'll be collecting Meat, Veggies and of course Desserts to feed the hungry masses of Bushwhackia! Can you make all the Pristine Food? Keep doing turn-ins to achieve it!

On the subject of food - four of the guests have promised they would bring a dish to share, but they've forgotten ingredients.

And then, there's the problem of the Turkeys. Apparently, they need to be rescued in some fashion, so you'll need to get on that. You have the whole event to complete it.

Once again we're celebrating other harvest festivals around the world and hosting an inflatable surprise. They'll unlock as the event goes on. And tune later in the event for a parade!

Of course, it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the Black Friday questline introduced in a previous year, and a fridge to store all those leftovers!

If you can complete the event with 100%, you'll earn the Thanksgiving Pet Piece! Collect all 2020 holiday pet pieces to craft a unique pet!



Event Achievements - POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!

Achievements Returning in 2020:
  • Special Order - You helped all of the people prepare their special dishes.
  • Master of the Ways - You have helped cook each dish excellently for the pristine table.
  • Short Order Cook - You've helped prepare one of each dish.
  • Turkey Lover - You saved enough turkeys to guarantee survival. This year.
  • Historical Detective - You helped Bob the Historian investigate the Pilgrims.
  • Family Matters - You brought all of Brock's family together for Thanksgiving.
  • Parade Enthusiast - You watched the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  • Fridge Fix-Up - You helped Fatima fix an old fridge and move it your ranch.
  • Thorough Taste Testing - You helped out Miss Mei enough to try all the different daily side dish samples.
  • Fattened Feathered Friend - Help Nate fatten up his turkey.
Added/Changed for 2020:
  • Harvest Haul - You purchased all the Thanksgiving 2020 items.*
We have 7 achievements from previous years' events, which may be earned by spending some Bush Bucks if a player was not present during the original years:
  • Thankful Decorator - You bought all the house items from the 2012 Thanksgiving Event.
  • Thankful Dresser - You bought all the player items from the 2012 Thanksgiving Event.
  • Thankful Shopper - You bought all the 2013 Turkey Day items.
  • Black Friday - You bought all the 2014 Thanksgiving items.
  • Thanks For The Stuff - You purchased all the Thanksgiving 2015 items.
  • Grateful Expenditure - You purchased all the Thanksgiving 2016 items.
  • Feastful Frittering - You purchased all the Thanksgiving 2017 items.
  • Banquet Blowout - You purchased all the Thanksgiving 2018 items.
  • Stuffed Shopper - You purchased all the Thanksgiving 2019 items.
* The Mini Golf piece is NOT included in the Harvest Haul achievement, and therefore it is not required to purchase it.

Grab a new harvest companion!

New 2020 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 November 13th to 16th!

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

The Waning Winged Tiger and Rising Winged Tiger 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: 2020 Pets -- Available in Packs! COMING SOON!



The event will run until Friday November 27th at Noon PST!

Give thanks and feedback here!
November 6th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Penelope "Half-Pint" 
Posted in Idle Champions.

"Will you be my friend?" the young halfling shyly asked.

Penelope "Half-Pint" joins her friends Avren, Freely, and Briv Steelmarrow from D&D Beyond's Silver & Steel & Beyond Heroes, and is eager to meet her new friends on the Idle Champions roster, with Feast of the Moon 4.

It's time for the latest Idle Champion Spotlight, and this delightful druid does it all: Support, Gold Find, and Healing!

I. A Delightful Druid and Everyone's Friend



    Penelope "Half-Pint" is a halfling who just wants to be everyone's best friend, even if they are evil, or a plant, or a rock. With friends that already include a treant named Neverember and a clan of chwinga that have adopted her, Penelope is ready for anything! She has the heart of a true hero and will always stand by her friends until she goes into shrub mode of course.

Penelope is a Support, Gold Find, and Healing Champion. She buffs party members with her Chwinga Mask based on their roles, increasing healing, damage, and Gold Find with the number of Story Time stacks she has. When you want to add Penelope to your formation, you can swap her with Arkhan (Slot 12).

II. Penelope's Stats

Race: Halfling Alignment: Chaotic Good
Class: Druid (Circle of the Moon) / Warlock Gender: Female
Age: 33 Affiliation: none

STR: 10 DEX: 16 CON: 14
INT: 8 WIS: 17 CHA: 14

Role: Support, Gold Find, Healing

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr

Slot: 12, (Arkhan)


III. Penelope's Design

It's always a joy to work with a passionate creator to bring their character to life as a Champion in our game, and working with D&D Beyond's Hope LaVelle was no exception, and working with her is just as delightful as the character she portrays.

Penelope is a naive, young, happy go lucky halfling who just wants to be your friend. She is a Support, Gold Find, and Healing Champion who buffs Champions based on their role(s) and alignment, and she does it all with a skip in her step!

With Have You Met My Friends, Penelope tags enemies she can't kill so her friends can finish the job. Chwinga Mask allows her to call chwingas to her aid. While enemies are attacking, Penelope panics and dons the mask. A Chwinga friend appears on her shoulder for the duration of this effect. The Chwinga grants charms to adjacent Champions based on their tags. Tanks will heal a percentage of health every second. Support, Healer, and Gold Find champions will buff Global Damage. Story Time augments Chwinga Mask, based on how efficiently her friends (Champions within 2 slots) are killing enemies.

Her specializations focus on her ability to make friends with everyone, buffing Have You Met My Friends by increasing the damage of the formation based on the alignment on the Good-Evil axis.

Her second specialization augments her basic attack to include an additional terrain changing effect. Minor Eruption adds a small radius of area of effect damage, leaving difficult terrain underneath her enemies. Hey Batter Batter increases her knockback by four times against non-boss enemies and her damage is increased by 200%.

Her ultimate has her casting Erupting Earth, creating difficult terrain to slow and wound enemies.



IV. Penelope's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Go Away — Penelope jumps out and hits the closest enemy with her quarterstaff, dealing damage and knocking it back slightly.

Formation Abilities

  • Have You Met My Friends — Whenever Penelope attacks an enemy and doesn't kill it, for the next 30 seconds, all Champions deal 100% additional damage against them.
  • Chwinga Mask — Whenever the formation is under attack, Penelope dons her chwinga mask, calling an elemental friend to her aid. It sits on her shoulder while her mask is on. All Champions adjacent to Penelope gain the following charm(s) based on their tags. Charms last as long as the formation is under attack and then for 10 seconds afterward, persisting through area transitions.
    • Healing Charm (Tank Champions) — Penelope heals affected Champions for 30 HP every second. Once Penelope unlocks Story Time, the amount healed every second is increased by a percentage based on 2x the number of Story Time stacks she has.
      • 0 stacks of Story Time = +0% = 30 HP / sec
      • 10 stacks of Story Time = +20% = 36 HP / sec
      • 25 stacks of Story Time = +50% = 45 HP / sec
    • Tools for the Job Charm (Healing, Support, or Gold Find Champions) — Penelope increases the damage of all Champions by 100% for each Champion affected by this charm. This effect stacks multiplicatively and buffs apply to the post-stack value.
      Once Penelope unlocks Story Time, whenever she has more than 15 stacks of Story Time, this effect also increases the party's gold find by 10% of the total buff caused by this charm (including buffs).
    Champions can only gain each charm once even if they have multiple tags.
  • Story Time — Each time a Champion within 2 slots of Penelope kills an enemy, add a stack of Story Time. Story Time stacks are capped at 25. The stacks of Story Time affect both charms given by Chwinga Mask. Every time you change areas, the stacks of Story Time are reduced by half, rounded down.


First Specializations

  • Keep Your Friends Close — Increases the effect of Have You Met My Friends by 60% for each other Good Champion in the formation (stacking multiplicatively).
  • Keep Your Future Friends Closer — Increases the effect of Have You Met My Friends by 40% for each Evil Champion in the formation (stacking multiplicatively).
  • Everybody Gets To Be Friends — Increases the effect of Have You Met My Friends by 20% for each other Champion in the formation (stacking multiplicatively).

Second Specializations

  • Minor Eruption — Penelope's base attack now causes a minor eruption under the enemy she hits, dealing aoe damage in a small radius and leaving difficult terrain under them for 10 seconds.
  • Hey Batter Batter — Penelope's base attack's knockback is now four times as effective against non-boss enemies and her damage is increased by 200%.

Ultimate Ability

  • Erupting Earth — A fountain of churned earth and stone erupt in the enemies' path (centered on the nearest enemy), dealing AOE damage in a large radius and creating difficult terrain that lasts for 30 seconds. Enemies that encounter the difficult terrain have their movement slowed by 50% while they travel through it.

V. Penelope's Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Have You Met My Friends
Slot 3: Chwinga Mask - Healing
Slot 4: Chwinga Mask - Damage
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

Will you be Penelope's friend? We are excited to see how well she fits in to the Idle Champions meta. 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!
November 4th
Idle Champions: Icewind Dale, Part 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The Champions are relieved to finally reach Ten-Towns after becoming lost in the snow -- but not everything is as it seems in the Rime. We find ourselves in Lonelywood, one of the northernmost settlements of Icewind Dale, giving us pause as to just how lost we truly were...

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden Adventures, The Giant's Bane Tavern and The Everlasting Rime, in order to access these new Adventures.




Moose Tracks

We are well and truly lost in the Rime, and find ourselves in Lonelywood. Relieved to have found some semblance of civilization, the Champions are immediately beseeched by the speaker of Lonelywood to help with a moose problem...
  • Variant: An Awakened Axe — Enter Ten-Towns and help chase down some local wildlife while being chased by an Awakened Axe Beak! A Frost Druid has awakened an axe beak to carve through us. The awakened axe beak arrives in each area with 5 armored hit points, and deals damage equal to 50% of your Champions' max health.
  • Reach area 250.

Civilization

We helped Lonelywood, now we find our way into Termalaine. Hearing of some issues with the gem mine, the Champions head out to explore it, and find some kobolds working the mine.
  • Variant: Trench Coat Run — Head to - wait - is that... three kobolds in a Trench Coat? Kobolds in a trenchcoat attack in each area. Once initially defeated, the kobolds spill out of the trenchcoat, creating three new enemies!
    • As a kobold in a trenchcoat, they move 100% faster.
    • After the kobolds fall out of the trenchcoat, they each deal 300% additional damage.
    • Only Champions with DEX score of 14 or higher can be used.
  • Reach area 275.


See the in-game Change Log for more information, including a full list of changes and fixes included in this update.
October 29th
COTLI: Emo's New Moon 6 

    It's close to midnight, and something Emo's lurking in the dark...
    Under full moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart!

Wait — this thriller-night has happened three times before! And it's back again tonight! Emo's New Moon has returned, bring ghosts and ghouls to the neighborhood schools where Crusaders fight for their lives from now until November 10th at noon Pacific!

Emo's New Moon 6 introduces Crooked Crow the latest Tier 6 Crusader and brings back The Evanescent, Trixie the Treater, Viktor the Vampire, Henry, the Scaredy-Ghoul, Fright-o-Tron 4000, Wendy the Witch, and Jack O'Lantern!

New Tier 6 Crusader: Crooked Crow

Tags: event, healer, support, Animal


That’s not their real name, but no one knows what is, so this is the nickname they’ve acquired among the Crusaders. They seem to have different names in different regions!

Once you've recruited Crooked Crow you'll find them a friend to bugs, selling beneficial potions and charms alongside cursed objects and scavenged bodyparts. You'll find Crooked Crow in seat 30.

New Tier 6 Objectives

  • Recruit Crooked Crow |Crooked Crow takes up a slot in the formation. Monsters are faster and live longer. Wendy and Jack take up spots in formation and can't be moved. Note: This will require having cleared the objective To Infinity and Beyond on Ghostbeard's Greed to complete. Reach area 600.

  • Frightening Ghouls | Henry and Fright take up spots in formation and can't be moved. Only Undead Crusaders can join them Note: This will require having cleared the objective To Infinity and Beyond on Ghostbeard's Greed to complete. Reach area 650.

  • Bite Night | Viktor takes up a spot in the formation and can't be moved. Only Crusaders bitten by Viktor contribute DPS. Otherwise: Every 50 areas, all Crusaders have their DPS reduced by 75%, stacking multiplicatively, except Viktor. Note: This will require having cleared the objective To Infinity and Beyond on Ghostbeard's Greed to complete. Reach area 675.

  • Candy-mania | Trixie takes up a spot in the formation and can't be moved. Normal enemies drop less gold and Crusaders cost more to upgrade. Trick-or-treat monsters spawn randomly, and drop extra gold when killed. Note: This will require having cleared the objective Bullet Hell on Ready Player Two to complete. Reach area 700.

  • Soulful Escort | The Evanescent takes up a spot in the formation and can't be moved. Only Crusaders with 1000 base EP or higher can be used. After the first area, mosters are immune to damage until they are hit by a projectile. 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, November 10th at 12:00 PM Pacific Time to complete Emo's New Moon 6!

For more info on previous Emo's New Moon Crusaders and objectives check out the Emo's New Moon 5 blog post.

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

October 23rd
BW2: Halloween Event, 2020 Edition! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

The Haunted Mansion Has Materialized!

Who doesn't love a good haunted mansion? Well, that's what Halloween in Bushwhackia is all about! But to decorate your very own, you need to do what you do best! Go out into the world and whack bushes to find Pumpkins. Once you have found a patch of pumpkins, you can buy decorations from Glenda outside the mansion, or from the "Store" button while you're in Build Mode inside. Once you feel you've got enough, start laying out your design inside. (You can also purchase the same decorations for Bush Bucks from the Cop in the event area.)

You do not have to place all your collected decorations on display in the Mansion in order for them to count towards "Halloween Collector," they will count so long as they are within your haunted house inventory.

The goal is to scare the 8 children standing in front of the house, all of varying levels of bravery. The more you scare them, the more candy you'll earn in return. And you're going to want that candy so you can trade it for the custom items at the event store! You can try scaring them every 20 hours after you scared them the first time.

Glenda the Good Witch isn't just for buying decorations with Pumpkins. You will also be getting several quests from her throughout the event for special interactive decorations. As you complete each of her four quests, you can request help from your friends* by talking to the Construction Worker to increase the decoration's scariness.

The Haunted Mansion Photo Contest

The Haunted Mansion Photo Contest will be starting on Monday October 26th on Codename Games only! You'll need 250 mansion spookiness before you can submit a screenshot.
Due to the recent platform migrations, Codename Games will be the only platform participating in the contest. Any players still on Facebook, Kongregate, or Armor Games should migrate their accounts to Codename Games ASAP to participate in the contest!
See the notice above the game for details on how to migrate your account.

Gotta Collect them all!

What can possibly make your house scarier? How about some Creatures which wander around your mansion! Each creature will become available for a set amount of dates which you can then request from friends* by talking to the the Cop.

Creatures are available on the following schedule:
Black Cats - AVAILABLE at Event launch, UNTIL Sun Oct 25, 11:59:59 AM PDT
Witches - AVAILABLE Sun Oct 25, Noon PDT UNTIL Tues Oct 27, 11:59:59 AM PDT
Zombies - AVAILABLE Tues Oct 27, Noon PDT UNTIL Thurs Oct 29, 11:59:59 AM PDT
Bats - AVAILABLE Thurs Oct 29, Noon PDT UNTIL Sat Oct 31, 11:59:59 AM PDT
Spiders - AVAILABLE Sat Oct 31, Noon PDT UNTIL Mon Nov 2, 11:59:59 AM PDT
Ghost Butler - AVAILABLE Mon Nov 2, Noon PDT UNTIL Wed Nov 4, 11:59:59 AM PDT
Franken-Dogs - AVAILABLE Wed Nov 4, Noon PDT UNTIL the Event End

*The Sparkly Vampire is still available for Bush Bucks if you want it in your haunted house.

Candy! Candy! Candy!

To buy the custom items, you need your Candy! Not only do you get it from scaring those insolent little kiddies, you also net some from completing the various quests given to you by the Halloween NPCs hanging out in the event area!

Plus from Thursday October 31st until the end of the event, you can hunt down denizens of Bushwhackia and Trick-or-Treat with them for Candy goodness! There will be a spooky character standing in front of a pile of Candy in each of the major areas! So 1 in the Mysterious Forest, 1 in the Shady Detour, etc. NPCs have been added up to the Salt Desert!

New for 2020:

If you can complete the event with 100%, you'll earn the Halloween Pet Piece! Collect all 2020 holiday pet pieces to craft a unique pet!



Plus, carve all new custom pumpkins with the pumpkin carver this year! You can buy the old ones in Ye Olde Hallow's Eve Emporium.

And the witch has a new special item to craft for your haunted mansion in their new Imp Duty quest. You can copy a permanent version of it for your ranch in the Fox's Moulder Most Foul quest line. There's also 2 new Haunted Mansion decorations: The Broken Mirror, and Grimoire Lecturn.

Finally, the Bone Doctor will give you a reward for completing each of his Necromancy Reagents daily quests, available in your 3rd year of playing this event.

Event Achievements - POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!

There are a total of 20 possible Achievements to earn in the Halloween 2020 event:

Achievements Returning in 2020:
  • Mansion Maniac - Get 50 decorations for your Haunted Mansion!
  • Little Kid Spooker - Scare 4 kids in you Haunted Mansion
  • Scarred for Life - Scare all the kids in your Haunted Mansion!
  • Trick or Treat - Go Trick or Treating on or after Hallowe'en!
  • Costume Quest - Complete the Costume Quests
  • Year Round Scares - Completed the Moulder Most Foul
  • Pumpking - Grow a very large Pumpkin.
  • There's a Skeleton in Us All - Help The Bone Doctor build and animate a skeleton for Halloween!
  • Hallowe'en Collector - Have at least 40 unique decorations in your H. M.! (formerly Halloween Completionist)
  • Craven Candies - Find each trick-or-treaters favourite candy
Added/Changed for 2020:
  • Frightful Frippery* - Purchase all the 2020 Halloween Event items.
We have 8 achievements from previous year's events, which may be earnable by spending some Bush Bucks, if a player was not present during the initial years:
  • Spooky Home Decorator - get all house items from the 2012 Halloween Event!
  • Year-round Cosplayer - Get all player items from the 2012 Halloween Event!
  • Candy Spender - Purchase all the Halloween 2013 items!
  • Spooky Purchases - Purchases all the 2014 Halloween Event items.
  • Halloweenie - Purchase all the 2015 Halloween Event items.
  • All Hallows' Items - Purchase all the 2016 Halloween Event items.
  • Scary Swag - Purchase all the 2017 Halloween Event items.
  • Ghastly Grabs - Purchase all the 2018 Halloween Event items.
  • Creepy Collectables - Purchase all the 2019 Halloween Event items.

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

Grab Your Spooky Companion for Bush Whacking!

New 2020 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 October 23rd to 26th!

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

The Hound of Hades and Heracles Hound 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 for 2020- COMING SOON!



Post your Halloween scariness and questions on the forum!

The event will run until Friday November 6th at Noon PDT!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • How do I decorate my Mansion?
    You need to whack up Pumpkins. You can buy decorations from Glenda in the event area, or from the Store when you're in Build mode inside the Mansion. Once you have decorations, you can place them like you're decorating your ranch using Build mode.

  • How do I scare the Kids?
    Just keep buying decorations and getting friends to up the scare level of your interactive decorations. As your event progress increases, you will scare the kids more and more. As well, when you reach a certain level of scariness, the kids will elect to no longer tour your house.

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

  • What adds to my event progress?
    Making your mansion as scary as possible by buying decorations (but you don't have to place them all.)

  • 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.

October 19th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Ezmerelda d'Avenir  
Posted in Idle Champions.

Those that have played through the Grand Tour adventures based in Barovia have already been introduced to our next Champion. For those that haven't, we're beyond excited to bring Curse of Strahd's renowned vampire hunter; Ezmerelda d'Avenir to Idle Champions. Read on to find how this prolific monster hunter from Barovia will influence your formations!

Ezmerelda d’Avenir, a Vistana, was once the protégée of Rudolph van Richten — despite their checkered history. When she was young, her family wronged van Richten, and yet he spared their lives. Ezmerelda witnessed van Richten’s act of mercy and was deeply moved by it.

At the age of fifteen, Ezmerelda, still troubled by what her family had done to van Richten, ran away from home and tracked down van Richten two years later. Ezmerelda remained by van Richten’s side for another two years, helping him track down and slay many creatures of the night. Sadly because of her origins, van Richten never fully trusted her, leading him to keep secrets from her. This lead to frequent arguments between the two vampire hunters At last, Ezmerelda suggested that they part company with some shred of their friendship still intact, and van Richten agreed.

Since bidding farewell to van Richten, Ezmerelda has struck out on her own as an independent monster hunter. On one of her less successful adventures, a werewolf bit off her right leg below the knee, and although she avoided being afflicted with lycanthropy, Ezmerelda was sidelined for months. She commissioned a master artisan to craft a prosthetic lower leg and foot. After several tries, he delivered a prosthesis that restored her mobility. Ezmerelda d'Avenir has joined the Champions to try and rid this new realm from evil.

I. Vampire Hunter

Dungeons & Dragons Ezmerelda d'Avenir

    Ezmerelda d'Avenir, a Vistana monster hunter, has devoted herself to ridding the world of evil in all of its forms. After years of tutelage by her mentor, the vampire hunter Rudolph van Richten, Ezmerelda struck out on her own. She has since amassed a sizable personal fortune and an impressive arsenal of weapons for hunting monsters. Following the defeat of Strahd von Zarovich, Ezmerelda joins the Champions on their journeys through the world of Toril.

Ezmerelda is a Support Champion who increases the damage of Champions in her column, especially against undead, fiends, or monstrosities. Her ultimate attack is the ultimate debuff, creating a massive short-lived boost to global damage. When you want to add Ezmerelda to your formation, you can swap her with Bruenor (Slot 1).

II. Ezmerelda's Stats

Race: Human Alignment: Chaotic Good
Class: Fighter/Wizard Gender: Female
Age: 27 Affiliation: none

STR: 14 DEX: 19 CON: 16
INT: 16 WIS: 11 CHA: 17

Role: Support

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr, Strahd von Zarovich

Slot: 1, (Bruenor)


Dungeons & Dragons Ezmerelda d'Avenir

III. Ezmerelda's Design

A prolific vampire hunter from the land of Barovia. Ezmerelda brings a wealth of knowledge from Barovia to assist the Champions. Her design is based on a catalyst effect which triggers off the number of debuffs on an enemy. She's a master fighter and uses debuffs to her advantage, culminating in her ultimate attack with a sun dagger to create a strong short-lived massive debuff. It increases the formations' damage for a devastating final team attack.

Ezmerelda has 3 different debuffs that she bestows on enemies as she's training the Champions in her martial & magical style. Her debuffs are based on her skills as a vampire hunter and are named for moments during her training: Pause, Prepare, & Parry.

In addition to her training the Champions, she also brings a wealth of knowledge against undead, as illustrated in her The Devil's Playthings ability. Champions in her column (including herself) increase their damage against Undead by 100%.

Finally, Ezmerelda is never done training. Her Threat Tracking ability has her continuing to learn from her enemies in this new land. Both Threat Tracking and The Devil's Playthings start as undead based but can be changed to humanoid, fiends, or monstrosities with a specialization. Threat Tracking count remains for the adventure, and if the threats tracked changes to fiends or humanoid, she will retain her previous stacks and starts counting the new type instead.

IV. Ezmerelda's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Fire Bolt — Ezmerelda hurls a mote of fire at a random enemy.

Formation Abilities

  • Training Montage — Ezmerelda marks enemies as she trains the Champions with her vampire hunting skills.
    • Pause: Ezmerelda marks every third enemy that spawns with this debuff. Once marked, the target gains one stack every three seconds, to a max of 10 stacks. For each stack, Champions in Ezmerelda's column deal an additional 10% damage against the target. Buffs apply to the post-stack value.
    • Prepare: Ezmerelda marks every enemy she attacks with this debuff. The effect of this debuff depends on the target.
      • If it is a hits-based or armor-based enemy: Whenever a Champion in Ezmerelda's column would remove a hit point or a chunk of armor from the target, remove one additional hit point or chunk.
      • If it is any other enemy: Decrease the enemies' max hit points by 50%.
    • Parry: The first time a non-boss enemy attacks, the attack misses. Ezmerelda then marks it with this debuff, which illustrates that it has already triggered this effect.
  • The Devil's Playthings — Increases the damage of Champions in the same column as Ezmerelda against undead creatures by 100%.
  • Threat Tracking — Ezmerelda tracks the undead creatures the Champions kill while she is in the formation, increasing the effect of The Devil's Playthings by .01% for each undead tracked. This total resets at the end of each adventure. This ability can be buffed by upgrades, feats, and equipment. Buffs apply to the total calculation.

First Specialization Choice

The first specialization choice relates to which enemies Ezmerelda is tracking.

  • Stay on TargetThe Devil's Playthings and Threat Tracking continue to track & trigger vs undead.
  • Fiendish StatureThe Devil's Playthings and Threat Tracking now track & trigger vs fiends instead of undead for the remainder of the adventure. She will retain her previous tracking totals.
  • The Devil Wears Many MasksThe Devil's Playthings and Threat Tracking now track & trigger vs humanoids instead of undead for the remainder of the adventure. She will retain her previous tracking totals.
  • Monstrous IntentionsThe Devil's Playthings and Threat Tracking now track & trigger vs monstrosities instead of undead for the remainder of the adventure. She will retain her previous tracking totals.

Second Specializations

The second specialization choice lets you choose how you want her to augment the party for the remainder of the adventure.

  • Smells Like A Trap — Ezmerelda senses trouble, and begins to mark all enemies in preparation for a renewed assault! Ezmerelda now marks every enemy that spawns with Training Montage: Pause.
  • We've Trained For This — The Champions are seeing results from Ezmerelda's training! Training Montage: Pause, Training Montage: Prepare, and The Devil's Playthings now affect all Champions in the formation, not just Champions in Ezmerelda's column.
  • He's Still Out There — Ezmerelda steels herself in preparation for the next time she encounters Strahd, and increases the effect of The Devil's Playthings by 300%.

Ultimate Ability

My Signal — Ezmerelda reveals a magical sun dagger and launches it at the enemy with the most debuffs active (randomly if tied). The dagger lands in the target and remains there as it begins to glow with a burst of radiant energy, creating a new debuff that lasts 10 seconds. It increases the damage done to the enemy by 50% for each active debuff on them, stacking multiplicatively.

V. Ezmerelda's Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Training Montage: Pause
Slot 4: The Devil's Playthings
Slot 5: Threat Tracking
Slot 6: Decrease Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

What do you think about Ezmerelda? 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!
October 14th
Idle Champions: Icewind Dale Campaign  
Posted in Idle Champions.

While traveling to Ten-Towns, the Champions discover what we have only heard in rumors prior: there is a massive storm in Icewind Dale...

Our latest update for Idle Champions launches our new Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden campaign, and the first tier of Blessings for our new campaign and its deity: Auril.

New Campaign

Our newest campaign is also our most challenging!

To unlock the Rime of the Frostmaiden campaign, you must have 50 different adventures and variants completed. Additionally, the target areas are higher than normal, reflecting the difficulty of making through Auril's rime. The target for our first adventure The Giant's Bane Tavern is area 150. From there, each new adventure's target goes up by 25 areas from the previous adventure, and the variants are each 50 areas higher than the base adventure, or the variant before it.

The Frostmaiden awaits...

New Blessings

When the Champions begin their journey to Ten-Towns, they won't be doing it alone – they will be blessed by earning Auril's favor. Previously players earned Auril's favor during the Midwinter event. From Midwinter 4 onwards, players will earn Eldath's favor during that event, and Auril's favor for the Icewind Dale campaign.

Tier 1 Blessings for the Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden campaign will go live with today's update. Our Champions will need to curry favor with The Frostmaiden to survive the wrath of her winters...




The Giant's Bane Tavern

On our journey to Ten-Towns, we find refuge from the blizzard in a cozy tavern. We meet some familiar adventurers there and uncover some disturbing revelations about the storm.
  • Variant: Rime Bandits — Arctic Bandits appear in each area. They do not count towards quest progress, nor do they drop gold. Enemies drop 99% less gold. When an Arcic Bandit enemy damages a Champion, that Champion is stunned for 2 seconds, additional hits reset the timer, but hits do not stack.
  • Reach area 200.

The Everlasting Rime

Have you ever gotten lost? Ok, but have you ever gotten lost in a magical blizzard created by a vengeful god?
  • Variant: Enemy Summit — The rime has brought the Champions' memories to life! A unique enemy from each of the 4 previous campaigns spawns in each area. Each enemy has a unique enemy buff that is active until they are killed.
    • Strahd Zombie- Enemies drop 99% less gold
    • Batiri Goblin - Enemies have their attack cooldown reduced by 25%
    • Gazer - Enemies deal 100% additional damage
    • Abyssal Chicken - Enemies move 100% faster
  • Reach area 225.




Modron Automation & Bug Cleanup Update!

Our developers have been hard at work under the hood of both Modron Automation and the game itself in recent months, clearing out a bunch of bugs affecting our players. We hope our efforts have resulted in a smoother play experience for many of you. We're continuing to knock down more bugs each day, and we'd like to send a big thanks to all of the players who have been using our new bug tracker through the support system! We're making our way towards feature complete on Modron Automation, and our next step is to bring our Switch players in on the fun!

Today Modron Automation is launching on the Nintendo Switch platform. With that we're also releasing a Founder's Pack for the Modron Automation system on all platforms! It includes:
  • 50 Modron Component Chests
  • An exclusive Monodrone Familiar
  • 500 Modron Component Pieces
  • A week-long boost of 50% to all Modron Core Outputs

Switch players can access Modron Automation from the campaign map. Those looking for the Modron Founder's Pack can find it in the in-game shop.

See the in-game Change Log for more information, including a full list of changes and fixes included in this update.
October 7th
Idle Champions: Descent into Avernus, Part 7 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Tiamat has set our next goal: Bel. The former Lord of Avernus. No big deal. But before we head to THAT party, we need to run some errands.

Note: you will need to have completed the previous two Descent into Avernus Adventures, The Wandering Emporium and Tiamat's Army, in order to access these new Adventures.


Dungeons & Dragons Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus

Questlines

Arkhan has instructions from Tiamat, but before we can act on them, we need to complete some quests.
  • Variant: Raggadragga's Crew — Various Lycanthropes appear and hassle the Champions. They do not count towards quest progress, nor do they drop gold.
    • Wererat- Enemies drop 99% less gold while a wererat is on screen
    • Wereboar - Enemies deal 100% more damage while a wereboar is on screen.
    • Werebear - Enemies speed is increased by 25% while a werebear is on screen.
    • Reach area 450.

Bel's Forge

It's time to face Bel, and whatever tricks he has up his sleeve! Reya arrives with some bad news about Elturel.
  • Variant: Extreme Heat — Bel's Forge was built into an active volcano. As such, the formation is taking a bit of heat while adventuring. Every 3 seconds, each Champion takes 10% of their max health as damage. Whenever a Champion's health is below 50% of their max health, their damage is reduced by 99%.
    Reach area 475.

See the in-game Change Log for more information, including a full list of changes and fixes included in this update.
September 22nd
Dev Blog: Year 4 Events 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Hey everybody! Justin Stocks, Lead Game Designer for Idle Champions back again with another Dev Blog during our Third Anniversary Celebration Third Anniversary Celebration . This time I want to talk about our next year of events in Idle Champions.

Dungeons & Dragons Third Anniversary

This week will mark the fourth time Highharvestide has come upon us. As we mentioned in our Dev Blog at the end of 2019, we've been planning some changes for Year 4 events for quite a while. While you will still be able to recruit and gear up three unique Champions during the event, including the brand new minotaur Champion Torogar Steelfist, our Year One Champion Stoki will no longer be available to recruit or gear up as part of the event.

We made this change for a number of reasons, but the primary one was to keep events of a fixed, manageable size moving forward. We wanted to avoid overwhelming new players with four (this year), five (next year), six (in Year 6 events), or more new Champions during each event, and the amount of effort required for year three events felt like a good spot to focus in on.

Dungeons & Dragons Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms

We understand that some players were looking forward to either recruiting or continuing to gear up their year one Champions during the events this year, and with that in mind, we've spent the past year making it easier than ever to recruit and gear up the Champions of your choice through the expanded Time Gate system and Patron chests. With Time Gates you can now pick a Champion from a full list, rather than just three random options, and the rewards have been improved with an additional gold chest and multiple silver chests. The Patron system offers an alternative method of gearing up event Champions via the Patron chests, which can contain gear for any Champions that meets the Patron's restrictions.

Moving forward players can expect us to, as always, monitor player feedback regarding these adjustments. We have already made some small changes based on community feedback, such as always offering at least one year one Champion during free weekend Time Gates.

We hope you enjoy Torogar and all of the other Champions coming your way in our Year 4 events. Thanks again for helping to make Idle Champions the great success it has been.

Feedback Wanted!

We know that this choice will not be popular with all players, but we always appreciate your feedback, so please let us know what you think in a Community Q&A or feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, a post on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

September 21st
Idle Champion Spotlight: Torogar Steelfist 
Posted in Idle Champions.

    "A colossal dragon's skull leans against a mountainside, surrounded by bones the size of houses. Acrid smoke rises from the skull's maw. A military tent has been pitched among the bones, and parked next to it is a Devil's Ride belonging to Torogar Steelfist, the savage minotaur bodyguard of Arkhan the Cruel."

You may recognize Torogar from Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus or from some of the awesome art posted online. Let's dive right in and see how this raging minotaur shapes up, shall we?

I. Torogar Steelfist

    There's savage, and then there's Torogar. Few had even survived a head-to-head match with him before he ran into Arkhan the Cruel. He was known worlds over as an unstoppable brute. Now, as a part of the Dark Order, Torogar leads armies and communes with a god, but he's always down for another one-on-one match.

II. Torogar's Stats

Race: Minotaur Alignment: Lawful Evil
Class: Barbarian Gender: Male
Age: 32 Affiliation: Dark Order

STR: 23 DEX: 17 CON: 14
INT: 8 WIS: 9 CHA: 15

Role: DPS, Support
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt, Vajra
Slot: 10, (Tyril)

III. Torogar's Design

When it came to designing Torogar, we were lucky to have the direct assistance of his creator, Joe Manganiello. Joe really helped us to distill down the essence of who Torogar is, what his relationship is like with Arkhan the Cruel, and more importantly, how Torogar and the Dark Order operate.

To start, we knew when introducing Krull last year, that Torogar and the Dark Order would be coming to Idle Champions. With the release of Torogar, Arkhan & Krull will gain the Dark Order affiliation, as well as a new Dark Order Synergy ability for both. Get ready, Champions. The Dark Order has arrived!

Torogar is a lynchpin for evil formations, doubling down on the boosts they are already receiving from other Dark Order members and making them stronger as they push further into the adventure.

Torogar's DPS and buffs increase with his devotion to Tiamat through his Zealot stacks affecting his Markings of a Zealot & Preach abilities. Initially, Torogar only gets a Zealot stack when he or an adjacent Champion kills an enemy his Word of Tiamat specialization extends this power to all evil Champions.

Now that his design has come together, Torogar is a support and DPS Champion who powers up Evil Champions. While blood raging, he increases the damage of the formation significantly, with permanent power-ups that unlock the more you use him. Torogar is potent in formations focused on evil Champions and is especially powerful when combined with Arkhan the Cruel & Krull. When you want to add Torogar to your formation, you can swap him with Tyril (Slot 10).

IV. Torogar's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Fiery Longswords — Torogar inflames his golden blades and then attacks the nearest enemy.

Formation Abilities

  • Markings of a Zealot — Whenever Torogar or an adjacent Champion kills an enemy, Torogar gains a Zealot stack. Torogar's Damage is increased by 0.01% for each Zealot stack he has collected (additive), and stacks persist through resets. This damage bonus is increased by 100% when Blood Rage is active. At various Zealot stack thresholds, the Blood Rage increase is buffed. These buffs apply multiplicatively.

  • Preach — Increase the damage of all other evil Champions by 0.01% for each Zealot stack Torogar has (additive).

  • Dark Order Synergy — The effect of Preach is increased by 100% for each Dark Order member adjacent to Torogar (multiplicative). While Blood Rage is active, this ability is increased by 100%. At various Zealot stack thresholds, the Blood Rage increase is buffed.

  • Note: We have also added Dark Order Affliations and Synergies for Arkhan the Cruel and Krull
    .
    • Arkhan the Cruel — Arkhan's Normal Attack Cooldown is decreased by 0.5 seconds for each other Dark Order member in the formation.
    • Krull — The effect of Krull's Arkhan's Army ability is increased by 100% (multiplicative) for each Dark Order member adjacent to Krull.

  • Blood Rage — Whenever Torogar's Zealot stacks reach a multiple of 50, Torogar enters a Blood Rage for 30 seconds. While Blood Rage is active, enemies damaged but not killed by Torogar gain a Mark of Tiamat debuff. Enemies with a Mark of Tiamat take 300% additional damage. Enemies cannot gain a Mark of Tiamat twice. Once Torogar's Zealot stacks reach the thresholds noted below, the listed effect will also activate when Blood Rage is active. Triggering Blood Rage while it's already active resets the duration.
    • 250: Whenever an enemy gains a Mark of Tiamat, they are stunned for 2 seconds.
    • 2,500: Torogar adds a small AOE to his base attack at 50% of his damage. This AOE attack can trigger multiple Mark of Tiamat debuffs from one attack.
    • 25,000: Enemies with a Mark of Tiamat attack 1 second slower.
    • 250,000: Torogar reduces his base attack cooldown by 1 second.
    • 2,500,000: The damage bonus from Mark of Tiamat is increased by 200%.

Specializations

  • Tiamat's Word — Torogar now also gains a Zealot stack when any evil Champion kills an enemy (not just Champions adjacent to Torogar). Only one stack can be gained per kill, so an evil Champion next to Torogar still only counts once.

  • Tiamat's Rage — The duration of Torogar's Blood Rage is extended by 15 seconds, and it automatically triggers after using Torogar's ultimate.

Ultimate Ability

Bull Rush — Torogar lowers his head and rushes at an enemy in the back, leaving a trail of fire in his wake. Enemies who are rushed through, or who walk through the remaining fire take damage. If the Tiamat's Rage specialization is chosen, Torogar triggers Blood Rage when he returns to the formation regardless of the number of Zealot stacks, or reset the duration if Blood Rage is already active.

V. Torogar's Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Self DPS
Slot 3: Markings of a Zealot
Slot 4: Preach
Slot 5: Dark Order Synergy
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

We've been wanting to include Torogar in Idle Champions since the very first time we set our eyes on his character art, and we're excited to have had another chance to work with Joe to bring this badass Minotaur to life and to debut the Dark Order in Idle Champions! We hope you like him!

Feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!