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April 23rd, 2021
Idle Champion Spotlight: Shaka 
Posted in Idle Champions.

A puzzle master arrives to help unravel all your mysteries!

Sharafka aka 'Shaka' is a tiefling celestial warlock from the Rivals of Waterdeep, who brings a love of mazes while protecting his friends from monsters. He joins the Champion ranks next week during The Running!

I. Shaka

Dungeons & Dragons Shaka Shareef Jackson

    As a member of Rivals of Waterdeep, Shaka is always looking for the latest adventure and the latest puzzle. His party has encountered mysteries and foes throughout Waterdeep, Candlekeep, Icewind Dale, and Avernus. Their base of operations is located in the Trollskull Manor in Waterdeep where a brain in a jar named Brian stands watch.

Shaka is here to help, using his keen intellect to solve the Celestial Puzzle and bolstering his allies with Celestial Resistance. When you want to add him to your formation, you can swap him with Makos (Slot 9).

II. Shaka’s Stats

Race: Tiefling Alignment: Neutral Good
Class: Warlock (Celestial) Gender: Male
Age: 29 Affiliation: Rivals of Waterdeep

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

Role: Support & Healing
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr, Strahd von Zarovich, Zariel
Slot: 9 (Makos)

Dungeons & Dragons Shaka

III. Shaka's Design

It’s been truly wonderful to work with Shareef Jackson, a passionate STEM diversity advocate and founder of Math Looks Good LLC, which provides math and physics tutoring services. He’s been featured in the New York Times, the Smithsonian, the Guardian, NPR, Scientific American, and MacLean's talking about science and technology. Shareef has been on Rivals of Waterdeep not just as the tiefling warlock Shaka, but stepping into the Dungeon Master role for two of their seasons!

While helping his adopted family through Avernus, Shaka made a pact with the Celestial Kagoya and now uses those powers to focus on healing and support. He can boost damage with A Celestial Puzzle, provide shielding with Celestial Resistance, and further amplify his abilities through specialization choices.

If more direct action is needed, Shaka can summon a Wall of Light and choose to Blind or Disintegrate enemies. The Blinding Wall of Light will push enemies away from the formation and cause their attacks to miss, while the Disintegrating Wall of Light will kill or damage those attempting to do his friends harm!

IV. Shaka's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Eldritch Blast — A beam of crackling green shoots towards an enemy, dealing damage.

Formation Abilities

  • A Celestial Puzzle — Shaka attempts to solve a celestial puzzle with the potential for great rewards. Four random slots in the formation are assigned a random tag. For each Champion in those slots that match the slot's tag, Shaka buffs the party by 100%, stacking multiplicatively. Tags pull from a fixed set of odds, with two being "easy", one "medium", and one "hard";
    • Easy: male, female (non-binary Champions count in either)
    • Medium: support, dps, gold
    • Hard: human, kobold, elf, dwarf, tiefling
  • Celestial Resistance — Shaka adds 10 temporary hit-points to the entire party when changing areas. This is increased by 25% for each A Celestial Puzzle slot that is filled properly, stacking additively (ie. +100% with 4 slots filled properly). This ability can be buffed by upgrades, equipment, and feats.
  • Feats or Famine — Shaka increases the effect of A Celestial Puzzle by 20% for each puzzle slot he's adjacent to, stacking multiplicatively. This ability can be buffed by equipment and feats. Buffs apply to the post-stack value.

First Specializations

The first set of specializations deal with the ability A Tough Puzzle:
  • Sunday Edition — A fifth slot in the formation is assigned a random tag and can be matched to further increase A Celestial Puzzle.
  • Better Luck Next Time — The slots chosen for A Celestial Puzzle are rerolled. Note that the rerolled slots and tags are consistent for the adventure, so you can't use Potions of Specialization to repeatedly reroll for different slots (if you do respec and pick the other spec will swap back to the original slots/tags).

Second Specializations

Another set of specializations determine how Shaka’s Ultimate works:
  • Blinding Wall of Light — Unlocks the Blinding Wall of Light ultimate, which pushes enemies back and then appears near the formation and causes enemies that pass through it to miss with most of their attacks.
  • Disintegrating Wall of Light — Unlocks the Disintegrating Wall of Light ultimate, which appears close to where enemies spawn and can cause enemies that pass through it to instantly be killed; enemies not killed take additional damage for the next little while.

V. Shaka's Equipment

Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: A Celestial Puzzle
Slot 4: Celestial Resistance
Slot 5: Feast or Famine
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

We’re very excited to have Shaka joining Idle Champions, and excited to see him lending his skills to the rest of the Champions! What do you think about Shaka? 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!

April 2nd, 2021
Idle Champion Spotlight: Orkira Illdrex 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Orkira Illdrex joins her friends Avren, Penelope, Freely, and Briv Steelmarrow, and Alyndra Sarrbarand.

You may recognize Orkira from Heroes of the Planes and D4. Previously, she starred on D&D Beyond's Silver & Steel, Heroes of the Vale.

We are delighted to welcome her Idle Champions roster with your Year 4 Greengrass event. It's time for the latest Idle Champion Spotlight!

I. Orkira Illdrex

    Orkira Illdrex is a gold dragonborn from the Nentir Vale, where she grew up nurturing a love of healing and fire. Between a strange life filled with monsters, Gods, time and multiplanar travel, death, the destruction of worlds and the saving of others, Orkira has survived and adapted to deal with any situation with a motto of 'One problem at a time.'

Orkira is a Healing and Support Champion who continuously heals non-adjacent damaged Champions with Lesser Restoration, and will Self-Sacrifice if she can prevent the death of one of her companions. She also boosts DPS with Elemental Fire. When you want to add Orkira to your formation, you can swap her with Bruenor (Slot 1).

II. Orkira's Stats

Race: Dragonborn (Gold) Alignment: Chaotic Good
Class: Cleric (Phoenix Domain) Gender: Female
Age: 34 Affiliation: Heroes of the Planes

STR: 13 DEX: 14 CON: 16
INT: 8 WIS: 20 CHA: 18

Role: Healing, Support

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr, Zariel

Slot: 1, (Bruenor)

III. Orkira's Design

We were always excited about the possibility of working with Lauren Urban about bringing her beloved Orkira to Idle Champions, and little did we think many moons ago during our initial planning meetings that we would be welcoming not only Orkira to Idle Champions but also Lauren herself as our Community Manager!

When Lauren isn't working with us at Codename, she's a prolific DM and player on a variety of livestreams and podcasts (Heroes of the Planes, D4, Dungeon Drunks), as well as a professional classical oboist.

Orkira is sweet and straightforward, much like she is on livestream, healing and buffing the party. Orkira continuously heals nonadjacent Champions with Lesser Restoration, like most healing, it's most effective when her allies are damaged. Noble and kind of heart, she will Self-Sacrifice to swap places with a non-adjacent ally when they are about to receive a killing blow. Orkira also aids the party by damaging enemies with Elemental Fire. This is boosted by her Healing Flame.

The Phoenix has played a large role in Orkira's life, and her bond with the Phoenix is explored with her Specializations Breath of the Phoenix to increase damage and Tailfeather of the Phoenix to increase healing.

IV. Orkira's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Burning Hands — Orkira leaps to a random enemy and raises her hands, causing fire to erupt from the tips of her claws in a small area of effect cone.

Formation Abilities

  • Lesser Restoration — Orkira heals all non-adjacent damaged Champions. Buffed by equipment, feats, and upgrades.
  • Elemental Fire — Whenever Orkira damages an enemy, they receive one stack of Elemental Fire, taking 10% of Orkira's damage per second for 15 seconds and receiving 100% additional damage from all attacks. This ability stacks up to 10 times (additively) and attempting to add another stack will reset the cooldown of all stacks. Buffs to this ability increase only the damage debuff bonus (not the damage over time). Buffed by equipment, feats, and upgrades.
  • Healing Flame — Increase the effect of Elemental Fire by 100% for each order of magnitude worth of effective healing done with Lesser Restoration on the current run. Buffed by equipment, feats, and upgrades. Buffs apply to the post-stack value.
  • Self Sacrifice — If a Champion Orkira is able to heal (ie. non-adjacent) is about to take a killing blow, Orkira instantly swaps formation slots with that Champion for 10 seconds and takes the hit for them. During this time Orkira's overwhelm point is set to twice the other Champion's and neither Orkira nor the other Champion can be moved, removed, or swapped out; after the time expires they swap back regardless of whether Orkira and/or the other Champion died during the time. This effect can only occur once every 60 seconds. This ability is not buffed.


  • Breath of the Phoenix — Increase the size of Orkira's Burning Hands area of effect cone and have Elemental Fire apply two stacks instead of one.
  • Tailfeather of the Phoenix — Increase the effect of Lesser Restoration by 100%. Lesser Restoration will now "heal" undamaged Champions and Healing Flame will count 1% of this non-effective healing as well.

Ultimate Ability

  • Radiance of the Phoenix — Orkira flies up over the enemies, grasping The Domain of the Phoenix and uttering a prayer, summoning The Phoenix to rain Elemental Fire down upon the battlefield. This deals damage over time and increases the Elemental Fire stacks of affected enemies by 1 every 2 seconds for 10 seconds.

V. Orkira's Epic Equipment

Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3:
Lesser Restoration
Slot 4:
Elemental Fire
Slot 5:
Healing Flame
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

We are thrilled Orkira is keeping her friends on the Idle Champions roster alive and we are excited to see how well she fits into the 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!