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November 30th, 2021
Idle Champion Spotlight: Xerophon 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Imagine going to sleep as a prisoner in a Netherese floating city, and waking up centuries later on an icy glacier. This Champion is doing their best to turn a rough start into a new beginning.

Xerophon is the latest Evergreen Champion, joining our roster from the finale of Icewind Dale!

I. Xerophon

    Xerophon joins with the Champions in an attempt to avoid the icy tomb of Ythryn, but is very interested in seeing where this new lease on life takes them. As a doppelganger they've had the opportunity to play many roles in their life, and now looks like an excellent chance to try out being a hero!

Xerophon is a Support Champion who uses their excellent imitation skills to provide valuable information to the rest of the formation. This gives their fellow Champions bonuses to all their attacks, helping keep the party moving through any obstacles in the way! When you want to add Xerophon to your formation you can swap them out with Minsc (Slot 7). But first, you'll need to unlock them! You can unlock Xerophon starting on December 1st, 2021, by first completing the final adventure in the Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden campaign: The Fall of Ythryn. Xerophon can then be unlocked by completing the second adventure variant for The Fall of Ythryn: A Lesson in Classes.

II. Xerophon's Stats

Race: Doppelganger Alignment: Neutral
Gender: Nonbinary Pronouns: They/Them
Age: 47 Class: Rogue

STR: 9 DEX: 18 CON: 13
INT: 12 WIS: 14 CHA: 17

Role: Support

Eligible for Patrons: None, but can become eligible for these patrons with a feat available at launch: Vajra Safahr, Strahd von Zarovich, Zariel

Slot: 7, (Minsc)




III. Xerophon's Design

Xerophon is a character first detailed in the Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden adventure, and is someone who knows much about Ythryn from their time spent there more than 1700 years ago. That knowledge means they play a key role in helping the Champions navigate the necropolis. Additionally, their doppelganger abilities offer crucial support to help overcome multiple encounters with the enemies within the city. With their knives and a few Netherese artifacts at the ready, they're intent on aiding the Champions as best they can!

With the Perfect Imitation Ultimate attack, Xerophon can shapeshift to match a wide variety of enemies, and many of their formation abilities increases the damage bonus given to all Champions while they imitate that creature. Their Specializations help decrease the cooldown on Perfect Imitation, allowing them to keep offering those buffs to the formation.

IV. Xerophon's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Stab — Xerophon attacks a random enemy with their knife.

Formation Abilities

  • Adaptable — Xerophon increase the damage of all Champions by 100%. This is further increased by 25% for each stack of Adaptable they have. Stacks of Adaptable are granted for each Champion that doesn't match the chosen Specialization.
  • Minion Meets Master — When the only enemy alive during Perfect Imitation is a boss, Xerophon increases the damage bonus of Perfect Imitation by 25% per second, stacking multiplicatively. These stacks reset when the ultimate ends.
  • Repeated Imitation — Increase the damage bonus of Perfect Imitation by 5% each time it is used in an adventure, stacking multiplicatively up to 500 times. The stacks reset when the adventure is reset.
  • Weak Spot — Increase the damage bonus of Perfect Imitation by 25% each time the enemy Xerophon is imitating is killed during that use of Perfect Imitation, stacking multiplicatively. The stacks reset when the ultimate ends.

Specializations

Xerophon has a specialization choice for each ability score, each one helps reduce the cooldown of Perfect Imitation based on the number of Champions who match that stat block. Each specialization also adds a stack of Adaptable for each Champion that doesn't meet the criteria.

Strength:
  • High Strength — Decrease the cooldown of Perfect Imitation by 10 seconds for every other Champion in the formation with a STR score of 13 or higher.
  • Low Strength — Decrease the cooldown of Perfect Imitation by 10 seconds for every other Champion in the formation with a STR score of 12 or lower.
Dexterity:
  • High Dexterity — Decrease the cooldown of Perfect Imitation by 10 seconds for every other Champion in the formation with a DEX score of 13 or higher.
  • Low Dexterity — Decrease the cooldown of Perfect Imitation by 10 seconds for every other Champion in the formation with a DEX score of 12 or lower.
Constitution:
  • High Constitution — Decrease the cooldown of Perfect Imitation by 10 seconds for every other Champion in the formation with a CON score of 13 or higher.
  • Low Constitution — Decrease the cooldown of Perfect Imitation by 10 seconds for every other Champion in the formation with a CON score of 12 or lower.
Intelligence:
  • High Intelligence — Decrease the cooldown of Perfect Imitation by 10 seconds for every other Champion in the formation with an INT score of 13 or higher.
  • Low Intelligence — Decrease the cooldown of Perfect Imitation by 10 seconds for every other Champion in the formation with an INT score of 12 or lower.
Wisdom:
  • High Wisdom — Decrease the cooldown of Perfect Imitation by 10 seconds for every other Champion in the formation with a WIS score of 13 or higher.
  • Low Wisdom — Decrease the cooldown of Perfect Imitation by 10 seconds for every other Champion in the formation with a WIS score of 12 or lower.
Charisma:
  • High Charisma — Decrease the cooldown of Perfect Imitation by 10 seconds for every other Champion in the formation with a CHA score of 13 or higher.
  • Low Charisma — Decrease the cooldown of Perfect Imitation by 10 seconds for every other Champion in the formation with a CHA score of 12 or lower.

Ultimate Ability

  • Perfect Imitation — Xerophon picks a random non-boss enemy that is alive, or if there are no enemies alive they pick one that they have seen on the current adventure, and shapeshifts to match its appearance for 60 seconds. During this time Xerophon does not attack, but greatly increases the damage of all Champions!

V. Xerophon's Epic Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Adaptable
Slot 4: Minion Meets Master
Slot 5: Repeated Imitation
Slot 6: Weak Spot

VI. Conclusion

We are excited to have Xerophon join your Champion roster as the latest Evergreen Champion! 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!