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February 21st
Idle Champions: Fleetswake 7 
Posted in Idle Champions.

You've been recruited by a merchant guild in Waterdeep to look into a number of mysterious missing ships over the past year. The Fair Seas Festival is a good time to look into this as people are quite open about the dangers of the sea, the fury of Umberlee, and so forth.

Many people blame Umberlee for the missing ships, but the merchant guild isn't so sure...

Fleetswake 7 introduces Dynaheir, the Wychlaran wizard from Baldur's Gate 2! Also returning is Solaak, the kalashtar ranger, and Desmond, the werewolf ranger! Players have until Monday, March 4th at 12 PM Pacific to complete their Fleetswake 7 unlocks and objectives.

Dynaheir



    Dynaheir is a Wychlaran Invoker hailing from the distant land of Rashemen, who travels with her stalwart bodyguard, Minsc. She carries a deep-seated animosity toward the Red Wizards of Thay, and the mere mention of these hated adversaries sparks a fiery determination in her eyes and a steely edge to her voice.
Dynaheir the Invoker is a Support and Speed Champion who buffs hardy Champions while helping increase quest progress. This human wizard can be found in Seat 3 opposite of Nayeli once she is unlocked.

For more information on Dynaheir and her abilities, check out her Champion Spotlight!

Year Seven Variants


The Wychlaran of Rashemen - Search for some missing ships during Fleetswake in Waterdeep with Dynaheir!
  • Dynaheir joins the formation. She can be moved, but not removed.
  • You may only use Champions with a CON of 15 or higher.
  • Getting to know Dynaheir: Dynaheir increases the damage of resilient heroes. Use as many as you can to get the most from her abilities!
  • Reach Area 75.

Thayan Threat - Search for some missing ships during Fleetswake in Waterdeep while fighting Red Wizards!
  • Dynaheir joins the formation. She can be moved, but not removed.
  • Quest requirements are increased by 25% in non-boss areas.
  • A Red Wizard spawns with every wave in non-boss areas.
  • Getting to know Dynaheir: Humanoids (and therefore Red Wizards) are Dynaheir's favored foe, and her favored foes have a chance to drop double quest progress when defeated!
  • Reach Area 125.

Minsc's Dajemma - Search for some missing ships while helping Minsc with his journeys.
  • Dynaheir and Minsc join the formation. They can be moved, but not removed.
  • You may not use Tanking Champions.
  • Getting to know Dynaheir: Minsc is Dynaheir's bodyguard. Use Dynaheir's specialization choice to turn him into a durable defender!
  • 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!



February 8th
Idle Champions: 2024 State of the Game 
Posted in Idle Champions.

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Welcome!

Hello! I'm Chris Dupuis, the Executive Producer for Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms. In my role, I plan the release schedule and coordinate with our incredibly talented team throughout the various stages of production, from initial concept to final release. It's a genuine pleasure to finally be able to share the exciting updates our team has been tirelessly working on over the past few months.

2023 was a fantastic year for Idle Champions, and I want to thank our dedicated community for joining us on this adventure! We have a small team here at Codename, but we all work together towards the same goal of releasing fun and exciting content for you, our players. Last year:
  • We launched 18 new Adventure & Variant updates, 17 Events & Champions, four Seasons, and four Celebration Events.
  • We introduced and released four Emergence Events, starting with the Red Wizard Emergence around the release of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.
  • We featured two Idle Champions Presents in-game events and Dungeons & Dragons 5E actual play campaigns with our community of incredibly talented content creators, introducing everyone to new original Champions: Miria, Solaak, Thellora, and Jang Sao.
  • The Idle Champions community came together to raise over $30,000 for some amazing charities, including One Tree Planted, Lambert House, Take This, and Extra Life.
  • Last but certainly not least, we worked with many fantastic partners last year including Deerstalker Pictures, Penny Arcade, and Cryptic Studios/Gearbox Software. We'd also like to give an extra special shout out to Larian Studios, who helped us to bring characters from the award-winning Baldur's Gate 3 to Idle Champions!
2024 is shaping up to be another big year for the game. We'll celebrate the 7th anniversary of Idle Champions this September, but before we get there we've got some big updates planned. We've got a lot to discuss, so let's get started!


Pausing Seasons for Core System Updates

We introduced Seasons to Idle Champions in September of 2022. Since then, we've rolled out seven Seasons featuring 35 Champions. However, Seasons are very resource-intensive to design and develop, and even though we have been able to keep up a steady stream of Season content, the time we've had available to work on other major system updates has been minimal. With that in mind, we put Seasons development on pause following the release of Season 7: The Rivals so that we could shift resources towards two major core system updates that we are very excited to finally be able to share with you now.

Without further ado, I'll let designers Peter Lee and Justin Stocks introduce you to Collections & Guide Quests, and Events 2.0.


Collections & Guide Quests

I’m Peter Lee, System Designer for Idle Champions. You may best know my work from my career at Wizards of the Coast, where I worked on the development of the 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons and on board games like Lords of Waterdeep. I’ve been at Codename Entertainment since October 2021, where you’ve seen my hand in Champion designs and Adventure Variants. I've endeavored to make each new Champion feature an ability that makes them stand apart from the others, like Dungeon Master's Special Guest Star and Karlach's ties to the Zariel Patron. Today, I’m here to talk about Collections and Guide Quests.

Our revisions to Collections and the introduction of Guide Quests have two goals:
  1. Help players to more effectively track their progress within Idle Champions.
  2. Guide players (especially new or returning players) through the vast and ever-growing content of Idle Champions.
To start things off, we’re greatly increasing the usefulness of the Collections dialog. The current implementation shows the Champions and Equipment you have collected, but there is a lot more to the game than that! The updated dialog will feature Familiars, Skins, Campaign progress, Patrons, and so much more. There will be progress bars to show your overall completion, filtering to make it easy to search your Collections, and requirements to unlock major features like Trials, Campaigns, and Patrons.

It can be daunting to know what to do next in Idle Champions, especially for newer players. Guide Quests help players to determine what they should do next. These will work similarly to how Quests worked with Seasons, however, Guide Quests do not expire, and you can complete them at your leisure! As you complete these Quests, you’ll unlock additional, more difficult quests which will continue showing your potential paths through the game.

Each time you complete a Guide Quest you will earn rewards. In many cases it will be Corrupted Gems, but you’ll also find various Gold Chests and even some Scales of Tiamat. For our experienced players, there will be a button that lets you claim all the rewards at once, so you won’t have to click through hundreds of completed quests when they go live.

We’ll periodically add additional Quests as new content goes live, and I’m excited to see how this helps players progress through the game!


Events 2.0

Hello, my name is Justin Stocks and I am the Lead Designer for Idle Champions. You can interact with me and my co-founder David Whittaker on our Dev Insights stream every Thursday at 2PM PT at twitch.tv/CNEGames. I am here to talk about the next major system update for Idle Champions: Events 2.0.

The event system was the first system we added to Idle Champions after we released the game in September 2017, and aside from some small tweaks, events have remained mostly unchanged. Events 2.0 is an evolution of this system, using everything we have learned over the past six and a half years.

Our goals with Events 2.0 are three-fold:
  1. Give players more choice over which Champions appear in events.
  2. Increase the depth of events with additional goals and rewards.
  3. Give more opportunities to update Champions outside of seasons.
So how did we approach each of these goals? Well, let me tell you.

Our first objective is to give players more choice over what Champions they recruit and gear up in events. This has become an increasingly important design task over the past couple of years, and even more so now that the number of unique Champions in the game has surpassed 100. Gearing up all of those old Champions is a daunting, time-consuming task! In Events 2.0, players will have the opportunity to customize their event by picking from a list of Champions associated with the event. There will be two Featured Champions in each event that everyone has access to, along with three other "flex slots" that allow players to customize the event to their liking. Flex slot Champions will include previously-retired Champions, going all the way back to year one superstars like Gromma, Strix, and Zorbu. This, combined with the ability to get more Gold Chests by completing the higher event tiers, should make it much easier to fully equip your entire roster of Champions.

Let's talk about goals and rewards next. In Events 2.0, after you finish all three variants, that Champion's event will upgrade to the next tier up. This allows you to replay the variants, each with a higher area requirement and another gold chest reward. Additionally, each completed tier will award a powerful buff for that Champion that will last during the event and continue for a period of time after the event ends. Finally, the highest tiers will award unique Feats and special consumable items. These tiers will reward players who have built powerful formations and geared up their Champions to meet the game's hardest challenges. If you don't quite have the power to beat them yet, don't worry! The next time you pick that same Champion in a future event, you'll be able to start from where you left off the last time and push for those high-tier rewards!

We mentioned that there will be two Featured Champions in each event, and this is related to our third objective. Not all Featured Champions will be new Champions -- some will be reworks of existing Champions! Most events will have one new Champion and one reworked Champion, but some could have two new Champions or even two reworked Champions, depending on what cool designs we've been cooking up.

Now, you might be thinking that having five event Champions to recruit and gear up in just 12 days is a bit much. You'd be right, but we are adjusting the cadence and length of events to account for this! Events in this new system will typically start on the first Wednesday of each month and last for three weeks. Time gate weekends and content releases will occur during the weeks between events. This will reduce the number of events per year from 17 to 12, but it will increase the number of Champions you can recruit and gear up during events from 51 to 60.

To cap this section, here's a quick summary of the changes from Legacy Events to Events 2.0:

Legacy Events
Events 2.0
Recruit and gear up to three Champions per event (51 Champions per year)
Recruit and gear up to FIVE Champions per event (60 Champions per year)
Three set Champions per event (no player choice)
TWO set Champions, then up to THREE additional player-picked Champions per event
One new Champion per event
TWO new or reworked Champions per event
Up to three Gold Chests from variants (per Champion)
Up to 12 Gold Chests from variants (per Champion)
Max variant area requirement of 175 (not scaling based on progression)
Max variant area starts at 175 and increases alongside event tier (scaling based on progression)
Generally no unique rewards (ie. feats/skins/buffs)
Cool unique rewards for the new/reworked Champions, and buffs for all Champions
One event every three weeks (on average, but with confusing exceptions)
One event per month (predictably starting on the first Wednesday)
Events last 12 days
Events last 21 days


What's Next?

Hey, it's Chris Dupuis again! Right now we're working to polish up both systems for their releases on February 28th (Collections & Guide Quests) and March 6th (Events 2.0). However, I'm sure you have a bunch of questions! Tune into Dev Insights over the coming weeks with your questions about Collections & Guide Quests and Events 2.0. We also plan to roll out dedicated preview blogs for each system before their release – here’s what to expect over the coming weeks:
  • Collections & Guide Quests Rollout:
    • Collections & Guide Quests Preview Blog on Friday, February 23rd
    • Collections & Guide Quests LIVE on Wednesday, February 28th

  • Events 2.0 Rollout:
    • Events 2.0 Preview Blog on Friday, March 1st
    • Champion Spotlights for [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] on Monday, March 4th & Tuesday, March 5th
    • Events 2.0 LIVE on Wednesday, March 6
Before we sign off, I want to share a heartfelt thank you to all of our players from our team here at Codename Entertainment. Thank you for reading through this blog, playing, and joining us on this fantastic adventure. We look forward to hearing your questions in the coming weeks, as well as your thoughts and feedback once we release these updates in the coming months!


January 10th
Idle Champions: Midwinter 7 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Deadwinter Day arrives once again in Longsaddle. While most citizens keep warm in their homes and exchange gifts to celebrate the midpoint of winter with friends and family, the Champions are hired by the infamous Harpells to patrol the outskirts of town...

Midwinter 7 introduces Karlach, the Tiefling Barbarian from Baldur's Gate 3! Also returning is Fen, the Drow Dhampir Warlock from the Black Dice Society, and Rust on the Harbour, the hydrophobic Tabaxi Rogue and sometimes member of the Oxventure Guild. Players have until Monday, January 22nd at 12 PM Pacific to complete their Midwinter 7 unlocks and objectives.

Karlach



    Freshly escaped from Hell, Karlach is finally free of the Archdevil Zariel - but not from the infernal engine Zariel planted in her chest. With her first taste of freedom in ten years, Karlach is eager to find a fix for the engine that’s burning hotter and hotter before it burns her out completely. But even more premiere in her mind? Exploring, finding like-minded travelers, falling in love (or lust)...and taking revenge on the man who sold her to Zariel all those years ago.

Karlach is a DPS, Support, and Tanking Champion who ignites in fire when her rage kicks in. Once unlocked, you can find this Tiefling Barbarian in Seat 4 opposite Jarlaxle.

For more details on Karlach and her abilities, check out her Champion Blog, or her Spotlight Video!

Year Seven Variants


Let's March! - Patrol the outskirts of Longsaddle on Deadwinter Day with Karlach!
  • Karlach joins the formation. She can't be moved or removed.
  • Only Champions in the front two columns can deal damage.
  • Getting to know Karlach: As a tank, Karlach is best in the front of the formation. Will you use her as a support or as your main DPS?
  • Reach Area 75.

This Is The Best Day - Patrol the outskirts of Longsaddle on Deadwinter Day.
  • Karlach joins the formation. She can't be moved or removed.
  • Karlach starts with The Fury of Avernus and Rage abilities unlocked.
  • An animated Clive also joins the formation.
  • All damage against enemies is reduced to 1 until Karlach has at least 20 Rage stacks. (This includes click damage!)
  • Karlach gains an additional Rage stack whenever any other Champion in the formation attacks.
  • Getting to know Karlach: Karlach's Rage kicks in after lots of attacks happen. If she's tanking a lot of enemies, her Rage will grow more quickly.
  • Reach Area 125.

Zariel's Champion - Patrol the outskirts of Longsaddle on Deadwinter Day.
  • Karlach joins the formation. She can't be moved or removed.
  • Other than Karlach, you may only use Champions with a STR of 10+ and a CHA of 13+.
  • Getting to know Karlach: As Zariel's Champion, Karlach can always be used in Zariel Patron challenges. Which Champions will you use with her?
  • 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!



December 20th, 2023
Idle Champions: Wintershield 7 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Wintershield sees a celebration of maps in the Realms, symbolizing our paths through the new year. As part of this year's tradition, the Champions have purchased a map from a Waterdeep street vendor. Then it started talking...

Wintershield 7 introduces Wyll, the Human Warlock from Baldur's Gate 3, and brings back two Heroes of Baldur's Gate-aligned Champions: Imoen the Human Rogue/Wizard, and the Viconia DeVir the Drow Cleric of Shar! Players have until Monday, January 1st, 2023 at 12 PM Pacific to complete their Wintershield 7 unlocks and objectives.

Wyll



    From a scion of a famed Baldurian house to a life of adventure on the road, Wyll’s life as the monster hunter called the Blade of Frontiers has made him one of the beating hearts of the Sword Coast. While he has done great deeds for the Coast’s people, the source of his power remains secret. The cambion Mizora drew Wyll into a warlock’s pact in a moment with many lives at stake, and cursed him with the duty of hunting her enemies. Mizora only asks Wyll to sacrifice devilish creatures to her, but a cambion’s ambitions are ever fickle, and Wyll wishes to escape the pact before its price grows cruel.

Wyll is a Support Champion ready to help whoever he can, so he supports all heroes from the most represented race, class, or affiliation in the formation. He is also cursed with a mind flayer's tadpole, providing further boosts with all of the Absolute Adversaries. This Human Warlock can be found in Seat 12 opposite Arkhan. You can find out more in the Wyll Champion Spotlight.



Year Seven Variants


Defender of the Innocent - Help a poor map find its way home for the holidays with Wyll!
  • Wyll joins the formation (Slot 5). He can be moved, but not removed.
  • Only Champions from the most represented races, classes, and affiliations in the formation may deal damage.
  • Getting to know Wyll: Wyll's support abilities target the most represented race, class, or affiliation in the formation. Which trait are you going to build around?
  • Reach Area 75.

The Infernal and the Demonic - Help a poor map find its way home for the holidays as Wyll teaches Tiefling children how to fight!
  • Wyll joins the formation (Slot 5). He can be moved, but not removed.
  • Squiddy also joins the formation to be taught how to fight by the Blade of Frontiers!
  • Each wave spawns an additional fiend. These foes don't drop gold nor count towards quest progress.
  • Getting to know Wyll: Wyll's favored foes are Fiends, so the formation deals more damage against them when Wyll is in the formation.
  • Reach Area 125.

Reading the Fine Print - Help a poor map find its way home with advice for Wyll's Pact boon!
  • Wyll joins the formation (Slot 5) He can be moved, but not removed.
  • You may only use Champions with a melee or magic attack. And Astarion, 'cause he's special.
  • Only Wyll and Champions with a familiar assigned to level them up can deal damage.
  • Getting to know Wyll: Wyll's favored foes are Fiends, so the formation deals more damage against them when Wyll is 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!



November 29th, 2023
Idle Champions: Simril 7 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Someone outside Luskan has been pillaging the food stores in advance of this year's Simril celebration. Residents are becoming worried that there may not be enough to last the long Sword Coast winter to come!

Simril 7 introduces Shadowheart, the half-elf Cleric of Shar from Baldur's Gate 3! Simril also brings back Warduke, the legendary mercenary for hire human fighter, and Yorven Springpaw, the resident murder bunny Harengon Barbarian Druid! Players have until Monday, December 11th at 12PM Pacific to complete their Simril 7 unlocks and objectives.

Shadowheart



    A devoted cleric of Shar, Shadowheart agreed to have her memories wiped as part of a holy mission. Now its sole survivor, she must deliver a powerful relic back to her kin in order to win Shar's love and have her memories restored – but all the while, she is tormented by strange, painful magic that she struggles to understand.

Shadowheart is a Support and Healing Champion who joins her fellow Baldur's Gate 3 companions in fighting the transformation into a Mind Flayer. Once unlocked, you can find this Half-Elf Cleric in seat 6 opposite Asharra. Learn more about Shadowheart in her Champion Spotlight!

Year Seven Variants


Witness Our Adoration - Simril is ruined! Shadowheart is mad that someone has pilfered the food supplies!
  • Shadowheart joins the formation (Slot 4). She can't be moved or removed.
  • Only Shadowheart and Champions within two slots of her can deal damage.
  • Getting to know Shadowheart: Shadowheart increases the damage of all Champions within two slots of her. Place your damage dealing Champions to take advantage of this!
  • Reach Area 75.

Childhood Fears - Simril is ruined! A wolf has pilfered the food supplies!
  • Shadowheart joins the formation (Slot 4). She can be moved, but not removed.
  • A wolf also joins the formation. It's so scary that Champions next to it deal no damage with their normal attacks.
  • Every 5 seconds, the wolf bites a Champion directly in front of it, dealing damage equal to 20% of the Champion's total health.
  • Getting to know Shadowheart: Shadowheart heals Champions in the two columns ahead of her. Place her to protect your tanks and anyone else that might be getting hurt!
  • Reach Area 125.

Duplicity without Duplicates - Simril is ruined! Someone has requests all the Champions have unique Dexterity scores!
  • Shadowheart joins the formation (Slot 4). She can be moved, but not removed.
  • Each Champion in the formation must have a unique DEX score.
  • Getting to know Shadowheart: Shadowheart summons an Illusionary Duplicate in the same slot as the Champion with the highest DEX. The Duplicate buffs and heals nearby Champions similar to Shadowheart herself.
  • 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!



November 8th, 2023
Idle Champions: Feast of the Moon 7 
Posted in Idle Champions.

During Feast of the Moon, residents of the Sword Coast pay homage to the deeds of legendary heroes by visiting their crypts and graves.

When the Champions arrive at The Crypt of Legends, they find hordes of undead crawling up from the depths. Something is making the dead heroes rise, and the answer will require a descent into the depths to discover the cause...

Feast of the Moon 7 introduces Jang Sao, the Satyr Druid/Wizard from Idle Champions Presents: Fatebreaker! This event also brings back Virgil, the aasimar storm sorcerer and member of the Rivals of Waterdeep as well as Penelope "Half-Pint", the Circle of the Moon Druid/Warlock from Heroes of the Planes! Players have until Monday, November 20th at 12PM Pacific to complete your Feast of the Moon 7 unlocks and objectives.

New Champion: Jang Sao



    This celestial voyager traveled the Astral Planes for centuries collecting stars and painting galaxies with her cherished companion, Kwin. When Kwin departed, Jang Sao carried on her wishes of painting the cosmos. Now a wonderful artist, she immortalizes the heavens, reality, and most important of all, her friend.

Jang Sao is a Support and Healing Champion who collects stars and moons and stores them in her star map lantern. Her support abilities focus on isolated formation slots and she uses her druidic healing powers to protect her allies. Once unlocked, you can find this Satyr Druid/Wizard in Seat 8 opposite Delina. Find out more about her and and her abilities by checking out his full Champion Spotlight!

Year Seven Variants


The Circle of Stars - Pay respects to the heroes of olde during the Feast of the Moon with Jang Sao!
  • Jang Sao joins the formation. (slot 4) She can't be moved or removed.
  • Only Champions in formation slots with 2 or fewer adjacent slots can deal damage.
  • Getting to know Jang Sao: Jang Sao increases the damage of Champions in formation slots with 2 or fewer neighboring slots. Place your Champions to take advantage of this!
  • Reach Area 75.

Wise and Otherwise - Pay respects to the heroes of olde during the Feast of the Moon with Jang Sao's preferred Champions.
  • Jang Sao joins the formation. (slot 5) She can be moved, but not removed.
  • You may only use Champions with a DEX of 15+ or a WIS of 13+.
  • Getting to know Jang Sao: Jang Sao's specialization choice encourages you to build a formation with high DEX or high WIS. Build your best formation with these restrictions!
  • Reach Area 125.

Stars and Moons - Pay respects to the heroes of olde during the Feast of the Moon with a stellar performance!
  • Jang Sao joins the formation. (slot 5) She can be moved, but not removed.
  • 2-3 Astral Elves spawn with each wave. They don't drop gold, nor do they count towards quest progress.
  • A Star and Moon each fill a slot in the formation. (slots 2 & 6)
  • Getting to know Jang Sao: Jang Sao travels the cosmos collecting stars. Her star collection persists between adventures, strengthening her powers the more she journeys!
  • 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!



October 18th, 2023
Idle Champions: Liars' Night 7 
Posted in Idle Champions.

    "Did you hear what happened at the Wayside Inn?"
    "No -- what happened?"
    "While everyone was partying at Liars' Night they got robbed."
    "Seriously!? Who robs a party?"
    "It was 'A Masked Man', apparently."
    "What a jerk. I hope they catch him."
The local Liars' Night festivities at the Wayside Inn were interrupted by a masked thief! They stole magical items and escaped, and now it's up to the Champions to stop them!

Liars' Night 7 introduces Thellora, the Centaur Paladin featured in Idle Champions Presents: Fatebreaker! This event also brings back Kent, the Tiefling Rogue from Rivals of Waterdeep, as well as Brig Hellclaw, the Rogue/Bard played by Jason Charles Miller! Players have until Monday, October 30th at 12 PM Pacific to complete their Liars' Night 7 unlocks and objectives.

New Champion: Thellora



    Thellora belongs to an all-female regiment known as the Luma. These fifty-three centaurs are diverse, but unified in that each possesses a distinctive golden right eye. The centaurs believe these individuals are chosen by their god, Callessa, to be devoted guardians and trained warriors. With their divine connection and martial prowess, they protect their land, embracing their unique gifts with unwavering dedication.

Thellora is a Support, Tanking, and Speed Champion who will charge her way through your next adventure! She boosts the damage of champions behind her and bolsters their health like a true tank, and these boosts increase when she is unable to finish off her foe. The choice you make with which feats you assign is particularly important, as her feats also affect her adjacent allies! Once unlocked, she takes her place in Slot 1 next to Bruenor.

For more detailed information on Thellora, check out her Champion Spotlight!


Year Seven Variants


By the Light of Tura! - Chase down a masked man who has performed a daring heist with Thellora!
  • Thellora starts in the formation. (Slot 1) She can't be moved or removed.
  • Only Thellora and Champions in the column behind her can deal damage.
  • Getting to know Thellora: Thellora increases the damage of Champions in the column behind her.
  • Reach Area 75.

Allies of the Sky Cents - Chase down a masked man who has performed a daring heist with Thellora's favorite companions.
  • Thellora starts in the formation. (Slot 1) She can't be moved or removed.
  • You may only use Champions with a STR of 12 or less, Female/Non-Binary Champions, or Speed champions.
  • Getting to know Thellora: Thellora's specialization gives a secondary boost to certain types of Champions. Choose the best option for your formation!
  • Reach Area 125.

No One Trick Pony - Chase down a masked man who has performed a daring heist while fighting extra reinforcements!
  • Thellora starts in the formation. (Slot 1) She can't be moved or removed.
  • For the first ten areas, non-boss quest requirements are multiplied by 10!
  • With every non-boss enemy wave, a Fire Elemental spawns with 10 armored hit points. This enemy does not drop gold or count toward quest progress.
  • Getting to know Thellora: Thellora has the ability to rush through early areas if you've charged her up in previous runs. Get her Rush stacks to 10 and your favor for the event above 10 billion (1e10) and leap through these difficult areas!
  • 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 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.

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September 6th, 2023
Idle Champions: Brightswords 6 
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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.

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August 16th, 2023
Idle Champions: Ahghairon's Day 6 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Each year the citizens of Waterdeep celebrate Ahghairon's Day, honoring the first Open Lord of Waterdeep and the founder of the Lords of Waterdeep. Common folk leave violets and effigies at Ahghairon's Tower and the House of Wonder, Lords toast Ahghairon and the Watchful Order, and Guildmasters offer toasts in the name of the Lords.

For this year's festivities, the party has received an assignment from the Open Lord of Waterdeep, Laeral Silverhand and when the Open Lord calls, you must answer...

Ahghairon's Day 6 brings Lae'zel, the Githyanki fighter from Baldur's Gate 3, and brings back Voronika, the Eladrin Druid from Black Dice Society and Prudence, the Chaotic Evil Tiefling Warlock of the Oxventurer's Guild. Players have until Monday, August 28th at 12PM PDT to complete their event unlocks and objectives.

I. Lae'zel



    Lae'zel is a ferocious Githyanki warrior, mighty even by the standards of her mind flayer-hunting kind. Faced with transforming into the very monster she's sworn to destroy, Lae'zel must prove herself worthy of rejoining her people – if they don't execute her first.

Lae'zel is a Support, Speed, and DPS Champion that can complete areas early when other Champions are defeating enemies. She increases the damage of Champions in her column, and her specialization choice defines what type of fighter she is. Once unlocked, you can find this Githyanki Fighter in Slot 2 opposite Celeste.

For more information on Lae'zel and her abilities, check out her Champion Spotlight!

Year Six Variants

Together, We Might Survive - Help Laeral Silverhand track down a retired Open Lord with Lae'zel!
  • Lae'zel starts in the formation. She can't be moved or removed.
  • Only Champions in Lae'zel's column (including her) can deal damage.
  • Getting to know Lae'zel: Lae'zel increases the damage of all champions in her column, including herself. Place your champions to best take advantage of this!
  • Reach Area 75.

Speed Run - Help Laeral Silverhand track down a retired Open Lord while quickly defeating your foes!
  • Lae'zel starts in the formation with her Straight to the Point ability unlocked. She can't be moved or removed.
  • You may only use Champions with a base attack cooldown of 5 seconds or faster.
  • Getting to know Lae'zel: Lae'zel is impatient when facing weak foes. She'll occasionally skip the rest of an area when the enemies aren't challenging enough!
  • Reach Area 125.

Destroy the Ghaik! - Help Laeral Silverhand track down a retired Open Lord with the help of the tastiest brains.
  • Lae'zel starts in the formation with her Lethal Coordination and Aberration Hunter abilities unlocked. She can't be moved or removed.
  • You may only use Champions with an Intelligence of 13 or higher.
  • A Mind Flayer spawns with each wave. They don't drop gold nor do they count for quest progress.
  • Getting to know Lae'zel: Aberrations like Mind Flayers are Lae'zel's favored foe. Her main buff increases as more of them spawn!
  • Reach Area 175.

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