October 16th
Idle Champions: Liars' Night 3 
Posted in Idle Champions.

    "Did you hear what happened at the Wayside Inn?"
    "No -- what happened?"
    "While everyone was partying to 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 3 introduces Avren, the Half-elf Warlock/Sorcerer trickster, and brings back Donaar Blit'zen, the Dragonborn Paladin, and Krond, the Half-orc Eldritch Knight. Players have until Monday, October 28th at 12PM Pacific to complete their Liars' Night 3 unlocks and objectives.

New Champion: Avren

    Avren is an embodiment of mischief; a trickster god in humanoid form. Long ago, he tricked an ancient being into giving him magic and immortality. This power also came with a curse: whenever Avren dies, he will return to life with a new body and varying abilities. While Avren's body may change, however, his soul and his undying love for his wife, Sofious, always remains. The two have remained married for centuries, seeking each other out to reunite in each lifetime.
Avren is a pure Support Champion. He uses his Mirror Image ability to boost Champions in the formation based on assigned roles (DPS, Support, and Tanking), increasing even further for Champions with more than one role. Avren also raises Global DPS based on the number of Champions adjacent to him in the formation. When you want to add Avren to your party, you can swap him with Jamilah (Slot 11).

For more information about our latest Champion, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: Avren dev blog!

Year 2 Champion: Donaar Blit'zen

    This copper, draconic gentleman claims to know more than one hundred different dragons. Chromatic, metallic—just tons and tons of dragons—I’m hoping we can leverage some of these connections in our dealings. None of the dragons I’ve contacted have gotten back to me, but they’re probably just very busy right now. This is one of the busiest times for dragons… or so I’ve been told by my new best friend, Donaar Blit’zen.
Donaar is a Support/Healer Champion. He uses his Command ability to debuff enemies, while also healing damaged Champions and buffing those behind him. When you want to add Donaar to your party, you can swap him with Celeste (Slot 2).

For more information about Donaar, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight - Donaar dev blog!

Year 1 Champion: Krond

    Born to an academic human wizard who was researching an orc tribe and the leader of said tribe, Krond has experience in both worlds. Raised as a fearsome warrior, he began focusing on the arcane arts after his mother was killed in a goblin raid. Krond wears intricate leather and cloth armor and carries a bonded warhammer.
Krond is a versatile DPS Champion, able to choose one of three DPS specializations. Krond's formation ability, Survival of the Fittest, increases his DPS for every strong (STR 16+) or evil-aligned Champion in the formation. When you want to add Krond to your party, you can swap him with Asharra (Slot 6).

For more information about Krond, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight - Krond dev blog!

Changes from Highharvestide

We got a lot of community feedback before, during, and after the recent Highharvestide event, and we have taken it into consideration for this and future events. We have removed the year-lock mechanic and made all three years of the event available to everyone from the very start. We have also increased the number of token drops players will receive, though we may adjust it again in future events. Finally, on some platforms we have slightly re-arranged the base event dialog in order to highlight the brand new Champion in each event. Thanks to everyone who provided feedback about our initial Year 3 event structure.

Year Three Variants

  • Costumed Fans — Two costumed fans join the formation, ready to be Champions. They are not Champions, and as such are unable to do damage.
    Reach Area 75.

  • Next Time, Champions! — Every time you face The Masked Man, they try another trick! Each time the party encounters The Masked Man (Areas 5, 20, 35, and 50) they have a different attack:

    • Area 5: Caltrops/Dagger Throw — The Masked Man throws caltrops at the party, damaging all Champions for a minor amount, followed by a dagger throw to a random target in the front row.

    • Area 20: Double Dagger Attack — The Masked Man's damage is increased by 100%.

    • Area 35: Invisible — The Masked Man is invisible, and does not appear until he is on the front row and attacking with his normal dagger attack.

    • Area 50: Mirror Mirror — Three versions of The Masked Man appear, each with armored health. Only one of them is the real version, though...

    Reach Area 125.


  • The Clone War — One of Avren's cloning vats was stolen and the body turned undead. Now, a Zombie Avren stalks the party, trying to kill its progenitor. Avren begins the adventure in the formation and cannot be moved or swapped out. In each Area, a Zombie Avren attacks the formation. Zombie Avren cannot be killed; instead, after 5 seconds it gets back up and begins attacking again.
    Reach Area 175.
    Completing this adventure unlocks the Zombie Avren skin.

Year Two Variants

  • The Chaotic Decisionist — Donaar has decided that he's going to lead the way on his first adventure. Donaar starts this adventured unlocked and in the front of the formation, and he has decided that he can't move from that location. Only Champions with a chaotic alignment can be used.
    Reach Area 75.

  • Nightmare Fuel — A flaming scarecrow spawns in every Area. After each encounter with the Masked Man, an additional scarecrow will spawn every Area, stacking cumulatively.
    Reach Area 125.

  • Pirate's Night — Bruenor tried to bring the fun for Liars' Night by dressing up as a pirate. Unfortunately, a drunken sailor has mistaken him for another pirate who owes her some money. She spawns in every Area with one of four different special abilities. Bruenor is locked into his Pirate Bruenor skin for this variant, which unlocks for you once you complete the adventure.

Year One Variants

  • Stealthy Pickpockets — Invisible pickpockets spawn and sneak towards the formation, becoming visible after five seconds. When they reach your formation, they steal 2% of your total gold each time they attack.
    Reach Area 75.

  • Costumed Foes — A variety of costumed humanoids enemies attack the formation, each with different special abilities.
    Reach Area 125.

  • It's Getting Darker — The night gets even darker, with each successive area getting darker and reducing your gold find while monsters gain additional health.
    Reach Area 175.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

October 14th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Avren 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time for our next Idle Champion Spotlight! Today, we're previewing our newest Champion: Avren, the Half-elf Warlock/Sorcerer. Avren will be launching on Wednesday, October 16th!

I. Who is Avren?

    Avren is an embodiment of mischief; a trickster god in humanoid form. Long ago, he tricked an ancient being into giving him magic and immortality. This power also came with a curse: whenever Avren dies, he will return to life with a new body and varying abilities. While Avren's body may change, however, his soul and his undying love for his wife, Sofious, always remains. The two have remained married for centuries, seeking each other out to reunite in each lifetime.
Avren is a pure Support Champion. He uses his Mirror Image ability to boost Champions in the formation based on assigned roles (DPS, Support, and Tanking), increasing even further for Champions with more than one role. Avren also raises Global DPS based on the number of Champions adjacent to him in the formation. When you want to add Avren to your party, you can swap him with Jamilah (Slot 11).

II. Avren's Stats

Class: Warlock/Sorcerer Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Race: Half-elf Gender: Male
Age: 40 Affiliation: None

STR: 8 DEX: 16 CON: 15
INT: 13 WIS: 10 CHA: 18

Eligible for Patrons: Vajra



Completing the third Liars' Night (Avren) variant will unlock the Zombie Avren skin!


III. Avren's Design

Avren is a D&D character created by D&D Beyond's own Todd Kenreck. First created when he was 8 years old, Avren "still remembers when you could get killed by a hard rain," and has lived a multitude of lives over more than three decades of existence. Because of his history, and Todd's love of updating the character weekly (or sometimes daily), Avren has been one of our most challenging Champions to nail down. But hey, that's what you get when the character is the Doctor (Who) of D&D!

In this incarnation, Avren is a Warlock/Sorcerer focused on using Mirror Image to trick enemies. He also has a bit of fun with his ultimate, allowing Avren to tower over his enemies, in a nice callback to what 8-year-old Todd probably felt when he finally dove into the world we all love.

IV. Avren's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Spectral Shards — Avren tosses out three spectral shards at random enemies. One is fake and does no damage (but does interrupt/stagger the enemy), one stuns the enemy it hits for 1 second, and the final one deals normal damage.
  • Kick (active during his Ultimate) — Avren jumps out to a random enemy and kicks them with his enlarged foot, knocking them back.

Formation Abilities

  • Mirror Image — Avren casts Mirror Image every 15 seconds, targeting a random Champion in the formation. The Mirror Image (a slightly blurry version of Avren himself) floats behind them. The Mirror Image lasts for 30 seconds, and its effect is based on the Champion's role(s).
    • DPS: Increases the Champion's DPS by 600%.
    • Support: Increase the Global DPS by 200%.
    • Tanking: Increases all healing effects on the Champion by 2HP.
  • Seeing Double — The Global DPS is increased by 50% for each Champion adjacent to Avren, stacking multiplicatively. Champions affected by Mirror Image increase the effect for 50% for each Mirror Image buff they have (100-200% instead of 50%, depending on their roles). Buffs apply to the post-stack value.

First Specializations

  • Mirror Focus (Good) — Avren prefers casting Mirror Image on "good" Champions; if a "good" target is available, they will get a Mirror Image before Champions of other alignments.
  • Mirror Focus (Neutral) — Avren prefers casting Mirror Image on "neutral" Champions; if a "neutral" target is available, they will get a Mirror Image before Champions of other alignments. Note: This only looks at Neutral characters on the Good/Evil axis, not the Lawful/Chaotic axis.
  • Mirror Focus (Evil) — Avren prefers casting Mirror Image on "evil" Champions; if an "evil" target is available, they will get a Mirror Image before Champions of other alignments.

Second Specializations

  • Sturdy Mirrors — Avren's Mirror Images last for 60 seconds instead of 30, resulting in four mirrors at a time instead of two..
  • Empowered Mirrors — Avren's Mirror Image effects are quadrupled (+300%).

Ultimate Ability

  • Insignificance — Avren casts Reduce on all enemies on the screen, dealing some damage and reducing their size by half and their speed and damage done by 50% for 15 seconds. He also casts Enlarge on himself for the duration. His base attack changes from Spectral Shards to Kick. He jumps out to an enemy and kicks them with his foot, knocking them back.

V. Avren's Equipment

VI. Conclusion

We're excited to bring Avren into the game. As our first pure Support Champion in slot 11, we're psyched to see what formations you all think he fits into! Make sure to try out his Ultimate, as it's one of our favourites!

Feel free to send us feedback on via the Idle Champions Subreddit, Steam forum, or the Idle Champions Discord!
October 11th
BW2: October 11th, 2019 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Coffee Break Charity Results & Variants Pet Sale (October 11th, 2019)

- This year’s Coffee Break charity drive raised over $1,000 USD for the Alzheimer's Society of BC. This organization provides aid to people and families suffering from the disease. Give yourselves a pat on the back!

- Running a Variants Pet/Mount Sale:
- Available from October 11th to 17th.
- 3 new pets or mounts available for Bush Bucks each day, 20% off
- Added Blonde Hedgehog companion available in Bush Bucks sale from October 11th to 17th.
- Georgia(‘s NPC) will be in the event area during the sale to keep you up to date.

- Installed tool that will gradually correct the server clock over the next day or so (it’s been off by a lot for a long time now!).

- Worked on the Salt Desert Quest Hub. Sorry for the wait!

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
October 9th
Idle Champions: Descent into Avernus 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time to journey into the Nine Hells!

Our latest update for Idle Champions is a massive one. In addition to launching our new Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus campaign, we are also adding new Patron Challenges, some additional Familiar Updates, a setting for Advanced Effect Descriptions, and the first three tiers of Blessings for our new campaign.

There's a lot to unpack here, and even more included in our in-game Change Log – read on to learn more!

Patron Challenges

Patron Challenges have finally arrived in Idle Champions! Players are now able to earn up to 5000 additional patron currency each week for each patron by completing their respective challenges. In fact, this amount can even be slightly increased by a Tier 4 Mirt Patron Perk(!).

New Patron Challenges appear every Monday at 12:00PM Pacific, and the set of challenges will generally be the same for all players from week to week (some challenges require specific Champions and the game will always attempt to ensure that the required Champions are ones that the player owns).

Familiar Updates

The non-gamepad/console Familiar interface has been updated in an effort to make it easier to see where they can be placed. Additionally, tooltips have been added that explain exactly what Familiars do when they are placed. Finally, we have also added the ability to assign Familiars to individual Ultimate abilities; Familiars assigned to specific Ultimates will keep that Ultimate on cooldown by attempting to click the button every second.

Advanced Effect Descriptions

Have you ever looked at your formation ability descriptions and been confused? Do you wonder how those buffs are calculated? Well we have some good news for you: in today's update we've added an Effect Description setting in the settings menu that allows you to toggle more advanced versions of formation ability descriptions.

These enhanced descriptions are more explicit about how the final bonuses are calculated, and include a standardized format for stacking type, post-stack values, post-stack multipliers, timers, and final bonuses. This has allowed us to streamline the basic descriptions as details about stacking types and buff multipliers are included in the enhanced text.

New Blessings

When the Champions begin their journey into the first layer of the Nine Hells, they won't be doing it alone – they will be blessed by earning Tiamat's Favor.

Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 Blessings for the Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus campaign will go live with today's update. As you journey closer towards Tiamat's Lair in Avernus you will grow ever more powerful with The Dragon Queen...

A Tale of Two Cities

The Champions are dispatched by one of their allies on a mission to the city of Elturel, east of Baldur's Gate. What they find is beyond anything they imagined. Luckily for them, they discover a helpful ally by the name of Terminatur...
  • Variant: A Tale of Two Fiends — Two Imps take up spots in the formation, spying on the Champions during the adventure. Fiend enemies deal 200% additional damage.
    Reach area 100.

The Dead Three

Thanks to a chance encounter with Captain Zodge of the Flaming Fists, the Champions find themselves enlisted in service of the city of Baldur's Gate. Captain Zodge wants the party to investigate the seedier underbelly of Baldur's Gate...
  • Variant: Slow and Steady — Only champions with Base Attack timers of five seconds or higher may be used.
    Reach area 100.


See the in-game Change Log for more information, including a full list of changes and fixes included in this update.
October 4th
BW2: October 4th, 2019 Release Notes 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

Fairly Mischievous Fairies Limited Time Quest (October 4th, 2019)

- Added the Fairly Mischievous Fairies limited time quest:
- Available from October 4th to 7th.
- 3 quests unlock over the weekend.
- Unique store to buy items from.
- Can buy new fairy companions for Bush Bucks, cheaper than the regular companion Bush Buck price!

- Actually fixed creatures/pets with fancy animations not loading into the right animation.

- Adjusted Shady Forest and Cliffs of Korak map nodes so their red flags aren’t obscured.

- Worked on the Salt Desert Quest Hub. Sorry for the wait!

- Fixed various reported typos and quest descriptions. Keep the reports coming!
October 4th
BW2: Fairly Mischievous Fairies Limited Time Event! 
Posted in Bush Whacker 2.

The barrier between Faerie and Bushwhackia is thin this weekend, and it's allowing a variety of trickster fairies to run amok!

Head to the Old Man Tree in the Event Area in the Commons to get started! The fairies gathered there will ask you to send the fairies back home.

The fairies will come in three waves, each wave starting at noon each day this weekend. Don't forget to get the quest from the fairies in the event area! You'll be awarded Fairy Dust for completing each wave, which you can spend on opportune items the fairies keep in the Old Man Tree.

Outside of the main three waves, you'll occasionally find Forest Fairies wandering the fields. When you whack any fairy, there's a chance it will drop Fairy Dust. Forest Fairies will drop more Fairy Dust than the others.

If you're a veteran player in search of a challenge, don't worry! More items in the store will unlock after you've bought the initial set. You can amass as much Fairy Dust as you have the patience for, and spend it on the other items that become available.

You've got until noon on Monday October 7th to make the most of this opportunity.

Pro-Tip! Reducing your Nothing Odds will increase your chances of finding Fairy Dust when you whack a fairy.

Discuss on the forums!

Redeem this code before noon on Monday October 7th for 1 free Large Energy Pack: TROU-BLES-OMEF-AIRY
October 3rd
COTLI: Carnival of Sorrows 5! 

Come one, come all and step right up! That's right! No mirrors, no tricks! It's just magic!

The fifth edition of the Carnival of Sorrows event is now live, and adds a magic show to its attractions!

This is also our first Tier 5 event! Read on for more details about what's new for this year of events!

Carnival of Sorrows 5 runs until Tuesday, October 15th at Noon Pacific Time, and introduces conjoined twins, Carmen and Petunia!

New Tier 5 Crusader: Carmen and Petunia

Carmen and Petunia both love stage magic. Petunia's specialty is tricks with turning balls into fruits while Carmen is so good at slight of hand, you'll wonder how she did it. Finding less than stellar success advertising as just a magic act, they've embraced being conjoined twins and have been making the money ever since with their new marketing angle: conjoined magicians!

Once you've recruited Carmen and Petunia, you'll find them providing support to your formations that contain female and human Crusaders, and they'll provide their financial skills to help your gold find. They occupy seat 32 on the bench.

Crusaders Return

If you haven't collected them already, you can unlock previous Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4 Crusaders by completing their respective objectives. Sashimi the Seal, Chiyome, The Half-Blood Elf, Mindy the Mime, Mister the Monkey, and Pete the Carney are all once again available to unlock!

What's New for Tier 5

Another year of events means some changes to how events work, and we hope you like them!
  • Accessing the Event | The Fourth Time's the Charm Talent now unlocks Tier 4 objectives and higher, which means it unlocks the Tier 5 objectives if you have it purchased, and it will unlock additional higher objective tiers in the future.

  • Event Idol Bonus | The buff to Idols for completing event objectives now buffs the Boss Idol drops in addition to the normal Idols you earn, though at a different rate from normal Idols.

  • Event Free Plays | Good news everyone! You can now increase the Free Play bonus for free plays on permanent campaigns by completing areas on the event free play!

  • Event Currency Costs | Since there are now 5 tiers of objectives to complete in an event period, we've lowered the cost of the objectives for Tiers 1 to 3, to help those players who are playing catch-up with an event.

  • Starting EP | Tier 5 event Crusaders will come with 450 EP when you recruit them.

  • Tier 5 Objectives | Rather than just go further and further, we're trying something different. The areas you are required to reach to complete the Tier 5 objectives are lower, but the difficulty of the monsters scales up much more quickly.

  • Bonus Skin! | The reward for completing the 5th Tier 5 event objective has been changed. Instead of awarding a Tier 5 event Jeweled chest, the reward is now a skin for one of the event Crusaders! For the Carnival of Sorrows event, the lucky Crusader getting a skin is Chiyome! This skin does not have an effect associated with it, but does make her fit in more with her fellow Carnival Crusaders when she wears it.


New Tier 5 Objectives

  • Recruit Carmen and Petunia | Carmen and Petunia occupy a slot in the formation. They reduce the effectiveness of other columns' formation abilities by 50%. Reach area 450.

  • The Prestige | A dunk tank occupies a slot in the formation and every few seconds a Crusader drowns. Reach area 450.

  • The Illusionist | A crystal ball occupies a slot in the formation and summons visions of your potential future self. Reach area 475.

  • The Carnivorous Carnival | A beast tamer occupies a slot in the formation and summons savage beasts randomly. Only the front spot of the formation can deal DPS to dispatch your enemies. Reach area 500.

  • Fortune's Fool | Some days you just spend it all on trying to win the supreme prize on a rigged carnival game. In this objective, your Idols provide no Gold bonus. Reach area 525.

Help! Where’s the Loot?

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 and Tier 5 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.

You'll have until Tuesday, October 15th at 12:00pm Pacific Time to complete Carnival of Sorrows 5!